You will hear from school and education leaders who will share strategies and tactics for improving student learning.

Monica M. Beglau

Executive Director, eMINTS National Center

Monica M. Beglau is the executive director of the eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, where she leads a staff engaged in delivering professional-development support to educators across Missouri, the United States, and Australia. The acronym eMINTS stands for “enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies.” The program was recently awarded a highly competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant. Beglau also oversees the e-Learning for Educators online professional-development program. Her experience in education includes positions as executive director of the Partnerships for Educational Renewal at the University of Missouri and at the University of Wyoming, and as an elementary principal in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as the 2011 Outstanding Leader.

Jhone Ebert

Chief Technology Officer, Clark County School District, Nevada

Jhone Ebert has served students and staff members of the Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth-largest district, for over 20 years. As an award-winning mathematics teacher, the district’s first secondary technology coordinator, its first virtual high school principal, and the founder and current chair of the Nevada Commission on Educational Technology, Ebert has developed a vision that continues to drive education reform in Clark County and the state of Nevada. Having also served as director of mathematics, executive director of curriculum and instruction, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and professional development, she draws on her experience in curriculum and educational technology as the district embarks on major reforms in technology integration and blended learning. All county schools will be supported in providing choice and innovation in instruction through the implementation of a districtwide vision that continues to transform learning environments. Clark County’s approach includes offering six models of blended learning, using a modular approach to program development and implementation, and leveraging technologies such as electronic textbooks and curriculum resources to alter instructional processes and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Mark Edwards

Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District

Mark Edwards serves as the superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, N.C. Previously, he was the superintendent of Virginia’s Danville and Henrico County districts. He was Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2001 and was named a recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education in 2003. For more than 30 years, he has served students in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, dean, and superintendent. Edwards is considered a pioneer of 1-to-1 computing in public schools. He is currently leading his second district 1-to-1 laptop initiative, equipping more than 5,400 students in the Mooresville district with 21st-century tools via laptops, interactive boards, and iPads.

Greg Gunn

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, City Light Capital, and Co-founder, Wireless Generation

Greg Gunn is an entrepreneur-in-residence at City Light Capital, a venture capital firm investing in U.S.-based, high-growth companies dedicated to tackling some of society’s toughest challenges. In 2000, he co-founded Wireless Generation, a leading educational software company now serving more than 3 million students with assessment and instructional products. As president of the company, Gunn created and led the product-development team, shipping the mCLASS® hand-held formative-assessment platform. He took over and revamped the company’s sales division, landing key state and district sales and tripling the company’s revenue in 18 months. As chief scientist, he designed highly effective professional-development techniques and created the company’s analytics and data-mining division, which turned raw data into new insights about student learning progressions. The company was sold to News Corp. in December 2010. Gunn has experience teaching mathematics, physics, and computer science to students from 4th grade through the postgraduate level. He worked for the Champion International Middle School Partnership, where he developed technology-assisted teaching methods for 6th grade mathematics. He recently wrote for Education Week’s Futures of School Reform blog, in which he dealt with such topics as how teachers can leverage technology to enhance student engagement. He believes technology can inspire teachers to make the core curriculum more meaningful and change students’ educational lives for the better.

Cindy Hamblin

Director, Illinois Virtual School

Cindy Hamblin is the director of the Illinois Virtual School (IVS) which currently serves 195 public and private schools in the state. Hamblin and her team oversee online courses offered to students (grades 5-12) from partnering schools. In addition, IVS has launched an online professional-development delivery system for educators throughout the state. Before her work at IVS, Hamblin assisted school districts with technology plans, 1-to-1 state initiatives, professional development, and other programs to support educational technology in K-12 schools. She was the co-chair of the Illinois Education and Technology Conference from 2000 to 2009, a member of the Illinois Computing Education Governing Board, and a 2007 recipient of the “Making It Happen” Award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

Frederick M. (Rick) Hess

Co-editor, Customizing Schooling: Beyond Whole School Reform and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Rick Hess is a resident scholar and the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington. A prolific author and influential thinker, his books include Customized Schooling: Beyond Whole School Reform, Education Unbound, and The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas. A former high school social studies teacher, he writes the edweek.org blog Rick Hess Straight Up. He also teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University. Hess knows what it takes to create an educational culture that embraces creative problem-solving. And he’s passionate about districtwide innovation and scalability of innovative approaches that work.

Rob Mancabelli

Co-author of Personal Learning Networks:

Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education

With nearly 20 years of experience in leadership, technology, and planning, Rob Mancabelli helps education leaders build 21st-century schools. His focus is on the change process: how to generate successful adoption of new practices, particularly around social media and learning. A dynamic speaker, Mancabelli has inspired audiences around the world with his insights into methods for transforming organizations. He is a former chief information officer with a background in planning and leadership that includes certification as a project manager and M.B.A. work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He blogs at mancabelli.com and for SchoolCIO magazine. He serves on educational advisory boards for Dell Computer and Acer Corp. He co-authored with Will Richardson, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, released in May 2011.

Jay McPhail

Director, K-12 Instructional Technology and Career Technical Education, Riverside Unified School District

Jay McPhail is the director of K-12 instructional technology and career technical education for the Riverside Unified School District in California. He began teaching as a second career in 1998 at Perris High School, in the Perris Union High School District. His understanding of technology and its power to transform the educational environment led to his being appointed director of technology from 2000 to 2003, when he was selected as teacher of the year for Perris High School. In 2004, he was hired as an instructional services specialist in instructional technology for Riverside Unified, where he led successful efforts to win two highly competitive Enhancing Education Through Technology grants for the district. McPhail has been a presenter at numerous national ed-tech conferences, and he currently serves on the Hewlett Packard National Educational Council, the Promethean National Advisory Council, and the Intelligent Papers International Advisory Board. Most recently, he has been asked to participate on a national panel to define the idea and philosophy of “open access.” McPhail is known nationally as an instructional leader who is passionate about the appropriate use of technology within the curriculum and the empowerment of teachers and students using technology.

Bailey Mitchell

Chair, Consortium for School Networking Board of Directors, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District

Bailey Mitchell brings 25 years of experience as an educator and has worked for the past 13 years as the chief technology and information officer for the Forsyth County schools in the growing community outside Atlanta. He is responsible for the educational and administrative technology enterprise, with a focus on personalized learning, collaborative classrooms, mobile computing, parent communication, and teacher support. The district is nationally recognized as a leader in educational technology. Prior to working for the Forsyth County schools, Mitchell served as the director of instructional technology at the Georgia Department of Education. He recently become the chair of the Consortium for School Networking, the premier professional association for school district technology leaders, committed to providing the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.

Darlene Rankin

Director of Instructional Technology, Katy Independent School District

Starting her 21st year in public education, Darlene Rankin is the director of instructional technology for the Katy Independent School District, a Houston-area district recognized nationally for technology innovation. Katy ISD is a fast-growth district, with a current enrollment of 62,000 students. In recent years, the district has implemented a mobile-learning initiative at the elementary level as well as a filtered public Wi-Fi capability that allows students in grades 2-12 and their teachers to “bring their own devices” to school. After being an instructional technology coordinator in two districts and a classroom teacher in two others, Rankin has become most passionate about engaging students in content in the meaningful ways needed for them to become successful lifelong learners. She also believes strongly that making that engagement a reality looks different for each student. Rankin, who is in her tenth year at Katy ISD, knows how critical student, parent, teacher, and community involvement can be to ensuring support for the evolving ed-tech landscape as the district embraces change.

Kim A. Rice

Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Chief Operating Officer, Boston Public Schools

Kim A. Rice was the chief information officer for the 57,000-student Boston school system from 2004 until early 2011, when she became the district’s deputy superintendent and assistant chief operating officer. She was formerly the director of strategic planning for information services at the Massachusetts Department of Education, where she was the data architect on the design team for the Massachusetts Virtual Education space, an online portal of education resources that is now called MassONE. Rice worked to modernize the Boston Public School’s pool of 20,000 instructional computers as well as other technologies used in the district. An engaging speaker who is highly respected in the educational technology community, she helped build the district’s student-information system and worked toward establishing more 1-to-1 computing environments in city schools.

Will Richardson

Co-author of Personal Learning Networks:

Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education

Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at Weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines. Recently, he shifted his blogging emphasis to willrichardson.com. He was a public school educator for 22 years and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice, a unique professional-development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the past three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms has sold more than 80,000 copies and has influenced classroom practice around the world. His second book, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, was released in May 2011, and was co-authored with Rob Mancabelli. His articles have appeared in Educational Leadership, Education Week, English Journal, Edutopia, and Principal Leadership, among others, and over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in more than a dozen countries about the merits of online learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a member of the national advisory board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and a columnist for District Administration magazine.


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