Education innovators Anant Agarwal, President, edX, and Dave Levin, Co-Founder, KIPP Schools, discuss creating better ways to learn. The talk is moderated by Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute.
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Dave Levin is co-founder and superintendent of KIPP New York and serves on the board of directors of the KIPP Foundation. In 1995, he and Mike Feinberg co-founded the KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, has since grown into a nationwide network of 99 public charter schools serving over 27,000 kids in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In 2007, he co-founded Teacher U, an innovative master’s program for new teachers that launched in partnership with Hunter College. Along with Feinberg, he was awarded the Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education and the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen in 2006. Levin was appointed to the New York State Commission for Education Reform in 2003, and he received the Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Hero Award in Education in 1999.