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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Harry H. Stine of Stine Seed Company

The100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs Today's CEO Leader is Harry H. Stine of Stine Seed Company.
 
Harry H. Stine is a farmer and seedsman. In four decades Stine’s company has become the most renowned private soybean breeding program in the country, developing the genetics that are used on a significant portion of all the soybean acres planted in the U.S.
 
Stine was raised in rural Dallas County, Iowa. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. After college, Stine returned home to help his father Bill who, in addition to farming and raising hogs, had established Stine Seed Farm to clean public soybean varieties.
 
In the late 1960s Stine joined with four other seedsmen in forming Improved Variety Research (IVR), one of the first private soybean research and development companies in the nation. In 1973 IVR was dissolved, and Stine and head plant breeder Bill Eby founded Midwest Oilseeds, which today is the industry’s leading soybean genetics developer.
 
In 1979 Stine began selling soybean seed under his own label, Stine Soybean Seeds. In 1992, Stine began selling corn and soft red winter wheat under the Stine label.
 
Through it all, Stine has remained a farmer first, and seedsman and businessman second. His love for the land has kept Stine involved in nearly all aspects, even as his companies have experienced tremendous growth.
 
His efforts in the field of agriculture have not gone unnoticed. In 1989 Stine was named Agrimarketer of the Year by the Iowa chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), as well as the Ernst & Young Iowa/Nebraska Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2000 the Des Moines Register named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Iowa. In 2002 Stine received an honorary doctorate degree from McPherson College, and in 2003 Stine was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall Of Fame. Then, in 2007 the Iowa Biotechnology Association recognized Stine with its Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, while the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation honored him with its Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
 
Q&A
 
Why do you believe STEM Education/workforce development are critical to our nation's future?
STEM education/workforce development is critical to our nation’s future because it is what drives advancement. Where there is a strong focus on STEM, there is a focus on innovation. Every issue faced by modern society – from hunger, to medicine, to energy and conservation – will require the application of STEM principles to be effectively managed. 
 
How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?
A strong country requires bright minds, minds that can work through the complex nature of the modern world and seek better solutions. Countries with an emphasis on STEM education are better able to seek these solutions, to harness the power of technology for the greater good, which ultimately makes them more competitive in today’s global environment.
 
Beyond Standards, what are the first steps we should take to curb the STEM education crisis?
First and foremost, we need to make STEM education accessible to all students, at all levels. A student that is eager to learn should not be denied the opportunity to study STEM subjects due to budgetary constraints. Secondly, we need to make STEM education engaging, which means gearing curriculum to be relatable to the students and the world around them. Perhaps most importantly, we need to train and recruit quality teachers who can ignite the spark for learning and keep students motivated to always remain curious.
 
How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?
We know that the thirst for knowledge begins at an early age so, in order to maintain emphasis on STEM subjects, we must start with young students. From there we need to gear curriculum to focus on improving our students’ critical thinking, which is the foundation for STEM education. Finally, we need to encourage students from all walks of life to join the conversation, as the best ideas come when you have a wide range of inputs.
 
What traits do corporate leaders need to effectively support and advance STEM education today?
As a farmer, and due to my involvement in plant breeding, I would say that the area of STEM that I am most passionate about is science.
 
Check Out Stine Seed Company's Profile:http://stemconnector.org/stine-seed-company
 
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Bob Moritz of PwC

The100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs Today's CEO Leader is Bob Moritz of PwC.
Bob Moritz is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the US firm of PwC, after having been re-elected by the US partnership in January 2013 to serve another four-year term ending June 30, 2017. He is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network's four largest territories. Prior to July 2009, Bob served as the Assurance Leader of the US firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the Managing Partner of the New York office and Metro Region.
 
Bob joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Metro Region Financial Services Leader. From 2001 to 2004, he led the Financial Services Audit and Business Advisory practice, which includes the banking, capital markets, insurance, investment management and real estate sectors.
 
Bob served a three-year tour in PwC Tokyo, providing audit and advisory services to numerous European and US-based financial services organizations operating in Japan.
 
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the New Jersey State Society of CPAs. He is the chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and board member of the Oswego College Foundation. Other board memberships include the Atlantic Council, the Conference Board and the Partnership for New York City.
 
Bob resides in Westchester County, NY and has two children.
 
Q&A
 
Why do you believe STEM Education/workforce development is critical to our nation’s future?
Helping students develop fundamental STEM-related skills is critical to the health and competitiveness of our economy. The critical thinking, analytical skills and foresight that follow a STEM education not only help students with important life decisions, but they also better prepare students to handle future job demands. Yet more than half of U.S. CEOs point to the lack of availability of key skills as a potential threat to growth in 2013, according to PwC's 16th annual Global CEO Survey. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders—businesses, educators and communities must come together to provide solutions and help introduce STEM-related courses to students at an early age, and with greater frequency. It’s an economic imperative, and a personal one each of us must own. 
 
How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?
At PwC, people are our greatest asset. We create an environment that enables them to succeed by providing quality learning and development programs, a flexible work environment, and opportunities to develop leadership outside of work by supporting philanthropic interests both in and out of the office. More than ever before, employees want to make a difference and help solve social issues. Creating opportunities for them to do so only increases their level of engagement with the firm. Through PwC’s Earn Your Future, we're providing opportunities for our people to bring their skills into the community and demonstrate leadership through diverse educational and life-building experiences that interest and inspire them. With PwC's support, our people are serving on local youth nonprofit boards, teaching and mentoring youth and delivering pro bono services to nonprofits, all of which provide greater opportunity to engage more of our people in giving time and talent. This shared value—the benefit to the individual, our local communities as well as the brand of PwC—is the foundation of our investments. 
 
What STEM initiative that your company has supported makes you the most proud? 
In June 2012, PwC launched PwC's Earn Your Future, a $160 million commitment of funding, skills-based volunteering, teacher training opportunities and no-cost curricula developed by experienced educational researchers. It’s a commitment unlike any we’ve made before at PwC, and what makes me most proud is that it puts our people out in front of it. Rather than going out and painting schools, our focus on youth education really leverages the skills our people have that makes us unique. Through this initiative, we're providing hands-on instruction through programs such as PwC's High School Business Challenge, a national student competition to create a business plan using core business and financial concepts. Working with Knowledge@Wharton High School, we're helping educators deepen their comfort level and teaching skills about financial literacy and business. Ours is a comprehensive approach that extends across the learning continuum, emphasizing healthy nourishment and availability of learning resources, core math skills, college and real world engagement preparation and life-long learning that helps empower students. 
 
What do we need in the U.S. to continue to be at the top of global innovation?
The intersection of technology and education is a key driver of innovation and a necessary component for the U.S. to maintain its status as a global leader. In order to grow our economy, we must continue to find ways to raise the education bar and engage youth in STEM disciplines through innovative mediums. This will require vested interest and thoughtful collaboration to advance these technologies and scale them for widespread access. As an example, the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc is investing in social entrepreneurship through programs such as Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, and is actively seeking ways to support start-ups focused on bringing new ideas to scale.
 
What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?
One critical component of an effective private-public partnership is to develop a program that leverages the strengths and talents of each organization to create a complementary solution. One way in which we're doing this is through our partnership with the MIND Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving math education and closing the math achievement gap. Businesses can reach out to local school superintendents and teachers and propose ways to bring their core skills into the classroom, and they can engage in policy discussions with organizations like the Council for Economic Education and contribute to strategies that promote effective solutions. It’s about looking inward at your company’s greatest assets and helping others understand how it relates to the educational needs of our future workforce. But most importantly, together we need to figure out how to inspire our youth around the opportunities they may not be aware of, highlight role models, and reinforce the importance of a solid STEM education.
 
 

Charter School Group Joins Nationwide Public-Private Partnership Advancing STEM Education

     Charter School Group Joins Nationwide Public-Private Partnership Advancing STEM Education

Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which represents more than 2.3 million students in charter schools, announced today that it has joined STEMconnector, an organization aimed at connecting organizations, states and companies working to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  
 
“With nearly 70 percent of the jobs of tomorrow requiring expertise in STEM fields, Charter schools have an important role to play in making science, technology, engineering and math a top priority,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.  “Many charter schools – like Denver’s Science and Technology Public Schools, Arizona’s BASIS charter schools and California’s Magnolia Science Academies – have helped students make remarkable achievement gains through STEM-focused instruction. Charter schools offer teachers and principals the freedom and flexibility they need to align their curriculum, hiring, training, teaching and evaluation to the evolving STEM workforce needs in America,” said Rees.
 
A growing number of charter schools are working to make STEM a priority. On a recent survey, 20 percent of all charter schools reported that they have a specific STEM or math/science instructional focus. Charter schools disproportionally serve inner-city, minority and low-income children. “The fact that a lot of charter schools are focused on STEM in these neighborhoods indicates that families, regardless of their income, want to make sure their children are getting a solid education and are prepared for STEM careers,” said Rees. 
 
As part of its commitment to STEMconnector, the National Alliance plans to: 
  • Connect charter schools around the country with STEM resources, best practices and partner organizations.
  • Work with STEM-focused charter schools and state charter school associations to share their STEM education best practices, including success and lessons learned in recruiting qualified teachers, aligning curriculum to workforce needs, creating overall school cultures that motivate students to pursue STEM and giving students the opportunity to gain early experience working in STEM fields.
  • Collect and share STEM data and trends coming out of charter schools with policymakers and practitioners. 
  • Represent charter schools in STEM forums.  
 
About the National Alliance: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.                                       
 
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Eric Schmidt of Google

The100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs Today's CEO Leader is Eric Schmidt of Google.
 
 
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.
 
From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
 
Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Thoughts on STEM
 
"It's vital to expose kids to this [computer sciences] early if they're to have the chance of a career in computing. Only 2% of Google engineers say they weren't exposed to computer science at high school. While not every child is going to become a programmer, those with aptitude shouldn't be denied the chance."(Google funds computer teachers and Raspberry Pis in England, BBC)

"Put simply, technology breakthroughs can't happen without the scientists and engineers to make them. The challenge that society faces is to equip enough people, with the right skills and mindset, and to get them to work on the most important problems."(Google funds computer teachers and Raspberry Pis in England, BBC)
 
“[Creating technology is] almost impossible without greater emphasis on STEM education. Google, for one, is fully devoted to promoting STEM through many company initiatives, not the least of which is our support of the Cornell NYC Tech engineering school. We’re proud to be providing them with space in our building in Chelsea while their permanent home is being built on Roosevelt Island. The school is a place to cultivate a new generation of innovators, thinkers, doers.” (Teach Tech, Win the Future, NYDailyNews)
 
“STEM education is the best way to ensure more people are devoted to technological advancement, more minds are turning, more parents are seeing their kids learn the skills they need to succeed in a new economy —and more kids are sitting in school dreaming up totally crazy ideas that just might change the world.”(Teach Tech, Win the Future, NYDailyNews)
 
“Things we used to think were magic we now take for granted: the ability to get a map instantly, from our pockets; to work on a project with people a half a world away, at any time; to watch creative video content from anywhere on Earth, for free, or even to broadcast your own creation to the entire world. Maybe we couldn’t imagine these things five years ago. But, the point is, someone did.” (Teach Tech, Win the Future, NYDailyNews)
 
Check Out Google's Profile: http://stemconnector.org/google
 
 

The Gooru Corner: Introduction to Ratios (Featured Collection)

 
 
Today's Gooru featured collection is a friendly introduction to the concept of ratios. From an intuitive video walkthrough of the basics to a few interactive games on simplifying ratios, this collection is a solid first step towards mastering proportions. It's all building towards next week's Gooru corner feature, where we'll dive into the cool, visual applications of ratios.
 
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South LA Elementary Schools Get Blended Learning Boost from Donors and Community

A Public-Private Partnership Aims to Improve Math Skills and Put Students on Path to Success

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2013 | The nonprofit MIND Research Institute and Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday announced a public-private partnership to invest in a proven, research-based blended learning math program for elementary students in one of the most impoverished parts of Los Angeles. The launch of the South LA Community Math Project was celebrated at 96th Street Elementary School.
 
With funding from donors, schools and MIND Research, the South LA Community Math Project will provide grants to approximately 20 high-need schools in the area to implement MIND Research’s blended learning ST Math program, which includes instructional software, teacher training and year-round educational support.
 
Research by the University of California, Irvine’s Greg Duncan shows that early math skills are the number one predictor of later academic success, high school graduation rates and college matriculation.  By focusing on math skills, the partners hope to dramatically improve the future prospects for  South LA children, and establish the foundation for careers in high-demand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
 
“MIND Research Institute’s ST Math program has already proven effective at improving students’ math performance in LAUSD,” said Robert “Bob” Bravo, Instructional Area Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District. “We’re excited to launch this new partnership to attract greater community and donor support for math education our South LA schools.”
 
ST Math is used by more than 80,000 students in Los Angeles County, many funded by philanthropy and MIND Research grants – including 11 Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Earlier this year, the independent third-party education research firm WestEd published a study verifying that 45 LAUSD schools using the program saw nearly twice the growth in math proficiency compared to others. ST Math’s “effect size” on test scores was found to be well beyond what the Federal What Works Clearinghouse has deemed “substantively important.”
 
“We’re committed to ensuring that all children are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems,” said Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., co-founder and chief operating officer of MIND Research Institute. “What better place to work on that mission than South LA, which has its share of challenges as well as tremendous hope and promise for the future.”
 
MIND’s ST Math program provides visual, computer-based math games that support deep understanding of concepts covered by California math standards at each grade level. Because the program doesn’t rely on language proficiency or prior math proficiency, it’s accessible for English Language Learners and children with learning disabilities. Students use ST Math for 45 minutes on the computer, twice a week under their teacher’s supervision, in a blended learning environment. The teachers are trained on how to connect the visual puzzles to their conventional symbolic texts, and coached on how to guide children through challenging sections by getting them to express their thinking, rather than simply showing them the solution.
 
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND’s distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. MIND’s programs currently reach over 500,000 students and 21,000 teachers in more than 1,780 schools in 30 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.net.
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Stephen R. Howe, Jr of Ernst & Young

The100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs Today's CEO Leader is Stephen R. Howe, Jr.  of Ernst & Young
Stephen R. Howe, Jr. is Americas Managing Partner of Ernst & Young and Managing Partner of the U.S. Firm, Ernst & Young LLP. Steve is a member of the Americas Executive Board and Global Executive Board. He has been with the firm for over 30 years. Steve has served as audit partner for numerous global financial institution clients and as senior advisory partner on many of the firm's largest clients. Steve was previously Managing Partner of one of the firm's largest business units, the Financial Services Office, for six years before becoming Managing Partner for the U.S. and Americas. In the Americas, Ernst & Young operates in 30 countries through 11 geographic business units; all of them report to Steve. Steve also represents Ernst & Young in the Americas in maintaining regulatory relationships and as Executive Sponsor for inclusiveness. He regularly visits college campuses throughout the US, speaking to students about the profession.
 
Steve graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Mathematical Economics and from the Stern School at New York University with an MBA in Accounting and Finance. Steve is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the Board of the Partnership for New York City and the Board of Governors of the Center for Audit Quality. 
 
Q&A
 
Beyond Standards, what are the first steps we should take to curb the STEM education crisis?
The STEM concentrations are those that emphasize analytical thinking. We need to support analytical thinking and its tie to economic growth throughout a robust K-12 curriculum, but we need to also strengthen the connection between classroom learning and the outside world. Volunteer engagement in our schools can make a huge difference. Every year, thousands of business people volunteer their time through not-for-profits like Junior Achievement and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and by doing so, encourage students to build skills and embrace learning. We can also strengthen post-secondary STEM learning through the community college and university systems by supporting scholarships, internships, mentorships and auxiliary/support learning in those areas.
 
How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?
Role models and mentors play an important role in encouraging women and under-represented minorities to continue their study of STEM subjects. This starts at young age; Cyberchase, the Emmy® award-winning PBS television series, helps build the math and problem-solving skills of children ages 8-11 and was specifically designed to engage girls and minorities. Ernst & Young professionals bring the Cyberchase concepts to life when they visit after-school programs and lead hands-on learning activities our US firm co-developed with the PBS. At the high school level, mentors, like those in our Ernst & Young College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program offer exposure to career opportunities in STEM fields and serve as role models. 
 
How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?
The Ernst & Young Foundation’s Academic Resource Center (ARC) has provided free university teaching materials for all collegiate level professors in topical areas that are important to public and private sectors. By bringing together academics and professionals to co-develop free, state-of-the-art curricula in topics important to the workforce but, perhaps unfamiliar to academics, we can help ensure graduates are as prepared as possible for the increasingly complex world they are entered. 
 
Another area where we have made a coordinated investment is our support for college access for disadvantaged youth, including our College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program. Today, 30% of students in the bottom quartile of incomes enroll in a four-year school and among that group, fewer than half graduate. Helping these young people apply to college and prepare for success is critical to filling the current skills gap. 
 
What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?
Our experience is that when each partner tackles the piece where it has a competitive advantage, the outcomes are more robust and participants are more satisfied. The corporate sector brings professionals with deep technical skills and volunteers with passion and energy; we also have the most recent market intelligence because that is where we spend our time. Universities have advantages with pedagogy and in understanding what students need in theory to get the most from their professional experiences. And government has the ability to set standards and the channels – through the millions of public schools across the US – to drive change on a large scale Understanding the demands on the time and pressures on all parties helps to make efficient and effective timelines and outcomes.
 
How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives? Is this a part of your comprehensive strategy?
One strong point of connection between our STEM initiatives and our commitment to diversity is our inclusiveness recruiting strategy. We work very hard to build awareness of the profession and opportunities in stem. We fund High School Programs throughout the US where diverse students attend college for a week to learn about accounting careers. Through the EY Launch Internship program we’re able to encourage talented minority college students to pursue STEM careers by introducing them to the diverse opportunities available to them at Ernst & Young as early as the summer following freshman year. More than 210 students will serve as Launch Interns this year. 
 
Check Out Ernst & Young's Profile: http://stemconnector.org/ernst-young
 

The Gooru Corner: Simplifying Ratios

 
Flex your ratio-simplification muscles with this week's Gooru featured resource. Simplify the ratios as they appear on the screen to help the clownfish escape from the hungry shark lurking in the background. Miss to many questions and it's game over. 
 
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CityBridge Foundation’s Katherine Bradley, Kaplan CEO Andrew Rosen and Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton Added as Speakers for Capital E-xchange

 October 14-15 Conference at The Gallup Building in Washington, DC Will Be First Event for Capital-E, New Group Promoting Growth of Ed Tech-Related Activity in Region

September 16, 2013, Bethesda, MD – Katherine Bradley, President, CityBridge Foundation; Andrew Rosen, CEO, Kaplan Education; and Jim Shelton, Acting Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education have been added to the lineup of speakers and panelists for the first Capital E-xchange, a conference for entrepreneurs, policymakers, educators and non-profits in the National Capital region to identify emerging education technology trends and form alliances.
 
Taking place Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15, 2013, this EdTech focused event will be hosted by Gallup Education, at The Gallup Building at 901 F St. NW, in Washington, DC.
 
The announcement of new speakers and panelists was made today by Devin Schain, Chair of the Board of Advisors for Capital-E, a non-profit group promoting growth of education technology-related activity in the region, and organizer of the inaugural Capital E-xchange conference.
 
“Like Silicon Valley is to software development and Madison Ave. is to advertising, the Greater Washington, DC region – from Baltimore to Northern Virginia – is to education technology,” said Schain.  “Our newly added speakers underscore not only that this area an EdTech center, it is home to education policymakers, and non-profits working to effect positive educational change.”
 
Schain added: “To highlight the great efforts already underway and to support those to come, we have created Capital-E.  And to underscore why Capital-E will be a force for good, we present the first Capital E-xchange.  We’re grateful to Brandon Busteed and Gallup Education for serving as our host.  We believe that attendees will come away with renewed inspiration to tackle America’s educational challenges.  Similar to what has occurred in April in Arizona, we envision annual DC events where personal networks are expanded and partnerships are forged.”
 
Educational technology pioneers Michael Chasen, Co-founder of Blackboard; Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Chris Hoehn-Saric, Co-founder and Senior Managing Director, Sterling Partners; and Michael Saylor, Chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy and trustee of The Saylor Foundation, were already among the top-notch group of speakers convening at Capital E-xchange.  Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University will be interviewed by Jeff Selingo, Editor-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, media partner for the event.
 
More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference, with sign-up for $495 available at www.capital-e.org. Capital E-xchange sponsors include The Parthenon Group, CityBridge Foundation, Rocketship, and Hobsons  Additional speakers, panelists and sponsors will be announced.
 
CONTACT: James A. Boyle, Executive Director, Capital-E, jim@capital-e.org or 571-213-3979
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Discovery Education And 3M Announce 2013 Science Competition Winner

Discovery Education And 3M Announce 2013 Science Competition Winner (via PR Newswire)

-- Peyton Robertson was Awarded $25,000 and Named America's Top Young Scientist for his Innovative Sandbag Design -- -- Velocity Network's Chris Jacobs Served as Master of Ceremonies -- Download image Download image Peyton Robertson, 11, presents his…

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