David Adams
Chief Academic Officer, Edmentum
You say seat-time, I say competency, June 23rd, 2016

Dave started with Edmentum in 1994 as part of PLATO Learning’s acquisition of Lightspan. Throughout his tenure Dave has led content development including development of Edmentum’s online courses solution; development of the assessment products; and the ongoing innovation of online curriculum.

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Establishing an evaluation and efficacy program to measure the effectiveness of educational solutions, Edmentum can now measure the impact on student learning. Dave has also led Professional Services, Training and Implementation solutions and most recently runs Edmentum’s virtual school, EdOptions Academy.

Jodi Asbell-Clarke, Ph.D.
Director of EdGe at TERC
Play to Learn Part 1, April 21st, 2015

Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke is the director of the Educational Gaming Environments Group (EdGE) at TERC in Cambridge, MA, USA. TERC is a not-for-profit research and development organization that has been focusing on innovative, technology-based math and science education for nearly 50 years.

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As the director of EdGE, Jodi leads a team of game designers, educators, and researchers who are studying implicit STEM learning in digital games. Jodi’s background includes MA in Math, an MSc in Astrophysics and a PhD in Education. She started her career at IBM working on the first 25 missions of the space shuttle as an onboard software verification analyst. After teaching at the laboratory school at University of Illinois, she joined TERC and has spent the past 20+ years developing science education programs and researching new ways to promote science learning. In 2009, she co-founded EdGE at TERC.

Bob BarBobBPhotoboza
Founder & CEO of Super School K12 International University
Moving from STEM to STEAM, December 16th, 2014

Bob Barboza is an educator, journalist, composer and designer of STEM and STEAM ++ Projects for K-12 education. He has traveled the world and is a presenter at national and international technology and education conferences. He worked in the public schools for over 25 years and is now leading an international team of computer using educators.

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We train our students to become student backpack journalists. This means that our students can do it all. They conduct their own research, interviews, write their own stories, edited all of the digital information, and then publish everything on Kids Talk Radio, Super School Teen TV, Super School Press and Youth World News. Bob is currently writing and producing “ The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.” This STEAM++ production integrates the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards into a visual radio production for Kids Talk Radio Science. Students participate in building the production by working on three projects based-learning Occupy Mars teams: Backpack Journalism, Backpack Science and Backpack Robotics.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 9.10.47 PMJaume Barceló 
Director, Vicens Vives
Big Publishers, June 17th 2014

Jaume Barceló is the Commercial Director at Vicens Vives publishing house and board member of He studied at Hotchkiss (Connecticut) and was awarded a Fulbright Scolarship by the Ministry of Education of Spain. He has a Masters degree in Economy and European Administration from the College of Europe and started his professional career in education by working at Hachette Education in Paris. 

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He is a member of the EPF (Education Publishers Forum) Think Tank at the IPA (International Publishers Assotiation). He participates in and organises events on Mobile Learning and is pioneering solutions for educational social networks in Ibero-America, that have the participation of more than 500,000 teachers and schools and are still growing.


DanBophotoDaniel Barstow
Senior Science Educator at TERC
Moving from STEM to STEAM, December 16th, 2014

Daniel Barstow is a Senior Science Educator at TERC and Development Director for the Virtual High School, both educational non-profits. He is a nationally regarded expert in Earth and space science education, helping transform this field into a vibrant, engaging and vital experience for students and adults.

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Currently, he is Principal Investigator of Windows on Earth, a NASA-funded project that features Earth observation and photography by astronauts on the International Space Station. He led development of software now used by the astronauts on ISS to identify targets for photography, and posts these images for free public access on He has led over a dozen major initiatives promoting the “revolution” in Earth and space education, including curriculum development, teacher professional development, new technologies, and national policy reform. He also promotes creative pathways to engage the public in Earth exploration through interactive social media, art galleries and science museums.

Shawn Bay_March2014Shawn Bay 
Founder, eScholar
Putting the ‘Person’ in Personalized, March 18th, 2014

Growing up on a farm in Eastern Kentucky, Shawn learned the value of hard work and trusted friends. Fueled by a vision to create an innovative education data management company and a strong drive to help students achieve their academic and life dreams, Shawn founded eScholar on his belief that data can be used to improve student success. This focus on personalizing education for individual student success is fundamental to eScholar’s mission and innovation. 

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Under Shawn’s leadership, eScholar became a leader in education longitudinal data management, helping districts, local and state education agencies achieve their data initiatives. Working with educators, Shawn gained expertise in data quality, data sources, and best approaches to applying education data. He has been instrumental in driving education agencies to leverage data to improve student success. A pioneer of data warehousing, Shawn worked in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing at Proctor & Gamble. After P&G, he led Unilever’s team to leverage data to meet consumer needs. Shawn founded the Business Intelligence firm that developed data strategies for IBM, Verizon, Coke, Pepsi, and many Fortune® 100 companies. He holds a Masters degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in economics.


JeffBranson_PhotoJeff Branson
Educational Outreach Coordinator, SparkFun
On the Make, September 16th, 2014

Jeff grew up in a family where people built and fixed things themselves – this upbringing gave him an appreciation of being hands-on with the technology. As a teen, Jeff worked in his father’s machine shop, and was introduced to CNC tools at an early age. After a long stint working with middle and high school students in robotics programs, Jeff found a place in the Education Department at SparkFun.

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Jeff has spends his time traveling the country for SparkFun training people from elementary school students to NASA on a range of technology from paper circuits to satellite systems.  

BarbaraBray_ETTMarch 2014Barbara Bray
Creative Learning Strategist & Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC
Putting the ‘Person’ in Personalized, March 18th, 2014

Barbara Bray is a Creative Learning Strategist, Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC with Kathleen McClaskey (, and Founder/Owner of My eCoach ( Barbara is a teacher, writer, educational technologist, instructional designer, connector, and visionary.

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Barbara has facilitated the design of online and on-site communities of practice for large and small organizations, led visioning sessions, written strategic plans for schools and non-profit and for-profit organizations, and guided the design and implementation of job-embedded professional development and coaching programs. Barbara is a Gold Disc (1998) and Platinum Disc (2004) winner from Computer Using Educators (CUE). Contact Barbara at <ahref=””> To learn more about the 5 w’s of Personalized Learning eCourse in April, follow this link:  

Larry Buchweitz 
Director of Sales at MCH Strategic Data
School need and purchases in the Spring, April 26th, 2016

Mr. Buchweitz brings more than twenty years of experience in consultative sales with leading marketing services companies, by offering integrated direct marketing solutions, database recommendations, and marketing strategies.

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Larry’s expertise is in creating e-marketing solutions and executing marketing options designed to optimize customer acquisition and retention campaigns. Larry also serves as MCH Director of Strategic Relationships, where his focus is on identifying mutually beneficial business opportunities in the data industry.

Larry began his career at Market Data Retrieval (MDR), where he managed sales activities with a variety of K-12 educational products companies. Throughout his career, Larry has helped hundreds of educational marketing companies better understand and reach the education market. He has held executive positions over the years, including leading the sales and marketing team in the K-12 schools and college markets at MKTG Services/CMG Direct. Prior to that, he was at Experian where he advised clients on specialty retailers and catalogers, including Radio Shack, Kohl’s and Ethan Allen.

Michael Campbell
Head of Sales and Marketing at Learning Bird
Marketing to pK-12 in 2016, September 22nd, 2015

Michael Campbell is the Head of Sales and Marketing for Learning Bird. Learning Bird is the leading adaptive differentiated learning solution for schools with lessons and formative assessments to help students succeed. Michael is an avid supporter of empowering educators to improve education through technology as well as helping organizations market solutions to support the learning community. 

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For 20 years, Michael has been actively involved in various marketing management and sales positions spanning K-12 and Higher Education technology and publishing, in addition to corporate and educational training. Prior to joining Learning Bird, Michael held leadership positions in Marketing with Forward Thinking EDU, hand2mind ETA, Follett Software Company, Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Michael also enjoys volunteering for his daughter’s school PTO, serving on the marketing committee for the Education Division of the Software Information Industry Association, and is a Library Trustee for the Village of Fox River Grove, Illinois.

Bethann sm2 (2)Bethann Canada
Director of Educational Information Management for the Virginia Dept. of Education
Standards, Standards Everywhere, July 22nd, 2014

Bethann Canada is the Director of Educational Information Management for the Virginia Department of Education. Her office provides leadership to Virginia’s school divisions in the implementation of administrative educational technologies and is responsible for systems development and data administration for the agency.

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Her office supports the calculation of the department’s accountability measures with a focus on re-purposing the data for research and decision support. Mrs. Canada is project director for a substantial multi-agency federal grant program that focuses on linking data across K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce. Under her leadership, the Office of Educational Information Management has developed a strong data governance program, adopted software development standards, and consolidated siloed databases into a single, integrated repository. Key projects include the initiation of online testing in Virginia’s schools, development of a teacher-accessible longitudinal data warehouse, development of electronic transcripts, and the development of Virginia’s Longitudinal Data System. Mrs. Canada is well-known in the national education data community for her work with the National Forum on Education Statistics; having served as Chair of the Forum and Chair of the National Education Statistics Agenda Committee. She has been a contributing writer and editor to Forum publications such as Technology in Schools: Suggestions, Tools and Guidelines for Assessing Technology in Elementary and Secondary Education, The Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Data Quality, and most recently she chaired the Forum taskforce that published Managing an Identity Crisis, a Forum Guide to Implementing New Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories. She currently serves on the Education Information Management Advisory Committee to the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Common Education Data Standards Stakeholder Committee. Mrs. Canada sits on the North American Board of Directors for the Schools Interoperability Framework Association, having served as co-chair for two years. Mrs. Canada represents the education sector on Virginia’s CIO Council, a group that advises the Chief Information Officer. Mrs. Canada began her 30-year career in education information management as a programmer, progressing to systems analyst, systems engineer, chief engineer, and director. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a certificate in Information Systems, and is certified by the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals.

richard-casabonneDick Casabonne
President, Casabonne Associates
Big Publishers, June 17th 2014

Richard Casabonne has spent the last forty years in education and trade publishing. He has been involved in institutional, consumer, trade and professional work. From Random House to McGraw-Hill to Orchard Books to Grolier’s Parents Press to Steck-Vaughn and Harcourt, he has published, marketed, sold, and discussed books, specifically material for children. And not just books, but digitally presented information as well.

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He is now CEO of Casabonne Associates Inc., a full service consulting firm, where as Principal and Senior Consultant he leads research activities and strategic planning for various educational service providers. Prior to this venture, Casabonne was President, Education and Training Group, LeapFrog Enterprises where his responsibilities included leveraging the highly acclaimed LeapFrog platforms into education. Before LeapFrog, he served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Business Development for Harcourt, Inc, an educational publishing company comprised of over twenty divisions that covered a range of educational needs. While at Harcourt, he was active in acquiring the NEC Company which included Steck-Vaughn, a leader in supplementary materials for kindergarten through adult Ed. He served as President and CEO. Earlier in his career, Casabonne held senior management positions at Test U, Grolier International Publishing, and Apple as founder and director of the Apple Computer Clubs International. He has served on numerous Boards for both companies and institutions and is a past president of AEP. Currently, Casabonne serves as Senior Advisor, education, for Whitestone Communications, a boutique mergers and acquisition bank. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a master of education degree in instructional technology from Boston University.

Michael Canuel
Michael Canuel, CEO at LEARN
A look at pK-12 Education in Canada, February 23rd, 2016

Michael Canuel is the CEO of LEARN, a non-profit educational organization in Quebec as well as the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Canadian e-learning Network. His doctoral studies focused on the use of social constructivism in the training of teachers transitioning from the brick and mortar classroom to the virtual setting.

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In addition, Dr. Canuel is also the designer of a one to one tablet program in Thailand used in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language and serves as the senior consultant in this initiative.

dan_caton_photoDan Caton
President, Wittel/Morris Strategic Consulting
Big Publishers, June 17th 2014

Dan Caton has been an educational leader for more than 40 years, beginning as a middle school teacher in southern California before joining the educational publishing world. Dan served in management roles in editorial, graphic design, production, marketing, sales, and software and online product development, before serving as President of Pearson Learning Group and McGraw-Hill School Education.

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Dan has served as President of the Board of the Association of Educational Publishers and was on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Publishers; he currently serves on the board of the Pinhead Institute, a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to enhancing science education. In 2013 Dan received the Hall of Fame Award from the Association of American Publishers, recognizing lifelong service to education and the educational resources industry. Dan is the President of Wittel/Morris Strategic Consulting, based in Telluride, Colorado, where he advises educators and education resource providers on improving their services to children and teachers in a fast-changing world. Dan holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

KarenCator_ETTSeptKaren Cator
President and CEO, Digital Promise
Ready or Not?, October 15, 2013

From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. She also was a leading voice for transforming American education through technology innovation and research. 

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Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software and Information Industry Association-Education.


Udi Chatow
Senior Strategist and Program Director, HP
Teacher? What is a Book?, October 15th, 2015

Udi has over 15 years of Business Innovation & Development ,R&D and strategy management experience.He has led teams and programs across multiple technical areas from Mobile SW solutions to Material Science and now in Personalized Education Solutions. 

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He has Diverse experience in driving vision, product innovation and business incubation and loves to focus his energy to bring new big ideas to the market and education solutions is a great market to do so. When Udi has a chance to be outside –  he likes to bike, swim and fly small planes

Michelle_Cheng_MailchimpMichelle Cheng
Professional Development Manager at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Moving from STEM to STEAM, December 16th, 2014

Michelle Cheng is the Professional Development Manager at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She develops workshops for K-12 educators in New York City and nationwide and creates lessons and resources for K-12 classrooms that engage in the design process and connect to the Cooper Hewitt’s unique exhibitions.

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In particular, Michelle leads the Smithsonian Design Institute, Cooper Hewitt’s signature 5-day training that brings together K-12 educators from across the U.S. to be immersed in design thinking and to gather the resources and knowledge for integrating design-based education in their own classrooms. She also provides support for Arts Achieve: Impacting Student Success in the Arts, a project funded by the Investing in Innovation Fund. Michelle holds a B.A. in Art History and Comparative Literature from Binghamton University and a M.A. in Art & Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design.

Marjee Chmiel 
Associate Director of Curriculum and Communication
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Museums and New Instructional Resources, May 19th, 2015

Margaret (Marjee) Chmiel has been working at the intersection of science education and digital media for 18 years. A former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Marjee is a co-found of Games, Learning, and Society, a collection of scholars, educators, and developers who focus on new media and its role in the learning sciences. 

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Marjee combines her practical experiences as a classroom teacher and building-level school administrator with technical expertise and a deep academic background in chemistry, the history of science, and learning and curricular theory. Her dissertation was a mixed methods analysis of teacher-created science web videos and Marjee publishes and speaks on topics such as mixed-methods and qualitative research design, the role of validity in qualitative research, the role of educational games in science education, and professional development considerations for the intersection of science education and new media.

ESP_barbara clementsBarbara S. Clements, Ph.D.
Consultant, ESP Solutions Group
Education Canaries, March 24th, 2015

As a national expert on education data standards and indicators of education progress, Dr. Clements consults with federal, state, and local education agencies on data quality, reduction of data burden, effective data reporting, security, data confidentiality, and other issues related to efficient and effective education data management.

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While Vice President for Education Services at ESP Solutions Group, she provided assistance on numerous United States Department of Education (USED) projects, such as EDEN/EDFacts, the current system for state data reporting to USED; identification of “best practices” related to education decision support systems for the USED Office of the Chief Information Officer; National Education Data Model; and Common Education Data Standards. She has provided guidance to state K-12 and higher education agencies on policies and procedures for maintaining privacy and security of student records during the collection and reporting of education data. Other past activities include providing guidance for collecting dropout data, standardizing electronic student records, developing data access policies, establishing data governance systems, developing statewide longitudinal education data systems and P20W data systems, and linking student and teacher data. Dr. Clements was involved in the establishment of the National Forum on Education Statistics. She previously served on the Board of the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, and co-chaired the Education Record Work Group supporting the PESC XML Transcript Standards. She also served on the National Advisory Group for the Data Accountability Center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs of the USED. Earlier in her career as project director for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Dr. Clements drove the strategic direction of a series of projects promoting better collection and management of education information. Prior to that, Dr. Clements worked as the education program director at the Texas Education Agency on projects such as educator assessment, teacher training, and professional development. Dr. Clements graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology – Quantitative Methods and is a licensed Spanish teacher.

Sue Cowden
VP Product Management, AKJ Books
Marketing to pK-12 in 2016, September 22nd, 2015

Sue spent the early part of her career as a high school classroom teacher in Ohio and then as a technology coordinator for the Boston Public Schools. She moved into K-12 Educational Publishing with Scott Foresman as Reading Product Manager and then McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin serving in a variety of product marketing and development roles. 

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She has also worked at Promethean as the Head of Publisher Alliances and Content Development and a one-year stint at inBloom. Presently, Sue is the VP of Product Management at AKJ Education, a leading provider of tradebooks, classroom collections and Cicero social studies platforms. Sue is a graduate of Boston College where she received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum.

Karen PicKaren Cowe
Associate Director, Ten Strands
Digital…More or Less?, September 17, 2013

Karen Cowe is an education industry executive with over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, professional development, business development, and operations. She is currently Associate Director at Ten Strands, a new non-profit focused on environmental education in K-12 schools. Prior to joining Ten Strands, Karen was President & CEO at Key Curriculum Press, where she grew the company and then positioned it for a successful shareholder exit to McGraw-Hill Education in August 2012.

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Karen has long-established education industry relationships in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and several countries in South East Asia. She fully understands the complexities of the U.S. school system at all levels, and is excited to be able to combine her deep personal interest in environmental stewardship and place-based education with her education industry experience to support the mission of Ten Strands. Karen has a B.A in Business (Marketing) and a minor in Education from Saint John’s College, York and a MBA from Saint Mary’s College, California.

AlvinCrawford_ETTSeptAlvin Crawford
CEO, Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS)
Ready or Not?, October 15, 2013

Alvin joined KDS in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in education and media. Alvin spent nearly a decade at SchoolNet, a company he helped drive from a four-person startup to its current position as a leader in educational software solutions for school districts. At SchoolNet Alvin held executive positions in areas including sales, marketing, product development and business development.

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Alvin has also worked at Zentropy Partners, Ogilvy One, and Digitas. Alvin holds a BS in Biology from Tufts University, and an MBA from the Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.


TimDiScipio_May2014Tim DiScipio
Founder, ePals
Privacy, Anonymity, and Instruction, May 20th, 2014

Tim DiScipio is founder and former CEO / CMO of ePals (, and a recognized pioneer in global education technology and collaborative learning. Created in 1996, ePals emerged as an early pioneer in educational social networking to connect global school classrooms. ePals became the Internet’s largest and fastest-growing community of connected K12 schools reaching 25 million teachers / students in 200 countries.

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As a global ambassador promoting the learning benefits of virtual classroom-to-classroom communication, project, literacy, language and cross-cultural exchanges, Tim has worked closely with education systems, touring over 800 schools in-person worldwide, to review teaching practice, use of curricular technology deployment, teacher professional development, 1:1 school computing and digital tools to bring 21st Century innovation into the personalized learning environment. Before ePals, Tim started one of the first digital design and marketing companies on the Internet, and was previously Director of Business Development & New Technologies at TMP for 7 years. A former top collegiate NCAA Track and Field Championship participant, he is still a runner and Ironman triathlete, as well as a musician and collector of vintage guitars.

ChadD_PhotoChad Dorsey
President and CEO of the Concord Consortium
More Than Just A Good Idea, November 18th, 2014

Chad Dorsey is President and CEO of the Concord Consortium, which has been an innovation leader in researching and developing STEM educational technology for the past twenty years. Chad’s experience ranges across the fields of science, education, and technology. In addition to overseeing a wide variety of STEM projects at the Concord Consortium, he serves as a leader in educational technology across the field on numerous advisory groups and professional workshops.

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Prior to joining the Concord Consortium in 2008, Chad led teacher professional development workshops as a member of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Chad has also taught science in classrooms from middle schools through college and has guided educational reform efforts at the district-wide and whole-school levels. While earning his B.A. in physics at St. Olaf College and his M.A. in physics at the University of Oregon, Chad conducted experimental fluid mechanics research, built software models of Antarctic ice streams, and dragged a radar sled by hand across South Cascade Glacier. He first met computers when his family hooked an Apple II to their fancy new color TV set, and he’s been a shameless geek ever since.

HeleneDuvin_ETTJanHelene Duvin
Director, Education and Assessment Solutions at Pacific Metrics
Making Assessment Actionable, January 14, 2014

Helene Duvin is an experienced assessment industry executive with over 20 years in the industry, working with leading companies such as Pacific Metrics, Pearson, Inc. and ETS. She currently serves as the Director, Education and Assessment Solutions at Pacific Metrics where she is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s business development strategy.

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Previous positions include Vice President of Business Development at Pearson, Inc. and Director of Business Operations at Educational Testing Service. She has held positions as a board member of the education division of the Software Information Industry Association, and a committee member of the Consortium on School Networking. Duvin holds an MBA from Rider University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Richmond.


KathyDyer_ETTJanKathy Dyer
Senior Curriculum Specialist, NWEA
Making Assessment Actionable, January 14, 2014

Kathy Dyer is responsible for designing and developing learning opportunities for educators, and a regular blogger for the organization’s Teach Learn Grow blog. Formerly a Professional Development Consultant for NWEA, she coached teachers and school leadership and provided professional development focused on assessment, data, and leadership.

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In a career that includes over 20 years in the education field, she has also served as a district achievement coordinator, principal, and classroom teacher. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado Denver.


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Superintendent, Port Townsend School District, Washington
Betting on 1:1 Odds, February 19, 2014

David Engle is the Superintendent of Schools for the Port Townsend School District and is a lifelong resident of Washington’s Puget Sound region with occasional residential lapses in other parts of the world. David lectured in Moscow, Russia, in the mid-’90s on appropriate uses of computer-based technologies in schools while simultaneously developing other international school-to-school partnerships.

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David served as the principal of Interlake High School in the Bellevue Public School District and led that school’s International Baccalaureate program to full diploma-granting status before his departure for Seattle in 2000. As the principal of Ballard High School in the Seattle Public School District, David supported several international outreach programs for students and staff. He served as the regional coordinator for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program from 1999 to 2004. David left the Seattle area to serve as a superintendent of schools in Nebraska and then as an executive director with ETS in Princeton, New Jersey. David returned to his native Pacific Northwest to lead the Port Townsend School District in an ambitious venture called the Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative. David holds a BA from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in Computer Education from St. Martin’s College, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University.

GeoffFletcher_ETTSeptDr. Geoffrey H. Fletcher
Deputy Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Digital…More or Less?, September 17, 2013

Prior to joining SETDA in October 2010, Dr. Fletcher was editorial director for the Education Group of 1105 Media with responsibility for all content associated with T.H.E. Journal and Campus Technology magazines as well as their respective web sites and approximately thirty newsletters a month. Dr. Fletcher served in a variety of positions with the Texas Education Agency from 1985 through 1996, the most recent as Associate Commissioner with responsibility for curriculum, assessment, textbooks, technology and professional development.

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He also served as Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for information systems and PEIMS, the largest education database in the country. Dr. Fletcher also was an assistant professor at Miami University and taught at the secondary school level for ten years. He holds an A.B. in English and an M.A.T. in English education from Miami University.


Mat Frenz
Producer and Business Development Lead at GlassLab Games
Play to Learn Part 1, April 21st, 2015

After working as Producer on two groundbreaking games at GlassLab, Mat now develops strategic partnerships and defines sustainability strategy for the organization. With the addition of GlassLab Game Services to GlassLab’s work as a nonprofit aiming to transform learning and assessment through digital games, Mat’s focus lies in identifying the most innovative companies in the learning games space and collaborating with them to create a seamless pathway into classrooms for their products. 

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He also manages and cultivates GlassLab’s reseller channel, an instrumental component in the effort to reach students, teachers and administrators the world over. Prior to GlassLab, Mat was the owner of Precision Response, a software as a service company, and did mobile application consulting work for non-profit organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

Kate Gilligan
VP Business Development, Texthelp
Membership has its benefits, May 24th, 2016

Kate has over 20 years of experience in instructional technology and educational publishing with senior positions at Texthelp, WRC Media, Pearson Learning and Simon & Schuster. Kate is a current Board Member of SIIA’s Education Division (ETIN).

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Prior to entering the publishing industry she worked in technology development as a senior software specialist and sales executive with a focus on research and development and process manufacturing.

Dan Ginsberg
VP Global Product Strategy at Pearson
Education Canaries, March 24th, 2015

Dan Ginsberg is an educator, product manager, strategist, executive, team leader, board member and change agent who is passionate about improving education with technology at the intersection of learning science, experiential learning and efficiency. Dan currently serves as VP, Global Product Strategy at Pearson.

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Dan and his team are helping to accelerate Pearson’s evolution into a faster growing global education company with an increasing focus on new and engaging digital products, education services and a focus on learners in growth markets. Dan is driving to establish a culture of active product portfolio management, lean and agile product development practice and relentless focus on product excellence and learner outcomes. In 2002, Daniel joined Schoolnet, a pioneering ed tech company in NYC. Serving in multiple product roles, Dan ultimately served as VP, Product Management for many years, driving the development of much of Schoolnet’s instructional management, formative assessment and educator development system. Dan remained with Schoolnet through it’s $230M acquisition by Pearson in 2011.

Michael Golden
CEO and Co-Founder at Educurious
Instructional Snowflakes, June 23rd, 2015

Michael Golden is CEO and Co-Founder at Educurious, an innovative education company addressing today’s most perplexing education challenges. His previous roles include Corporate Vice President, Education at Microsoft, Senior Vice President at Pearson Education, and Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

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Michael has a doctorate in Education Leadership from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 11.24.08 AMJim Goodell
Senior Analyst at Quality Information Partners, Inc.
Standards, Standards, Everywhere, July 22, 2014

Jim facilitates the CEDS initiative of U.S. Dept. of Education IES/NCES as Senior Education Analyst at QIP. An interactive learning technologies pioneer since 1983, he has provided data-driven process improvement solutions to state education agencies and school districts throughout the United States. 

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He was Executive VP at the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology, Director and founder of Project BODYWORKS, which developed an interactive video experience for hospitalized adolescents. With Merrimack Education Center he built the Superintendent’s Workstation. As founder/director of Sound Image, Inc. and chief technologist at PixelDance Communications, Inc. he developed interactive media for clients including Fidelity Investments and Adobe. He has presented at National School Boards Association, IES MIS, iNACOL, and other national/international conferences. [Read Jim’s book Approaching 100%] Goodell received a B.S. in Management from WPI and MA teaching credentials.

Greninger_Elizabeth_jpgElizabeth Greninger, Ph.D.,
Managing Associate and Teacher Quality Specialist at edCount, LLC
Re-forming Summative Assessments, January 27th, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Greninger is a Managing Associate and Teacher Quality Specialist at edCount, LLC, where she contributes to edCount’s organizational objectives through intellectual engagement, technical expertise, and management of staff and company resources. Responsibilities include directing projects and managing the work of junior staff; planning and implementing methods, techniques, and skills to complete projects in a timely and cost-efficient manner; preparing high-quality reports and other outputs; developing corporate knowledge and knowledge of individual program areas and projects.

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Dr. Greninger serves as the Project Director for a comprehensive reform of standards, curriculum, assessment, and professional development activities for the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE). In 2013-14, she led the K-12 standards revision, curriculum revision process, and the design and implementation of a comprehensive professional development academy for the core content areas of Spanish language arts, English as a Second Language, mathematics, and science. In 2010-12, Dr. Greninger designed the original curriculum development process and accompanying professional development, created an aligned instructional coaching and PLC model, provided oversight to a school culture study, planned for a web-based resource center, and provided oversight to data management issues. Dr. Greninger contributes to the PRDE’s flexibility waiver application, implementation, and monitoring of flexibility initiatives.

Jennifer Groff
VP of Learning and Program Development at Learning Games Network
Play to Learn Part II, July 21, 2015

Jennifer is an educational engineer and designer whose work focuses on redesigning learning environments and experiences through educational innovations and technologies. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Education Arcade, where they explore the future of learning technologies and the leading edge of learning game design. 

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She is the executive producer of the Playful Learning initiative, a national community of game-based learning educators; and is the co-founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, an international NGO dedicated to redesigning the general curricula for the 21st century. Previously, she was the technology subject matter specialist on the OECD Innovative Learning Environments project and a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at Futurelab Education in Bristol, United Kingdom, where she continued her work on system innovation and studied the use of console-games in Scotland’s schools. Jen is a former K-12 educator, and for her innovative teaching in the classroom she was named a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Leader in 2005 and a Google Certified Teacher.

Jacob Hanson
Managing Partner, Panache!
My Product Received an Award, July 28th, 2016

A graduate of Fort Lewis College, Jacob graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language. Spending subsequent years of his career dedicated to sales growth, marketing and brand awareness, Jacob brings to PR with Panache! a fierce passion for education and extensive experience in moving high-quality companies and their brands to the forefront of the education marketplace.

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A skilled communicator with a zest for life, he has the wherewithal to see the big picture, connecting the dots between sales, marketing and public relations to create dynamic communication and integrated marketing plans to effectively tell your story. A native of Minnesota with a strong affinity for the Rocky Mountains, Jacob enjoys spending time with his two wonderful children, Sawyer and Bexley, making fresh tracks and hiking with his hound dog, Dan.


Kevin Hogan
Editorial Director, Tech & Learning
My Product Received an Award, July 28th, 2016

Kevin Hogan has covered the integration of technology and business for the past 25 years. He has held editorial positions with several publications including ForbesASAP, Business2.0, and MIT Technology Review magazines. Since 2004, he has focused specifically on education, first as Executive Editor of Scholastic Administrator magazine and currently as Content Director for the Tech&Learning Media Group.

biophotoMatt Howard
Manager of Digital Product Strategy, Zaner-Bloser
Standards, Standards, Everywhere, July 22nd, 2014

Matt Howard has been involved in educational technology at the state and national level for 15 years. His work has included developing content management solutions for aligned educational materials, creating teacher-facing tools to aid in classroom management, managing state-wide data collection and reporting systems, and helping develop the Schools Interoperability Framework specification.

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He is currently the manager of digital product strategy at Zaner-Bloser.


SherryHsiSherry Hsi, Ph.D.
Research Director, Lawrence Hall of Science
The Home-School Connection, October 28th, 2014

Sherry Hsi oversees the learning technology research program at the University of California’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Working at the intersection of learning, design, and technology, her research focuses on how to effectively design social contexts for science learning, facilitation, and deeper reflection mediated by new media, online environments, and networked technologies.

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With funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, Hsi co-leads a project on 3D visualization of freshwater lakes ( an STEM digital library (, and the project PlayPads which is designed for use with families in hospitals. She is also leading a new maker space called TechHive which houses an innovative pre-college engineering program for students ages 14-17; and CalGirlS, a project to build network of girl-serving STEM programs across California as an affiliated of the National Girls Collaborative Project (

Elmar Husmann
Deputy Secretary General at European Learning Industry Group
Teacher? What is a Book?, October 15th, 2015

Elmar Husmann has over 10 years experience in running strategic innovation programmes and managing corresponding European policy relations in the domain of ICT innovation. Elmar has been a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers German consulting practice leading a team on IT organization strategy and since 2002 a senior managing consultant for IBM Business Consulting Services on innovation strategy and change.

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In collaboration with IBM Governmental Programmes and IBM Research, he supports IBM ICT innovation policy relations as steering committee member of the Networked European Software and Services ETP (NESSI) and as representative to the European Commission for Future Internet topics. In this context he is involved with the successful set-up of an IBM research programme on the Internet of Services – including several integrated projects funded by the European Commission – jointly with IBM research labs from Haifa, Zurich, Watson / New York and Almaden / Palo Alto.

He is also a member of several advisory boards of research projects and has been in management and coordination roles for EU research projects as well as been appointed expert by the European Commission in the evaluation and review of projects. He is also a frequent speaker on technology policy topics at conferences and has been involved with events of the European Commission, The United Nations, OECD and the Club of Rome. Elmar moderates the ELIG public policy group since 2008.

stuartkahlStuart Kahl
Founding Principal and former CEO of Measured Progress
Re-forming Summative Assessments, January 27th, 2015

Stuart Kahl is Founding Principal and former CEO of Measured Progress, an educational testing company with contracts for state testing programs in over twenty states. A former elementary and secondary teacher, Dr. Kahl earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and from the University of Colorado. Prior to cofounding his current company in 1983, he worked for the Education Commission of the States, the University of Colorado, Clark University, and RMC Research Corporation.

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A frequent speaker at meetings of state and national professional groups, Dr. Kahl has over thirty-five years of experience in large-scale assessment. He publishes commentaries on educational issues and provides technical consultation to various education agencies. His current interests include assessment literacy, formative assessment, and curriculum-embedded performance assessment. Considered the “conscience of the testing industry” by some, he was recognized by the Association of Test Publishers with the 2010 ATP Award for Professional Contributions and Service to Testing.

Lillian Kellog
Vice President, ENA
Membership has its benefits, May 24th, 2016

Lillian Kellogg has dedicated her career to education and has over 30 years of experience in the field of educational technology.


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She has been elected to and served on several education and industry-leading association boards of directors and has received several awards and recognitions for her dedication and service to the educational technology community including the SIIA Ed Tech Impact Award, CoSN Outstanding Private Sector Champion Volunteer Award, and ISTE Making IT Happen Award. As vice president of Client Services for ENA, Lillian oversees marketing as well as strategic national partnerships.

George Kerscher
Secretary General at  DAISY Consortium
Addressing the needs of every learner, March 22nd, 2016

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. 

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He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people. George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody. As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in the USA. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Jackie Lain
Founder and President at Learning List
Passing Judgement, December 15th, 2015

Jacqueline (Jackie) Lain is the founder and president of Learning List, Inc. Ms. Lain formerly served as an Associate Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and TASB’s Director of Governmental Relations.

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Prior to joining TASB, Jackie was the National Director of Public Affairs for Standard and Poor’s School Evaluation Services division. From 1999-2000, she served as a White House Fellow in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she helped to communicate the Administration’s education policies to state and local elected officials. Ms. Lain then served as Interim Director of the White House Fellows program from 2000-2001.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the UT Law School, Ms. Lain began her career practicing school law at Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze and Aldridge in Austin. She also served as editor of the Texas School Administrator’s Legal Digest, a monthly magazine summarizing state and federal legal opinions that impact Texas school districts.

EileenLento_ETTFebEileen M. Lento, PhD
WW Director of Strategy and Marketing, Intel Education
Betting on 1:1 Odds, February 19, 2014

Dr. Lento is an internationally recognized advocate for making technology accessible to students as a crucial 21st century tool. She designed Intel’s K-12 Computing Blueprint to address the need to achieve both quantitative and qualitative results, visionary leadership, creative funding, rich digital content and ongoing professional development, all supported by a solid infrastructure, in classrooms.

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She is expert at guiding school systems and governments along the technology adoption curve, with a consistent focus on scale and sustainability. Dr. Lento has published more than 40 articles on education, technology and science and served as host for the national Intel Education Visionary Conference for 7 years. She actively serves on several Boards for educational institutions.


Gail Lewis
Director of Product Strategy at myON
Book ’em Danno, August 18, 2015

Gail Lewis (Director of Product Strategy at myON) is responsible for identifying and defining product direction. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with diverse standard groups, such as MARBI (for MARC records) and the U.S. Department of Education Technical Working Group (for the Learning Registry). 

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Prior to joining Capstone and myON, Lewis worked with Sagebrush, where she tested, developed and expanded library automation products. Gail has a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, and several certifications.

Clayton Lewis 
Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado, Boulder
Addressing the needs of every learner, March 22nd, 2016

Lewis is Professor of Computer Science and Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he has been based since 1984. He is well known for his research on evaluation methods in user interface design.

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Two methods to which he and his colleagues have contributed, the thinking aloud method and the cognitive walkthrough, are in regular use in software development organizations around the world. He has also contributed to cognitive assistive technology, to programming language design, to educational technology, and to cognitive theory in causal attribution and learning. He was named University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar in 1989, a life title signifying the University’s highest award for teaching.

Lewis earned an AB in mathematics from Princeton University, an MS from MIT, for interdisciplinary study in mathematics and linguistics, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in experimental psychology. He was elected to the ACM CHI Academy in 2009, recognizing his contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. In 2011 he was further recognized by the ACM CHI Social Impact Award, for his work on technology for people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities.

Jessica Lindl
Executive Director at GlassLab Games
Play to Learn Part II, July 21, 2015

Jessica is responsible for overseeing GlassLab. She has spent over 15 years leading teams that design, develop, market and sell learning games to the global education market. In her work at organizations like Scientific Learning, Riverdeep (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and The Learning Company, she strived to improve learning outcomes for all children by blending effectiveness with engagement. 

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She also serves on the board of Education for Change, a Charter Management Organization serving Oakland, California’s most disadvantaged youth. Jessica is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where she received a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship and education. She loves testing new learning games with her husband and two sons.

Cristina Marks
Associate Director, State Policy & Implementation Support at Achieve
Passing Judgement, December 15, 2015

Cristina Marks joined the Achieve staff in April 2011 and currently serves as Associate Director, State Policy & Implementation Support. Cristina is responsible for supporting and managing EQuIP. Cristina also supports Achieve’s efforts to provide implementation support to states as they advance the broader college-and career-ready policy agenda.

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Before joining Achieve, Cristina taught middle school in Gainesville, Florida. Cristina earned her master’s degree in Education Policy from The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida.  

Robert Martellacci
Founder and President, MindShare Learning 
A look at pK-12 Education in Canada, February 23rd, 2016

Robert Martellacci and his associates collectively bring over 50 years of expertise to the K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning environments. He draws on his experience as a university administrator, where he specialized in sport marketing, public relations and business development in promoting the interests of York University.

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As a passionate lifelong learner, Robert augmented his expertise as a Phi Delta Kappa graduate of Pepperdine University Master’s in Education Technology which inspired the creation of the MindShare Learning Report — Canada’s Leadership, Learning & Technology eMagazine.

Robert followed his passion for connecting education and business to support student success with an eye on technology as the future. As country manager, he launched The Learning Company School Canada, a leading educational software publisher which, under the leadership of Kevin O’Leary (Dragon’s Den), was eventually acquired by Mattel.

His international scope includes Australia, the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and the United States. Robert’s board appointment to ASPIC (Applications Service Provider Industry Consortium) Americas Committee reflects his global connectiveness and leadership in the industry.

Robert maintains close ties to his alma mater at York University (Toronto, CANADA) and Pepperdine University (Malibu, USA). He serves on the board of the Institute for Research on Learning Technology and is the past Chair of York University Varsity Hockey Alumni. He is also a fellow of Stong College at York University and a longtime member of the faculty ice hockey team. Robert is past vice-chair of Computers for Schools (Ontario) and was recently elected as Co-Chairman of the Canadian e-Learning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) board. He is also the founding President of the Pepperdine EdTech Alumni Chapter and, most notably, the co-founder C21 Canada — Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation. Robert is a supporter of the Community Scholarship Fund at York University. He believes it’s important to invest in tomorrow’s leaders today.

sylvia martinez 300 dpiSylvia Martinez
Author and Education Consultant
On the Make, September 16th, 2014

Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “bible of the Maker Movement in schools”.

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Sylvia is a keynote and featured speaker at national and international education and technology conferences in areas ranging from the Maker Movement in education, student leadership, digital citizenship, games in education, project-based and inquiry-based learning with technology, gender issues in education, and new advances in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education. For the past ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a global non-profit evangelizing student involvement in education reform through technology. Prior to this, Sylvia was an executive at several software and video game publishers, overseeing product development, design, and programming, spearheading hundreds of software releases, video games, and educational websites. As a Senior Scientist and electrical engineer for Magnavox Research Labs, Sylvia designed high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for the launch of the GPS satellite navigation system. She holds a Master’s in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

Susan_pppSusan McGreevy-Nichols
Executive Director/CEO, National Dance Education Organization
Fine and Performing Arts, August 25th, 2016

Susan McGreevy-Nichols is the Executive Director of the National Dance Education Organization a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance.

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She is the developer of a cutting edge reading comprehension strategy that uses text as inspiration for original choreography created by children and is co-author of five books: Building Dances (1995) (2005), Building More Dances (2001), Experiencing Dance (2004) (2014), Dance about Anything (2006) and Dance Forms and Styles (2010).

PeterMcLaren_April2014Peter McLaren
Science and Technology Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Science Education: The Next Generation, April 22nd, 2014

Peter McLaren is Past President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) serving as President from July, 2010 until April, 2013. McLaren has served on the CSSS Executive Board since 2007. Mr. McLaren is also served a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Currently he is a member of the National Academies’ Committee for Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12 Education and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education.

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Under his leadership, CSSS has implemented Building Capacity in State Science Education (BCSSE), a national project designed to empower foundational knowledge, motivation, partnerships, and collaborations at the state level necessary to ensure that a new vision for science learning and teaching, with fidelity to the National Research Council’s report (2012) A Framework for K-12 Science Education and to support states build capacity towards the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Since 2011 CSSS has conducted four national BCSSE conferences for state science supervisors and their State Implementation Teams. A fifth BCSSE conference is planned to be conducted in June of 2014.


Bill Meade 
Data Science Director, Neal Analytics
Education Canaries, March 24th, 2015

Bill is a modeler with 25 years experience working across disciplines (molecular biology, electrical engineering, marketing mix, price elasticity, & promotion baselining) across computing platforms (mainframe, micro, cloud, & embedded devices) and across analytical platforms (SAS, SQL Server, R, SYTAT/SYGRAPH, & MicroTSP). Bill develops pragmatic models which opportunistically exploit available information. 

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A believer that opportunity is always manifested in numbers, Bill is a hands on problem solver eager to meet users, understand challenges, and to analytically pin down breakthrough insights, and data visualizations. Bill has worked on (as well as managed) a broad spectrum of technical teams (scrum and waterfall software, embedded systems, data science, litigators, & house counsel, among others) and once built a world-wide IT system for Hewlett-Packard’s legal department without headcount or budget. Please email with your modeling problem, and expect a warm response drawing on Bill’s broad and deep modeling tool kit.

JeniferMorack_ETTOctJenifer Morack
Business Development,
Early Childhood Education, November 13, 2013

Jenifer has over 20 years experience in early childhood and K-12 technology education and was, until recently, the owner and executive director of the central NJ Computer Explorers franchise. Jenifer Morack began her career in education as a pre-school “technology” teacher introducing 3-6 year old students to the Apple IIC and first generation educational software. As the technology matured and her business, she focused on creating a program to help teachers and schools understand, evaluate and utilize developmentally appropriate software and digital media. 

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Currently, she is working with to create professional learning communities and social networks to help teachers connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning. Jenifer graduated from Rider University with a degree in education, has a masters degree in business from the College of NJ, and a certificate in fundraising/philanthropy from NYU.

Image.1421846279404Shawn Morgan
District Data Coordinator at CNY Regional Information Center
Summative Assessment, January 27th, 2015

Shawn Morgan is a District Data Coordinator for the Central New York Regional Information Center where he supports school districts and teachers in the verification and analysis of data, and facilitates discussion around the use of data to improve student outcomes. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education/Literacy at SUNY Cortland and his Certificate of Advanced Study for Educational Leadership at Syracuse University.

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Before CNYRIC, Shawn worked in urban school settings as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and administrator for 17 years. During that time he was afforded the opportunity to learn from Margaret Heritage about the practical implementation of Formative Assessment while supporting teachers in the development of these instructional practices. Shawn spends his free time mountain biking, playing with his children, and cheering on the Syracuse Orange. He resides in Syracuse, NY and can be contacted at


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Learning Initiatives Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
The Home-School Connection, October 28th, 2014

Ashley Naranjo develops online experiences for students that encourage them to connect with the world around them through Smithsonian-wide resources, collections and experts. In addition to her role in organizing Smithsonian Online Education Conferences, Ashley coordinates the Smithsonian Quests digital badge program ( This program gives students prompts for learning through discovery, opportunities to make personal connections to content, and links with various subject areas.

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Her experience in the education field includes research, academic program design in formal and informal settings, school management, and teaching in both the United States and Ecuador. She is a graduate from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College


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Chief Academic Officer, Knovation
Putting the ‘Person’ in Personalized, March 18th, 2014

Steve Nordmark is the Chief Academic Officer at Knovation. He has over 24 years in research and development of custom software solutions, 19 of those focused on enhancing the opportunities of under-served populations in K-12. Steve’s goal is to create dialog, collaboration and ideas around innovative uses of technology to help the child – no matter where that child is – reach his fullest potential because he has access to tools that will help him learn. 

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Steve focuses on the future vision of educational technology to support personalized learning. He researches, tracks, and analyzes trends in learning sciences, interoperability and technology architecture foundations for next generation learning systems. Steve has led Knovation’s efforts to develop solutions that empower teachers and students. Directing all areas of technology and development, Steve spearheaded the next generation re-architecture, design, development, and deployment of Knovation’s Resource Personalization Services Platform, providing increased potential for connecting learners to resources that meet their individual needs.

Marc Oswald
Co-founder and CEO of Open Assessment Technologies
Open Says Me, November 24th, 2015

Marc Oswald is co-founder and CEO of Open Assessment Technologies (OAT), and a vocal proponent of interoperability through industry standards. Marc serves as chairman of the IMS Executive Board on Assessment (EBA), which he initiated in early 2015 with the goal to significantly improve the interoperability of assessment content based on the QTI standard.

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The EBA now counts 23 members, including end-user organizations such as PARCC, Smarter Balanced and the Houston Independent School District, assessment publishers Questar, Pearson, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Measured Progress and many other vendors.

Prior to launching OAT, Marc served as entrepreneur in residence for the European research center LIST where he focused on open source software R&D. He further served on the boards of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) from which he received a lifetime achievement award for his work on solutions interoperability. 


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Early Education Coordinator, San Diego County Department of Education
Early Childhood Education, November 13, 2013

Rita Palet comes to San Diego County Office of Education with 18 years’ experience in education, including having been the Director of Early Childhood Programs at National School District for the last 10 years. National School District currently serves over 550 students in part-day and extended-day preschool programs where the preschool programs have been recognized as a high-quality demonstration site for the State of California.

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Ms. Palet’s expertise in program administration, management and quality improvement is highly regarded by peers as is her deep knowledge and experience maximizing resources to sustain quality classroom practices. Currently, Ms. Palet is a Coordinator in the Early Education Department at SDCOE focusing on staff development for Early Education Administrators across San Diego.


Jeff_Patterson_May2014Jeff Patterson
VP Curriculum at Redbird Advanced Learning
Privacy, Anonymity, and Instruction, May 20th 2014

Jeff Patterson is the founder and CEO of Gaggle, a leading educational technology company specifically created for K-12. Since its inception as a student email provider in 1999, Jeff has successfully grown the privately held company based in Bloomington, IL, to more than 70 employees located across the country.

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Gaggle features built-in processes and classroom workflows designed to promote educator and student productivity. The company also provides learning management, professional development, website design and hosting, and archiving solutions to hundreds of school districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC), Detroit Public Schools (MI) and Duval County Public Schools (FL).


Kathy Perkins 
Director of PhET Interactive Simulations at University of Colorado Boulder
Open Says Me, November 24th, 2015

Kathy Perkins is the director of PhET Interactive Simulations at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work focuses on the design and classroom use of interactive simulations to increase student engagement and learning in STEM, and on scaling impact with free, open educational resources. In 2015, PhET’s open resources are used nearly 100 million times/year, worldwide. 

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As Director, Kathy oversees the project, sets new strategic directions, and still satisfies her passion for sim design and pedagogy as an active member of PhET projects. She holds a BA in physics, MA in chemistry, and PhD in atmospheric science, all from Harvard University. In 2003, she joined Carl Wieman to work on the new PhET project and has directed the project since 2008. She also directed CU’s Science Education Initiative, and is a faculty member in the Physics Education Research Group. She has authored over 60 articles on STEM education and education research. Under her leadership, PhET has received international recognition for its innovative work in STEM education, including being named a 2011 Tech Award Laureate and the 2014 Overall Winner of the Reimagine Education Awards.

Janet Pittock
VP Curriculum at Redbird Advanced Learning
Instructional Snowflakes, June 23rd, 2015

Janet Pittock is an educator committed to inspiring students to learn by providing personalized experiences that are interactive, engaging, and challenging. Janet has developed materials for a variety of publishers, including Creative Publications and Scholastic, and she has volunteered with several national organizations including serving on the NCSM board for 5 years as the Monographs Editor. 

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Janet studied Human Development at UC Davis, before she taught a wide variety of students in preschool, elementary school, and Algebra 1, including students at both ends of the performance spectrum. She served on a variety of district committees, including Special Ed, Title I, and Science Framework Committees.

photo_ponzio_richardDr. Richard Ponzio
Cooperative Extension Specialist at UC Davis
The Home-School Connection, October 28th, 2014

Dr. Richard Ponzio specializes in the development and assessment of science education and science literacy programs in non-school settings (e.g. museums, 4-H Youth Development, after school programs, etc.), developing critical thinking skills using science content and methodology, teacher education and teacher partnerships for inquiring into improved instruction strategies, school reform issues, using student portfolios for assessing accomplishment.

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Rich has taught at UC Berkeley, Mills College, and UC Davis.


Karl Rectanus
Cofounder & CEO at Learn Trials
Passing Judgement, December 15th, 2015

Karl Rectanus is an educator, advisor and impact entrepreneur. Originally a teacher and administrator, Karl is now founding President & CEO of his third successful education organization; Lea(R)n, Inc. equips educators and their organizations to know which technologies are best for their classrooms.

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Their research-backed platform,, gives teachers a voice while providing schools, districts, states and universities pragmatic, data-driven tools to improve outcomes, instruction and their budgets.

Lea(R)n is a Kaplan Techstars graduate, the 2014 North Carolina Education Technology Company of the Year, a 2015 AT&T Aspire winner and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantee. Originally an educator in traditional and charter schools in the US and abroad, Karl leveraged his domain expertise to build products, teams and sales at eCivis – a SaaS company transforming local government, education and non-profit grants management – leading to 70%+ annual growth for 7 years. In 2008, he became founding leader of NC STEM Community Collaborative, which rapidly became North Carolina’s public-private partnership for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Since 2010, he has advised states, foundations and companies on education innovation, policy and growth that impact. Karl has lived, worked and studied in 12 countries, including as an NC Teaching Fellow and James M. Johnston Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduate courses at UCLA’s Anderson Business School and CalTech Executive Extension. Karl, his wife and three daughters live in Raleigh, NC.

Terri Reid
Learning Services Coordinator at Black Gold Regional Schools
A look at pK-12 Education in Canada, February 23rd, 2016

Terri Reid is an educator who has taught in Alberta classrooms and online, worked with Alberta Education and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia.  She was the Project lead for the PACE3 Curriculum Development Prototyping Project for grades 7-9 in Alberta and has extensive experience in curriculum development, online and blended learning. 

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She is the Learning Services Coordinator with Black Gold Regional Schools in Nisku, Alberta and the Vice-chair of the Canadian eLearning Network.

Randall Reina
Working at the crossroads of educational technology, systems interoperabilty, and organizational development
Open Says Me, November 24th, 2015

Randall Reina’s career has focussed on developing and implementing instructional technologies in the classroom, and the professional development that must accompany systemic change.  Most recently, Randy was Director of Curricula & Alliances at Intel Education.  

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Prior to that Randy spent over 14 years with McGraw-Hill Education, founding and running the Center for Digital Innovation, ran the Inside Sales group, and built integrated email marketing and e-commerce capabilities.  Randy spent the first part of his career as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools, and as an instructor and administrator in higher education.  Randy has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Randy has two daughters (both in college), lives in Portland, OR and enjoys hiking and biking in the area.

Paul Reynolds 
CEO Co-Founder, FableVision
Fine and Performing Arts, August 25th, 2016

As CEO and Co-Founder of Boston-based FableVision, Paul oversees the company’s  educational media group FableVision Studios, and the K12 edtech publishing group FableVision Learning.  Celebrating 20 years this November, FableVision is on a 200-year mission to create & share positive storytelling, media & technology, which help move the world to a better place. 

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Reynolds also oversees, the 501 c3 non-profit Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity (, which partners with leading researchers and educational groups looking to prototype and produce innovative edtech tools, media, inspirational PD, and more generous creative evaluation tools.  The Reynolds Center supports teacher and students’ creativity across the curriculum with a signature focus on STEM/STEAM.  To that end, Paul has been instrumental in the development of the MAKER STUDIO digital fabrication software tool for the Fab@School Project – working directly with Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns and UVA’s Dr. Glen Bull. Fab@School is designed to lower the on-ramp to meaningful STEM experiences in elementary and middle schools.

Paul also is a key force behind International Dot Day, which is teacher-initiated program, which celebrates the themes of creativity and courage in Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot.  As we approach September 15th, participating teachers, librarians and students already number 4.4 million in 128 countries.

Paul teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for nearly three decades.  Paul is also a children’s book author who collaborates with his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds (Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, The North Star.)  Their most recent books include Going Places (Simon & Schuster), a picture book about creativity and engineering, and a STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series called Sydney & Simon, which includes Full STEAM Ahead! and Go Green! (Charlesbridge Publishing.)

Follow Paul on Twitter at @FableVision and @FablePaul

BrianRick_ETTJanBrian Rick
Director, Research and Assessment, Bellingham Public Schools, WA
Making Assessment Actionable, January 14, 2014

Brian Rick has been working in education for over twenty years, most recently as Director of Research and Assessment in Bellingham Public Schools in Washington State. His roots are in teaching secondary mathematics, with significant involvement in the development of state assessments and professional learning. Brian works alongside K-12 teachers, principals and administrators to develop their understanding and use of data.

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While serving on Washington State assessment and formative assessment technical advisory committees, as well as the state assessment directors’ network, he advocates for data-driven improvement to find its place alongside data-driven accountability. Measurement of non-cognitive factors in school success is an area of interest for him. Brian holds a BS in Mathematics and MEd in Secondary Education from Western Washington University.


Jeremy_RoschelleJeremy Roschelle, Ph.D.
co-director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International
More Than Just A Good Idea, November 18th, 2014

Jeremy Roschelle, Ph.D., is co-director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International. Roschelle specializes in the design and development of integrated interventions to enhance learning of complex and conceptually difficult mathematics and science; learning sciences-based research in mathematics education, on collaborative learning, and with interactive technology; and the management of large-scale multiyear, multi-institutional research and evaluation projects.

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At SRI, Roschelle is also Principal Investigator of the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), which is funded by a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. In leading CIRCL, Roschelle is responsible for synthesizing across over 200 separately funded grants that address cutting edge topics in learning with technology. CIRCL seeks to amplify research-based contributions at the intersection of learning sciences and advanced technology.


Michael Ross
Senior Vice President & Education General Manager, Encyclopaedia Britannica
Book ’em Danno, August 18, 2015

Michael Ross is senior vice president & education general manager at Encyclopaedia Britannica. As head of the company’s education division, Michael has broad responsibilities for the sales, marketing, and distribution of Britannica products in schools, libraries, universities, and other institutions—the company’s largest sources of revenue.

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Michael has been active in publishing for more than three decades and has worked in every aspect of the industry, including editorial, product development and acquisition, strategic marketing, and sales. He has held executive management positions at several publishing companies prior to joining Britannica in 2002.

His products have generated hundreds of millions of dollars and won numerous awards, including the Association of Educational Publisher’s Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Awards; Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award; Parent’s Choice Award; Bologna Children’s Book Fair GLI Award for Innovation; and SIIA’s Codie Award. Michael has contributed to several industry publications, including Britannica’s own blog site.

His first book, Publishing without Borders: Strategies for Successful International Publishing, was published in 2003; and Publishing without Boundaries: How to Think, Work, and Win in The Global Marketplace debuted in 2007. His new book, Dealing with Disruption: Lessons from the Publishing Industry, is scheduled for publication by Gower Publishing (now part of Taylor & Francis Group) in the fall of 2015.

Michael speaks often at international conferences on electronic publishing, licensing, marketing, and development, and was inducted into Printmedia’s Production Executives’ Hall of Fame in 2002. A former AEP board member, he served as president from 2002-2003. In December 2009 he was inducted into AEP’s Hall of Fame, the educational publishing industry’s highest honor. Michael holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a certificate from Stanford University in Advanced Management.

He is married with three children and resides in Highland Park, IL.

Robin Seaman
Director of Content at Benetech
Addressing the needs of every learner, March 22nd, 2016

She also oversees Benetech’s Born Accessible Initiative, whose goal is to ensure that content that is born digital is also “born accessible,” and chairs the BISG’s Accessible Publishing Working Group, which has just published the BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

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She has over 25 years of experience in print and digital publishing spanning trade, academic, educational, and technology publishing sectors.  She was the Director of Content for the Rocket eBook, the first handheld electronic reading device, and has held a variety of marketing roles in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area with Macmillan, Oxford University Press, The Crown Publishing Group, HarperSanFrancisco and IDG Books. Robin holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Berkeley.  

PatShane_April2014Pat Shane, Ph.D.
Executive Director, North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA)
Science Education: The Next Generation, April 22nd, 2014

Dr. Patricia M. (Pat) Shane, educational consultant, brings more than 40 years of leadership and teaching experience to the field of education with a focus on both STEM education and English literacy education. She has focused on improving K–12 education through her work as a classroom teacher, administrator, university professor, project coordinator, science consultant, and project evaluator.

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She served as the associate director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) and clinical professor of science education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1992-2011. In addition to having taught at the middle level for 17 years, Shane worked as a middle and junior high school counselor and served as a science, mathematics, English language arts, and reading coordinator for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina. She also served as president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA), and the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA), where she currently serves as Executive Director.

Tzviya Siegman
Digital Book Standards & Capabilities Lead, Wiley
Book ’em Danno, August 18, 2015

Tzviya Siegman is Wiley’s Digital Book Standards and Capabilities Lead. She began her career at Wiley in editorial and content development, before shifting over to the content technology group.


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Tzviya wrote and maintained Wiley’s ebook specifications and stylesheets and serves as Wiley’s liaison to publishing industry groups including IDPF, BISG, and W3C. Tzviya most recently joined Wiley’s Information Modeling Group, joining her interests in content structure, standards, and linked data. Tzviya co-chairs the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group and the EPUB 3.1 working group, helping to make the web and books better friends.

ElliotSoloway_ETTFebElliot Soloway
Professor at Dept. of EECS, College of Engineering University of Michigan
Betting on 1:1 Odds, February 19, 2014

Elliot Soloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information at the University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe.

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In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004 and again in 2011, the students of the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”


stager headshot 150X150Gary Stager
Publisher and CMFO, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press
On the Make, September 16th, 2014

Gary Stager is one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education.

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In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project. Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school STEM Director. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. Stager is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators and publisher of Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

Polly Stansell
Sr. Vice President of Product Development for Voyager Sopris Learning
Instructional Snowflakes, June 23rd, 2015

Polly Stansell is the Sr. Vice President of Product Development for Voyager Sopris Learning, which is part of Cambium Learning, the sixth largest publisher in the United States. In this role she is responsible for the strategy, ideation, instructional design and development of new products.

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Her group develops market leading curriculum solutions for struggling learners and professional development for teachers.

Previously, Polly worked for McGraw-Hill’s Center for Digital Innovation, where she was the Sr. Director of Emerging Curriculum. At McGraw-Hill, Polly worked with senior management in the School Education Group to strategize and then implement technology plans for new products, build cross-functional media development teams, create a collaborative culture, and develop innovative products. Products that her group developed under her leadership include Open Court Reading, Everyday Mathematics, Building Blocks, Number Worlds and Planet Turtle.

Polly has worked in the educational technology industry since 1993 working for other companies besides Voyager Sopris Learning and McGraw-Hill, such as Reality Based Learning, The Lightspan Partnership and Edmark. Polly also has five years of experience teaching grades two through six.

In addition to Polly’s product development experience she has been active in industry associations. She was a board member and on the strategic council for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills from 2007-2011, and a member of CoSN, NSTA, SIIA, and Alliance for Excellent Education’s Corporate Advisory Council.

Polly holds a Masters in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and Bachelors in Elementary Education from Westminster College.


Doug Stein
Chief Tech Officer, Metacog (and Victory Productions)
You say seat-time, I say competency, June 23rd, 2016

Doug has been working on creating and scaling technology-enabled personalized learning for the better part of the past 20 years. The tools didn’t really exist in 1994 when he established an interactive software simulation business unit at Pearson Addison-Wesley aimed at higher ed math, economics, and hard science.

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They existed (only if you were Amazon or a similar behemoth) in 2003 when he built a team at to create a multi-publisher learning and assessment platform. From 2007 to 2013 he consulted to a number of leading adaptive learning companies and was also a board advisor to DreamBox Learning.

For the past 3+ years, he’s been focused on building the metacog (short for metacognitive) learning analytics platform as an internet-scale utility for ingesting, analyzing, and visualizing detailed learner behavior – not only to score open-ended learning games and experiences, but also to detect learner affect (boredom/engagement, deep/shallow learning, clueless vs. transgressive play, etc.).

Cheri Sterman
Director, Education Crayola
Fine and Performing Arts, August 25th, 2016

“Bringing colorful wings to the invisible things that live in the hearts and minds of children” defines Cheri’s career.  Cheri helps educators understand creativity and build their creative capacity. She translates research and best practices into professional development resources.

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Cheri has served on the Executive Boards of the: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and National Child Development Council. She provides Creative Leadership professional development for the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Program, the US Department of Education, and school districts across the nation.

Prior to joining Crayola Cheri taught child development at the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair College in Ohio. Today she leads creative capacity building seminars for the National Art Education Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association for the Education of Young Children, the International Literacy Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Title I conference, and other national education summits–inspiring colorful learning!

TammyS_PhotoTamara Sumner
Executive Director of Digital Learning Sciences
More Than Just A Good Idea, November 18th, 2014

Tamara Sumner is Executive Director of Digital Learning Sciences, a collaborative R&D center between the University of Colorado and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Our research examines how cognitive tools, computational algorithms, and interactive media can improve learning outcomes and learner engagement.

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We aim to invent technologies, processes, and know-how that can be replicated on a wider scale. Sumner is also an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Cognitive Science and Computer Science. She has extensive research publications in human-computer interaction, educational technology, design cognition, digital libraries, and intelligent systems.


Annie Teich 
President at Teich Group
Marketing to pK-12 in 2016, September 22nd, 2015

Annie Galvin Teich has worked for more than 25 years in K-12 publishing with broad experience in audience development, sales, direct marketing, and custom communications. She now works with education companies to develop shareable content such as case studies, white papers, newsletters, eBooks, web articles, social media, and webinars.


Frank Thalhofer
Managing Director at Cornelsen Schulverlage
Teacher? What is a Book?, October 15th, 2015

I am a managing director at Cornelsen educational publishing since March 2013. Cornelsen is one of the leading educational publishing houses in Germany, found in 1946. Our company covers all schooltypes and subjects from Kindergarden to A-level, also including vocational training and adult language training. 

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I am in charge of the editorial departments for kindergarden/primary school, vocational training, adult language training and some subsidiaries, especially in german-speaking countries. I hold a university degree in history and french language and litterature, did a marketing training after finishing university. I held a number of various positions in the german educational publishing industry. Before entering management board at Cornelsen I was head of strategic marketing and did a lot of market research and analysis. I am with Cornelsen for 18 years.


Dr. Suzanne Thouvenelle
Early Childhood Development Content Liaison, National Head Start Information and Communications Center
Early Childhood Education, November 13, 2013

For more than 25 years Dr. Thouvenelle has been a strong advocate for young children and their families. Prior to joining the Head Start Knowledge Information Management Services (HSKIMS) as an Education and Child Development content expert in 2004, she had a variety of experiences in the field of Early Care and Education including research and evaluation, software publishing, curriculum development, and teacher preparation.

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One of her areas of interest is working with EC educators in efforts to integrate computer technology with the teaching/learning process. She collaborated with a team to create a unique and versatile approach to help children maintain their home languages and learn English, too. This software program integrates technology with effective teaching and learning principles, and what we know and understand how young children learn a second or even their own home language.

Currently Suzanne Thouvenelle is an Early Childhood Development Content Liaison with the National Head Start Information and Communications Center and is responsible for identifying and developing online resources for the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). In this role she collaborates with the Office of Head Start and National Centers to leverage new and emerging technologies to promote interactive e-learning experiences that support the professional development of managers and staff working in delivering quality services to the early care and education community.

Her recent experiences emphasize identifying and disseminating resources that promote evidence-based practices important for Head Start teaching teams and staff working with parents on school readiness and other key outcomes. Professional Development via Distance Education remains an additional area of interest.

Bernie Trilling 
Founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors
Play to Learn Part II, July 21, 2015

is Founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors, and the former global director of the Oracle Education Foundation, where he directed the development of education strategies, partnerships, and services for the Foundation and its ThinkQuest programs. He has served as Board Member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), co-chaired the committee that developed the highly regarded “rainbow” learning framework, and is currently a P21 Senior Fellow and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.

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Bernie has developed pioneering educational programs and services and is an active member of a variety of organizations dedicated to bringing 21st century deeper learning methods to students and teachers across the globe. Prior to joining the Oracle Education Foundation, Bernie was Director of the Technology In Education group at WestEd, a U.S. national educational laboratory, where he led a team of educational experts in integrating technology into both the instructional and administrative realms of education. He has also served in a variety of roles in both education and industry, including Executive Producer for Instruction at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he helped lead a state-of-the-art global interactive distance learning network.

Bernie co-authored the widely acclaimed book, 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, published by Wiley, and has written chapters for books such as the Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills collection. He has also written dozens of articles for educational journals and magazines and is a featured speaker and workshop leader at numerous educational gatherings.

Bernie has been researching the common principles and practices of over 500 schools that are models for 21st century learning as part of the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning initiative. As a consultant to The Conference Board he has worked on redefining the future of work and what students need to be work ready. He has also been a consultant to the Raikes Foundation in their work on student agency and the mindsets and learning strategies that lead to student success.

Bernie is a lifelong, self-propelled learner. He has devoted much of his career to furthering the kinds of learning experiences he has found most engaging, collaborative, relevant, and powerful, working to make these experiences available to learners of all ages.

FrancescaVenning_May2014Francesca Venning
Ed.D. Learning Technology Consultant, Venning and Associates
Privacy, Anonymity, and Instruction, May 20th, 2014

Dr. Francesca Venning consults with K-12 districts and schools on creating digital learning environments that enhance and accelerate student learning. Francesca helps districts in all phases of planning and implementation, including delivering professional development and providing onsite support for 1:1 and 2:1 mobile learning programs. Her speciality is working with districts that service culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.

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Before returning to the K-12 environment, Francesca spent over fifteen years as a Senior Marketing Manager in Education at Apple Inc. While there, her focus was on curriculum integration, 1 to 1 implementations, and district/site leadership. She was a founding consultant in Apple Professional Development, which delivers workshops to educational institutions across the United States. Francesca has also lectured at San Jose State University, University of San Francisco, and Stanford University.

Melissa Wadman
Manager of Program Evaluation, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Museums and New Instructional Resources, May 19th, 2015

Melissa Wadman is the Manager of Program Evaluation at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Her work at the Smithsonian includes overseeing various evaluation projects related to educational programming and facilitating a culture of evaluation institution-wide through professional development opportunities and resource-sharing. 

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She has worked on a variety of educational evaluation projects involving school-museum partnership programs and as the PI for a grant project in collaboration with the University of Maryland on what supports students need for self-directed learning with Smithsonian digital assets. She has extensive experience in informal learning evaluation working with a variety of museums including children’s museums, science centers, art museums and history museums. Ms. Wadman has worked both as an external consultant in research and evaluation as well as an in-house evaluator (most recently as Director of Impact Evaluation at Liberty Science Center). She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She is the Lead for the American Alliance of Museum’s Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation’s Online Engagement subcommittee.

Edwin Wargo
CEO & Founder, 3rd Quote
School need and purchases in the Spring, April 26th, 2016

Edwin’s fascination with school purchasing, data, machine learning, marketplaces, learning and epistemology is rooted in growing-up poor in the 80’s, and his 20 year career as a K-12 teacher, community college instructor, district and school technology coordinator, and educational technology consultant.

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He is Founder and CEO of Learning Driven Computing, LLC a company that offers 11th Hour and 3rd Quote. 11th Hour migrates and supports schools across the US to/with Google Apps for Education. It was this experience working with hard-working, busy technology leaders/teachers and his own experiences (and frustrations) working in K-12 schools that led to 3rd Quote. 3rd Quote is morphing into a just-in-time data compendium and analysis tool to democratize school purchasing. 

In addition to writing and speaking about school purchasing, he has also given many presentations on learning and technology. Edwin has also served on local, state, and national technology committees. He has met with White House advisors, the FTC Commissioner, and the NJ Senators’ staff about student data privacy. Edwin is currently enrolled in a Data Science Boot Camp. He holds two technical Google Certifications – Google Apps Deployment Specialist and Google Apps Certified Administrator. He earned a BS in Secondary Education-English/Communications from Penn State University and an M.Ed. in School Leadership from Wilmington University.  Edwin loves spending time with his awesome wife and two daughters, one of whom is an avid reader and the other as a first grader has proclaimed she is going to be a teacher, and who is always willing to re-teach that day’s lessons at home on her whiteboard.

JamesWelsh_October2014James Welsh
Assistant Director, Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Ready or Not?, October 15, 2013

James Welsh is the Assistant Director of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and a doctoral candidate in Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida College of Education. A former elementary school teacher, James is the program coordinator for technology integration support in the USF College of Education and the project leader for the Technology Integration Matrix K-12 evaluation tools.

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James has served in a leadership position for technology integration throughout the college since 2006 when he was the lead trainer for the USF College of Education Laptop Initiative. He directs the Tampa Theatre Film Camp, a digital filmmaking summer camp, now in its tenth year. James conducts research with the Contemporary Literacies Collaborative at USF. His research interests include evaluation of educational technology, critical media literacy, student creation of multimedia texts, and the role of genre in student composition.


Kris Wetterlund
Director of Education and Interpretation, Corning Museum of Glass
Museums and New Instructional Resources, May 19th, 2015

Kris Wetterlund strategizes and oversees the vision for education and interpretation throughout the Corning Museum of Glass. Wetterlund has been an art museum educator for 20 years, and founded and serves as editor for Museum-Ed ( a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the professional development of museum educators.

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Wetterlund teaches in the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, Wetterlund was educator-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where she wrote a guide for interpretive writing for art museum educators, If You Can’t See It Don’t Say It. In the beginning of 2016 she will be a Getty Museum Guest Scholar in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, dedicating three months to research regarding interpretation and art museum education.


Joyce Whitby 
National Vice President of Sales, School Messenger
School need and purchases in the Spring, April 26th, 2016

Ms. Whitby began her career as an elementary school teacher in NYC Public Schools teaching third grade English Language Learners in Brooklyn, New York. She then spent over ten years teaching Educational Technology at Long Island University (LIU), where in 1984 she developed the T.E.A.M. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multi-media.) 

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Her work at LIU focused on the emerging field of instructional technology, multimedia and alternative forms of student assessment. She has developed strategic instructional technology initiatives targeting large and urban environments for several organizations including WICAT Systems, Jostens Learning, Scientific Learning, HeadSprout Early Learning, Apple Computer, and Monarch Teaching Technologies, makers of VizZle software for special needs students, including autism. She currently leads the sales organization for West’s Education group, focused on parent and community engagement solutions.

Randy_pppRandy Wilhelm 
CEO and Founder, Knovation
My Product Received an Award, July 28th, 2016

Randy Wilhelm is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Knovation, an organization that has pioneered the curation, contextualization, alignment and maintenance of Open Educational Resources (OER) for K-12 learning since 1999. While Knovation may be best known by its applications netTrekker and icurio, their unique, tested approach to curating content is the hallmark of their success, and the very thing that has driven their applications to receive accolades.

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As an evangelist for honoring the curiosity in every child, Wilhelm has served on many education and youth related not-for-profit boards including the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the Executive Advisory Board for Xavier University, Williams College of Business (Entrepreneurship & Management), and Teen Challenge Cincinnati. He is often a featured speaker, and presented a TEDx talk in 2012. Wilhelm lives in West Chester, Ohio, where he and his wife raised five children.


TedWillard_April2014Ted Willard
Program Director, National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
Science Education: The Generation, April 22nd, 2014

Ted Willard is Program Director of NGSS @NSTA at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In that role, he oversaw NSTA’s feedback during the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and now coordinates NSTA’s efforts to support teachers in implementation of NGSS.Prior to joining NSTA two years ago, Ted spent 12 years at Project 2061. There he was responsible for the development of the growth-of-understanding maps published in Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2.

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Ted also was involved in many other areas of Project 2061’s efforts towards standards-based education reform including curriculum resources development, assessment development, science education research, and teacher professional development. Earlier in his career, Ted spent five years teaching high school physics in Asheville, North Carolina and five years editing elementary and high school science textbooks for the Globe Book Company (now part of Pearson) and Harcourt Brace School Publishers (now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Ted holds a B.S. in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Lee Wilson
Chief Executive Officer,  Filament Games
Play to Learn Part 1, April 21st, 2015

Lee is CEO of Filament Games. With stints in hardware, software, and textbooks he speaks from 26 years of experience in the K12 market. He has been an executive at Apple, Pearson, Harcourt, PCI Education, and Chancery Software. Through his consultancy, Headway Strategies, he was worked with 40+ companies across the industry on strategy and operations.

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He is on the boards of AAP and Presence Learning. Formerly he served on the AEP Board, the SIIA Board, and was involved in the start of SIF and LRMI. Lee earned an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Princeton.

Ira Wolfman
President / Chief Consultant, POE Communications
Membership has its benefits, May 24th, 2016

Ira Wolfman is the president of POE Communications, a media consulting company that works with educational publishers, parenting and children’s magazines, and nonprofit organizations to develop outstanding cross-platform digital and print materials. 

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POE’s team of writers, editors, designers, and web developers bring deep experience in educational and consumer publishing. Wolfman spent two decades as head of content at Sesame Street and Weekly Reader, where he developed innovative web content and periodicals that won more than 100 awards.

Christi Wright
Curriculum Manager, Florida Virtual School
You say seat-time, I say competency, June 23rd, 2016

Christi is well-known for giving fresh perspectives, solid advice, and a well-thought-out approach. After all, in her 12 years at Florida Virtual School, Christi has worn many hats—English instructor, content writer, curriculum specialist team lead, and now, curriculum manager. 

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In her current position, Christi manages the English Language Arts, Engagement Writer, and Career and Technical Education teams and leads special projects like the Personalized Learning Initiative. Advising her teams on anything from creative pedagogical strategies to Pat Benatar’s best hits, Christi’s versatility and honesty make her an admirable leader. Her passion for helping others succeed defines her dedication to her team—unwavering. Over the course of her career, Christi has earned the Disney Teacheriffic Award, published articles on e-learning, worked with the Gates Foundation to develop new courses, and served on the FDOE Course Descriptions Committee. When she’s not leading the charge for innovative distance learning, you can find her spending time with family and enjoying the Florida outdoors.

CathyZier_ETTSeptCathy Zier
Head of Software Sales & Strategic Alliances, Promethean
Digital…More or Less?, September 17, 2013

Cathy is a recognized leader in the education sector. Over the course of her career she has successfully developed business strategies, created products and designed solution-based services to support teachers. Having spent 12 years as in Special Education teacher and administrator, Cathy understands the challenges educators face.

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After leaving the classroom, she spent 10 years at Apple in Sales and Marketing roles helping drive technology adoption. As an entrepreneur, she was CEO of her own company for 11 years, and developed a specialized student information system for creating and managing individualized learning plans and progress reporting. She subsequently sold the assets to Public Consulting Group in 2008 where she continued to manage the GoalViewtm business line. In her current role as Head of Software Sales & Strategic Alliances, Cathy is leading Promethean’s strategy around content integration with interactive surfaces, business to business alliances and managing Promethean’s enterprise software sales initiative. Her knowledge of the industry and experience from the classroom to the boardroom helps drive a number of transformational partnerships across the country focused on designing 21st-century learning environments. Cathy is also on the NEA Foundation Board and SIIA Education Board.