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EdTech Chronicle Announces 2023 “Best in Education” Winners

EdTech Chronicle Announces Inaugural 2023 Bestie Awards in Education – More than 25 Winners in Multiple Categories

New York, NY (April 2, 2024) EdTech Chronicle, the online publication covering education and education technology, today announced the winners of the inaugural, 2023 “Best in Education” awards – The Besties.

The Besties are an effort to not only recognize outstanding effort and accomplishments in education and edtech, but to go beyond the companies and products, to elevate the people and the tactics that make this crucial market thrive.

Winners of the EdTech Chronicle 2023 Bestie Awards are:

Best Deal or Partnership
RobotLAB x American Samoa Department of Education Landmark Partnership

Best Early Funding Deal
Class Companion – OpenAI, Index Ventures back AI built by teachers for teachers

Best Late or Midterm Funding Deal
Swing Education Raises $38 Million in Series C Funding

Best Higher Ed M&A Deal
GreenLight Credentials and Follett Higher Education 

Best CTE/Workforce Deal
New MedCerts Partnership Expands University of Maryland Global Campus’s Healthcare Programming

Best Education Investor, Non-Angel
Wayee Chu, General Partner at Reach Capital

Best Press Release or Press Announcement
ParentSquare Releases Back-to-School Resources, Including Updated Checklist for Successful Home-School Communications 

Best K12 Product Launch
High-Dosage Tutoring by and The Princeton Review

Best Higher Ed Product Launch
OpenStax, Rice University – What status quo? OpenStax disrupts tradition with pivotal textbook

Best Opinion or Commentary Article
Tracking the carbon footprint of higher education campuses in the era of online learning by John Katzman (Noodle) and Elliot Felix (brightspot)

Best K12 Podcast Series
Teaching Channel Talks

Best Higher Ed Podcast Series
The EdUp Experience Podcast

Best K12 Podcast Episode
Schoolyard Podcast: Ep. 9 – Sensory Spaces, Not Just for Students

Best Higher Ed Podcast Episode
The Score Podcast – Episode 012: Dave Tomar

Best Blog or Newsletter by an Individual in Higher Ed
Healthcare Workforce Report

Best Corporate Blog in Education – K12
The Vernier Blog

Best Corporate Blog in Education – Higher Ed
THEY BELONG, a ground-breaking report and Cal State study about how Nearpeer works to improve student belonging, recruiting, and retention

Best Founder for a Company Launched in 2023
Avery Pan, Class Companion Founder behind AI built by teachers, for teachers

Best Education CEO
Al Kingsley, CEO of NetSupport

Best C-Level Officer in Education/EdTech
Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D., Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of ParentSquare

Best Leader of an Academic Institution
Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez of San Bernardino Community College District

Education/EdTech Company of the Year
Scribbles Software

Best Education/EdTech Rising Star (tie)
Learn with Leaders

Best Education Service Firm or Company
Pando Public Relations

Best Product Supporting Academic Integrity
The ProctorU Platform by Meazure Learning

Editor’s Choice
Education Choices Magazine – Best in Education

Award winners are listed at ETC and have been notified.