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Edtech Advocacy &
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Student Technology Leaders Panel

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Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Malick Deighton  
Samvel Ghazaryan  
Balaji Krishna Suresh Kumar  
Isabel Maghaguian  
Daniel Payne  
Dr. Dennis Harper  
Paulina Barriga  
Adrian Castillo  
William Chavez  
Mark Sandoval  
Uriah White  
James Davieau  
Vincenzo DeCresenzo  
Zoee Gonzalez  
Audrey Mrofka  
Ezly Ortiz  

A group of Student Technology Leaders (STLs) in grades 3-12 will describe how they form alliances with teachers and administrators to provide technology and infrastructure support. STLs will provide concrete examples how they have helped schools meet Covid-19 technology challenges.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Additional detail: Student presentation
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

ISTE 2020 participants attending this K-12 Student Technology Leaders led panel will explain how they benefit their respective schools. These benefits include student learning, job exposure, school transformation, improved realtime tech support, IT pathway for underserved students, and community engagement. Each Student Technology Leader will also describe how their STL program is being implemented in their school thereby giving participants ideas on how they can establish STL programs in their schools and districts. Panelists will also share STL resources with attendees. There will also be ample time for participants to ask the STLs questions.

Supporting research

The primary source of supporting research on Student Technology Leadership can be found on the nonprofit Youth and Educators Succeeding website. Over the past 25 years, YES has conducted numerous externally evaluated studies on the efficacy of Student Technology Leadership teams in K-12 schools. More than $30 million have gone into this research. More information can be found on

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Malick Deighton, Wilson Middle School
Samvel Ghazaryan, Wilson Middle School
Balaji Krishna Suresh Kumar, Wilson Middle School
Isabel Maghaguian, Wilson Middle School
Daniel Payne, Wilson Middle School
Dr. Dennis Harper, Generation YES

Dennis Harper is currently the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Youth and Educators Succeeding organization (formerly known as Generation YES). Dr. Harper began YES in 1996 and this student technology leadership model has now been implemented in more than 2,000 U.S. and international schools. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Sana Barbara. Over a period of 50 years, he taught middle- and high-school students, was a K-12 district technology director, conducted research at various universities, and was a member of the ISTE Board.

Paulina Barriga, Davis Middle School
Adrian Castillo, Davis Middle School
William Chavez, Davis Middle School
Mark Sandoval, Davis Middle School
Uriah White, Davis Middle School
James Davieau, Canajoharie High School
Vincenzo DeCresenzo, Canajoharie High School
Zoee Gonzalez, Palmcroft Elementary School
Audrey Mrofka, Palmcroft Elementary School
Ezly Ortiz, Palmcroft Elementary School

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