Donation will help develop TED’s new online educational tools for
students and educators
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2013--
Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today
announced the continuation of its partnership with TED, the nonprofit
organization that provides a platform for innovative thinkers to present
Ideas Worth Spreading, with a donation of $1.5 million to continue its
education-based opportunities for youth. The additional funding will
allow TED to further advance the TED-Ed platform, a platform created in
2012 to provide free educational content for educators and students. The
donation comes from the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise
program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and
books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s
health and education initiatives nationwide.
“Kohl’s is committed to children’s education, and we are pleased to
continue our partnership with TED to help further advance the TED-Ed
platform,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief
executive officer. “TED and TED-Ed offer a new, creative way to learn,
and Kohl’s is honored to help provide a free educational resource for
teachers and parents that is also compelling for kids.”
TED-Ed seeks to inspire curiosity by harnessing the talent of the
world's best teachers and visualizers, and by providing educators with
new tools that spark and facilitate learning. The platform’s
groundbreaking website [http://ed.ted.com], housed
on TED.com, gives
teachers, parents, and anyone who wants to spread a lesson the ability
to create unique customized lesson plans around TED-Ed video content.
This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video,
not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video.
Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their
impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. TED-Ed launched
in March of 2012 with a $1.25 million commitment from Kohl’s Cares,
optimizing TED content for use in educational settings.
The continued partnership between Kohl’s and TED will support the
following youth-focused educational initiatives in 2013:
TED2013 / TEDActive: Kohl’s will host an education-themed
interactive exhibit at TED2013 which will feature some of the lessons
created as part of the Lessons Worth Sharing program, which awarded 18
educators across the country with the opportunity to have their most
impactful and influential lesson featured as an animated video on
TED’s global TED-Ed website. TED2013 will take place in Long Beach
from February 25 – March 1, 2013.
TED-Ed Community Forum: An online platform, expected to launch
later this year, will be developed to serve as a resource hub for
educators, allowing them to connect using web-based collaboration
tools and share best practices for TED-Ed.
The partnership also supported the following youth-focused educational
initiative in 2012:
TEDYouth: During TEDYouth in New York City on November 17,
Kohl’s hosted an activation space offering a series of hands-on
how-to’s for students attending the event. Participating students
received toolkits featuring a project they could complete at home with
the everyday materials included in the kit.
Kohl’s has a long-standing commitment to supporting kids programs. Since
2000, Kohl’s has raised more than $208 million for kids’ health and
education initiatives nationwide. For more information on Kohl’s
philanthropic efforts, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
About the TED-Ed Website
The site builds on TED-Ed content – available on the TED-Ed channel on
YouTube – by allowing educators to create custom lessons around each
video. By publishing and sharing the lesson, the lesson-creator can
measure its effect on an individual student, a class or the world.
Specifically, they can measure participation and the accuracy of any
individual student's answers on the assignment.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED
has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple
initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading
thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Many of these talks are then
made available, free, at TED.com.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring, along with the
TEDActive simulcast. The annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer
in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com,
where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open
Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive
transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the
educational initiative TED-Ed,
short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED
Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world
get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx,
which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized
TED-style events around the world, and the TED
Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the
globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews,
or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.
About Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused,
value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced,
exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and
home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to
environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,146 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more
than $208 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its
Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's
Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.
For a list of store locations and information, or for the added
convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, or
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Jen Johnson, 262.703.5241