About Us

The Learning Counsel is a research institute and news media hub, focused on providing context for the shift in education to digital curriculum. Our membership is comprised of 215,000 Superintendents, tech and instructional administrators, curriculum specialists, thousands of publishers, and interested enthusiasts anywhere in the teaching and learning field.

The Learning Counsel was founded in 2014 by LeiLani Cauthen after she spotted and began writing about the tsunami of App confusion and complexity in education.  Before long she had united a group of a few friends in schools, some industry sponsors, and roped in a former Superintendent, Dr. David Kafitz, to produce live-discussions on the transition to digital curriculum. News spread, the discussions became larger events, more articles and information were demanded and the group expanded into a crowd, then a mob, and now a great movement threatening to spread worldwide.

Today the Learning Counsel puts on thirty Digital Curriculum Discussions each year across the U.S. and one Gathering and National Awards event to recognize leading schools and districts and share our annual research report findings on the education space.

As a national news outlet focused on digital curriculum strategy and tactics the Learning Counsel is a source of knowledge, research and reference for leaders to determine not only where they stand in the fray, but determine next steps and how to source companies, apps and tools they should be looking at to help them in their charge to transform their school or district. Our news is updated each week and can be found via our national newsletter on Tuesday, our EdSPOTLIGHT on Thursday featuring the fabulous people of education, or directly on our website.

KnowStory.com

The majority of income from Learning Counsel self-funds KnowStory, a new social media concept now in beta version offered in a freemium model to the education world. As a social media site with discussion forums about “all the digital learning things,” KnowStory gives schools, students and teachers a way to discover, mix, rate and analyze their curriculum collections against changing government standards. Its most important patent-pending feature is “gap analysis” so that schools can aggregate teacher and institutional inventories out of the public forum into private analytics.  Top educators are currently using KnowStory to hammer out the definitions of terms such as “character” versus “avatar” and what is meant by “gamification” inside courseware, and more. 

Learn more about us by visiting additional pages of our site, including photos of past events, this video showcasing attendees and our latest Special Report.

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LeiLani Cauthen is well versed in the digital content universe, software development, the adoption process, school coverage models, and helping define this century’s real change to teaching and learning.  She is an author and media personality with twenty years of research, news media publishing and market leadership in the high tech, education and government industries.

She concedes that delivering live lecture-style discussion events to contextualize high value digital learning objects instead of doing so online makes her the education industry’s “biggest hypocrite.” Nearly every week she is on the road meeting school Superintendents and their staffs and telling them about the Learning Counsel’s national research, traveling to 54 cities since February 2014.  To her credit, the discussions have so energized the nation that her handful of friends has grown exponentially and many are demanding she finish her long-promised book about learning consumerization and the national educational challenge.

Dr. David Kafitz is the Learning Counsel VP School Relations & Digital Transition Specialist. He is an expert and charismatic change-agent helping schools move forward with a well-reasoned strategy for digital content and curriculum, professional development and IT strategy. Former Superintendent, Director of Technology Services, Principal, and Teacher in North Carolina Public Schools. 

David leads from having done school transformation and a business degree background with project management skills.  He is the central switchboard of the Learning Counsel’s communications with thousands of current administrators, learning from them and passing along to an ever-growing crowd of other schools and districts all the interesting tidbits of knowledge.  A frequent author and consultative aid to schools, David’s methodical and reasoned considerations help administrators see the path through the woods of tech change.

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Testimonials

“I know I'm slow to express my gratitude for the opportunity to experience your event, the National Gathering, in Albuquerque. I must tell you that not a day goes by I don't find myself sharing stories, facts and other bits of information that I learned at the Gathering. You know your work is important when I find myself sharing with others and wishing they could have heard what I heard. The exciting thing is knowing there will be more opportunities for many more to benefit from your events in the future. Thank you for your generosity and your hard work as you continue to organize these gatherings and share all the knowledge and experiences gleaned from so many people. Warmest Regards!”
-- Max Clark, Assistant Superintendent - Curriculum & Finance, Clerk of Board of Education, Kingman-Norwich USD 331, Kansas
“I truly enjoyed my experience at the roundtable discussion,”
--Lindsey Cadenhead, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Red Oak ISD, Red Oak, TX
“Thank you very much for inviting and including me yesterday. I found the day to be a great use of my time, and look forward to more work together in the future. All the best,”
-- Brian Gatens, Superintendent, Emerson Park, NJ
“Thank you for the great workshop on Thursday! This whole day made me very energized and I wish to keep this momentum going when I speak with my superiors.”
-- Jason Neuman - M.Ed: In. M., Instructional Technology Specialist - Technology & Information Service, Hernando County School District, FL
“An event like this doesn’t have hundreds or even thousands of people like some others I’ve attended—it’s intimate enough for you to meet the right people and build lasting relationships with peers as well as companies who you need to have conversations with. You leave here with things you can implement as soon as you hit the office.”

-- Cleon Franklin, Director of Virtual Learning at Shelby County Schools

“Outstanding article... and thanks for allowing me to be a part of the day...I was so happy to help move this agenda forward. All the best,”
--Adam D. Fried, Ed.D., Superintendent, Harrington Park, NJ
“You should know that all the instructional technologists who came are now meeting 3 times/year. Once face-to-face (this time in Katie,) and the other two virtually, to discuss initiatives. This was an outcome from the Learning Counsel's event.”
--Beatriz Arnillas, Senior Information Technology Manager, Houston ISD
“Really enjoy the periodic newsletters you guys are sending!”
-- John Connolly, Chief Technology Officer, Consolidated High School District 230, Chicago, IL
“Attending a Learning Counsel event is a good opportunity to create or stretch a vision, is a good opportunity to develop strategies to implement a 1:1 initiative, is a good opportunity to learn about resources and is a good opportunity to network with vendors. It becomes a great opportunity when school districts come in teams because in addition to the information presented, your team spends the day collaborating and idea sharing which truly develops a shared responsibility of creating a digitally enhanced educational environment that improves instruction and learning.”
– Eric Godfrey, Superintendent, Buckeye Union High School District, Phoenix, AZ
"The feedback I heard from my customers who attended the Denver event was overwhelmingly positive, and they wish that they had more of their colleagues present. "

-- Jamie Gansmann,
B.Ed, M.Ed, Regional VP, Amplify

“The Learning Counsel has helped education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends. The knowledge we’ve gained at the Gathering guides our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
— Janell McClure, Ed.S.
Director, Digital and Multimedia Learning
Cobb County School District
“Thank you for your hard work in putting this event together. It was a rewarding experience for me and my colleagues. I personally appreciate your support of this long journey we're making through the digital learning environment. Thanks again,”
-- Leng Fritsche, Ph.D., Asst Supt - Student Assessment, Houston ISD

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