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Is It Possible to Learn Anything?

A couple of Northwestern grads answer the question, and question the answer. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Will Yang studied economics at Northwestern. He graduated high school from Winter Park High as valedictorian, taking 6 APs along with a full … Continue reading

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Fixing Education

A venture capitalist with a passion for education seeks to make a difference. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero He’s a man that likes to get right to the point: on his LinkedIn profile, where most people explain who they generally … Continue reading

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How The New CEO of an EdTech Company Keeps a Good Thing Going

Chatting it up with the leadership behind a veteran firm serving one-third of U.S. schools. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero After joining a three-decades old education technology company used by more than one-third of U.S. schools, “One of my first … Continue reading

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Unpacking Packback

Running off resilience, backed by a billionaire, a rising-star edtech company finds its way. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero “The stories that are rarely ever told are the ones of grit, failure, hard work, and perseverance leading to success,” says … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Lasting EdTech Company

Cliff King walks us through four decades of grit, growth, and success in building something of enduring value for customers and a community. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In the early years of the company, there were only a handful … Continue reading

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The Brightest Future Possible

A Florida superintendent talks technology, learning, and full STEAM ahead. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero From sandy beaches to rolling pines, the Santa Rosa School District is situated in a bright, sunny, and aesthetically beautiful part of the country; the … Continue reading

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Simply the Best!

IN CLOSE WITH | Yvonne R. Zamora The principal of Mims Elementary in Mission, TX, Yvonne Zamora shares her thoughts on building a society within her school and why she wishes social media had never been invented. GETTING STARTED How … Continue reading

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Up On the Edshelf

From beyond and back, the platform that continues to fill a need. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The co-founder of edshelf.com, a socially-curated discovery engine of tools for teaching and learning, Mike Lee is also a father, husband, and self-described idealistic … Continue reading

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Practice, Master, Repeat

Quizlet CEO Matt Glotzbach tells the story of a small app that grew.   INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero After 12 years at Google where he was VP Product Management at YouTube, and before that on the founding team of … Continue reading

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Better Together

In-depth with big-hearted Mark Milliron of Civitas Learning. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Editor’s note: For one of the fastest-growing edtech companies in higher education, we’ve dug deep and present here one of our most in-depth interviews. Enjoy! A first-generation … Continue reading

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Sharing the Genius

Chalkup founder Justin Chando talks growth, struggle, success – and students. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero They do everything a Learning Management System does, but “we hate learning management systems” says Justin Chando, Chalkup founder and CEO (pictured, left). “We … Continue reading

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Uber, Airbnb, Top Hat

A successful edtech startup founder discusses big changes for higher education. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  “Let’s make education better.” That’s the simple idea that brought co-founder Mike Silagadze (pictured) and Mohsen Shahini together to create Top Hat. Being engineers, … Continue reading

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Committed to Doing Right for Students

IN CLOSE WITH | Ken Wallace As the superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207, Ken Wallace, Ph.D., holds the belief that every teacher deserves specialized coaching and professional development. Here, he talks about the importance of coaching, and … Continue reading

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The Connected States of America

SETDA’s executive director shares her perspective on energizing edtech. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As one of the nation’s most prominent K-12 education leaders in academics and digital learning, Tracy Weeks (pictured) is on a mission to provide safe access … Continue reading

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Running the Distance

Winning technology insights from an innovative Illinois Superintendent. INTERVIEW | by Susan Dias Karnovsky John Hutton’s favorite sport is running. Like all good runners, he sets his pace with a strategy that includes planning, training, mental focus, and the patience … Continue reading

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Technology, Student Voice, and Shining a Light

IN CLOSE WITH | Andy Plemmons As a media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA, Andy Plemmons is focused on giving students a voice. Here, he talks about the technology and pedagogy he uses to inspire those … Continue reading

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Making a Choice

Concerned parents take a fresh new idea and make it work for others. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In 2010, Jinal Jhaveri and his wife, Forum Desai, set out to enroll their daughter in pre-school in the San Francisco Bay … Continue reading

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Advancing Literacy

Upgrading an ancient experience to bring boundless benefits to millions of people.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero One of the founding directors of Teach for America, Matt Bardin (pictured) is as dedicated to literacy as they come. A graduate of … Continue reading

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Everything is a Learning Opportunity

IN CLOSE WITH | Brenda Betancourt  Principal of Kenneth White Junior High in the Mission CISD in Mission, Texas, Brenda K. Betancourt is a dedicated and passionate educator who worked her way up the ranks but has been a successful educator … Continue reading

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Teach, Love, and Learn!

IN CLOSE WITH | Katie Gutowski An ELA/ELL Specialist for the Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware, Katie Gutowski shares her personal insight about being an educational leader and the current and future state of education technology in the classroom. … Continue reading

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Good News for Literacy and Learning

Reading between the lines with Newsela Founder and CEO Matt Gross. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Reading on a level a student can connect to, and a window to what’s happening in the world—that’s the basic gist. Matt Gross (pictured) … Continue reading

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Making Life Easier

A son takes a cue from his teacher father and helps classrooms in real ways. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Australian educator Paul Symons founded LocknCharge in 1999 when he noticed a need for securing laptops and devices in his … Continue reading

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Where’s My Billion Dollars?

Watch out, Hal Friedlander is bringing transparency to the edtech procurement process. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero What better credentials than having been CIO of New York City schools, America’s largest school district with over 1 million students, 100,000 employees, … Continue reading

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Lighting the Way

Karen Panetta doesn’t hold back, and she’s brilliant for helping others.   INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Here’s the story of a little girl who grew up and did what she wanted to. A computer engineer, inventor and the Associate Dean … Continue reading

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Education with a Mission

Innovative founder solving a high school guidance counselor conundrum. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero ANGELA CHOY Title: Co-founder and CEO Org: Edmission Reach: High school students. Fame: Berkeley Engineering undergrad, SCU MBA, and certified in college counseling. Quote: “I see … Continue reading

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