Day 1 | 3:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Big Data, Efficacy & Accountability: A Think Tank on Who Measures Up @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 3:30PM – 5:15PM

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What’s more important — Equity? Access? Or Excellence? What are we getting and how do we know what works? What do we want from our schools? What do they want from their industry partners?  How should we determine, measure and report outcomes and how do we hold parties accountable?  How can data drive better decisions or tailored instruction? What does it mean for edtech entrepreneurs?

  • Betsy Corcoran*, CEO & Co-founder, EdSurge
  • Bart Epstein, CEO, Jefferson Education Accelerator
  • Susan Fuhrman, President, Columbia Teachers College
  • Chip Paucek, CEO, 2U
  • Gerard Robinson, AEI Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Jake Schwartz, Co-founder & CEO, General Assembly
  • Steve Smith, President, Hobsons


Degrees, Badges, & Other ‘Signals’ – A Think Tank on Credentials & Promises @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 3:30PM – 5:15PM

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Will the degree disappear?  And since the majority of jobs do not require postsecondary degrees, is there another way to acquire and prove qualifications? Will incubators replace universities?  Over $100 Billion of equity value has been created through incubators and bootcamps over the last few years –  while billions more have traded hands in systems to record skills.  Can we capture information learned outside of traditional school and evaluate it? Can suppliers to the job market deliver on their promises?

Everyone loves the idea of a Rosetta Stone that follows the learner across her life and translates her learning into whatever context was necessary — but we seem to be a long way off. Why? The technology is there? Will this work?  If so,who will own it? Employers, Higher Ed? Government?

  • Goldie Blumenstyk*, Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Monica Herk, VP, Conference Board
  • Fiona Hollands, Researcher, Columbia Teachers College
  • Beth Doyle, VP Learning Counts, CAEL
  • Regis Chasse, Learning & Talent Executive, Capgemini
  • Rebekah Rombom, VP of Career Services and Business Development, Flatiron School


Disruption – A Think Tank on the True Status of EdTech Innovation @ Eisner & Lubin, Rosenthal, Grand Hall | 3:30PM – 5:15PM

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The limits of technology seem to have no end. And not that long ago, almost all education was offered through schools, universities, or corporations — delivered by teachers standing in front of a room with a chalkboard.  What is the state of the art of learning technology? Because even though we all love the new bright shiny object — of the $6 trillion spent today on learning, most of it still resembles such a model.  How many of these innovations have practical applications for learners?  What business models will succeed?

  • Andy Rotherham*, Managing Partner, Bellwether, and Contributing Editor, US News & World Report
  • Seth Andrew, Fmr. Sr. Technology Advisor, The White House
  • Lindsey Burke, Policy Fellow, The Heritage Fellow
  • Carly Cooper, Global Head of Experience Design, Infosys
  • David Levin, CEO, McGraw-Hill
  • Nicole Neal, CEO, Noodle Markets
  • Ron Packard, CEO, Pansophic Learning