Let’s create a Silicon Valley around education
Posted by Bert Maes on July 26, 2010
Education needs innovation. Education needs reform. Education needs money. Education needs entrepreneurs. But there’s just nothing out there to foster an investment-friendly environment in education.
Now a movement is under way to create one of the nation’s only business incubators dedicated to education entrepreneurs. NEST, the Networking Ed entrepreneurs for Social Transformation, will identify promising action-oriented entrepreneurs and link them to educational professionals, work space support, strategic guidance and access to capital.
Despite the best of intentions, educators and policymakers have found it impossible to achieve better outcomes within a bureaucratic structure designed more than a century ago. The disruptive visions, experiences and the better tools and resources education entrepreneurs have will be the spark to a more rapid, dramatic change towards a different and better system ensuring that all students receive a high-quality public education.
If they receive the appropriate resources, education entrepreneurs may very well lead the public education system toward vastly improved outcomes. The positive impact on society will be the enhanced capacity of the existing public schools system: new schools, new support programs for teachers certification and leaders licensure, new classroom technologies, new services that help teachers and leaders with instruction, administration, and management, and so on.
“If they can figure out a way to bridge those two communities, it could be a real contribution,” said Kim Smith, CEO of Bellwether Education Partners.
“Let’s create a Silicon Valley around education.” The perfect slogan from Doug Lynch, vice dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education is getting into the act with a $650 million fund to boost education innovation.
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