Quoteworthy

“I’m a strong believer in making, creating, being a part of anything you do—and I wish that all students had those experiences.” —Melissa Pickering

“America is at its greatest risk for national economic failure if we don’t start with reform in education.” —Elizabeth Schmidt

“Taking risks is critical. That’s when innovation really happens.” —Sarah White

“We are a group of passionate people who will work with school districts to integrate a quality college prep pathway.” —Roy Nieto

“There are adaptive tests on the market, but we need adaptive teaching.” —Naomi Menikoff

“If everyone finally gets to tell their own story then suddenly we need to ask ourselves, So, what’s our story?” —Jason Ohler

“We are now moving into an environment where I can engage the student in a different way.” —Bryce Johnson

“We are a generation of students living and breathing on the Internet.” —Andrew Grauer

“Over the years, people often comment when they meet me: You’re a real person? We thought you were like Betty Crocker!” —Kathy Schrock

“I had this vision for a really easy to use and efficient tool, and that’s what I built.” —Andrew Sutherland

“Math education is currently undergoing a major domestic shift in the form of the Common Core State Standards.” —Mike Evans

“My belief is that formal education may be linear, but the actual learning process is not.” —Sesh Kumar

“It’s time for our education system to recognize and put to use the world that students live in and embrace.” —Mary McCaffrey

“How do we take those pockets of excellence and scale those out to the broader system of education?” —Gary Hensley

“Just as no one could have foreseen the social media revolution five years ago, no one can accurately predict what post-secondary education will look like in five years.” —Jeff Solomon

“SIF is the only data standard that has broad acceptance across the PK-12 sector.” —Steve Curtis

“It’s disappointing and heartbreaking to walk into a special education classroom that has no access to computers or modern technology.” —Christina Whalen

“The shift from print-based to interactive web- and mobile-delivered education will enable the scaling of best practices and provide the opportunity for all students to have access to a quality, global education, at an affordable price.” —Tim McEwen

“We are in the middle of a revolution and I think the results of this process are in the hands of educators.” —Yovel Badash 

“We are embarrassingly mired in a system that served our youth well for a certain time, and has evolved relatively little over time in response to the changing world.” —Nikki Navta

“Personalized learning is just the beginning of how we can help schools and education be relevant in the future.” —Todd Brekhus 

“I believe that students also deserve to have productivity software to help them succeed in their courses.” —Eli Cohen

“Every day that we do not focus on increasing the digital literacy of our students is a disservice and missed opportunity.” —Rich Kiker

“Education should stimulate the learner’s mind, inspire curiousity and bring out the creative genius in every student.” —Ji Shen

“The real content is produced by peer-to-peer interaction. That’s where the magic happens.” —Robert Romano

“Technology can be a double-edged sword… it has created unmitigated access to information, but .. that access can be distracting and unproductive.” —David Lynam

“If we can effectively prepare teachers to integrate technology into instruction, we’ll reach students at a deeper level…” —Jonathan Mann

“If we could capture the essence of great science lab experiences in software, then we could … improve science education and save schools money.” —Harry Keller

“To reformers with the national spotlight … keep the energy and keep on fighting but take more time to listen. I promise you will be more productive.” —Alex Inman

“Education is … the single most important priority a society can have … its very future is dependent upon the abilities and sensibilities of its students.” —Richard Lang

“Change won’t happen overnight, but shouldn’t we be having a serious conversation about ways this should be happening now?” —Greg Limperis

“More technology, more electives, more community involvement, fewer high-stakes examinations, and more in-depth and focused curricula are, in my opinion, the brighter future.” —Shantanu Bala

“Efficiency, scalability, and transparency. Those are the keys for any business, and higher education is no exception.” —Lawrence Levy

“The best outcomes for people with disabilities result when their needs are aligned with the needs of the rest of society.” —Jim Fruchterman

“Our education system is fortunate to have many dedicated teachers who work hard and have the dedication and vision to help students learn. These teachers deserve our financial and emotional support.” —Bruce Brown

“We are at a defining moment in education in the US where we can decide whether we will educate our children to become productive members of the 21st Century global economy or we will continue to use methods and materials that have proven not to support the learning of all children.” —Kathleen McClaskey

“Young people (man, that makes me sound old) remain optimistic and curious. It’s up to us to design systems that keep them that way.” —Mark Gross

“There is talent everywhere—we just have to nurture it and look for it.” —Ramon Toledo

“Let’s face it: No one is happy with education in America, and dissatisfaction with the status quo drives demand for new solutions.” —Stephen Churchville

“The success of the for-profit institutions that have focused on distance learning is going to force the traditional schools to adopt different business models and distribution models and those who don’t adapt will be subject to Darwinism.” —Sandy Khaund

“The fact that the United States is one country yet we have 50 states each with their own curriculum is indeed indicative of the problem.” —Nicholas Tee

“Teachers can match students with specific needs to students that have particular strengths. This can create more effective classroom environments and can raise the bar for education in those classrooms.” —Dave Moravec

“The next decade is going to be all about 21st century learning. It will overtake current traditional pedagogical practices. Interdisciplinary, project-based learning incorporating web 2.0 technologies is the future of education.” —Sharon Lowe

“We must change our beliefs on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of education. We are not even close to reaching our potential…” —Sal Pellettieri

“Technology trends in education are moving as fast or faster than in the commercial world.” —Peter Frankl

“I realize there might be a couple bad teachers who need to be fired, but the real problem is that teachers are not empowered to do quality work.” —Jarrod Drysdale

“We have to ensure learners and educators have an easy way to discover each other at an affordable cost. Otherwise, we will create a system where a few privileged will have access to the best educational resources and the rest will fall behind.” —Nilanjan Sen

“The more we can put learning back in the hands of the learners and make it more personalized, the better.” —Steven Zucker

“What concerns me is that we’ve sometimes failed to look at the bigger picture of math education in the computer age, to look at fundamentals of what math is, why we’re teaching it, how we use it, and how it’s metamorphasized outside education in the last few decades.” —Conrad Wolfram

“Technology has been a great enabler in education, but where the available resources become scarce and quotas or restrictions are put in place out of necessity that has a detrimental effect on education.” —Mike Power

“In today’s world, students need educators that have a passion to teach with an understanding heart.  More “ah ha” moments will occur as a result.” —Bryan Otis

“Let’s stop thinking about education as a process that takes place Monday to Friday for a few hours during the middle of the day.” —Ian Harper

“Gone are the standard 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday windows of learning. Courses are more robust than ever, and available 24 hours a day online.” —Matthew Schnittman

“Strange how I see—and work with—so many challenges and feel positive about the possibilities.” —Eric Davis

“…there is sneaking suspicion that the education system is not doing all it could do because the concerns of other constituents trump those of students.”—Christoph Knoess

“Education is entering a significant 21st-century technology and curriculum transformation which is needed to engage a new generation of tech-savvy, rich-media students not interested in learning solely from a teacher in the front of a room, nor a textbook to read at home, nor writing with pen and paper and taking an exam answering non-engaging questions. That sounds harsh or may insult those of us over 40, but it’s the new generation’s learning style and it’s not going away.” —Tim Discipio

“While the value of classroom learning can never be fully replaced, education will become more virtual at all grade levels, and more global—particularly at higher education institutions.” —Chris Caren

“I believe the right tools for the right job, combined with great educators could quickly move the United States educational system to a more student centered focus, which in my opinion is the right position.” —Richard Harris

“Education will change dramatically in the next few years. It already has to some extent. You can now go to university online for next to nothing. You can educate yourself in anything online for next to nothing.” —Jason West

“Technology—especially interactive web applications, mobile communications, and social media—is going to continue to pervade the culture as a whole and education in particular.” —Josh Salcman

“I believe in the strength of all the great educators in classrooms all over the world who will make sure that their students will benefit from the best of times, not the worst of times in education.” —Dorothy Mikuska

“Children in school today will include those creating the first colonies on the Moon and Mars.” —David Thornburg

“Unfortunately, a lot of money is spent on education and not enough of it makes it to the teacher and to the classroom. I don’t know where it goes along the way, but we’re not doing enough for our children today and our children are the future of this country.” —Ellen Siminoff

“We’re at a crossroads. We can keep doing what we’ve been doing, we can complain about the way things are—or we can do something about it. I’m choosing to do something about it.” —Mark Weston


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