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ASU+GSV: Its about the relationships, not the speeches

By: Filip Kesler on April 23rd, 2014

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ASU+GSV: Its about the relationships, not the speeches

Education Elements  |  Curriculum Strategy & Adoption

April is partnerships month here at EE.

Earlier this month we wrote about the importance of keeping the right company when it comes to partnerships, followed by the announcement of our Back to School 2014 partner catalog. Finally, this week we took to the road to meet many of our current and prospective partners in Scottsdale, AZ.

This year’s Arizona State University + GSV Education Innovation Summit, aka "Davos in the Desert," attracted over 1,800 attendees —from educators to entrepreneurs to investors, thought leaders, and policymakers – with over 250 education entrepreneurs, touting new companies and tools. Keynote speakers included Jeb Bush, Sandra Day O'Connor, Mark Cuban, Magic Johnson, and many others.

However, as insightful and entertaining as Magic Johnson’s recollection of his rivalry with Larry Bird is, our main focus at the conference was to discuss partnerships, listen to ideas, strengthen old bonds, and forge new alliances to help school districts across the country design and implement personalized learning.

Regularly meeting with our partners ensures that we can share with each other client findings, align product visions and share new ideas on what makes students and educators successful as district-wide personalized learning initiatives increasingly focus on equality of access to high-quality digital content across schools.

We heard insightful and entertaining presentations by our friends at MIND research, Curriculum Associates and Dreambox, discussed field traction and product integrations with our partners such as Compass Learning, APEX Learning and Schoology, and planned partnership rollouts with the latest additions to our partner catalog Curriculet, STEMscopes and Imagine Learning,

We also met with a number of candidates for the next update of our partner catalog to asses pedagogy fit, align product vision, and share advice on effective ways to integrate with our platform. You will be hearing about our new initiatives and partners in the following months.

In the meantime, if you missed us at the summit and would like to explore partnership opportunities, please visit our partner survey and follow me @EdElementary

pic from conference
Grabbing a drink with our new partner, Curriculet

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