March 18th, 2013
It’s a magical time each Spring in Austin, Texas when the education technology community gathers at the SXSWedu conference. With so many new edtech companies entering the market over the past couple of years, you can really feel the energy of the entrepreneurs and companies all working to move the needle to help teachers make gains in student achievement.
This year, Bill Gates gave the keynote address and discussed some critical issues in education technology including the market landscape, current levels of funding, and personalized learning. After the keynote, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down in a small group setting to have lunch with Mr. Gates and some fellow edtech entrepreneurs/CEO’s (Jessie Woolley-Wilson of Dreambox, Eric Westendorf of LearnZillion, Jordan Meranus of Ellevate Education, and Laurence Holt of Amplify). It was a wonderful discussion and I was pleasantly surprised by Mr. Gates’ great sense of humor, and impressed with his insight and optimism about the Common Core and technology being a game-changer for education. I even had a chance to tell Bill about MasteryConnect’s Common Core app being launched on Windows 8! Many thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation team for the wonderful invitation to be a part of the discussion as well as give Mr. Gates some insight into the successes and challenges of our growing edtech startup.
Keep on Trackin’
Mick Hewitt, CEO
December 28th, 2012
It’s been an amazing year here at MasteryConnect, so I thought I would take just a moment to reflect back on where MasteryConnect has been, and talk a little bit about our plans for 2013. As the CEO of an Edtech startup, it is an incredibly rewarding experience to be part of a team that took an idea from a teacher’s brain and built a technology solution that has a far reaching impact on students, educators, and parents across the country. As the year draws to a close, we are humbled and grateful to our customers and the raving fans and supporters of MasteryConnect.
We started 2012 off with a bang after receiving financial support and backing from some amazing organizations in Edtech such as NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, and ImagineK12. Their support jump-started our mission to help teachers across America share formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.
At my desk in our offices, I have a close view of our “start-up dashboard,” which is a big TV screen that flashes the latest information and statistics about everything in the MasteryConnect community. As I sit here today, I’m blown away and humbled by the amazing educators in this country that are working to implement mastery learning in the classroom. A few highlights from the dashboard as of today:
- Teachers from 22,108 schools have now joined MasteryConnect (representing about 25% of schools in America)
- Teachers from 7,601 districts are now represented in the Learning Community (over 1/2 of districts in America)
- Teachers have scored 2,763,291 assessments for mastery learning
- Our Common Core app has been downloaded over 500,000 times and standards within the app have been viewed over 39 million times
2012 saw an incredible amount of feature development including tools such as curriculum maps, benchmark assessment features, and simple SIS integrations and API’s. We’re excited to be working with some amazing new partners such as Solution Tree, Edmodo, and Clever. 2013 looks like another incredible year. We’ll be announcing more financial supporters in early January, a new book in the early spring, and some Common Core features that we’re sure will knock your socks off! Cheers to an amazing 2012 and wishing you a happy new year!
Keep on Trackin’
Mick Hewitt, CEO