Leadership development & EdTech entrepreneurs

Leadership Development & EdTech Entrepeneurs

Accelerating the pace of innovation requires a fresh approach to research and development and the infrastructure that supports it. The following image illustrates how research, product development, and adoption can be linked together in an education innovation ecosystem in such a way that each part of the process informs and improves the next.

Source: https://tech.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Innovation-Cluster-Description.pdf
Based on The Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Dept. of Education, https://tech.ed.gov/innovationclusters/

Education Innovation Cluster

The Office of Educational Technology, part of the U.S. Dept. of Education, offers useful guidance in creating education innovation clusters:

Creating a new education innovation ecosystem requires new types of partnerships that cross traditional domain silos. This has been demonstrated in other industries that have been successful at accelerating innovation.  Across the U.S. education innovation clusters are forming, where forward thinking partners focus on breakthroughs in learning technologies, streamlining research in learning science and accelerating the development of new tools and approaches for learning.

Elements of an Education Innovation Cluster

An Education Innovation Cluster requires connection between three key partners, each contributing their unique strengths to the network:

Educational partners provide an environment in which emerging learning technologies can be piloted and new solutions can be developed with input from students and teachers.  Educational partners might include: early learning providers, day schools, libraries, community  centers, after school programs,  institutions of higher education, or virtual learning environments. Such partners offer the flexibility  and capability to rapidly develop, test, and collect data on new approaches and products.

Research partners conduct basic and applied research related to advancing the field. They  are integrally connected to the entrepreneurial partners to ensure effective design of learning technologies. By cultivating close relationships with  their educational partners, they  streamline the collection of data and outcomes, and conduct ongoing evaluations of the products and approaches developed in the cluster.

Commercial partners infuse new technologies to address problems and help scale and market successful implementations. By providing investment capital, they accelerate the commercialization of intellectual property and increase the chances that new enterprises built on the knowledge generated in the cluster will succeed. Consistent access to the educational and research partners in the cluster greatly improves the quality and relevance of its products.

Make a Difference and Contribute to the World of Jewish EdTech

As a potential funder looking to make an investment that contributes to the rapid growth of educational technologies within Jewish education initiatives, it is important to understand the various details involved in making successful investments with maximum impact.

Explore the following pages to learn more about integral elements to becoming an investor in educational innovation.

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