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MONDAY: Back To School: What We've Learned and How We're Moving Forward

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Monday, November 30, 8:00–11:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Alberto Carvalho  
Larry Corio  
Richard Culatta  
Ryan Imbriale  
Angélica Infante-Green  
Anna Kimsey Edwards  
Adha Mengis  
Carissa Moffat Miller, Ph.D.  
Penny Schwinn, Ph.D.  
Steven Walts, Ed.D.  

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Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school system in the U.S., since September 2008. He’s an expert on education transformation, equity, finance and leadership development, and the founder and principal of the award-winning iPreparatory Academy. During Carvalho’s tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the highest performing urban school systems in the country and provides over 1,000 school choice offerings, including bilingual programs, fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation and forensic science. The district was named the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, and was the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Carvalho has earned a number of honors, including being named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; the 2016 winner of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education; the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year; the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year; and was recognized by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America. He serves on the National Assessment Governing Board; is a committee member for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; and is an advisory committee member to the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance. He’s been honored by the president of Portugal with the Ordem de Mérito Civil and by Mexico with the Othli Award.

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Larry Corio, IDEO

Larry Corio serves as program lead for The Teachers Guild x School Retool, a community of educators who co-design more equitable futures for their schools. He’s inspired by educators' ability to work across roles and differences for the sake of students, and supports them to broadly share their insights, expertise and stories. A former high school teacher and education researcher, Corio uses data to tell creative and compelling stories about school communities. He has authored studies focused on educator preparation programs and community schools, and is passionate about community-led change in schools. Prior to IDEO, he supported and evaluated educator preparation programs at the University of California. Corio holds a master’s degree in education leadership and policy from Columbia University; a master’s in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University; and a bachelor’s from Boston College.

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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

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Ryan Imbriale, PowerSchool LLC

Ryan Imbriale has spent his education leadership career focused on how pioneering practices can empower student learning. He’s currently the executive director of innovative learning for the Baltimore County Public Schools where he’s responsible for leading the system’s work on blended teaching and learning, student choice programming and comprehensive educational programs designed to address a diverse student population. Imbriale has been in education for over 25 years as a teacher, high school principal and higher education administrator. He’s also a former member of the ISTE Board of Directors and earned the ISTE Making IT Happen award. Imbriale is a National School Board Association (NSBA) "20 to Watch" honoree, a Tech & Learning magazine 100@30 honoree, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leader and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2013 National Digital Principal of the Year. In 2015, he was honored by Intel® as an Education Visionary, an elite group of approximately 40 education leaders from all over the world who are exemplars for global education transformation.

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Angélica Infante-Green, Rhode Island Department of Education

Angélica Infante-Green has served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education since April 29, 2019. During her first year as commissioner, she instituted several major efforts to improve K-12 education across the state, most notably leading a comprehensive review of the Providence Public School District. She’s now leading the state intervention in the city’s schools to overcome decades of neglect and poor performance. Prior to joining the Rhode Island Department of Education, she served as the deputy commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support. Infante-Green began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher in the South Bronx. Since leaving the classroom, she has served in a variety of roles focused on improving instruction for all students, particularly multilingual learners. She held several leadership positions for the New York City School Department, and was a member of the first cohort of the Chiefs for Change Future Chiefs program. As a first-generation American, Infante-Green sees her first day as a teacher as a life-changing moment when she realized her personal calling. Having herself learned English in school, and as the parent of a child with special needs, she has fought to replace a “deficit” view with an “enrichment” view for students who need more. Infante-Green earned a master’s degree in education and school administration and supervision from Mercy College.

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Anna Kimsey Edwards, Whiteboard Advisors

Anna Kimsey Edwards is the chief advocacy officer and co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors, a communications, research and consulting firm that serves change-making organizations and entrepreneurs. She’s the organization’s most frequent flyer, working with governors’ offices, state departments of education, higher education leaders and school districts across the country. A product of the Atlanta Public School system, Edwards works closely with education leaders in urban school districts and higher education systems. She has helped facilitate public-private partnerships that support great teaching and learning, and has earned a reputation as an education technology expert and thought partner for policymakers and institutional leaders. Edwards was a founding board member of the national nonprofit Mindspark Learning; has advised the National Cherry Blossom Festival as chair of the festival’s primary fundraising event; and served as a local advisory board member to Jumpstart, an early childhood organization. Her previous experience includes working in CNN’s Washington, D.C., Bureau for National Correspondent Bob Franken and CNN Productions. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University.

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Adha Mengis, Digital Promise

Adha Mengis is the program manager of online communities at Digital Promise, an organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education. Mengis designs learning experiences for educators rooted in equity and metacognition. He’s passionate about excellent pedagogy and supporting young people to actualize their innate potential, specifically black and brown students. Mengis started his career as a classroom teacher in Oakland, California, and holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University.

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Carissa Moffat Miller, Ph.D., Council of Chief State School Officers

Carissa Moffat Miller, Ph.D., is the chief executive officer of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). With a deep understanding of education policy at the state and national levels, Miller leads CCSSO’s efforts to help chiefs deliver equitable education opportunities to every student in their state. Miller, a first-generation college graduate, was named chief executive officer of CCSSO in 2018 after serving for nearly five years as its deputy executive director. Prior to joining CCSSO, she served as a deputy superintendent at the Idaho State Department of Education and led the implementation of one of the first statewide online testing programs at the Idaho State Board of Education. Miller holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho, a master’s from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Penny Schwinn, Ph.D., Tennessee Department of Education

Penny Schwinn, Ph.D., has been the state of Tennessee’s commissioner of education since 2019. In this role, her goals are to continue to accelerate growth through excellence in achievement, empower students and teachers, and engage all stakeholders. Schwinn began her education career as a high school history and economics teacher in Baltimore. Her early career also included experience as a new teacher coach in south Los Angeles, and time in the private sector where she supervised work in operations, marketing and information management. Prior to joining the Tennessee Department of Education, Schwinn served as the chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency, and held roles as an assistant secretary of education in the Delaware Department of Education and the assistant superintendent of performance management for the Sacramento City Unified School District. She’s also the founder and former superintendent of Capitol Collegiate Academy, a charter school serving low-income students in Sacramento. Schwinn was also an elected trustee for the Sacramento County Board of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s from Johns Hopkins University; and a Ph.D. in education policy from Claremont Graduate University.

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Steven Walts, Ed.D., Prince William County Public Schools

Steven L. Walts, Ed.D., is the superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS), one of the largest and fastest growing districts in the U.S. The National School Boards Association named PWCS one of five first-place winners in the nation in the 2018 Magna Awards for equity initiatives. This prestigious award recognized the strategic moves the school district made to increase the participation and success of all students in advanced coursework, and for eliminating barriers to those who were previously underrepresented. Walts led the effort to establish a regional STEM Governor’s School; has increased opportunities for students at all levels to become involved with robotics; led aggressive efforts to combat bullying; improved school safety; and worked with educational partners to mentor today’s students to become tomorrow’s teachers. He’s also credited with building strong relationships with corporate and business leaders who invest in students through 1,000 school partnerships and generous support of SPARK, the PWCS education foundation. With efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest educators and encourage high school students to take the rigorous Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge courses, Walts is leading the district in achieving its mission of “Providing A World-Class Education” for every student. He began his career as an elementary teacher, building principal and intern to the superintendent in Wichita, Kansas, then served in Baltimore County, Maryland, as an assistant superintendent, before becoming superintendent in Greece, New York, in 1998. Walts received his doctorate degree in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland.

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