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Lead & Transform: An ISTE 2016 Town Hall on Leadership for Empowering Students (SE101)

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Sunday, June 26, 8:30–10:30 am
Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom E

favoritesDr. Darryl Adams  favoritesBobby Dodd  favoritesJim Flanagan  favoritesDr. Frances Gipson  favoritesDr. Don Haddad  favoritesDr. Philip W. V. Hickman  favoritesBrian Lewis  favoritesRebecca Midles  favoritesDr. Kecia Ray  favoritesRegina Renaldi  favoritesGlenn Robbins  favoritesWinston Sakurai  favoritesSteve Schultz  favoritesBob Wise  
This year’s Town Hall explores the intersection of leadership, learning, and digital age tools required to empower students to excel. We will explore successful strategies and lessons learned through student stories, inspiring keynotes, and a Town Hall Q&A with progressive leaders.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Digital age learning culture
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Coaches : Digital age learning environments
Additional detail: Featured session, Leadership strand session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This year’s Town Hall explores the intersection of leadership, learning, and digital age tools required to empower students to excel. We will explore successful strategies and lessons learned through student stories, inspiring keynotes, and a Town Hall Q&A with progressive leaders. In exploring the stories of students and leaders alike, we will make connections and challenge our thinking about leadership strategies for empowering students. Join us for a light continental breakfast available beginning at 8:15 a.m.


Event flow and agenda

Welcome address - by ISTE leadership (5 min)
Opening remarks from keynote speaker (10 min)
Amplifications and Reflections on Keynote from progressive leaders (25 min)
Student voices panel - about the power of digital age learning and tools and student empowerment (25 min)
Future Ready Lessons learned (10 min)
Town Hall Q&A, moderated by ISTE (40 min)
Closing remarks - from ISTE leadership (5 min)

Supporting research

Lead & Transform: Your road map for tech integration

ISTE's Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool



favorites Dr. Darryl Adams, Coachella Valley Unified School District

Darryl has spent 28 years as an educator including as a music teacher, band director, high school principal, and superintendent. Under his leadership, Coachella Valley Unified School District approved bond measures to support a district-wide digital conversion, including placing iPads in the hands of 20,000 students at all levels as well as robust broadband and mobile wifi access solutions. Winner of the Teacher of the Year award for Los Angeles County in 1997 and in 2014, was selected by the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in America.

favorites Bobby Dodd, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Bobby Dodd is the principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio, where his passion for helping others led him to create opportunities such as digital academies, college summer camps, fabrication laboratories, Early College High School and personalized learning environments. He is a 2016 National Digital Principal of the Year, co-moderator of #ohedchat, co-founder of EdCampLeader Ohio (#EdCampLdrOH). As an educator, Dodd actively communicates, collaborates and connects with stakeholders to help his school and the education field. Read his blog and follow him on Twitter @bobby_dodd.

favorites Jim Flanagan, ISTE

Before joining ISTE as Chief Learning Services Officer, Jim Flanagan was the owner and operator of Flanagan Education Services, a consulting firm that assisted schools and education companies to identify and implement best practices to enhance teaching, personalize learning and improve management practices. Flanagan has over 25 years of diverse public- and private-sector work experience, primarily in K-12 public education. Previously, Flanagan held roles as the CIO and Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation for the St. Louis Public Schools, and served on the Chicago Board of Education. This experience provided him with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of today’s education ecosystem from a leadership perspective. Flanagan’s education technology experience includes expertise in instructional software, online courses, specialized programs, administrative software, analytics programs, hardware, network services, professional services and strategic consulting. Flanagan has also worked with groups like The Partnership for 21st Century Skills to advocate for improvements in education, and currently serves as the treasurer for TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School board of directors.

favorites Dr. Frances Gipson, Los Angeles Unified School District

As CAO of the nation’s second largest school district, she has published and designed quality curriculum at the district, state, national and international level. She has taught Educational Leadership at CSULA, UCLA Teacher Education Program and the Principals Leadership Institute. Gipson’s leadership has been formally recognized with the Administrator of the Year Award from ACSA, the Tae Han Kim award for humanitarian and cultural accomplishments, CSULA Day of the Educator award for excellence in fieldwork supervision, and the Excellence in Urban Leadership Award from Claremont Graduate University. She has also served as the Instructional Technology Initiative Task Force chairperson, where she led a diverse district team to develop a vision for digital learning district-wide based on the ISTE Standards for Students.

favorites Dr. Don Haddad

Dr. Don Haddad has been Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools in Longmont, Colorado, since 2009 and an administrator with the district since 2001. During his 30-plus-year career in education, he has served as coach, teacher, principal and district administrator. He was named National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents in 2013 and was among 100 U.S. superintendents invited to participate in the Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House in 2014. St. Vrain was among 16 U.S. districts to earn the prestigious Race To The Top Grant, which awarded St. Vrain $16.6 million for STEM programming. Additionally, the district won a highly competitive Invest in Innovation (i3) federal grant of $3.6 million, the highest award in the nation.

favorites Dr. Philip W. V. Hickman, Columbus Municipal School District

Dr. Philip Hickman is the superintendent of Columbus Municipal School District in Columbus Mississippi. He has received national recognition for his visionary integration of technology, personalization and instructional transformation. Philip is one of six U.S. Department of Education Ambassador Districts for open educational resources. An expert in systems design, he’s proven that district transformation can happen faster, more efficiently, and effectively through a strategic implementation and professional development system. He’s author of the book Stop Dribbling Footballs. He’s served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, principal, assistant principal, counselor, school psychologist and special educator teacher.

favorites Brian Lewis, ISTE Staff

Brian Lewis, M.A., C.A.E., chief executive officer, is an energetic education advocate and nonprofit leader specializing in management, governance, education policy, corporate communications, branding and marketing. His history of building vibrant, mission-focused teams, fostering organizational brand strength and advancing long-range growth plans has proven him to be a dynamic leader. Brian provides passionate leadership and direction for the organizational planning and performance of ISTE while working with the ISTE Board of Directors to ensure strategic direction, effective governance, and legal and ethical integrity. Brian joined ISTE in September 2012 following a 25-year career in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a nonprofit association leader in several capacities, including chief strategy officer and interim CEO for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), assistant executive director for the California School Boards Association (CSBA), director of governmental relations for the San Diego County Office of Education and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and senior legislative advocate for CSBA. He has also served as an elected school board member for the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District in Roseville, California. Brian holds a master's in communication studies from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor's in mass communications from the University of California, Davis.

favorites Rebecca Midles, Mesa County Valley School District 51

Rebecca Midles is the executive director of performance based systems at Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has spent over 15 years in the field of performance based learning, including the roles of teacher, site and district administrator, board member, consultant and parent. Rebecca is dedicated to her vision that learners become leaders by developing a strong sense of self and the ability to advocate for their pursuits.

favorites Dr. Kecia Ray, Center for Digital Education

Kecia Ray, EdD, is the Executive Director at the Center for Digital Education. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she is Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors. As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, she led the award-winning design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs. Dr. Ray also designed technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directed technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She is published and recognized for her work in online and blended learning as well as flexible learning environments. Dr. Ray was appointed by Governor Haslem to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and appointed by the Tennessee state commissioner of education to a Personalized Learning Advisory Committee in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a USDOE technical working group focused on evaluating technology. Follow her on Twitter @keciaray.

favorites Regina Renaldi

Regina Renaldi is the assistant superintendent of priority programs for St. Vrain Valley Schools and the lead contributor for Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet, a program developed in collaboration with IBM. This partnership focuses on the integration of STEM strategies in an enrichment environment with K-2 and grade 6-7 students engaged in solving real-world challenges with the support of IBM experts. Her experience includes six years as project director managing $25 million in grants, including the 2010 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, the 2012 Race to the Top district grant and the facilitation of Title I and Title III grants. She has been a classroom teacher and an elementary and intermediate school principal.

favorites Glenn Robbins, Northfield Community Middle School

Glenn Robbins is the Principal of the Northfield Community Middle School in New Jersey. In 2013, he led a transition to a BYOD environment in grades 5th to 8th. Glenn presents and blogs about the benefits of educational technology, design thinking, innovative spaces and student led EdCamp classes for administrators, teachers and students. His creativity and dedication earned him the distinction of being named one of three Digital Principals of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2016. Read his blogs at ConnectedLeadLearner.blogspot, at Glenn Robbins, or follow him on Twitter at @GlennR1809.

favorites Winston Sakurai, Hanalani Schools

Winston Sakurai is the Upper School Principal at Hanalani Schools and former Vice Chairman of the Hawaii State Board of Education. During his tenure at Hanalani the school has developed an international championship robotics program, national award winning student government, AP passing exam scores rising to 93%, along with a 100% college acceptance rate. The Honolulu Star Bulletin honored him as “One Who Would Make a Difference in Hawaii's Future” with recent accolades including being recognized as a 2016 NASSP National Digital Principal and as the 2016 HASSA/NASSP Hawaii State Principal of the Year. Connect on twitter @winstonsakurai

favorites Steve Schultz, Mesa County Valley School District 51

Steven D. Schultz, superintendent for Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado, has worked in education for almost 34 years. He serves on several community boards, including the board of directors for John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado, the Saccomano Foundation Board, the Museum of Western Colorado and the Western Colorado Community College BOCES board. Steve has been recognized as Outdoor Educator of the Year and received the Governor's Excellence in Education Award.

favorites Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education

Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that has become a national leader for transforming the nation’s high schools so that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and a career. Led by Gov. Wise since 2005, the Alliance has become a respected advocate for the Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, linked learning, digital learning, adolescent literacy, and other key education policy issues. Following twenty-four years serving 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 working closely with the U.S. Department of Education, White House, and key state and federal policymakers. A prominent voice promoting the effective use of technology to improve education for all students, Gov. Wise led the Alliance in pioneering the first-ever Digital Learning Day in 2012. Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign promoting digital learning and spotlighting successful instructional technology practice in K–12 public school classrooms across the country. Gov. Wise also led the Alliance’s “Project 24,” a ground-breaking initiative to help school districts plan and effectively use technology and digital learning. From Project 24 grew Future Ready Schools, a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. A joint effort of the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education, with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, Future Ready Schools is serving more than 1,900 school districts, representing more than 15 million students.