Futures Forum on Learning Series

 

Each week during September 2021, the Futures Forum on Learning, which is hosted by Schmidt Futures, organized a deep-dive discussion among leaders in education and technology on the immense gaps in learning that COVID-19 has created, and the opportunity to overcome them.

The series led up to the October 1st application deadline for the Learning Engineering Tools Competition, one of the largest edtech competitions ever convened, awarding $4 million in prizes.
Priority areas for this year’s competition include: (1) accelerating learning in elementary and secondary literacy and math, (2) transforming K-12 assessments in both cost and quality, (3) facilitating faster, better, and cheaper learning science research, and (4) driving improvements in adult learning that boost middle-class wages.

This year’s Tools Competition is sponsored by Schmidt Futures, Citadel Founder and CEO Ken Griffin, the Walton Family Foundation, the Siegel Family Endowment, and the Overdeck Family Foundation.

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Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: Training the Post-Pandemic Workforce

September 9th, 12-1pm ET

The pandemic is permanently changing the global workforce. As jobs have become more digital, more data-centric, and more remote, workers will need to rapidly learn and adapt. But it’s unclear how exactly adults should gain these skills, and what works and when in adult learning. In this session, you’ll hear expert discussion about this rapidly-changing landscape for employers and workers, what skills will be needed, and what role learning technology can play in meeting this urgent need.

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Innovative Assessments: Making High Quality Testing Affordable, Fast, & Effective

September 14th, 12-1pm ET

Assessments are under pressure from all directions—major annual exams cancelled due to COVID-19, decreased use of SAT/ACT by universities, growing questions by parents, and an accelerating cost curve. At the same time, there has been a revolution in advanced computing technologies that can help make testing better, faster, and cheaper. Join us to learn more on how the pandemic could be the catalyst for a transformation in how assessments are developed, used, and improved over time.

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Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills & Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD
Eric Braverman

Eric Braverman

CEO, Schmidt Futures

Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Katy Knight

Katy Knight

Executive Director, Siegel Family Endowment

British Robinson

British Robinson

President & CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn

President & CEO, Jobs for the Future

David Coleman

David Coleman

CEO, College Board
Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships

Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon

Senior Program Officer
Alina von Davier

Alina von Davier

Chief of Assessment, Duolingo

Claire Mongeau

Claire Mongeau

CEO & Co-Founder, M-Shule
 
 

Accelerating Learning: Helping Students Catch Up

September 21st, 12-1pm ET

COVID-19 has disrupted education globally, and it is now anticipated that the most-impacted students have fallen behind more than a year in educational progress. Filling this immense gap will require fresh thinking, the best of learning science, and smart deployment of data and technology. Join this panel to learn more about what tools, technologies, and tactics are showing results in accelerating learning, how they can be scaled to reach all students, and how educational technology could be used to narrow educational divides.

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Testbed Technology: Building Platforms That Improve as More People Use Them

September 28th, 12-1pm ET

COVID-19 showcased how little we know about the conditions for effective learning. And while user numbers on platforms have surged during the pandemic, platforms remain underleveraged as data-rich testing beds for researchers to gain deeper insights into how students learn, to keep refining those insights through use, and to create a culture of continuous improvement. This panel will offer insight into how productive partnerships between researchers and platforms can be formed, how platforms can be instrumented as research tools, and how key stakeholders like educators, school leaders, and parents can facilitate this innovation.

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Ashish Dhawan

Ashish Dhawan

Founder & CEO, Central Square Foundation
Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships

George Khalaf

George Khalaf

Program Director
Chris Minnich

Chris Minnich

CEO, NWEA

Nafeesa Owens

Nafeesa Owens

Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Luis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn

CEO and Co-founder, Duolingo
Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Anissa Moeini

Anissa Moeini

Chief Impact Advisor, EDUCATE Ventures Research

Susan Athey

Susan Athey

Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business