EdTech Efficacy Research
Academic Symposium

We are approximately 150 researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, professors, administrators, and philanthropists united by the belief that efficacy research should play a central role in deciding which education technologies we should collectively develop, fund, pilot, procure, and implement to support our nation’s learners.

We recognize that complex problems require thoughtful analysis informed by relevant data and perspectives. To that end, we invite you to follow the progress of our Ten Working Groups, and to share your experience in a way that will help improve our work.

Working Group Leaders
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Working Group I
Ann Flynn
Director of Education Technology
National School Boards Association
Working Group C
Aubrey Francisco
Research Director
Digital Promise
Working Group A
Bart Epstein
Founding CEO; Research Associate Professor
Jefferson Education Accelerator; University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Working Group J
Benjamin Riley
Executive Director
Deans for Impact
Working Group E
Chris Rush
Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer; Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow
New Classrooms Innovation Partners; Aspen Institute
Working Group J
Craig Dane Roberts
Chief Learning Officer
TechSmartKids
Working Group G
David Daniel
Professor
Dept of Psychology, James Madison University
Working Group D
Edith Gummer
Director, Education Research
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Working Group H
Fiona Hollands
Associate Director and Senior Researcher
Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group B
Hal Friedlander
CEO
Technology for Education Consortium
Working Group A
John Hutton
Superintendent
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Working Group C
Mahnaz R. Charania
Director, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Fulton County Schools (GA)
Working Group D
Robert C. Pianta
Dean
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group E
Steven Hodas
Innovation Cluster Sr Advisor
Digital Promise
Working Group G
Susan Fuhrman
President
Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group F
Working Group Members
Adam Geller
Founder & CEO
Edthena
Working Group A
Alison Griffin
Senior Vice President, External & Government Relations
Strada Education Network
Working Group B
Amy Bevilacqua
Chief Innovation Officer
American Public Education, Inc.
Working Group B
Amy Nowell
Director of Research
LEAP Innovations
Working Group E
Andrew Rotherham
Co-Founder & Partner
Bellwether Education Partners
Working Group D
Andrew Smith
Director of Innovation
Rowan-Salisbury Schools (NC)
Working Group F
Benjamin Gaines
Principal
Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Unified School District (CA)
Working Group E
Betsy Corcoran
Co-founder and CEO
EdSurge
Working Group J
Bill Ferster
Research Professor
University of Virginia
Working Group H
Bill Hansen
President & CEO
Strada Education Network
Working Group B
Bill Hughes
President
Open4 Learning
Working Group F
Bob Wise
President
Alliance for Excellent Education
Working Group E
Brad Lane
Co-founder & CEO
RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners
Working Group E
Bridget Burns
Executive Director
University Innovation Alliance
Working Group I
Britt Neuhaus
Innovative Schools Program Officer
Overdeck Family Foundation
Working Group A
Britte Chang
Senior Education Researcher
SRI International
Working Group D
Bror Saxberg
Chief Learning Officer
Kaplan, Inc.
Working Group B
Chad Ratliff
Director of Instructional Programs
Abermarle County Schools
Working Group I
Cheryl Niehaus
US Education Program Officer
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Working Group I
Chris Hoehn-Saric
Co-Founder & Senior Managing Director
Sterling Partners
Working Group G
Chris Hulleman
Research Associate Professor
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Working Group D
Christina Luke
Project Director, Marketplace Research
Digital Promise
Working Group A
Colleen Pacatte
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Working Group C
Daniel Pianko
Co-Founder & Managing Director
University Ventures
Working Group C
Dave Edyburn
Associate Dean for Research
College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida
Working Group E
David Kim
Founder & CEO
Intellus Learning
Working Group B
David Slykhuis
Professor
James Madison University; President, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
Working Group J
David Soo
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Under Secretary of Education
Working Group G
David Steiner
Director
Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University
Working Group E
David Wiley
Chief Academic Officer
Lumen Learning
Working Group D
Deborah Quazzo
Founder and Managing Partner
GSV Acceleration
Working Group B
Dror Ben-Naim
CEO
Smart Sparrow
Working Group F
Dwight Jones
Superintendent in Residence
Discovery Communications Inc.
Working Group A
Ellen Meier
Director
Center for Technology & School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group E
Eric Chagala
Principal
Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) (CA)
Working Group F
Eric Westendorf
Co-Founder & CEO
LearnZillion
Working Group F
Eva Dundas
Chief Learning Officer
Branching Minds
Working Group D
Fred Singer
CEO
Echo360
Working Group B
George Kane
General Manager, Education Ventures
Emerson Collective
Working Group J
Glen Bull
Co-Director
Center for Technology & Teacher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group E
Glen Harvey
Chief Executive Officer
WestEd
Working Group C
Gunnar Counselman
CEO
Fidelis Education
Working Group C
Harold Levy
Executive Director
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Working Group J
J. Michael Spector
Professor
University of North Texas
Working Group E
James Ryan
Dean
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Working Group G
James Tieng
Principal
Quad Partners
Working Group F
Jason Edwards
Senior Associate
American Federation of Teachers
Working Group I
Jason Lange
CEO and Co-Founder
BloomBoard
Working Group D
Jason Palmer
General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners
Working Group F
Jeffrey Cohen
CEO
Catapult Learning
Working Group E
Jenna Schuette Talbot
Vice President, Strategic Communications
Whiteboard Advisors
Working Group G
Jennifer Chiu
Assistant Professor
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group I
Jennifer Medbery
Founder & CEO
Kickboard
Working Group J
Jeremy Shorr
Director of Technology Innovation and Early Childhood STEM Education
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Working Group E
Jerome L. Rekart
Director of Research and Analytics
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Working Group B
Jessie Woolley-Wilson
President & CEO
DreamBox Learning
Working Group A
Jill Buban
Senior Director of Research & Innovation
Online Learning Consortium
Working Group D
Joe Garofalo
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Co-Director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group C
John Bailey
Vice President of Policy and Executive Director
Digital Learning Now
Working Group J
John Danner
CEO
Zeal Learning
Working Group G
Jon Fullerton
Executive Director
Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
Working Group C
Joseph South
Working Group E
Joshua Marland
Director of Data & Analytics
Highlander Institute
Working Group C
Joshua Mullis
Teacher
Rowan-Salisbury Schools (NC)
Working Group C
Joshua Starr
CEO
Phi Delta Kappa International
Working Group A
Julie Young
CEO
Global Personalized Academics
Working Group D
Karen Cator
President and CEO
Digital Promise
Working Group A
Karen Johnson
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Working Group E
Karen Sullivan
Superintendent
Indian Prairie District 204 (IL)
Working Group C
Kate Kazin
Chief Academic Officer
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Working Group E
Kathy Stack
Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Working Group G
Katrina Stevens
Education Consultant
Working Group A
Kay Persichitte
Professor of Instructional Technology
University of Wyoming; Assoc. for Educational Communications & Technology, President
Working Group E
Kecia Ray
Executive Director
Center for Digital Education
Working Group I
Keith R. Krueger
CEO
Consortium for School Networking
Working Group H
Kinshuk
Dean
College of Information at the University of North Texas
Working Group E
Kristin Palmer
Director of Online Programs, Provost Office
University of Virginia
Working Group B
Lawrence Friedman
Vice President
American Institutes for Research
Working Group F
Leslie Ledford
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Cherokee County School District (NC)
Working Group A
Linda Chaput
Chief Executive Officer
Agile Mind
Working Group H
Linda Roberts
Trustee Emerita
Education Development Center
Working Group G
Liz Simon
Vice President, Legal & External Affairs
General Assembly
Working Group G
Lou Pugliese
Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director, the Action Lab
EdPlus at Arizona State University
Working Group E
Luyen Chou
Chief Product Officer
Pearson
Working Group C
Maia Sharpley
Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives
Charter Schools USA
Working Group A
Mark Grovic
Co-Founder & General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners
Working Group H
Mark Miller
Co-Founder and Partner; Managing Partner
LearnLaunch; Good Harbor Partners
Working Group A
Mark Schneiderman
Vice President of Government Affairs
West / SchoolMessenger Solutions
Working Group D
Matt Akin
Superintendent
Piedmont City School District (AL)
Working Group H
Matt Greenfield
Managing Partner
Rethink Education
Working Group J
Matthew Chingos
Senior Fellow
Urban Institute
Working Group B
Matthew Rascoff
Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation
Duke University
Working Group H
Melina Uncapher
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology, UC San Francisco
Working Group H
Melinda Karp
Assistant Director
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Working Group I
Michael Feldstein
Partner
MindWires Consulting
Working Group J
Michael J. Kennedy
Assistant Professor
University of Virginia
Working Group G
Michael Nagler
Superintendent
Mineola School District (NY)
Working Group J
Michael Staton
Partner
Learn Capital
Working Group D
MJ Bishop
Director
Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Working Group B
Nick White
Chair
WCET Steering Committee, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Working Group J
Nicole Neal
CEO
Noodle Markets
Working Group J
Pam Moran
Superintendent
Albemarle County Schools (VA)
Working Group I
Patricia Deklotz
Superintendent
Kettle Moraine School District (WI)
Working Group G
Paul Freedman
Co-Founder & CEO
Entangled Ventures
Working Group G
Perry Samson
Professor
University of Michigan College of Engineering & School of Information
Working Group C
Pete Wheelan
Chief Executive Officer
InsideTrack Inc.
Working Group D
Phil Hill
Partner
MindWires Consulting
Working Group B
Rahim Rajan
Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Working Group J
Rebecca Griffiths
Senior Researcher
Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
Working Group J
Richard Culatta
Chief Innovation Officer
Rhode Island Department of Education
Working Group J
Rusty Greiff
Managing Director for Education Ventures
1776
Working Group F
Sam Chaudhary
Co-Founder & CEO
ClassDojo
Working Group I
Sara Dexter
Associate Professor
University of Virginia
Working Group A
Sara Schapiro
Senior Director
League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise
Working Group H
Saro Mohammed
Partner
The Learning Accelerator
Working Group H
Scott Miller
Principal
Avonworth Primary Center (PA)
Working Group I
Stephanie Moore
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Director of Online Initiatives
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group B
Stephen Smith
President, Advising & Admissions Solutions
Hobsons
Working Group F
Steve Fleischman
CEO
Education Northwest
Working Group J
Stuart Udell
CEO
K12 Inc.
Working Group H
Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer
EverFi
Working Group C
Teresa Foulger
Associate Professor of Educational Technology
Arizona State University
Working Group E
Terry Nealon
CEO
Fishtree
Working Group A
Thomas Ralston
Superintendent
Avonworth School District (PA)
Working Group F
Tim Hudson
Vice President of Learning
DreamBox Learning
Working Group A
Tim Renick
Vice Provost & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
Georgia State University
Working Group I
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Working Group I
Valerie Truesdale
Chief Technology, Personalized Learning and Engagement Officer
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC)
Working Group G
Whitney Kilgore
Chief Academic Officer
iDesignEDU
Working Group B
Special Advisors
Jeff Selingo
Professor of Practice; Visiting Scholar
Arizona State University; Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities
Jim Shelton
Director of Education Initiatives
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Executive Committee
Alison Griffin
Senior Vice President, External & Government Relations
Strada Education Network
Aubrey Francisco
Research Director
Digital Promise
Bart Epstein
Founding CEO; Research Associate Professor
Jefferson Education Accelerator; University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Chris Hulleman
Research Associate Professor
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Emily Kinard
Project Manager, National Engagement
Strada Education Network
Jennifer Jenkins
Project Director
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Robert C. Pianta
Dean
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Sara Schapiro
Senior Director
League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise
Adam Geller
Founder & CEO
Edthena
Adam leads product for the award-winning Edthena video coaching platform. A former classroom teacher, Adam previously served on the Teach For America national strategy team designing research-informed technology systems for teachers.
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Under Adam's leadership the Advanced Academics department seeds, supports, and scales efforts that harness the possibilities of next-generation learning for all HISD students today.
Alison Griffin
Senior Vice President, External & Government Relations
Strada Education Network
Alison is a senior level public policy professional with over sixteen years of federal legislative and regulatory experience, state-level policy acumen and client advocacy work in the higher education space.
Amy Bevilacqua
Chief Innovation Officer
American Public Education, Inc.
Amy has over 25 years of operating experience, from leading content businesses at PBS to running an education company for the private equity group KKR. She also teaches business model design at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, in their Masters in Education Entrepreneurship program.
Amy Nowell
Director of Research
LEAP Innovations
Before joining the LEAP team, Amy was an independent consultant for program evaluation and data systems after almost a decade with Chicago Public Schools. At CPS, she led the effort to produce comprehensive school scorecards and designed processes for principal eligibility and evaluation.
Andrew Rotherham
Co-Founder & Partner
Bellwether Education Partners
Andrew is also the executive editor of Real Clear Education, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, teaches courses on education policy at universities including The University of Virginia, and is co-publisher of “Education Insider,” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Andrew previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and as a former member of the Virginia Board of Education.
Andrew Smith
Director of Innovation
Rowan-Salisbury Schools (NC)
Andrew works on instructional technology and professional development for using that technology. Previously he taught biology and forensics in a 21st century classroom at East Rowan High School.
Ann Flynn
Director of Education Technology
National School Boards Association
Ann has supported NSBA’s education technology work since 1992 and created their “20 to Watch” recognition. She was named as a 2014 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the CDE.
Aubrey Francisco
Research Director
Digital Promise
Aubrey has Research & Development experience in both the biomedical and education fields. She currently leads Digital Promise's research communication and ed tech pilot efforts.
Bart Epstein
Founding CEO; Research Associate Professor
Jefferson Education Accelerator; University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Bart and Jefferson Education seek to improve our nation’s education system by helping the most promising growth-stage education companies grow and do real research, and by bringing together education leaders and stakeholders to tackle complex questions such as how can we make merit, not marketing, be the basis of more decision-making.
Benjamin Gaines
Principal
Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Unified School District (CA)
Through his 4 years at RMMS, Benjamin has led the school as a Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning School, where students received 24/7 connectivity as a 1:1 iPad School. Under his leadership, Rancho Minerva has been in the national spotlight as a P21 Exemplar School for their unique approach to teaching and learning.
Benjamin Riley
Executive Director
Deans for Impact
Benjamin is the founder of Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization working to transform the way we prepare teachers in the U.S. He formerly worked as policy director for NewSchools Venture Fund and as Deputy Attorney General for the state of California.
Betsy Corcoran
Co-founder and CEO
EdSurge
Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge , an award-winning news and information source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters, runs a vibrant jobs board, a series of powerful Summits that bring together educators and entrepreneurs who are decision makers. Through EdSurge's "Concierge" service, schools across the US are finding better edtech tools to serve their students. Ms. Corcoran is an award winning journalist. She spent 10 years with Forbes, where she served as Executive Editor for technology at Forbes Media. She’s also been a staff writer for the Washington Post, a member of the Board of Editors of Scientific American and a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She’s been a featured commentator on programs including Forbes on Fox, CNBC, NBC's "Press Here.” She was named a Fellow of the Pahara Institute in 2016. Her sons attend public school in California.
Bill Ferster
Research Professor
University of Virginia
Bill is the author of Teaching Machines: Learning at the Intersection of Education and Technology, and Sage on the Screen: Education, Media, and How We Learn. In past lives, he founded a series of successful startups in the technology and media areas.
Bill Hansen
President & CEO
Strada Education Network
Bill is recognized as a national leader in the education sector. He served as deputy U.S. secretary of education from 2001-2003, acting as the department’s chief operating officer. Previously at the Education Department, he had served as assistant secretary for management and budget and chief financial officer. Bill most recently was chairman and CEO of the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Madison Education Group.
Bill Hughes
President
Open4 Learning
Bill is President and Founder of Open4 Learning, an ed tech innovation company. For the past decade, he has pioneered groundbreaking solutions and strategies in ed tech, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer at Learning Objects.
Bob Wise
President
Alliance for Excellent Education
Bob served a combined twenty-four years as governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislator, Led by Gov. Wise since 2005, the Alliance for Excellent Education has become a respected advocate for the Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, Linked Learning, digital learning, adolescent literacy, and other key education policy issues.
Brad Lane
Co-founder & CEO
RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners
R. Brad Lane is the Chief Executive Officer of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, an investment-bank founded with The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, which sponsors public-private partnerships to improve the nation’s infrastructure, economic development programs to spur growth in metropolitan cities and specialty venture development for private growth companies. He founded Lane Financial Corporation, a multi-family office providing global wealth management strategies for high-net-worth individuals, where he served as Managing Partner of Atlas Capital, the $12 billion subsidiary B/D structuring initial public offerings in Technology & Healthcare and alternative investments in Real Estate.
Bridget Burns
Executive Director
University Innovation Alliance
Bridget leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students. Her previous experience includes service as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System, an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, and National Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
Britt Neuhaus
Innovative Schools Program Officer
Overdeck Family Foundation
Britt began her career as a teacher in NYC. Prior to joining Overdeck Family Foundation, she was the Director of Special Projects at the NYC DOE’s iZone, where she supported the implementation of innovative school models across the city.
Britte Chang
Senior Education Researcher
SRI International
Britte’s research focuses on the design and impact of learning technologies, instruction and assessment in K-12 math and science. Her work considers systemic issues of educational practice and policy, including the investigation of processes and designs that cross learning contexts and settings.
Bror Saxberg
Chief Learning Officer
Kaplan, Inc.
Bror is responsible for the research and development of innovative learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan's full range of educational services offerings. He previously served as senior vice president and chief learning officer at K12, Inc. and as vice president at Knowledge Universe.
Chad Ratliff
Director of Instructional Programs
Abermarle County Schools
Chad’s work focuses on seeding, designing, and expanding Albemarle County’s portfolio of nontraditional learning experiences through pedagogy and programs as part of the district’s focus on student agency and lifelong learning. He also heads up strategic partnerships and serves as Project Director for the $3.4 million U.S. DoE Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change. He was recently appointed to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship and served on the Virginia Board of Education’s Advisory Committee for CTE from 2009-2015.
Cheryl Niehaus
US Education Program Officer
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
A former high school teacher, Cheryl leads the foundation’s efforts to increase the number of schools and schools systems supporting teachers in creating more personalized learning experiences for students. She previously served as senior product manager at Harcourt Education.
Chris Hoehn-Saric
Co-Founder & Senior Managing Director
Sterling Partners
Chris co-founded Sterling in 1983. Prior to re-joining the Sterling team, Chris served as CEO of portfolio company Educate, Inc. and chairman and co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. Chris is a member of the Boards of Trustees for Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries.
Chris Hulleman
Research Associate Professor
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Chris's research focuses on social psychological theories and interventions to increase student motivation. He was a former high school teacher’s aide, coach, and social worker, and has a passion for using psychological research to enhance educational outcomes.
Chris Rush
Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer; Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow
New Classrooms Innovation Partners; Aspen Institute
Most recently, Chris led the overall conceptualization, design and implementation of the School of One/Teach to One personalized learning programs which were named one of Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions of the Year. He previously worked with the NYCDOE, co-leading the design of the of their citywide parent, teacher and administrator longitudinal data system.
Christina Luke
Project Director, Marketplace Research
Digital Promise
Christina is a high school English teacher turned education researcher. At Digital Promise, she serves as the project director for Marketplace Research. Through her work, she aims to build district capacity for conducting research and improve the use of research in ed-tech product development.
Colleen Pacatte
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Colleen has worked in the field of education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, school principal, and district level administrator. In the past ten years she has focused on developing high quality professional development for teachers.
Craig Dane Roberts
Chief Learning Officer
TechSmartKids
Craig leads implementation and evaluation education strategies, with a focus on scalable practices informed by the cognitive and data sciences.
Daniel Pianko
Co-Founder & Managing Director
University Ventures
Daniel started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, but quickly realized that he wanted to combine private capital with the creation of a next generation of socially beneficial education companies. Daniel currently sits on the boards of Ponce School of Medicine, Synergis Education, Galvanize, Qubed and EDEX.
Dave Edyburn
Associate Dean for Research
College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida
Dave is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida. His work focuses on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. Dave also serves as editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
David Daniel
Professor
Dept of Psychology, James Madison University
David B. Daniel is an award-winning teacher and researcher with over 25 years of classroom experience and almost two decades consulting on educational technology development, design, and implementation across a variety of companies and stakeholder groups. He is an established leader in translating psychological science to useable knowledge for educational practice in K-12, higher education and corporate education.
David Kim
Founder & CEO
Intellus Learning
David is a seasoned Engineer and Entrepreneur, who began his career as a technology investment banker and strategy consultant. Over the last decade, he has either founded or been a founding management team member of fast growing technology start-ups in the web search, digital content management and online advertising sectors. In 2010, David’s focus turned to education to align with his social views of the importance of education to our society. He is currently Founder & CEO of Intellus Learning, a content and curriculum analytics platform company working with higher education institutions to better manage their digital content and understand student behavior with digital content in relation to learning objectives.
David Slykhuis
Professor
James Madison University; President, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
David has been a science education professor at James Madison University for twelve years. He graduated with his PhD in science education from North Carolina State University in 2004.
David Soo
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Under Secretary of Education
David's work focuses on a broad array of higher education policy issues, with a particular focus on areas of academic quality and innovation. In addition, he provides leadership to the Department on financial capability for young Americans. David joined the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2011.
David Steiner
Director
Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University
David previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State, as the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, and as Director of Education at the National Endowment for the Arts. His insistence on including major funding for curricula in the State's Race to the Top grant led to the launch of EngageNY, the nation’s most consulted on-line curriculum resource.
David Wiley
Chief Academic Officer
Lumen Learning
David is currently the Education Fellow at Creative Commons and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology. He has founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen Learning, Degreed, and the Open High School of Utah.
Deborah Quazzo
Founder and Managing Partner
GSV Acceleration
Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund investing in the most dynamic entrepreneurs and companies leveraging technology in the global $4.9 trillion education and talent technology sectors.
Dror Ben-Naim
CEO
Smart Sparrow
Dror is the founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow, an ed-tech start-up based in San Francisco and Sydney, Australia, pioneering adaptive and personalized learning technology. He previously served as co-director of the Center of Education Through eXploration at ASU.
Dwight Jones
Superintendent in Residence
Discovery Communications Inc.
Dwight has worked in education most of his adult life. He has served as an elementary and middle school teacher; elementary, middle and high school principal; coach and athletic director; assistant superintendent; superintendent and state commissioner of education.
Edith Gummer
Director, Education Research
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Edith's focus is research on innovation and entrepreneurship in education. Her prior experiences include program officer at the National Science Foundation, senior research scientist at WestEd, and research director at Education Northwest.
Ellen Meier
Director
Center for Technology & School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ellen is also a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. She is co-chair of the University of the State of New York Council on Technology Policy and Practice. Ellen began her career as a teacher in a federal experimental school program in Minnesota.
Emily Kinard
Project Manager, National Engagement
Strada Education Network
Emily manages Washington, D.C.-based partnerships, conducts policy research and analysis, and coordinates USA Funds sponsorships. Prior to joining USA Funds, Emily's work focused on advocacy for women and children globally, including leading a research team studying child welfare in Ghana. She recently obtained her Master's degree in political management from George Washington University.
Eric Chagala
Principal
Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) (CA)
Eric is the founding Principal of the Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) in Vista, California, a Digital Promise/Verizon Innovative Learning School with 1:1 iPad technology for students. His research is around the critical resiliency of low-income, high achieving, Latino youth in the San Diego area.
Eric Westendorf
Co-Founder & CEO
LearnZillion
LearnZillion supports teachers in providing the education that every student deserves. Prior to founding LearnZillion, Eric served as principal and chief academic officer at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School and as Executive Director at National Teaching Academy.
Eva Dundas
Chief Learning Officer
Branching Minds
Eva is a developmental cognitive psychologist whose work focuses on levering the learning sciences to help K12 schools better support struggling students. At Branching Minds, she leads the efficacy testing and R&D on a web application that streamlines and focuses K12 intervention practice at the teacher and school level.
Fiona Hollands
Associate Director and Senior Researcher
Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Fiona has been an education researcher and evaluator for over 15 years investigating the impact of technology on teaching and learning, and the cost-effectiveness of educational interventions including online and blended learning.
Fred Singer
CEO
Echo360
Prior to Echo360, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors. He held a number of senior roles at AOL, was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and was a consultant with Bain & Company.
George Kane
General Manager, Education Ventures
Emerson Collective
George was responsible for Apple's ecosystem of education apps and content, product management at School Specialty, business development and several product lines at Pearson, and content and websites at Blackboard.
Glen Bull
Co-Director
Center for Technology & Teacher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Glen is also a professor of instructional technology in the Curry School of Education. He developed one of the nation’s first statewide K-12 Internet systems, Virginia’s Public Education Network (PEN). Glen is a founding member and past president of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).
Glen Harvey
Chief Executive Officer
WestEd
Glen is the CEO of WestEd, a national research, development, and service organization focused on equity, excellence, and improved learning in children, youth, and adults. She previously served as Executive Director of Learning Innovations and of The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands.
Gunnar Counselman
CEO
Fidelis Education
Before founding Fidelis Education and 50+ implementations of Learning Relationship Management, Gunnar was previously VP of Operations at Inside Track and a consultant at Bain and Company.
Hal Friedlander
CEO
Technology for Education Consortium
Prior to starting TEC, Hal was Chief Information Officer of New York City schools, America's largest school district, with over 1 million students, 100,000 employees, and 1,800 schools.
Harold Levy
Executive Director
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Harold is best known for having served as chancellor of the New York City school system for three years beginning in 2000. Prior to working for the Cooke Foundation, he headed the edtech investment practice of a venture capital firm and was special counsel to a special situations/distressed debt hedge fund. He also served as the executive vice president of Kaplan, Inc.
Ileen Warner
Vice President of Communications
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Ileen is a marketing consultant focused in education where she develops and implements programs that bring together the greatest minds in the industry to collaborate and develop solutions through seminars, networking and sharing best practices. Ileen is also the Director of the YPO Higher Education Group.
Isabel Callaway
Outreach Coordinator
Jefferson Education
Isabel is a senior at Duke University studying English and education. Currently she is the Outreach Coordinator at JEA. She is excited to be a part of the Efficacy Symposium as Group D's Logistics Lead.
J. Michael Spector
Professor
University of North Texas
Michael is a professor of learning technologies. He previously served as president of AECT, editor of ETR&D, editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, and editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Technology and Communications (3rd, 4th eds.).
James Ryan
Dean
Harvard Graduate School of Education
A leading expert on law and education, James has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. Before coming to Harvard, he was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as academic associate dean from 2005-09 and founded and directed the school's Program in Law and Public Service.
James Tieng
Principal
Quad Partners
James is an education investor focused on growth capital and buyouts across the age spectrum. He has 10+ years of private equity experience across middle market and large cap global funds, having completed $3 billion of transactions in a variety of industries.
Jason Edwards
Senior Associate
American Federation of Teachers
A former K-12 educator, Jason began working with the AFT to provide technical assistance to districts seeking to realize lasting reforms through collaborative partnership on many education improvement initiatives. He has begun to focus his efforts on Career and Technical Education and Education Technology as vehicles for education reform and student engagement.
Jason Lange
CEO and Co-Founder
BloomBoard
Jason previously worked in finance as an investment banking analyst and private equity associate. While in graduate school, he worked as a summer associate at NewSchools Venture Fund, where he supported the development of the initial edtech investment thesis for the NewSchools Seed Fund.
Jason Palmer
General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners
Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor. Prior to joining New Markets, Jason served as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led postsecondary innovation efforts to improve the outcomes of low-income, minority and first-generation college students.
Jeff Selingo
Professor of Practice; Visiting Scholar
Arizona State University; Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities
Jeffrey is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future and how to succeed in a fast-changing economy. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, and the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Jeffrey Cohen
CEO
Catapult Learning
Jeffrey previously served as the President of Catapult Learning from 2001 to 2006, when the company was a division of Educate, Inc. In 2008, he oversaw the sale of the business to JMI Equity and The Carlyle Group. Prior to returning, Jeffrey served as the President and CEO of Sylvan Learning for seven years.
Jenna Schuette Talbot
Vice President, Strategic Communications
Whiteboard Advisors
Jenna helps to scale innovative education ideas and practices that drive positive outcomes for students. Throughout her career, Jenna has served in communications, advocacy, and research roles.
Jennifer Chiu
Assistant Professor
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Jennifer's research includes designing educational technologies and design activities to help students learn STEM concepts as well as how to help teachers implement design projects. She is the Principal Investigator of a number of NSF-funded projects that involve engineering education and cyberlearning.
Jennifer Jenkins
Project Director
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Jennifer is the Project Director at Jefferson Education at the University of Virginia (JEA.) Prior to working with JEA, Jennifer consulted with education non-profits, focused on strategic planning, grant implementation and project management. During this time, Jennifer helped to implement a national grant initiative for military families, managed the oversight of multiple federal grant application processes, served as interim Chief Operating Officer of a national non-profit and secured new policy and appropriations serving the expansion of student access to quality educational programs and curriculum.
Jennifer Medbery
Founder & CEO
Kickboard
Jennifer served as a corps member in the Teach for America program before becoming a founding teacher at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics Academy. In 2009 she founded Kickboard, a software and coaching provider for improving school culture.
Jeremy Shorr
Director of Technology Innovation and Early Childhood STEM Education
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Jeremy previously worked at Mentor Public Schools as Director of Innovation and Educational Technology. He is the Chair of the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Technology Coordinator's Network and the Past-President of the Ideastream Advisory Council. In 2015, Jeremy was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Jerome L. Rekart
Director of Research and Analytics
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Though originally trained as a behavioral neuroscientist, Jerome's focus is on the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve education, many of which are outlined in his book, The Cognitive Classroom.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson
President & CEO
DreamBox Learning
Jessie previously held several executive positions in leading EdTech companies including, Kaplan, LeapFrog and Blackboard. Recognized by Forbes “Impact 15,” she has dedicated her career to expanding access to high quality learning experiences for all students through industry leading innovative technologies.
Jill Buban
Senior Director of Research & Innovation
Online Learning Consortium
Dr. Jill Buban serves as Senior Director of Research & Innovation for the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she works with institutions to disperse online and blended learning research as well as conducts research projects commissioned by organizations and institutions. Prior to joining the Online Learning Consortium, Dr. Buban was the Assistant Provost for Research & Innovation at Post University. In this role, Buban instituted university-wide initiatives with a forward thinking, student-centered focus. These initiatives included, but were not limited to, the university’s transition to digital course materials, the creation of an online academy for high school students, competency-based learning initiatives, credentialing, articulation agreements, enrollment management, oversight of all academic publications, as well as a variety of teaching and learning initiatives. Prior to joining Post University, Dr. Buban worked in Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. She collaborated on a variety of online learning initiatives including the implementation of ePortfolios, open learning access initiatives, and prior learning assessment practices.
Jim Shelton
Director of Education Initiatives
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Jim was previously president and chief impact officer at 2U. He has served as the deputy secretary and chief operating officer at the U.S. Department of Education, at the Gates Foundation as a program director, as a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, and as president and co-founder at LearnNow.
Joe Garofalo
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Co-Director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Joe has been in a variety of roles at UVA. He is a mathematics educator, and in this role he oversees the secondary mathematics teacher education program in the Curry School of Education, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education, and works with doctoral students. His interests in mathematics education include problem solving, educational technology, engineering education, and mathematics teacher preparation. Joe's other roles at UVA have been quite different - he has been an associate dean, the Chair of the University’s Faculty Senate, and the first faculty member in the history of the University to serve on the University’s Board of Visitors. Although these roles are different in many ways, they all involve problem solving of one kind or another.
John Bailey
Vice President of Policy and Executive Director
Digital Learning Now
John co-founded Whiteboard Advisors and previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. He has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, served as a top technology and innovation advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, and served as the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology.
John Danner
CEO
Zeal Learning
John is focused on crushing the cost of tutoring so that every student can have their own personal math coach. He is a former teacher and engineer and founder of Rocketship Education, the first blended learning schools in the country.
John Hutton
Superintendent
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
John as served as superintendent at Gurnee School District 56 for ten years. He was named NSBA as one of the twenty educational leaders to watch in 2015. Gurnee School District 56 received the Apple Distinguished Program Award in 2013.
Jon Fullerton
Executive Director
Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
Before coming to Harvard, Jon served as the Board of Education's Director of Budget and Financial Policy for the Los Angeles Unified School District. From 2002 to 2005 he was Vice-President of Strategy, Evaluation, Research, and Policy at the Urban Education Partnership in Los Angeles, and he worked for six years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant and Senior Practice Expert in Education.
Joseph South
Joshua Marland
Director of Data & Analytics
Highlander Institute
Joshua oversees the development of data collection and analysis systems at Highlander Institute. He previously worked at the Regents Research Fund with the New York State Education Department and was also a Strategic Data Fellow with the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard.
Joshua Mullis
Teacher
Rowan-Salisbury Schools (NC)
Joshua is a high school social studies teacher who has served on several institute boards, including DigiLearn and Innovate Technology Teams. He is actively continuing his education at UNC Charlotte, pursuing a Master's degree in social research, social studies, and educational development.
Joshua Starr
CEO
Phi Delta Kappa International
Joshua has been CEO of PDK International since June 2015. He began his career as a Special Education teacher in Brooklyn, NY and served as superintendent of Montgomery County, MD and Stamford, CT.
Julie Young
CEO
Global Personalized Academics
Julie oversees the company’s plans to offer international students the opportunity to earn a dual diploma from their native country in addition to one from a U.S. accredited high school through virtual learning. She is the founder and former President and CEO of Florida Virtual School and served as a teacher trainer for a partnership between the Lee County school district and IBM.
Karen Cator
President and CEO
Digital Promise
Karen is a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. She previously served as Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the department, Karen directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education.
Karen Johnson
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Karen's work centers around K-12 personalized learning, including measuring product efficacy and spurring development of ed tech tools that meet the needs of teachers and students. Previously, Karen spent a decade marketing and building K-12 digital tools in social studies, science, math and language arts.
Karen Sullivan
Superintendent
Indian Prairie District 204 (IL)
Karen has an extensive background in both general and special education. She has held both building and district level administrative positions prior to assuming the superintendency of Indian Prairie District 204.
Kate Kazin
Chief Academic Officer
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Kate helped create CfA and designed CfA’s project-based CBE model. She is a NEASC/CIHE Commissioner and directs a $3.93 million FITW grant project to develop CBE alternatives to developmental education. Kate came to SNHU from ETS, where she was Executive Director of Higher Education.
Kathy Stack
Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Kathy joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation after a distinguished career in the federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she helped federal agencies design innovative grant-making models that allocate funding based on evidence and evaluation.
Katrina Stevens
Education Consultant
Katrina works to bring together diverse stakeholders across the ed tech landscape to make better tools for learning. She formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology overseeing Future Ready, the Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach, education innovation clusters and developer outreach.
Kay Persichitte
Professor of Instructional Technology
University of Wyoming; Assoc. for Educational Communications & Technology, President
Kay is Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Wyoming (UW) and the current President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Previously, she taught high school math and served in multiple higher ed administration roles including dean of the UW College of Education.
Kecia Ray
Executive Director
Center for Digital Education
As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Kecia led the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs. After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, she conducted research in the US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments.
Keith R. Krueger
CEO
Consortium for School Networking
Keith is CEO of CoSN, a nonprofit that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders. He has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has served on a joint EU/US committee planning a joint research agenda for eLearning.
Kinshuk
Dean
College of Information at the University of North Texas
Kinshuk is the Dean of the College of Information at the University of North Texas. His research interests include learning analytics; mobile, ubiquitous and location-aware learning; and cognitive profiling.
Kristin Palmer
Director of Online Programs, Provost Office
University of Virginia
Kristin is responsible for open educational resources, facilitating pan-university e-learning needs assessment and fulfillment, and conducting research. Prior to UVa, she worked in both education and business on complex technology projects.
Lawrence Friedman
Vice President
American Institutes for Research
Lawrence contributes to the leadership and strategic direction of AIR's education work. He leads the program’s System Supports portfolio, directs the AIR State and Local Evaluation Center, and leads or advises on a range of large-scale evaluation and research studies of K–12 education reform issues. He previously served as a chief program officer at Learning Point Associates.
Leslie Ledford
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Cherokee County School District (NC)
Leslie assists teachers and principals through analysis of instructional data and recommends technology enhancements to improve their ability to meet the needs of their curriculum and instructional practice. Prior to her current role, Leslie was a classroom teacher for 11 years.
Linda Chaput
Chief Executive Officer
Agile Mind
Linda is the founder and CEO of Agile Mind, Inc., an education company that has pioneered the application of emerging technologies to transform the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in middle and high schools. Linda previously founded Cogito, which developed supplemental digital resources for critical competency subjects in higher education.
Linda Roberts
Trustee Emerita
Education Development Center
Linda is a national educational technology consultant and was the founding director of the U.S. Office of Educational Technology. Most recently, she has been a member of the STEM education working group, part of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She also worked on the development of the current National Education Technology Plan.
Liz Simon
Vice President, Legal & External Affairs
General Assembly
Liz leads GA’s legal and public affairs, government relations, and social impact efforts. She joined GA from the Obama Administration, where she served as Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and worked on policy issues at the nexus of immigration and entrepreneurship.
Lori Rupsch
Executive Assistant
Gurnee School Districk 56
Lori has worked for 31 years in education of which 21 years were at Gurnee School District 56 working with the superintendent and Board of Education to provide assistance to students and parents throughout the district.
Lou Pugliese
Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director, the Action Lab
EdPlus at Arizona State University
Lou has more than 25 years of experience developing a wide variety of technology solutions to radically improve teaching and learning outcomes. He previously served as founding CEO at Blackboard, as a senior vice president at ETS, and as president and CEO of Moodlerooms.
Luyen Chou
Chief Product Officer
Pearson
Luyen is responsible for Pearson’s global product strategy, management of its product portfolio, and its global strategic partnerships. Prior to this role, he served at Pearson as Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, and Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 through the acquisition of Schoolnet, a US software provider of data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions for K-12 school districts and states. Perry is an Arthur Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science. He co-founded The Weather Underground Inc. and serves as senior vice president for learning innovation at Echo360.
Madeline Clements
Central Initiatives Associate
New Classrooms
Prior to joining New Classrooms, Madeline graduated from George Washington University in cultural anthropology. While in school, she volunteered for One Common Unity working with high school students. She also interned at the American Association of University Women and spent almost a year in South America promoting literacy and working with children.
Mahnaz R. Charania
Director, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Fulton County Schools (GA)
Mahnaz is a Research Psychologist and K-12 strategic leader with expertise in impact evaluations of organizational investments. At Fulton County Schools, she conducts program evaluations of district- and school-level investments/innovations and ensures appropriate alignment between evaluation findings and strategic initiative priorities.
Maia Sharpley
Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives
Charter Schools USA
Maia executes innovative partnerships and quality solutions for students and teachers. She previously worked for Kaplan and served in a variety of executive positions with the New York City Department of Education and as strategy consultant for management consulting firms.
Mark Grovic
Co-Founder & General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners
Mark serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Credly, Fishtree, Graduation Alliance, Orchestro, Think Through Learning, MediaSolv, Lightningcast, Moodlerooms, and Workspace.com. He has been investing in high growth companies since 1992. Mark helped to found and served as Board Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and is Board Chair at Emerson Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C.
Mark Miller
Co-Founder and Partner; Managing Partner
LearnLaunch; Good Harbor Partners
Mark is a lifelong entrepreneur since winning the business plan competition at Cornell University and building one of the earliest first education publishing subscription businesses. He has co-founded, built and/or served as executive chairman or CEO for numerous leading publishing, technology and community companies.
Mark Schneiderman
Vice President of Government Affairs
West / SchoolMessenger Solutions
Mark represents West’s Education group on education-related issues before federal and state governments. He previously served as Senior Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and as Legislative Associate for the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Matt Akin
Superintendent
Piedmont City School District (AL)
Matt has been superintendent of the Piedmont City School District for the last thirteen years. His district has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach to teaching and learning.
Matt Greenfield
Managing Partner
Rethink Education
Matt is also on the boards of Ace Learning, BrightBytes, and Hapara and serves as an advisor to University Ventures and Laureate Education. His non-profit affiliations include the leadership council of NewSchools Venture Fund and the board of Mouse.org.
Matthew Chingos
Senior Fellow
Urban Institute
Matthew studies a wide range of education policy topics at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels, including class-size reduction, standardized testing, teacher quality, student loan debt, and college graduation rates. He was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Matthew Rascoff
Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation
Duke University
Matthew is Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University. He was previously founding Vice President for Learning Technology and Innovation at UNC General Administration. He previously led product management teams at Wireless Generation and co-founded the strategy group at Ithaka, an incubator of higher education technology ventures.
Melina Uncapher
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology, UC San Francisco
Melina leads the department’s educational neuroscience efforts as Director of Education for Neuroscape, a new center that aims to bridge neuroscience and technology. Melina has spent 15 years at the forefront of learning neuroscience, and now applies research to solving real-world problems in education and technology.
Melinda Karp
Assistant Director
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
In her 16 years at CCRC, Melinda has developed a national reputation as an expert on smoothing students’ transitions into college and supporting them once there. She leads CCRC’s work on advising, institutional reform, and rethinking how to support community college students.
Michael Feldstein
Partner
MindWires Consulting
Michael is an educational technology consultant and a lifelong educator. Previously, he has been the senior program manager of MindTap at Cengage Learning and principal product strategy manager for Academic Enterprise Solutions at Oracle Corporation. Michael has also served as an assistant director at the SUNY Learning Network.
Michael J. Kennedy
Assistant Professor
University of Virginia
Before earning his Ph.D., Michael was a high school special education teacher for six years, and an elementary school teacher for three years. He has master’s degrees in educational technology and special education.
Michael Nagler
Superintendent
Mineola School District (NY)
Michael has been the superintendent at Mineola for seven years. He graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Michael Staton
Partner
Learn Capital
Michael is a Partner at Learn Capital, where he has helped lead investments into Coursera, Minerva, BrightBytes, AltSchool and Brilliant. He is the founder and former CEO of Uversity. Starting his career as a public school teacher, Michael served as a Venture Partner and Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund, now Reach Capital.
Michelle Dreyband
Executive Assistant
Digital Promise
Michelle brings experience in volunteer management, event planning, and arts administration to Digital Promise. In her last position at the San Francisco Symphony, Michelle supported all large-scale fundraising events and managed major donors and sponsors lists.
MJ Bishop
Director
Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
MJ is inaugural director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. Prior to coming to USM, MJ was Associate Professor and Director of the Lehigh University College of Education’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program.
Nick White
Chair
WCET Steering Committee, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Nick also serves as the director of competency based learning solutions at Capella University. He has worked with Capella University since 2005, graduating with his Master's degree from the university in 2008. Prior to Capella Nick was an information developer at Avaya.
Nicole Neal
CEO
Noodle Markets
Nicole is a visionary leader and pioneer at building transformative educational products. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Noodle Markets, she leads the company in its mission to enhance efficiency and transparency within the education landscape by revolutionizing K-12 purchasing. Prior to joining the company, Nicole was the President of the Education Solutions Group at CORE Education Consulting and Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded company, where she oversaw a staff of 300 employees and managed a portfolio of formative assessment, intervention, and content solutions for districts and states serving the Pre-K, K-12, Employability, Special Education and Higher Education sectors. Nicole also served as the Senior Vice President of Major Accounts and State Services for Pearson Education Inc., one of the world’s largest education publishing and technology companies. Prior to Pearson, she served as Senior Vice President of Client Services for Schoolnet, Inc.
Pam Moran
Superintendent
Albemarle County Schools (VA)
Pam has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She was appointed Superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011 she served on various committees and as an Officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents before being elected as the President of VASS in 2012.
Patricia Deklotz
Superintendent
Kettle Moraine School District (WI)
Patricia transforms schools by scaling personalized learning. Pioneering teacher micro-credentials and career pathways, she champions change to improve education opportunities. Prior to becoming a teacher, Pat worked 20 years in financial software development and with non-profit organizations.
Paul Freedman
Co-Founder & CEO
Entangled Ventures
Prior to Entangled Ventures, Paul was the Founder & CEO of Altius Education. Before graduating college, he created Academic Engine, a college recruitment technology company that he later sold to Hobsons in 2004. After selling the company, Paul spent 5 years as the president of Hobson’s subsidiary focused on online student recruitment technologies.
Perry Samson
Professor
University of Michigan College of Engineering & School of Information
Perry is an Arthur Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science. He co-founded The Weather Underground Inc. and serves as senior vice president for learning innovation at Echo360.
Pete Wheelan
Chief Executive Officer
InsideTrack Inc.
Pete has dedicated his career to leading mission-driven, high growth companies focused on helping individuals live up to their full potential. Prior to InsideTrack, he served in executive positions at Blurb and Lonely Planet Publications.
Phil Hill
Partner
MindWires Consulting
Phil is co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, co-producer of e-Literate TV, and a partner at MindWires Consulting. As a market analyst, he has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions. Previously Phil was an independent consultant through HBO Systems and Delta Initiative.
Rahim Rajan
Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rahim leads investments and grant making in courseware, learning technologies, and innovations in the delivery of learning and knowledge that will help advance the success of college students. He previously helped launch and grow a number of not-for-profit technology organizations in New York City, created by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and grew adoption of these resources in parts of the developing world.
Rebecca Griffiths
Senior Researcher
Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
Rebecca specializes in blending qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of technology-enhanced instruction in postsecondary education. Griffiths has led large-scale research and evaluation projects involving numerous institutional partners and stakeholders.
Richard Culatta
Chief Innovation Officer
Rhode Island Department of Education
Prior to becoming the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island, Culatta was the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. Before that, he served as policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray and as Chief Technology Officer at CIA University.
Robert C. Pianta
Dean
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Robert is a nationally-recognized expert in both early childhood education and K-12 teaching and learning. His research and policy interests focus on teacher-student interactions and relationships and their contributions to students’ learning and development.
Rusty Greiff
Managing Director for Education Ventures
1776
Most recently, Rusty served as Chief Strategy & Development Officer and co-founder of SF-based Learnist, one of the fastest growing social learning and curation companies in the country with over 25 million global users. Rusty was also a founding executive team and Board member of Grockit, a pioneering social and adaptive learning company serving over 5 million students globally that was acquired by Kaplan Test Prep in August, 2013. Before joining the Grockit/Learnist team, Rusty held senior online learning, executive corporate development, President/GM operating positions with Educate, Inc. one of the largest supplemental education companies in the U.S.
Sam Chaudhary
Co-Founder & CEO
ClassDojo
Sam is the co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo, a free app that helps teachers encourage students and engage families. ClassDojo is widely used across many countries and available in multiple languages. It has developed from a website to a mobile application that is easily accessible from anywhere by teachers, parents & students.
Sara Dexter
Associate Professor
University of Virginia
Sara's experience in administration at the school district level brings a unique perspective concerning the systemic implementation and integration of technology at the district, school, and classroom level. Her research interests lie in exploring the relationship between educational leadership, technology leadership, and resource management.
Sara Schapiro
Senior Director
League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise
Sara is the founding Director of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship initiative, and also oversees the organization’s work on education innovation clusters, maker learning, and leadership professional services. Prior to Digital Promise, Sara worked as a consultant for Pearson and the NJ Department of Education.
Saro Mohammed
Partner
The Learning Accelerator
At TLA, Saro focuses on understanding if, how, and when K-12 blended learning is effective nationally. She has ten years’ experience in researching/evaluating public, private, and non-profit education programs, most recently as inaugural assistant director of two research units in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.
Scott Miller
Principal
Avonworth Primary Center (PA)
Prior to his current role, Scott was assistant principal at Avonworth Elementary and taught 6th grade math at Avonworth Middle School. His research interests include early childhood education pedagogy, creativity in the elementary school setting as part of effective lesson design, implementation of Common Core State Standards, and the development of maker spaces.
Stephanie Moore
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Director of Online Initiatives
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Stephanie's work is in design and development of instructional materials and systems with expertise in online learning, multimedia design, and cross-cultural implementations grounded in research.
Stephen Smith
President, Advising & Admissions Solutions
Hobsons
Stephen joined Hobsons in 2007 through the acquisition of Naviance, where as co-founder and chief executive he led the company in creating the leading college and career readiness platform for schools and districts. Stephen has been a board member at College Possible and faculty member at Johns Hopkins University.
Steve Fleischman
CEO
Education Northwest
Steve is an expert on evidence-based policy and practice in education. A former classroom teacher, Steve has also been a vice president at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where he created and led a number of U.S. Department of Education-funded school improvement projects.
Steven Hodas
Innovation Cluster Sr Advisor
Digital Promise
Steven has led innovation and system redesign projects in the public and private sectors for 25 years. He served as Executive Director of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Innovation under Mayor Bloomberg and advises numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Stuart Udell
CEO
K12 Inc.
Stuart joined K12 as the company’s chief executive officer in February 2016. Most recently, he served as executive chairman and prior as chief executive officer of Catapult Learning, Inc. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Stuart was the President of Postsecondary Education at The Princeton Review.
Susan Fuhrman
President
Teachers College, Columbia University
Susan is immediate past President of the National Academy of Education, founding Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and previously Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer
EverFi
Tammy previously worked in South Africa and Egypt leading education and workforce development projects for Price Waterhouse's International Strategy Group. She returned to the U.S. to run client services for a software startup company in San Francisco, and at Diamond Technology Partners. Tammy was later appointed to the U.S. Department of State, where she helped manage a $300 million investment fund focused on economic and education foreign assistance to the Middle East. In 2006, she refocused on education technology in the U.S. working with leading education organization including New Schools Venture Fund, and for-profit education companies.
Teresa Foulger
Associate Professor of Educational Technology
Arizona State University
Teresa S. Foulger is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Arizona State University. She is an expert in professional development and organizational structures that create lasting change in education, especially where technology is integrated into teaching and learning opportunities.
Terry Nealon
CEO
Fishtree
Terry started his career in software. In 2005 he ran sports/HIV programs in South Africa, after which time he served as EVP International for Riverdeep/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt before co-founding the personalized learning company Fishtree in 2012.
Thomas Ralston
Superintendent
Avonworth School District (PA)
Prior to becoming Superintendent, Thomas served as principal of the Avonworth Middle School for six years. Before Avonworth, he worked as the principal of South Side Middle School in Hookstown, Pennsylvania.Thomas began his teaching career in the Hancock County School District in West Virginia, serving as a middle school science teacher from 1990 to 1996.
Tim Hudson
Vice President of Learning
DreamBox Learning
Tim spent over 10 years in public education, both as a high school math teacher and a K–12 math coordinator. At DreamBox, he oversees the development of innovative learning experiences that engage students in mathematical thinking and provide teachers with useful information to support differentiation and personalization in their classrooms.
Tim Renick
Vice Provost & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
Georgia State University
Tim has overseen among the fastest improving graduation rates in the U.S. and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level. He currently is principal investigator for $15 million in grants, including a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on low-income and first-generation students.
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Tonika leads NewSchools’ Tools & Services team who invests in promising for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs developing digital tools and services that support teaching and learning in PreK-12 schools. She previously spent eight years at Amplify and Wireless Generation and also worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP).
Torra Haynes
Executive Assistant to the President
Teachers College, Columbia University
Torra has been with Teachers College for almost three years. Prior to that time, she served as a manager in the Dean's Office at Columbia University and as an executive assistant at Morgan Stanley.
Valerie Truesdale
Chief Technology, Personalized Learning and Engagement Officer
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC)
Valerie is a former teacher, high school principal, deputy superintendent for a state department, chief instructional officer, superintendent in two districts, and now chief technology officer. She is a past president of the international Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and was named state superintendent of the year in 2009 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators
Whitney Kilgore
Chief Academic Officer
iDesignEDU
Whitney is the Chief Academic Officer at iDesign working with institutions of higher education to build high quality online and blended learning programs. She has an extensive background in education, leadership, educational technology, strategic planning, learning management systems, professional service delivery, and organizational change. Her primary areas of focus are faculty professional development, personalized adaptive digital content, and learner engagement. Her PhD research focused on the use of social media to support informal professional learning for educators.
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