Plenary Panel: "Technology Revolution in Education and Learning" - Speaker Bios
Tony Bloome - USAID
Anthony Bloome is USAID's senior education technology specialist. He provides guidance for Agency support for and investments in a broad range of technologies to advance quality educational outcomes. For USAID, he serves as the Director of both the All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development and the Mobiles for Education Alliance, an international consortium of organizations dedicated to improving access to appropriate, scalable and low-cost mobile technologies to help improve learning outcomes, especially in low-resource and developing country contexts. Prior to joining USAID, he served as Peace Corps' global technology for development specialist and as a distance education specialist for the World Bank working in Washington, D.C. and Zimbabwe on technologies for education, HIV/AIDS, and youth and workforce development among other topic areas. He has an M.A. in International Telecommunications.
John Katzman - Noodle
John Katzman is the founder and CEO of The Noodle Companies, an education startup whose eponymous search engine helps students and parents find educational resources and schools.
Prior to Noodle, Katzman founded 2U (originally 2tor), and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2012. 2U works with research universities to create high-quality online degree programs; partners include the University of Southern California (USC), Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University, Duke, Emory, and Northwestern.
Prior to founding Noodle and 2U, Katzman founded The Princeton Review, and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2007. At that time, the Review helped over 50% of students applying to US colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Further, it worked with hundreds of colleges and K-12 school districts to help them improve educational outcomes and university admissions.
Katzman is the co-author of five books and many articles. He serves on the Boards of Directors for several non-profits, including the National Association of Independent Schools and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has helped launch several start-ups, mostly in the area of education technology, and has invested in many others.
Katzman is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (18) and daughter (16). His personal interests include ice hockey, running, skiing, and architecture.
Allyson Knox - Microsoft
Allyson Knox is Director of Education Policy and Programs in Microsoft’s Washington DC office. She works on STEM education and workforce issues at the federal and state levels. She is co-manager of Microsoft’s YouthSpark grant to CityBridge Foundation's Innovative Educator Fellows program. Since joining Microsoft in 2004 she has launched several new national education programs, including InterroBang, Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts, START program with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Scaling Education Success, C2i Gaming Challenge with the NEA Foundation, and CareerForward. At the state level, she helped deploy Microsoft’s IT Academy, which is now available for NC, VA, GA, LA, and WA high school students.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Allyson managed Workforce Innovation Networks as a senior program officer at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce. She directed Michigan State University’s Young Spartan Program – a university-urban elementary schools partnership, taught leadership and entrepreneurship courses to urban youth and community members as an economic development agent for Michigan State Extension, trained community leaders on building service coalitions at the Michigan Community Service Commission, secured federal grants and managed industry committees as Director of Workforce Development at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and directed a nationally recognized community outreach program at Michigan’s largest independent bookstore. Allyson received her BA from University of Michigan, MA from Michigan State University, and Ed M from Harvard University.
Gretel Truong - A World at School
Gretel Truong specializes in social and multi-media projects and strategic partnerships for A World at School and the Global Business Coalition for Education. She launched A World at School in April of this year and has grown it's constituency to over 100 organizations in 100 countries and in July, helped produce #MalalaDay at the United Nations.
Truong graduated from the University of Virginia and spent the previous four years in Washington, DC as a media producer.