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Education’s Latest Secret Trend: Networking

It's kind of an irony that schools are in the business of delivering education, but as an entity, schools themselves don't know how to get better.
Lydia Dobyns, CEO, New Tech NetworkHow good are schools at learning? Can they get better? As a culture, we worry a lot about student learning. But students don’t learn in a vacuum: Most are part of organizations (namely schools) that involve adults who also are engaged in learning, both individually and collectively. So what could help them learn?

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Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

Want to take a look inside some of the innovative schools in America? The second annual EdSurge Fusion conference is designed to be your entryway.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jim Shelton is leaving the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Jim Shelton: 'Forward, Always: My Journey at CZI'

Jim Shelton, who started the Education division of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, posted this note on the organization’s website today. Read our complete coverage about Shelton’s exit here.

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Chegg Cuts $15 Million Check to Buy AI-Feedback Tool, WriteLab

Reading, writing and AI—that turned out to be the winning combination for startup, WriteLab.Chegg announced today that it bought the Berkeley-based startup for about $15 million in an all-cash transaction. (There’s an additional payment of $5 million to key employees over the next three years, assuming they stay.)

Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

For the past few years, the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit has surfaced some of the resonant themes echoing in education reform: A few years ago, it featured the likes of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and venture capitalist John Doerr. Later, conversations around equity and diversity dominanted. So what about this year?

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation. Between those bookends, the ASU+GSV Summit, now in its 8th year, is fueled by nonstop mingling and convening. This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs.Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. Shop talk was increasingly led by international participants from Paris to Israel—and especially from China, whose global ambitions are undisguised and undeniable.

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K-12 Entrepreneurship: Slow Entry, Distant Exit

In October 2007, Larry Berger, then chief executive of Wireless Generation and his colleague, David Stevenson, a Wireless Gen vice president, gave a presentation at the American Enterprise Institute conference about why entrepreneurs faced formidable obstacles in building technology for schools and districts.

China’s NetDragon to Acquire Edmodo for $137.5 Million

China’s NetDragon has gobbled up another education technology company. This time, it’s Edmodo, one the largest online social communities of teachers and students in the world.NetDragon Websoft, a publicly-traded company based in Fuzhou, China, has agreed to pay $137.5 million for Edmodo. That deal includes a modest cash outlay of approximately $15 million and a significant chunk of equity (about $122 million worth of shares in NetDragon's education subsidiary.)

What’s That Liberal Arts Degree Worth?

Sure, coding is cool. But what about those of us who earned a degree in say, English, anthropology or some other classic “liberal arts” degree?Looking to level up in your career?EdSurge is hosting a series of spring fairs this April! Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites.

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