In a moment when edtech entrepreneurs and publishers are navigating the increasingly fraught politics of K-12 education, former DCPS schools chancellor Kaya Henderson launched an edtech company called Reconstruction that aims to help all students understand the Black “tradition of greatness” in America.

So what advice does an education leader who turned around the lowest performing urban district in the country have for her fellow edtech executives and entrepreneurs?

➡️ “It’s not all about getting the Superintendent to say yes”

➡️”You need to understand who your customer is, and you need to make the case. 

➡️No one cares about your “little nifty idea unless it is literally helping people do their job better.”

Sage guidance, with less than a year remaining before K-12 school districts must spend-down nearly $170 billion in stimulus funds.