Ed Tech Tools Research Group Starts Work
The Jefferson Education Exchange has announced the 30-member steering committee who will guide the nonprofit's efforts to help educators make technology decisions that meet the specific needs of their learners.
The EdTech Genome Project will dig through "extensive research and direct outreach with educators to identify up to 10 contextual variables associated with ed tech implementation success or failure."
After the steering committee reaches consensus on the variables, the Jefferson Education Exchange facilitate the creation of national working groups to bring together researchers and practitioners with knowledge and experience in each area. Each group will "spend a year examining existing evidence and measurement instruments as each group works to reach consensus about how implementation factors such as 'teacher agency,' 'initiative fatigue,' 'quality of professional development' and other technical and cultural factors can be quantified."
The members of the steering committee are:
- Doretha Allen, Middle School Innovation Coordinator, Dallas Independent School District
- Lennon Audrain, Teacher, Brookline Public Schools; Former Student President, Educators Rising
- Danny Carlson, Associate Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
- Melissa Collins, Global Teacher Prize semifinalist, Teacher, Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)
- Kimberly Dadisman, Policy and Research Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America)
- Stacey Dallas Johnston, Teacher, Clark County School District, former Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
- Aman Dhanda, Director of Educator Engagement, ASCD
- Candice Dodson, Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SEDTA)
- Jason Edwards, Senior Associate, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
- Rose Else-Mitchell, Independent Consultant; Former Chief Learning Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Brent Engelman, Director of Education Data and Information Systems, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
- Meg Hamel, Director of Research, EdSurge
- Kristin Hamilton, Vice President of Standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Barbara Hickman, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
- Maria Hyler, Deputy Director of Washington D.C. Office and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
- Alexander Kmicikewycz, Teacher, Chicago Public Schools; Teach Plus Fellow
- Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
- Verna Lalbeharie, Managing Director of Digital Age Personalized Learning, American Institutes for Research
- Stephanie Marken, Executive Director of Education Research, Gallup
- Saro Mohammed, Education Research Consultant
- Andrea Prejean, Director of Teacher Quality, National Education Association (NEA)
- Alexandra Resch, Senior Researcher, Mathematica
- Brian Seymour, Education Technology Director, Pickerington Local School District (Columbus, OH)
- David Slykhuis, Chair, National Technology Leadership Summit; Director of Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, University of Northern Colorado
- Joseph South, Chief Learning Officer, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Daniel Stanhope, Vice President, Research and Analytics, Lea(R)n
- Katrina Stevens, Director of Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
- Lauren Stuart, Teacher, Beverly Hills School District; Board Member, EdReports.org
- Michelle Tiu, Director of Education Technology, WestEd
- Bi Vuong, Managing Director of Education Practice, Project Evident
The steering committee will convene for the first time on Oct. 30. More information about the Ed Tech Genome Project can be found here.
Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.
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