Education Forum 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 – Education Forum


Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745


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.

Event Archives

6:30 am – 12:00 pm every 30 minutes

  • Shuttle Schedule Falls Church Marriott to Gaylord National

7:30 am Registration Open – Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

8:00 am – Welcome – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

8:15 am – Keynote – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO,

8:45 am – Plenary Panel: Personalizing Learning in the Digital Age – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

  • Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO,, Facilitator
  • Sarah Young, Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning, Utah State Board of Education
  • Bridget Foster, Managing Director, ETIN, Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA
  • Avril Smart, Research and Engagement Manager for Future Ready Schools®, Alliance for Excellent Education

9:45 am – 10:00 am Break

10:00 am – 11:15 am – Spotlight on States: Concurrent Panel Discussions
These sessions offer the opportunity for panelists and participants to engage in dialogue related to specific topics critical to improving student learning experiences.

  • Ensuring Equitable Access for All Learners – Magnolia 1
  • Integrating Digital Content for New Learning Models – Magnolia 3
  • Strategies for Educator Effectiveness for Personalized learning – Camellia 1
  • Maximizing Policies to Support Digital Learning Opportunities – Magnolia 2

11:15 am – 11:30 am – Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Plenary Panel: Personalized Learning in Rural Schools – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Welcome, Melissa Sassi, Program Manager of Microsoft Airband Initiative, Microsoft

  • Todd Lawrence, Educational Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education, Facilitator
  • Bo Morris, Senior Legislative Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congressman Jared Polis
  • Sigrid Olson, Personalized Learning Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education
  • Allen Pratt, National Rural Education Association, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • John Windhausen, Jr., Executive Director, SHLB Coalition

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Luncheon and Student Voices Plenary Presentation – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Facilitator, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director

Lisa Ramirez HeadshotAward Presentation

Dr. Lisa R. Ramírez, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Student Voices Award: Mountain Heights Academy, Utah

  • DeLaina Tonks, Director, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Donna Trane, Student, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Kyana Trane, Student, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Kate Larson, Student, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Emma Davis, Student, Mountain Heights Academy

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Break

3:00 – 4:30  – Edcamp Style Leadership Discussions – Topics are developed and selected by the participants. Topics may include but are not limited to equity of access, ESSA, professional learning, competency based education, online assessments, gaming, coding, STEM.

Details here

  • Breakout 1 – Magnolia 1
  • Breakout 2 – Magnolia 2
  • Breakout 3 – Magnolia 3
  • Breakout 4 – Camellia 1
  • Breakout 5 – Cherry Blossom Ballroom
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