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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation: Identifying Obstacles and Opportunities

Session 1
Jay Cohen, Neil Geyette — xSoTec Founder and Executive Director, USchool Founding Principal

Through his experience as a educational technology consultant and now as founder of his own edtech company, Jay Cohen has worked with many schools in various school districts. However, despite the individual needs of each school, Jay began to find that many schools are facing similar challenges in innovation, whether that is a lack of information, a lack of resources, or simply school district policy.

Four years ago, with the support of the School District of Philadelphia, Neil Geyette was asked to lead the U School, part of the district’s Innovation Network. Within the first year, Jay was hired to help build out some of the more innovative technology systems. Together, Neil and Jay have dealt with these common obstacles directly, and now they want to provide an opportunity to share insight and tools to overcome such barriers and create the learning environments educators want.

Join Jay and Neil as they look for common challenges, and more importantly, common opportunities. Jay will lead with his experience across clients and finding these three main obstacles, while Neil will provide personal anecdotal evidence from the U School of all three categories. Educators will be given the chance to come together to figure out how these barriers have affected others and to what extent. Jay and Neil will then lead a discussion on what specific barriers and opportunities have been found, including xSoTec clients and connections around the country.

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Jay will lead with his experience across clients and finding these three main obstacles, having Neil provide personal anecdotal evidence from the U School of all three categories. We will then gather a poll of the present educators to figure out how these barriers have affected others and to what extent. We will then lead a discussion on what specific barriers and opportunities have been found, including clients around the country on video call or prerecorded discussion.

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