ASU+GSV Reflections: EdTech Can Be Both a Disrupter & Equalizer

Frances McLaughlin
The desert winds that blew through last week’s ASU+GSV Summit 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona carried new perspectives and insights on education technology. For me, the most notable was how the viewpoint on technology has shifted even in recent years: from a possible solution to our country’s public education challenges to a critical tool or lever to reshape American education and expand opportunity. And boy, is there excitement and enthusiasm for what that tool, wielded carefully and thoughtfully, could do to change how we think about the process and purpose of education.
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To Achieve Education’s Complex Work, Capacity Matters

capacity matters - EP fellows
In Las Vegas, many leaders (including EP Alumni) are doing whatever it takes to help the city’s students thrive. As Chief of Staff and External Relations for Las Vegas’ Clark County School District – the fifth-largest public school district in the country that serves more than 300,000 students – I saw firsthand how hard our staff worked to serve our young people well. I also saw committed people stretched to their capacity.

What Educators Can Learn From Netflix

What Educators Can Learn from House of Cards
In 2011, Netflix made a reported $100 million bet and bought two full seasons of House of Cards, sight unseen. While Netflix executives hadn’t seen the show, what they had seen was data . Tons of data. Data from 29 million customers about what they wanted to watch. For Netflix, buying House of Cards felt less like a gamble and more like a strategic decision backed by big data.
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The Data Imperative, Part I: Challenges Along the Way

The Data Imperative, Part I: Challenges Along the Way
Data is no longer the new kid in school. While many education organizations still grapple with data collection, analysis, and use, working with data has been around for well over a decade. As a sector, we’ve made progress in working with data since, but challenges persist. If “working with data” sounds simple, we all know it’s not.
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How We Can Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. 365 Days a Year

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful call to “ let freedom ring ,” we still struggle to unleash the great potential of all of our nation’s children. But success in this all-important effort is within our reach. We have the capability to give every young person in this country—no matter her skin color or his family income—an excellent education. It’s within our power to prepare every single student in every classroom to thrive.
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Showcasing New Orleans' Schools

For education leaders and managers who work outside of the school building, it’s too easy for us to go a long time without stepping foot in a classroom. But it’s vital that we anchor our work there. To do just that, our 70+ EP staff visited local schools in New Orleans as part of our annual all-staff retreat in October. As our local ambassador, my job was to give our team a glimpse of our city’s unique landscape and plan our school visits. New Orleans, by all accounts, has undergone one of the most compelling educational transformations this country has ever seen. In the years since Hurricane...
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Growing Giants

San Francisco Giants
For those who know me, you won’t be surprised that I was pumped when the San Francisco Giants clinched their recent World Series victory and third championship in the last five years. There’s nothing better for sports fans than your hometown team taking the trophy against long odds. And I was particularly excited about this year’s victory because of what it shows about developing talent. On the Giants’ winning roster, 14 of the 25 players were homegrown talent, developed by the organization (including World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who delivered a performance for the ages ).

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