Speaker Preview

The FETC Virtual Conference programming team is putting together a top-notch ALL ONLINE program of inspiring sessions—new sessions from featured speakers who will be presenting at FETC in January. Get a sneak preview of what FETC is about by attending this one-day virtual conference—featuring compelling presentations by the ed-tech visionaries who are shaping the way technology is utilized in the classroom today.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Cheryl Lemke

Cheryl Lemke

President and CEO of the Metiri Group @LemkeC

Cheryl Lemke is President and CEO of the Metiri Group, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing effective uses of technology in schools, and serves as the Practice Leader for Metiri Group Policy Consulting. Prior to launching the firm, she was the executive director of the Milken Exchange on Education Technology for the Milken Family Foundation.

Ms. Lemke specializes in public policy for K-16 learning technology, working at many levels with governors, legislators, superintendents, professors, business leaders, and teachers. She currently works with both the public and private sectors in states across the country, as well as at the national level.

Cheryl has published articles and appeared in a variety of media outlets such as Education Week, eSchool News, THE Journal, and numerous other publications.

Adam Bellow

Adam Bellow

Founder, eduTecher @AdamBellow

Adam Bellow is the founder of eduTecher, a free web resource for teachers, students and parents that finds and explains how to use free web tools in the classroom. He also currently works as the Senior Director of AP Student Services and Educational Technology for the College Board and has previously worked as a Technology Integration Specialist, as well as a high school English teacher. Recently named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE, Adam has presented at conferences across the country and around the world, speaking about how to reform education with the successful infusion of technology, as well as the merits of free web-based tools. You can check out Adam’s site at eduTecher.net or download the free mobile apps.

Howard DiBlasi

Howie DiBlasi

CEO, Digital Journey @hdiblasi

Howie DiBlasi was recognized as “Vocational Teacher of the Year” and nominated as a finalist in the “Top Secondary Leaders in America”. He has extensive experience in the education field (20 years), as a business leader (10 years) and as a CIO (14 years). His emphasis is on digital technology and 21st century learning and he has presented to thousands of education leaders, administrators and teachers from Bangkok to Boston. Howie was recently recognized by the CILC with the "Pinnacle Award" for outstanding professional development programs; is a member of the ISTE Board of Directors, serves on the TxDLA Board; ISTE. SIG for Interactive Video Conferencing and is a member of the Alan November Consulting Team.

Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org @rushtonh

Rushton Hurley has worked and studied on three continents: as a Japanese language teacher, Principal of an online high school, teacher trainer, educational technology researcher, and school reform consultant. He founded and is Executive Director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students. At Stanford University his graduate research included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990s his work with teenagers in San Jose led him to make learning more active through technology, helping him reach struggling students. Rushton has trained teachers around the United States, Europe and the Middle East. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives of teachers.

Paige Jerome

Paige Jerome

Coordinator Special Projects, Florida, AWARD Publishing Ltd

Paige Jerome previously worked as a Florida classroom educator, Accelerated Literacy Learning Teacher, K-8 Literacy Coach, Professional Developer and District Reading Specialist.  Paige is currently the Coordinator of Special Projects & Florida for AWARD Publishing, Ltd., coordinating impact research studies, supporting state reading adoptions, and in the same role designing and delivering Professional Development and modeling for teachers and coaches throughout the United States.

Sheryl Nussbaum Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice @snbeach

During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.