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2017 Leadership Summit & Education Forum

October 22 – 25, 2017

2017 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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Presenters, Moderators and Discussants

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.

 

Cynthia Curry HeadshotCynthia Curry, Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning, @clcurry, @AEM_Center

Cynthia Curry is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center), a technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she works with stakeholders across preK-12, higher education, and workforce development to ensure that all learners have the same access to high-quality accessible materials and technologies for learning. A significant area of the Center’s work is to build the capacity of a cohort of states to develop scalable expertise and replicable implementation approaches for the procurement and provision of accessible materials and technologies.


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Bridget Foster, SVP, SIIA, Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA

As Managing Director of ETIN, Bridget helps companies better understand the education market so that they can grow their brands worldwide. She has held key leadership positions at companies including: PolyVision, Key Curriculum, SchoolNet, PLATO Learning and as the Executive Director of the California Learning Resource Network, a service of the California Department of Education. She has served on the SIIA Board, E-Learning Workgroup, Office of the Secretary of Education, and the Technology Advisory Group, Office of the Governor of California. She has been a guest lecturer for university education programs and holds credentials in English, science, mathematics and school administration.


Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, @cafox

Christine is the Deputy Executive Director 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.


Lora Gibbons headshotLora Gibbons, Teacher, Mountain Heights Academy

Lora Gibbons received her BS from Brigham Young University in Biology Composite Teaching, with a minor in Physical Education and Coaching. Lora’s experience includes teaching Eighth Grade Science, Biology, Physical Science, Ecology, and Anatomy and Physiology in Tennessee and Utah. Lora is the Mountain Heights Academy 2017 Teacher of the Year and the eCybermission team she advised placed second in the state. She is bilingual in Spanish and she loves teaching. Lora regularly volunteers in her children’s elementary classes to teach hands-on science.


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

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. 


Brad Landis HeadshotBradley C. Landis, Ed.D., MCIU: Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Dr. Bradley C. Landis joined the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, Pennsylvania in October 2012, as the Assistant Executive Director. In this role, he provides leadership to all of the offices of the MCIU and works directly with school districts and nonpublic schools to develop services that support best practices in curriculum, instruction and professional development. 

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Dr. Landis has worked in public education for 32 years, serving in a variety of roles including Special Education Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Elementary Principal, Director of Technology, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.  Before arriving at the MCIU, Dr. Landis served as Superintendent of Schools for the Pottsgrove School District. Prior to being named Superintendent in 2007, Dr. Landis worked for two years as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Staff Development and Technology for the Pottsgrove School District.

Dr. Landis has served as a board member of a nonpublic school for nine years, Christopher Dock High School – the final three years as board president. 


Todd Lawrence, Executive Director, Idaho State Department of Education, @toddlawrence208

Todd Lawrence is the Educational Technology Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education. His focus is on building an effective online education portal for parents and high school students, managing state and federal grants, and facilitates the Idaho 1×1 Pilot Project that launched in August 2013. After spending more than 15 years in the technology industry with Micron and HP, he decided to make a change to the education field, specifically to become a teacher. After teaching for 4 years and earning his Masters in Education degree, he somehow found his way back into the technology field while still making a difference for the students and teachers of Idaho.


Allan Pratt HeadshotAllen Pratt, Ed.D., Executive Director
, National Rural Education Association, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Allen Pratt has served as a high school science teacher and coach, a high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum director, executive director of the Tennessee Rural Education Association, executive director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education, and rural outreach liaison for Lincoln Memorial University. His primary interests are those issues which impact rural schools and the role of instructional leaders at the district and building levels. He is also involved at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Education and Educational Leadership.


DeLaina Tonks HeadshotDeLaina Tonks, Director, Mountain Heights Academy

DeLaina Tonks has been involved in education since 1991 and has been the director at Mountain Heights Academy, the top-rated digital school in Utah, since 2009. She also taught high school French and Spanish and worked as an instructional designer in Upper Arlington, Ohio for over a decade. She is a 2014 “Best of State – Principal” winner and was named as one of Utah Business’s “30 Women to Watch.” She is scheduled to graduate with a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University next year. She also holds a Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish Teaching from BYU. She is passionate about leveraging technology’s promise to improve education.


Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA, @tracyweeks

Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.

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From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.


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Monday, October 23, 2017 – Education Forum

Event Details

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

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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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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 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.

AGENDA

7:45 am

  • Registration Open – Potomac Registration Desk C

7:45 am – 8:15 am

  • Continental Breakfast Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C

8:15 am – 9:45 am

  • Welcome
  • Plenary Panel: Personalizing Learning in the Digital Age

10:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Spotlight on States: Concurrent Panel Discussions Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    These sessions offer the opportunity for panelists and participants to engage in dialogue related to specific topics critical to improving student learning experiences.

    • Ensuring Equitable Access for All Learners
    • Shifting Learning Models: Critical Elements to Support Personalization
    • Strategies for Educator Effectiveness for Personalized learning
    • Maximizing Policies to Support Digital Learning Opportunities

11:15 am – 11:30 am Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

  • Plenary Panel: Personalized Learning in Rural Schools

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Luncheon and Plenary Presentation Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    Student Voices Award:Mountain Heights Academy, Utah

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 4:30 

  • Edcamp Style Leadership Discussions Platinum_buttongold_buttonlight_bluepurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • 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.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony Platinum_buttongold_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

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Schedule

2017 Leadership Summit & Ed Forum

October 22-25, 2017

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


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Attendees

Platinum_button Platinum Partner

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light_blue Channel Partner

blue_button Sponsor

purple_button20X20 State Member

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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 22, 2017 - Leadership Summit

8:00 am – 11:30 am

  • SETDA Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Research and Development Focus Group purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Registration Open

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Welcome and State Networking Luncheon purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • 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.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Committee Meetingspurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • Professional Learning
    • State Action
    • State Engagement
    • Strategic Partnerships

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

  • Speed Meetings blue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Break

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Focus Groupspurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Educational Technology Showcase & Reception Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A 

Monday, October 23, 2017 - Education Forum

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

7:45 am

  • Registration Open – Potomac Registration Desk C

7:45 am – 8:15 am

  • Continental Breakfast Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A – Potomac C

8:15 am – 9:45 am

  • Welcome
  • Plenary Panel: Personalizing Learning in the Digital Age

10:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Spotlight on States: Concurrent Panel Discussions
    These sessions offer the opportunity for panelists and participants to engage in dialogue related to specific topics critical to improving student learning experiences.

    • Ensuring Equitable Access for All Learners
    • Shifting Learning Models: Critical Elements to Support Personalization
    • Strategies for Educator Effectiveness for Personalized learning
    • Maximizing Policies to Support Digital Learning Opportunities

11:15 am – 11:30 am Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

  • Plenary Panel: Personalized Learning in Rural Schools

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Luncheon and Plenary Presentation Platinum_buttongold_buttongreen_button_16light_blueblue_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    Student Voices Award:Mountain Heights Academy, Utah

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 4:30 

  • Edcamp Style Leadership Discussions Platinum_buttongold_buttonlight_bluepurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • 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.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony Platinum_buttongold_buttonpurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - Leadership Summit

Participants: State Members and Private Sector Partners

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7:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Registration Open

7:30 am – 8:15 am

  • Breakfast Platinum_buttongold_buttonlight_bluepurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

8:15 am – 9:30 am

  • ESSA Updates & Discussion  Platinum_buttongold_buttonlight_bluepurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

9:30 am – 9:45 Break

9:45 am – 1:45 pm 

  • From Policy to Practice Working Groups & Lunch Platinum_buttongold_buttonlight_bluepurple_button20X20Affiliate_button_AThese sessions will provide the opportunity for state leaders to engage in dialogue regarding areas of mutual interest and support the development of resources related to each topic.
    • Connecting Content, Instruction, and Data
      State leadership for personalized learning requires leaders from content, instruction, assessment, procurement, and data to have a shared understanding of Interoperability. This session will engage state leaders in examining who is currently involved in conversations around Interoperability in SEAs, who should be involved, and at what capacity.
    • Navigating the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
      Participants will discuss SETD’s recent instructional materials publications including the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), Navigating the Digital Shift II and the Guide to Quality Instructional Materials to provide input on updates and plan for expansion of these resources for 2018.
    • Providing Equitable Internal and External Broadband Access
      Participants will provide input into SETDA resources related to broadband implementation including new resources on wifi implementation and state leadership related to broadband implementation.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • ISTE Teacher Standards Refresh Focus Group

Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Leadership Summit

Participants: State Members & Affiliates Only

 7:30 am – 8:00 am

  •  Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 am 

  • U.S. Department of Education

10:15 – 11:45 am

  • Federal Communications Commission

12:00 – 4:30 pm

  • Advocacy Visits: Capitol Hill

Special Session 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  •  State Instructional Materials Review Association Meeting (SIMRA) (Invitation Only)

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