The Atlantic’s “Technologies in Education Forum” Convenes the Leaders Shaping Next-Generation Learning

Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2014)—Blended learning. Gamification. Massive open online courses. America’s schools are rebranding, evolving, even going digital-first. On the morning of September 11, The Atlantic will convene the key educators, leaders, and entrepreneurs behind the latest learning tools for the fourth annual “Technologies in Education Forum” in Washington, D.C. The program is from 8AM-1:45PM (ET).

The forum will take a look at the newest technologies being implemented in classrooms nationwide, explore how start-up leaders and product developers are changing the face of learning, and examine how innovations in learning impact how we prepare students for the workforce. Program highlights include a headline interview with Silicon Valley’s Congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), a panel discussion on the new technologies for the classroom with New York City Public Schools Chancellor turned Amplify CEO Joel Klein and former West Virginia Governor turned President for the Alliance for Excellent Education Bob Wise, and a headline interview with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren.

Atlantic Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, Newsweek Contributing Editor Matthew Cooper, and National Journal Correspondent Fawn Johnson are the event moderators. A full program agenda, which is subject to change, is included below.

Media interested in covering the forum, or with additional questions, should contact The Atlantic’s Alexi New (  For those unable to join us in person, the event will be webcast live via The Atlantic’s Events Channel. Follow the conversation on Twitter via @Atlantic_LIVE and by using the hashtag #ATLTechinEd.

AT&T and the Entertainment Software Association are the Presenting Level Underwriters of the Forum, and 1776, Enstitute, Gallup and General Assembly are the Supporting Level Underwriters.

PROGRAM AGENDA (Note: All programming is subject to change.)

8:00 AM: Guest Arrival and Registration

8:30 AM: Opening Remarks

8:40 AM: Headline Interview/ Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Interviewer: Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

9:05 AM: Panel Discussion/Best Practices: Implementing and Maximizing Technology in the Classroom
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

  • Sandra Calvert, Director, Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University
  • Mike Gallagher, President, Entertainment Software Association
  • Joel Klein, Former Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, and Chief Executive Officer, Amplify
  • Bob Wise, Former Governor of West Virginia, and President, Alliance for Excellent Education

9:55 AM: Headline Interview / John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:25 AM: Panel Discussion / Surveying the Landscape of Educational Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Matt Cooper, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

  • Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Department of Education
  • Connor Diemand-Yauman, Manager, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Coursera
  • Barbara Kurshan, Executive Director for Academic Innovation, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

11:05 AM: Case Study / Idit Harel, Founder and President, Globaloria
Interviewer: Matt Cooper, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

11:25 AM: Panel Discussion / Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs
Moderator: Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

  • Tracy Gray, Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research
  • Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and President, All Star Code
  • Kwame Simmons, Principal, Kramer Middle School
  • Anne Wintroub, Director of Social Innovation, AT&T

12:05 PM: Lunch

12:35 PM: Panel Discussion / Making it Personal: Individualizing the Learning Experience
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

  • Sara Ittelson, Director of Business Development, Knewton
  • Deep Sran, Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder, Actively Learn
  • Tacy Trowbridge, Education Programs Lead, Adobe

1:10 PM: Keynote Presentation / Lucien Vattel, Chief Executive Officer, GameDesk

1:45 PM: Introduction of Sponsor Content / Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

1:50 PM: Sponsor Content / Erik Huey, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Software Association [Disclaimer: *Please note: The Atlantic editorial staff does not participate in the curation or creation of Sponsor Content.]

1:55 PM: Closing Remarks