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Note: This post originally appeared on LinkedIn . At the ASU+GSV Summit 2015 last week, GSV co-founder and chief investment officer Michael Moe shared a powerful lesson about coaching trees with a roomful of educators and edtech leaders. Just a few months ago, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battled in Super Bowl XLIX a few miles from where we sat. Few realized that the teams’ head coaches, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll, both apprenticed under the legendary Lou Holtz. Moe’s point was that great leaders don’t just rack up wins and championships for their own teams. They develop...
As a current EP Analyst Fellow, I’m in the midst of an incredibly transformational experience. And while I don’t yet have the benefit of hindsight, I know choosing this program was the right choice. If you’re considering taking the leap, here’s why I think you should.
The desert winds that blew through last week’s ASU+GSV Summit 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona carried new perspectives and insights on education technology. For me, the most notable was how the viewpoint on technology has shifted even in recent years: from a possible solution to our country’s public education challenges to a critical tool or lever to reshape American education and expand opportunity. And boy, is there excitement and enthusiasm for what that tool, wielded carefully and thoughtfully, could do to change how we think about the process and purpose of education.
Recently, EP Alumna Roxanne Phen’s boss at Oakland Unified School District raved about the impact she’s made in Oakland. Today, we hear from Roxanne (Analyst Fellow, 2012-2013) about how OUSD will be the third K-12 district in the nation to implement Workday (thanks to her leadership), how her team produces timely data and analysis to inform the district’s strategy (when two years ago, they didn’t even know what data they had), and why the best part of her job is tackling seemingly insurmountable challenges.
In last week’s Q and A, Brigitte Marshall, Chief Talent Officer for Oakland Unified School District, raved about EP talent in general and Alumna Lisa Ahn (Graduate School Fellow, 2012) in particular. In this Pioneer Profile, we hear from Lisa herself about growing up in what felt like the center of the world, the books and teachings that have impacted her life, and why she’s committed to working on behalf of young people for the long haul.