Human Bias Is Everywhere in Tech. To Fix It We Need to Reshape Computer Science Education.

As we transition into the new year reckoning with a violent insurrection organized on social media, the spread of disinformation about a deadly pandemic and breakdowns in distance learning, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the impact of technology on every facet of our society. We all have been equally unified in … Read more

The Pandemic Has Revealed What Really Matters in Education. (Spoiler: It’s Not Tests.)

A few weeks ago, I participated in a webinar with K-12 students, parents and teachers about how online learning is going. You might be surprised to hear that the news was not all bad. The students, in particular, had some good things to say about their virtual experience: They liked that teachers were focusing more … Read more

Delivering on Equity Post-Pandemic: Will We or Won’t We?

Several months into the pandemic and school closure, our leadership team at Highline Public Schools was struggling. Like so many other district leaders across the country, on many days we were exhausted, sad and overwhelmed by the challenges we faced. That was until our chief talent officer provided us with an incredibly insightful analogy that … Read more

Recovering From 2020 Requires Supporting Students, Starting With Their Basic Needs

Around the world, people are starting to turn hopeful eyes toward the new year as the fervent desire to banish 2020 grows. Many have tried to find meaning from the loss we’ve experienced over the past year. But the lessons to be learned here are not new or unique to the pandemic. If we have … Read more

The Pandemic Closed Our Doors But Opened Our Minds: Why My School District Will Not Return to ‘Normal’

Educators around the globe knew this school year would be like nothing we had ever experienced. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, how do school districts properly balance the well-founded fears of staff and families with the equally well-founded evidence that children need schools to learn and to grow academically, socially and emotionally? A … Read more

Crises and Capital: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2020

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” so the saying goes. The education industry didn’t. In fact, many capitalized on it in 2020. School closures have forced people to not only rely more on digital tools in the short term, but also reimagine what education can be once it’s safe to return. If anything, … Read more