How much would student learning increase if decision-makers had access to better information about how edtech tools perform in contexts similar to their own? Emerging data suggests 85% of edtech spending may be wasted on tools that are a poor fit or are not implemented correctly.

The Jefferson Education Exchange aims to solve this collective action problem through a sector-wide initiative to discover why edtech tools work differently in various contexts.


Click here to view a detailed slide deck about the project.

CLICK HERE to read an announcement of the 13 “candidate variables” selected by the EdTech Genome Steering Committee.

CLICK HERE to complete a public comment survey on which 10 of the 13 “candidate variables” should be studied first.

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply to join a Variable Working Group. Applications are open through January 6, 2020.

Click here to view a press release announcing the 13 candidate variables up for public comment.

Click here to read an EdWeek Market Brief article on the initiative, "What Factors Drive or Doom Ed-Tech Implementation? New Study Taking a Look"


The EdTech Genome Steering Committee roster currently includes:

  • Doretha Allen, Middle School Innovation Coordinator, Dallas Independent School District
  • Lennon Audrain, Teacher, Brookline Public Schools; Former Student President, Educators Rising
  • Danny Carlson, Associate Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) 
  • Melissa Collins, Global Teacher Prize semifinalist, Teacher, Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)
  • Kimberly Dadisman, Policy and Research Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America) 
  • Stacey Dallas Johnston, Teacher, Clark County School District, former Teaching Ambassador Fellow, US Dept of Education
  • Aman Dhanda, Director of Educator Engagement, ASCD
  • Candice Dodson, Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SEDTA)
  • Jason Edwards, Senior Associate, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Rose Else-Mitchell, Independent Consultant; Former Chief Learning Officer, HMH
  • Brent Engelman, Director of Education Data and Information Systems, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) 
  • Meg Hamel, Director of Research, EdSurge
  • Kristin Hamilton, Vice President, Senior VP of Standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 
  • Barbara Hickman, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
  • Maria Hyler, Deputy Director of Washington DC Office and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute 
  • Alexander Kmicikewycz, Teacher, Chicago Public Schools; Teach Plus Fellow
  • Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  • Verna Lalbeharie, Managing Director of Digital Age Personalized Learning, American Institutes for Research 
  • Stephanie Marken, Executive Director of Education Research, Gallup
  • Saro Mohammed, Education Research Consultant
  • Andrea Prejean, Director of Teacher Quality, National Education Association (NEA) 
  • Alexandra Resch, Senior Researcher, Mathematica 
  • Brian Seymour, Education Technology Director, Pickerington Local School District (Columbus, OH)
  • David Slykhuis, Chair, National Technology Leadership Summit; Director of Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, University of Northern Colorado
  • Joseph South, Chief Learning Officer, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Daniel Stanhope, Vice President, Research and Analytics, Lea(R)n
  • Katrina Stevens, Director of Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 
  • Lauren Stuart, Teacher, Beverly Hills School District; Board Member, EdReports.org 
  • Michelle Tiu, Director of Education Technology, WestEd
  • Bi Vuong, Managing Director of Education Practice, Project Evident


The EdTech Genome Advisory Board roster currently includes:

  • Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow, Christensen Institute
  • Ryan Baker, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Peggy Brookins, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Eric Brown, Executive Committee, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Tonika Clayton, Managing Partner, New Schools Venture Fund
  • Patrice Dawkins-Jackson, Director, Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Programs, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching    
  • David Irwin, Executive Director, District Administration
  • Eric Isselhardt, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, NNSTOY
  • George Kane, General Manager, Education Ventures, Emerson Collective
  • Tom Kane, Economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education    
  • Chris Liang-Vergara, Chief Learning Officer, LEAP Innovations
  • Christopher Mazzeo, Director, Center for Research, Evaluation and Analysis, Education Northwest
  • Michele McLaughlin, President, Knowledge Alliance
  • Erin Mote, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Innovate EDU
  • Dean Nazfiger, Vice President, Westat
  • Jennifer Norford, Chief Program Officer, Marzano Research
  • Ronn Nozoe, Interim Executive Director, ASCD
  • Leila Nuland, Managing Content Director, Hanover Research
  • Lynn Olson, Consultant, Former Deputy Director of K-12 Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • John Pane, Senior Scientist, RAND
  • Beth Rabbitt, Chief Executive Officer, The Learning Accelerator
  • Ron Reed, Founder & Executive Producer, SXSW EDU
  • LaVerne Srinivasan, Vice President of National Program, Program Director for Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Billy Tally, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center
  • Valerie Truesdale, Assistant Executive Director, The School Superintendents Association (AASA)
  • Richard Varn, Distinguished Presidential Appointee, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Rob Weil, Director of Field Programs, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)


The EdTech Genome Industry Council, which will include edtech vendor and investor perspectives, will be co-chaired by Steering Committee member Rose Else-Mitchell and is still under construction. 



Questions? Please email Dan Brown, Director of National Engagement, at dan@jexuva.org.