Graduate students receive professional development in digital education through Curriculum Associates and the Education Technology Fellowship.

Curriculum Associates and the Education Technology Fellowship

Education Technology Fellowship is a full-time, six-month program designed to give graduate students professional development opportunities in the field of digital education. It teaches students how to design, create, and implement digital projects in support of undergraduate learning.

Annual cohorts work together and with the Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies team to bring educational innovation ideas to life. This includes pedagogical projects with structured guidance.

Renee Waldron

Renee joined CA in 2009 after a successful career at the American Museum of Natural History, where she increased funding by $40 million and transformed business operations. Since joining the company, she has been a key leader in product development for online assessment and instruction, Common Core, and foundational skills.

She is currently leading the development of i-Ready, a powerful online assessment and instruction solution that supports students in meeting AYP standards. i-Ready’s single K-12 adaptive diagnostic pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and provides targeted, personalized online instruction for students.

Rob Waldron is CEO of Curriculum Associates, a Boston-area edtech company supporting learning gains for more than 12 million students and educators nationwide. He runs the company with a long-term focus, upholding its founding mission to improve classrooms everywhere. Prior to joining CA, he was an operating executive at Berkshire Partners and CEO of the education division of Kaplan. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a graduate of Northwestern and Harvard Business School.

Rob Waldron

Rob Waldron is the CEO of Curriculum Associates, which he took over in 2008 after leading Jumpstart for Young Children and the K-12 tutoring division of Kaplan Education. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has served on the Northeastern YPO Social Impact and EdTech Digest CEO Councils.

One of the lessons that Waldron has taken from his career is that a legacy company can “disrupt” itself by focusing on its Job to Be Done. This approach has helped him transform the company into a leader in the education technology market, even though it doesn’t receive the same level of media attention as other companies.

As an example, he shared the story of a ninth grader who was four levels behind and was using i-Ready to catch up. She moved up two and a half levels in one year and started believing in herself. This made Waldron smile because he knew that the software had a meaningful impact on students.

EdTech MBA Community

The EdTech MBA Community empowers current and aspiring education leaders with the critical academic knowledge, cross-sector tools, and business skills necessary to innovate within their organizations and start new ventures. This unique program offers students a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum spanning the fields of education, design, and innovation. It also provides premier access to Penn GSE and Wharton startup resources and clubs, and educational and ed tech networks.

The fellowship includes mastery of multimedia design and extensive content creation, teaching and mentoring responsibilities, scientific investigation, and an understanding of the administration of technology in medicine. Ultimately, the fellow will be able to use their knowledge to develop innovative technologies for medical education that can engage undergraduate and graduate (residency) medical students, physicians, and patients in diverse learning environments.

Kohn believes many of the products currently on the market are not addressing the real problems educators, students, and families face. He said they are using tactics that would not work in a business setting, and that they fail to build on small successes or gain buy-in.

EdTech Fellows

The Fellowship matches top graduate student fellows with EdTech companies. The companies provide a structured role for the students to work on projects and operations critical to the company, working closely with senior leaders. This opportunity provides a valuable learning experience for both the students and the companies.

The program is funded by the Mastercard Foundation and offers a unique blend of specialised acceleration support for 12 selected startups. This includes access to equity-free venture capital, mentoring, and the development of a scalable solution for Africa’s education challenges.

The Fellowship is part of the HP Cambridge Partnership for Education and is run in collaboration with NGO OpenDevEd and Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. Full and 80% funded scholarships are available. The programme is designed to help leaders implement digital education transformations in their countries. They will learn from each other and from experts who will support them with evidence-based understanding of education and technology trends.

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