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Tech speaker: Move from status quo

We live in an era in which the learning that students do outside of school looks very different from the learning they do inside of school. And that’s a problem that school boards must confront, according to Will Richardson, speaker at the Education Technology Leadership luncheon Sunday at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio.

“The status quo is not going to serve our kids moving forward,” said Richardson, co-founder of an innovation website called modernlearners.com.

NSBA Announces 2018 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 22, 2018) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“NSBA has worked at the intersection of education technology policy and practice for more than three decades to bring entrepreneurs, school board members and district leaders together to discuss innovative solutions that can support public education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director & CEO. 

The 2018 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

Tom On Point: ‘Stubborn facts’ about choice

Thomas J. Gentzel

Public schools are an institution but they are not monolithic. They come in various shapes and sizes, and offer a range of services to all children who attend, whether in person or online. “Well, of course they do,” you’re likely to say if you are a local school board member, superintendent, administrator, or teacher. Those who are responsible for leading and operating the public education system know all of that. If only the public did, too.

Tom On Point: Retractable rights

Thomas J. Gentzel

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, which is home to an estimated 60,000 Amish, people with a distinct culture and a unique way of expressing themselves. Instead of turning off the light switch, for instance, they likely would say that you were “outening the lights.” When it’s raining lightly, it’s “spritzing,” and if someone ate the last piece of cake, well, “the dessert is all.”

Tom On Point: A Student’s Voice

Thomas J. Gentzel

I recently attended a celebration of public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, one of the nation’s largest school systems. The program was filled with outstanding student performances and reports on the impressive progress this highly diverse district has been making in achieving academic gains for all students.

Use technology to spark creativity

One of the slides technology guru Steve Dembo presented during the Education Technology Luncheon on Sunday at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Denver showed school board candidacy lawn signs.

His observation: These are probably the last direct communication that the community ever gets from the school board members.

The next slide featured Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Out of his mouth was a word balloon: “Who tells your story?”

National School Boards Association Announces 2017 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 21, 2017) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the four companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. 

The 2017 class -- Allovue, FressGrade, k12itc, and Living Tree --will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the NSBA Annual Conference in Denver, March 25-27, 2017. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a webinar hosted by NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN). 

NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (Jan. 3, 2013) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), with more than 25 years experience through its Technology Leadership Network (TLN), is pleased to announce the six companies selected for its first Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to highlight emerging companies that represent the diversity of new solutions in education,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Technology.

Tom On Point: Red flag on ESSA backsliding

Thomas J. Gentzel

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) late last year has been the cause of much celebration by those of us who believed the fulcrum in education policymaking was badly in need of a reset. For decades, the federal role has grown, coercing state leaders and local school officials to change their practices in order to be eligible for funding from Washington. In the wake of state budget cuts and the recession of 2008, the need for such financial support assumed added urgency.

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