Building Schools Into the Innovation Ecosystem
Tuesday, March 5
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E
Hack Education - Writer
Classroom Blueprint - Founder & CEO
UC Berkeley - Professor, UCB ISchool
NYCDOE - Innovate NYC Schools
Schools and districts have typically been fortresses against innovation, even when they exist within communities where innovation thrives. Funding in schools is often scarce, yet hundreds of companies and hundreds of millions of dollars are hard at work trying to solve (what they think are) schools' problems. Entrepreneurs and their investors are often frustrated by a culture they disdain without understanding and educators while educators and elected leaders are wary of spending scarce dollars and political capital on for-profit solutions that don't address what they see as core problems.
This panel will explore the history and reasons for the apparent disconnect between schools and innovation and show how a few districts are working break it down by creating Innovation Ecosystems in which educators, entrepreneurs, donors, and VCs work nimbly together to enhance the triple-bottom-line.
Event Type: Sessions
Theme: Entrepreneurialism and Business
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