BookNook Names Education Veteran Jared Harless Chief Product Officer

BookNook Names Education Veteran Jared Harless Chief Product Officer

Harless will be instrumental in supporting BookNook’s mission to ensure access to rigorous and engaging instruction through technology innovation.

BookNook, a leading provider of effective high-impact literacy and tutoring solutions for schools and students, announces the appointment of Jared Harless as Chief Product Officer. A team-oriented veteran in the education space, Harless will strengthen BookNook’s tech-enabled solutions that keep students, educators and tutors at the center of learning.

“BookNook is making a measurable difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of students to address disparities in reading proficiency,” said Harless. “I’m eager to strengthen the integration between technology, content and human capital to further BookNook’s mission-driven work.”

Prior to joining the BookNook team, Harless was the Vice President of Product Strategy at Encoura, an educational data science and research company, where he built a product management organization and launched a new direct-to-learner product for high school students navigating the post-secondary planning process and a B2B2C experience for educators supporting those learners. Before Encoura, Harless served in various product leadership roles at McGraw-Hill Education for more than 17 years.

“Jared brings more than two decades of edtech leadership to BookNook, which will be instrumental in advancing strategic growth of the company,” said Brad Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of BookNook. “We are pleased to welcome Jared to the team in support of our pursuit to democratize access to learning through our solutions.”

Harless’ appointment demonstrates BookNook’s investment in student-centered technology innovation as essential to scale rigorous instruction. Named a 2023 GSV 150 company, an annual list that highlights the most transformational private companies in digital learning and workforce skills shaping the future of education, BookNook is a leader in the education space and Harless’ expertise will play a key role in furthering BookNook’s mission.

BookNook provides a synchronous teaching and learning experience. The company’s adaptive curriculum meets students where they are and helps them learn at an accelerated pace, while BookNook’s high-impact tutoring supports learning and provides the additional support students need to thrive.

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