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Richmond, Virginia-headquartered University Instructors (UI), a Public Consulting Group (PCG) company and provider of K12 learning, training and staffing services, has purchased PrepForward, a Boston-based company specialising in comprehensive online K12 teacher certification prep and professional development.

Founded by Mary Stephens in 2007, PrepForward’s programmes are used by school districts, universities, departments of education, and alternative teacher prep programmes across the US.

Stephens, who is joining UI, said: “To increase student achievement, PrepForward has been focused on ensuring a diverse teacher workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective, confident leaders. With UI’s experience, expertise, and resources, we can extend our offerings to prepare teachers for success. I am excited to join this passionate team, so we can accelerate our growth and deliver engaging, innovative solutions that help qualified teachers get into and stay in the classroom.”

Jim Popp, president of UI and PCG manager, commented: “Mary shares our commitment to helping solve the teacher shortage crisis and improve diversity within the teaching profession. With degrees in computer science from MIT, and her 20 years in the education sector, Mary brings a valuable perspective and great capabilities to both UI and PCG. Together, leveraging our EdForce and recently-acquired TeachersConnect offerings, alongside PCG’s extensive network of resources and partners, we will continue to expand teacher supports, accelerate pathways to licensure, and facilitate employment opportunities for educators.”

Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

Date published: 22 March 2022

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