Horizons Virtual 2020 registration is now open! This annual international higher education event has gone virtual this year, which means that on 6 October at 10:30 a.m. BST, you can attend with a beverage in-hand while connecting and learning with a global audience.

Horizons has become a mainstay to gather thought leaders, experts, and technologists in the education sector, becoming one of the industry’s annual events in Europe. Thus, whether you’re a repeat attendee or new to the scene, we want you in the virtual room with us this year.

So with Horizons going virtual for 2020, what exactly can you expect? Here are the top three reasons to attend Horizons virtual:

  1. A phenomenal keynote session featuring a top European business school and their never-before-seen Education Cloud success story.
  2. Global perspectives! International is at the heart of our agenda for Horizons 2020. Hear from university leaders in the U.K., U.S.,
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Nonprofit and education organizations alike have had their work cut out for them this year. With so many challenges hitting so quickly, it can feel like a non-stop effort just to stay in place. So first, let me say this: Thank you, to our nonprofit and our education customers. We see you on the front lines, working tirelessly in a time when nothing is certain. It’s because the work you do is so important that the public is as invested in keeping your mission going as you are.

In a post-pandemic world, donor trust is paramount.

Donors are always evaluating where their donations can make the most impact. In the landscape of COVID-19, the trust between an organization and its donors has become more important than ever. Donor trust has always been mission-critical, but in today’s rapidly shifting environment it has become mission-imperative. So how can you earn … Read more

How Madera Unified School District is Protecting its Community

To say back to school looks different this year would be an understatement. School and district leaders have been working tirelessly over the past few months to prepare for a safe school year. And Madera Unified School District — a California school district with over 20,000 students and 2,200 staff — is leading the way to protect and support its community while keeping learning front and center.

Guided by a powerful vision of setting the standard for hard work, creativity, and resiliency with a fearless drive to continuously improve, Madera Unified’s leadership team collaborated closely with local health officials to develop comprehensive back-to-school plans. Once they knew students would start the year with distance learning, they worked to bring teachers and staff back in person safely to conduct live, virtual lessons from their classrooms.

“A big sticking point for our leadership … Read more

By: Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Cecile Poyet, Director of Product Marketing for Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud

The disruption to the school system caused by the coronavirus pandemic is clearly immense. With distance learning enabled by modern technology, we’re all adjusting how students access gainful learning. Despite all strong efforts by parents, teachers, and administrators, students’ learning loss is one of the unintended consequences of distance learning in a confined world.

In the best case scenario, one assumes that a student has a disposition to learn, the independence and discipline to follow instructions, with access to broadband and the requisite devices to participate. Any parent or teacher can identify major risks in shouldering students learning through a screen, a risk that’s compounded for those who are less fortunate.

Many families and kids rely on schools for a meal. Some may not afford the broadband capacity … Read more

Downtown Boxing Gym Trains Kids for Life

Downtown Boxing Gym Founder and CEO, Khali Sweeney.

A popular boxing maxim says that it’s not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. In a sport ripe with analogies for life, perhaps none represents Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) better.

When I first walked into DBG about two years ago, I was both blown away by the long-term success of this free, innovative after-school program, and inspired by the tireless dedication of its founder and CEO, Khali Sweeney. His passion for his mission–and his steadfast adherence to his values–resonated deeply with me.

These are traits that are commonly shared across amazing leaders, and Khali is certainly one of them. He struck me most deeply when he described his uncompromising position on ensuring no child is left behind. It is his devotion to this … Read more