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Guest ContributorApr 21, 2021 11:01:12 PM2 min read

EdisonLearning and Grand Key Education Partner to Provide Online Course to Empower Teens to Handle Life’s Challenges

By: Ross Romano

Grand Key’s social-emotional learning course, Own It!, fosters self-discovery and personal empowerment

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA, April 21, 2021 / -- EdisonLearning, a premier provider of digital learning solutions for grades 6-12, and Grand Key Education, a leading provider of social-emotional learning (SEL) solutions, today announced a partnership that gives schools and districts that are currently using EdisonLearning’s digital learning solutions, as well as new EdisonLearning customers, access to Grand Key’s Own It! course. This partnership will expand students’ access to mental and emotional strategies to meet and overcome any challenge.

Own It! combines instruction and skills training in two vital areas—mind management and emotional intelligence. The course teaches foundational concepts in a way that is fun, upbeat, relevant, and engaging for teenage students—clear, crisp, video-saturated, to-the-point, and laced with humor. Learners take the course online at their own pace, giving them time to reflect, engage and re-engage, as needed, as they progress through the course. Own It! adds to the 150+ courses already available in the EdisonLearning library and expands schools’ access to well-rounded content to support students’ college, career, civic, and life readiness.

“After a year of dealing with challenges associated with the pandemic, many students, especially our teens, are struggling with anxiety, focus, and the lack of socialization,” said Thom Jackson, President & Chief Executive Officer of EdisonLearning. “We are excited to make Grand Key’s Own it! available to EdisonLearning students to enable them to confront and deal with their thoughts, emotions, and decisions to face their education and future with confidence and strength—not only through the pandemic, but for the long haul.”

Own it! is part of a movement to help youth recognize and talk about their emotional health, while learning about empathy. Through this course, teens open up and own their decisions, behavior and outcomes.

“Own It! instills real-world success skills, including problem-solving and goal setting, and teaches students to overcome mental barriers and ineffective habits―skills that are so needed right now,” said Dana Van Deinse, co-founder of Grand Key Education. “We’re thrilled to add Own It! to EdisonLearning’s comprehensive eCourse offerings, giving more students reliable access to these essential life skills.”

In the Own It! course, each student builds a personalized profile report while completing training units that help them identify their strengths, interests, learning style, career interests and more. Mentors and counselors use the profile to get to know their mentees and develop individual plans for every teen based on strengths, interests and goals.

For nearly three decades, EdisonLearning has partnered with schools and school leaders to close the opportunity gap in education that persists in a widening array of economic and ethnic student groups throughout our country and our world. By adding Own It! to the course library, EdisonLearning expands its ability to address all of the well-rounded needs of the whole child, from core academic subjects and numerous elective tracks, to career and technical skills, and now social-emotional well-being.

To learn more, school and district leaders can contact Nicholas Carlucci, Chief of Business Development and Senior Operations Officer for Blended and Virtual Learning, at or 410-610-4237.

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