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The Role of Business Leaders: Expanding Learning Opportunities Through Digital Learning


Steve Andrews, U.S. Education Programs Manager, Intel Corporation
Sara White Hall, Director, Digital Learning Policy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Deborah Phelps, Director, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
Randy Wilhelm, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Knovation

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to explore case studies that demonstrate how large and small businesses are capitalizing on expanding learning time and opportunities through digital learning to transform the educational experiences of youth.

Nearly one-third of the nation’s high school students fail to graduate on time and too many of those who do graduate with a high school diploma are in need of significant remediation if they go to college. Businesses and employers around the country are rightfully concerned that these facts will translate to a less prepared workforce in the future. In order to turn these outcomes around, many businesses and employers are partnering with educators and using technology to provide youth with expanded learning time and opportunities. These opportunities expand where, when, through whom, and how students learn content.

Through technology, students can now learn before, during, and after school; in the classroom, their homes, libraries, and a variety of other locations; through teachers, other students, employers, and postsecondary faculty members; and in a variety of personalized ways that meet their unique learning styles. As in so many other areas of modern life, technology offers the potential to transform young people’s educational experiences and engage new stakeholders in this enterprise. In the process, businesses are engaging as advocates, technical assistance providers, and direct providers of expanded learning time and opportunities facilitated through technology.

Sara White Hall, Director of Digital Learning Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, led a discussion withSteve Andrews of Intel Corporation; Deborah Phelps from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools; and Randy Wilhelm of Knovation on the role of business leaders in expanding learning opportunities through digital learning.

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Support for this webinar is provided in part by the Ford Foundation.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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