K-12 Education

Can Ed-Tech Bridge the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity?

August 26, 2020  • Aspen Ideas Now

With an unprecedented start to the 2020-21 school year underway in communities across the nation, technology is playing a new role in the learning lives of students of all ages. Tech tools that can keep students engaged and help guard against learning loss are suddenly front and center for educators and learning guardians. Hear from Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President & CEO of DreamBox Learning and Steve Ellis, co-managing partner of the Rise Fund about how ed-tech platforms are adapting for the new normal, why the digital divide is keeping them up at night, and a word of advice to parents approaching the school year with heavy hearts. Presented by the Rise Fund.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson is President and CEO of DreamBox Learning®. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie held several executive positions in leading EdTech companies including, Blackboard’s K-12 Group, LeapFrog SchoolHouse and Kaplan.

Jessie supports the broader education community by serving on several boards including Rosetta Stone, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She has been a featured speaker at events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Steve Ellis is Co-Managing Partner of The Rise Fund, the $5bn global impact investing fund founded by global alternative asset firm TPG. Prior to joining TPG in 2015, Steve was the CEO of Asurion, the world’s leading provider of technology protection services with over $6B in revenues. Prior to Asurion, Steve served as the Global Managing Partner for Bain & Company. Steve is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford Business School, where he is a regular guest lecturer. He also serves on the boards of The Bridgespan Group, InStride, Dreambox Learning, EverFi and Charles Schwab.