Project Unicorn Announces 2023 Steering Committee Chair

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The Project Unicorn Steering Committee Chair serves a one-year term beginning January 1, 2023.

Project Unicorn - a coalition of 18 education organizations dedicated to furthering data interoperability within the K-12 education space - today announced Caroline Vander Ark, President of Getting Smart, as the 2023 Chair of the Project Unicorn Steering Committee. The Chair serves a one-year term beginning January 1, 2023.

2023 Project Unicorn Steering Committee Members:

  • Access 4 Learning (A4L)
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
  • Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
  • Common Sense Education
  • Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  • Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)
  • Data Quality Campaign (DQC)
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF)
  • Digital Promise
  • Ed-Fi Alliance
  • Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Getting Smart
  • InnovateEDU
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • SETDA (State Education Technology Directors Association)
  • SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association)

“During the past year, Project Unicorn published the second annual State of the Sector report, the only nationwide analysis of school system capabilities and infrastructure for leveraging education data, and provided technical assistance to several states and hundreds of school systems and edtech vendors,” said incoming Steering Committee Chair, Caroline Vander Ark. “I look forward to working with our amazing steering committee partners to move this important work forward.”

“Congratulations to Caroline, our new Project Unicorn Steering Committee Chair. I look forward to working side by side with Caroline as she leads the Project Unicorn Steering Committee and this uncommon alliance of organizations. She is a tireless advocate for centering the experience of educators through our shared mission to leverage data to create better outcomes for students, save time for teachers, and increase efficiencies for schools. Caroline Vander Ark’s leadership is an important milestone in the evolution of the Steering Committee as it transitions from an InnovateEDU-led model to a member-led model. Under her leadership, we will accelerate our efforts to support and promote the use of data interoperability in K12 education,” noted Erin Mote, InnovateEDU Executive Director.

About Project Unicorn
Project Unicorn is a national initiative coordinated by InnovateEDU and powered by a coalition of 18 organizations representing stakeholders across the education sector focused on the goal of optimizing and radically improving data interoperability within K-12 education. For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @ProjUnicorn.

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