PALO ALTO, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Declara, a company focused on personalized learning, today announced that it has been selected by Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Education (SNTE), the largest teachers union in Mexico and Latin America, as the technology platform for teacher professional development. SNTE plans to train 1.6 million teachers and administrators on the Declara platform giving them the skills required to meet the needs of a fast-changing global economy.
The new initiative is in response to Mexico's sweeping education reforms as the country prepares its teachers to transform its education system over the coming years. The first milestone will be a new national test that teachers will take in July to demonstrate their mastery of skills. In addition to teachers, SNTE plans to expand the program to training specialists and parents over time.
"We all have the ability to transform our country," said Maestro Juan Diaz de la Torre, secretary general and president of SNTE, as he unveiled the program. "With Declara, we are adding a technology platform to enable us to reach this goal. It's what will make the difference between doing and not doing,"
The Declara platform uses semantic search and predictive analytics to surface the right content at the right time for individuals. In time, the Declara platform learns more about an individual's patterns and can connect a SNTE teacher to the right expert in their school; a colleague's posts on the topic; or the right content on a blog out of another school system. In this way, not only does the individual learn but the entire teacher community learns together, making everyone smarter and more knowledgeable.
"Today, the definition of education is changing; it must be constant, flexible and adapt to every single individual's way of learning," said Ramona Pierson, CEO and co-founder of Declara. "We are excited to be partnering with SNTE as we embark on a new era for Mexico's education, which has the potential to impact the country and the world."
The SNTE mission is the study, protection and improvement of common interests of education professionals. This includes any teacher from public schools at any level that is associated with Mexico's ministry of education or SEP (Secretaria de Educación Pública). For more information, visit http://www.snte.org.mx/.
Declara builds a technology platform that uses machine learning, search, algorithms and recommendations to develop specific learning paths for individuals, making learning a constant discovery. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto with offices in Boise, Idaho, and Mexico. Its investors include Data Collective, Peter Thiel, FF Angel, Susa Ventures and private individuals. For more information, visit https://www.declara.com/.
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