Shauntel Poulson New Schools Venture Fund Meet Education Project

MEP #021 with Shauntel Poulson, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund

How cool would it be to talk with ed tech entrepreneurs about their ideas and businesses, and provide funding to the best, well rounded entrepreneurs to help bring that product or service to teachers and students nationwide (or globally)?

Well, that is what Shauntel Poulson does everyday as an Associate Partner at New Schools Venture Fund.  Shauntel joins the program to chat about ed tech, what portfolio companies are getting her excited, and the importance of building entrepreneurial skills in schools.  Don’t miss this episode!

Guest Bio:

Shauntel Poulson is an associate partner at NewSchools Venture Fund’s Oakland office, where she focuses on investment strategy, due diligence, and management assistance for the organization’s portfolio ventures.
Prior to joining NewSchools, Shauntel was a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble where she developed product innovations, designed supply chains, and managed technology partnerships for the global laundry business. She also facilitated an afterschool program for Cincinnati high school students from underserved communities. Shauntel is passionate about the intersection of education and technology and has worked with education technology companies globally. As an Education Pioneers Fellow at Wireless Generation, Shauntel recommended program enhancements for the School of One program based on an analysis of student performance data.
Shauntel received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

Shout outs:

Big Data –
Schoolzilla:  Cloud-based data management and visualization platform for education practitioners that turns operational and achievement data into actionable reports.
Brightbytes:  Using data to enable the creation of effective 21st Century learning environments.
Mobile –
Nearpod:  Mobile app that allows teachers to easily create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time and personalize instruction for students.
Content –
Newsela:  Publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity.  Common Core–aligned quizzes attached to articles give educators and parents insight into their students’ reading strengths and weaknesses.  Newsela develops nonfiction fluency and critical-thinking skills necessary to master the Common Core standards for informational text.

Dinner Date:

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Nick DiNardo is the founder and host of the Meet Education Project, a podcast series featuring entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders taking action on the future of learning. Nick has worked in education for 10 years, working for some of the big players (Pearson & McGraw-Hill), as VP of Marketing for a seed stage ed tech startup, and an independent consultant. He also serves on the board of directors for Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA. When he's not chatting about the future of learning, Nick is reading, traveling, golfing, or drinking a glass of whisky (sometimes, all of the above).