People in K-12 are some of the most innovative and driven you will ever meet, whether they be superintendents, principals, developers, or entrepreneurs. They are eager to talk about ideas, share resources, and collaborate. That zeal is especially apparent at conferences, so it’s like the Superbowl for me. I get to connect with some of K-12’s most passionate people as we all gather in Austin.
SXSWedu is one of those terrific opportunities for an edtech wonk to keep their finger on the pulse and make lasting connections. This will be my third time attending, the first of which led directly to my position as Chief Product Officer at Noodle Markets. I’m as excited about my schedule this year (highlights below) as I was Year 1.
SXSWedu is one of those terrific opportunities for an edtech wonk to keep their finger on the pulse and make lasting connections. At Noodle Markets, we’ve built and continue to develop K-12’s first national market network, featuring thousands of K-12 companies while streamlined purchasing processes, and providing deep, district analytics to educators. That means I’m always wondering:
- What are the new changes in education policy?
- How are districts leveraging Open Education Resources?
- How are charter networks innovating traditional K-12 practices and what are their growing pains?
- How is the education community contributing to open data?
- How can we leverage the new data being generated in education to make it understandable and actionable?
Innovating procurement practices is multifaceted, so it’s essential for me, as a product leader, to raise awareness and identify improvements at every level of the purchasing process. That means meeting with entrepreneurs working with budgeting and spend allocation, discussing product evaluation feedback loops with educators and connecting with administrators on platforms and tools that help them make more informed decisions.
Innovating procurement practices is multifaceted, so it’s essential for me, as a product leader, to raise awareness and identify improvements at every level of the purchasing process.I’m especially excited to meet with other CPOs. The role of a CPO in any tech company is to specifically define a problem and, more specifically, define a solution. What’s exciting about this role in education is there is room to innovate. For Noodle Markets, innovation means improving the lives and outcomes of educators and students and the productivity and competitiveness of our industry nationwide.
I also look forward to meeting attendees at the “Humans of K-12 Purchasing” panel, which will feature Dr. Darryl Adams, former superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District, Jessica Gartner, CEO and Founder of Allovue, Michele Molnar, Associate Editor of EdWeek Market Brief, and Nicole Neal, CEO and Co-Founder of Noodle Markets. The panel will dive into the roles and missions of an important subset of the K-12 community, those dealing with school business, infrastructure, operations, and finance. I’m interested to see what the Q+A and audience response is to this conversation.
Lastly, it will be wonderful to meet or reconnect with educators, companies and stakeholders that support our mission and hear their feedback and ideas. Send me an email to connect, say “hi” on the conference floor, or find me at Franklin BBQ for the brisket.
On My Schedule | Highlights
- Monday, 3/6 12:00PM – 12:30PM – EdTech Research: Who Pays Attention?
- Tuesday, 3/7 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Humans of K-12 Purchasing
- Tuesday, 3/7 2:00PM – 3:00PM – ESSA: What EdTech Providers Need to Know
- Tuesday, 3/7 3:30PM – 4:30PM K-12 Ed Reform in the Post-Obama World
- Wednesday, 3/8 11:30AM – 11:50AM When Public Education Data Isn’t Really Public