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favorites Is Your District Future Ready?

[Listen and Learn : Panel]
Monday, June 29, 2:30–3:30 pm
PCC 113A
favoritesKaren CatorfavoritesRichard CulattafavoritesJeff MaofavoritesTom Murray

Kicked off by a Superintendent Summit at the White House in November 2014 and subsequent nationwide regional summits, school districts from around the nation have pledged to become "future ready." Come learn what it takes for schools to prepare students for a future that has yet to be defined.

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Skill level: Beginner
Device requirements: Participant devices not needed
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Educational Policy and Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Visionary Leadership
Administrators : Excellence in Professional Practice
Administrators : Systemic Improvement
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favorites Karen Cator, Digital Promise

Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise, a non-profit organization with a mission to spur innovation to improve the opportunity to learn. Cator most recently was the Director of the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that she led education leadership and advocacy efforts at Apple Inc. She began her career as a teacher and administrator in public education in Alaska.

favorites Richard Culatta, ISTE

Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Culatta is passionate about accelerating innovation in education with a particular interest in games for learning, personalized learning, and open education.

favorites Jeff Mao, Common Sense Education

Jeff Mao is a Senior Director at Common Sense Education. He provides expertise and thought leadership in the realm of digital learning, particularly around 1:1 learning, OER, and education policy. Prior to joining Common Sense Education in 2014, Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the MaineDepartment of Education for ten years. There, Jeff provided vision and oversight to Maine’s education technology programs, including the statewide 1:1 learning program, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. He has presented at conferences all over the US, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

favorites Tom Murray, Future Ready Schools / Alliance for Excellent Education

Thomas Murray serves as the State & District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before and works alongside the United States Congress, US and State Departments of Education, corporations and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while leading both Project 24 and Digital Learning Day. He is also the author of Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015).