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The EdTech Startup Show

Feb 25, 2019

Today on the EdTech Startup Show, I talk to Matthew Gross (@matthew_gross), founder and CEO of NewsELA.

NewsELA is an instructional content platform that solves "the problem of reading engagement holistically for students, teachers, and principals." Many teachers will recognize the company for its powerful text-leveling features, though they do much more.

Matt showed a sincere dedication to improving education during this conversation, and he shares stories and observations that both educators and EdTech industry folks will find fascinating.

Highlight include:

  • How poetry taught Matt he shouldn't skip his college classes.
  • "I really don't think about technology at all." Matt explains this surprising statement.
  • Why Matt and NewsELA reject "sit and get" EdTech.
  • Expectations Matt has for Newsela and his peers in EdTech.
  • The #1 pain point Matt hears from school and district administrators (and how he addresses it).
  • The amazing transformation Matt has noticed in schools since 2012.
  • "Good news" results from Newsela's surveys of teachers and principals.

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