The LearnLaunch 2014 Annual Conference

Across Boundaries

How Can Edtech Scale Student Success?

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February 28 - March 1, 2014 Harvard University • Cambridge MA

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Bringing The Edtech World Together

Join entrepreneurs, educators, investors, students, and other industry experts to discuss the most
challenging questions facing the edtech industry today.

We'll examine the potential of technology to improve K-20 education in the United States and the impact of digital learning,
as well as explore market and investment opportunities for the future.

Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Heather Staker

Senior Research Fellow, Education

Clayton Christensen Institute

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Chris Dede

Professor

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Leonard Medlock

Associate Editor

EdSurge

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Andrew Joseph

Co-Founder

TenMarks, an Amazon company

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Carol A. Vallone

CEO

Educate Online

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Aaron Feuer

CEO and Co-Founder

Panorama Education

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Edtech Showcase

Participating companies include:

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THE LOCATION:

Northwest Building @ Harvard University

52 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA

Where To Go

If you plan to drive, there is free garage parking available at 52 Oxford St.

Driving directions are available here:
From points North
From points South
From points West
From Logan Airport

Note: The JFK Street bridge is currently under construction. We recommend avoiding it if possible.

If you're arriving via the MBTA (subway), take the Red Line to Harvard Station, then follow these directions.

Taxis are available throughout the city. A taxi ride from the airport will take 20-30 minutes depending on traffic, and cost approx. $35-40.

Where To Stay

We have a block of rooms available at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on the nights of February 27th, February 28th, and March 1. The hotel is 2 miles from the conference, located by the Kendall MBTA Station (2 stops from Harvard). Rooms are available for $149/night (excluding tax).

To book a room at the group rate, click here or call Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and reference the LearnLaunch Room Block. The discounted rate expires Friday, February 7.

Additional hotels nearby include The Sheraton Commander Hotel and The Charles Hotel.

Planning Committee

Marta Da Silva

Community Program Manager

Google - Android EDU

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Laurie Forcier

Senior Academic Projects Manager

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Jon Fullerton

Executive Director

Center for Education Policy Research - Harvard University

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Tara Greco

Marketing Consultant

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Irene Greif

Former IBM Fellow and Chief Social Scientist for Social Learning

IBM

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Andrew Joseph

Co-Founder

Tenmarks, an Amazon Company

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Ann Koufman-Frederick

VP of Learning Innovation

Consulting Services For Education

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Patrick Larkin

Assistant Superintendent

Burlington Public Schools

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Adam Newman

Managing Partner

Education Growth Advisors

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Seth Reynolds

Partner

The Parthenon Group

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Greg Schwanbeck

Teacher

Westwood High School

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Schedule still under development. Stay tuned!

Schedule still under development. Stay tuned!

Schedule still under development. Stay tuned!

Blended Learning Models: What Works?

Friday, February 28, 6:00-6:45pm

This panel will examine what blended learning is and how it is transforming K-12 learning. It will also examine examples of various blended learning models that are currently being implemented in U.S. classrooms today.

Panelists:

  • Julia Freeland: Education Research Fellow, Christensen Institute (Moderator)
  • Diego Arambula: Chief Growth & Innovation Officer, Summit Public Schools
  • Charlie Bufalino: Manager of Growth & Policy, Rocketship Education
  • Jeff Elliott: CEO, VHS Collaborative
  • Grace Magley: Supervisor of Online Learning & Blended Learning Specialist, Natick Public Schools

CIO Hot Seat

Friday, February 28, 6:00-6:45pm

What are the hottest issues that college and university CIOs are dealing with? Is online learning at the top of their list? Mobile apps? The back office? Learn from leaders at a variety of types of institutions and get all your burning questions answered.

Panelists

  • Vinit Nijhawan: Managing Director, Technology Development & MBA Lecturer, Boston University (Moderator)
  • Brian Peddle: CTO, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ravi Pendse: VP and CIO, Brown University
  • Bob Solis: VP and CIO, University of Massachusetts

Will Competency Trump A Degree?

Friday, February 28, 6:00-6:45pm

Competency-based learning allows students to prove they have the skills needed for the workforce. How do employers view skill-based competency versus a traditional university degree? Who will identify competencies and how will they be measured?

Panelists

  • Jason Palmer: Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Moderator)
  • Deb Bushway: Vice President, Capella University
  • Kris Clerkin: Executive Director, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
  • Jonathan Finkelstein: Founder & CEO, Credly
  • Shaun Johnson: Co-Founder, Startup Institute

Funding Your Solution

Friday, February 28, 6:00-6:45pm

You have a great idea for a new product that will transform the classroom, but how do you get that idea funded? This panel will examine different ways in which edtech entrepreneurs can fund their startups and the pros and cons of each. Types of financing that will be covered include bootstrapping, raising a round (angel or VC), and alternative sources of funding (i.e. grant funding, government funding, etc.)

Panelists:

  • David Verrill: Founder & Managing Director, Hub Investment Group (Moderator)
  • Frank Bonsal: Venture Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
  • Matt Greenfield: Managing Partner, Rethink Education
  • Shauntel Poulson: Principal, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Michael Staton: Partner, Learn Capital

Your Go to Market Strategy: How to Get Trials and Sales

Friday, February 28, 6:00-6:45pm

This panel will open with an update on the current state of the edtech market. Both buyers and entrepreneurs will comment on how they are navigating the market, the freemium model, direct sales, RFPs and partnerships to help you determine the best strategy as your startup scales.

Panelists:

  • John Richards: Founder & President, Consulting Services for Education (Moderator)
  • Ben Berte: CEO, Socrative
  • Renee Foster: President & Publisher, Curriculum Associates
  • Greg Limperis: Director of Technology, Hampton Public Schools (NH)
  • Jordan Meranus: Co-Founder & CEO, Ellevation Education

The Shift to Digital Learning: How Educators Are Being Supported

Saturday, March 1, 11:15am-12:00pm

As the education industry shifts from physical textbooks to digital content, how are teachers and administrators being prepared to navigate this new world? Who is creating curricula in this new world? Panelists will discuss emerging models of professional development that help educators bring new digital materials, tools, and strategies to teaching and learning, as well as how curricula will be designed and delivered.

Panelists:

  • Ann Koufman-Frederick: Vice President of Learning Innovation, Consulting Services for Education (Moderator)
  • Dan Callahan: Co-Founder & Chair of the Board of Directors, Edcamp Foundation
  • Paula Dillon: Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Barrington Public Schools
  • Rob Riordan: President, High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Superintendent Hot Seat

Saturday, March 1, 11:15am-12:00pm

Find out what challenging issues superintendents are facing as they bring technology to teaching and learning in public schools. Learn how superintendents from a variety of environments, including rural, urban, and suburban school districts, as well as charter management organizations, grapple with those issues and ensure improvements to student success.

Panelists:

  • Mary Skipper: Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, Boston Public Schools (Moderator)
  • Eric Conti: Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools
  • Paul Dakin: Superintendent, Revere Public Schools
  • Peter Sanchioni: Superintendent, Natick Public Schools

The State of the MOOC: What Has Changed?

Saturday, March 1, 11:15am-12:00pm

A year and a half ago, many universities were trying to launch a MOOC. What trends have emerged in the marketplace since then and how will MOOCs impact learning in the future? Are they the next generation of adult education? The key to a $10,000 college degree? A new access point to higher education? The “textbook” of the future? A complement for blended learning?

Panelists

  • Rob Rubin: Vice President of Engineering, edX (Moderator)
  • Peter Bol: Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University
  • Jonathan Haber: Founder, Degree of Freedom
  • Mike McCracken: Director of Online Course Development and Innovation and Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Tech College of Computing

Gamification & Learning

Saturday, March 1, 11:15am-12:00pm

This panel will examine how gamification is engaging students in digital learning, what is currently working, and what considerations need to be made for learning outcomes. It will discuss gamification in the context of web-based platforms, mobile apps, and toys.

Panelists

  • Tom Dusenberry: Founder & CEO, Dusenberry Entertainment (Moderator)
  • Kellian Adams: Founder, Green Door Labs
  • Barry Fishman: Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, University of Michigan School of Education & School of Information
  • Tina Grotzer: Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Dave McCool: President, Muzzy Lane Software

What About the Technology Infrastructure for Scaling?

Saturday, March 1, 11:15am-12:00pm

What software architectures will be required for edtech to scale student success? How will single sign-on (SSO), Learning Management Systems (LMS), and tagged content repositories of digital materials be implemented? What system changes are on the horizon? What’s the latest on capturing and analyzing student data with appropriate privacy controls? Panelists from a variety of backgrounds will examine these questions and discuss what needs to change now to reach that future.

Panelists

  • Eileen Rudden: Co-Founder, LearnLaunch (Moderator)
  • Leo Brehm: Director of Information Technology and Library Media, Newton Public Schools
  • Rick Borovoy: Product Manager, Google
  • Brandt Redd: CTO, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • Brian Whitmer: Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Canvas by Instructure

How Students Are Learning in a Digital Age

Saturday, March 1, 1:30-2:15pm

High school students will discuss the impact technology is having on their learning, both inside and outside the classroom. They will also talk about their vision for the future of education, and what they like and dislike about digital learning tools.

Panelists:

  • Tracy Sockalosky: Social Studies Teacher, Natick Public Schools (Moderator)
  • Jake Greenberg: Student, Westwood High School
  • Nicolas Merlino: Student, Burlington High School
  • Emily Moncata: Student, Natick High School
  • Erica Oh: Student, Westwood High School
  • Bethany Rogers: Student, Plymouth South High School

Strategic Partnerships: What You Need to Know

Saturday, March 1, 1:30-2:15pm

As your startup scales, you might consider partnering with a larger company to reach more customers faster. However, navigating the system within a big company can be challenging. Learn tips and tricks from potential partners about what they look for in a partnership, how to successfully pitch to them, and how to land and maintain a strong partnership.

Panelists:

  • Adam Newman, Managing Partner, Education Growth Advisors (Moderator)
  • Adam Goldberg, Founder & CEO, myEdGPS
  • Shazia Makhdumi: Head of Strategic Education Partnerships at Google Play, Google
  • Diana Stepner: Head of Future Technologies, Pearson
  • Jan Zawadzki: Founder & CEO, Hapara

What Works & How Do We Know?

Saturday, March 1, 1:30-2:15pm

In this fast moving environment, how do school decision makers determine which specific technologies improve student achievement? How do entrepreneurs develop solutions so that the impact on student success can be measured?

Panelists:

  • Jon Fullerton: Executive Director, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University (Moderator)
  • Khalil Fuller: Co-Founder & CEO, NBA Math Hoops
  • Steve Hodas: Executive Director, Innovate NYC Schools
  • Tom Kane: Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Medbery: CEO, Kickboard
  • Steven Ross: Senior Research Scientist & Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Education

The Struggling College Freshman: Does Digital Learning Help?

Saturday, March 1, 1:30-2:15pm

Many college freshmen are unprepared for the rigor of academic classes. This panel will examine how digital learning is impacting students who struggle, especially those who require remedial classes. It will also look at ways to better prepare high school students for college.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bridget Terry Long: Academic Dean and the Xander Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Moderator)
  • Angela Boatman: Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Higher Education, Vanderbilt University
  • Jill Frankfort: Co-Founder, Persistence Plus
  • Rachel Ross: Marketing Manager, Pearson
  • Carol Vallone: CEO, Educate Online

How Will Schools Change as Technology Becomes More Embedded in Instruction?

Saturday, March 1, 1:30-2:15pm

As schools move to 1:1, what will learning look like in the future? How will use of time and staff roles change? Will there be bell schedules? How will experiential learning be incorporated? Will mastery-based learning change age cohort groupings?

Panelists:

  • Andrew Calkins: Deputy Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges (Moderator)
  • Alisa Berger: Founding Co-Principal, NYC iSchool
  • Todd Kern: Founder & Principal, 2Revolutions
  • Ray Schleck: Director, Match Next

Entrepreneur Keynote Panel

Friday, February 28, 5:00-5:50pm

This panel features prominent edtech entrepreneurs who will discuss how they have successfully built their businesses.

Panelists:

  • Leonard Medlock: Associate Editor, EdSurge (Moderator)
  • Aaron Feuer: CEO and Co-Founder, Panorama Education
  • Andrew Joseph: Co-Founder, TenMarks, an Amazon company
  • Carol A. Vallone: CEO, Educate Online

Investor Summit

Friday, February 28, 1:15pm

Industry Overview: John Shea, Managing Partner, Berkery Noyes

Panel: Investor View of Edtech 2014

Panelists:

  • Christopher Mirabile: Managing Director, Launchpad Venture Group (Moderator)
  • Dave Balter: Venture Advisor, Boston Seed Capital
  • Frank Bonsal: Venture Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
  • Matt Greenfield: Managing Partner, ReThink Education
  • Bill Hughes: VP Strategy & Business Development, Global Higher Ed, Pearson

Pitch Competition: Watch select early stage edtech entrepreneurs pitch their companies.

James E. Ryan

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

James E. Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, school finance, school choice, standards and testing, pre-K, and the intersection of special education and neuroscience. Ryan is also the co-author of the textbook Educational Policy and the Law, and the author of Five Miles Away, A World Apart, which was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. In addition, Ryan has authored articles on constitutional law and theory and has argued before the United States Supreme Court.

Before coming to Harvard, Ryan 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. While at Virginia, Ryan also received an All-University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and several awards for his scholarship. Ryan has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Auckland. He has also served on numerous education boards and commissions, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission and the board of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Ryan received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, which he attended on a full scholarship and from which he graduated first in his class. After law school, Ryan clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and then worked in Newark, N.J. as a public interest lawyer before entering into teaching. Ryan and his wife, Katie, live near Cambridge with their four school-age children.

Marta Da Silva

Community Program Manager
Google - Android EDU

Marta is the Community Program Manager for Android EDU at Google. She is based in Cambridge, MA, and works with K-12 schools using tablets with Google Play for Education. Marta has also worked as an Account Strategist on the Google Adwords team, working with agencies that support small to medium businesses. Before Google, Marta taught 6th and 7th grade Special Education and mathematics, in the Bronx, NY. She has a Masters degree in Special Education and a B.A. in International Relations. When she’s not at work, Marta is often traveling, reading and running.

Laurie Forcier

Senior Academic Projects Manager
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Laurie is the Senior Academic Projects Manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, she was a research associate with the Program for Education and Equity Research in the Education Policy Center of The Urban Institute. She was also a member of the research team for the Congressional Commission for the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development, where she contributed to Land of Plenty: Diversity as America’s Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering and Technology, and co-authored a paper on math and science teacher recruitment for the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century.

Jon Fullerton

Executive Director
Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University

Dr. Fullerton is the executive director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. He has extensive experience working with policy makers and executives in designing and implementing organizational change and improvements. Before coming to Harvard, Dr. Fullerton served as the Board of Education’s Director of Budget and Financial Policy for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this capacity, he provided independent evaluations of District reforms and helped to ensure that the District’s budget was aligned with Board priorities. From 2002 to 2005, he was Vice President of Strategy, Evaluation, Research, and Policy at the Urban Education Partnership in Los Angeles, where he worked with policy makers to ensure that they focused on high impact educational strategies. Prior to this, he worked for five years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. Dr. Fullerton has a PhD in government and AB in social studies, both from Harvard.

Tara Greco

Marketing Consultant

Tara is a marketing evangelist of web startups, interactive education programs, video games, toys, consumer products, cooking shows, and more. Tara excels at leading organizations, building brands, mining research for insights, and developing new platforms as she has for Countdown for Teachers, One Planet Education Network, Playrific, SitterCycle, Bare Tree Media, Turbine (Warner Bros.), TJX, Stride Rite, Atari, Crayola, Mattel, Tyco Toys, and K’NEX. Tara enjoys leading teams and fostering a spirit of excellence. Tara holds an MBA in Marketing from Temple University and a BS in Business from Skidmore College.

Irene Greif

Former IBM Fellow and Chief Social Scientist for Social Learning
IBM

Irene Greif has spent her career building interdisciplinary teams focused on collaboration, social software and organizational design. She recently retired from IBM where she was an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist for Social Learning. She founded the field of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) in 1986, and has applied the principles of that field as Director of the IBM Center for Social Business and head of the Collaborative User Experience Group (CUE) in Cambridge, MA. Irene is a former faculty member of Computer Science at University of Washington and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She headed a research group in the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science that developed shared calendar, co-authoring, and real-time collaboration systems. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Irene joined Lotus Development Corporation in 1987, formed Lotus Research in 1992, and merged that group into the IBM Research Division in 2000. Irene received her S.B. in Mathematics, her S.M. and her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, all from MIT.

Andrew Joseph

Co-Founder
Tenmarks, an Amazon Company

A technology company veteran with 20+ years of experience, Andrew is one of the founders of TenMarks and is responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for the company. Andrew has served as an executive at many technology companies where he successfully managed business and corporate development for enterprise and consumer software companies. His past roles have included VP of Business Development for Corel Software, CEO at Outerlink, VP of Sales and Marketing at Open Orders (acquired by IBM), and VP of Business Development at CommercialWare (acquired by Micros). When he is not spreading the word about TenMarks, Andrew helps introduce people to the joy of skiing as a part-time ski instructor.

Ann Koufman-Frederick

VP of Learning Innovation
Consulting Services for Education

Ann is the VP of Learning Innovation at CS4Ed (Consulting Services for Education). She has served in district public school leadership positions, including Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning in Newton and Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent in Watertown. She began her educational leadership career as Director of Technology Initiatives at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. She has directed or worked with a variety of state and national educational technology initiatives, such as the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Consortium, WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School, and Massachusetts Leadership Initiatives in Teaching and Technology. She has also devoted her time to the Massachusetts Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development Board and the Massachusetts Business and Education for Schools and Technology executive committee. Currently she serves as a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association and a mentor for LearnLaunchX. Koufman-Frederick received her PhD in Educational Leadership from Boston College Lynch Graduate School of Education, her CAGS in Instructional Technology from Lesley University, and her BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University.

Patrick Larkin

Assistant Superintendent
Burlington Public Schools

Patrick is in his second year as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. Prior to this, Patrick served 15 years as a building level administrator at the high school level. In 2012, he was selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winners by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). As a high school Principal, Patrick led Burlington High School (BHS) in the transition to a 1:1 environment as BHS became one of the first schools in the nation to distribute iPads to all staff and students. He regularly presents to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students. He is also a Senior Consultant for EdTech Teacher.

Adam Newman

Founding and Managing Partner
Education Growth Advisors

Adam Newman is a Founding and Managing Partner of Education Growth Advisors, a strategy consulting and financial advisory firm focused exclusively on the education sector. Adam has more than 15 years of experience in consulting and market research, management, investment banking, and teaching across all segments of the education sector. Previously a director at Berkery Noyes, Adam originated the firm’s strategic advisory practice for education companies and investors and was a core member supporting the Education and Training practice’s transactional activities. Adam also served as Managing Vice President at Eduventures, Inc., the education industry’s premier strategic market research and consulting firm supporting pre-K-12, postsecondary, and corporate training businesses, investors, and colleges and universities. Prior to his work with Eduventures, Adam served as a senior manager at the Corporate Executive Board (Nasdaq: EXBD) in the company’s Corporate Strategy Board practice. Adam began his professional career as a K-12 educator and athletic coach at schools in Boston, MA and New Orleans, LA. He earned an A.B. in English from Duke University.

Seth Reynolds

Partner
The Parthenon Group

Seth is a leader in The Parthenon Group’s Education Practice. His extensive education experience spans for-profit and public sectors across K-12, post-secondary, and corporate training. He advises clients on issues related to strategy development, operational improvement, performance management, investment due diligence, and new venture creation. His clients include a wide range of organizations, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, school districts, universities, government agencies, and some of the world’s largest foundations. Prior to joining Parthenon, Seth was a Teach For America corps member and worked at SchoolNet. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Excel Academy Charter Schools, a charter network in the Boston area. Mr. Reynolds received his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Greg Schwanbeck

Teacher
Westwood High School

Greg has taught Physics for the past decade, refining a teaching style founded upon personal connections with students, research-based pedagogies, innovative applications of educational technology, and engaging humor. Greg’s teaching methods and thoughts on educational technology have been featured nationally in publications, such as The Huffington Post, EdSurge and American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom by Katrina Fried. Schwanbeck is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a recurring guest lecturer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s new teacher program, and a regional leader in providing edtech-focused professional development. Greg earned his master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education at Harvard University and earned his bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics at Union College.

Heather Staker

Senior Research Fellow, Education
Clayton Christensen Institute

Heather is one of the world’s foremost experts on K-12 blended learning. She is well known for her work defining blended learning and naming the four most common models of blended learning in practice across America. In her seminal 2011 paper entitled “The rise of K-12 blended learning,” Heather profiled 40 of the most prominent programs that helped shape the early days of blended learning. In 2012 she co-authored “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” which identifies the main models of blended learning and explains how they differ. Her 2013 paper, “Is K-12 blended learning disruptive?” which she co-authored with Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn, makes provocative predictions about the future of America’s classrooms. Her other research topics include competency-based learning, digital learning policy, and expanding high-speed broadband access.

Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Heather served under Governor Pete Wilson’s administration as a member of the California State Board of Education. She was a teaching fellow at Harvard College and a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company. Heather also founded a nonprofit preschool in Los Angeles and Boston and served as a teacher for three and four year olds. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. She is the mother of five pre-K and elementary school students.

Chris Dede

Professor
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes five grants from the National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation to design and study immersive simulations, transformed social interactions, and online professional development. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His latest co-edited book, 'Digital Teaching Platforms', was published by Teachers College Press in 2012.

Leonard Medlock

Associate Editor
EdSurge

Leonard is responsible for much of the content in the EdSurge Instruct newsletter. Leonard is also the co-founder of Inner City Educational Technologies, where he designs casual learning games geared towards urban youth. He is currently working on RAPGA.ME, a Twitter application that fuses Hip-Hop battle tradition with Twitter to spur creative writing. He began working on the game as part of his Master's project, barup.mobi, completed at Stanford's Learning, Design, and Technology program. Leonard previously was a Senior Consultant/road warrior with IBM where he designed and implemented enterprise-level IT solutions across multiple industries. In his free time, you can find him chasing his youth on the basketball court or mastering the dark arts of the whiteboard ninja.

Andrew Joseph

Co-Founder
TenMarks, an Amazon Company

A technology company veteran with 20+ years of experience, Andrew is one of the founders of TenMarks and is responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for the company. Andrew has served as an executive at many technology companies where he successfully managed business and corporate development for enterprise and consumer software companies. His past roles have included VP of Business Development for Corel Software, CEO at Outerlink, VP of Sales and Marketing at Open Orders (acquired by IBM), and VP of Business Development at CommercialWare (acquired by Micros). When he is not spreading the word about TenMarks, Andrew helps introduce people to the joy of skiing as a part-time ski instructor.

Carol A. Vallone

CEO
Educate Online

Carol Vallone joined Educate Online in 2012 and is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years experience in market-leading companies. Prior to Educate Online, Vallone served as Board Chair, President, and CEO of Wimba Corporation, the global leader in virtual collaboration software for higher education. Vallone led the company until its acquisition in 2010. Vallone also founded WebCT Inc. in 1999, a company that defined and delivered the premier e-learning solution for education. As Board Chair, President and CEO, Vallone built a higher education global customer base in 70 countries. Vallone currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Chairs the Ventures Committee at McLean Hospital. Vallone served as a member of the National School-to-Work Advisory Council during the Clinton Administration where she worked with the U.S. Secretaries of Labor and Education to integrate school and career activities.

Aaron Feuer

CEO and Co-Founder
Panorama Education

Aaron Feuer is CEO and co-founder of Panorama Education, a Cambridge-based company that helps schools improve through data analytics and feedback surveys of students, parents, and teachers. Panorama is used in more 4,500 schools serving more than one million students, with clients including Los Angeles Unified, Achievement First, and Teach for America. Panorama is backed by Y Combinator, Mark Zuckerberg, SoftTech VC, Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher,and others.