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 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 EdTech Genome Project Steering Committee.

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

Click here to view a press release announcing the EdTech Genome Project Advisory Board.

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
  • Sonny Magana, Chief Executive Officer, Magana Education
  • 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
  • Kimberly Smith, Executive Director, League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise
  • LaVerne Srinivasan, Vice President of National Program, Program Director for Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Bill 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.