Colorado Impact Days

Indigo Education Company is honored to be one of 60 organizations selected for the 2019 Colorado Impact Days, taking place next week from March 11th to March 14th. Colorado Impact Days was founded as a way to connect social enterprises and nonprofits with individuals and foundations looking to increase their impact on their communities. On Tuesday, March 12th, CEO and founder of Indigo, Sheri Smith, will present Indigo Education Company and its vision to change the education system starting with the individual.

This marks the fourth year of CO Impact Days, a venture that has helped invest over $201 million in social enterprises and nonprofits since 2016. The event will take place at the Curtis Hotel in Denver and includes the National Opportunity Zone Summit, the Social Venture Marketplace, and speaking engagements from foundation leaders and investors.

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Empathy in STEM

On February 9th, 2019, CEO and founder of Indigo Education Company Sheri Smith spoke at the University of Colorado, Denver for the Department of Bioengineering’s event Women as Innovators: Creating Success in the Workplace.” Speaking to a group of 30 female engineering students from multiple disciplines, Sheri was able to share with attendees the importance of practicing empathy and bringing a woman’s perspective to male-dominated STEM fields.

Visit www.indigoedco.com for more information on indigo’s work in Higher Education.

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Partial Credit Podcast

Host Jesse Lubinsky discusses his experience with the Indigo Assessment at a Google Education Think Tank on the November 9th, 2018 episode of Partial Credit.

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“There are lots of tests out there like this that, once you identify your personality type they’ll give you some insight into how to best use what you know about yourself now to improve yourself and maximize those personality traits you have.”

“What was different about [The Indigo Project] was…they were actually doing this in schools with students and with staff members and then putting systems in place to let schools know more about their students and then giving a framework for how you can use that data to inform how to communicate with students or how to actually create actionable steps to create interventions when necessary.”

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Niwot’s Indigo Education Makes Its Personality Assessment More Accessible

NIWOT — Indigo Education Co. is an education-tech company that provides comprehensive surveys about the skills and traits of students to help them better understand themselves.

The Boulder-based company, founded in 2013, is now automating the interpretations of its survey results using artificial intelligence. It’s also developed online courses students can take — typically when they’re college freshmen — that teaches young students how to know themselves, know where they’re going and know how to get to that goal.

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Indigo Believes That, To Personalize Learning, You Need To Start With a Learner’s Personality

When one hears ‘AI-delivered personalized learning,’ one immediately thinks of companies using adaptive algorithms to create a one-to-one teaching relationship without the teacher (or, alternatively, current edtech development in China). But one company believes that before you can personalize education, you need to be familiar with the personalities of each student. Indigo offers non-academic assessments of learners using numerous methods recently developed in the fields of psychology and social sciences. Their reports help guidance counselors and teachers tailor education for students and match them with learning experiences in which they will thrive.

eLearning Inside recently hopped on a video conference with Indigo CTO and Strategist for Technology and Growth Initiatives Chris Kalish. “Our designs are non-academic,” he said, “however they are designed to be able to understand the student better to deliver appropriate learning methodologies.”

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Indigo Education Company Brings Personalized Learning to U.S. Classrooms

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Indigo Education Company promotes and implements personalized learning through non-academic, in-depth assessments and diverse school-based initiatives that put individual students at the center of education.

Indigo Education combines online assessments with an AI expert system that delivers individual student recommendations right in the classroom.  Robust professional development, an online career readiness course, entrepreneurship training, and consulting helps districts create human-centered strategic plans. By offering insights not found anywhere else, Indigo enables schools to transform their culture and improve outcomes.

Sheri Smith, founder and CEO of Indigo Education, says that her organization’s goal is to bring transformative change to public education, which has been built on a one-size-fits-all model. Smith advocates for a personalized learning approach that encourages innovation, individual strengths, and a student’s own interests.  

“The standardized approach to education is not giving students the skills and knowledge they need to connect with their futures. Students feel disillusioned,” Ms. Smith said. “Schools are eager for change but overwhelmed with daily challenges. Indigo Education offers solutions that provide meaningful impact and lead to positive results.”

Founded in 2013, Indigo Education uses the Indigo Assessment as the starting point to identify individual strengths in students as well as educators to bring personalized learning into the classroom at the middle, high school, and college level.

Indigo Education has delivered their assessment to over 75,000 U.S. students, as well as educators, in more than 100 high schools and colleges, with a comprehensive inventory of skills, motivators and behaviors based on more than 35 years of research. The Indigo Report also offers students custom post-secondary college major and career options.

Indigo Impact Initiative, the company’s nonprofit, catalyzes economic development in underserved communities by establishing partnerships that improve employment opportunities for students after high school.

Some schools and universities that engage students through Indigo:

  • Novato School District, Marin County, CA

  • University of California Irvine

  • Whitehorse High School, Navajo Reservation, Utah

  • United States Naval Academy

  • Phoenix Coding Academy

  • Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

  • Arizona State Barrett Honors College

  • Blue Valley CAPS, Overland, KS

Watch the video “Indigo Education Explained” to learn more.

For more information on the Indigo Education Company, its assessments and initiatives, call 877-665-3055, visit the website at IndigoEdCo.com, or email to info@indigoproject.org.Click to see article on Business Insider.

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Indigo Education Company Brings Personalized Learning to U.S. Classrooms

From Yahoo! Finance

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Indigo Education Company promotes and implements personalized learning through non-academic, in-depth assessments and diverse school-based initiatives that put individual students at the center of education.

Indigo Education combines online assessments with an AI expert system that delivers individual student recommendations right in the classroom.  Robust professional development, an online career readiness course, entrepreneurship training, and consulting helps districts create human-centered strategic plans. By offering insights not found anywhere else, Indigo enables schools to transform their culture and improve outcomes.

Sheri Smith, founder and CEO of Indigo Education, says that her organization’s goal is to bring transformative change to public education, which has been built on a one-size-fits-all model. Smith advocates for a personalized learning approach that encourages innovation, individual strengths, and a student’s own interests.  

“The standardized approach to education is not giving students the skills and knowledge they need to connect with their futures. Students feel disillusioned,” Ms. Smith said. “Schools are eager for change but overwhelmed with daily challenges. Indigo Education offers solutions that provide meaningful impact and lead to positive results.”

Founded in 2013, Indigo Education uses the Indigo Assessment as the starting point to identify individual strengths in students as well as educators to bring personalized learning into the classroom at the middle, high school, and college level.

Indigo Education has delivered their assessment to over 75,000 U.S. students, as well as educators, in more than 100 high schools and colleges, with a comprehensive inventory of skills, motivators and behaviors based on more than 35 years of research. The Indigo Report also offers students custom post-secondary college major and career options.

Indigo Impact Initiative, the company’s nonprofit, catalyzes economic development in underserved communities by establishing partnerships that improve employment opportunities for students after high school.

Some schools and universities that engage students through Indigo:

  • Novato School District, Marin County, CA

  • University of California Irvine

  • Whitehorse High School, Navajo Reservation, Utah

  • United States Naval Academy

  • Phoenix Coding Academy

  • Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

  • Arizona State Barrett Honors College

  • Blue Valley CAPS, Overland, KS

Watch the video “Indigo Education Explained” to learn more.

For more information on the Indigo Education Company, its assessments and initiatives, call 877-665-3055, visit the website at IndigoEdCo.com, or email to info@indigoproject.org.

Click here to see article on Yahoo! Finance.

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Indigo Education Company Brings Personalized Learning to US Classrooms

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PRESS RELEASE

A Colorado EdTech company offers a range of personalized learning initiatives that focus on individual strengths to improve achievement and help students chart fulfilling futures.

BOULDER, CO. –  Indigo Education Company promotes and implements personalized learning through non-academic, in-depth assessments and diverse school-based initiatives that put individual students at the center of education.

Indigo Education combines online assessments with an AI expert system that delivers individual student recommendations right in the classroom.   Robust professional development, an online career readiness course, entrepreneurship training, and consulting helps districts create human-centered strategic plans. By offering insights not found anywhere else, Indigo enables schools to transform their culture and improve outcomes.

Sheri Smith, founder and CEO of Indigo Education, says that her organization’s goal is to bring transformative change to public education, which has been built on a one-size-fits-all model. Smith advocates for a personalized learning approach that encourages innovation, individual strengths, and a student’s own interests.  

“The standardized approach to education is not giving students the skills and knowledge they need to connect with their futures. Students feel disillusioned,” Ms. Smith said. “Schools are eager for change but overwhelmed with daily challenges. Indigo Education offers solutions that provide meaningful impact and lead to positive results.”

Founded in 2013, Indigo Education uses the Indigo Assessment as the starting point to identify individual strengths in students as well as educators to bring personalized learning into the classroom at the middle, high school, and college level.

Indigo Education has delivered their assessment to over 75,000 U.S. students, as well as educators, in more than 100 high schools and colleges, with a comprehensive inventory of skills, motivators and behaviors based on more than 35 years of research. The Indigo Report also offers students custom post-secondary college major and career options.

Indigo Impact Initiative, the company’s nonprofit, catalyzes economic development in underserved communities by establishing partnerships that improve employment opportunities for students after high school.

Some schools and universities that engage students through Indigo:

  • Novato School District, Marin County, CA

  • University of California Irvine

  • Whitehorse High School, Navajo Reservation, Utah

  • United States Naval Academy

  • Phoenix Coding Academy

  • Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

  • Arizona State Barrett Honors College

  • Blue Valley CAPS, Overland, KS

Indigo Education Explained

For more information on the Indigo Education Company, its assessments and initiatives, call 877-665-3055, visit the website at IndigoEdCo.com, or email to info@indigoproject.org.



Students at Endeavor Academy in Cherry Creek, Co. participating in a workshop lead by Indigo Director Sueann Casey.

Students at Endeavor Academy in Cherry Creek, Co. participating in a workshop lead by Indigo Director Sueann Casey.


Student at Whitehorse HS in Montezuma Creek, UT presenting his career goals at the school’s Indigo Freshman Day.

Student at Whitehorse HS in Montezuma Creek, UT presenting his career goals at the school’s Indigo Freshman Day.

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Indigo CEO Sheri Smith to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Personalized Learning Conference

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PRESS RELEASE

“Innovation can come from the talents already hidden within the school by identifying staff and students who possess entrepreneurial qualities to drive change and create community in the process.”

BOULDER, COLO – Sheri Smith, CEO of the Indigo Education Company, will deliver a keynote address on Nov. 14 at the “9th Annual National Convening on Personalized Learning: Think Like a Start-up,” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference is sponsored by the Institute for Personalized Learning.

The topic of Ms. Smith’s address is “Empowering Intra-preneurial Leaders to Drive Personalized Learning.” Smith defines “intra-preneurs” as entrepreneurial-minded people with a focus on social impact and change. She will discuss research supporting how to identify intra-preneurs in your school and how these leaders drive personalized learning in the classroom.

“By clinging to old perspectives of what success looks like, you may be overlooking the greatest assets to your school,” Ms. Smith said. “Innovation can come from the talents already hidden within the school by identifying staff and students who possess entrepreneurial qualities to drive change and create community in the process.”

Ms. Smith is the founder and CEO of Indigo Education Company and the nonprofit, Indigo Impact Initiative. Indigo, established in 2013, has the vision of catalyzing a learner-centered education system that cultivates innovation, entrepreneurship and empathy.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Ms. Smith was integral in starting a metals distributor, coaching and consulting firms, and running a small retail housewares company. In 1998, she designed the first website hosted at the U.S. Department of State for Vital Voices, a global women’s rights initiative.

Introduced to assessment technology for hiring and employee development, Ms. Smith is an expert in these tools, which are used to build high performing teams, coach leaders, and align human capital to the goals of an organization.

Indigo uses these same concepts to engage students, empower educators, and transform schools.

Ms. Smith has spoken at various conferences, authored two books, conducts research, and authors papers. She graduated magna cum laude from American University with a B.A. in International Studies, and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology.

For more information on the Indigo Education Company, its assessments and initiatives, call 877-665-3055, or visit the website at IndigoEdCo.com. Our email is info@indigoproject.org.

 


Indigo CEO Sheri Smith works with elementary school students.

Indigo CEO Sheri Smith works with elementary school students.


Indigo CEO Sheri Smith.

Indigo CEO Sheri Smith.

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The Average Student Myth

The Average Student Myth: A New Study Focuses on the Importance of the Individual in Education

By Sheri Smith

In his book, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, Harvard scientist Dr. Todd Rose examines  the idea that there is no average person and that by ignoring individual differences – and what makes us each distinctive – we overlook potential and talent.  The End of Average not only shows that there is no average person but also demonstrates the importance of nurturing traits that define each of us.  

Dr. Rose’s  work is part of a new field – the science of individuality— that looks for solutions to social problems by studying  individuals rather than group averages.  It is a recognition that each person has diverse talents. As the CEO of Indigo Education, I was curious to see if our own research would support Dr. Rose’s findings. I wanted to answer for myself whether the idea of the average student is really a myth.

The Indigo Assessment captured 150 dimensions of students – covering behaviors[1], motivators[2], soft skills[3], and perceptions[4]. The survey included four well-known corporate tools that have been used for the past 35 years. 

The results were striking.  Out of 15,012 students, not one fell into the average. Our analysis supported that the average student is indeed a myth.

Yet the education system is built on the myth that you can and should teach to the “average.” If a student does not fit into a very narrow mold measuring only academic performance, he or she is considered deficient.  Students have little time for learning what matters: relationship building, developing soft skills, tapping into self-knowledge, and understanding how to exercise their constitutional right for the pursuit of happiness. 

Ending average in education changes teacher training programs, what we spend our money and time on, how our schools look, how we measure success, how we define ourselves, and perhaps most importantly, how we give people the opportunity for leading a fulfilling life.   

The real change that needs to happen in education is not 1-to-1 laptops, some amazing new common core, or the perfect super school – it’s a mindset shift from the system to the individual. 

[1] Behaviors are measured by TTI’s DISC. DISC is a behavior assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different behavioral traits: dominance, influencing, steadiness, and compliance. This theory was then developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke.

[2] The Indigo Motivators Assessment is based on the research of Dr. Eduard Spranger and Gordon Allport and their study of human value, motivation and drive.

[3] Soft Skills are measured using a Likert scale survey developed by Target Training International based on the most important soft skills for workplace success. 

[4] Perceptions are measured with TTI’s version of the Hartman Value Profile. It is based on the science of formal axiology, developed by Robert S. Hartman, providing rational answers to many of our questions about human values. Our values are the keys to our personalities, to self-knowledge, and to understanding others.

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