Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital AgeForty years after the “War on Poverty” and twenty-five years after “A Nation at Risk,” the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum was convened to advance a new paradigm for learning by harnessing the largely untapped potential of digital media.  The Forum brought together 200 of the nation’s top thought leaders in science and technology, informal and formal education, entertainment media, research, philanthropy, and policy to create and act upon a breakthrough strategy for scaling-up effective models of teaching and learning for children. The forum will showcase cutting edge research, proven and promising models to challenge decision-makers in key sectors to help “refresh and reboot” American global leadership in education. The forum was hosted by Google, Inc., in cooperation with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame WorkshopCommon Sense Media, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Featured speakers included:

  • Sergey Brin, Co-Founder, Google, Inc.
  • Geoff Canada, President and Chief Executive Office of the Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Barbara A. Chow, Education Program Director, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
  • Reed Hastings, Chief Executive Officer, Neflix
  • Mizuko Ito, Research Scientist, University of California Irvine
  • Cindy Johanson, Chief Operating Officer, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, United States Department of Education
  • Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Gary E. Knell, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop
  • Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience, Google, Inc.
  • Katie Salen, Executive Director, Institute of Play

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