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 Schools
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.
What 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 you.
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
Category: Kaizen EDU
Category: Learning Infrastructure
Category: Learning Platforms
LearnSmart (McGraw-Hill Education)
Category: Next Generation Content
WINNER: System 44 and Read 180 (Scholastic)
Category: New Schools
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
WINNER: Dreambox Learning
MIND Research Institute
Think Through Math
Category: Teacher Support
School Improvement Network
Turnitin / iParadigms