Movers and Shakers

Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda

What was once a sleepy conference at Arizona State University that charged $50 for attendance has now become ground zero for dealmaking in the education technology industry. (A ticket for this year costs nearly $3,200.)

Dude, Where’s My Purpose? Ashton Kutcher on Today’s ‘Abysmal’ Schools

Ashton Kutcher is not one of those celebrities who has his own name-brand school, or who used to be a teacher. But he is one who lobs plenty of critiques about education, and thinks he can do it better.For one, he thinks “schools are doing an abysmal job at raising capital.” If he ran one himself, he’d call up Elon Musk asking for a free Tesla X, and maybe some starter cash to see if his students could create something of value for the car company. He’d also buzz his buddy Brian Chesky, who runs Airbnb, a company Kutcher has invested in, and try to strike a similar deal.

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow

Jennifer Wolochow majored in philosophy and religion at Stanford, hoping to become a high school teacher.“I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said.But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world.

Summit Schools to Spin Out Learning Program

Summit Public Schools, which over the past four years has led the creation of the “Summit Learning Program” currently used by more than 380 schools around the U.S., said today that it will spin out that program into an independent nonprofit as of the 2019-2020 school year.

Former ED Official Joins Bootcamp Lender to Lead Quality Assurance Efforts

It’s not uncommon for U.S. Department of Education (ED) officials to go on to work in education technology after Washington. Former education secretary Arne Duncan is now a partner at Emerson Collective, and has also joined the board of directors at edtech companies including Pluralsight and Turnitin. Former directors at Education Department’s technology office, including Karen Cator, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, now hold executive roles at different education technology nonprofits.

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Pearson’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education

I started working with classroom technology in 1989 at The Dalton School in New York City. We taught sixth-grade students ancient history through an archaeology simulation we developed on black-and-white Macintosh computers. We explored new planetary nebulas by scanning digital images from the Hubble telescope.

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Georgia State Professor—and Student Success Innovator—Awarded McGraw Prize in Education

For 30 years, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education has been one of the most prestigious awards in the field, honoring outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through innovative and successful approaches. The prize is awarded annually through an alliance between The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University.

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent

Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. So how do you find the perfect hire? A big part of that strategy is knowing where to look to find the kind of high-quality candidates you want to add to your roster. We decided to sit down with the EdSurge Job’s team to talk specifically about how to locate “hidden” edtech talent. Here are their suggestions on where to find your perfect candidate.Hiding in plain sight

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Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jim Shelton is leaving the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Jim Shelton: 'Forward, Always: My Journey at CZI'

Jim Shelton, who started the Education division of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, posted this note on the organization’s website today. Read our complete coverage about Shelton’s exit here.

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