Working Group C
Research Spending & the Most Popular EdTech Products

Of the most popular EdTech products/programs in Higher Ed and K-12, how many have been evaluated and by whom? What role did research play in developing these products/programs as opposed to functioning as marketing after the products were already successful? When was efficacy research done in relation to the development of the product, marketing efforts and capturing market share? To what extent was product research conducted prior to the financial viability or after (as part of marketing efforts)?

Working Group C: Blog
Research Spending & the Most Popular EdTech Products
October 5, 2016

With the avalanche of new programs, systems, tools, games, and apps, schools (K-12 and Higher Ed) are required to carve time out of an already busy schedule to determine those products that align most closely to their educational philosophy within research-based best practices. The procurement of hardware and software to support learning for all students has become problematic from time, philosophical, and financial perspectives. Our working group, in an effort to support decision makers in this process, has been charged to examine the impact research spending has on the most popular Ed Tech products. We would welcome assistance from product developers who would be willing to discuss the type of research that was employed in the development of their products. Our group is very interested in doing a case study to garner qualitative data to support our research on this topic. Please contact Dr. John Hutton if you would be willing, or know of someone you might recommend, to assist us.



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Working Group Leaders
Ann Flynn
Director of Education Technology
National School Boards Association
John Hutton
Superintendent
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Research Lead
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 Members
Colleen Pacatte
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment
Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
Daniel Pianko
Co-Founder & Managing Director
University Ventures
Glen Harvey
Chief Executive Officer
WestEd
Gunnar Counselman
CEO
Fidelis Education
Jon Fullerton
Executive Director
Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
Joshua Marland
Director of Data & Analytics
Highlander Institute
Joshua Mullis
Teacher
Rowan-Salisbury Schools (NC)
Karen Sullivan
Superintendent
Indian Prairie District 204 (IL)
Luyen Chou
Chief Product Officer
Pearson
Perry Samson
Professor
University of Michigan College of Engineering & School of Information
Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer
EverFi
Logistics Lead
Lori Rupsch
Executive Assistant
Gurnee School District 56
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Lori Rupsch
Executive Assistant
Gurnee School District 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.
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.
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.
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.
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