Educational Services of America, the nation’s leading provider of special and alternative education, has been selected to present at the Education Innovation Summit hosted by Arizona State University and NeXt Advisors. The Summit will take place April 5 – 7, 2011, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. Up to 450 invitation-only attendees are expected, including representatives from more than 85 of the world’s most innovative education companies and more than 50 investors.

The nation’s leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education schools and programs will showcase student outcomes at nation’s largest education innovation investor event

Release Highlights:

  • Educational Services of America, the nation’s leading provider of special and alternative education, has been selected to present at the Education Innovation Summit hosted by Arizona State University and NeXt Advisors.
  • The Summit will take place April 5 – 7, 2011, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
  • Up to 450 invitation-only attendees are expected, including representatives from more than 85 of the world’s most innovative education companies and more than 50 investors.

For Immediate Release

Nashville, Tenn. (March 29, 2011) – Educational Services of America, the nation’s leading provider of special and alternative education, has been selected to present at the Education Innovation Summit hosted by Arizona State University and NeXt Advisors, which provides merger and advisory and private placement services for companies in the education sector. The Summit will take place April 5 – 7, 2011, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

“The mission of Educational Services of America is to provide personalized, evidence-based educational services for non-traditional learners in collaboration with families and public school districts,” Mark Claypool, ESA president and CEO, said. “To fulfill this mission, we operate two strategic service divisions: Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with school districts to provide an alternate route to graduation for nontraditional learners and students who are at risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, for students with challenging educational, emotional and behavioral needs,” Claypool, who is presenting at the summit, said.

Eleven of the 55 companies that presented at the 2010 Education Innovation Summit have since gone on to receive a cumulative $110 million in significant investments, representing nearly half of the total investment in education innovation companies during that time span. Five companies were acquired or merged and 10 announced major partnerships.

Up to 450 invitation-only attendees are expected, including representatives from more than 85 of the world’s most innovative education companies and more than 50 investors.

Confirmed speakers for the 2011 Summit include: Joel Klein of NewsCorp, Chris Whittle of Avenues: The World School, Stacey Childress from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Susan Patrick of iNACOL, Julie Young of Florida Virtual School, Richard Barth of KIPP, Craig Barrett of Intel, Bob Grady State of New Jersey Investment Fund, Steve Arnold of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Joel Rose of School of One.

Credentialed media looking to attend the Summit may contact Derek Sarley at derek.sarley@asu.edu.

About Educational Services of America

Educational Services of America (ESA) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education schools and programs for students who are at risk of dropping out and for students with special needs. ESA operates more than 140 schools and programs educating approximately 10,000 students in more than 240 school districts in nearly 20 states.

ESA operates two service divisions — Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with school districts to provide an alternate route to graduation for nontraditional learners and students who are at-risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, for students with challenging educational, emotional and behavioral needs.

About the Education Innovation Network

The Education Innovation Network launched at Arizona State University last spring to connect needs – such as funding, research or product development – with expertise to more quickly bring new learning solutions to scale. The Network links companies working to improve education, ASU’s intellectual assets, educational K-20 systems in Greater Phoenix, and investors of all types – philanthropic, angel, venture capital and large-scale acquirers.

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Resource Links

Educational Services of America
Websites: ESA-Education.com
        Spectrumschools.com
        Ombudsman.com

Education Innovation Network
Website: edinnovation.asu.edu
Twitter: @edinnovatenet
Facebook: facebook.com/edinnovatenet

For more information

Educational Services of America
Cate Lewandowski
Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer
clewandowski@esa-education.com
(615) 577-5681

Education Innovation Network
Derek Sarley
Arizona State University
Derek.sarley@asu.edu
(602) 332-5944