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Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi to Address National Summit on Education Reform



The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today announced that Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi will address the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform on Friday, December 1, in Nashville, Tennessee. ExcelinEd’s flagship event, now in its 10th year, convenes leaders from across the nation and around the world to share strategies to improve the quality of education for each and every child.

Approximately half the activities American workers are paid to perform—representing $2.7 trillion in wages annually in the U.S.—could be automated by adapting current technology. To prepare for this potential reality, state leaders must transform an outdated education system to prepare all young people for success in the 21st century. In his keynote session, Hadi Partovi will share insights into artificial intelligence, the impact of technology on the job market and how these disruptive innovations should evolve our approach to K-12 education.

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor. Born in Tehran, Iran, Partovi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After graduating from Harvard University with a master’s degree in computer science, Partovi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups and he now invests and advises other technology startups. Partovi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and Convoy. In 2013, Partovi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Partovi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 20 percent of U.S. classrooms, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.

“In the 21st century, the single most important change we can make in education policy for the future of our students is to ensure all schools provide foundational computer science,” said Partovi. “Providing equitable access to computer science and critical problem-solving skills in K-12 to students of all backgrounds, race and gender is the first step in addressing the gender and diversity inequalities that exist today in technology and economic opportunity.”

Governor Jeb Bush will open the National Summit’s content-rich agenda with a keynote address on Thursday, November 30. The National Summit will focus on reform topics of educational opportunity, innovation and accountability in general sessions with nationally renowned speakers, targeted strategy sessions and hands-on workshops featuring policy experts, legislators and educators sharing proven and next generation policy solutions for improving learning for all students.

Each year, the National Summit on Education Reform serves as a strategic convening for leaders who want a timely, comprehensive overview of all elements of transformative education policy. The unique gathering equips them with the knowledge, know-how and a network of experts to champion students in every classroom across America. Last year’s National Summit convened 1,045 education leaders from 47 states, with 94 percent of attendees praising the event as “outstanding” or “above average.”

Visit the National Summit website for speaker information, details on this year’s event and to register. Follow @ExcelinEd on Twitter for the latest news and updates, and use #EIE17 to join the National Summit conversation.

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Keynote addresses and strategy sessions will be open to the media. Members of the press interested in covering the event must request credentials in advance. Media registration will open online in November.