EDVentures 2011: Promise Delivered
By: Thomas E. Schnabel, EIA Program Chair
Published: August 2011
EDVentures 2011 brought together over 200 educators, scholars, and entrepreneurs to discuss the role that the private sector will play in leading our country to educational success. We reached new levels of professionalism, and paved the way for enhanced membership opportunities and support. I hope you did not miss this landmark event!
The emphasis on the path ahead for the education industry was evident in the titles of our sessions: The Future of Schooling, The Resurrection of American Education, Preparing for the Idea Economy of the Future, Achieving World Class Performance in the Information Age, Trends in Federal Funding, Scenario Planning for the Challenges Ahead, and Liberating Learning.
Our twenty-first annual conference included six general sessions that united entrepreneurs from across the private sector and provided direction for innovation and achievement.
Frank Catalano, marketing and technology author/speaker, led the way by showing us how to create a balanced marketing plan with limited dollars. He was followed by Harvard Professor Paul Peterson, who shared his thoughts on the need to implement digital technologies and personalized instruction to save our schools and to restore the promise of high quality American education.
Tom Vander Ark, noted education blogger and writer, reviewed and examined the imperatives of a reauthorized ESEA. And author/leadership expert, Professor Jim Clawson (University of Virginia), encouraged us to move to a higher level of leadership to re-establish the fundamentals of effective education.
In our closing keynotes, Laura Lefkowits presented a plan to help business owners and their students prepare for the challenges ahead by utilizing scenario planning. And Stanford professor and author, Terry Moe, urged us to unleash the power of technology and innovation to create an education system worthy of our aspirations and our children’s dreams.
This year’s concurrent sessions packed each break-out room with professional speakers and industry experts who covered a broad range of topics: business growth and development, conflict resolution, communications, risk management, opportunities in education technology, social media marketing, federal dollar opportunities, systematic business marketing, test prep models, and networking.
The power and promise of our organization was never more evident. We opened the doors for Accreditation. We previewed details of our enhanced Mentoring program. And, with great pride, we launched a Global EIA strand that connected business owners from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to discuss plans for an international coalition of education entrepreneurs.
EDVentures requires many hands, all of them volunteer. I acknowledge those who contributed many hours to the planning and organizing of this conference, along with the contributions of our exhibitors and sponsors. Heartfelt thanks to all!
Our job continues: planning for next year’s event, July 19-21, 2012 in Miami, is underway. Whether you are interested in Industry Trends, Future Challenges, Growth Strategies, or just plain “good old-fashioned networking,” EDVentures 2012 will provide yet another high-gear opportunity to teach, share, and learn. Make plans to join us for this event!
Pictures From EDVentures 2011