Redefining philanthropy: The shifts we are witnessing

As parents, all we want is the best for our kids – that’s how parents everywhere feel. We understand intuitively and deeply that children deserve the very best we can give them. Based in that love and understanding, Michael and I established our foundation nearly two decades ago, and put our focus on supporting programs that further children’s education and help to keep them safe and healthy.

Education data privacy and interoperability go hand in hand

From a policy perspective, interoperability means that all the systems and sectors that serve a student can talk to each other, and that data can move securely and seamlessly among those systems and sectors. It allows everyone to work with that student to securely access the data they need to help that student.

Education data at work in K-12

One of the main problems that occurs is district staff need to do double or triple entry of education data into various information systems. Teachers obviously don’t have a lot of time in their day. Their day is largely comprised of being in front of students, and that’s as it should be.

All enrollment reforms are not created equal

School choice is both commonplace and increasing in America. Families in cities all over the country actively shop for the right schools for their kids – charter schools, district-run magnet or theme schools, or, through the real estate market, traditional neighborhood schools. The charter school movement continues to grow and districts are responding by intentionally developing more choices for families to access.

Education data interoperability: Supporting teachers in the classroom

One of the challenges with online systems is that, in a diversified online environment, data is being stored in many locations. Many organizations are not able to move data from where the student is interacting with the learning experience to where a teacher would need to go to understand the progress, activity and other information that they need to support a student in their learning.

Test prep in education: Creating a level playing field

In India, entrance exams are an integral part of the selection process for top colleges and government jobs. A good performance in a single examination can open the door to new opportunities. It is here that test preparation solutions emerge as an enabler for low-income families—helping them gain access to a college education and white collar jobs.

Data interoperability in K-12: Why it matters

In its most basic form, I define interoperability as only having to do something once. For a learner, it means eliminating repetitive tasks that demonstrate the same thing. For example, if a learner has demonstrated mastery of a subject one day, he/she shouldn’t have to redo that work again and again.

Data interoperability in K-12: The end of the human API

I’m the co-founder of Brooklyn Lab and data interoperability has been built into our blood. It’s something that we’ve prioritized from the beginning, and we believe that it’s part of the secret to our success in terms of three years of academic growth on both reading and math (according to NWEA MAP results). This year, I think we’re going to be even better based on early indications in our students’ performance data.