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Closing Keynote with Nadia Lopez, Ph.D.

Location: W375/Skyline

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Listen and learn : Keynote

Wednesday, June 27, 2:45–4:00 pm
Location: W375/Skyline

Bill Bass   Richard Culatta   Christine Klynen   Nadia Lopez   Jennifer Ragan-Fore   Logan Smalley   Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller  
Help us wrap up ISTE 2018 during our closing keynote session featuring education leader and school founder Nadia Lopez, Ph.D.

Lopez was launched from a Brooklyn public middle school principal to an educational celebrity overnight when one of her students credited her as the greatest influence in his life on the Humans of New York blog. Today, this founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy uses her platform to encourage and assist underprivileged communities in creating their own positive impacts.

This keynote lineup also includes:
ISTE Chief Events Officer Jennifer Ragan-Fore
Logan Smalley, Founding Director of TED-Ed
Christine Klynen, educator and learning coach
ISTE Board President Mila Thomas Fuller
ISTE Board President-Elect Bill Bass
ISTE CEO Richard Culatta

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live


Bill Bass, Parkway School District

Bill Bass currently serves as the innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information and library media for the Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri. During his over 20-year career in education, he has also held positions as a middle and high school English teacher, technology integration specialist, instructional coach and educational consultant. As a speaker, writer and professional developer, he focuses on systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels and seeks to empower students and teachers with authentic learning experiences. Bill holds a master’s degree instructional technology and a certificate of online learning from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from Culver-Stockton College. He has served as co-president of the Educational Technology Association of Greater St. Louis, an ISTE affiliate, and is past president of the ISTE Innovative Learning Professional Learning Network (PLN). Bill also is a member of the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) leadership committee and a leader of the Google Educator Group of Eastern Missouri. He is a Google Certified Innovator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a Common Sense Media Certified Trainer and a past member of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Executive Committee. Bill is often called upon to share his thinking as a speaker and presenter, and has been fortunate to learn with educators from around the world. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters, and has authored two books, From Inspiration to Red Carpet and Digital Reading: What’s essential in grades 3-8.

Richard Culatta, ISTE

Richard Culatta, chief executive officer, brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning. As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers. Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. He was also the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala. Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

Christine Klynen, Apple Inc

Christine Klynen (@joyofpl) Learning Coach • Founder, Team Leader and Learning Experience Consultant • The Joy of Professional Learning • Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2009 • Atlanta GA.

Christine began her educational career as a secondary math teacher in 2005 in the first one to one school in Chester County. Since then she has led schools in implementing one to one initiatives with a strong passion and focus on teacher professional learning. Christine is an educational author, consultant, presenter, vision former, and teacher. She is the CEO and learning consultant at the Joy of Professional Learning www.joyofprofessionallearning.org

Christine is working with leadership teams in designing and delivering professional learning experiences that become the basis for professional practice and are the foundation for systemic and sustainable growth and change. Currently, Christine is the Learning Coach at Atlanta International School focused in IBMYP curriculum and Harvard’s Project Zero.

Nadia Lopez, Mott Hall Bridges Academy

Nadia Lopez, Ph.D., was launched from a Brooklyn public middle school principal to an educational celebrity overnight when one of her students credited her as the greatest influence in his life on the Humans of New York blog. Today, this education leader and school founder uses her platform to encourage and assist underprivileged communities in creating their own positive impacts.

Jennifer Ragan-Fore, ISTE

Jennifer Ragan-Fore, chief events officer, is an association and events professional with overall responsibility for the content and logistics of the ISTE Conference & Expo, including event strategy, general session production, program content, citywide site selection and information delivery. She leads a talented team of internal event staff, partners and specialized contractors in all phases of event design and execution. Jennifer has served ISTE in a variety of membership and conference roles. In 2005, she worked as director of special interest group and then progressed to general membership director, director of new media and member communities, and most recently, senior director of conference services. In each of these roles, she’s had the good fortune to work closely with amazing members, volunteers and presenters who are transforming education. Some of Jennifer's key ISTE accomplishments include the launch of ISTE’s Second Life community and television series, creation of ISTE’s webinar series and significant growth in ISTE’s conference attendance and programming. Prior to joining ISTE, Jennifer worked in event-focused roles within higher education at Northwestern University, Emory University and the University of Washington (UW). At UW, Jennifer was responsible for the launch of a public-private outreach center that brought Seattle’s corporate and academic communities together, and for the launch of a national executive conference, production of a television series that aired on the Research Channel and creation of a research magazine. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s School of Communication with a double major in performance studies and anthropology. She serves on three industry boards including Visit Denver, Visit San Antonio and Maritz Travel.

Logan Smalley, TED

Logan Smalley is the founding director of TED’s youth and education initiative, TED-Ed —an award-winning website, content format and program offering that serves millions of teachers and students every day.

Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mila Fuller, Ed.D., is an innovative edtech leader with expertise in instructional technology from strategy through to implementation. She has nearly two decades of experience in learning and teaching with technology through her work with associations, districts, schools and universities. In her current role as assistant director of online learning for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education, Mila works to develop strategy, and promote and coordinate the delivery of online, distance and blended education offerings. Additionally, she collaborates with the college’s online learning stakeholders and service providers. Mila is also an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland at University College instructional technology master’s degree program. Her higher education work also includes developing and teaching an education technology specialization course titled “Digital Age Technology and Instruction” for Johns Hopkins University’s education doctoral degree program. She previously worked as an independent education consultant, specializing in course development and implementation, technology planning and program development. Mila also has expertise in the strategic and operational aspects of leadership in edtech and affiliate governance. As an association executive, Mila served as the deputy executive director of a content association, for eight years, where she assisted with the oversight and implementation of organizational goals and supervised senior-level teams. For five years, Mila also served as director of strategic initiatives for ISTE and was responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic alliances. She also assisted with identifying and exploring partnerships with institutions, agencies and other organizations to further the ISTE mission and to address technology in teacher quality. During her tenure at ISTE, Mila was a frequent national and international presenter on digital age learning and teaching and digital equity. She began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) and later served as an education associate for the district’s Office of Technology, Library & Media Services. Mila went on to become the coordinator of technology leadership for the Learning Technologies Support Group at BCPSS. Mila holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from Towson University; a master’s in leadership in teaching, with a specialty in administration and supervision, from Notre Dame University of Maryland; and a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of digital and paper-based graphic organizers on students’ persuasive writing process. She’s also done research into the impact of school administrator support on the integration of technology into schools, relationships between community and student success in online learning, and addressing digital equity. Mila is a current governing board member for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), past president of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Board, serves on the District Technology Planning Committee for Champaign Unit Four School District, is the technology task for chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter, and is a member of the EdNET Advisory Board. She is also a past president of ISTE affiliate Maryland Society of Educational Technology (MSET). In 2008, she received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award. Long active in the association community and association leadership, Mila is a member of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and has been recognized as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar.

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