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Julia Freeland Fisher’s SXSW EDU featured session, Edtech that Connects: Expanding Student Networks, explores the power and impact of relationships. Visit https://www.sxswedu.com/ to learn more about SXSW EDU and subscribe to SXSW EDU on YouTube for more great videos https://www.youtube.com/user/SXSWEDU. More on this video: Edtech that Connects: Expanding Student Networks Relationships matter. This simple idea can give teachers and school administrators a fresh perspective on how to break the pattern of inequality in American classrooms. Schools can invest in the power of relationships to increase social mobility for their students. Learn about innovative schools that are creating in learning models that strengthen teacher-student relationships and emerging edtech tools that promise to expand students’ networks to experts and mentors from around world. Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. She leads a team that informs policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Julia’s current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks. She is the author of the forthcoming book Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley: Jossey-Bass, 2018). Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program. Julia holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.

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