Overview

2016 Leadership Summit & Ed Forum


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Sponsorship Information

For information on how your company can become engaged with SETDA’s membership at the Leadership Summit, please contact Melissa Greene at mgreene@setda.org.

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The Leadership Summit brings state educational leaders to the Washington D.C. area to participate in this unique professional learning opportunity. Leaders from more than 40 state departments of education, including leaders in educational technology, assessment, instructional materials and professional development, along with SETDA’s Private Sector Partners attend. The event is designed to foster in-depth dialogue coupled with collaborative work. As part of the Summit, SETDA hosts the one-day Education Forum, an event to shine a spotlight on the full scope of the digital transformation of policy and practice underway in K-12 education. The Ed Forum includes VIP guests from the executive leadership from national educational organizations, policy makers and representatives from think-tanks and various federal agencies to attend and participate as keynote speakers, panelists and working group participants.

Highlights of the Summit

  • States sharing examples of educational technology policies, practices and exemplary examples
  • In-depth topic discussions on the most pressing national, educational technology issues
  • Student Voices Award and Panel: an opportunity to hear from students enrolled in leading educational technology programs
  • Corporate presentations on new and innovative technologies for education
  • Updates from the U.S. Department of Education, the FCC and other federal agencies
  • SETDA membership meeting
  • Annual Awards Gala
  • Informal networking with state leaders

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Schedule

2016 Leadership Summit & Ed Forum

October 16-19, 2016

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745


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Attendees

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Sponsorship Information

For information on how your company can become engaged with SETDA’s membership at the Leadership Summit, please contact Melissa Greene at mgreene@setda.org.

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Location:

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD
Hotel Reservations

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Leadership Summit

8:00 am – 11:45 pm

  • SETDA Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Research and Development Focus Group

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Registration Open

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Welcome and State Networking Luncheon
    • For Sunday events, members are encouraged to show their state pride by wearing apparel that identifies the state they represent. For example, wear a state, university or landmark t-shirt, hat or pin. Feel free to be creative.purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Committee Meetingspurple_button20X20
    • Professional Learning
    • State Action
    • State Engagement
    • Strategic Partnerships

3:15 pm – 5:45 pm

  • Speed Meetings

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5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

  • Opening Product Showcase & Reception blue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • Event Sponsors Only

Monday, October 17, 2016 - Education Forum

Participants: State Members, Private Sector Partners, and Invited Guests

7:45 am

  • Registration Open

8:00 am – 8:30 am

  • Continental Breakfast

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8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome & 15th Annivesary Celebration
    • Tracy Weeks, Executive Director,  State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
  • Equity in Education Plenary Panel

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10:15 am – 11:45 am

  • Spotlight on States: Concurrent Breakout Panels
    • Broadband Imperative 2.0: Equitable Access for All
    • Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
    • Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery
    • Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness

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11:45 am – 12:30 pm

  • States Sharing Demonstrations

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12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Plenary Panel: Innovation in Education: Shifting the Learning Model

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Educational Technology Showcase & Reception
    • Private Sector Partners will showcase their solutions.

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Dinner On Your Own

8:00 pm – 9:30pm

  • SETDA Membership Social – SETDA Band Reunion

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Leadership Summit

Participants: State Members and Private Sector Partners

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8:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Breakfast & ESSA Discussion Panel

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9:00 am – 9:30 am

  • State Exhibits

9:45 – 12:15 pm

  • From Policy to Practice Working Groups
    • Broadband Anytime, Anywhere for Learning
    • Digital Instructional Materials for All Learners
    • Supporting Educators in the Digital Learning Transition

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12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Lunch
    Policy to Practice Report Outs and EdCamp Sessions Launch

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1:30- 3:15 pm

  • Edcamp Style Leadership Discussions
    • Topics are developed and selected by the participants. Topics may include but are not limited to equity of access, ESSA, professional learning, competency based education, online assessments, gaming, coding, STEM.
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3:30 – 5:00 pm

  • Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

  • 15th Anniversary Gala 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Leadership Summit

Participants: State Members & Affiliates Only

 7:30 am – 8:00 am

  •  Breakfast  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • State Instructional Materials Review Association Meeting (SIMRA) (Invitation Only)
  • Title IIA Coordinators Collaborative Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:00 – 10:30 am

  • ISTE Teacher Standards Refresh Focus Group purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

  • FCC Dialogue

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Monday, October 17, 2016 – Education Forum

 

Event Details

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Attendees

The Education Forum is an invitation only event, open to SETDA state and affiliate members, Platinum and Gold Private Sector Partners, Channel Partners and SETDA VIP guests.

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Sponsorship Information

For information on how your company can become engaged with SETDA’s membership at the Leadership Summit, please contact Melissa Greene at mgreene@setda.org.

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Agenda

7:45 am

  • Registration Open

8:00 am – 8:30 am

  • Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome & 15th Annivesary Celebration
    • Tracy Weeks, Executive Director,  State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
  • Equity in Education Plenary Panel

10:15 am – 11:45 am

  • Spotlight on States: Concurrent Breakout Panels
    • Broadband Imperative 2.0: Equitable Access for All
    • Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
    • Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery
    • Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness

11:45 am – 12:30 pm 

  • States Sharing Demonstrations

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Plenary Panel: Innovation in Education: Shifting the Learning Model

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Educational Technology Showcase & Reception
    • Private Sector Partners will showcase their solutions for learning.

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Concurrent Breakout Panel Presentations: Spotlight on States

  • Equitable Access for All Learners
  • Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
  • Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery
  • Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness

Monday, October 17, 2016 – 10:15 am-11:45 pm

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Promoting Deeper Learning to Support Mastery

Moderator: Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education

Panelists:

  • Val Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Alliance for Excellent Education

Equitable Access for All Learners

Facilitator: Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA

Panelists:

  • Eric Hileman, Executive Director, IT Services, Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Douglas Casey, Executive Director, Commission for Educational Technology, Connecticut
  • John Windhausen, Executive Director Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB)
  • Kim Vidoni, Educational Technology Program Professional, Nevada Department of Education

Innovative Practices for Educator Effectiveness

Facilitator: Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, Friday Institute, North Carolina State University

Panelists:

  • Sharon W. Dublin, Special Projects Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Education (invited)
  • Kenneth Klau, Director of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Managing the Shift: Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

Facilitator: Melissa Greene, Director, Strategic Partnerships, SETDA

Panelists:

  • Janice D. Mertes, Assistant Director IMT/Digital Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Skip Stahl, Senior Policy Analyst, CAST, Inc.
  • Kristina Peters, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

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15th Anniversary Sponsorship Opportunities

SETDA values its relationship with the private sector, and strives to create meaningful partnerships. Our events not only provide the opportunity to share details about your product or service but also a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue with state leaders regarding topics of national and state interests including digital instructional materials, professional learning, data and student privacy, equity of access,

WHAT: Leadership Summit & Education Forum: The event is designed to foster in-depth dialogue coupled with collaborative work. As part of the Summit, SETDA hosts the one-day Education Forum, an event to shine a spotlight on the full scope of the digital transformation of policy and practice underway in K-12 education. The 2016 Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity to celebrate SETDA’s 15th Anniversary.

WHO: Attended by an average of 80 state education leaders, representing the education technology leadership from over 40 state education agencies as well as the corporate community represented by SETDA’s annual Private Sector Partners. To learn more about SETDA, visit here.

Opportunities to become a  participating sponsor of this event are below.

SETDA's Crystal 15th Anniversary Sponsorship

Cost: $35,000

Description: This sponsor will celebrate SETDA’s Crystal Anniversary with us and enjoy attendance at the Ed Forum Day, Speak for 5 – 10 minutes at the SETDA Gala Event, attend the membership social networking event featuring the SETDA Band, host a 1 hour focus group with 15 – 20 state leaders, and receive attribution in a national press release, as well as the benefits below. (1 available)

Benefits
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Ed Forum Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit (lasting approx. 1.5 hours)

Tuesday, October 18th
Networking Breakfast with state members
Networking Lunch with SETDA state members
Participation in EdCamp Style Leadership Discussions immediately following Lunch (1:30 – 3:15)
Speak for 5 – 10 minutes at the Gala event,
Host a 1 hour focus group with 15 – 20 state leaders (date and time TBD)
Receive attribution/recognition in a national press release
Receive recognition in SETDA event blog
Place seat drops at event w/company collateral of choice
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

SETDA's 15th Anniversary Gala Sponsorship

Cost: $15,000

Description: This year, the Gala is a celebration of SETDA’s 15th Anniversary and will provide a sponsor the chance to address digital learning leaders from over 40 states and territories and corporate executives and leaders from over 30 companies. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Ed Forum Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit (lasting approx. 1.5 hours)

Tuesday, October 18th
Networking Breakfast with state members
Networking Lunch with SETDA state members
Participation in EdCamp Style Leadership Discussions immediately following Lunch (1:30 – 3:15) 

In addition to participation in the above SETDA’s Leadership Summit and Ed Forum Day activities, the organization that sponsors the 15th Anniversary Gala will:

  • speak for 10 – 15 minutes at the Gala event,
  • receive attribution/recognition in a national press release
  • receive recognition in SETDA event blog
  • place seat drops at event w/company collateral of choice

And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Speed Meeting

Description: Speed meetings are ideal opportunities for companies/organizations new to SETDA or with a new solution to show or demo. You will have 5 minutes to demo or discuss your product/service followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. You will present to small groups of state members on a rotating basis. At the conclusion of the 2 hour speed meeting session, you will have presented to every SETDA member in attendance. In addition, you will be assigned a state member who will serve as a mentor to help you prepare for the Speed Meeting session. (availability limited to 10)

Cost: $7500

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Sunday, October 16th
Series of Speed Meeting presentations to every state leader lasting for approx. 2 hours
Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit lasting approx. 1.5 hours (20 companies max.)
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants

Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Opening Product Showcase Reception

Cost: $4,000

Description: Engage with SETDA members, affiliates and channel partners over the course of this 1.5 hour reception attended by state leaders from over 45 states. You have the opportunity to request targeted visitation from up to seven specific states at your table-top. Fewer than 20 companies will host a table during this cocktail reception, providing opportunities to demo and engage with state members in a small, intimate setting designed to facilitate one-on-one conversations. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:

Sunday, October 16th
Provide company branded lanyards for registration badges or tote bags for registrants
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit lasting approx. 1.5 hours (20 companies max.) with cocktail reception
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants

Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Speaking Opportunity at Ed Forum (Monday Morning)

Cost: $5,000

Description: This sponsor will have the opportunity to be introduced by SETDA’s executive director and speak for 7 – 10 minutes at the opening keynote/breakfast. Sponsor may place collateral at every table. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Sunday, October 16th
1 representative speaking to an audience of approx. 125 state leaders and corporate partners for 7 – 10 minutes after breakfast with microphone, screen and AV
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit lasting approx. 1.5 hours (20 companies max.)
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants

Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Membership Social Networking Event

Cost: $5000

Description: This sponsor attends the exclusive SETDA membership + Platinum partners social networking event on Monday evening featuring the SETDA Band and has table tents with company logo on every tabletop. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:

Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a tabletop exhibit at Ed Forum Product Showcase & Reception
Following product showcase, attend SETDA membership + Platinum partners social networking event featuring the SETDA Band (8:00 pm – 9:30 pm)
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Student Voices Luncheon Underwriting

Cost: $15,000

Description: This sponsor will speak at the Student Voices Award Presentation for 10 minutes before an audience of approx. 250 state and national leaders as well as conduct a 1 hour focus group with state leaders, students and administrators. In addition, this sponsor receives the benefits listed below. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
10 minute speaking opportunity at Luncheon (audience of approx. 250)
Host a tabletop exhibit at Ed Forum Product Showcase & Reception
A 1 hour focus group with state leaders, students and administrators
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)
Pre- and post- event press release attribution
Recognition in post-event “SETDASays” Blog

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Education Forum Product Showcase Reception

Cost: $5,000

Description: Engage with SETDA members, affiliates and channel partners over the course of this 2 hour reception on Monday afternoon attended by state leaders from over 45 states. You have the opportunity to request targeted visitation from up to ten specific states at your table-top during this cocktail reception, providing opportunities to demo and engage with state members in a small, intimate setting designed to facilitate one-on-one conversations.

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a table at the Ed Forum Product Showcase (table top exhibit/demo lasting approx. 1.5 hours) with cocktail reception
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Event Wifi Sponsor

Cost: $4500

Description: This sponsor for the event’s wireless internet connection will have each person who logs on to wifi be directed to their company website homepage, and includes table tents on the dining room and meeting room tables for the duration of the event. (1 available) 

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Sunday, October 16th
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit lasting approx. 1.5 hours (20 companies max.)
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants

Monday, October 17th
Table Tents with company branding on all tables throughout event (October 16 – 19th)
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Speaking Opportunity (Tuesday Morning)

Cost: $5,000

Description: This sponsor will have the opportunity to be introduced by SETDA’s executive director and speak for 7 – 10 minutes after Tuesday morning’s breakfast. Sponsor may place collateral at every table. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Ed Forum Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit (lasting approx. 1.5 hours)

Tuesday, October 18th
1 representative speaking to an audience of approx. 125 state leaders and corporate partners for 7 – 10 minutes with microphone, screen and AV
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants
Networking Lunch with SETDA state members
Participation in EdCamp Style Leadership Discussions immediately following Lunch (1:30 – 3:15)
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

Speaking Opportunity (Tuesday Lunch)

Cost: $6,500

Description: This sponsor will have the opportunity to be introduced by SETDA’s executive director and speak for 7 – 10 minutes after Tuesday afternoon’s lunch. Sponsor may place collateral at every table. (1 available)

Includes the following benefits for 2 company representatives:
Monday, October 17th
Networking Breakfast
Full participation in Ed Forum Day sessions 8:00 – 4:00 pm including
Networking Luncheon and Student Voices Award Presentation
Host a 6’ skirted table at the Ed Forum Product Showcase Table Top Exhibit (lasting approx. 1.5 hours)

Tuesday, October 18th
Networking Breakfast with state members
1 representative speaking to an audience of approx. 125 state leaders and corporate partners for 7 – 10 minutes with microphone, screen and AV at Networking Lunch with SETDA state members
Optional: Handouts or printed collateral for participants
Participation in EdCamp Style Leadership Discussions immediately following Lunch (1:30 – 3:15)
And
Full event registration list for individual outreach only (no mass emails)

Company contact information, logo and branding on:

  • event program
  • org event sponsors page
  • signage
  • social media campaign
  • event app

 

For more information:

To learn more about additional event sponsorship opportunities or annual private sector partnerships, contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships at 202-715-6636 ext. 703 or mgreene@setda.org.

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Presenters

Leadership Summit presenters include a cross section of education leaders from across the country. Each year SETDA strives to include a variety of speakers including representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Education, a variety of State Departments of Education, national education organizations, school administrators, teachers and students.

Presenters, Moderators and Discussants

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Douglas Casey, Executive Director, Commission for Educational Technology

Doug Casey serves as the Executive Director for the Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology (CET). In that role, he designs and manages strategic plans that help ensure the successful integration of technology in Connecticut’s schools, libraries, universities, and towns. The CET has direct oversight of statewide programs including the Connecticut Education Network (CEN, the state’s research and education network), its digital library (researchIT, formerly iCONN), and other initiatives. 

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Prior to joining the CET, Doug served for nearly 10 years as the Director of Technology for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford. There he oversaw and implemented significant improvements in business processes, digital security, and information management for the agency’s 25 schools, 36 districts in the Hartford area, and schools statewide.

Doug began his career as a middle school English teacher in Virginia after graduating from the College of William & Mary. He applied his classroom experience to educational publishing, managing communications for the Smithsonian Institution’s office of education. He later earned a master of arts degree in online communications from Georgetown University and a master of science in management information systems from George Washington University. His diverse background includes managing technology for marketing firms as well as security and systems engineering for national security agencies and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Outside of work, Doug enjoys time with family, serving through missions, and triathlon. 


Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education

Laurence Cocco is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the New Jersey Department of Education with the responsibility of supervising all federal and state educational technology initiatives. Besides serving on the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors Association, Laurence is also on the Thirteen/WNET Educational Services Advisory Committee and is Co-founder and a Director for Games4Ed .  Recently he was recognized as the State Leader of the Year by SETDA.

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Many evenings Laurence can be found in World of Warcraft (WoW) conversing with fellow members of the educators’ guild Inevitable Betrayal on the educational value of WoW and other games.  He has also conducted webinar interviews and panel discussions on educational gaming for G.A.M.E. (Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education).

Laurence has a M.A. in Educational Communication & Technology from NYU.  He is an Ed Tech and lifelong learning evangelist, looking to transform learning strategies through the incorporation of emerging technologies and brain-based learning theory.


Richard CulattaRichard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer at State of Rhode Island @rec54

Richard Culatta is an innovative educational leader with experience in government, k-12, higher education, and adult learning settings. Areas of expertise include education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology, and innovation. Culatta is known for his thought leadership, coalition building, and public speaking. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government training environments. Prior to working Rhode Island, he was Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education is on using data and learning analytics to create customized learning experiences for all students.

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Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray. Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools.


CandiceDodson2-960x1439Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education

Candice Dodson is the Director of eLearning where she is focusing on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. Candice comes to the IDOE from Evansville Vanderburgh Community Schools (EVSC) with over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal. Ms. Dodson’s most recent work in Evansville centered on the implementation of EVSC’s 1-to-1 initiative, the development of leadership programs for district administrators, and expansion of professional development programs and evaluation systems.


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 Christine Fox, Director, Educational Leadership & Research, SETDA

Christine is the Director of Educational Leadership & Research for SETDA. Christine’s tasks include member professional development planning and implementation, research, and report writing. She manages the development of the annual SETDA national educational technology trends report, other SETDA research products and white papers, association professional development programs, and oversees all conference and event content.

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Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher, ESOL coordinator, educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model. Christine has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.


Greene iSmile 2015 (1 of 12)Melissa Greene, Director, Strategic Partnerships, SETDA

Melissa is SETDA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and brings over 20 years of experience in education, including eight years of experience working as a sales consultant and representative in educational publishing. While at both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Teacher Created Materials, Inc., Melissa was known for her excellent customer service and relationship building skills, as well as her creative and customized marketing strategies for all of the New York school districts that she served. 

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Ms. Greene’s career has focused on increasing the quality of education for all students as an educator, in the private sector and most recently via New York’s state education agency. Prior to joining SETDA, Melissa was a project coordinator in the Higher Education Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the New York State Education Department. From 2013 through 2015, Melissa coordinated grants, teacher and leadership events and meetings, professional development projects, created presentations for the Board of Regents meetings, and participated in policy-making groups and conferences in order to improve teacher and leader quality in New York State. 


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Reg Leichty, Founder and Partner, FLP Advisors

With over two decades of policy and legal experience, Reg advises national education associations, state education agencies, school districts, nonprofit leaders, and companies about federal education, student data privacy, and technology law. He counsels a wide range of entities about how to work effectively with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and frequently speaks and writes about emerging policy and legal issues in education reform.

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Prior to co-founding Foresight Law + Policy, Reg practiced law for over a decade with two national law firms, and served as telecommunications, technology, and privacy counsel for U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson of Florida, and as a telecommunications and technology advisor to former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.

Reg received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Federal Communications Bar Association. 


MurrayHS28Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education

Twitter Handle: @thomascmurray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, and was recently named the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Connect with him at thomascmurray.com or @thomascmurray.


stahlSkip Stahl, Senior Policy Analyst; Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, CAST, Inc.

A nationally recognized expert in accessible educational materials and Universal Design for Learning, Skip Stahl has extensive experience in advising education stakeholders–including states, district leaders, publishers and policy makers–on how to make learning environments and products more effective for all.

Mr. Stahl is Co-Director of the federally-funded National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (the AEM Center), where he leads a national initiative to assure that educational materials are developed and distributed in ways that are accessible, appropriate, and readily available to all students. He is also CAST’s Project Director for the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities, a partnership with the University of Kansas and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

Skip is a nationally recognized conference presenter and one of CAST’s five founding staff members.


carlawade120Carla Wade, SETDA Chair, Oregon Department of Education

Carla Wade is the Digital Learning Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education. Her experience in ranges from creating Zoo Education programs that grew 750% in the first year to managing curriculum and instruction (including Spaceflight Academy) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry before getting into the formal education arena.Carla is committed to providing quality education for students in an environment where they have access to tools, effective teachers and processes for learning that inspire them to develop college and career ready skills and a desire for life-long learning. She has managed federal grant programs including Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IID and the Technology Literacy Fund. She has authored and/or implemented successful grants including grants from Intel Education Foundation, federal ESEA programs, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the National Science Foundation. Carla has served on the boards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). She has received recognition for her work in educational technology from the George Lucas Education Foundation, ISTE and SETDA where she won the 2010 State Leader of the Year Award.


MaryAnnWolfMary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Mary Ann Wolf is the Director of Digital Learning Programs for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. Mary Ann has worked closely with federal, state, and local education leaders; policy-makers; and organizations on connecting policy and practice for innovative education reform, digital learning, and instructional practices.  Mary Ann played a lead role in developing and facilitating the Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed and in establishing the Friday Institute’s growing initiative on MOOCs for Educators.

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She is also a part of the development and facilitation team for the Distinguished Leadership in Practice – Digital Learning for principals across the state in conjunction with NCPAPA.  Mary Ann wrote Innovate to Educate:  Education System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning, an influential report based upon a Symposium held by SIIA, ASCD, and CCSSO.  She also co-authored Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning for the Alliance for Excellent Education and two reports on Mobile Learning in North America for UNESCO and CoSN. Previously, Mary Ann was the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).  In this position, she worked with education leaders and policymakers in all 50 states to share data and models of how to improve education to ensure America’s and our students’ competitiveness in the global economy. Mary Ann served on the Congress on the Future of Content Task Force and was a member of the NAEP Technology Literacy Assessment steering committee. She testified before the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee; and SETDA hosted, with the National Science Foundation, Future of Learning educational technology showcases for members of Congress and staffers in the House and the Senate. Mary Ann taught fifth grade in Virginia and has three children – one each in elementary, middle, and high school.


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The Otus Student Performance Platform offers a holistic approach to understanding student engagement and performance by combining a collection of classroom management tools, a robust learning management system, and a data warehouse in a single system. With Otus, students, teachers, administrators and parents have the ability to make student performance data actionable by providing teachers with the tools needed to differentiate student instruction based on data.

Contact: Keith Westman, Ed.D.| Chief Operating Officer |keith@otus.com | @OtusK12


 

 

 

 

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SETDA-Title IIA Collaborative Meeting

October 19 8am – 4pm

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • ISTE Teacher Standards Refresh
  • State Education Agency Sharing
    • State ESSA Plans
    • State Title IIA State Activity Funds
    • ESSA, Title IIA Options
  • Review and Distribution of of ESSA Resources
  • Federal State Dialogue

What is the SETDA – Title IIA Collaborative?
In February 2016, SETDA launched the SETDA-Title IIA Collaborative to provide an opportunity for Title IIA leaders to connect with one another regarding ESSA. The group shares ideas, state plans and addresses ESEA issues related to Title IIA and submits comments/questions to ED. This group is led by SETDA staff and long time SETDA members that are also Title IIA contacts from Alaska, Delaware and New Jersey. Over 30 states are participating however, your state has not been included because we do not have a contact and there are no additional SETDA membership fees for participating in this group.

Registration Fees
Each SETDA member state is eligible to have two members attend the event with no registration fee. States with three or more attendees will have a $295 registration fee for each additional attendee. Please note:  Title IIA attendees are included in the number of state attendees regarding registration fees so state leaders should coordinate with one another regarding attendance and registration. In addition, any Title IIA that are ONLY attending the October 19 event will be required to pay the full $295 registration fee.

Hotel Reservations
To reserve your room with SETDA’s special room rate, please visit SETDA’s reservations page.  The rate is $239 per night and the deadline is September 8.

For more information: To learn more about SETDA’s Title IIA Collaborative, please contact Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director at 202-715-6636 or cfox@setda.org.

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SIMRA Meeting (Invitation Only)

October 19 8am – 3pm

8:00 Welcome and Call to Order – Alan Griffin, President
8:15 Minutes from 2015 ACTS Conference – Elizabeth Flasnick, Secretary
8:20 Financial Report – Marcie Buckle, Treasurer
8:25 ACTS update – Randy Lee, Vice President
8:30 SIMRA Initiatives – All

  1. Policies and Procedures – Bylaws, Finances, etc.
  2. Tools of the Trade – Standards, Rubrics, and Criteria
    1. IMET and EQUIP
    2. 10 Criteria
    3. Rubrics and Tools from the States
  3. OER
  4. SIMRA and Local Control
  5. Collections and Aggregated Data
  6. Dealing with Digital Materials
    1. Cataloging – ISBNs? DOI?
    2. Sampling and Logins
    3. Specific Rating Criteria

11:30 Luncheon
1:00 New Directions and Trends
2:00 State Profiles and Reports
3:00 Adjourn

What is SIMRA?
The State Instructional Materials Review Association is dedicated to the process of thorough and ongoing review of curriculum materials, to insure that they (1) are aligned to core standards, (2) are accessible to all students, and (3)demonstrate high quality in both physical characteristics and pedagogical design. For more information please contact Alan Griffin, President.

Registration Fees
Each SETDA member state is eligible to have two members attend the event with no registration fee. States with three or more attendees will have a $295 registration fee for each additional attendee. Please note: In most cases, the SIMRA member will be required to pay the registration fee. Any SIMRA members ONLY attending the October 19 event will also be required to pay the full $295 registration fee. SETDA will invoice registration fees directly to registered participants as appropriate. Contact Christine Fox with questions.

Hotel Reservations
To reserve your room with SETDA’s special room rate, please visit SETDA’s reservations page.  The rate is $239 per night and the deadline is September 8.

For more information: To learn more about SETDA’s Title IIA Collaborative, please contact Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director at 202-715-6636 or cfox@setda.org.

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