Adam Geller on How to Prepare Teachers for Nontraditional Education Jobs

In Chapter 11 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, education technology entrepreneur Adam Geller answers "What Has Your Work Experience Taught You About How Education Careers are Changing?" As a former teacher now running an EdTech startup that provides a video platform to train teachers, Geller finds the more time he spends in education, the more ways he sees to affect change in a nontraditional education career.

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