Trailblazers in Edtech: Robert Romano
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Trailblazers of Edtech” series. This series profiles the top edtech influencers in the world. To create this series, The Tech Edvocate editorial team exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech. To frame our methodology, we decided to define the term “edtech influencer” broadly. In this series, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it.
The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Robert Romanmo, CEO and Founder of BookheadEd Learning, LLC.
CEO and Founder of BookheadEd Learning, LLC, the Creator of StudySync
What His Current Focus Is: Robert is presently focused on serving as the CEO of BookheadEd Learning LLC, a privately held California-based company developing academic content with forward-thinking designs and advanced technology solutions for education. Its flagship product is StudySync, a comprehensive 6-12 ELA curriculum that offers powerful digital instruction that brings together fiction and nonfiction texts with video and other multimedia elements to advance students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
How He’s Transforming the EdTech Space: In 2009 Robert created StudySync with the vision of leveraging technology and social learning to engage students in the great works of literature. As one of the nation’s most highly regarded literacy curriculums, StudySync provides these digitally-connected students with media-rich learning experiences, real-world topics, and a direct read-write connection, while giving teachers flexible digital tools and engaging print resources supporting teaching, differentiation, and standards-based assessment. In 2013 StudySync partnered with McGraw Hill Education to exclusively distribute StudySync in the k – 12 channel. The product has also received numerous prestigious awards including the coveted Innovation Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).
What His Background Is: Robert Romano is a successful entrepreneur who has assembled top academic and creative talent to produce innovative and efficient educational technology for today’s students. Robert Romano previously founded of EdVantage Software, a highly successful edtech company that he sold in 2001. With undergraduate degrees in Engineering and English, Robert went on complete an M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing. Combining those areas of study, he has dynamically impacted education in the language arts classroom through the innovative use of technology.
What May Surprise You About Him: Robert has written an historical novel on the civil war that he expects will be published in 2018.