Today, AT&T (which, full disclosure, is one of IIA’s members) announced a new initiative aimed at bolstering the use of technology in America’s classrooms. The initiative, called the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, is calling on applicants to submit ideas and programs that are “game-changing solutions to real-world education problems.” From the press release announcing the program:
Unlike most other accelerators, the primary measure of success for the Aspire Accelerator is societal impact rather than monetary return. Participants will be selected based on their ability to drive students’ educational or career success. Special consideration will be given to solutions for students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
“Technology is changing how teachers manage their classrooms, how students digest information, and how parents and administrators communicate,” said Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T. “The AT&T Aspire Accelerator is designed to support and scale ed-tech ideas that make brighter futures—ideas from for-profits and non-profits that want to make a difference.”
More information on the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, including the application process, is available here.