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Walter Fernando Balser is an assistant clinical professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Walter’s research focuses on the decentralization of the education ecosystem brought by the growth of non- and for-profit organizations doing business with schools, and by emergent open education initiatives and technologies. Prior to joining DU, Walter served as the Founding Director of the Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN), a program to improve collaboration between community thought leaders and institutions working on similar missions--helping make cities “smarter and better connected”. Dr. Balser enjoys sharing ideas through popular blogs and emerging media, including founding the Rad Schools Jam, a festival intersecting education, music and action sports. As a practitioner, Dr. Balser has worked as a teacher and administrator in urban schools in Central Ohio, Tampa Bay Florida, and New York City, as well as a strategic consultant for school districts in Boston and New Orleans. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University and leadership training at Columbia Teachers' College.