From Policy to Practice Working Groups

Tuesday November 5, 2013

9:00 am – 2:15 pm & 2:30 – 4:00 pm

The Leadership Summit will feature in-depth topic discussion working group sessions.The goal of these sessions is to provide members and corporate partners the opportunity to discuss ideas and develop tools/products to share. Each group will work to provide the following related to their topic: statement of need, sample state policies and models, district examples, communication and advocacy tools, personnel capacity considerations, resources and recommendations.

Digital Learning Tools for Students and Educators

Increasingly school reform and improvement efforts are relying on ready access to digital learning tools by students and educators in and out of school. Participants will focus on the selection, access, use, and sustainability of those tools, including 1-to-1 and 1-to-many implementations and other approaches to ‘high-access’ computing (such as bring-your-own-device programs).

Facilitator: Chris O’Neal, Manager, Instructional Design, University of Virginia

State Lead: Peter Drescher, Educational Technology Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education


  •  Jennifer Bergland, Director of Governmental Relations, TCEA
  • Doug Bundy, Technology Arts Director, Raleigh Hills School, Braverton, Oregon
  • Frances Glick, Supervisor, Department of Digital Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Carol Mosley, Management Consultant & K-12 E-rate Director, Louisiana Department of Education

Redefining Professional Learning in a Digital Age

In order to meet student learning goals, educator professional learning needs must be addressed. Today’s digital learning tools offer an opportunity to meet educator professional learning needs in new ways. At the same time, to best leverage digital learning tools for students, educators need opportunities to learn about and practice new instructional approaches. Participants will consider the state role in ensuring relevant and sustainable professional learning opportunities for all educators and identify emerging and promising professional learning practices.

Facilitator: Barbara Treacy, Managing Project Director, Learning and Teaching Division, EDC

State Lead: Jason Bailey, Senior eLearning Strategist, Indiana Department of Education


  •  Al Byers, Associate Executive Director, Services, National Science Teachers Association
  • Suzanne Culbreth, Staff Development Specialist, Mountain Brook Junior High, Alabama
  • Melinda George, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)
  • Lynne Johnson, Director for Educator Effectiveness Division, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Yvette Stewart, Assistant Director, Educator Effectiveness Division, NC Department of Public Instruction

Effective Planning for School Reform and Improvement in a Digital Age

The role of technology must be thoughtfully and comprehensively addressed in strategic and long-term school reform and improvement plans. Participants in this session will help to identify tactics to move existing and future state, district and local plans beyond mere compliance to excellence, identify the elements of effective technology planning, and share lessons learned.

Facilitator: Jayne Moore, SETDA Emeritus

State Lead: Amy Munro, Educational Technology Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education


  • Roland Baker, Executive Director, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL)
  • Jill Neuhard, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania

Ensuring Technology Support for Effective, Sustainable Implementations

To be successful, educational technology investments require the support of both educators and information technology (IT) and network leaders. Participants will explore the different issues and approaches to ensuring that IT support is sufficient and meets the evolving needs of educators and students in all schools, including rural and small schools. The session will focus on helping to identify issues and promising practices related to device and network deployment and maintenance, user support, the privacy of student date and acceptable use policies.

Facilitator: Julia Fallon, Title II, Part A Program Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Washington State

State Lead: Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director, Maine Department of Education


  •  Todd Lawrence, Education Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
  • Evan Marwell, CEO and Co-Founder, Education Superhighway
  • John Miller, Assistant Director of the Office of Instructional Technology, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Jim Peterson, Technology Director, Bloomington Schools, District 87, Illinois


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