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Many of you may have heard about Startup Digest, the region-specific and community-led newsletters highlighting the latest and greatest events and opportunities in your area. However, how many of you also know that Startup Digest has an array of Reading Lists, grouped according to various themes, and curated by experts in the field? Well if you didn’t know, now you do! And in this article, we’re excited to feature the Curators of the Education Reading List, highlighting the latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.

Jessie Arora – Founder TeacherSquare: Connecting educators and edtech

JA Profile picJessie is focused on improving educational outcomes for all types of learners and empowering educators to play a more active and meaningful role in tech adoption in our schools. She is particularly passionate about cultivating the education startup ecosystem to help create tools and services that improve teaching and learning for all students. As an angel investor she focuses on the K12 education space, applying her experiences from Google, Citizen Schools and the Stanford Graduate School of Ed. She blogs at edcrunch.org and you can follow her @Jessie_Arora.

“I’ve been actively following and sharing what is going on in the edtech world over the past few years, with an emphasis on cool things students and teachers are doing, so helping curate this list was a natural fit.”

Deborah Chang – Educator Entrepreneur

Profile PicDeborah believes in solving big problems in education through entrepreneurship. She was the Lead Organizer for Startup Weekend Education in New York City, and she currently works as a consultant to early stage education technology companies. Previously, she was a Teach For America teacher at KIPP Academy in Houston and a member of Team Talent Development at Achievement First Network Support in New York. Deborah’s passion for education stems from her belief that all children deserve an excellent education, regardless of their socioeconomic background or zip code. Deborah is a graduate of Princeton University, where she studied education policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. You can follow Deborah @Debryc.

“I’ve been passionate about technology that solves problems in education ever since I was a classroom teacher and am now happy to share resources that can help this community of educators and entrepreneurs.”

Sign up for Startup Digest’s Education List today, and be sure to check out the other ones too!


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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
(@MandelaSH) A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge co-founded Tioki, the “The LinkedIn for Educators,” in 2011. Funded by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12