Digital Innovation in Learning Awards | JudgesKaren Brennan

Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Karen Brennan is an Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education. Her research is primarily concerned with the ways in which learning communities—in and out of school, online and face-to-face—can support young people’s development as computational creators. She completed her PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where she was a member of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group.
Jaime Casap
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.
Stacey Childress
Chief Executive Officer, NewSchools Venture Fund
Stacey M. Childress became chief executive officer of NewSchools Venture Fund in June 2014. She was previously Deputy Director of Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the Next Generation Models team. (The team supports the creation and proliferation of technology-enabled content, tools, and learning models that support personalized paths to success for middle and high school students in the United States.) Prior to joining the Gates foundation, Ms. Childress was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School where she wrote and taught on entrepreneurial activity in public education in the United States.
Rafranz Davis
Instructional Technology Specialist, Arlington 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.
Dr. Mark Edwards
Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina
Mark Edwards, Ed.D. is considered a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools. He currently serves as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, NC. In 2013, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators and Common Sense Media’s Educator of the Year. The NC Public School Forum named Mark Edwards the recipient of the 2014 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award. Previously, Dr. Edwards was superintendent of the Danville, and later, Henrico, VA school districts. He was named 2013 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, 2003 Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education recipient, Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2001, and an eSchool News Magazine’s 2002 Tech Savvy Superintendent. He is the author of Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement.
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.
Michael Horn
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.
Jennie Magiera
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.
Pam Moran
Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
Pam Moran is superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, a district committed to all learners becoming lifelong learning ready through our work to integrate a make to learn mindset, project-based learning, and use of interactive, connected learning tools across our curricula. Pam is also the former president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, former president of the Women Educational Leaders in Virginia, recipient of the 2013 Tech Savvy Superintendent Award, recipient of the 2013 Superintendent Bammy Award, and currently serves on the Team of Experts for The Alliance for Excellent Education in support of connected learning initiatives. She believes that the voices of educators and the young people they serve are critical to informing transformation of contemporary learning cultures. Pam blogs at, among other virtual spaces.
Sarah Wessling
English Teacher, Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa
English teacher at Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa. Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel and 2010 National Teacher of the Year.
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