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Jane Swift
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Jane Swift is CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages, the leading provider of world language education solutions for the K-12 market. Swift served as Governor of Massachusetts from 2001-2003 and was the first governor in the nation to give birth in office. As Governor, Swift implemented key provisions of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act, a landmark law she helped craft as a state senator years earlier. During her term, Massachusetts was recognized as a national model by the U.S. Department of Education and its students went on to lead the nation in math and science achievement for the following decade. Her diverse private sector career includes experience as an education venture capitalist as well as a top executive for ConnectEDU, a technology solutions provider focusing on college and career transitions. Swift is also a board member of Sally Ride Science and an advisor to Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative. She lives in Middlebury, VT with her husband and three daughters.

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Make Language Learning a National Priority

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:33 PM

With dozens of studies proving its benefits for young minds and the grim reality that we are far behind other nations in a key competitive skill, you would think that politicians would be falling all over themselves to support language education in our schools. However, increasingly more policies are popping...

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Let's Admit It: Every Parent Needs a College Plan

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:06 PM

As the weather turns crisp in New England and back-to-school routines finally feel settled, a new 'to-do' has appeared on our family's list. It is the kind of activity fraught with tense moments, periods of euphoria and more than a few tears shed. No, it's a not a One Direction...

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Shakira and Massachusetts Mayor Agree: Learning English Critical for Immigrants

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Mayor Shelia Kennedy has an immigration problem. The unfettered influx of undocumented residents has strained her city's public health and education systems. The fact that Mayor Kennedy represents Lynn, Massachusetts, a small city more than 1,500 miles from the border with Mexico, shows that immigration is a national challenge.

Since...

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Public Education (Finally) Speeds into Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:05 PM

As many students and teachers are returning to school this week, we should take a moment to reflect on something positive that happened in the dog days of summer - in our nation's capital of all places - that will have a profound effect on the nation's public schools. Despite...

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Second Languages Are Key To Student Success

(9) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:01 AM

What would you do if you could give your child something that is proven to boost her creativity, empathy and cognitive functions, while putting her on a path to increased academic and career success? You'd jump all over it, right? As a mother of three daughters,...

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