In 2013, Cindy Mi, a high school dropout turned English teacher, founded VIPKid with an innovative vision for education: facilitating personalized, one-on-one sessions with students and tutors from around the world. Six years later, her brainchild boasts a $3 billion valuation and connects approximately 500,000 students with 60,000 teachers worldwide. Thisis the story of a revolution in education.
The Global Classroom takes readers inside the startup’s history, educational innovation, and unprecedented success. With a foreword from Mi, the book takes a deep dive into a new educational model and investigates how the company’s platform has diversified to serve the needs of students from countries across the globe. Readers will hear from VIPKid’s executives, teachers, students, and parents as they discuss the company’s values, its tangible success, and its impact on their lives.
The Global Classroom is an inside look at the model for education in the 21st century and beyond.
“VIPKID, an online education company connecting Chinese students with overseas teachers, has done fantastic. There are very few companies globally that could match the scale and the user experience of VIPKID.”—Neil Shen, founding and managing partner of Sequoia Capital China
“Their platform is changing things. . . . “It’s a no-brainer for me. We have to look for companies adding value to society, helping kids learn and grow.”—Kobe Bryant
“VIPKid teachers are the reason that VIPKid is thriving. And no matter what your reason is for becoming a VIPKid teacher, you are helping children learn and read. You are making a brighter future for kids around that world, and for that, I’m grateful … Thank you for your commitment to education.”—Laura Bush
“We believe that cooperation between VIPKid and HMH will better meet the needs of students in China and around the world and will lead to excellent learning outcomes. We’re excited to partner with such an innovative and mission-driven company.”—Samuel Bonfante, Senior Vice President of Global Markets, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“VIPKid is helping our students with the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly global world.”—Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel
“Not only [is VIPKID] making a difference in the lives of young children in many countries, but I believe [they] are creating a new economy and a new way for the world to come together.”—Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, TX
“We share VIPKid’s commitment to supporting new teachers, and look forward to our ongoing collaboration in strengthening the knowledge and expertise of so many English language teachers.”— Christopher Powers, Executive Director of TESOL International Association
“VIPKid has become the benchmark for the online education industry in China. We’re proud to partner with VIPKid and look forward to working together to develop the highest standard of education for students in China.”—Dr. Jinghua Liu, Chief Testing and Research Officer of EMA