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Allentown School District's Superintendent Dr. Carol D. Birks Selected for the Google GSV Education Innovation Fellowship

Allentown School District's Superintendent Dr. Carol D. Birks Selected for the Google GSV Education Innovation Fellowship
Joe Lyons

ALLENTOWN, PA - (June 6, 2024) — Dr. Carol D. Birks, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Allentown School District has been selected to the 2024-2025 cohort of the Google GSV Education Innovation Fellowship – a groundbreaking program formed through a partnership between GSV and Google for Education. 

The Google GSV Education Innovation Fellowship unites K-12 superintendents and top-level instructional leaders dedicated to working at the intersection of technology and instruction to shape the future of education. By fostering collaboration among these visionary change agents, the Fellowship creates a powerful network that drives advancements in the EdTech landscape, instructional innovation, and student outcomes.

“The impact of our inaugural Fellowship made innovative education tangible for millions of students and educators, with fellows launching companies and transforming districts across the country,” says Tiffany Taylor, Partner and Chief People & Impact Officer at GSV. “As the Fellowship grows with our second cohort of K-12 systems leaders, we’re inspired by the contributions they’ll add to the ecosystem through rigorous learning opportunities, rich community, and collaborations across the broader innovation landscape.” 

Throughout the year, Dr. Birks will work alongside 25 other Fellowship participants, collectively serving 2.8 million students nationwide. Fellows will engage in collaborative projects, share insights, and create tangible impacts in the education system. In this unique environment, the Google GSV Education Innovation Fellowship and its imaginative cohort are poised to pave the way for more innovative and student-centered learning.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful to have been selected to participate in the Google GSV Fellowship which will afford me the opportunity to learn, ideate, and engage in authentic learning experiences with like-minded district leaders,” said Dr. Birks. “The knowledge and skills that I will acquire from my participation in this Fellowship, will add to the research and practice of the current state of education, not only for the students, families, and educators from Allentown, but across the nation.” 

About GSV
GSV is a global platform fueling scaled innovation in “Pre-K to Gray” education and workforce skills to ensure that ALL people have equal access to the future. The platform includes the flagship ASU+GSV Summit (founded 2010), India-based ASU+GSV & Emeritus Summit (founded 2023), and ASU+GSV AIR Show (founded 2024). The investment arm of GSV is GSV Ventures (founded 2016), a multi-stage venture fund investing in the most important innovations across the global “Pre-K to Gray” landscape.

About Google for Education
Google for Education is a division of Google dedicated to empowering educators and students with innovative tools and technologies that transform the learning experience. With a mission to make education accessible, engaging, and effective for all, Google for Education offers a wide range of products and services tailored to meet the needs of teachers, students, administrators, and institutions. Through initiatives like Google Classroom, G Suite for Education, Chromebooks, and various educational apps and tools, Google for Education aims to create inclusive and collaborative learning environments, foster digital literacy, and inspire creativity and critical thinking. By harnessing the power of technology, Google for Education is committed to shaping the future of education and preparing students for success in the digital age.