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Dr. Esin Sile to deliver keynote at CollegeFindMe enrollment conference

MindBridge Partners CEO Dr. Esin Sile will be the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Conference for education startup CollegeFindMe, a global platform connecting college admissions with student applicants.

The conference, entitled “The Future of College Enrollment in the Digital Age,” will give college admissions officers and high school counselors a unique opportunity to interact with each other and discuss mutual concerns while obtaining the expert opinion of higher education leaders and innovators. Topics covered are intended ” to revolutionize the transition from high school to college.”

CollegeFindMe predicts that emerging technologies in the field of Enrollment Management will increase the efficiency of both admission officers and school counselors, allowing them to focus more on the needs of their students. Given the current role of technology in increasing global exposure, it will also better allow colleges to enroll qualified students from all over the world who are eager to benefit from a U.S. education.

The conference will be held at the Cambridge Innovation Center on September 21st. Registration is by invitation only. If you’d like to learn more about CollegeFindMe, we invite you to watch this interview with founder Christina Bai, produced by our friends at EdTechTimes.



Makerspaces are Game Changers in Education

Mary Jo Madda, Senior Editor at EdSurge, raised an important question with last week’s article entitled: “Is the ‘Maker Movement’ an Education Game Changer, or Just a Trendy Take on Gadgets and Project-Based Learning?”

Turns out MindBridge Partners has been engaged in research on makerspaces, and we have a strong argument for why makerspaces are in fact an education innovation that is “changing the game” in K-12. Check out our response article on LinkedIn:

Session Notes

Transformative Trends in EdTech: ATLIS Session Round-Up

The 2016 ATLIS National Conference may have ended, but the learning continues!

Last week MindBridge Partners joined Carney, Sandoe & Associates to lead an engaging and insightful session on current transformative trends in education technology in independent schools. A full room of ATLIS 2016 conference attendees—all leaders in the independent school IT space—focused the discussion on the topic of Makerspace. Participants shared their experiences in developing and enhancing makerspaces at their institutions. We also discussed the importance of strategically aligning such edtech initiatives to the school’s goals and mission.

Follow the link below for our Collaborative Session Summary, which reflects key takeaways supported by anecdotal evidence from a pre-conference survey fielded by Carney Sandoe with more than 600 IT directors across the nation.

ATLIS 2016 – Transformative Trends in EdTech – Collaborative Session Summary – MindBridge Partners – CarneySandoe

We look forward to continuing the conversation on makerspaces and other transformative trends in K-12.

Please contact MindBridge Partners at for more information.

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MindBridge to present on EdTech Trends and IT Teamwork at ATLIS Conference 2016

MindBridge is excited to participate in this year’s ATLIS Conference beginning this Sunday April 17th thru Wednesday April 20th in Atlanta. Slated as a “Must-Attend Event for Technology Leaders in Independent Schools,” this national conference gathers the independent school community for focused professional development seminars, networking, and idea-sharing. Attendees for ATLIS 2016 come from over 150 independent schools, associations, and companies across the country.

This year, MindBridge Partners is presenting two sessions:

In “What’s Next? Transformative Trends in EdTech” (4/17 1:00-3:00PM) MindBridge CEO Dr. Esin Sile and Senior Advisor Keith Gillette are teaming up with Carney Sandoe and Associates CTO Scott Roy to kick off the conference with creative collaboration:

“In a rapidly changing education technology landscape, some school tech initiatives can lead to more questions than answers. Be prepared to tackle new edtech challenges by getting a head-start on the issues that are trending.

This session will kick off the ATLIS conference with a roundtable platform to highlight and discuss three transformative trends in education technology that are impacting your schools: Student Data Privacy, 1:1 / BYOD, and the Maker Movement. You will have the opportunity to choose a transformative trend, engage in lively roundtable discussion with industry peers, and participate in developing a set of best practices for applying the trend to real-world scenarios.

Whether your school is just starting to grapple with the trend or whether you already have projects underway, you’ll benefit from the insights and strategies developed in this hands-on working session.”

Senior Advisor Keith Gillette will then take the lead in presenting “Get Your Team RACIng: An Integrated Approach to IT Job Design,” (4/19 10:00-10:45AM) as a conference send-off focused on team implementation readiness:

“Too many schools aren’t ‘firing on all cylinders’ because it’s unclear who’s responsible for even routine work. This is especially challenging in IT, where complexity and interconnection rule. Learn clear frameworks for apportioning job responsibilities that respect the intricacy of IT tasks and allow for clear delineation of responsibility without sacrificing teamwork.”

We are looking forward to connecting with and learning from peer leaders in independent schools!

Check out our presenter bios below, and be sure to tune in to our Twitter Feed and Google+ page for updates and insights from ATLIS 2016! For more information on the sessions, email us at 

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Esin Sile, PhD

Esin Sile, PhD is a seasoned Economist and Consultant who has worked extensively with institutions and organizations in the education sector, partnering with clients in K-12 and higher education institutions to provide strategy based on data-driven research. She has more than 15 years of consulting experience, with her expertise in the education sector spanning enrollment management, branding and marketing, pricing and value, strategic planning, academic program management, and innovative practices. Esin has also advised clients globally on how to best adopt innovative and entrepreneurial strategies in their organizations.

Esin is a frequent speaker at international conferences on education innovation and entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has advised clients on issues related to complex litigation, regulatory proceedings, and strategy development in a wide array of industries. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Economics from Brown, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in International Relations.

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Keith Gillette, Senior Advisor, MindBridge Partners

Keith Gillette has more than 20 years of experience designing and delivering information technology solutions in K-20 educational contexts. He has launched and administered multiple 1:1 student computing learning initiatives. In addition to multi-platform network and systems design and administration experience, Keith has expertise in IT infrastructure design and construction management in both new building and facilities remodeling.

Keith holds an M.S. in Information & Telecommunications Systems Management, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as numerous IT industry certifications, not to mention his B.S. (what else?) in philosophy. Keith is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and brings Six Sigma certification and a quality systems/process management orientation to his work in strategic planning, systems design, project coordination, and operations management.

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Scott Roy, Chief Technology Officer, Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Scott Roy has spent 17 years in independent school technology search and placement and 5 years in technology consulting. He currently holds the role of CTO at Carney Sandoe and Associates and also works as a Placement Associate and a Search Consultant, recruiting computer science teachers and technology directors for independent schools. He is proud to be a 5 year volunteer for grade 5 mathematics at Renaissance Charter School, Boston, MA, and a mentor for students enrolled in Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP).

Scott worked as Senior Systems Engineer at Microsoft Corporation, an IT Group Manager at UniFirst Corporation, Consulting Services Manager at Welsh Consulting in Boston, and roles as both Managing Associate/Director of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Carney, Sandoe & Associates. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.