Join 1776 and innovators from around the world to discuss how the education industry is undergoing its biggest upheaval in history yet. What are the trends and how are startups playing a major role in creating the future? Learn through a series of provocative keynotes and panels that include today’s most esteemed thought leaders, industry practitioners, government officials, and entrepreneurs.
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 – 9:45 am Morning Keynote: Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
9:45 – 11:00 The Maturing Evolution of the K-12 Startup Innovator
Edtech startups and entrepreneurs are partnering with teachers, parents, and school leaders through new innovative platforms and learning models. Yet penetrating the complex mosaic of school budgets, regulatory obstacles, teacher-endorsements and school adoption leaves many well-meaning companies and investors scratching their heads. How do entrepreneurs successfully work with schools to implement the tools that optimize student learning and teacher improvement? Case studies of success and lesson learned from the front-line of K12 innovators and practitioners.
Tom Davidson, CEO, Everfi
Mike Evans, SVP-GM, K-12 Innovation, Pearson
Mieka Wick, Executive Director, CityBridge
Moderator: Mary Jo Madda, Associate Editor, EdSurge
11:00 – 12:00 pm Panel: The Rise of the Mobile, Modern Trade School
Will “Renaissance (wo)men” be stuck in the Renaissance?
From TED talks and YouTubeEdu, to General Assembly and engineering bootcamps, learners of all ages are accessing life-skills knowledge in the palm of their hand. As we focus on competency based learning and new platforms for career success, is the traditional liberal arts education a pursuit of the past? Are we sacrificing the critical thinking skills of a holistic education for the sake of filling skill gaps? Or does the new consumer learning movement offer a more comprehensive canvas for a different Renaissance generation?
Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
Jake Schwartz, CEO and cofounder, General Assembly
Mike Mariner, CEO and founder, RoadTrip Nation
Kathleen DeLaski, CEO, Education Design Lab
Moderator: Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Author, American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know
12:00 – 12:15 Special Announcement by Richard Culatta, Department of Education
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Panel: Is The American University Broken or Better Than Ever?
Innovation and Survival in the Post-Secondary Revolution
Headlines of rising college costs, student loan debt, college closures, and troubling U.S. graduation rates are forcing institutions and students to explore new models and “non-traditional” educational pathways. As a result, the 21st Century university is embracing a dynamic moment in reinvention, and experimentation in new innovative models, enhanced competition, and global partnerships to address evolving faculty, consumer and student needs.
Chip Paucek, CEO and Cofounder, 2U
Phil Bronner, CEO, American Honors
Abigail Seldin, Vice President of Innovation & Product Management, ECMC Group
Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
Moderator: Jeff Selingo, Author, College (Un)Bound, MoocU
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Keynote: Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
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Dress code: Startup friendly
Location: Lansburgh Theatre – 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Cross Streets: E Street NW & 7th Street NW
Parking: Garage Entrance on 8th Street between D and E Streets NW, Cost: $12/day
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red Line) at 7th and G Streets, 2 blocks from the Theatre.
There will be bus transportation from the Lansburgh Theater to the Education Gala.
Jessica Rosenworcel , Commissioner , Federal Communications Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012. Commissioner Rosenworcel…
Stacey Childress , Chief Executive Officer , NewSchools Venture Fund
Stacey Childress is the CEO at NewSchools Venture Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Childress led the K-12 Next Generation Learning team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investing in schools and technologies that support personalized learning for middle and…
Thomas Davidson , Founder and CEO , EverFi, Inc.
Tom Davidson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EverFi, an education technology company founded in 2008 to tackle some of the largest challenges facing our nation. EverFi builds powerful learning platforms to teach, assess and certify users in…
Mike Evans , CEO / General Manager / Senior Executive , Pearson
Mike Evans is Senior Vice President, PreK-12 Literacy and Mathematics for Pearson. Mike’s focus is creating instructional solutions that personalize learning to meet the individual needs of each child. Prior to his current role, Mike was President of Pearson’s student…
Mary Jo Madda , Associate Editor , EdSurge
Mary Jo writes, edits, and heads up the Instruct newsletter for EdSurge. Previously, she taught middle school math/science with Teach for America (Houston corps '09), KIPP, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Following her years teaching, she worked on the…
Jaime Casap , Chief Education Evangelist , Google
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. In eight years at Google,…
Jake Schwartz , Cofounder , General Assembly
Jake Schwartz and his cofounders started General Assembly in January 2011 as a community for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Jake saw the possibility for a new business model, serving the community that they founded through education. A community where entrepreneurs can build,…
Mike Marriner , Cofounder , Roadtrip Nation
Upon graduation Mike hit the road with two college friends in an old, green RV to interview leaders across America and learn how they got to where they are today. That roadtrip was featured in Forbes Magazine and later turned…
Goldie Blumenstyk , Senior Writer, Chronicle of Higher Education, and author
Goldie Blumenstyk is one of the nation’s most respected higher-education journalists. As a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education since 1988, she has covered a wide range of topics, including distance education, the Internet boom, bust, and boom, state…
Chip Paucek , Cofounder and CEO , 2U
Chip Paucek is 2U's co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. After graduating from The George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in political communication, Paucek founded Cerebellum Corporation, the company behind the award-winning educational Standard Deviants television program. Standard Deviants was…
Phil Bronner , CEO & Co-Founder , Quad Learning, American honors
Phil’s career reflects his lifelong passion for education and its ability to transform students’ lives. Prior to leading American Honors, he was a General Partner for Novak Biddle Venture Partners, a venture capital firm with a focus on investments in…
Richard Culatta , Director of the Office of Educational Technology , US Department of Education
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation with experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on creating…
Jeffrey Selingo , Author, "College Unbound"
Jeff Selingo is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future: how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn, and what experiences will lead…
Ángel Cabrera , President , George Mason University
Dr. Ángel Cabrera is the sixth president of George Mason University (July 2012). Prior to Mason, Cabrera served as the 11th president of Thunderbird School of Global Management (2004-2012), and was designated President Emeritus (April 2012). He served as professor…
Mieka Wick , Executive Director , CityBridge Foundation
Mieka Wick leads CityBridge Foundation's efforts to create a system of high-performing public schools serving all children in Washington, D.C. Since joining CityBridge in 2007, Mrs. Wick has guided the foundation's investments in key areas in the D.C. education space,…
Abigail Seldin , Founder of College Abacus, Vice President of Innovation & Product Management , ECMC Group
Abigail Seldin is Vice President of Innovation & Product Management at ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed that oversees the country’s largest nonprofit career school system, Zenith Education Group. Seldin currently directs ECMC Group’s growing Washington, D.C.-based…