Product, Dev, and Design: Creating Actionable Insights for Educators at Scale

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The Boston Ed Tech Meetup is once again partnering with General Assembly - this time to highlight how a product team of product managers, designers, and engineers work together to create ed tech products.

In this particular product team spotlight, we’ll highlight members of the Curriculum Associates team, who create K-8 math and reading Diagnostics and instruction for over 6 million students. Creating a product at such a scale presents unique challenges for product development. To help us understand those challenges, we're bringing in one product manager, designer, and engineer to discuss the process of creating Curriculum Associates’ new educator dashboard, which aims to quickly provide educators with valuable insights to help them improve classroom instruction.

This is part of our product spotlight series where we aim to get into the nitty-gritty of what it actually takes to build a successful ed tech product. We bring in key members of a single product team to talk in depth about a feature they built - the inspiration for it, the challenges along the way, and the collaboration needed to ship a quality product on time. By focusing on a product feature, we hope to get away from the generalities and take a deep dive into concrete examples and the real nuances of building a product.

NOTE: For this event, we ask that you register both through the meetup site itself and the General Assembly page ( so both groups will have a good idea of who will be attending. This is required as it's the only way that the security in the building will let you access to GA's event space.

6:30 - 6:40 - Introduction
6:40 - 6:50 - Product Overview and Demo
6:50 - 7:20 - Moderated Panel Discussion with Product Manager, Designer, and Engineer from Curriculum Associates' educator experience product team
7:20 - 7:50 - Q & A
7:50 - 8:00 - Closing Remarks
8:00 - 8:30 - Networking

Panel Bios:
Cara Christ - Cara is a Senior Product Manager at Curriculum Associates, focused on the digital educator experiences for the i-Ready and Ready Classroom Mathematics programs. She spends much of her time with educators and field staff, working to understand the needs of our educators, and then working with the design and engineering teams to define, design, and build the best possible solutions.

Meaghan O’Brien - Meaghan is a Senior UX Designer at Curriculum Associates and has been with the company for over three years. She is focused on the UX strategy and design of the educator experience, including user testing initiatives.

Jeff King - For five years, Jeff was a high school chemistry and Chinese teacher, serving students of Camden, New Jersey. During that time he learned to program to create more engaging learning experiences for students and now is Senior Software Engineer at Curriculum Associates where he’s helping to deliver reports that educators use to make classrooms better places.

Directions & Public Transportation: If you are taking public transportation, General Assembly is located right across from South Station.

Parking: There is a parking garage located in our building at 20 Lincoln St ($12 after 5). We also recommend parking at the Garage at Post Office Square ($9 after 4 pm) or LAZ Parking's 100 High St Garage ($11 after 5:30).

Registration and Check-in: Please bring your photo ID and GA confirmation email with you when checking in at the lobby of 125 Summer Street. The front desk staff will then give you access to the General Assembly on the 13th floor.

Special thanks to General Assembly for once again offering a venue for events like these!