Agnes Slayman currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Kershaw County School District in Camden, South Carolina.
Agnes has over 25 years of experience in public education and has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Agnes holds a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and has been the assistant superintendent for the past eight years with responsibilities for all facets of K-12 education including technology. Under her leadership, Kershaw County School District has for the past seven years implemented an extremely successful one-to-one laptop initiative called i-CAN. The i-CAN program has received state and national recognition. Agnes has had the opportunity to speak state-wide and nationally on the implementation, integration and impact that a one-to-one can have students and teachers in the classroom. Agnes has been published in several educational and technology magazines and she is the author of a national technology white paper. Additionally, CoSN selected i-CAN initiative as one of its case study programs. Agnes’ areas of expertise are: planning of technology projects, implementation strategies, programmatic evaluations and case studies.
Allison is the Program Manager for Scholarly Technologies at the University of Chicago where she supports faculty and students in the innovative educational use of technology.
Her passions are helping teachers select the appropriate technological tools to meet their pedagogical goals, training teachers to use new technologies, and designing instructional materials to solve problems. After earning her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, Allison worked as an Instructional Designer for a year at an ID firm before returning to the academic world. She certified as a middle school teacher while in graduate school, and worked extensively with teachers and students in low-income schools in Southern Illinois before she graduated. These experiences have given her a deep, well rounded, understanding of integrating technology in the academic setting.
Angela Astuto is the Director of Curriculum for Barat Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, where she assists teachers in a 1:1 tablet program.
In addition to her experience teaching high school English for thirteen years, Angela also teaches as an adjunct instructor for Webster University. Her courses include computer application courses in the undergraduate computer science program and educational technology courses in the M.A.T. program.
Ann holds a MS in Educational Media Design and Technology and spends most of her days focusing on integrating technology in independent schools from pre-K through 12th grades.
Having worked in independent schools since 1999, Ann has had the privilege of working with teachers who have passion and autonomy in their subject areas. Ann works hard to meet teachers and administrators where they are in their interest and abilities with regards to using technology. She relishes working with others in innovative ways and thrives on making connections between people, information, and understanding. Ann is a lifelong learner and looks for ways to expand her horizons. She recently facilitated an online graduate course in Boston University’s Public Health Program. Ann currently serves as the technology integrator for a 1:1 laptop program at Cardigan Mountain School, a boarding school for grade 6 – 9 boys. She has also served in a similar capacity at the Fay School in Massachusetts. While at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, Ann served as the Director of Technology advancing their LMS system as well as increasing infrastructure, primarily in the area of Internet connectivity. While the Technology Coordinator at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL, Ann increased computer usage among faculty and students by 200% as well as moved the school to a single database solution for admissions, student information, business office, and development. In her last three schools Ann has been instrumental in creating a technology plan for each school. Ann is a firm believer that teamwork is always the best approach when trying to implement change.
Bram Moreinis, our Drupal guru, has provided learning technology training and support to schools for 20 years as a teacher, administrator and consultant.
While serving as school-based projects coordinator for the Teachers College Institute for Learning Technologies under Director Robbie McClintock, Bram developed “Tech Scouts”, a service learning program, for Central Park East Secondary School, combining collaborative education and student ICT empowerment. In 2005, members of his fourth Tech Scouts iteration adopted a local town, for which they built a Linux Terminal Server Project community computer lab from donations and created a website. Inspired by this experience, they formed a Drupal development company called “Beyond the Box” and stayed with it through college. Bram has continued to develop websites with Drupal as intranet environments for schools and organizations, and consults with schools to build and support online teams for technology planning and blended learning project development.
Brett Clark has been in education since graduating with a bachelors degree in Math Education in 2002. He is currently the Director of Technology for Greater Clark County Schools.
Greater Clark County Schools has developed into a technology rich district under Brett’s leadership and recently deployed 8,000+ Google Chromebooks in grades 3-12. Brett taught math in middle school and high school for nine years before moving up into a professional development position. Brett also has a masters degree in education with a specialization in professional development. Over the past two years Brett has spoken at conference all over Indiana and beyond about technology integration, social media, innovative teaching models, and professional development. Brett and his wife Ruth have been married since May of 2000 and have three boys, Micah, Nathan, and Levi. You can learn more about Brett and his work in education by following him on Twitter (@mrbrettclark) or reading his blog (educationdreamer.com).
Brigitte is currently is a graduate teaching assistant in English Composition at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
After completing her one-year teaching fellowship, Brigitte Leschhorn began teaching as an upper school Spanish and English teacher during Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School’s transition to a 1:1 program. During her tenure there, she distinguished herself as a leader in implementing technology in the classroom, specifically focusing on increased interaction with the students on an individual basis as well as differentiation in instruction. As a team leader for ninth grade English, she coordinated technology projects and created a wiki as a resource for fellow teachers. She also dedicated a class section for one semester to train teachers and help them in implementing technology tools in their lessons.
She organizes one of the world’s most dynamic international projects, Rock Our World. Through ROW, students collaborate with others around the world to compose music, make movies, learn about core curriculum, and meet each other in face-to-face video conferences. www.rockourworld.org She has worked as Technology Integration Specialist, K-6 Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, as well as a regular educate teacher. She has collaborated with NASA, Apple, Discovery, Disney, Google and many celebrities (Will Smith, Stevie Wonder, and many more). She keynotes all over the world on topics such as Global Collaboration, Digital Storytelling, Bringing Back Music in the Classroom, Podcasting: The Sound of Learning, Going Hollywood: Movie Making in the Classroom, Technology for the Non-Techy Teacher, and Accessibility- Technology for the Best Learning Environment for ALL Students.
Carol Anne McGuire
Carol Anne McGuire began teaching in 1989 teaching blind and visually impaired students. These amazing students became award-winning national and international filmmakers (writing scripts in Braille, filming and editing their original films) and have advised the Departments of Education in Japan, Israel and Russia on education for special education
Charles Vergara is an educational technologist and consultant with 12 years of experience in independent, charter and public schools.
Currently, he is the Technology Coordinator at the Bank Street School for Children, where he manages all aspects technology planning, academic integration, teacher training, parent education and serves on the leadership team. Previously, Charles was a technology integrator at Fieldston and a primary school teacher at The School at Columbia. Charles work focuses on leveraging new technologies to advance progressive education. Charles holds a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a MA in Math Science, Technology and Communication from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Ed.M in Independent School Organization and Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College. Charles is a Google Certified Trainer with seven year of experience using Google Apps for Education and three years of Chromebook management. Both with Bank Street and as a consultant, Charles works extensively on teacher and administrator training and supporting parents in understanding the role of technology in their children’s lives.
Curt Lieneck is the Director of Information Technology at one of the nation’s leading independent schools.
During a career of more than 20 years in teaching and administration in public and private schools, Curt has acquired and applied significant expertise in curriculum development, strategic program planning, technology integration, professional development, and leading an enterprise-level IT organization. He is a pragmatic progressive whose working style is based on building quality relationships, facilitating effective communication among stakeholders, setting achievable goals, and devising practical strategies to meet them. He recently served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Task Force that created Principles of Good Practice in Technology for member schools. He has also conducted dozens of technology workshops and presented at several conferences. Curt was a contributing author to the Everyday Mathematics series and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Chicago.
Dar Bicha-Dale is the Laptop Coordinator for University Lake School. Dar is an expert in 1:1 program work flow logistics.
He has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s highest performing IBM/Lenovo self-maintainers. This has led to increased revenue and decreased cost with the University Lake School laptop program. Dar, and University Lake School have been recognized by Compaq, IBM, Lenovo and CDWG for excellence with their own program as well as for their outreach to others.
Adam Jasinski serves the teachers, students, and community of the Affton School District as its Solutions Architect.
This role allows Adam to provide excellent customer service and expertise in the area of network engineering, hardware and software repair, infrastructure maintenance and upkeep, and server management. In addition, Adam is the author of multiple online classes for Affton’s teacher learning academy and serves as a technical and instructional trainer throughout the district. Prior to his work in Affton, Adam built solutions for the Blytheville School District in Arkansas. Adam is a Google Certified Administrator, holds a B.S. in Technology, and is nearing completion of a M.S. Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology. In addition to this work, Adam served our nation in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Adam is supported by his wife and two children.
Denise Musselwhite feels uniquely privileged to provide leadership in the growth and development of technology programs in education. She has held the position of Director of Technology at Trinity Preparatory School, a premier independent school located in Winter Park, Florida since 2000.
Her passion and expertise lie in the strategic planning, project management, implementation leadership, and support of network infrastructures that sustain dynamic users, particularly in multi-platform networking environments. Denise’s viewpoint is an unbiased one; determined instead to point schools in the direction of best practices meeting their unique needs. She has a keen eye for organizational sustainability, workflow, and technology support analysis. Denise previously held positions in technology management, technical training, and as a consultant to the legal industry. Her advanced degree is in Management of Information Systems and holds technical certifications in GoogleApps for Education, Microsoft, and various other platforms. She is a passionate speaker on the topic of technology in education and consults with schools in the US and internationally. Denise has worked with schools in the deployment and implementation of workflow analysis, including paper to online processes and SIS integration, moving to the Cloud, one-to-one feasibility and implementation, and technology staffing leadership and management.
Dorothy Bialke is the principal of St. Raphael’s School in Crystal, Minnesota.
Under her transformational leadership the school now focuses on the 21st century skills through the integration of technology at all grade levels from Pre-K through Eight. Dorothy began her career as an Art teacher were she helped students understand the value of using their creativity to enhance their educational experience. Now she utilizes her creative ideas to build the leadership capacity of administrators and teachers. Her work revolves around helping educators understand and embrace the need for innovation in teaching and learning. Dorothy holds a BS in Art Education from Moorhead State University and a MS in Educational Administration from St. Cloud State University. She has spoken at both the national and state level on innovative leadership in the 21st century. Dorothy is currently the Communications Officer for the International Society for Technology in Education’s Special Interest Group for Administrators.
As an educational technologist at a K-12 independent school for the past nine years, Elyse has worked with faculty and students as a technology trainer and teacher.
In this role, Elyse was instrumental in the implementation and training of interactive whiteboards and iPads as well as the creation and management of course content on the school’s learning management system (Blackboard and later Schoology). Elyse is also a certified educator who is passionate about finding and creating content for teaching and learning. She has participated in various projects involving the curation and review of elementary iPad apps and web resources. Elyse’s interest in web-based content development has inspired her to expand her technical skillset to include web design and instructional design.
Hiram Cuevas has been at St. Christopher’s School for 22 years. During his tenure, he has served as a MS Science Teacher, the Director of Summer Programs, and is currently the Director of Academic Technology.
Hiram oversees the 1:1 BYO laptop program in grades 6-12, professional development, and the integration of technology into the curriculum. In the summer of 2013, Hiram’s tech team supported over 500 international delegates with their pedagogical and technological needs for the International Boys’ Schools Coalitionannual conference hosted at St. Christopher’s School.Hiram has presented on a wide variety of academic technology and school issues at VAIS, NAIS, the Learning Institute, and at several independent schools. He is a Google Certified Teacher, a member of WhippleHill’s advisory board, a fellow at Powerful Learning Practice, and contributor to EdSocialmedia’s blog. You can follow Hiram on Twitter@cuevash.
Janet Herdman is the principal of Herdman Consulting, working with K-12 school systems across the U.S. on strategic technology initiatives.
Recognized as a national expert in 1:1 computing planning, execution and assessment with 30 years experience, she was previously Executive Director of Technology for North Kansas City Schools in Kansas City, Missouri. During her tenure, the district twice served as national beta sites for installations of curriculum and assessment software. She is an expert in planning, executing and measuring district-wide professional development programs for technology integration as well as the planning, executing and measuring of technology initiatives meeting district initiatives such as improving student achievement, reducing operating costs, or improving operating efficiencies. She has served on several national K-12 advisory councils for hardware and software companies and has delivered presentations at MOREnet, NSBA T+L, ISTE, and CoSN. Ms. Herdman holds graduate and advanced degrees from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Jeffrey Hunt is an experienced technology practitioner in implementing technology in traditional classrooms as well as online classrooms.
He has served as the director of e-learning and director of instructional technology for a large midwestern school district. Jeff has led initiatives to design, deliver, and evaluate online courses as well as the implementation of learning technologies traditional classrooms. He has implemented learning management systems, library media systems, online gradebooks, and other district-wide systems. He has developed an online astronomy course online and routinely provides instructional design support to other teachers who are developing courses. Hunt is a regular blogger at jeffreylhunt.wordpress.com and under the user name jeff_hunt on Twitter. Jeff is a founding board member of the Illinois Chief Technology Officers. He participates in leadership opportunities in the Consortium for School Networking and serves on the Illinois Virtual School Advisory Board. Hunt holds a doctorate in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University, master’s degrees from North Central College and Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College.
Jeff is a Technology Learning Mentor for Anglophone West School District in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. After careers in engineering, media and land management,Jeff finally heeded his true calling to education just over ten years ago.
With initial experiences in multi-age and team-teaching learning environments, Jeff was tagged as the lead teacher in a new two-year, middle school 1:1 research project at Nashwaaksis Middle School in in 2005. His learning leadership now expends over 15 schools in his district, supporting teachers and students in shifting pedagogy through leveraging that space where digital media and the social web intersect with learning. He also teaches about learning and the web in the undergraduate education program at the University of New Brunswick and shares often at conferences, including the Lausanne Learning Institute, MAINEducation and LEARNEast.
Jim Flanagan is the retired Director of Technology for the Maine Township High School District outside of Chicago. Prior to that, he was Instructional Technology Coordinator at the Glenview School District.
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Jo Ann Mattson has taught students and mentored teachers in technology integration in all levels of education: elementary, junior high, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.
She is an Instructional Designer at Missouri State University. In this role, she consults with faculty and members of the instructional community to create online, blended and traditional courses that are engaging, interactive, and instructionally sound. She works with faculty to find the appropriate technology that promotes student learning and support student learning outcomes. She is also the Technology Consultant for the Archdiocese of St. Louis where she sends out monthly newsletters to all of the elementary schools and high schools in the Archdiocese. She works with principals, technology coordinators, and teachers integrate technology into the curriculum. Jo Ann is an instructor and online course designer Fontbonne University. She teaches a variety of courses in the Master of Science in Computer Education program. Jo Ann was the Technology Coordinator at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis from 2004-2010. Her responsibilities were both instructional and technical. She was responsible for day to day troubleshooting (approximately two hundred and fifty machines that consisted of desktops, laptops, netbooks, and thin clients), technology planning and prepared and managed the technology budget and purchases. She provided training to the faculty and staff in both software applications and technology integration within their curriculum. She created online professional development courses for faculty to learn how to teach in the 21st Century using technology.
Joe Morelock is the Director of Technology, Innovation, and Secondary Education for the Canby School District, serving approximately 5,000 K-12 students in Oregon.
Joe is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has developed and delivered mobile content and training on the use of the iPod and iPad across the United States and for Argentina’s Ministry of Education. Joe speaks to a variety of education, business, and government audiences in the areas of technology, leadership, and vision. He regularly consults with state departments of education, private foundations, and local school districts in the U.S. and Canada, and has presented to and worked with educators at conferences and events on three continents. Joe is currently implementing 1:1 iPad and iPod touch mobility programs for Canby students at multiple grade levels and authors both Canby’s iPod/iPad user group and innovation wiki
John Sowash is former classroom teacher (HS Science) and school administrator who challenges educators to lead their classrooms with creativity and inspiration. John inspires educators to use technology connect with and challenge students.
Schools around the world have invited John to come and share with them. You can connect with John via his blog (electriceducator.com) or Twitter (@jrsowash).
Jonathan Martin has fifteen years experience as a Head of School at three independent schools in California and Arizona, most recently as Head of St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson.
He has twice implemented and managed 1:1 laptop programs. Since 2008, he has been a educational blogger at www.21k12blog.net, which has been described as “one of the best” head of school blog; for the blog he has been nominated for an Edublog award and was featured as a leading practitioner in the book, Connecting and Communicating with Social Media, A Guide for Principals. In 2011, he was a contributor to the NAIS publication, A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future. Passionate about Project Based Learning, Assessment 2.0, and empowering our students to become Web 2.0 collaborators and creators, he has keynoted and or been a featured speaker at more than a dozen state, regional and national conferences. He holds degrees from Harvard University (BA, Government), and University of San Francisco (MA, Private School Administration).
Julene Reed is an educator and consultant with twenty–two years of experience as an administrator, integration specialist, and educator.
Julene is currently the Director of Academic Technology for St. George’s Independent School in Memphis, TN, where she implemented a 1:1 program in a dual platform environment twelve years ago. As an education and leadership advisor, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, Julene has led professional development sessions internationally through conference workshops, keynotes, webinars, distance learning, and consulting opportunities. Julene’s areas of expertise include global education, Google Apps for Education, mobile learning devices in education (i.e., iPads), digital media projects, challenge based learning, technology integration, 21st century skills for education, 1:1 computing, technology planning, interdisciplinary education, distance learning, web 2.0 tools, Common Core and mobile learning, and more. Julene’s consulting has included technology assessment and sustainability plans along with guidance for building technology vision and leadership. Julene is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Education STAR and Leadership Council member, Google Certified Teacher, and the International Chair of the Global Education Conference Advisory Board. Julene has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education.
Karen Douse is the Academic Dean for the Online School for Girls. OSG is both the first single-gender online school and the first independent online school in the world, and offers supplemental courses to girls around the world.
Karen was an original member of the OSG Board of Trustees, serving as both Vice President and President. For the twenty years before taking this position, Karen was the Director of Library and Information Services at The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, which serves girls in grades 5-12. Karen originated Harpeth Hall’s STEM for Girls Think Tank and directed their 1:1 program. Since receiving her BA from Michigan State University and her MLS from the University of Michigan, she has served as a classroom teacher, librarian, library/technology director, and now Academic Dean. Karen served on the National Association of Independent Schools Curriculum/Technology Task Force responsible for developing the Principles of Good Practice for Technology Use in Independent Schools. She also helped develop the NAIS Guidelines for Professional Practice for Librarians. A Senior Collaborator with EC since 2006, Karen’s expertise lies in girls and technology, online and blendedlearning, the role of the school library and librarian, and strategic planning for the use of laptops and tablets in the classroom.
Karen Montgomery joined Educational Collaborators (EC) in 2009 and is currently the Education Engagement Manager.
Her background includes professional experience as a middle school science and math teacher, program coordinator for the Adventures In Medicine & Science (AIMS) program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and as an education advocate for AT&T. Throughout her career, Karen has assisted many educators with understanding the issues and trends in education by way of conference presentations, quality community outreach programs, content-based staff instruction, customized professional development workshops and H.323 videoconferencing projects. She possesses a strong understanding of social media and Web 2.0 applications such as blogging, wikis, podcasting, mobile learning, photo sharing and social networking as it relates to education in today’s classrooms. Karen’s role at EC is to assist schools and districts with developing engagements in the areas of strategic planning, technology integration and professional development. Follow her on Twitter @klmontgomery.
Keith Schaeper is the Educational Technology Director at Seton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
With over 14 years of experience in a 1:1 environment, Keith has extensive knowledge of planning and implementing all aspects of a 1:1 program including the management of technical operations, support needs and providing technology integration training. In 6 years, as the Educational Technology Director, Keith has successfully planned and implemented the 1:1 program at Seton High School. He also led the conversion to a new Student information System which resulted in all databases across the school having consistent and current data. Prior to joining Seton in 2006, Keith managed the technical operations for Moeller High School, an early 1:1 adopter. Keith cofounded the Greater Cincinnati Non-Public Consortium (GCNPC), served on the Catholic Inner City Schools Education (CISE) Technology Committee, was a member of the DePaul Cristo Rey High School Master Planning committee, consults for Educational Collaborators, and consults for several small businesses in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kevin Brookhouser, M.Ed. teaches digital citizenship and humanities at York School in Monterey.
He is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainer, and National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. Kevin provides relevant, hands-on training in educational technology to teachers and administrators with a focus on transforming the classroom to be more student-centered, collaborative, and project oriented. He believes that teachers can enable students to meet learning goals by becoming real-world problem solvers and content creators rather than mere consumers of curricula. He is also the founder of grmr.me, an interactive website designed to help writing teachers and students tackle the most common writing errors through flipped instruction, interactive quizzes and badges.
Leigh Ann Taylor Knight
Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knightis a resourceful, innovative professional with over 20 years of experience in teaching and learning, strategic planning, and collaborative leadership.
Currently serving as Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, Leigh Anne facilitates the collaborative efforts of 32 public school districts, more than 20 charter schools, private/parochial schools, four research universities, local community colleges and other universities, foundations, civic leaders, businesses, and two states’ departments of education to develop research efforts that will positively influence P20 education in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Having served as a teacher, building administrator, district curriculum director and an assistant superintendent, she brings experience working in three reputable school districts all of which encountered growth in enrollment, additions of new facilities, and changing student demographics during her time in each. She has been recognized for exceptional skills in advancing technology efforts and engaging businesses, parents and other community partners in modern education initiatives.As a results-oriented initiator, she has proven comprehensive organizational and planning capabilities translating complex objectives into successful strategies and results. Dr. Knight holds graduate and advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Kansas.
LindyHockenbary is the owner and technology integration coach at InTECHgrated Professional Development, LLC. Lindy began her career as a 7-12 business and family and consumer sciences (FCS) teacher.
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Liz Davis’s professional life has encompassed many facets of education.
For the last 12 years she has worked in schools, K-12, helping teachers and administrators to rethink their curriculum and integrate 21st century skills and technology into their teaching. Liz has facilitated 1-to-1 pilots using iPads and Chromebooks and has also assisted in training faculty to transition to the Google Apps for Education suite. Liz has been involved with the National Association of Independent Schools for the last few years. She was selected to be an NAIS Teacher of the Future and is also an invited member of the NAIS Technology Task Force. Liz regularly speaks at conferences across the country and around the world. She is a founding organizer of both EdcampBoston and EdcampIS, two learner-centered unconferences that bring together hundreds of educators to talk about teaching and learning. Liz blogs at The Power of Educational Technology, www.edtechpower.blogspot.com and over 11,000 educators from all over the world follow her, @lizbdavis, on Twitter.
Loui Lord Nelson
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., began her education career in special education in 1991. In 2002, she completed her doctoral work at The Beach Center on Families at the University of Kansas in Lawrence with Ann and Rud Turnbull.
From there, her work expanded to include project management, assessment, and development in the post-secondary area supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. Contracts included disability advocacy organizations, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, service organizations for individuals with disabilities, and the Indiana Chapter of the Autism Society of America. She moved back into education as a full time consultant from 2008 – 2012 as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. Most recently, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship with CAST (previously the Center for Applied Special Technology), the creators of UDL. Her book titled Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching using Universal Design for Learning was published by Paul H. Brookes and came out on November 3, 2013 as a print and eBook.
Lucy is an educational consultant, working with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives.
These projects include directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning project and developing content for Cisco’s GETIdeas.org. She often speaks at conferences and leads professional development efforts in public, private, and international schools and universities. Prior to her current work, Lucy began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, andserved in various capacities related to educational technology and computer science at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. Lucy’s areas of interest are varied and include educational innovation, mobile learning, social media, project-based learning, search literacy, and global education. In 2007, Lucy founded theGlobal Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into theGlobal Education Conference. Lucy has also been awarded the Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator distinctions. For further information, visit her web site at http://www.lucygrayconsulting.com.
Margit Lanze works as Lower School Technology Catalyst at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.
In this role, she guides teachers in the integration of instructional technology, conducts professional development, delivers help desk services for teachers, students, and staff, and helps maintain the Google admin console. In her previous position, Margit taught German and served as instructional technology facilitator and department chair at Cary Academy. As passionate user of 21st century emerging technologies in her own classroom, she actively shared her expertise and enthusiasm as member of the Instructional Technology Team at her school. Seizing the opportunity to free her classes from the confines of stale textbook content, she created her own curriculum and electronic teaching resources. Margit has designed and facilitated technology integration workshops and has presented at local, regional, and virtual conferences. She holds a Master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. in German from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in French Education from the University of West Florida. Margit’s twenty years of experience in education includes elementary, middle, and high school assignments at both public and private institutions.
Mary Beth Hertz
Mary Beth Hertz is a K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA and holds an MS as an Instructional Technology Specialist.
She was named one of ISTE’s Emerging Leaders in 2010 and has presented at ISTE twice. She has also presented at a number of other conferences on various topics related to technology and education and is a Tech Integration blogger for Edutopia. Mary Beth is one of the founders of the Edcamp Foundation, and was one of the co-organizers of the original Edcamp Philly. She is passionate about building professional development plans with teachers and providing teachers the opportunity to guide their own learning. Her role in schools has ranged from K-6 Science Teacher and Science Fair Coordinator to Technology Teacher and Technology Teacher Leader. She co-wrote a fully funded E-Rate grant as well as a fully funded ETTT grant in 2011 and she authored the Acceptable Use Policy for her school. Mary Beth also supports teachers with integrating technology into the classroom. She strongly believes that learning comes first and that technology should serve teaching and learning and not direct it.
Dr. Matt Harris is the Head of Learning Resources at the German European School Singapore. At GESS, Dr. Harris is responsible for creating coherent policy and strategy for the school’s tri curriculum program – preschool education, International Baccalaureate, and German public curriculum – while accounting for the needs of an expanding school population of 1500+ students situated across two campuses.
Currently, Dr. Harris is working with regional educators and senior officials at the IBO to expand the school’s Global School program, which uses asynchronous learning through online instruction and real time video conferencing to provide Diploma level A1 language curriculum for students across Asia. Dr. Harris came to Singapore after working at two one-to-one laptop program schools in the United States. At each of these schools, he served as the Director of Technology and technology teacher, managing both the school Informational Technology systems and their educational technology programs. He wrote a comprehensive PK-8 technology curriculum and a 10 week induction course for teachers that focused on pedagogy and best practices for integrating ICT in a 1:1 laptop environment.
Melissa Scott is the Chair of the Technology Integration Department at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.
As the Chair of Technology Integration, Melissa collaborates closely with teachers and instructional coaches to provide authentic and innovative learning opportunities for students in grades JK thru 12. Melissa is instrumental in providing on-going professional development for faculty, and has also presented at the local, state, and national level. A recipient of the Brynes Grant, Melissa traveled to Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland, the first 1:1 iPad school in the world. While there, she saw first had how teaching and learning were being transformed in a meaningful way. Melissa is a world traveler and has visited 6 of the 7 continents! In addition to her work in education she has organized EdCampIS-VA as well as, TEDxYouth@FHS.
Dr. Nick Sauers is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kentucky. He works with school leaders across the state of Kentucky who are enrolled in the Universities Next Generation Leadership Academy.
As an Associate Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), Nick is also actively involved with research and training for school leaders across the country in an effort to leverage technology as a tool for change. Prior to assuming his current position, Nick was a principal, teacher, and coach in public schools in Iowa. Nick blogs at 1to1schools.net.
Pamela Livingston has spent the past eighteen years supporting technology in schools.
The author of “1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work”, Pamela wrote the book by spending over a year interviewing laptop leaders around the U.S., synthesizing research and studies on 1-to-1, and documenting her experience running The Peck School’s laptop program. Previously, Pamela managed large scale computer network projects at corporations and law firms, and was a project leader and editor for two Ziff Davis computer magazines. She holds a B.S. in computer systems and an M.S. in education technology. A frequent presenter and keynote at national conferences such as NECC, Lausanne’s Laptop Institute, and South Dakota’s Laptop Conference, she also develops workshops, and provides advice for U.S. and international schools and districts. Pamela is senior product manager at an eLearning company in Pennsylvania. and is also an adjunct professor teaching distance learning courses she designed at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
Peter Richardson is the Director of Information Systems at the Rutgers Preparatory School, a prestigious independent school in NJ.
After 20 years in College Admissions and counseling, Peter assumed the role of Technology Director at RPS in 1999 and added the Library and Media Center to his areas of responsibility in 2010. Peter is a nationally recognized expert on the content management system, MOODLE, and has led numerous workshops at NAIS and at the Lausanne Laptop Institute. He has extensive experience assisting schools with their implementations. He is also an experienced Filemaker Pro Developer, having designed and written numerous databases, most notably the SIS for Rutgers Preparatory School.
Randy Orwin is the Administrator of Online Learning at University of Washington and the former Director of Technology with Bainbridge Island School District in Washington State.
He has a broad background in the K12 educational arena having been a tech director for ten years and a classroom teacher for fourteen years. He taught high school music, biology, ecology, math, computer networking and library media. Randy is passionate about teaching and learning, especially when it comes to the use of technology. He has over 20 years of experience working with teachers on technology integration and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. He is a strong advocate for Open Source software in the K12 environment and has taught Open Source workshops throughout the United States. He was recently nominated by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and received a “T.H.E. Journal” technology innovator award because of his creative use of Open Source software in his school district. One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s not about the technology, it is all about powerful teaching and learning!”
Rita Oates, PhD, was edtech director of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school district.
There she initiated programs to involve more female and minority students with technology, a computer take-home program, summer computer camps for elementary students, use of technology in ESOL, and other innovations using technology in teaching and learning across the curriculum and with administrators. While in Miami-Dade, she won federal and state grants exceeding $10 million. Her work was recognized with multiple national awards. She was chair of the graduate program in computer education and technology at Barry University in south Florida and has keynoted or been a spotlight speaker at many state, regional and national conferences, including FETC and ISTE. She has written 13 books and more than 100 articles about technology in education and is currently working on a book with her husband about emerging digital issues in K-20 education, to be published in fall 2015. She has evaluated edtech teacher training programs in Florida and New York for the federal PT3 program. For nine years she was a platform speaker for Microsoft, speaking to parents, teachers, and user groups. While VP of education at ePals, the world’s largest online community of K-12 students in 200 countries, she helped teachers around the globe succeed in project-based learning that included collaboration, creation and communication across many time zones and cultures.
Robin Peralta is the Laptop Program Director at Episcopal High School, a 9-12 boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia.
Robin has been at EHS since 1991 (the year the school went co-ed), and has managed their 1:1 laptop program since April 1998. She’s seen many changes in the program over the years and is looking forward to what the future in technology holds. In addition to managing the laptop program, Robin teaches an intensive 5-week new student orientation laptop training class at the beginning of each school year, with an emphasis on Digital Citizenship, laptop security/care and feeding and various software applications which can be used in other classes. She works very closely with her L.A.T.E.R. (Laptop and Tablet Emergency Repair) students. In 2007, she and her students wrote, produced, directed, videoed and edited a training video which was a parody of the popular TV show “Without a Trace”, called “Without a Laptop” (both parts of the movie can be found on YouTube), along with several amusing “laptop vacation” videos. Robin is currently pursing a degree in Integrating Technology in Schools, with an emphasis on K-12 schools, as a graduate student in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Robin has also been a frequent presenter at Lenovo’s ThinkTank and Lausanne’s Laptop Institute.
Sam is currently the Head of School at Hampstead Academy, a PreK-8 school with 200 students, in southeastern New Hampshire.
Before arriving at Cape Cod Academy, Sam was the Director of Technology at Lake Forest Country Day School. As the Director of Technology at LFCDS, Sam was responsible for creating the Technology Plan and for supervising all facets of technology at the school. He worked with colleagues as well as the Technology Curriculum Coordinator, the IT Manager and the Technology Committee to plan for the technology needs of students, faculty, staff and parents at LFCDS. In addition to being the Director of Technology, he spent time as the Upper School Head (Grades 5-9), Secondary School Counselor, and as a math, history and physical education teacher, coach, advisor and fifth grade homeroom teacher.
Dr. Shabbi Luthra has worked for over two decades in various roles in the field of Educational Technology in American overseas schools.
She is in her sixth year as the Director of Technology at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. The school is a leader in technology integration and the use of innovative technologies to enhance and enrich student learning. It hosts a biennial 1-to-1 learning conference called ASB Un-Plugged as a forum to share practices and experiences amongst international schools that are interested in or have launched 1-to-1 learning programs. One of Shabbi’s graduate degrees is an M.Ed (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of Houston. She also holds an Ed.D from Boston University in the area of Educational Media and Technology. Shabbi enjoys envisioning, deploying, and providing guidance in the areas of technology integration programs, laptop/ tablet integration, staff development, building technology leadership at all levels of an international school, and planning and managing change and transitions in these schools. Managing transitions in international schools is critical for the integration of technology to be seamless and effective, and to truly support students’ learning. She presents workshops and seminars at conferences around the world and provides consultative advice to schools on technology planning, tech integration, and implementing 1-to-1 programs. She also teaches a graduate course on technology integration at Boston University. Shabbi’s blog Paradigm Shift (http://paradigmshift21.edublogs.org/), shares reflections on schools and teaching and learning in the 21st century. Shabbi is the winner of the AALF-CRSTE Leadership & Vision Award, an international recognition of leaders in the field of education who have implemented programs that promote the effective infusion of technology into instruction that reflects the skills, knowledge and experience that are essential for success in the 21st century global economy.
In his nineteenth year at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, Stewart Crais serves as the school’s director of operations, overseeing all aspects of the physical campus including technology infrastructure and planning, construction projects, buildings and grounds, summer and after school programs, dining services, conference and facility rentals, long range planning, and renewal / replacement budgeting.
A graduate of Rhodes College, Crais also is director of the Lausanne Summer Institute, an international conference for K-12 schools studying ways to further engage students and learning using digital devices and non-traditional best practices, and past President of the Memphis Area Independent School – Technology Education Consortium. In addition to online publication contributions and articles in print media, Crais is the coauthor of “Technology Usage and Administration at the Independent School: Balancing Control and Autonomy” in Looking Ahead: Independent School Issues and Answers published by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Toby McQuerrey is the Social Studies Curriculum Director at Parkway School District and the former Social Studies Department Chair at Jennings High School, located in metropolitan St. Louis, MO.
Toby’s skills at developing inquiry based curricula and appropriate integration of technological tools into education have been tapped by many schools as well as IBM Global Services. Toby has a M.A. in Education specializing in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri. He has spoken at many conferences and has served as a key consultant in a group hired to start a new cutting-edge high school currently being built.
Vinnie is the Director of Technology at The Kinkaid School, a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade school in Houston, Texas .
Vinnie has been recognized as a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Certified Trainer. He has been invited as a spotlight speaker at both regional and national conferences, and co-hosts a bi-weekly webcast that focuses on the intersection of technology and education
Whitney Miller has been active in the world of technology education for sixteen years. Currently, she is the Technology Director at Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee.
She is the vision of Hutchison’s One-to-One Laptop Program. A former elementary classroom teacher and technology integrationist, Whitney has specialized in laptop integration, staff development and internet safety since 2000. Her passion and expertise are in helping students, faculty and administrators make the best use of technology both in and out of the classroom. She launched Hutchison’s One-to-One program in 2005. She has created a plan for purchasing and distribution of laptops/tablets for faculty and students in grades PK- 12 for 3 different cycles. She has taught students and mentored teachers in technology integration in Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. She has helped several schools design their technology and One-to-One programs. Whitney has been providing internet safety talks for schools, churches and civic organizations for several years.
William Stites is the Director of Technology for The Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ.
He has been at MKA since 1994 and has taught Third Grade and as well working in the Technology Department the entire time, serving as Director since 1999. William also servers as Blogger in Chief of edSocialMedia (http://www.edsocialmedia.com). In addition to these roles he has also served as an advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computer Cooperative (http://www.njecc.org) since 2001 and has been a presenter at a variety of conferences including TechLearning’s TechForum and the NAIS conference(s) over the years. He (along w/Karen Newman) has also won the Leading Edge Award for Technology in 2004 for MKA’s online faculty development program.
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools and districts implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning.
A former library media specialist and district level technology specialist, she currently serves as the district lead for Technology Integration in Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC. Donna has led the successful deployment and implementation of a large scale 1:1 student computing initiative and is currently leading an innovation incubator which is providing district teams with the training and resources that they need to see their ideas become a reality. She is equally passionate about digital equity and personalized learning. Donna is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Education Trainer. She received the 2014 Power to the People DILA Award from EdSurge and Digital Promise as well as the 2014 Columbia Chamber Palmetto Pillar Award for Leadership. She also serves on several advisory boards and conference planning committees. Her blog posts are featured each month in K12 Blueprint. She presents frequently at state and national conferences on design thinking and innovation, digital content, designing space for learning, innovative educational uses of technology including Google Apps and tools, digital leadership and 1:1 deployment.
Kris is a technologist, educator, and storyteller. He has a diverse background ranging from software engineering to classroom teaching, from animation to instructional technology.
Kris holds an MS in computer science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his research focused on reinforcement learning and computer vision. After a stint in industry as an R&D software engineer, he followed his heart to the field of education and to Berkshire School, where he designed the computer science curriculum and spearheaded a school wide technology proficiency program. During his career in education, Kris has taught math and computer science at both independent and public schools, designed and implemented training modules for Fortune 500 companies, and led a classical, hand-drawn animation class for students ages 11-14. He is a Finalsite expert and loves helping schools extract the most from the Finalsite Platform and adapting it to their specific needs and goals.
Alex Inman is one of our founding collaborators. Alex launched one of the earliest laptop programs in the country at University Lake School in Hartland, WI.
He has helped many schools design and refine their own laptop and tablet programs and in 2003 launched a laptop program with Linux and Open Source technology at Whitfield School in St. Louis, MO. His work has earned Whitfield School a place in IBM’s Top Innovators Program. Whitfield School was also named a 2006 ComputerWorld Laureate for their innovative laptop program which was designed to claim the same benefits as traditional programs but for a significantly lower cost. In 2011, Alex began as the Director of Information Services at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC where he oversees all IT, Academic Technology and Library operations. Alex has spoken at many international, national, and regional conferences and has facilitated workshops on general technology planning, laptop program planning, professional development and open source technologies. In 2012, The National School Board Association named Alex one of the “20 to Watch” on their annual list of national education leaders.
Andrew J. Katz is the Associate Head of School for Academics at the Swain School, a PS3-8 co-ed independent school in Allentown, PA. At Swain, he oversees the curriculum, faculty evaluation and professional development, student life issues, and parent communication and coordination.
Prior to moving to Allentown, Andrew was the Director of Information Services at the Roxbury Latin School, a 7-12 all-boys independent school in West Roxbury, MA. At Roxbury Latin, he oversaw all aspects of the information services program, including developing and maintaining the IT infrastructure, spearheading curricular projects, and supervising the rapid changes occurring in the Library. Recent projects have included introducing a new 1:1 iPad program in the 8th grade, the transition of RL’s student information system from Filemaker to Blackbaud, and the deployment of a new learning management system, Haiku. Andrew has extensive experience with Blackbaud in particular, including database deployment, management, and maintenance. Before RL, Andrew worked at Poly Prep CDS in Brooklyn, NY, where in addition to serving as Director of Technology, he supervised the work of the Academic Program Office and Registrar, including academic scheduling, grade reporting, transcript production, and course registration.
Ann McMullan served as the Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas until September 2013 when she moved to Los Angeles, California.
For 16 years Ann led the team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators. Klein has successfully implemented technology programs which incorporate a wide variety of technology-based learning tools to maximize teaching and learning in all grades and subject areas at 40 schools. Six campuses, including all four of the district’s high schools, have 1:1 Tablet PC computing programs. The total number of students in Klein ISD who attend school every day in a one-to-one learning environment now exceeds 15,000. Both Klein ISD and Ann McMullan have received multiple honors for educational technology leadership and innovation. Ann served as the co-chair of the Texas Educational Technology Advisory Committee which produced the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. Today Ann is based in Los Angeles, California working as a public speaker, writer, and private consultant focused on supporting leadership, professional development and curriculum for educational technology. She is a frequent presenter at state and national education conferences. Ann serves on the local board of CFY Los Angeles.
Brad Rathgeber is the Director of Technology at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, and one of the founders of the Online School for Girls (OSG), the first single-gender online school.
Brad helped to develop the curriculum and course standards, business plan, and structure of OSG, and has served as the President of the Board for OSG since its founding. At Holton-Arms, Brad has held a number of roles: teacher, coach, Director of Academic Technology, and Interim Director of Lower School. As Director of Technology, he leads a successful 1:1 laptop program that is over nine years strong. He has also led the school through website changes, database transitions, moves to a virtual server infrastructure, and expanded uses of outsourcing. Brad is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he was a Morehead Scholar), and holds a graduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Bree is the Upper School Instructional Coach at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. She coaches teachers in creating 21st century classrooms, including purposeful, integrated technology, productive student collaboration, clear and creative expression of ideas, and choice for students in terms of what they learn and how they learn it.
She also spearheads school-wide development programs, running assessment workshops and discussion groups and managing Flint Hill’s collaborative school blog. In the fall of 2012, she will begin work on Flint Hill’s 21st century skills programming and their new K-12 STEM curriculum. STEM education is of particular interest to Bree, as she began her career teaching math and science. She has taught an entirely project-based middle school math curriculum, as well as upper school math, physics, and psychology. She was a part of the first Computer-Based Math Education Summit in London, and as a recipient of the Byrnes Grant, traveled to Singapore for extensive study of their national math program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is completing her master’s in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University, focusing on strategic planning, learning in organizations, and change management. In addition to her work in education, Bree has done research in decision-making at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as interpersonal communication at eHarmony, Inc. Her background in psychology informs her understanding of and recommendations for how schools can thrive as they undergo change.
Brian Engle is an energized, enthusiastic, well respected educator who has been working in education for the past 17 years.With experiences in both special education and mainstream classrooms, as well as, district leadership in technology, curriculum, assessment and instruction, Brian brings a well rounded background to all new opportunities.
In his current role as Executive Director of Educational Technology, Brian has successful transitioned his district through several major education and technology initiatives. In their 1st full year as a 1:1 district, after a two year phase in, Brian and his team have collaboratively supported teachers, administrators, parents, and most importantly students. At the heart of their work has been a focus on instructional practices and the 1:1 as a supportive resource. Through his enthusiasm and creativity, Brian looks to energize and motivate those around him, always with student learning as the focus. Throughout his tenure in education, Brian has been recognized for his leadership, strategic development, and collaborative presence within each of his educational opportunities. Brian holds a graduate degree in Curriculum, Technology, Education, Reform from the University of Illinois, with a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from National Louis, and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Education.
Cathy is a certified teacher in a large school district in Illinois, and has been teaching for more than 10 years.She has experience teaching Middle School Science, Language Arts, History, Math, Literature and Technology.
She holds a Masters degree in Education from National-Louis University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Cathy also is a SMART Certified Trainer and SMART Certified Lesson Developer for the interactive whiteboard. She loves working with teachers to bring about the seamless integration of interactive whiteboard technology into the classroom.
Connie White has served as the Director of Technology and Media at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia for the past 12 years and is the visionary of the academy’s highly respected 1 to 1 program.
A former high school Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher, Connie has specialized in start-up technology initiatives, strategic planning, laptop integration, brain-based strategies, staff development, and digital literacy since 1995. She has conducted hundreds of workshops & seminars throughout the country and internationally. She recently completed a 3 year team as the President of AATE which is an ISTE Affiliate and serves on the PSC (Professional Standards Commission) in the area of Instructional Technology for the state of Georgia. She is a Google Certified Teacher, a Paul Harris Fellow and serves on the Webroot Advisory board. Connie has also published numerous articles, lesson plans, integration guides and software training manuals.
Dan Hudkins is a Senior Collaborator with the Educational Collaborators group, he is also in his 10th year at The Harker School in San Jose, CA where he serves as Director of Instructional Technology, Director of Information Technology Service and Support, teacher of Moral Philosophy, Advisor to the Class of 2015, Teacher/Adviser of the Junior Statesman club and Assistant Varsity Softball Coach.
He is a two time keynoter of the Lausanne Laptop Institute as well as a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences on subjects from “Why Operating Systems Don’t Matter” to “Why Do We Do What We Do?” His professional life has included a broad range of prior experiences including National Reseller Manager for an industrial computer company, English teacher, Assistant Director of the State of Maine Poison Control Center and Psychiatric Aide on the geriatrics ward of a mental hospital. Since 1995, he has been active in instructional technology and learning. He served for seven years as the District Technology Coordinator of the Sunapee, NH School District where he was recognized as the Technology Innovator of the year for the state of New Hampshire.
Darryl Loy brings over twenty five years of experience in various business management and information technology roles in major for-profit corporations and in the educational, non-profit business sector as well.
Serving in the positions of Accounting Manager to Corporate Controller for multi-million dollar manufacturing companies, Darryl has managed various information technology functions including day- to-day operations as well as major system implementations and migrations. Additionally, he gained vast experience in the design and implementations of both terrestrial and wireless digital networks while employed at both MCI Telecommunications and Clearwire Technologies, Inc. As Associate Head of School for Operations for Fort Worth Academy, Darryl manages the IT function and has led in the development of FWA’s 1:1 Laptop Initiative and in the integration of technology curriculum at all grade levels. Darryl holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Texas Tech University, is a frequent presenter at conferences such as The Lausanne Learning Institute and he is a contributing writer for Microsoft’s Partners In Learning Network.
Demetri currently serves as Director of Technology for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously at Battleground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, and Norwood School outside Washington DC where he oversaw 1-to-1 tablet PC initiatives.
However, he is perhaps best known for his leadership with digital collaboration tools in the creation of the School Computing Wiki and the Independent School Educators Networking site. Demetri formerly chaired the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) task force on 21st century curriculum and technology which developed the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Technology and Critical Questions for Online Learning. He has a B.A. in Studio Art from Hamilton College, a B.S. in Elementary Education from Fitchburg State College, and an M.S. in Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University where he has taught graduate courses.
Donna Lenaghan’s passion and competencies combine to create environments for individuals and institutions to learn and achieve.
Throughout her career, she successfully led technology, professional development, team building, and strategic planning initiatives for dozens of educational, non-profit, profit and governmental organizations. In the 21st Century, she has answered the call “Take us to the next level with technology” and helped over twenty schools and universities with comprehensive technology start-ups or re-engineering projects, help desk transformations, and curricula and professional development initiatives for technology integration. With a doctorate in Adult Education; masters in Management, Human Resource Development, and Educational Technology; and numerous technical certifications, she works collaboratively with clients to adapt educational, business and technical best practices to each unique learning environment. Dr. Lenaghan has presented workshops on brain-based learning, professional development design, educational technology, and information technology at the universities in China, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. She has authored numerous articles for professional print and e-based publications, as well as produced videos, podcasts, CBI, and other educational materials. She enables clients to connect the dots and build pathways for sustainable success in a national economy and global society.
Elizabeth Helfant is the Upper School Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students.
After receiving a B.S. in Chemistry from Davidson College in North Carolina, Helfant started teaching. She has been a teacher for twenty years, nine of which has been spent as a faculty member at MICDS. Helfant played an integral role in planning and executing MICDS’s 1:1 program. She is currently aiding in the deployment of tablets for grades 7, 9 and 10 for the 2008-09 school year. As a strong advocate for technology, Helfant frequentlyblogs and participates in conferences pertaining to digital learning. Helfant has done presentations at the International Conference on Education, Midwest Education Technology Conference and Lausanne’s Laptop Institute and National Education Computing Conference. Helfant also serves on the DyKnow advisory board.
Emily Craft is the former Director of Technology at Randolph School, an independent co-educational day school of 900 students in Huntsville, Alabama.
From 1998 until 2010, she worked with Randolph’s laptop initiative, as the Staff Development Coordinator and the Director of Technology. She supervised all aspects of technology at Randolph and served as the database administrator for the Blackbaud suite of products. She has been a presenter at conferences in the US and Canada on the topics of laptop programs, technology integration, and strategic planning. She co-authored “Connected Without Wires” forIBM at School. Emily holds a BA in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.
Hoover Chan, in addition to being a member of Educational Collaborators, works at Schools of the Sacred Heart (San Francisco, CA) where he is their network systems administrator.
Hoover has a broad range of in-depth experience in a variety of areas ranging from research science (visual systems neuroscience) through education in the classroom at the university and high school grade levels all the way to information technology management and infrastructure planning and development. He is experienced with the design and planning of technology infrastructures for new construction and building renovations to support cutting edge learning and teaching. Hoover is a graduate of Reed College and has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jason Ramsden is presently the CTO for Ravenscroft School, a PreK-12 independent school in Raleigh, NC.
Jason has been involved in educational technology since 1997 and has been involved in independent school education since 1991 having worked at Xavier High School (NY), Trinity-Pawling School (NY), Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT), and The Hill Center (NC). Presently, Jason is a member of NAIS’ 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force and a member of the Consortium of School Networking’s CTO Advisory Council. A regular presenter for NCAIS, NAIS, and CASE-NAIS, Jason was awarded a Faculty Star award for his 2010 CASE-NAIS presentation “The Integrated Website Solution: Partner, Position, and Price.” Jason holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola College. Jason’s current interests include 21st century school leadership and change management, social media in schools, and virtual education.
Jeff Ritter is the Director of Technology at St. John’s School in Houston, TX.
St. John’s is a nationally acclaimed independent school with 1220 coed students in grades K-12. Over the past 6 years, St. John’s has gone from “Good to Great” in technology by focusing on technology integration, the needs of the teacher and their classroom, cutting costs, and continuing to investigate new technologies and their place in the classroom. The Integration Institute at St. John’s is a pioneering endeavor to encourage teachers to use technology in their curriculum. In addition to his outstanding leadership at St. John’s, Jeff has served on the education advisory boards of IBM, WhippleHill and Promethean. Jeff also was a pioneering leader in wireless laptop programs, launching one of the first completely wireless 1:1 programs at Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama. Jeff has spoken at many international, national, regional, and local conferences and works with schools on technology integration, setting up a laptop program, best technology practices, and using the web as your primary communications tool.
Jim Chiavacci served as the Director of the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology program at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development where he designed and taught many of the courses in the IT program.
He also worked with the Special Education department where he designed and taught Adaptive Technology courses. Jim was chosen as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2000 and is known for his personable and witty classroom teaching style. While in Maine, he was actively involved in the PD program planning, implementation, and PD delivery for the Maine Laptop initiative. He was the Manager of Professional Development for PolyVision Inc. where he played a role in developing interactive whiteboard integration strategies for the classroom. Jim is currently involved in higher education activities as the program coordinator for the classroom technology and Instructional technology masters’ programs at Wilkes University. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Colorado-Denver. He has presented at many international, national and local educational conferences and is always ready to work with schools on their technology integration needs.
Jim Gerry is the former Chief Information Officer and current Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).
Though Jim was responsible for the creation and implementation of their highly successful 1:1 tablet initiative, his true strengths are his strategic vision and keen eye for identifying the details to achieve overall programmatic success. As part of his work with IMSA, Jim’s expertise is frequently tapped by companies and government entities as a leader in the use of technology to create leaders for tomorrow.
Joe is the webmaster at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, one of the world’s most respected independent schools.
Over the past six years, Joe led the school’s move into the online world. He’s organized teams which overhauled the website, moved most communications from paper to electronic, and rolled out Google Apps to faculty and students. He’s been using Google products since Gmail was invite-only and champions the educational possibilities that Google Apps offer. He was at the Google I/O presentation when Chromebooks were announced and has been an adamant Chromebook user since. Before diving fully into academic technologies, Joe earned a PhD in philosophy. Studying and teaching philosophy have made Joe adept at quickly understanding unique technological systems and coordinating the rollouts of complex solutions.
John Case is the Technology Coordinator for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio Hi-Point serves 1200+ students from 15 neighboring partner schools and focuses on preparing these students for the world of work or college.
John has managed the technology infrastructure since October 2000, and chairs Ohio Hi-Point’s Technology Committee. He pioneered 1 to 1 laptop programs in Ohio public schools. John has managed the school’s 1 to 1 laptop program since 2005 which includes 600 students on the Bellefontaine campus, and hundreds of additional students at satellite locations. John’s work earned him an invitation to speak on a panel with other Ohio technology coordinators to announce eTech Ohio’s new Mobile Learning Toolkit at the 2013 Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC). He was also asked to participate in a conference kickoff Google+ hangout entitled “Technology in the Classroom.” He has written several articles for EdTech Magazine including a reference guide entitled “Anytime, Anywhere Computing Guide for K-12 Education.” Case maintains the www.schooltechtools.com website which blogs about Case’s experiences with 1 to 1 computing.
John Stiver recently retired as the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Kershaw County School District in Camden, South Carolina.
John has thirty-seven years of public education experience in North and South Carolina as a teacher, middle and high school principal, and secondary director. As a high school principal and district administrator, he is known for his knowledge and experience in curriculum, career education, and the use of technology. John coordinated Kershaw County’s i-CAN one-to-one laptop project as well as organized and implemented the deployment of laptops to all students in grades 9-12. He has presented at nationally recognized conferences about the integration of technology with instruction. An honest portrayal of the one-to-one laptop project is an integral portion of the presentations.
Joyce Chiavacci is a former classroom teacher and a corporate professional developer/trainer.
She has been doing this for ten years and believes strongly in incorporating technology into the learning environment. Joyce has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in art and concentration in science from the University of Maine. She has been a fourth-grade teacher, basketball coach, advisor and mentor to student groups and coordinator for a school accreditation program. She is an expert PolyVision Interactive Whiteboard user along with Qwizdom Classroom Response Systems, Wizteach software and RM Easiteach software. Joyce is an active participant in the University of Maine’s annual program on integrating technology into the classroom where she instructs students in the use technology in the learning process.
Justin Dover is a widely esteemed network administrator from Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here he manages the network infrastructure, servers, wireless and security with a team of engineers for the 800 users in his network. However, though his technical skills are solid and cutting edge, he is most highly revered for the ease with which he can identify and explain complex technical issues in clear and simple to understand terms. He has presented at many conferences, including the Laptop Institute and has written articles for EdTech Magazine. Prior to his stellar work at Harpeth Hall, Justin was an IT consultant working primarily with medical companies.
Karen Fuller has been in K-12 Education for 21 years. She began as a classroom teacher teaching Micro Computer App on Apple 2e’s at Diboll ISD, then became the Technology Coordinator.
She then moved to become the Technology Manager for ESC VII, in Kilgore, Texas. In 2004, she became the District Technology Trainer and then the Director of Technology in Marshall ISD and in 2006 became the Director of Information Technology for Klein ISD. Beginning July 2008, she became the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and Regional Networks. She conducted workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology planning. She has worked with districts on implementing wireless, VOiP, and distance learning networks. At Klein she helped deploy four successful 1:1 campuses, deployed over 30,000 computers, opened six new campuses with technology integrated in all classrooms, and work with curriculum and instruction on a daily basis. She has served on state committees for developing hardware standards and teacher standards in technology. She has worked with school districts on developing curriculum for technology integration and provided technical training for technology staff.
Keith has more than 15 years of experience designing and delivering information technology solutions in K-20 educational contexts. Keith has launched and administered two 1:1 student notebook computer programs and is Past President of Illinois Chief Technology Officers, a statewide professional organization of education technology leaders.
In addition to multi-platform network and systems design and administration experience, Keith has expertise in IT infrastructure design and construction management associated with new building and facilities remodeling. Keith holds a Master of Science in Information & Telecommunications Systems Management, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as numerous IT industry certifications. Keith is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and brings Six Sigma certification and a quality systems/process management orientation to his work in strategic planning, systems design, project coordination, and operations management.
Keturah Rush is currently the Technology Integration Facilitator at Monticello School District in Monticello Arkansas.
Keturah has been in education for 21 years and her positions have included classroom teacher, EAST (Environmental And Spatial Technology) Facilitator- which is a project based learning classroom and technology PD consultant. She is a member of TIE Technology Infused Education), SPELL (Special Population and English Language Learners), EAST Train the Trainers and has presented at TICAL (Technology Information Center for Administrative Leaders) several times. Keturah’s passion and enthusiasm are the driving force powering her dedication to ensuring student’s success in the classroom. As a Google Apps Certified Trainer she takes pride in promoting google tools that create a culture of collaboration and communication.
Kevin Jarrett is a K-4 Technology Teacher in Southern NJ. In 2012 he “re-imagined” his computer lab into a STEM experience, incorporating the Museum of Science in Boston’s award-winning Engineering is Elementary program into his existing curriculum.
Students in Kevin’s classes explore, analyze, create and learn with Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education (in addition to Windows PCs and software as needed) in a spacious, flexible, student-centered learning space he designed himself. In addition to his classroom teaching duties, he supports teachers’ effective use of technology in instruction. A Google Certified Teacher, Kevin was named his school’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2008 and received the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) “Making it Happen” award that same year for his work supporting ISTE’s presence in Second Life. He frequently leads workshops at local, regional and national conferences (including ISTE and the annual NJ State Teachers’ Convention) on a range of technology topics. Kevin is one of the founders of the Edcamp Foundation, and was one of the co-organizers of the original Edcamp Philly. Prior to teaching, Kevin worked in the private sector (information technology project management & consulting) for over 17 years, leaving after 9/11 to pursue his dream of teaching as a second career. He has an MBA in Finance in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Business and holds NJ teaching certifications in K-6 General Education, Middle School Technology Education, Language Arts and Social Studies.
Lindsey Pahs has been working professionally with technology in education since 1991. His expertise is in K-12 teacher training.
As well, he helps teachers and administrators to develop technology plans that solve current problems and prepare them for future growth. Since the beginning, Lindsey has always worked as a teacher in the classroom so as to never loose sight of the end goal: improved student learning. In addition to teaching, Lindsey also served as technology coordinator in both small and large school districts in Colorado. Because of this, he has the hardware, software, and end user knowledge to help him understand all aspects of technology implementation. During the last five years, Lindsey has been teaching online, developing courses for online schools and helping others create online environments for their students. He hosts a website for his students and blogs about educational technology at http://www.mrpahs.com/. Lindsey strives, daily, to integrate the best and most appropriate technologies into today’s classroom.
Lisa Sjogren received the 2010 ISTE Emerging Leader Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award.
A graduate of Bemidji State University and Hamline University, she has served in the capacity to aide teachers in improving their technology integration skills. Now as a member of the Osseo Area (MN) Schools’ I2T2 department, she currently manages Osseo Area Schools ISTE NETS*T Seal of Alignment project, which was one of the first K-12 program in the country to receive the seal. Passionate about teaching digital citizenship, she is the go-to guru when it comes to Facebook securities.
Lori MacConnell has served St. John’s School in Houston, Texas as the Technology Integration Coordinator since 2003.
She began her career as an English as a Second Language instructor for elementary school students, but she quickly realized that curriculum and professional development were her true passions. With enthusiasm and encouragement, she gives K-12 teachers the skills and confidence they need to develop engaging technology-infused lessons. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Technology Specialization from Houston Baptist University. She has presented at local, state and national events. Her interest areas include interactive whiteboards, multimedia and digital storytelling, problem-based learning and lesson design.
Lucie deLaBruere currently works as a Digital Age Learning Consultants and teaches educational technology related courses at the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, and Gradschool of Marlboro College.
She is the director of Google Tools For Schools and Mobile Tools for Schools. Her experience includes working in 1:1 schools with both laptops and tablets. She has 27 years of experience as an educator in the areas of social studies education, business and computer education, Career and Technical Education, Tech Integration, professional development leader, and college instructor. She has a B.A in Secondary Education and a Master of Science Degree in Internet Engineering. She is a Google Certified Educator, Google Apps Certified Trainer, Oracle Internet Academy Certified Instructor, and Microsoft Office User Specialist. Lucie has created of a series of projects including TechSavvy Girls, TechSavvy Kids, Teach Savvy Leaders,TechSavvy Learning Communities based around her passion for project based learning, student leadership, web 2.0, open-source, and digital equity. She and her students have been the recipient of several awards and have presented at local, national, and international conferences. You can learn more about her from her website www.LearningWithLucie.com
Lyn Hilt is an elementary instructional technology integrator and coach in Pennsylvania, where she serves three elementary schools.
She works with teachers and students by providing professional development opportunities and resources to staff, writing curricula, designing learning activities, and pushing into classrooms to work with students on technology-infused project work. Prior to this position she served as elementary principal for five years in the same district, and it was while serving in this leadership role that she discovered the joys and benefits of connected learning and leadership. Lyn is an avid blogger and contributor to social learning networks and has presented at local, state, and national conferences on topics ranging from professional development to networked educational leadership. Lyn also teaches the uses of technology to support today’s educational learner and leader in both face-to-face and virtual learning spaces. Lyn began her career teaching fifth and sixth grades and always strives to focus her work to help best meet the needs of young people! Lyn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, via her blog (lynhilt.com), and on Twitter @lynhilt.
Mario is the Director of Technology Support at The American School in Bombay (ASB), whose one-to-one program dates back to 2002.
Prior to his work in education, Mario worked for 6 years in the Aviation industry. Mario holds a certification in ITIL V3, CCNA and Microsoft Technologies. He has also presented technology workshops at Laptop Institute and ASB Un-Plugged. A strong IT leader, Mario is also known for his understanding of people and organizations and how to match IT to meet their needs. His specialty is in Network Infrastructure, IT Quality and Wireless Security. He also has a strong background in implementing ITIL standards in a school IT environment.
Mary Lynn has been working with various schools since 1995 helping teachers with the integration of technology in the classroom.
Prior to working with educational institutions, she worked as a programmer as well as assisted end users with the use of technology. Mary has a multi-tiered approach to professional development that includes traditional instruction as well as interactive and virtual instruction that focus on school initiatives, portfolios and professional learning teams.
Melissa Tothero provides expert technology integration consulting and instructional design services for K-12 and Higher Education institutions and non-profits, e-learning publishers, and Fortune 500 companies.
Before launching into consulting in January 2007, Melissa spent over six years at The University of Texas at Austin, where she, with others, led the College of Education’s groundbreaking 1:1 Learning program, The Laptop Initiative for Future Educators (LIFE). Ms. Tothero coordinated the United States Department of Education’s PT3 grant, Project INSITE— A program that proved to be instrumental in bringing the International Society for Technology in Education 2002 NETS*T Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Technology Integration to UTeach in 2002. Melissa is a technology integration strategist, a K-12 certified teacher, an instructional designer, a writer, and a big believer in the power of technology-enabled individualized instruction. She is highly effective in integrating Information and Communication Technologies into learning environments and community spaces that enable people to learn and get connected using multiple modalities.
Nic is a full-time technology integration professional development specialist working with educators from K-20. He taught elementary school and was a technology coach for 13 years in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties in Columbia, SC.
He has been recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Star Educator. Nic is a Google Apps Certified Trainer, a SMART Certified Education Consultant , a curator for YouTube for Teachers, part of the Google Chromebook Crew for Education and a member of a Google Professional Development Advisory Board. He works with schools on tablet/iPad and Apple integration as well . He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and has instructed graduate-level courses in technology integration for Coastal Carolina University and College of Charleston.
Norris Roberts is the Director of Technology for the Jennings (MO) School District.
He has distinguished himself as an innovative and results-oriented technology leader who is committed to furthering the educational development of all students. He is noted as an expert for ERATE funding, reviews, and audits. Norris is a reviewer of technology plans for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Under his leadership, his district has averaged nearly $2 million in funding over the last few years and has successfully completed the rigorous ERATE selective review process. Norris is also recognized as a pioneer in the 1:1 Thin Client Computing space. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in Management Information Systems, a Masters in Computer Resource Information Management Systems and is near completion of his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership. Norris is a pessimistic planner with an optimistic attitude; this fact separates him from most.
Pete Dulany holds a MS in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a BA in Education from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.
While working for almost ten years in the secondary environment in suburban Chicago, Pete introduced Moodle as a Learning Management System to several departments, and has trained faculty across the country in how to better use Moodle and Blackboard. Pete also introduced and trained faculty on interactive whiteboards for several years, and is well-versed in offerings from Smart, Promethean, and Polyvision. Currently, Pete is writing a book on best practices for interactive whiteboards through ISTE, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. Pete is a former instructor at Triton College, where he taught classes on computer programming, network security, and database design. He is Google Apps Education qualified, and a Certified Internet Webmaster Associate.
Philip is a Google Certified Teacher and K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist, with over eighteen years of experience as a science teacher, curriculum coordinator, and technology facilitator.
He is deeply committed to the principle that the creation of new knowledge through technology is integral to how today’s students learn, and essential to preparing students for the opportunities of tomorrow. In his current role he works with administrators, teachers, and students to develop models of practice for leveraging digital media and emerging technologies to facilitate transformative teaching and learning. He has extensive experience integrating various platforms including iOS, Android, OSX, Windows, and Chrome OS. Philip regularly presents and leads workshops on instructional technology at regional and national conferences including ISTE, PETE&C, NAIS, and NSTA.
Richard Anderson is the Middle and Upper School Learning and Technology Coordinator at Washington International School and for WISSIT.
He became a Google Education Trainer in 2011 and is passionate about using Google Apps to improve workflows and encourage collaboration among all members of the school community. He has presented at annual conferences such as ECIS and NAIS on a variety of technology in education topics as well as at AppsEvents featuring Google in Education. In addition, he maintains a YouTube channel where he publishes how-to tutorials and shares his other passion – telling stories of learning via video documentation. He is particularly interested in Project Zero and how teachers have implemented visible thinking frameworks in their classroom to deepen student thinking. In 2014, he was nominated as a documentation fellow for the Future of Learning summer institute held each year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Richard has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. After completing his graduate degree, he spent two years in the Peace Corps serving as an education volunteer in Cameroon where he learned to speak French fluently.
Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation.
Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon serves Secretary of Innovation for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today’s needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. His first book, Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow’s Schools Today, is now available. He is supported by his wife and two daughters, and spends the remainder of his time running and cycling.
Rob Reed is currently a strategy consultant focused on education.
Rob has previously worked as the Higher Education Segment Manager for HP and spent five and a half years working for HP Labs focusing on the intersection of technology research and education. Rob taught technology to undergraduates at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for seven years and became fascinated with the way technology can help education scale up AND become more effective when married to the appropriate pedagogy and infrastructure. As a consequence of that teaching experience, Rob helped foundwww.wipte.org, an organization that publishes papers on Tablet usage in K-12 and higher education classrooms via monographs. Rob is profoundly optimistic that aggregating good academic research evidence and practices in 1:1 deployments will improve teaching and learning practices the world over. Rob has also worked for Microsoft Research in Seattle, and as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. Rob earned a BS from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, started a computer modeling consultancy, received an MBA in finance (Indiana University), and worked for Deloitte Consulting.
Sarah Hanawald is the Dean of Academic affairs at Cannon School in Concord, NC (just outside Charlotte).
Cannon has been a 1:1 school for nearly ten years. As Dean of Academic Affairs, Sarah oversees professional growth and evaluation for faculty. Previously, she was at Greensboro Day School, a nationally known TK-12 school in Greensboro, NC . Her roles at Greensboro Day include Laptop Program Director, Teaching Coach, Technology Coordinator and Learning Resource Teacher. In 2000, as Laptop Program Director, Sarah led Greensboro Day School’s launch of a 1:1 initiative in grades 6-12 that has matured into an academic culture that encourages the thoughtful use of technology throughout the curriculum. As Laptop Program Director, Sarah oversaw all aspects of the program including model selection, vendor negotiations, Help Desk operations, classroom use of laptops, and school-wide technology policies. Sarah’s current specialties are helping educators leverage social media for their professional growth, assisting technology integrationists develop plans for working with faculty at varying levels of technology use, assisting teachers in developing a team approach to teaching with technology, and using technology to support differentiated instruction.
Steve Taffee is a progressive educator with deep experience in change management, innovation, and technology.
He was with Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA) from 2002 – 2012, initially as Director of Technology and later as Director of Strategic Projects. Steve has in-depth experience with 1-1 BYOD programs, social media, operations and policy, space planning, environmental sustainability, and emergency planning. Prior professional experience include roles as an software designer and executive with MECC and the Learning Company and as Director of Development for Netscape’s international web sites. He blogs at taffee.edublogs.org and may be followed on Twitter @sjtaffee. Steve is a graduate of Central Michigan University and holds advanced degrees from Michigan State University.
Susan Carter Morgan
Susan Carter Morgan has taught K-12 for the past 30 years. Her undergraduate degree is in English, and she has an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Instructional Technology. She now serves as an instructional coach for project-based learning, digital writing, and professional learning communities.
Owner of a writing studio, she organizes writing groups for adults and tutors young people. Susan has served as the Director of Technology for Fredericksburg Academy, the technology liaison to the Virgina Association of Independent Schools, and has presented at conferences around the country.
Vincent Jansen is presently the Director of Information Services at Lower Canada College in Montreal, Canada. Vincent has been involved in education for 29 years, fulfilling roles as teacher, administrator, business analyst and consultant.
His role as a leader in educational technology has taken him to Stanstead College, Bishop’s College School and International Schools located in Scotland, Kenya, Philippines and Belgium. He has taught graduate courses at Bishop’s University and has presented at numerous conferences around the globe. In addition to teaching, Vincent has conducted accreditation visits, developed technology audits, strategic IT plans, workflow and learning metrics and business intelligence initiatives. He has a Masters degree in Education Administration, along with Certification in Use of Emerging Technologies in Learning. His interest and expertise lie in establishing a vision for the integration of technological solutions thereby enhancing learning platforms, data management, visual thinking and workflow.
Wesley Fryer is an international learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent.
With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc., the lead partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices and Celebrate Kansas Voices digital storytelling projects. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. He teaches technology integration courses for pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and has served as a co-convener for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. Wesley became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, is a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and a Fulbright Scholar. He is an active member of the education committee of the Oklahoma Creativity Project. His educational background includes service as an elementary classroom teacher, campus technology integration specialist, college director of distance learning, state director for education advocacy for AT&T, and director of technology for a state historical association.
Anita Givens served as the Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency from 2008-2013
Anita oversaw a number of policy development areas including curriculum, professional development, federal and state education policy, instructional materials and educational technology. Anita also provided leadership for Project Share, a major initiative that provides educators and students access to a statewide portal through which teachers and students can communicate, collaborate, and access 21st century digital content. Previously, she served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Standards and Alignment and was responsible for curriculum and the review, adoption and distribution of electronic instructional materials as well as traditional textbooks for Texas schools. Anita led the educational technology efforts in Texas for over twenty years. She provided leadership for the integration, utilization, evaluation and expansion of educational technologies through the on-going implementation of the State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020. Anita served on many state and national boards and committees including Chair of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the board of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for SXSWedu. Anita has taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade and educational technology classes from elementary through graduate school. She received a BA in Early Childhood Education from Houston Baptist University and a MS in Educational Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Vicky Andrews is an educator and consultant working to revolutionize education by helping teachers and administrators to explore the vast possibilities technology can bring to student learning.
Vicky is a Digital Learning Specialist working with K-12 educators through the US as they bring technology into the classroom. She is the former Technology Director of Northside College Prep, Chicago Public Schools’ flagship school. She has been a leader in facilitating innovative uses of technology in education for over 16 years, at both the school and district levels. Vicky has been helping schools throughout the country build strategic plans to enhance learning through mobile computing programs, leveraging Google Apps for Education and Office 365. As a learning environment advisor, she has been instrumental in shaping schools’ innovative classrooms and professional learning. She has been named a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Google Educator. Vicky holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and has presented at conferences throughout the country.
Jenni Swanson Voorhees
Jenni Swanson Voorhees is the Coordinator of Academic Technology at Sidwell Friends School. She is centered at the Lower School
, where she is the Idea Coordinator, linking technology to curriculum. She has helped integrate iPads at Lower School since 2011 with a focus on pedagogy and purpose. With her teaching team, she writes the iPad Adventures at Lower School blog. Jenni speaks and runs workshops about digital citizenship, learning with iPads, service learning, Library and Technology collaborations, and other topics in area schools and at national conferences. She is currently the chair of the NAIS 21st Century Curriculum/Tech Task Force, an advisory group for the National Association of Independent Schools. She has taught an online course for educators entitled “Mobile Learning: Pedagogy and Practice” for the Online School for Girls, and served on the teaching team for Independent Education’s (now AISGW) “Teacher-‐Mentor Leadership Institute”.