Blackboard hosted K-20 leaders from education, government and business at the July “Pipeline Matters Council” to collaboratively address leaks in the education pipeline. The meeting represented the first major effort within the Blackboard Institute, a new endeavor for us that seeks to help education leaders improve student progression with actionable guidance drawn from Blackboard’s proximity to education practice.
At the meeting, a lot of people shared technology-based solutions like dual enrollment, early warning systems and electronic student portfolios happening in their school, system or state. Here, attendee Bill Erlendson, assistant superintendent for accountability and community development, San Jose Unified Schools District (SJUSD) in California, offers some insight into how SJUSD is using data in real-time to guide practice at all levels. This is the first of many insights into education problems and the real practice of addressing them in a multitude of different environments to come from the Blackboard Institute.
Gordon Freedman, Blackboard Institute