FETC 2016 - January 12 - 15 AGENDA  
2016 Presentation Material
Executive Summit        
Collaborative Leadership in the Digital Age

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Executive Summit Facilitators

Thomas C. Murray
Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools Alliance for Excellent Education @thomascmurray

Thomas C. Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while leading Future Ready, Project 24 and Digital Learning Day. Murray’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership, which include implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school [TM1] where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have been recognized nationally. He is also the author of the book, Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015).

Eric Sheninger
Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP); K-12 Director of Technology and Innovation, Spotswood (N.J.) School District @E_Sheninger

Eric C. Sheninger, Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally. Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. He has authored and co-authored the following: Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids; Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times; Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals; What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science. He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, co-created the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education.

Executive Summit Speakers

Rohit Agarwal
General Manager, Amazon Education

Rohit Agarwal is co-founder of TenMarks Education and General Manager of Amazon K-12 Education. An experienced entrepreneur, Rohit founded TenMarks in 2008 to power a new generation of math learners and support classroom instruction with a comprehensive online math curriculum. In October 2013, TenMarks was acquired by Amazon and now Rohit oversees Amazon's K-12 education programs, including Whispercast, Amazon's free online platform for digital content distribution.

Chike Aguh
CEO, Everyoneon.org

Chike Aguh (Chee-Kay Ah-Goo) leads EveryoneOn as chief executive officer (CEO) and is focused on steering the organization into an even larger force that closes the digital divide in our time. Previously, Chike served as EveryoneOn’s inaugural chief programs officer overseeing all national initiatives and partnerships such as ConnectED and ConnectHome. The son of immigrants from rural Nigeria whose lives were changed by America’s opportunities, he has spent his career ensuring that all Americans have access to the same. Earlier in his career, Chike worked as an education policy official under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a second grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and a director of corporate Strategy at the Advisory Board Company, working to launch technologies to help at-risk students graduate. Additionally, Chike has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, McKinsey&Company, Acumen Fund, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Secretary of Education. Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A). He has been honored as an Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow, Wharton Howard E. Mitchell Fellow, and HGSE Intellectual Contribution/Tribute Award winner. Chike is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Alumni Board of Directors, board president at Code In The Schools and a member of 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County. He has spoken at the White House and SXSWEdu. He lives in Beltsville, MD with his wife, Crystal, and attends Zion Church in Landover, MD

Greg Bagby
Principal, Barger Academy of Fine Arts (Tenn.)

Greg is currently the principal at Barger Academy of fine Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he has served the past nine years. In this position he has developed technical trainings for new and veteran administrators, to assist in their technology integration school wide. Before stepping into the role of administration Greg worked as the Technology Integration Specialist for 21st Century Academy. He currently does most of his tech training with the District in Chattanooga, holding sessions during professional learning days and before and after school. He is one of the co-founders of EdCampGigCity, a co-moderator for #EdTechChat, and a host of the EduRoad Trip Podcast. In addition, Greg is an adjunct professor, keynote speaker, conference presenter, and a Ragnar Ambassador.

Amy Brown
K-12 Education Strategist, CDW-G

Amy Brown is a K-12 education strategist for CDW·G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare. As a former educator and literacy and curriculum specialist, she serves as the voice of the educator, providing districts with firsthand knowledge and expertise about the impact technology can have in the classroom.

Brown joined CDW·G in 2015. She works with schools and districts to help identify the long-term technology solutions that best meet their needs and goals. She also promotes curriculum integration by presenting at local and national conferences and writing for ConnectIT, a blog focused on bridging the gap between education and technology.

Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in advertising from the University of Illinois, Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon State University (Phoenix, Ariz.) and teaching credentials from St. Xavier University (Chicago, Ill.). She is certified to teach high school English, reading, psychology and special education. Additionally, Brown is a Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. Connect with her on Twitter @amybrowns.

Jaime Casap
Chief Education Evangelist, Google

Evangelist, Google Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. In eight years at Google, Jaime was part of the original team that launched Google Apps for universities, launched Google Apps into K12, and helped get Chromebooks off the ground and into schools. Today he is responsible for working across all internal teams that impact education, and he works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to improve the quality of education through the use of technology.

Born and raised as a first generation American to a single mother on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Jaime understands and appreciates the power education has on changing the destiny of a family in just one generation. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Arizona Science Foundation Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors for New Global Citizens, and serves in advisory roles to dozens of organizations focused on improving education. Jaime is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches guest lectures. You can follow Jaime on Google+ at +Jaime Casap and Twitter @jcasap

Rafranz Davis
Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD

Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD in Texas. In this role, she supports growth for staff and students through innovative programming including pathways of digital leadership and STEAM focused opportunities for students. She is the author of the book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech, which was released January 2015 through Corwin Press’ Connected Educator series. As a national speaker, Rafranz uses her voice to challenge those in the greater education community on topics such as diversity, equity and closing the opportunity gap for marginalized communities. She has spoken around the country for multiple organizations including, ISTE, many of its affiliates, Microsoft’s Hack the Classroom and The White House. Most recently, Rafranz served as the 2016 emcee of Digital Learning Day Live where she shared nationally recognized stories through the lens of Digital Equity.

When Rafranz is not working in the community of Lufkin, collaborating online or speaking around the country, she takes great pride in the time that she spends creating in her Minecraft realm with her nephew where their current project is a Star Wars themed amusement park equipped with a Death Star hotel.

Margo Day
Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft Corp.

Margo Day is vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft. She is responsible for the U.S. Education strategy and sales to K–12 and higher education customers. Through partnerships, programs and technology, Microsoft plays a significant role in helping institutions and educators transform learning that makes a real impact on educational outcomes and helps students realize their full potential. Making a difference in people’s lives is important to Day. During her 15-year tenure Day took a 1-year sabbatical where she raised funds and awareness for the Kenya Child Protection and Education Project, with World Vision. This project positively affected 17,000 children in Kenya by providing access to quality education, building schools and deepening community advocacy for the education of girls. Day is also the national co-chair for the World Vision National Leadership Council for Child Protection and an advisory board member for the Renton Boys & Girls Club.

Randall Dennis
President, Intelligex

With more than 15 years of business leadership experience, Randall is a technology industry veteran - consulting with CEOs of high-growth companies in the financial, education, entertainment, healthcare and technology sectors. Most recently, he served as Chief Strategy Officer for a software development and data analytics firm serving the education sector. In that position, he led components of product development and marketing, as well as built strategic alliances and represented the firm through national associations and events. Randall is a member of HIMSS, ISTE and ASCD and has been a guest at both the White House Safety Datapalooza and White House Education Datapalooza.

Throughout his career, Randall has worked to be a conductor - leading teams of professionals from four to 140 to perform their best harmoniously. At Guidant Partners, he is committed to the process of balancing systems and people to produce uncommon results for the business and its clients in a manner that fully engages the team.

Randall is a graduate of Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his business career, he spent 15 years as a studio musician, songwriter and producer for national releases. Outside of work, he continues to celebrate his passion for music playing the classical and jazz keyboards.

Joey DiPuma
District Coordinator of Innovation, Flagler Schools

DiPuma’s experience in K-12 education include network services, IT ProDev and marketing / branding as well as the implementation of Flagler’s 1:1 Digital Learning Movement. DiPuma also spearheads the planning, design and execution of district active learning environments, makerspaces and administrative professional development areas - some of which have been shared on Fox News and USA Today media outlets. DiPuma, once a Flagler student himself, now focuses on re-imagining older, traditional classrooms into driven, hardworking powerhouses, supercharged by a dynamic blend of student-driven learning solutions. He also spends his time aligning his efforts with school media specialists, overhauling and energizing the existence of dated media centers into something creative and colorfully inspirational. Simply put, DiPuma works closely with teachers and students to design spaces for humans. Spaces that encourage a growth mindset. Spaces that can unite introverts and extroverts. Spaces that will disrupt traditional learning.

Candice Dodson
Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education, SETDA Board Member

Candice Dodson is the Director of eLearning where she is focusing on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. Candice comes to the IDOE from Evansville Vanderburgh Community Schools (EVSC) with over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal. Ms. Dodson’s most recent work in Evansville centered on the implementation of EVSC’s 1-to-1 initiative, the development of leadership programs for district administrators, and expansion of professional development programs and evaluation systems.

Fatima Jibril
Senior Education Pioneer Fellow, US Department of Education

Fatima Jibril is a Senior Education Pioneer Fellow in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology where she leads developer outreach, education innovation clusters and rapid cycle evaluations. Prior to joining USDOE, Fatima served as Curriculum Director for Calvert Education and as an instructional designer for Maryland Public Television, producing interactive STEM and ELA websites featured on Thinkport and PBS Learning Media.

Fatima co-founded Creative City Public Charter School, a progressive place-based, arts-integrated elementary school in Baltimore City. She also launched an alternative certification provider through The New Teacher Project, emphasizing backwards design and culturally relevant teaching.Fatima entered the field as a 2nd grade teacher through Teach for America in 2001 and has been on a mission to drive equity and innovation through educational technology ever since. She earned a B.A. from Cornell University and holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Cliff Lloyd
Chief Information Officer, Tennessee Department of Education

Cliff Lloyd is the Chief Information Officer with the TN Department of Education. Australian by birth, Cliff moved to the United States ten years ago to lead education product development efforts with Microsoft in Seattle. For the past three years Cliff ran big data and predictive analytics strategies for retail giant Walmart. Cliff is a passionate believer in the power of technology to transform student learning outcomes in TN. He and his team are pioneering some major initiatives around connecting students to data-driven education 24x7.

Janice D. Mertes
Janice D. Mertes, Division for Libraries and Technology, Assistant Director IMT/Digital Learning, WI Department of Public Instruction

Janice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Instructional Media and Technology/Digital Learning for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  Janice comes to the Wisconsin DPI  from the Sun Prairie School District with over 19 years of education experiences having served as a twice National Board certified secondary social studies educator, LMS administrator, professional learning facilitator, virtual learning integrator and technology coordinator. Janice coordinated the district Morgridge Technology Grant project that included a student run SMART*ies tech squad to support model interactive classrooms.  Janice has been recognized by Wisconsin and nationally as a Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient, Microsoft Innovative Educator, USA Today Teacher Team, James Madison Constitutional Fellow and a National Education I Can Learn award recipient. In addition, Janice brings national experience from her service on Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s ICivics educator gaming team, blogging on edtech topics and speaking at a variety of conferences.  At the Wisconsin DPI, Janice is leading the statewide implementation of the Future Ready and #GoOpen programming initiatives connected to the refreshed Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.  In addition, Janice serves on internal work teams for ESSA, data privacy and digital citizenship, personalized learning and infrastructure. Janice coordinates partnership programming with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative virtual learning partners and numerous other professional organization efforts to impact personalized, innovative student learning opportunities. Follow Janice at: @WisDPITech.

Ann McMullan
Lead Education Consultant and Former Executive Director of Educational Technology, Klein (Texas) Independent School District

Ann McMullan is an education consultant focused on leadership, professional development and educational technology. Prior to her family’s September 2013 move to Los Angeles, Ann was the Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas. Klein ISD serves nearly 5,000 students and is recognized as an early innovator and national leader in educational technology.

For more than sixteen years, Ann led the district team that provides professional development on 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators. She was also the district’s lead administrator for the library services department.

From 2004 to 2006 Ann served as the co-chair of the Texas Educational Technology Advisory Committee which produced the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020, used by the state legislature and school districts across Texas for the planning and implementation of technology for learning in all content areas, Pre-K to grade 12.

Ann has received many honors and awards over the years including the Making It Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in recognition of her educational technology leadership, commitment and innovation and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Technology in Learning from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). In September 2013 she was spotlighted by Tech & Learning and Digital Learning Environments in their Profiles in Leadership eBook.

Ann is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences. Additionally Ann is a contributor to educational publications, including eSchoolNews, EdNET Insight and CoSN. Ann currently serves on the local board of Power My Learning Los Angeles. Power My Learning is a national education nonprofit that helps students in low-income communities—together with their teachers and families—harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes.

Diana Rendina
Media Specialist and Writer, Stewart Middle Magnet School

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com and is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana participates actively in the International Society for Technology in Education Librarians Network, the American Association of School Librarians and the Florida Association for Media in Education. She served on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Committee from 2012 to 2015. She is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award for emerging leaders and the 2015 School Library Journal Build Something Bold Award. She has presented on the Maker Movement at state, national and international conferences. Diana shares resources regularly on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @DianaLRendina. She is currently co-authoring a book for ABC-CLIO titled Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace.

Alex Resch, PhD
Associate Director of Human Services Research, Mathematica Policy Research

Alexandra Resch is an expert in program evaluation methodology, teacher evaluation, and value-added methods. Resch’s current work is focused on making research more accessible to end users and helping states and localities use complex methods to improve programs and policies. She recently co-authored two guides on opportunistic experiments, a way of embedding rigorous research in planned pilots or policy changes, for the U.S. Department of Education and is currently providing technical assistance to state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families agencies on conducting efficient, rigorous evaluations using existing administrative and program data.

Resch writes for a wide range of audiences, publishing documents ranging from peer-reviewed journal articles to user-friendly briefs directed at school leaders. She has been published in the BE Press Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Review of Economics and Statistics, and National Tax Journal. Resch holds a Ph.D. in public policy and economics from the University of Michigan.

Robert Slaby
Superintendent of Schools, Storey County School District

Dr. Robert M. Slaby, superintendent of the Storey County School District in Virginia City, Nev., since 2005. He has been an AASA member since 1986. He was a member of the AASA Governing Board from 2009-11. He has been on the AASA Executive Committee since 2011. He was a member of the AASA Publications Review Board and a member of the AASA Programs and Products Advisory Committee.

Slaby previously was superintendent of the Salinas City Elementary School District in Salinas, Calif., from 1998-2004. He holds an Ed.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, M.S. from University of Southern California, M.A. from Occidental College and B.A. from University of California at Berkeley.

Bruce Umpstead
Managing Partner, ScaleUp Education Partners

Bruce Umpstead is managing partner of ScaleUp Education Partners and provides strategic advice on education technology and data “wrangling” and business development services with expertise in PK-20 education. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Michigan’s state “EdTech” director. Bruce holds a B.A. in Public Administration and a M.B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University. He lives in DeWitt, Michigan with his wife and two high school-age daughters.

Tracy Weeks
Executive Director, State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)

Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan. From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

FETC's Executive Summit features a high-value mix of presentations that offer a varied perspective of the most significant issues in education technology today. Get ready to pose questions, exchange ideas with colleagues and network during this collaborative event designed to help you evaluate and procure technology, set a clear vision for digital learning, explore technologies revolutionizing schools, close the achievement gap, and more accurately determine the new ROI — Return on Instruction — of your technology investments.

Shaded boxes indicate collaborative sessions with the Future of IT Summit.
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Thomas C. Murray Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
Bruce Umpstead Bruce Umpstead, Managing Partner, ScaleUp Education Partners
Inspiring Students: How Technology Can Bring Awe Back to Learning 
Eric Sheninger Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Awe is a huge component of life—it’s hardwired in our brains. When we experience the sensation of awe, we are consumed by wonder, relevancy, emotion, engagement, inspiration, and real-world connections. Awe is a driving force for learning that will not just benefit our students now, but also well into their future. Traditional views and functions of school deprive many students from experiencing the joy and power of awe as a catalyst for meaningful learning. In the digital age, technology is that awe for many students. When integrating technology there needs to be a Return on Instruction (ROI) that results in evidence of improved student learning outcomes.  During this keynote, Eric will share innovative, research-based practices that you can implement to bring back a sense of awe to learning.
10:40 -
11:50 a.m.
Increasing Home Connectivity: Equity in the Digital Age
Greg Bagby Greg Bagby, Principal, Barger Academy of Fine Arts (Tenn.)
Leadership teams are key to spearheading the transition to digital learning in their districts. How important is being connected for our parents and students? Is having internet access at the school enough? In this interactive session, we will discuss the issues of home connectivity and get a better understanding of how we can move forward to better serve our schools, students, and parents. You’ll hear proven practices and helpful advice to strengthen your district’s outcomes while using equity as a lever to close achievement gaps.
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Networking Lunch and Learn with Table Topics
1 - 1:45 p.m.
Designing Effective Learning Spaces: Remix Learning
Thomas C. Murray Facilitator: Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
DiPuma Joey DiPuma, District Coordinator of Technology and Innovation, Flagler Schools (Fla.)
Diana Rendina Diana Rendina, Media Specialist and Writer, Stewart Middle Magnet School (Fla.)
Tracy Weeks Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
Increasing investment in learning technologies, combined with the need for more cost-effective space utilization, is making it increasingly important for senior managers and decision-makers to keep abreast of new thinking about the design of technology-rich learning spaces and makerspaces. Understanding what makes an effective design is important. You’ll learn how the design of modern learning spaces and makerspaces becomes a physical representation of your institution’s vision and strategy for learning — responsive, inclusive and supportive of attainment by all.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Leading Innovation Panel Discussion
Eric Sheninger Facilitator: Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Chike Aguh Chike Aguh, CEO, Everyoneon.org
Ann McMullan Ann McMullan, Lead Education Consultant and Former Executive Director of Educational Technology, Klein (Texas) Independent School District
Dr. Robert Slaby Dr. Robert Slaby, Superintendent, Storey County (Nev.) School District
In schools, superintendents play a key role in the success or failure of technology initiatives. Technologically successful superintendents articulate specific measurable, attainable goals and have a vision for what’s possible, and they’re very transparent about it in communications to their stakeholders. Hear how successful superintendents and partners effectively led with technology and transformed their districts, as they share best practices you can use to build a strong foundation of innovation and connected classrooms.
3 - 3:50 p.m.
Supporting Digital Pedagogy
Rafranz Davis Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin (Texas) Independent School District
School districts are exploring digital pedagogies and technologies that can enable learning beyond the classroom and facilitate the sharing of information asynchronously. Learn how executive leadership can provide opportunities and access that empower teachers to design new digital learning experiences. Based on her involvement in creating an entire school district’s professional development plan, Rafranz Davis shares how developing human capacity and putting technology in the hands of all learners supports instructional technologies. Discover how to inspire innovations in teaching and collaboration while supporting instructors’ ability to imagine and develop ground-breaking course materials that will fuel students’ fire for learning.
4 - 5:15 p.m.
Evaluation and Procurement of Technology Panel
Thomas C. Murray Facilitator: Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
Cliff Lloyd Cliff Lloyd, Chief Information Officer, Tennessee Department of Education
Janice D. Mertes Janice D. Mertes, Division for Libraries and Technology, Assistant Director IMT/Digital Learning, WI Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Robert Slaby Dr. Robert Slaby, Superintendent, Storey County (Nev.) School District
Due to the technical and often complex nature of technology-related purchases, some Information Technology departments have developed a specific acquisition process for those procurements. This process ensures the entire education community receives the best possible solution to their technology needs in an efficient manner at the best possible value. Hear from two Superintendents and a CIO on how their districts are handling this process and how you can too.
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail Reception
8 - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Sink, Swim or Surf: Riding The EdTech Tsunamis
Randall Dennis Facilitator: Randall Dennis, President, Intelligex
Rohit Agarwal Rohit Agarwal, General Manager, Amazon Education
Jaime Casap Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
Margo Day Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft Corp.
Unrelenting waves of innovation are engulfing education — in both technology and practice. A panel of international-caliber ed tech innovators will share their perspectives and observations on how you can embrace ed tech change and leverage new resources for optimal benefit. You’ll learn how to “ride the wave” of new technology rather than being overwhelmed by it.
9:40 - 10:40 a.m.
Rapid Cycle Evaluations for EdTech
Fatima Jibril Fatima Jibril, Senior Education Pioneer Fellow, US Department of Education
Alex Resch Alex Resch, PhD, Associate Director of Human Services Research, Mathematica Policy Research
This session introduces the EdTech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach, a web-based platform that school and district leaders can use to conduct rigorous, quick-turnaround evaluations. Participants will explore the RCE Coach and engage in conversation about ways to make schools and districts better users and producers of high-quality data.
10:40 - 11:50 a.m.
Technologies Revolutionizing Schools
Eric Sheninger Facilitator: Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Amy Brown Amy Brown, K-12 Education Strategist, CDW-G
Rafranz Davis Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin (Texas) Independent School District
Candice Dodson Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education, SETDA Board Member
What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are shaping the future of education in ways we can’t yet imagine. Hear why your district should embrace coding, robotics, virtual reality, biometrics, multi-touch screens, micro-credentials and game based learning — or risk getting left behind.
12 - 1 p.m.
The Future of Collaborative Leadership and Culture Change
Thomas C. Murray Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
When we analyze the U.S. education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1916 and 2016 show eerie similarities in many schools. As some schools are creating dynamic cultures of innovation, others still resemble those from the industrial era. Why this dichotomy? How are today’s innovators different and what qualities make their schools stand out? Future Ready Schools’ Thomas Murray will share key factors in how districts are creating cultures of innovation that empower both teachers and students. He’ll also detail best practices from a variety of leaders who have redesigned learning experiences for all students and are working to overcome obstacles against all odds, to demonstrate how your district can create cultures of innovation inside its schools.

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