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National Education Initiative is Catalyst for Education ‘Silicon Valley’ in Baltimore – Washington Corridor

By Abi Mandelbaum
October 8th, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — National Education Initiative (NEI) and its signature November 10-13 event National Education Week (NEW) will leverage the combination of innovative education companies, the federal and regional government, education associations and a rapidly growing venture fund and private equity community to underscore the Baltimore – Washington Corridor as the “Silicon Valley” of education.

Founded by Bethesda business leader and philanthropist, Devin Schain, NEI hosts a year-round series of events, webinars and networking opportunities designed to restore the effectiveness and competitiveness of the U.S. education system. “We have a unique opportunity in Washington to tap into public and private sector expertise and resources to reinvent U.S. education for the global economy,” Schain said.

National Education Week will take place November 10 – 13 in Washington DC at venues such as the Ronald Reagan building, the National Press Club, and 1776. The program will convene the most influential educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers and thought leaders to address critical issues in U.S. education and improve the nation’s education system at all levels.

“Innovation is the key to teaching the next generation of students, building a strong educational workforce and increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. educational system. National Education Week will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to convene, challenge and collaborate to reclaim America’s competitive educational advantage,” Schain stated. “Through public – private partnerships, EdTech startups, government agencies and educational institutions, NEI will facilitate the creation of new methods of learning and teacher training and scalable, cost-effective education models across all levels of learning” he added.

National Education Week is the only summit that brings together education, government and business thought leaders in our nation’s capital, the focal point of education policy and dialogue. Over 4,000 participants are expected to attend NEW events throughout the week. Monday, November 10th will celebrate the work of educators. In honor of Veteran’s Day and the 70th anniversary of the GI Bill, Tuesday, November 11th will focus on veterans education, hiring best practices for veterans, and successful military to civilian transitions. Tuesday will also feature a job fair, hosted by RecruitMilitary.

On Wednesday, November 12th and Thursday, November 13th, National Education Week features its preeminent Thought Leader Summit, an exclusive forum and networking event. The conference will address critical issues impacting our education system and will feature presenters including Katherine Bradley, President, CityBridge Foundation, Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Michael Horn, co-founder, Clayton Christensen Institute, Michael Saylor, CEO and founder, Saylor Foundation and MicroStrategy, and Joel Klein, CEO, Amplify, Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, Board of Directors, ExcelinEd. The event culminates by partnering with the Fight for Children’s “Fight Night” gala, the evening of Thursday, November 13th.

‘We believe there is no more important issue to the future of American competitiveness than ‘K to gray’ education,” Schain said. “NEI is the beginning of a movement to make our education system the best in the world.”

To find out more information on NEW, including keynote speakers, panelists, and sponsors, please visit: http://www.nationaleducationweek.com/.

Neil Hare
Global Vision Communications
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Ileen Warner
National Education Week
Phone: 610-304-5361
Email: ileen@nationaledweek.com

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Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.