We have implemented a new Diversity Board to our product development team. We organized the board to integrate and maintain cultural competence within our curriculum materials.
The Board Members
Studies Weekly is one of only a handful of educational companies to incorporate a Diversity Board onto its team. “Our diversity board helps us to ensure that our new content is culturally inclusive, sensitive and reflects our readership,” said Chief Product Officer, Kim Mogilevsky.
The Diversity Board is made up of educators and advocates who have served in various capacities working with nonprofit organizations, school district diversity and equity departments and the White House. Each member brings a wide variety of expertise and experience in multicultural education and plays a crucial role in providing social and cultural awareness.
Our Purpose & Goals
America’s students are at the heart of why we have a Diversity Board. “Our new curriculum is focused on increasing students’ on-task behavior and their willingness to engage with relevant-to-them content, which we believe will boost reading levels and test scores,” said Mogilevsky. “We love our students and in an ever-diversifying country we need to provide them with the best educational materials they can possibly receive.”
A recent report by the Century Foundation confirms our thinking. Having multiple vantage points helps students think critically and “develop greater tolerance for different ways of understanding issues.” Furthermore, the study found that such an exposure created “positive academic outcomes.”
The board aims to maintain diversity and equity in terms of race, people with disabilities, age groups, sexual and gender identities, family structures, religious and political views and socio-economic status. We believe in constantly improving and reviewing our publications so that the content reflects the varied lives and perspectives of the students who read them.
To learn more about our Diversity Board members visit www.studiesweekly.com/diversity-board
John McCurdy has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 2018. McCurdy succeeds Studies Weekly’s previous CEO, Ed Rickers, who announced his desire to step down and retire after almost 20 years of continuous service to the company.
“My role is to continue to safeguard the vision of Studies Weekly and, when the timing is right, unveil more of that vision. There’s definitely a lot more to do,” said former CEO, Ed Rickers.
Rickers has all confidence in McCurdy and his vision for Studies Weekly. “I’ve observed John’s successful career since 1996. We have so much in common in the way we think and believe. Some people are wordsmiths, John is a ‘people smither’ and I think he’s part Jedi. As Yoda would say, ‘Understand the Studies Weekly vision to make a difference for students, he does.’”
McCurdy has spent the last 29 years in the technology industry with roles spanning from Area Sales Representative to Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He comes experienced in team development, strategy, operations and channel programs. John has worked with some of the largest companies in the world in their selection and implementation of technology solutions to increase productivity in computer security, along with mobile and wireless application connectivity. McCurdy now joins Studies Weekly after playing a consultative role with the company.
“The educational process has always been a passion of mine,” said McCurdy. “A long time ago, I learned that what many call entertainment, also serves as education in disguise. If students aren’t learning the way we teach, then we must adjust and teach the way they learn. In today’s world of amazing innovations, the educational process may be evolving, but the fundamentals of connecting with the student remain the same. When the educational process is entertaining, the pace at which the student learns increases.”
McCurdy graduated from Brigham Young University in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of five children and grandparents of three.