The Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale wrapped up on
Wednesday evening. It was a dizzying event: almost 1,400 people and literally
more than 150 presentations. We're still trying to make sense of the whole
thing--so expect some comments in the days to come.
It was a meeting geared toward investors and entrepreneurs. Perhaps to soften that emphasis, conference organizers, namely Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo of GSV
Partners, created an education award this year that they called the "Return on Education"
awards. Life-long awards went to two pioneers:
Bill Milliken, Founder and Vice Chairman of Communities In
Marguerite W. Kondracke,
senior advisor to America's Promise Alliance
Both Bill and Marguerite have made a tremendous difference
for children throughout the U.S. And both referenced the fact that
teachers--and relationships--make a tremendous difference for students.
can we say about the dinner speaker, Andy Kessler, a long-time analyst and
writer? Either he tried for a tongue-in-cheek talk and failed--or he genuinely failed
to understand education. He's vintage
Silicon Valley so we're pretty sure that he can take feedback neat, no ice. So
here it comes: Just don't trouble yourself about education, Andy. The
industry--meaning both entrepreneurs and educators--can handle this one without
There were ten other awards and three startup companies recognized for doing great work. We're tickled pink to announce
that our team was awarded the prize for fostering community!
The winners at the launch competition at the conference were:
And here's the list of other award winners and nominees. Congrats to all!
Middlebury Interactive Languages
LearnSmart (McGraw-Hill Education)
Next Generation Content
System 44 and Read 180 (Scholastic)
WINNER: Florida Virtual SchoolCharter Schools USA, Inc.
Ounce of Prevention Fund/Educare Learning Network
Southern New Hampshire University
The STEM Academy
Common Sense Media
Learning Technology Media Labs
MIND Research Institute
Think Through Math
School Improvement Network
Turnitin / iParadigms