How to Set Up An Effective K-12 School Pilot

Boston, MA - Oct 27 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

$1 to $50

A school pilot is a great way for an early stage edtech startup to test assumptions and receive product feedback before launching to the public. However, it is often difficult to know where to begin in terms of setting one up. This class will teach you everything you need to know to set up a school pilot and potential pitfalls to be aware of.

This class will be co-taught by Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools, and Monica Brady-Myerov, Founder and CEO of Listen Current, which completed a pilot at Burlington Public Schools. Patrick will provide insight into how to set up a school pilot from a school's perspective and Monica will provide insight into what startups should consider before launching a school pilot.

You will learn:

  • What schools are looking for in a school pilot
  • How to go about setting up a school pilot
  • How to define what success looks like
  • Things to consider before launching a school pilot

This class will be highly interactive and limited to 30 students to ensure that you have ample time to interact with the instructors and your peers. Dinner will be provided.

Meet the Instructors:

Monica Brady-Myerov Founder and CEO, Listen CurrentMonica Brady-Myerov is the Founder and CEO of Listen Current, a web platform that brings the power of public radio into the classroom. Monica was an award-winning public radio reporter for nearly 25 years. Before starting Listen Edition, Monica was Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. After graduating from Brown University she was a freelance reporter in Kenya and Brazil.

Patrick Larkin Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Burlington Public Schools Patrick Larkin is 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 winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). As a high school Principal, Patrick led his school in the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011-2012 school year as Burlington High School became one of the first schools in the nation to distributing iPads to all staff and students. Apple has a profile of Burlington High School on its Education page. He is active presenting to colleagues on the benefits of educational technology for administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, he is an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process.