Given that “Consumer Reports for Education” does not currently exist, which organizations (if any) are aggregating product reviews and efficacy research, to help making decisions about which EdTech products to consider, pilot, and procure? Are states or regional cooperatives of institutions sharing product reviews and efficacy research? What promising efforts may be underway in the private sector and the media to aggregate and disseminate this type of information?
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Crowdsourcing Efficacy Research and Product Reviews
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.
Co-founder and CEO
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.
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.
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.
General Manager, Education Ventures
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.
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.
Founder & CEO
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.
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.
Central Initiatives Associate
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.
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.
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.
Mineola School District (NY)
Michael has been the superintendent at Mineola for seven years. He graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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