She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
Vicki Smith Bigham — Friday, April 14, 2017
I hope you are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend. Before you head out that door, check out this week's scoops!
Jeff Meyer has been promoted to director of education at Learning.com. In his new role, Jeff will work with customers and prospects focusing on the development and execution of best practices relating to digital literacy and Learning.com's solutions. He will also play an integral role working with the company's product team to influence the innovation of our solutions based on leading trends in the education community. In these capacities, he will also help formulate the company's thought leadership strategy.
Jeff, who joined the company in 2005, is an ed tech veteran, dating back to a stint as educational technology specialist for the Education Service Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served as coordinator of instructional technology and professional development at Eanes (TX) Independent School District before moving on to director of instructional technology for the Austin (TX) Independent School District. He earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a master's of education in instructional technology and curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.
Join me in congratulating Jeff on his new role with Learning.com!
Hero K12 is launching a new growth initiative of investments, acquisitions, and integrations of early and mid-stage education technology companies. The result will be a set of integrated applications working to make schools better, safer places to work, learn, and grow. Education technology executive Oliver Wreford has joined the Hero K12 leadership team as chief product and strategy officer to drive Hero's acquisition and investment efforts.
Oliver joins Hero K12 from PowerSchool where he developed PowerSchool's ISV partner program and helped to orchestrate PowerSchool's $350 million sale by Pearson to Vista Equity Partners. He was also the principal orchestrator of seven recent merger and acquisition deals with PowerSchool over the last 18 months.
Congratulations to Oliver on joining the HeroK12 team!
Five senior leaders in education and technology have joined the AltSchool executive team to bring its personalized learning platform to schools nationwide. For the past four years, AltSchool's team of educators, engineers, and researchers has been building and testing the platform in its network of lab schools. Now, AltSchool is bringing in key public and charter school veterans, including one of California's most lauded superintendents, to accelerate R&D and begin offering the platform to the broader education community. Joining the team are:
Chief Impact Officer (CIO): Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified
Over the past 20 years, Devin's vision for how to drive high-quality student outcomes enabled him to quickly ascend the roles of educator, school principal, district administrator, and now superintendent. During his tenure serving Vista Unified's more than 25,000 students, Devin has earned some of the education industry's most prestigious awards. Last year, he was named AASA's "California Superintendent of the Year." In 2015, he was named ACSA's "California Superintendent of the Year," as well as Pepperdine University's "California Superintendent of the Year." In 2014, he received Classroom of the Future Foundation's "Innovative Superintendent of the Year" award. Since joining Vista in 2012, he has been invited to the White House nine times, both in recognition for district-wide achievements and to partner on national efforts with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. As AltSchool's Chief Impact Officer, Devin will guide the design and strategy of the company's personalized learning platform, as it prepares the platform for expansion into a growing community of private, charter, and public schools.
VP of Schools: Sam Franklin, Pittsburgh Public Schools district leader
In Pittsburgh Public School District, Sam led one of the nation's largest efforts to improve teacher quality from 2010-15, managing an $80M program across more than 50 city schools, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. He previously designed and opened the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, a public magnet school serving grades 6-12, which is now the most innovative, integrated, and highest performing public high school in the city. Most recently, Sam was awarded an 18-month executive residency at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught master's level courses on education policy and leadership, managing change in challenging environments, and the future of learning and school. As AltSchool's VP of Schools, Sam will continue to improve the quality of its lab school network, and help define the ongoing work of co-development between educators and engineers.
VP of Growth: Ben Kornell, Envision Charter Schools COO
Ben brings a combination of experience in hands-on teaching roles in public education, plus executive leadership across industries including education, healthcare, and nonprofits. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member in 2003, where he taught middle school for many years. Driven by the inequities he experienced in public education, Ben went to Stanford Business School to cultivate the skills needed to impact the system more broadly. In 2013, he returned to education as COO of Envision Charter Schools, and later as Executive Director of Envision Learning Partners, where his team spread Envision Schools' Performance Assessment system to over 70 partner schools and 35,000 students across the country. In his role of VP of Growth for AltSchool, Ben will build partnerships with schools nationwide and collaborate closely with AltSchool's product team to understand how the platform can best support all schools.
VP of Pedagogy: Colleen Broderick, ReSchool Colorado Chief Learning Designer
Colleen brings a deep understanding of how to create and scale progressive learning environments in a wide variety of schools, whether public, private, charter or international. In addition to many years as a classroom educator and school founder-opening and supporting operations of four schools-Colleen pioneered roles as a learning designer for edtech organizations. At EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), Colleen held numerous key leadership positions, working to raise student achievement for the non-profit's 45,000 students in 150 public and charter schools. Most recently, she served as Chief Learning Designer for ReSchool, a foundation tasked with designing a new public education system for the state of Colorado. As VP of Pedagogy and Research, Colleen will drive AltSchool's learner-centric pedagogical strategy and align that pedagogy to ongoing product development for its core platform.
VP of Operations and Services: Laura Modi, AirBnB Director
Laura will open and lead a new department for AltSchool as the company prepares to support private, charter, and public schools who will utilize the platform. As Airbnb's Director of Hospitality for the past six years, she was responsible for creating a world-class operations support structure for its 1.5 million "host partners" around the world. At Airbnb, she helped to define a new customer service model for the travel and hospitality industry, as it underwent a systemic transformation. In her role as VP of Operations and Services at AltSchool, Laura will apply those same learnings to education. She will oversee the design and implementation of a customer support model that equips partner schools for success as they onboard the platform.
Congratulations Devin, Sam, Ben, Colleen, and Laura on joining the impressive AltSchool team!
So now, we say goodbye to this week and look forward to a weekend—I hope yours is spent in meaningful ways with family and friends or in quiet relaxation and whatever makes you happy. We have a big family dinner on Sunday after church and will surely be continuing to hide and hunt eggs with grandchildren Makenzie and Logan—I can't wait! Go enjoy, friends! Till next week....Vicki, the Snoop
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