OCTOBER 6, 2022 – AUSTIN, Texas – The Ed-Fi Alliance, a nonprofit organization and community of educators, technologists, and advocates solving the data challenge in education today announced Dr. Bridget Burns as a keynote speaker at its annual user conference Summit 2022. Dr. Burns joins fellow keynote speaker Ken Shelton and will be presenting on Tuesday, November 8 to discuss innovating education for today’s “new normal.”

As founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a multi-campus laboratory innovation in student success, Dr. Burns’ work is focused on implementing solutions that promote diversity in college graduates across the nation. Under her leadership, UIA campuses have made significant progress on behalf of students, including increasing low-income graduates by 46%, and increasing graduates of color by 85%. 

In her keynote address, Dr. Burns will apply this experience to share tactics that foster innovation while communicating how both higher ed and K12 can pivot to meet the needs of new majority learners, adult learners, and the students of the future. Attendees will be armed with key questions they need to ask to navigate, survive, and lead in this education new normal.

“My mission is rooted in transforming how organizations take action on behalf of all students while equipping them with solutions they need for enduring progress,” said Dr. Burns. “Presenting at this year’s Ed-Fi Summit event is an opportunity to engage with key educational stakeholders and discuss how we can drive positive change and reimagine education to meet the needs of today and tomorrow’s learners.” 

“Dr. Burns is a recognized and respected expert on fostering lasting diversity and impactful change at the university level,” said Maureen Wentworth, manager, strategic partnerships, Ed-Fi Alliance. “Dr. Burns’ expertise innovating in higher education has broad application across all levels of our system. Our Ed-Fi Community members will be able to walk away with actionable insight on big ideas and bold plans.” 

Summit takes place November 6-9 in person at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas with online access available as well. This year’s collaborative conference features two and a half days of inspirational keynotes, insightful breakout sessions, hands-on labs, and plenty of opportunities for connecting with peers. Participants have the opportunity to connect with state and local education leaders, ed-tech experts, educators, and technologists leaning into data to address education’s most persistent problems. 

This year’s event also rings in 10 years of Ed-Fi, with an anniversary celebration and a special evening event to recognize the accomplishments of the Ed-Fi Community, featuring student performers, dinner, refreshments, and the presentation of the Ed-Fi Community Awards. 

To register to join the Ed-Fi Community at Summit 2022, please click here


About Dr. Bridget Burns

​​Named one of the “Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Bridget Burns is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a multi-campus laboratory for student success innovation that helps university leaders dramatically accelerate the implementation of scalable solutions to increase the number and diversity of college graduates across the country. Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, and 60 Minutes, with a feature in the documentary “Unlikely”.

About the Ed-Fi Alliance

The Ed-Fi Alliance is a nationwide community of leading educators, technologists, and data advocates connecting student data systems to transform education. A not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Ed-Fi aims to boost student achievement by empowering educators with real-time, comprehensive insight into every student.

Ed-Fi technologies streamline data management in school districts and states across the country. By allowing schools to integrate data previously siloed within disconnected tools and software — and organizing it through a single, secure data standard — Ed-Fi solves one of the country’s most perplexing educational challenges: how to get a complete, accurate view of individual student achievement so that every student can receive the support they need when they need it most. 


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