Well versed in digital content and curriculum change, the adoption process, successful strategies, and helping schools understand what’s available and what will work, Leilani often writes on the changes and future of the education space. Leilani is a consulting, media, research, marketing and sales professional with 26 years of experience in the high tech, government and education sectors.
Expert and charismatic change-agent helping schools move forward with a well-reasoned strategy for digital content and curriculum, professional development and IT strategy. Former Superintendent, Director of Technology Services, Principal, and Teacher in North Carolina Public Schools.
Founder of the Exceptional Language & Innovation Academy and owner of both Newline Education and Digital Publishing House LLC, Joe Du Fore started his educational career as a Biology and mathematics teacher. He then moved on to be a Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Instructional Design Center at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He now devotes all of his time to writing and traveling the world, promoting digital citizenship, literacy, immersion and creativity through digital infusion and understanding.
Christopher Piehler is the former editor-in-chief of THE Journal. He has been an ed tech commentator on both TV and radio, has served as a CODiE award judge, and has been a speaker at the FETC and CoSN conferences.
Julia Brolin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and has received more than 20 awards for her storytelling. Early in her career she worked as a news reporter for Fox 21 News in Duluth, MN where she made many connections with school administrators, educators, and students which fueled her excitement around education and technology. In her free time Julia enjoys fishing and snowboarding in below zero temperatures and playing with her dog Cooper.
Founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade, which publishes online courses to teach math and reading through songs, video, and games. In 1998, he brought together educators, musicians, artists and programmers to produce innovative, engaging lessons designed to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of song, video, games and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped over 1 million students find a new path to learning success.
Director of Education for ReadingKingdom, a revolutionary online reading & writing program. She is a world-renowned literacy and language expert on the faculty of Columbia University where she created and directed the Light on Literacy Program. She has lectured extensively around the world, authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and books and developed numerous award winning teaching programs. She is also a recipient of the Upton Sinclair Award which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to Education.
Rachel is a freelance writer committed to telling stories of interest and value within the education space. Rachel spent several years as the Program Manager of an entrepreneurial mentoring organization. She studied economics and fire juggling at the University of Massachusetts.
A former archaeologist and middle school teacher, is the founder and president of Dig-It! Games, an independent developer of interactive educational games for kids. Through a seamless blend of fun and learning, Dig-It! Games believes in the power of games to change the way kids learn.
Jamie is a technical writer at SAS and co-author of the book “Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators and Learners.” She also co-authored last year’s “Implement, Improve and Expand Your Statewide Longitudinal Data System: Creating a Culture of Data in Education.”
She has the pleasure and honor of showcasing the amazing work that educators across the country are doing. As Principal of Underscore Creative, a boutique marketing firm that specializes in working with education businesses, a significant part of Emily’s week is spent talking with educators about the innovative ways they’re using her clients’ products and services to improve learning outcomes for their students. Emily holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Emporia State University.
Suhail is a former physicist turned education advocate and Founder/CEO of K12 Insight. He’s on a mission to rebuild public trust in America’s K-12 schools by helping educators build stronger relationships with parents, teachers, students, and staff.
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of CSE, College of Engineering, University of Michigan. In 2001, UMich undergraduates awarded Soloway the “Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher of the Year”. In 2004 and 2011, students in the EECS HKN Honor Society awarded him the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” Soloway has given presentations on educational technology all over the world for the past 20+ years.
Regents Professor, College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas. Norris taught math for 14 years in the Dallas Public Schools, where she was awarded its “Golden Apple Outstanding Educator Award”. Cathie has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA). Norris has given presentations on educational technology all over the world for the past 20+ years.
Katie Ann Wilson brings passion to educational technology with over 12 years’ experience in the public school sector. She is known the world over as the go-to person for information on implementing augmented reality in schools with over 200,000 educators and administrators reached. She founded the Augmented Reality for Education Google+ group and her blog The Diary of the Techie Chick has generated many new ideas in educational technology.
Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD (TX). He is also the founder of the learning festival called iPadpalooza and the author of the six-volume Mobile Learning Mindset series of books, which offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives.
Jonathan has more than 25 years of experience in information technology, cloud operations, data analytics, software development and corporate strategy. As Chief Technology Officer of Intermedia, he is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, ensuring that Intermedia continues to deliver the security, availability and value that its customers depend on. Levine holds five patents on his innovations in online marketing and database technology, is the co-author of two books on e-commerce and Java technology.
In his long career working with educational technology, Don W. Brown, D.Ed., has been the Director of Gladstone Center for Children and Families (OR), an assessment specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, and an instructional technologist for Lane Education Service District (OR). He currently helps clients at Odysseyware make the transition to online curriculum.
John Page is a software engineer, originally from England, and now living in California's Silicon Valley. Seeing that computers could do a much better job of conveying concepts than heavy paper textbooks, he built the site Math Open Reference to help teachers teach and students learn.
Dr. Sally I’Anson is the Director of Research at PowerSchool, an education technology platform for K-12, serving more than 57 million users, 20 million students, 36 million parents, and 70 countries around the world.
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He is the author of four books on best practices in learning. Twitter: @ideaguy42
Dr. Leanna Prater is a Technology Integration Specialist at Fayette County Schools in Lexington, KY. She is also a LEGO Education Ambassador Program (LEAP) teacher. Connect with her on twitter: @TOTALTeacher
Judy is the CEO and founder of iLearnCollaborative, a nonprofit organization that offers educational services to schools and districts in the U.S. and Latin America supporting blended and online education. She has 25+ years in education including 14 years in online/blended learning. She is also the co-founder and chief operations officer at eL3, LLC.
Cathleen Norris and Elliot Soloway work as team – bringing education and technology together – what a concept! Cathleen is Regents Professor & Departmental Chair, College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas. Elliot is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of CSE, College of Engineering, University of Michigan. They can be reached at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Dr. Lynn Moody oversees 20,000 students, 3,000 employees and 35 schools. She works closely with the community, business leaders, parents, teachers and administrators to create a new vision for education in her area. Dr. Moody has held the positions of teacher, counselor, coach and administrator.
Patricia Holzman is an educator at the A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a certified Special Education and Elementary Education Teacher with thirty years of experience. She now teaches a Science and Math Enrichment Program titled S.M.I.L.E. @PholzmanHolzman
Deborah has over 30 years experience in assessment, learning media, teacher professional development and blended learning. She is the Chief Education Officer at Awesome Stories and CEO of Learning Bond, LLC.
Heather holds bachelor and master’s degrees in education, has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a fourth-grade teacher in the Beaverton School District in Oregon. She is the recipient of several technology grants, which has enabled her students to have and learn using everything from tablets to interactive large displays.
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 as TASB's Director of Government Relations.
Alan is an international leader in education technology. He thrives on confirming and challenging educators’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. More than anything, he is a teacher at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages. Visit him online: www.novemberlearning.com. Follow him on Twitter @globalearner
Stephany is a #MTPSpride Teacher in Middletown Township Public School District in New Jersey. Stephany is a Google for Edu Certified Trainer and Educator, a New Jersey Core Advocate, and Co-Moderator for the #njed Twitter chat. Connect with Stephany on Twitter @MissHesslein, and on Google+ google.com/+StephanyHesslein
Deagan is the Director of Instructional Technology for Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Colorado. In this role, he is responsible for working with schools to design and implement personalized learning by leveraging blended models of instruction.
Anthony is a 5th-grade science and social studies teacher at Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC. He holds the title of Apple Distinguished Educator, TED-Ed Innovative Educator, and was just selected as Teacher of the Year for the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
Dr. Shawn K. Wightman is the Superintendent of Marysville School District in Marysville, MI. In this position he is responsible for approximately 300 staff and 2,750 students. He is outstpoken about utilizing technology and digital curriculum to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
Chris is the President and COO of Freshgrade and is passionate about growing and transforming the education sector. He has more than twenty years of experience as a director and contributor on numerous Boards and Committees exploring innovation and excellence in education. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Free the Children.
Ryan is the principal of Maui Preparatory Academy. Ryan’s experiences have seen him as a Marine Science instructor at Seacamp in the Florida Keys, a naturalist for killer whale, dolphin, and beluga whale shows at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, a tree planter in British Columbia (including encounters with grizzly bears), and a manager of video game testers in Europe and Canada. Ryan is one of the founding faculty members of Maui Prep.