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CEPR Fireside Chat: Blended Learning and Innovation in Education

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University is hosting a discussion on the topics of innovation, blended learning, and leadership in education.  We are pleased to welcome two respected leaders in this field - Brian Greenberg, CEO of Silicon Schools Fund, and Diane Tavenner, CEO of Summit Public Schools.

Brian and Diane will share stories and lessons learned from their experiences in teaching and leadership and will discuss the landscape and direction of blended learning, edtech and what innovation in education may look like in the future. 

Graduate students from across Harvard are invited to join this chat with Brian and Diane.  Food and drinks will be available.

*Food and drinks will be available.

**We also have a Research Pitch Presentation and Competition on Friday, April 11th from 1-5pm EST.  You can RSVP here:

About the panelists:

Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is the CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, a not-for-profit investment fund seeking to accelerate the next generation of blended learning schools in the Bay Area of California. He was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of Envision Schools and the Principal and Founder of Leadership Public Schools Hayward, one of the top charter schools in the state of California.  Brian has worked as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in politics on statewide and national campaigns, and in higher education at Carnegie Mellon University.  

He has served as a mentor principal for New Leaders for New Schools, is a longtime mentor and judge with Startup Weekend, and is a Stanford University Principal Fellow.  Brian is the creator of the Blend My Learning website, focused on innovations in the ed tech sector, and the co-creator of the Coursera MOOC on blended learning.  He graduated from Dartmouth College and completed his Masters in Education at Harvard University.

Diane Tavenner

Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS), a leading charter management organization serving the California Bay Area’s diverse communities. Summit currently operates seven schools and is growing. Summit employs a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) model that leverages technology to empower students to own and drive their own learning.  As a result, Summit’s graduates are completing four-year college degrees at twice the national average.

Diane serves as the Board Chair of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Board of Directors representing the majority of California’s 1,000+ charter schools.  Diane is a member of the Spring 2013 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.

Prior to Summit, Diane spent ten years as a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.  

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Larsen Hall - Rm. G08
Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University

The Center for Education Policy Research is a unique partnership among districts, states, foundations, and university-based researchers designed to leverage the overwhelming amount of newly available school-, teacher-, and student-level data to address previously intractable policy questions in education and improve educational outcomes for all students.


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