Jan 172017

Betsy DeVos

Is Betsy DeVos Good, or Bad for Edtech?

Is Betsy DeVos Good, or Bad for Advancing Student Success Outcomes?

Is Betsy DeVos Good, or Bad for Empowering Teachers, to Empower Students with Success?

Is Betsy DeVos Good, or Bad for Positive, Research Supported, Best Practices, 21st Century, Student Success Focused Change?

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Betsy DeVos – Tom’s Comments

The thing that matters is that she is focused on effective, efficient, consistent, affordable, research supported, best practices, that measurably advance student success, performance improvement outcomes, for ALL students. Educationally Innovative Technology, effectively, efficiently, consistently and affordably, empowers ALL teachers to empower ALL  students to be successful.

Without a complete paradigm change FROM 20th century teaching, TO 21st century learning, supported by district implemented, educationally innovative technology, student success outcomes will remain, at best, mediocre, for ALL students.

IF you argue against the research and best practices, which support educationally innovative technology, implemented at the district level and facilitated at the classroom level, you are arguing against empowering teachers, to empower students, with effective, efficient, consistent, affordable, advanced, sustained, student success, performance improvement outcomes.

An argument without merit and an argument inconsistent with the mission/vision of education.




January 16th, 2017

Will Trump’s Education Secretary pick be a boon for edtech advocacy and implementation? And if so, will it only benefit some students?

School choice, support of teachers unions, and her record in Michigan have been the leading controversial talking points in education when it comes to Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. But with a background in technology investment, could DeVos be a leader in the support of successfully-implemented edtech?

Here’s What We Know

She invests in technology

According to Philanthropy magazine in spring 2013, DeVos serves as chairman of the Windquest Group—a privately held, multi-company operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy—which she founded with her husband in 1989. The magazine also identified DeVos as “a member of several national and local boards, including the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope U.S.A, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.”

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She advocates for edtech, specifically

In a 2013 interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, DeVos said when it comes to education reform strategies, she is most focused on educational choice. “But, thinking more broadly, what we are trying to do is tear down the mindset that assigns students to a school based solely on the zip code of their family’s home. We advocate instead for as much freedom as possible,” she said. “One long-term trend that’s working in our favor is technology. It seems to me that, in the internet age, the tendency to equate ‘education’ with ‘specific school buildings’ is going to be greatly diminished. Within the right framework of legislation, that freedom will ultimately be healthy for the education of our kids.”

She knows edtech has the power to enhance learning

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Read the Rest of the Article, Here

Supporting Information:

What it Takes To Provide Individual, Sustained, Performance Improvement

Traditional Teaching and Why it, Most Times, Won’t Result in Individual Advanced Performance Improvement Outcomes:

One Size Fits ALL

Sage on the Stage

Teaching to The Middle

Strategically, Habitually and Perpetually, Missing the Real Problem

“Disrupting Traditional PD.” Practice What You Preach!

Percent of Ed Tech Leaders Surveyed Whose Districts Have Invested in Personalized Learning: 97%

The Paradox of Classroom Technology: Despite Proliferation and Access, Students Not Using Technology for Learning

Incremental vs Revolutionary Transformation: How School Innovation Works, the case of New Tech Schools

Teachers Working Harder, Not Smarter

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

What IS Educationally Innovative

Best Practices Education

Deep Learning – What Exactly is Depth of Knowledge?

Student Performance Improvement

Culture Change: How 200+ K-12 Schools Have Scaled Systems and Processes 

How to Scale Personalized Learning

Pedagogy Ed Tech

Educationally Innovative Software

Supporting Research


Tom McDonald, tsm@centurytel.net; 608-788-5144; Skype: tsmw5752 betsy devos