Monday, October 17, 2016 – Education Forum

Event Details


The Education Forum is an invitation only event, open to SETDA state and affiliate members, Platinum and Gold Private Sector Partners, Channel Partners and SETDA VIP guests.

Sponsorship Information

For information on how your company can become engaged with SETDA’s membership at the Leadership Summit, please contact Melissa Greene at [email protected].

As part of the Summit, SETDA hosts the one-day Education Forum, an event to shine a spotlight on the full scope of the digital transformation of policy and practice underway in K-12 education. The Ed Forum includes guests from the executive leadership from national educational organizations, policy makers and representatives from think-tanks and various federal agencies to attend and participate as keynote speakers, panelists and working group participants.


7:45 am

  • Registration Open – Potomac Registration Desk C

8:00 am – 8:30 am

  • Continental Breakfast Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C

8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome & 15th Anniversary Celebration Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C
    • Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director,  State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
    • Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
    • Abel Real, Business Analyst, Bank of America
  • Plenary Panel: Ensuring Equity in Education – Potomac C
  • Moderator: Reg Leighty, Founder, Foresight Law and Policy
    • Kristen Amundson, Executive Director, National Association State Boards of Education
    • Charmaine Mercer, Learning Policy Institute, Director, DC Office
    • Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
    • Joseph South, Director of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
    • Governor Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

10:15 am – 11:35 am

  • Spotlight on States: Concurrent Panel Discussions Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    These sessions offer the opportunity for panelists and participants to engage in dialogue related to specific topics critical to improving student learning experiences.

    • Equitable Access for All Students – Azalea 2
      • Connecticut, Nevada, Oklahoma City Schools, SHLB
    • Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning – Azalea 3
      • California, Florida, Wisconsin, CAST, U.S. Department of Education
    • Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery – Azalea 1
      • Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Alliance for Excellent Education
    • Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness – Camellia 4
      • Massachusetts, Indiana, eMINTS, Friday Institute

11:35 am – 11:45 am Break

11:45 am – 12:30 pm 

  • Spotlight on States: State Snapshots Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    During these sessions, state leaders will provide a 5 minute overview of a state initiatives and/or policies related to the topic, followed by an opportunity for discussion and question and answers. 

    • Equitable Access for All Students – Azalea 2
      • New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin
    • Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning – Azalea 3
      • Indiana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
    • Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery – Azalea 1
      • North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont
    • Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness – Camellia 4
      • Maine, Rhode Island

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Luncheon and Plenary Presentation Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C
    • Student Voices Award: New Jersey Northfield Community Middle School
      • Kimberley Harrington, Acting Education Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education
      • Glenn Robbins, Principal, Northfield Community Middle School
      • Becky Brown, Student, Northfield Community Middle School
      • Giselle Obergfell, Student, Northfield Community Middle School
      • Aryan Preetom, Student, Northfield Community Middle School

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Plenary Panel: Innovation in Education: Shifting the Learning Model Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C
  • Moderator: Hall Davidson, Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
    • Al Byers, Associate Executive Director, Services, National Science Teachers Association
    • Melinda George, President, National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future
    • Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    • Cameron Wilson, Chief Operating Officer,

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Educational Technology Showcase & Reception Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C Lobby
    • Private Sector Partners will showcase their solutions.

Dinner On Your Own

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