Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
Laurence Cocco is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the New Jersey Department of Education with the responsibility of supervising all federal and state educational technology initiatives. Besides serving on the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors Association, Laurence is also on the Thirteen/WNET Educational Services Advisory Committee and is Co-founder and a Director for Games4Ed. In 2014, he was recognized as the State Leader of the Year by SETDA.
Associate Director, 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.
Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
Christine Fox is the Deputy Executive Director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the Executive Director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL Coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.
Senior Director, Common Sense Education
Jeff Mao joined Common Sense Education in the fall of 2014. He provides strategic consulting to states and districts on the effective implementation of digital learning programs. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education. In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education, and he was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association for six years including two as Chair of the Board. Common Sense Media named him Educator of the year in 2012, and SETDA named him Leader of the Year in 2013..
Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings. He was most recently Senior Director at K12 Inc where he performed double duty as a strategic consultant on higher education initiatives while directing K-12 curriculum development offices in Utah and Oklahoma. He has pioneered online and blended learning solutions for institutions of higher education in science, foreign language, religion, and humanities. Working closely with Middlebury College senior leadership and faculty, Joseph led a multinational team as Senior Director of Product Development for Middlebury Interactive Languages, helping launch their first large scale online learning venture. While there, he led the development of a 3D immersive language learning role-playing game that earned a Serious Play Bronze Medal. He has also partnered with Gale Cengage to design and develop online world language and ESL courses for adults that have been distributed in public libraries throughout the country. In the non-profit sector, Joseph has led the development of interactive kiosks and online curriculum for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has taught principals and superintendents how to use technology more effectively, helped develop and deploy computational science educational resources for public school students, and designed and conducted an internet science camp for middle school students that included a live chat with scientists working on the Mars rovers. Joseph is a co-inventor of a patented dynamic continual improvement educational environment. He has led learning programs and/or consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. Joseph’s peer-reviewed publications include a study of the use and view of theory by practicing instructional designers and the design of narrative learning environments. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Lisa Spencer
Executive Director of Technology Training & Support, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland
Dr. Spencer manages Instructional Technology Specialists, Help Desk, three Technology Distribution Centers, and the IT Technicians supporting all 210 schools in the county. The teams overarching goals are to provide excellent customer service to all of our end users and work with teachers to empower them to effectively and appropriately utilize technology as an instructional tool while providing opportunities for PGCPS students’ to master and enhance their use of 21st century skills.
Dr. Tracy Weeks
Executive Director, SETDA
Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.