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Podcast: Jim Shelton on why the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in new education ecosystems

"I think in education, we're often satisfied with “this is much better than what they had before,” as opposed to asking: is this actually an innovation to change the trajectory of someone's life? Does it give them reason to believe that their life is going to be fundamentally different, that they are going to be fundamentally more free, that they have a part to play in solving the biggest problems in the world — and also leading the civil society in which they live?

If we can focus our innovations in education on creating young people who believe that that's what they are a part of, then we'll have fundamentally different outcomes than we've ever had before, and it'll be something I don't think we've ever seen before in the world."

— Jim Shelton

The Leaders’ Table podcast is back in 2017 with a conversation at the cutting edge of education policy!

Have a listen as Jim Shelton — president of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founding executive director of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and former deputy secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education — talks with us about everything from who’s getting it right in education to how he plans his days. Get ready!

Eager to innovate?
Jason Llorenz asked Jim how up-and-coming leaders should prepare themselves to create policy around tech in the classroom.

Jason: What are the pitfalls of the future of the education policy space, knowing that scalable solutions and technology-driven access are going to be major touchpoints for achieving equity?

Jim: Technology can scale things that are bad as quickly as it can scale things that are good. But when we are thoughtful about how we use innovation and technology, we can very quickly take the things that worked to many, many more people at a fraction of the cost. So it doesn't matter if you're a liberal or if you're a conservative — the idea that you can actually improve outcomes at lower cost and do it for many more people is both the right thing to do and an economically sound thing to do.

There are lots of different ways to find win-win solutions when you use innovation to provide the very best that [students] deserve.

Tune in for other tips, tricks, insights, and stories from Jim Shelton and other education changemakers. #LeadersTablePodcast

Up next
Tai Dixon, national director of state office and field operations at the Children's Defense Fund, on careers propelling education advocacy from behind the scenes, and why going to law school was both the best and worst decision she ever made.

Need to catch up on the #LeadersTablePodcast?
Check out Episode 1 with Ryan SmithEpisode 2 with Nina Rees, Episode 3 with Aixle Aman, Episode 4 with Luis Avila, Episode 5 with Jada Drew, Episode 6 with Amy Wilkins, Episode 7 with Marc Holley -- and subscribe for upcoming episodes on your favorite podcast feed (iTunesStitcherSoundcloud).

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