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“I continue to be hugely impressed by Whiteboard's thoughtful approach to education PR, their extensive network, and also their flexibility as our needs change in the rapidly developing edtech world."
"Whiteboard Advisors has been an invaluable resource to our team, providing thoughtful and tactical support as we navigate the complexity of public policy and its impact on our strategy and mission."
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"Whiteboard has been invaluable to Code.org. Their connections to state policymakers provide us with reach across the country, and their understanding of the intersection of policy and media provides us with nuanced, thoughtful counsel to guide our strategy."
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We put big ideas into action. For over a decade, we’ve helped our clients navigate fragmented, highly regulated markets to achieve scale and make an impact. Cut through the noise. Simplify the complexity. We engage the media and communities of influence to bring breakthrough thinking to market.
"Teachers, rightly so, are making more and more frequent decisions about the tools and resources that they are using in the classroom," said Ben Wallerstein, Whiteboard Advisors.
Higher education is abuzz with talk of partnerships between private companies and universities. Yet ask a dozen faculty what they mean by “private sector” and you may feel a bit like the blind man and the elephant. Left to their own devices, education entrepreneurs and investors tend to revel in their own awesomeness, critique risk-averse leaders and exchange vague descriptions of so-called “bureaucratic processes” that stymie innovation and impede progress.
Applications for teaching certificates are on the decline, as are enrollments in traditional teacher preparation programs. Conventional wisdom among state leaders says that teacher shortages present an impending catastrophe. States are scrambling to increase emergency certifications or, in some cases, lower the barrier of entry into the profession entirely.
I’d like to encourage more entrepreneurs and investors to consider partnering with the public sector, understand its order, and master the sometimes Byzantine systems that will enable them to make an impact. Here are five recommendations for CEOs considering government challenges — or opportunities.
Sarah Silverman, vice president at the education policy research firm Whiteboard Advisors, said the candidates that have firsthand insight into these nuances, and don't just go on the word of their teammates, tend to produce the most effective, long-lasting change.
“When I speak to superintendents and districts, they’re still waiting for the directive [about ESSA] to come—and they’re not going to get it,” said David DeSchryver, a co-director of research at Whiteboard Advisors, which conducts education research and policy analysis. Read more here.
These newly proposed “supplement, not supplant” rules are now the hot ESSA topic, and they are worth your attention. They have significant implications for schools and districts, as well as for vendors and private partners. And the politics are ridiculous. So let's break out three storylines that you should follow. More in EdSurge.
"According to a poll conducted by Whiteboard Advisors, Washington insiders place the odds of getting the bill reauthorized this year at 40 percent – still less than 50-50, but a stronger showing than even a few months ago."
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Whiteboard Advisors is a multidisciplinary agency specializing in business development, complex research, and breakthrough communications. Our team of policy wonks, geeks, and storytellers brings an unmatched understanding of the media and policy landscape to bear on corporate strategy. With offices in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, we help our clients scale across fragmented markets, conduct policy and market research, and implement creative communications strategies.
New ideas rarely fit neatly within existing regulatory frameworks and funding streams. The procurement process confuses entrepreneurs and investors. Public sector leaders struggle to understand emerging business models and find solutions that can make an impact. We help executives navigate policy, and align solutions with real-world needs, to create public-private partnerships.
Demystify the complexity. Our research team helps entrepreneurs and investors simplify issues that confound the experts. We produce high-quality research to inform transactional due diligence. Our weighted probability scenarios, risk assessments, and funding analyses guide strategy. As thought leaders in our own right, Whiteboard Advisors produces white papers and original research to cut through the noise. Because our team brings deep industry and technology expertise, coupled with years of policy and political experience, we offer a truly unique perspective — informed by real-time policy and political intelligence.
We showcase innovation at work. Our team helps entrepreneurs translate new ideas into words and stories that resonate with the media and communities of influence. Media relations. Content creation. High impact social media strategies and sentiment analysis.
Thought leadership extends beyond the media. Think tanks, foundations, and advocates set the tone for critical conversations surrounding education, health and wellness. We help clients make their case so that the audiences that matter pay attention.
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