When she was in the classroom, Jenny Herrera remembers feeling resentful whenever the school principal would email teachers telling them they needed to stay after school to give feedback to edtech companies. What they got in return? Muffins.
“I don’t think that is ethical,” Herrera, now the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at ProjectEd, told the audience at a recent panel session at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin. “You’re not going to say ‘no’ to your boss. Teachers are naturally people pleasing, and you care, but it does not seem fair when we all know that teachers’ time is so precious, to voluntold them for things.”