Newsela: An Ed-Tech Company Makes a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
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Newsela: An Ed-Tech Company Makes a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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August 23, 2022
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Founded in 2012 and based in NY, Newsela is a remote-first education tech startup that offers content and software solutions for educators. Today, they have over 500 employees and serve 90% of schools — growing to over 25 million students and 2 million teachers. They recently raised a Series D round, have a valuation of over $1 billion, and are continuing to make an impact as a prominent leader in the Education Technology industry!

Quick Facts

  • Making a commitment to access and equity 
  • Impressive recognition for culture and diversity
  • Notable employee reviews
  • Emphasis on hiring for remote employees!

Making a Commitment to Access and Equity

At Newsela, diversity is ingrained in their business, because every student deserves to have access to empowering educational content. They know the value that diverse perspectives bring, which is why they have built initiatives to support accessibility and equity for their clients and employees. To carry out this mission, Newsela offers several empowering and supportive benefits. A few noteworthy ones include:

  • Increased access to healthcare for LGBTQ+ employees
  • Therapy for support teams during difficult times
  • Using employee feedback through intracompany committees to create clear DEIB (Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging) goals and advance true equity in the workplace

Impressive Recognition for Culture and Diversity

Recently, Newsela has been recognized as one of the best startup companies to work for in the U.S. across numerous categories. In 2021, they made RippleMatch’s list as a next gen workplace because of the work that they are doing to help their employees thrive professionally and personally. They were also rated as one of Forbes Best Startup Employers in 2022. Additionally, Comparably awarded Newsela the Best Company for Diversity across small and midsize companies in 2021. 

Notable Employee Reviews

The experience of employees at Newsela is a testament to their commitment to fostering a positive work environment. According to Comparably, diverse employees have rated the company an A+ — ranking Newsela in the top 5% of other companies with 500-1000 employees. A few notable metrics:

  • Those who have ranked the culture at Newsela the highest are diverse employees on the sales team (94/100) 
  • 100% of diverse employees say their work environment is positive! 
  • 83% of women employees would recommend working at Newsela.

One employee from the sales department said: “The leadership team seems genuinely invested in bringing out the best in their respective teams. Management has built a culture of inclusion, compassion and work-life balance.”

We were very excited to introduce Newsela to Therefore Community Members this week! It’s inspiring to see a tech company that is creating long-term strategic plans to drive DEIB efforts both internally and externally. We can’t wait to see how Newsela will continue to grow and make an impact!

Therefore Community Webinar on 8/18 featuring Newsela
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