Day 1 | 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Batting Cleanup? A Think Tank on Corporate Learning @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 1:30PM – 3:15PM

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Only a third of jobs in America require a college degree.  Entry level jobs have shifted from manufacturing to service.  And millennials are switching jobs eight times in their careers.

Companies spend $1.5 Trillion to train, retrain and develop employees — educating more people than any other part of the education ecosystem.

Meanwhile, most college students are also now working adults, and indeed most faculty are adjunct professors serving concurrently as trainers in a corporate role.

Yet there is almost no research done on efficacy of corporate learning and very little edtech innovation in what ought to be a “hot” market for innovation given its size and relatively lack of barriers to entry. Why?

  • Mike Prokopeak*, Vice President/Editor in Chief, Human Capital Media Group
  • Mordy Golding, LinkedIn
  • Nick Howe, CLO, Area 9
  • Mary McNevin, CLO, Signature Healthcare
  • Bridget O’Connor, Professor, NYU
  • Rahul Varma, Chief Talent & Learning Officer, Accenture


This Is Not Child’s Play! – A Think Tank On Early Learning @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 1:30PM – 3:15PM

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We all know the research – nothing is more compelling to invest in than early childhood; the returns are significant, yet to date there has not emerged a viable market for early childhood services.  Low income children arrive at kindergarten with a “30 million word gap” compared to their middle class peers.  Only 35% of American children read at grade level by third grade.  And most never catch up. Why? What are the barriers to fixing this problem and growing the market? What are the needs?  Can edtech offer solutions? Is this an open market or a quagmire?

  • Romy Drucker*, CEO, The 74
  • Kai-lee Berke, CEO, Teaching Strategies
  • David Lowenstein, Sr. Director, Ready to Learn PBS Kids
  • Amelia Franck Meyer, CEO, Alia
  • Katharine Stevens, AEI Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Elanna Yalow, Chief Academic Officer, KinderCare


How Broken Is College? – A Think Tank on Higher Education @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 1:30PM – 3:15PM

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Only 40% of Americans attain a postsecondary degree. States have slashed their funding, while federal student aid and research grants have failed to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, operating expenses have mounted as universities try to keep up with the demands of millennials.

As a consequence, tuitions have increased at astronomical rates, making college less affordable for many students and families and sending debt levels ever higher. Many graduates now face underemployment and often can’t repay their loans. As unemployment drops, so have college enrollment rates.

Meanwhile, career program opportunities, mostly supplied by for-profit schools, have dwindled under the Obama administration’s Gainful Employment policies, but may see some “relief” under a Trump presidency.

But with the business models for many institutions broken and growing public calls for accountability, higher education is clearly an industry under serious strain. How much will solutions come from within  or from alternatives to it?

  • Doug Lederman*, Founder & Editor, Inside Higher Ed
  • Wally Boston, CEO,  American Public Education Inc.
  • Bridget Burns, Exec. Director, UIA
  • Stella Flores, Professor, NYU
  • John Katzman, CEO, Noodle
  • Peter Smith, Professor UMUC


What’s App-ening to Our Schools? – A Think Tank on K12 Education @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 1:30PM – 3:15PM

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82% of our children now graduate from high school, but only 35% are adequately prepared college or a career.  Subsequently, only a third of our country attains postsecondary degrees.

The cycle of debated policies continues from No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, ESSA.  But are there any results to show for the money and energy put to work in k12 education?  Do we need to revisit the purpose of schooling? Are we meeting the needs of the next generation? What are the biggest issues confronting schools? Parents? Teachers? Kids?  Has technology helped?  Where are the opportunities?

  • Josh Starr*, CEO, PDK International
  • Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, NYCAN
  • Chris Cerf, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
  • Sherwin Collette, CITO, Montgomery Schools
  • Karen Gallagher, Education Dean, USC
  • Denise Gallucci, CEO, GEMS America
  • Jeffrey Henig, Professor, Political Science and Education at Columbia