Director of Technology and Innovation, South Fayette Township School District, Pennsylvania
Aileen Owens is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the South Fayette School District. An experienced Instructional Technologist, Ms. Owens has an extensive 14-year history and diverse experiences building partnerships and integrating technology in K-12 and higher education. Ms. Owens joined South Fayette in July 2010 and has focused on integrating computational thinking, both within the curriculum and in after-school initiatives. Along with providing professional development opportunities, Ms. Owens collaborates with teachers to introduce innovative programs such as: Scratch introductory programming language in 5th – 7th grades; Robo Art, the creation of three dimensional programmable art in 8th grade; and after-school Video Game Design in 7th and 8th grades. Additionally, she has focused on building career vision in STEAM through distance-learning, emergency rescue simulations, such as Moon, Mars, and Beyond in 4th grade, and e-Mission Montserrat in 8th grade.
Former Governor of West Virginia and President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that has become a national leader for reforming the nation’s high schools so that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and a career. After serving a combined 24 years as governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislator, Gov. Wise has become a sought-after speaker and advisor on education issues as well as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, White House, and key policymakers in the U.S. Congress. In 2011, Gov. Wise was named to the NonProfit Times’s “Power & Influence Top 50,” an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the nonprofit sector.
CEO, Silicon Schools Fund
Brian Greenberg is a former Chief Academic Officer, school founder, principal, and classroom teacher with organizations including Envision Schools, Leadership Public Schools Hayward, the Match School in Boston, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. His leadership and service include roles with the Stanford University Principal Fellows, New Leaders for New Schools, and Startup Weekend. He is the creator of theBlend My Learning website, focused on innovations in the ed tech sector, and co-creator of the Khan Academy Tutorials and Coursera MOOC on blended learning. Brian received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Byron V. Garrett
Director of Educational Leadership & Policy, Microsoft
One of the most compelling voices of our times, Byron V. Garrett is Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance and former CEO of the National PTA. An advisor to Fortune 500 companies, organizations, and individuals, Byron directs the innovative schools program for Microsoft and provides guidance to the Classroom and Community Group for Scholastic. A leading education advocate, Byron served as a key strategist for NBC News' Education Nation and produced the 1st Annual Building A Grad Nation Summit for the America's Promise Alliance. In addition, he is a former K-8 principal and served as a co-convener of the Helping America’s Youth Initiative for the White House. He is the author of The ABC’s of Life.
Co-Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools
Diane is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools. She founded Summit's flagship school, Summit Preparatory Charter High School, in 2003, quickly earning the reputation as one of the best public high schools in the nation, according to national rankings by Newsweek and US News & World Report. Diane also serves as the Board Chair of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Board of Directors and is a member of the Spring 2013 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. Prior to Summit, she spent ten years as a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Southern California, an MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Teacher, Palo Alto High School, Vice Chair, Creative Commons
Wojcicki has taught at Palo Alto High School since 1984, where she currently teaches journalism and English. There she began the journalism program which has grown to become one of the largest in the nation. She has worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post. Wojcicki was the 1990 Northern California Journalism teacher of the year, and was selected as the California Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She served on the University of California Office of the President Curriculum Committee where she helped revise the beginning and advanced journalism curriculum for the state of California. In 2009, she was awarded the Gold Key by Columbia Scholastic Press Association in recognition of outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press. Wojcicki is also on the Board of Trustees of the Developmental Studies Center and on the Board of Governors of the Alliance for Excellent Education. She serves as Chairman of the Board of Learning Matters.
Global Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.
Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the Google Policy Team, the YouTube Team, and the Google Capital Team. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves in advisory roles to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including serving on the City of Phoenix Task Force on Technology Advancement. Jaime also teaches at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.
Digital Learning Coordinator, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Illinois
Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 32 Chicago Public Schools. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and CPS 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Jennie works to redefine education through digital learning. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera.
Education Consultant & Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and director of the federal Race to the Top program, is an independent consultant to organizations on education programs, technologies, and policy. For the past 15 years, she has focused on driving systems-level education change through high-impact grantmaking, investing, and policymaking. Prior to that, Joanne led companies that pioneered technology-based approaches to solving teaching and learning challenges in K-12 and higher education.
Linda Roberts, Ed.D.
Founding Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
Linda G. Roberts, Ed.D. serves as Senior Advisor to Carnegie Learning Inc., Classroom Connect, Apple Computer and several leading technology companies. Previously, Dr. Roberts served as Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology from its inception in September 1993 to January 2001. From 1984 to 1993, Dr. Roberts led the research on educational technology as Senior Associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Since leaving government in January 2001, Dr. Roberts has served as Advisor, Consultant, and board director in various organizations, state and local governments, corporations, and foundations. She serves as a Trustee of the Board of the Sesame Workshop, Education Development Corporation and the Education Development Center, Inc. Dr. Roberts was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, University Professor and Academic Dean.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Education, Christensen Institute
Michael Horn is a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as the executive director of its education program. In 2008, Michael co-authored the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson. Michael has written several white papers about blended learning and is coeditor with Frederick Hess of the book Private Enterprise and Public Education. Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael was also selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea.
Michael Levine, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
Dr. Michael H. Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization based at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of other world regions and cultures. Michael previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media, and primary grades reform and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives.
General Manager for Education, Common Sense Media
As general manager of education, Mike steers the growth and distribution of Common Sense Media's groundbreaking K-12 digital citizenship curriculum, which is in use by over 72,000 schools worldwide. Mike also oversees the launch of new education products such as Common Sense Media’s Graphite, an innovative new platform that makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for use in the classroom. He brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development in the education sector to the role, having previously held many executive positions such as vice president of Apple's education division and president of Leapfrog's school division. He holds a Bachelor's degree in health, physical education, and recreation from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Technology Integration Coach, Ladue School District
Patricia Brown is a professional development specialist, an adjunct graduate professor, and an edtech consultant. She has been an educator since 2001. She spent nine years as a classroom teacher with the St. Louis Public Schools. Patricia instantly became intrigued with discovering how students learned, and how technology enhances student achievement. Patricia wanted to provide her student with opportunities to conceptualize the impact technology has on their daily lives. Like most public schools, her school did not have adequate funding for technology, so she applied for and was awarded a technology grant valued at over $25,000 for her classroom. With advanced degrees in Educational Technology, she is passionate about providing educators with practical ways to integrate technology through her trainings, blog, and website. She believes, preparing teachers will ultimately prepare students to compete in our global society through 21st century teaching and learning. In 2006, she was honored as Teacher of the Year. On a personal side she is a lifelong partner to her husband, and mom-in chief to her five sons.
Science Teacher, Saint Lawrence Academy, California
Rachel Iufer is a science educator living in San Francisco, California. She is passionate about providing the highest quality education for her students and building scientific communities in the school. She uses a constructivist, inquiry-based approach with problem and project-based learning as well as whole-class inquiry and alternative assessments. Rachel is a National Society of High School Scholars Educator of Distinction.
Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD, Texas
Rafranz is an instructional technology specialist for a Dallas/Fort Worth area school district. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovative teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners.
Tom Vander Ark
CEO, Getting Smart and Partner, Learn Capital
Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment. He is CEO of Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm and a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm investing in edtech startups. Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience including serving as a senior executive for a national public retail chain. Tom is Treasurer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), board chair of Charter Board Partners, and is a director of Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation, and Strive for College. Tom is a national advisory board member for Communities In Schools, National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and New Classrooms.