Digital Promise works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and learning technology developers. Our mission: Improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans through technology and research.
Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to learn. But to realize its full potential, we must focus on people, not gadgets. Educators must be empowered to use technology to engage, motivate, and personalize learning for all learners. Developers must be informed by education research to design products that improve student outcomes. Researchers must evolve new methodologies that produce results, in a way that matches the speed of technology.
Most important, all learners must have access to learning technology – because when everyone participates, everyone learns.
Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit, authorized by Congress in 2008 as the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies through Section 802 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush.
With an initial Board of Directors recommended by Members of Congress and appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama formally launched Digital Promise in September 2011. Startup support came from the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since then, Digital Promise has grown rapidly with additional funding from both original and new funders. We remain passionately committed to accelerating innovation in education through technology and research.