Douglas A. Levin
Executive Director, SETDA
Named by Tech & Learning as one of the top 10 most influential people in EdTech in 2011, Douglas Levin is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, he works with and represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology directors to other national education groups, federal policymakers, the U.S. Department of Education, the private sector, and the media. SETDA provides national leadership on technology-based education reform and school improvement, supports state members with meaningful professional.
Doug brings 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience to SETDA, gained through prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors. He formerly worked 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. He 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 groundbreaking Pew Internet study of internet-savvy students, The Digital Disconnect. By appointment of Governor McDonnell, he serves on the Virginia Open Education Curriculum Board and is a 2006 recipient of a Making It Happen award for educational technology leadership. Doug served as an IEL Education Policy Fellow from 1998-99, holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William and Mary.
SETDA Deputy Executive Director
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.
K-12 Literacy Coordinator, Teaching and Learning, Utah State Office of Education
Tiffany Hamilton Hall is the K-12 Literacy Coordinator for the Utah State Office of Education. In her position, Tiffany coordinates the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, including a state-wide Core Academy that provides professional learning opportunities for more than 4,000 educators during the summer; online courses and district-level professional learning to support CCSS integration; and coordination of the state’s Open Source Textbook program. She has assisted with the development of new Early Childhood Standards, standards for administrator evaluation, and Utah’s new Effective Teaching Standards. Prior to her work at the state office, Tiffany was the Associate Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) at Brigham Young University, where she was involved with teacher, teacher-leader, and principal development. Tiffany has been an administrator and teacher in public schools in Utah and California for 20 years.
Assistant Superintendent for Technology, Career, and Adult Education and Chief Information Officer, Virginia Department of Education
Lan Neugent is Assistant Superintendent for Technology, Career and Adult Education at the Virginia Department of Education. Under his direction, Technology, Career and Adult Education Division units provide technical support for other departmental divisions, liaison with other state agencies, and support for local educational agencies. Major division initiatives being implemented include online testing, adult literacy programming, open educational resources development, technology best practices, longitudinal data system implementation, career training and industry certifications and virtual school programming.
Assistant Director of Organizational Development- Instructional Technology, Henrico, Virginia
Tom Woodward heads the Department of Instructional Technology in Henrico County Public Schools. With over 30,000 laptops, Henrico remains the largest and longest running 1:1 laptop initiative in the United States. Tom has worked with K12, non-profits, and higher education institutions for the last 11 years focusing on how technology can change educational possibilities. His current work is focused on infusing 21st century skills across the curriculum, performance based assessments, and building digital content development opportunities, and engages in partnerships to advance the use of technology in support of effective teaching and learning.
Director of Federal Relations, CCSSO
Peter Zamora is the Director of Government Relations at the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He previously served as Senior Education Counsel for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Prior to joining Senator Bingaman’s staff, Zamora served as Washington, D.C. Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Zamora is a former bilingual-credentialed public high school teacher who holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the Georgetown University Law Center.