March 5, 2012

School of Education partners with Education Industry Association

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Education Industry Association, a trade group representing private providers of education services, have announced a partnership building on their individual strengths in educational instruction and reform.

Together, the two entities will create a center for education innovation and entrepreneurship; facilitate relationships between EIA member companies and the School of Education; integrate for-profit programs, products and concepts more deeply into the education sector; and create joint research and education programs.

“We strongly believe that our school must develop new programs and partnerships with all components of the education sector in order to achieve our vision of realigning our profession and advancing education reform nationwide,” said David W. Andrews, dean of the School of Education. “Forming this strategic partnership with EIA will help the for-profit and not-for-profit education sectors learn from each other, and better enable us to work together for the betterment of all aspects of education.”

“The Johns Hopkins University School of Education is one of our nation’s premier institutions for scholarship, education research and preparation of teachers and school leaders,” said Steven Pines, executive director of EIA. “EIA and its members look forward to collaborating with the school to improve American education.”

The announcement was made Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C., during the Education Industry Days Summit, EIA’s annual legislative and policy conference.

The broad aims of the initiative are to formalize a joint center for education innovation and entrepreneurship, build partnerships between the School of Education and EIA members in the pre-K-to-12 education marketplace, develop dual-degree programs for education entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors, implement joint research projects and stakeholder meetings, and develop an education incubator/accelerator center.