EdWeek Unveils New Web Channel Covering Industry & Innovation

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Have you, Education Week reader, noticed things getting more business-y and innovation-y around here, and wondered “What’s up with that?” If so, first of all, thanks for reading! Second, you are very perceptive! (APPLAUSE)

Well today, we can tell you what is up with that. Education Week launched its Industry & Innovation Web channel, a one-stop shop for our growing coverage of the education marketplace and new approaches to schooling that are changing K-12 education. The channel’s homepage — at edweek.org/ii and also in the top navigation bar at edweek.org, next to Teacher and Digital Directions — will feature enterprise and trend stories from our weekly print edition, breaking news and analysis from our collection of news blogs (including Marketplace K-12 and Digital Education), thought-leading ideas from our opinion blogs (including Vander Ark on Innovation, and EdTech Researcher), live events such as chats and webinars, and all the latest from national wire services. And down the road there will be additional goodies you’ll want to watch for.

Education is going through an unprecedented time of change. Technology is entering the classroom in ways that fundamentally alter (and, perhaps, hinder) the practice of teaching. Economic pressures have caused educators to rethink the skills our youngest generations need to succeed, and led policymakers to propose sweeping and radical disruptions to the traditional school model. That’s opened the door for unconventional education providers and financiers to bring fresh ideas, but also, at times, questionable motivations, to public schools. Due to all of this, Education Week believes it’s important to bring an open mind and increased scrutiny to these new and important developments.

So what kind of stuff can you read about? We are covering the influence of for-profit education on public schools, the influx of venture capital dollars into a new breed of education technology startups, public-private partnerships that are changing how students learn, the growth and accountability of charter schools, how data is changing the education industry and the teaching practice, and what is working (and not working) when educators try to change the way students learn.

Just today, we published a multimedia package on the changing landscape and differing viewpoints around education entrepreneurship and how the industry’s leading incubator program, Imagine K12, is shaping a new wave of education technology companies with a teacher-centric approach. Read the story here, and be sure to watch a video profile of one of those companies, and browse this interactive graphic showing the varied backgrounds of entrepreneurs entering the space.

As we move forward with this coverage, we want our readers to be heavily involved. Using the comments section, or by emailing me, tell us what you want to learn about, how you want us to get it to you, and what you think is new, interesting, or potentially dangerous, about the intersection of business and education.

And in addition to visiting our new I&I homepage, you can track our coverage,

Coverage of the education industry and K-12 innovation in Education Week and on edweek.org is supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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