Symposium Working Groups

Symposium Working Groups provide the opportunity for active, ongoing collaboration among stakeholders from across the spectrum. Together, they are collaborating to identify barriers, tackle complex challenges, and generate new insights to advance the field of EdTech research and evaluation in ways that make a difference — and move the needle on outcomes. Get engaged with the Working Groups by providing your feedback and ideas to the members.

Take a look at our 10 Working Groups and tell us what you think! Select a topic to begin.

Trending Topics
Crowdsourcing Efficacy Research and Product Reviews
By: Bart Epstein
The EdSurge Product Index currently lists more than two thousand different education technology products and services.  Many of these EdTech programs, systems, tools, games, and apps belong to product categories that did not exist even a decade ago » Read More
Investors & Entrepreneurs
By: Susan Fuhrman
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of new technologies that purport to improve education. Unlike in other areas of development and investment, relatively little attention has been paid to demonstrating the effectiveness of new products through generally accepted » Read More
Institutional Competence in Evaluating Efficacy Research
By: Ben Riley
A recent article in the New York Times contained an interesting anecdote related t » Read More
The Role of Research in K12 District Decision-Making
By: Hal Friedlander
Many organizations and school districts are working to improve K-12 procurement - i.e. the process of discovering, evaluating, purchasing, and implementing technology. These efforts have identified a set of challenges that schools and school districts face when trying to ach » Read More
Working Group A
The Role of Research in K12 District Decision-Making

Working Group Leaders:

Hal Friedlander
Hal Friedlander
CEO, Technology for Education Consortium
Aubrey Francisco
Aubrey Francisco
Research Director, Digital Promise
Working Group B
The Role of Research in Higher Ed Decision-Making

Working Group Leader:

Fiona Hollands
Fiona Hollands
Associate Director and Senior Researcher, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group C
Research Spending & the Most Popular EdTech Products

Working Group Leaders:

John Hutton
John Hutton
Superintendent, Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Ann Flynn
Ann Flynn
Director of Education Technology, National School Boards Association
Working Group D
Evidence and Quality of Efficacy in Research Approaches

Working Group Leader:

David Daniel
David Daniel
Professor, Dept of Psychology, James Madison University
Working Group E
Institutional Competence in Evaluating Efficacy Research

Working Group Leaders:

Robert C. Pianta
Robert C. Pianta
Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Benjamin Riley
Benjamin Riley
Executive Director, Deans for Impact
Working Group F
Investors & Entrepreneurs

Working Group Leader:

Susan Fuhrman
Susan Fuhrman
President, Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group G
The Goals and Roles of Federal Funding for EdTech Research

Working Group Leaders:

Steven Hodas
Steven Hodas
Innovation Cluster Sr Advisor, Digital Promise
Craig Dane Roberts
Craig Dane Roberts
Director Duke University
Working Group H
Education Philanthropies

Working Group Leader:

Edith Gummer
Edith Gummer
Director, Education Research, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Working Group I
EdTech User Voice

Working Group Leader:

Adam Stephens
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics, Houston ISD (TX)
Working Group J
Crowdsourcing Efficacy Research and Product Reviews

Working Group Leaders:

Chris Rush
Chris Rush
Co-founder & Chief Program Officer, New Classrooms
Bart Epstein
Bart Epstein
Founding CEO, Jefferson Education Accelerator; University of Virginia Curry School of Education
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