The BLEgroup consists of 200 leading edge ed tech decision makers from K14 education organizations across the country. Founded in 1994, the BLEgroup works with both schools and the industry. PCG, the Public Consulting Group, purchased the BLEgroup in 2016 to increase its ability to do technology planning for schools and provide the industry with increased opportunity for partnerships. PCG is a national education consulting firm with offices in 50 states that is increasing its breadth of work from predominantly special education into instruction, data analytics, professional development, and enterprise systems.
The BLEgroup is well known for its work with the ed tech industry to improve the quality of ed tech and digital products through the following methods:
- Customized focus groups in person or online where education decision makers provide input to young firms to validate or improve the quality of their products and address questions on marketing, pricing, funding sources, competition, etc.
- Managing pilots for new products to provide firms with feedback on professional development and implementation
- Providing market research for firms who want to interview experienced educational leaders before deciding to develop a new product and during development of the product to ensure quality
- Publishing thought leadership papers for critical issues of importance to both the industry and schools along “View from the Field”, a quarterly article for EdNET Insight