Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies
An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include “Cage-Busting Leadership,” “The Same Thing Over and Over,” “Education Unbound,” “Common Sense School Reform,” “Revolution at the Margins,” and “Spinning Wheels.” He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, “Rick Hess Straight Up.” Hess’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review.
Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Cecilia Muñoz is the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she oversaw the Obama Administration’s relationships with state and local governments.
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communication Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.
Presenters, Moderators and Discussants
Kristen Amundson, Executive Director, National Association for State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Kristen Amundson is the Executive Director for the National Association for State Boards of Education (NASBE). Prior to her role at NASBE, she represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999-2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before successfully running for an Assembly seat, Amundson—a former teacher— served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others.
Jason Bailey, Senior eLearning Strategist, Indiana Department of Education
Jason Bailey is the Senior eLearning Strategist for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). As a member of the state’s office of eLearning, his work is to provide leadership and support in digital innovation for Indiana classrooms.Jason formerly served as the Director of eLearning and Instructional Technology for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) in Evansville, Indiana. With degrees from Ball State University and the University of Southern Indiana, Jason recently completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Indiana State University. Past honors include participation in various white papers, keynote speaking at state-level conferences, and publication in Educational Leadership (2002).
Rowland Baker, Executive Director, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership
Rowland Baker is currently Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), funded through the California Department of Education.Rowland has been an educator for over thirty years in both public and private schools. He served as a teacher for fourteen years, a principal in two different schools, a director of technology and an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Rowland serves on several state and national committees focused on technology and education. Mr. Baker has presented at numerous conferences and summits in the Untied States, as well as internationally. Just recently he was invited to present at the ICL Conference in Austria, and at the Google Apps for Educators Summits in Prague, Czech Republic, Halifax, England and Bangkok, Thailand. He has received numerous award including, Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service Award from Phi Delta Kappa, and the Prestigious Montague Award for Outstanding Achievement from Association of California School Administrators, and ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award.
Kathleen Barnhart, Principal Education Consultant, Illinois Department of Education
Kathleen Barnhart is an eLearning principal consultant in the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the Illinois State Board of Education. Some of her lead projects include the state’s regional Learning Technology Centers and the Illinois Virtual School. Prior to her current position, she taught pre-service educators at the community college and university level. Her majors were in instructional design with an emphasis in user navigation.
Jennifer Bergland, Director of Governmental Relations, TCEA
Jennifer Bergland has long been an advocate for the use of technology to transform teaching and learning. She has lobbied for more funds for technology at the local, state, and national level. She has testified before both the Texas House and Senate education committees. She spoke at a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC promoting the one-to-one laptop-project that she directed while she was the Chief Technology Officer at Bryan Independent School District. She also was asked to present before the House of Representatives Education Committee in June of 2009. ISTE awarded Jennifer the Advocate Trendsetter Award in July 2009. After retiring from public education in June of 2010 after 32 years of service as a teacher and a technology director, she became the Director of Government Relations for the Texas Computer Education Association. This has enabled her to focus on three of her passions: education, technology, and the political process.
Douglas Bundy, Technology Arts Director, Raleigh Hills Schools, Breaverton, OR
G Douglas Bundy has been involved in education as a student, instructor, or teacher since he was 6. He received his undergraduate degree in music education at PSU under William Tuttle, Stan Stanford, and Charley Gray. He earned his Masters in Education under the guidance of the inimitable Ken Peterson. He went on to become the director of the highly regarded band and orchestra program at Aloha High School from 1997-2010. G’s latest project has been the development of a hybrid games-based curriculum that is currently serving 20,000 elementary students in Beaverton.
Al Byers, Associate Executive Director, Services, NSTA
Since 2002, Dr. Byers has served in a strategic capacity collaborating with government agencies, departments of education, university, and education foundations as together they develop sustainable blended learning solutions catering to individual’s personal learning needs and preferences. He leads an outstanding team that delivers high impact teacher and student learning endeavors that are consumed by tens of thousands of individuals annually through the NSTA Learning Center, NSTA Conferences, NSTA summer Teacher Academies, and our NSTA competitions. Planning and managing a multi-million dollar annual budget, he guides a dynamic staff and team of experts in science education, curriculum and instruction, instructional design, and evaluation.
Marcie Callahan, Student, Raleigh Hills K-8, Beaverton, OR
Marcie Callahan, is an 8th grade student at Raleigh Hills K-8. She is fascinated with writing and wants her my ideas to be looked upon by millions of readers like J.K. Rowling and other break-through authors. She runs a free face-painting stand at the Beaverton Saturday Market with a friend. She enjoys traveling to her mother’s home land of Malaysia and her dad’s home state of Iowa. She loves to use technology, whether it’s programming a game for a school technology project or typing up a fictional story idea and uploading it to the web.
Suzanne B. Culbreth, Staff Development Specialist, Mountain Brook Junior High School, Alabama Teacher of the Year 2012-2013
Suzanne B. Culbreth, a National Board Certified Teacher, is the 2012-2013 Alabama Teacher of the Year, a 2011 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and Alabama’s Milken Educator from 1999. She is currently the Staff Development Specialist for Mountain Brook Junior High School. Previously, she taught PreAP Geometry and the Geometry Math Team at Spain Park High School in the Hoover City School System. Her undergraduate degree is from Auburn University and she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montevallo. When not at school, you can find Suzanne participating in church activities with her husband who is a minister, tailgating at an Auburn football game (and loving it win or lose!), or at the beach reading a mystery novel.
Richard Culatta, Director, US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government training environments. His current focus as
Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education is on using data and learning analytics to create customized learning experiences for all students. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray. Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools.
Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
Candice Dodson is the Director of eLearning where she is focusing on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. Candice comes to the IDOE from Evansville Vanderburgh Community Schools (EVSC) with over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal. Ms. Dodson’s most recent work in Evansville centered on the implementation of EVSC’s 1-to-1 initiative, the development of leadership programs for district administrators, and expansion of professional development programs and evaluation systems.
Nancy A. Doorey, Director of Programs, Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS
Nancy has roots as a classroom teacher, spanning elementary through graduate levels, and then spent 18 years in educational policy and reform while serving on state and local school boards. She has advanced degrees in elementary education, computer science and educational leadership. Nancy currently serves as the Director of Programs for the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS and does consulting in the areas of assessment, educational reform, and public engagement.
Peter Drescher, Educational Technology Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education
Peter Drescher has been involved in Education Technology since the early 1990’s. He began his career in education as a Social Studies/Technology teacher at a middle school in New Mexico. It wasn’t long before Social Studies gave way to a full time technology coordinator position and the development of a robust technology program, even in the early ‘90’s. He has worked much on the classroom level, providing professional development and leadership for teachers and staff around technology planning and integration. His most recent position, in January of 2008, as the Education Technology Coordinator for Vermont allows him the opportunity to move this work to a new level and impact the learning for all students in Vermont. He is a member of SETDA’s Board of Directors.
Jeff Egly, Associate Director, Technical Services, Utah Education Network
Jeff Egly has 25 years experience working in information technology. As an Associate Director of the Utah Education Network, Jeff oversees UEN Field Operations, the Technical Services Support Center, Project Management, and Application Engineering.Jeff serves as the Technical Advocate for central Utah and has been with UEN for nearly 18 years. Jeff participates in the ongoing planning, implementation and support of broadband services to Utah’s public schools, colleges, universities and libraries. These services include Internet and Internet2 access, a robust 10-gigabit Ethernet backbone and gigabit Ethernet services to Utah’s public schools, colleges, universities, and libraries. In addition Jeff has oversight of UEN’s statewide IP based interactive video conferencing network (IVC) that leverages UEN’s broadband network to deliver distance education to Utah’s public high schools, colleges and universities.
Emma Erdahl, Student, Raleigh Hills K-8, Beaverton, OR
Emma Erdahl, is an 8th grade student at Beaverton K-8 and she lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a competitive swimmer. loves to reach and enjoys performing. Most recently, she was the lead in the school’s musical, The Little Mermaid. She has attended Raleigh Hills K-8 for three years and works hard to achieve and maintain high grades in school. Last year she participated in two conferences, the Signal 2 Noise Festival and the North West Association for Computer Professionals in Education Conference teaching both children and adults about creating and playing modules that were created in Student Source.
Julia Fallon, Title II, Part A Program Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Washington State
Julia Fallon is a technology and learning alchemist. She explores and interrogates the big ideas in K-12 education with tech integration – how to make sure all kids acquire the skills to participate in a digital society, and what is the collective and creative impact of thriving online communities. Involved with learning technologies since 1989, Julia is an avid proponent of dynamic 21st century learning experiences where highly effective instructional strategies integrate a wide range of digital technologies.Julia works for Washington’s K-12 education agency, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. As the state’s Technology Integration Manager, she has streamlined strategic planning for districts moving large- and small-scale technology projects forward, championed robust PD programming for educators facing a brave new world of 1-to-1 initiatives, and spoken out for smart, flexible network policy that connects teachers and kids to a wider world of collaborative learning and dynamic scholarship.In her free time, she co-hosts the Shifted Learning podcast and runs the Crazy Idea Factory™.
Derrel Fincher, Director of Learning Technologies, Oklahoma Department of Education
Derrel Fincher develops policy for helping Oklahoma schools improve their infrastructure and connectivity so that every student has the opportunity to fully participate in learning in the digital age. This includes working with other state agencies and the state higher education network to develop plans to increase connectivity for schools and supporting human capacity development in technology by working with boards, superintendents, and technology directors. He also works with virtual schools and virtual course providers. Previously, he has been a middle school teacher in Japan, an instructional technology coordinator in Taiwan, and a school technology director in Brazil. Prior to beginning a second career in education, he spent fifteen years in engineering and engineering project management.
Melinda Fiscus, Learning Technology Center 6, Illinois Department of Education
Melinda Fiscus is the Director of Learning Technology Center 6 in southern Illinois. She has been with the LTC since 1999 and works hand in hand with ninety-seven public school districts, six Regional Offices of Education and multiple Special Education and Vocational Co-ops, and a hand full of private schools. She graduated from University of Illinois Springfield, with a degree in Business Administration. Melinda has worked to help school districts in her area, and across the state, to implement state and federal technology initiatives. Some of these programs include Erate, Technology Planning, Enhancing Education Through Technology, Race to the Top and Low Cost Laptop programs. The office offers support for grant applications and network assessment as well as hands on support and professional development for one-to-one initiatives, and roll out of laptops, netbooks, ipads and chromebooks. Melinda is currently the co-chair of the Illini Cloud Governing Board, serves on the IL K-12 Broadband Steering Committee, member of IL-CTO and Mount Vernon Conference Planning committee.
Geoffrey H. Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
Dr. Geoffrey H. Fletcher serves as SETDA’s Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining SETDA, Dr. Fletcher was Editorial Director for the Education Group of 1105 Media, Inc. with responsibility for all content of the Education Group, including T.H.E. Journal, Campus Technology and their web sites and e-newsletters. He also served with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for 11 years in various positions including Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for standards and curriculum, the statewide assessment program, educational technology initiatives, textbooks and professional development. For two years he was responsible for TEA’s information system, including the Public Education Information Management System.
Christine is the Director of Educational Leadership & Research for SETDA. Christine’s tasks include member professional development planning and implementation, research, and report writing. She manages the development of the annual SETDA national educational technology trends report, other SETDA research products and white papers, association professional development programs, and oversees all conference and event content. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher, ESOL coordinator, educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model. Christine has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.
Jennifer Fritschi, Director, Strategic Partnerships, SETDA
Jennifer Fritschi pictureDr. Jennifer Fritschi is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for SETDA. Previously, she was the Director of State Education Partnerships and Professional Development for Verizon Foundation’s signature program, Thinkfinity.org. Before joining the Verizon Foundation, she worked on educational technology initiatives and professional development at the Alabama Department of Education. Her background includes working as an Assistive Technology Coordinator and Instructional Technology Specialist for Shelby County Schools in Birmingham, Alabama. Her career began as an elementary special education teacher and high school basketball coach, and she later served as an adjunct professor of education technology in Alabama. Dr. Fritschi was elected as President and Vice President of the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Special Education Technology Special Interest Group in 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master’s in Assistive Technology from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor’s in Special Education from Miami University of Ohio. In 2010, she received the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s “Outstanding Alumnus” award from the Department of Education Leadership in the College of Education.
Rick Gaisford, Educational Technology Specialist, Utah State Office of Education and Secretary, SETDA Board of Directors
Rick Gaisford has 23 years in education at the classroom, school, district and state levels. Currently, Rick is the Educational Technology Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. His current state responsibilities include teacher professional development on integrating technology, the educational technology core curriculum for K-12 students, and consulting with districts on how to effectively integrate technology tools and resources into teaching and learning. Previously he was an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology trainer and technology specialist. He is currently on the SETDA Board of Directors and previously served as the Board Chair. He has also served on the state ASCD and ISTE affiliate boards of directors.
Melinda George, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCTAF
Melinda George, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, oversees the execution of NCTAF’s strategic plan, develops partnerships with not-for-profit, government, corporate and philanthropic entities and manages NCTAF’s financial, operational and personnel systems. Prior to NCTAF, Melinda was the Senior Director of Education Strategic Relations at PBS, where she developed national partnerships and oversaw the development of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development service. Melinda was also the first Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), serving as a national spokesperson on education technology and developing collaborative resources and opportunities for state educational technology leaders. Earlier in her career, Melinda was a 4th and 5th grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools. She also developed the state education technology advocacy program for the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The American University and received her Bachelor’s in American Culture from Vassar College.
Frances Glick, Supervisor, Department of Digital Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools
Fran Glick serves as a Supervisor in the Department of Digital Learning in Baltimore County Public Schools. Fran is a former elementary teacher and elementary and secondary library media specialist. In her current role she supports the Department of Digital Learning in the areas of instructional technology and the K-12 school library program for BCPS. Fran was a member of the Standards and Indicators Task Force for AASL and contributor to Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action (AASL, 2009). Fran serves as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University working with graduate students in the Instructional Technology master’s degree program and preservice teachers in coursework related to instructional technology integration.
Donna Johnson, Executive Director, Delaware State Board of Education
Donna Johnson serves as the Executive Director to the Delaware State Board of Education. In her work with the State Board of education, she has been a leader in the development of the first Performance Framework, which established state-wide standards for performance of charter schools in academics, economic viability, and operations and Governance. She served on the 2012 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Study Group which published the report on educational technology, Born In Another Time, and has presented multiple times across the country on issues involving Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship. Currently she is serving on a NASBE study group extending that work and developing a report on the 21st Century Learner, which looks at Deeper learning and 21st Century Skills. She was appointed to the Governor’s STEM Council in January 2011 by Governor Jack Markell, where she serves as the leader of the Public Education Advisory Committee She has been involved in several policy issues at the state and national level, including Common Core State Standards Implementation, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, state-wide Educator Accountability, Educational Technology Standards, and STEM Education. Currently she is the President of the National Council of State Boards of Education Executives (NCSBEE).
Lynne Johnson, Director of Educator Effectiveness, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
For over twenty years, Dr. Lynne Johnson has served North Carolina as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Executive Director for Curriculum and Professional Development and Chief Personnel Officer. Earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, a doctoral degree from UNC Greensboro, Dr. Johnson has worked with educators in the Guilford, Wake, Chapel Hill – Carrboro, and rural county school systems. Developing and directing Leadership Programs for Aspiring Principals and New Principals, Lynne served as a Program Director for the Principals’ Executive Program at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development. Currently, Dr. Johnson is the Director for Educator Effectiveness Division at the NC Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Johnson serves as the pillar leader for “Great Teachers and Leaders” for the Race to the Top Grant facilitating statewide professional development, teacher effectiveness, and educator evaluation processes.
Neill Kimrey, Director, Digital Teaching and Learning
North Carolina Department of Education, SETDA Board Chair-Elect
A life-long learner and educator, Neill is in his twenty-second year in educational technology. He currently serves as the Director of Digital Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and has been with the NCDPI since October 2008. Prior to this, Neill was involved in technology in Stanly County Schools, North Carolina. He began his career as a computer lab assistant in 1991 and was the district’s Chief Technology Officer when he left in October 2008. Since beginning his employment at the NCDPI, Neill has reached out to build partnerships with many agency and groups to assist in the advocacy of Digital Teaching and Learning, including the Southern Regional Education Board, LEARN NC, the North Carolina Virtual Public School, MCNC, and the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Neill has been active in educational technology at the district, regional, state, and national levels, and currently serves on various state and agency leadership committees. His current leadership roles include North Carolina digital teaching and learning initiatives, including the NCDPI Race to the Top initiative, the NC Home Base initiative, and the NC K12 Education Cloud initiative.
Paige Kowalski, Director of State Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign
Paige joined DQC in 2008 to promote the essential role education data plays in making instructional, management, and policy decisions. In her current role Paige manages DQC’s efforts to support state policymakers in understanding their roles and responsibilities in supporting effective data use at all levels. She leads a team of professionals to develop DQC’s Data for Action state survey, provide direct policy assistance to states, identify emerging issues, and connect data use to current policies and practices. Prior to leading DQC’s state policy efforts, she led DQC’s work to inform state and national teacher effectiveness policies and supported state efforts to effectively implement data-related provisions of the 2009 federal stimulus act. From 2006 to 2008 Paige managed several national data initiatives for the Council of Chief State School Officers and participated as a managing partner of DQC in its early years. Paige also has significant state and local experience through her tenures with the University of California, the City and County of San Francisco, and Chicago Public Schools. Paige received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and earned a master’s degree in public policy from The George Washington University, where she focused on education policy.
Verna Lalbeharie, Senior Program Director, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Verna Lalbeharie is a Senior Program Director at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University and Co-Leads the Digital Learning Collaborative. She serves as the Lead- or Co-Principal Investigator on many projects including, the NC Learning Technology Initiative: Statewide Capacity Building; Golden LEAF Foundation’s Learning Technology Readiness Initiative and a number of local education agency learning technology initiatives across NC. Prior to joining the Friday Institute, Verna had spent most of her career working on initiatives and research efforts that advance student success. She worked in an R&D capacity in the non-profit environment for 13 years, first at Jobs for the Future in Boston, MA and then at MDC, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC. In both of these positions, Verna worked on teams that managed large-scale, national, multi-component, and multi-year initiatives. Verna holds a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, MA and a M. Ed in Curriculum Reform from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
Todd Lawrence, Educational Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Todd Lawrence is the Educational Technology Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education. His focus is on building an effective online education portal for parents and high school students, managing state and federal grants, and facilitates the Idaho 1×1 Pilot Project that launched in August 2013. After spending more than 15 years in the technology industry with Micron and HP, he decided to make a change to the education field, specifically to become a teacher. After teaching for 4 years and earning his Masters in Education degree, he somehow found his way back into the technology field while still making a difference for the students and teachers of Idaho. Todd currently resides in Boise, ID with his wife, two children, and two stepchildren.
Douglas Levin, Executive Director, SETDA
Named by Tech & Learning as one of the top 10 most influential people in EdTech in 2011, Mr. Douglas Levin leads SETDA with 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience. A passionate advocate on behalf of state educational technology leaders, Mr. Levin has served in prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including in senior leadership positions with the National Association of State Boards of Education, the American Institutes for Research, and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s national education foundation. Mr. Levin played key roles in developing the nation’s first three national education technology plans and in conducting research and evaluations of major educational technology programs and initiatives, including as primary author of the Pew Internet study of internet-savvy students, The Digital Disconnect.
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Alex Macdonald, Director of Instructional Technology, Idaho State Department of Education
Alex Macdonald is currently serving educators across Idaho as the Director of Instructional Technology at the Idaho State Department of Education, where he was previously the Education Technology Coordinator. Having started out as a Mathematics and computer applications teacher, he quickly recognized the benefit of effective technology integration, and worked diligently to research best practices to meet the needs of students. His past experience also includes being an online teacher, technology coordinator, testing coordinator, and an administrator, where he implemented and conducted professional development opportunities in technology integration for teachers. Through his current work at the Idaho State Department of Education, Alex and his team has created and implemented an integrated approach to professional development that encompasses the transition to the Common Core, integrating Smarter Balanced Assessments, incorporating Digital Content, and how these are supported by Data Driven Instructional Practices.
Alex holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Boise State University, a M.A. Ed. in Curriculum & Technology from the University of Phoenix, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. But most importantly, he is a husband to a wonderful wife, and father to three exceptional children.
Jeff Mao, Director of Learning Technology Policy, Maine Department of Education
Jeff Mao is the Learning Technology Policy Director for the State of Maine, Department of Education. He provides vision and oversight to Maine’s education technology programs, including the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). Jeff has represented the state of Maine at numerous conferences throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Denmark, Paraguay, Philippine Islands, South Korea, and Sweden. He has testified in support of education technology to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and has published articles in the Principal Leadership journal, One-to-One Institute Newsletter, T.H.E. Journal, and online for MacWorld.com. Jeff is past Chair of the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors’ Association and the 2012 Common Sense Media Educator of the Year awardee. His career began in the classroom at the Brewster Academy where he helped develop its pioneering 1:1 program in 1993. He spent 7 years teaching and coaching in a Rochester, NY before returning to Maine. Jeff then held a technology director position in one of Maine’s larger school districts, and subsequently joined the Maine Department of Education.
Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway
Evan Marwell is the Founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway. Over the last 25 years, he has been a serial entrepreneur starting companies in the telecommunications, software, hedge fund and consumer retailing industries including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management. Collectively, these businesses have created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenues and investment returns.Marwell has served on the board of several for-profit and non-profit organizations and is currently the President of the Board of Trustees at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco. Marwell holds a BA in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Miller, Interm Executive Director of the Office of Instructional Technology, West Virginia Department of Education
John Miller is the Interm Executive Director of the Office of Instructional Technology in the West Virginia Department of Education. He has worked in the areas of instructional technology and online assessment at the Department of Education since 2008. Prior to 2008, he worked for a West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency supporting instructional technology and providing educator professional development. He has an MS in Leadership and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering. He is currently responsible for overseeing all statewide broadband initiatives, the state E-Rate program, a statewide Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) training program, and other initiatives related to supporting instructional technology and network infrastructure.
Jayne Moore, SETDA Emeritus
Jayne Moore retired from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in September 2011, after serving for nine years as the Director of Instructional Technology and School Library Media. While at MSDE Ms. Moore established and served as co-chair of the Maryland Instructional Technology Advisory Council. She also served on the Executive Board for the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) and the Maryland Association of School Librarians, and was on the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), holding the positions of Vice Chair and Secretary.Ms. Moore has a BA in English from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Education from Salisbury University. Previously Ms. Moore was the library media administrator for Charles County Public Schools, a Specialist in School Library Media at MSDE, and a library media specialist and English teacher in Delaware, Georgia and Maryland.
Carol Mosley, Management Consultant & K-12 E-rate Director, Louisiana Department of Education
Carol Mosley is an innovative leader in K-12 education technology with over 20 years of experience in corporate and educational technology solutions, design, implementation and integration. Ms. Mosley currently serves as the State Education Technology & E-Rate Director for the State of Louisiana Department of Education and provides vision and oversight to Louisiana’s education technology programs. Ms. Mosley is also currently sprearheading Louisiana’s new Digital and Technology Readiness Initiatives (DTRI) in support of Louisiana’s commitment to teachers and students entitled Louisiana Believes. Ms. Mosley serves as a board member for the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LaCUE) and represents Louisiana as a member of SETDA, in the State E-Rate Coordinator’s Alliance (SECA) and on various Partnership for Assessment of Readiness For College and Careers (PARCC) work groups. Ms. Mosley has presented at various conferences on topics involving technology integration, best practices, and technology infrastructure.
Amy Munro, Educational Technology Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education
A 20-year veteran of the private sector, most recently as a director of business development in software design, Amy Munro brought her diverse expertise in technology, media, and K20 education to the public forum in the spring of 2002 when she joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology as information liaison and special projects manager. Currently on assignment to the Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Amy provides research, policy, and program oversight while also serving on the Board of Directors for PETE & C, a professional development organization she helped to co-found in 2003.
Jill Neuhard, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania
Jill Neuhard is a professional educator with 17 years experience in curriculum, technology, planning, implementing, and instructional leadership. Her assets include curriculum and instruction development skills in combination with an understanding of the importance of using technology as an effective resource for student achievement. She has served as a Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, Technology Coach/Mentor, Curriculum Integration Specialist, Supervisory of Instructional Technology, Educational Consultant, and Adjunct Professor. Her credentials include: Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership Program at Widener Univeristy, Chester, Pennsylvania (Dissertation pending); Letter of Superintendent at Shippensburg, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Supervisory Certification from Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania; Master’s of Education Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Chris O’Neal, Manager, Instructional Design Office of Conituning and Professional Studies, University of Virginia
Chris O’Neal began his career in Louisiana as an elementary and middle school teacher, then became a district technology coordinator and eventually state director of educational technology. During his tenure at the department of education, his progressive and successful work with the legislature earned him status as an honorary state senator. He is currently at the University of Virginia, in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he is the manager of instructional design. Mr. O’Neal provides ongoing consulting to ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education), as well as numerous state, national, and international educational organizations. He has been profiled as a “Shaper of our Future” by Converge magazine, and received the “Making it Happen” award for educational technology leaders. He has also recently authored a book for school leaders on practical tips for using data to enhance school culture, as well as mobile app for positive parenting.
Katherine Parson, Student, Raleigh Hills K-8, Beaverton, OR
Katherine Parson is an 8th grade student at Raleigh Hills, K-8 and has attended the school since Kindergarten. She loves to work and strives to get good grades, always trying her hardest in any adventure. She enjoys soccer, piano, reading, and singing. She finds value in publishing online modules to Student Source website, and knowing that thousands of children learn as much as she did about the topic. A monumental moment for her was last year at the Signal 2 Noise Festival when other students actually came over and raved about the modules that have been created on Student Source website. She also presented at the North West Association for Computer Professionals in Education Conference last spring.
Jim Peterson, Technology Director, Bloomington Schools, District 87, Illinois
Jim Peterson began his K12 career as a middle school teacher and is currently the CTO for the Bloomington Schools District 87 and for the IlliniCloud – a cooperative of school districts, which provide low cost options for disaster recovery, IaaS, SaaS and Data as a Service for K12 or non-profits. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the University of Illinois with an emphasis in Curriculum, Technology, & Education Reform. He serves in a number of leadership roles over the past decade in designing and implementing technology assessment, curriculum and instructional systems; shared technology infrastructure and professional development programs throughout K12 in Illinois. His current focus is providing districts low-cost, scalable and reliable infrastructure, applications and services for school districts through the IlliniCloud.
Sujeet Rao, Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Education,Office of Innovation & Improvement
Sujeet Rao serves as a Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement. In that position, he leads a number of special initiatives at the Department regarding research and development and education technology, including the recently-launched ConnectED initiative. Prior to joining the Administration, Sujeet practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of O’Melveny & Myers, served as a Founding Fellow of Nashville Preparatory Charter School, and clerked for the Hon. Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. A Michigan native, Sujeet graduated from the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.
As chief technology officer for Smarter Balanced, Brandt Redd ensures that the assessment system is supported by a robust technology infrastructure. Redd previously served as a senior technology officer for education programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he provided technical guidance for the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC), a collaborative project with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and several states. Redd has three decades of experience in the information technology sector. He co-founded Folio Corporation, an innovator in electronic publishing software, and Agilix Labs, a developer of learning solutions. In a diverse career, he has served as a software engineer, project manager, database administrator, chief scientist, and chief technology officer for companies like Ancestry.com. Redd received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Jonathan Rosales, Student, Raleigh Hills K-8, Beaverton, OR
Jonathan Rosales is an 8th grade student at Raleigh Hills K-8. He was born and raised in Oregon however, his parents are originally from Guatemala and he is a former English Language Learning student. He has played the flute for two years and is now part of the school choir. Jonathan enjoys spending time playing games online, which he believes serve more of a purpose than just entertaining. For example, the math games are fun and also provide opportunities for learning.
Kirk Ross, Education Consultant, Ohio Department of Education
Kirk Ross, Education Consultant, Ohio Department of Education, is a member of the core team in charge of designing, developing, and implementing Ohio’s Next Generation of Assessments. Kirk’s primary contribution to the team is managing the transition to online assessment, which includes evaluating Ohio’s statewide infrastructure. Kirk chairs the Ohio PARCC Implementation Committee, is Ohio’s representative on the PARCC’s Technology Committee and many key initiatives associated with assessment technology, and represents Ohio’s technology interests in non-PARCC online assessment endeavors.
Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Barbara Soots is the Open Educational Resources Program Manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. She implements state legislation directing the creation of an openly licensed courseware library with alignment to the Common Core State Standards. She also manages an awareness campaign informing school districts about open resources and their importance in the changing educational landscape.
In her previous position with the University of California, Davis, she directed an education program consisting of interactive software creation and teacher professional development. She has designed openly licensed game-based learning software registered in schools nationwide.
Melinda Stanley, State Education Technology Coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education and Chair, SETDA Board of Directors
Melinda Stanley currently serves as the State Education Technology Coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education, where she works to advance the effective use of technology in all aspects of education. Working at the local, state and national levels, Melinda’s current efforts focus on leveraging the momentum around online assessment and college and career ready standards to advance digital learning capacity and opportunities for Kansas students. In addition to her role at KSDE, Melinda has a broad range of past experiences, which include spending 12 years as a district technology and curriculum coordinator, experience in the technology industry with IBM and as a banking executive with a local financial institution. Melinda has served in a number of leadership roles within SETDA and is currently Chair of the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA) Board of Directors.
Michael Steffen, Director of Digital Learning, Federal Communications Commission
Michael Steffen is Director of Digital Learning at the Federal Communications Commission, where he leads the FCC’s work to modernize broadband infrastructure in U.S. schools and libraries. Previously, Mr. Steffen served as Chairman Genachowski’s legal advisor on wireline, international, and Internet policy issues. In that role, he oversaw implementation of the Commission’s landmark reform of its rural universal service programs and creation of the Connect America Fund. Prior to joining the Chairman’s office, Mr. Steffen served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he advised on universal service issues, major transactions, and other priority projects. Mr. Steffen previously served as Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an international non-profit dedicated to expanding global access to medicines and empowering students on global health issues, and at the Center for Democracy and Technology, focusing on copyright, Internet governance, and consumer privacy. Mr. Steffen graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge David S. Tatel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yvette Stewart, Assistant Director, Educator Effectiveness Division NC Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Yvette Stewart is the Assistant Director of the Educator Effectiveness Division at the NC Department of Public Instruction. In this role, Dr. Stewart is responsible for coordinating and deploying the statewide Educator Effectiveness initiatives which includes Race to the Top professional development, online learning, Beginning Teacher Support, and teacher effectiveness. She was formerly the Project Coordinator for Race to the Top Professional Development, Lead Professional Development Consultant, and one of the primary trainers for the new professional standards and evaluation instruments introduced and implemented across the state of North Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Stewart has served education for the past eighteen years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Durham Public Schools and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a Masters degree in School Administration, an Ed. S in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D; all from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Barbara Treacy, Director, EdTech Leaders Online, EDC
Barbara Treacy is a nationally recognized leader in online learning and Director of EdTech Leaders Online, EDC’s capacity-building online learning program. Treacy is the co-chair of the annual national Online Learning Institute held in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board and the International Society for Technology in Education. She serves on the Massachusetts Educational Technology Advisory Council and the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Advisory Board. She is a featured speaker at numerous national, state, and local online learning and educational technology conferences. Before joining EDC, Treacy was a Developmental Math instructor at University of Massachusetts Boston and Roxbury Community College. She has an AB from Harvard University and an EdM in technology in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Susan Van Gundy, Associate Director for Assessment Technology, Achieve / PARCC
Susan Van Gundy joined Achieve as the Associate Director for Assessment Technology in February 2012. Her work focuses on the development of technology strategies and implementation systems for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), including issues related to technical architecture, technology-enhanced assessment items, and digital content to support instruction and teacher professional development. Van Gundy is the former Director of Education and Strategic Partnerships for the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), where she provided vision and project leadership for national-scale cyberinfrastructure initiatives supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She also originated the concept of Learning Resource Paradata, which lead to her appointment to the Technical Working Group of the Learning Registry, where Susan worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense on developing a technical system designed to improve the distribution and accessibility of digital learning content. Susan’s early career emphasized informal and authentic learning, including the integration of hands-on pedagogies, citizen-science, and distance learning opportunities into science museum experiences with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She holds a B.S. in Geology from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University.
Carla Wade, Digital Learning Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
Carla Wade is the Digital Learning Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education. Her experience in ranges from creating Zoo Education programs that grew 750% in the first year to managing curriculum and instruction (including Spaceflight Academy) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry before getting into the formal education arena.Carla is committed to providing quality education for students in an environment where they have access to tools, effective teachers and processes for learning that inspire them to develop college and career ready skills and a desire for life-long learning. She has managed federal grant programs including Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IID and the Technology Literacy Fund. She has authored and/or implemented successful grants including grants from Intel Education Foundation, federal ESEA programs, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the National Science Foundation. Carla has served on the boards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). She has received recognition for her work in educational technology from the George Lucas Education Foundation, ISTE and SETDA where she won the 2010 State Leader of the Year Award.
Anthony (Tony) Wilhelm, Ph.D., Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Over the past two decade, both inside and outside of government, Anthony (Tony) Wilhelm has spearheaded some of our Nation’s most important initiatives to expand the benefits of broadband and digital technology to all Americans, winning the prestigious Arthur S. Flemming award for exceptional contributions to the federal government and dedication to public service. Dr. Wilhelm is currently the senior executive in charge of NTIA’s broadband grant programs, a key component of President Obama’s broadband agenda. His stewardship of over $4 billion in investments across the country is transforming communities and institutions with grant recipients already deploying over 100,000 miles of new or upgraded broadband infrastructure, connecting around 7,000 K–12 schools to high-speed broadband and adding over 620,000 new broadband subscribers.
John Windhausen, Jr., Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition
John Windhausen, Jr., Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalitiona diverse coalition of community anchor institutions, broadband companies, foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) and public interest groups. The SHLB (“SHELL-bee”) Coalition advocates for open, affordable, high-capacity broadband services for anchor institutions around the country. Mr. Windhausen also represents a variety of non-profit and commercial organizations through his consulting firm, Telepoly Consulting. In prior years, he served as President of a telecommunications trade association in Washington D.C., as counsel and senior counsel to the United States Senate Commerce Committee working for Senator Hollings (S.C.) and Senator Inouye (HA), and as staff attorney at the FCC. Mr. Windhausen graduated from Yale University and the UCLA School of Law.