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Leadership Exchange: Technology and Transformation [Part 2]

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Emily Bell  
Heidi Ellis  
Camilla Gagliolo  
Dina Ghobashy  
Angela Maiers  
Dr. Katie Martin  

Leveraging the Moment
Consider how technology can be used to support transformation and change through an interactive workshop. Learn about the strategic steps a district is taking to reimagine education while ensuring equity and inclusion. Understand how by blending our technology with our humanity we can transform how we learn, work, and live.

Leveraging Lessons Learned to Evolve in Education
There is no denying that there have been great challenges but there have also been some bright spots that can highlight a path forward and help use the lessons to evolve in our practices. We know that our educational practices and systems have not always met the needs of all learners so we have an opportunity to abandon what hasn’t worked, keep what does, and use our lessons learned to create a new blend that allows us to move forward in ways that better meets the needs of our learners and communities. This interactive workshop will bring education leaders together to collaborate, reflect, and imagine what is possible.

Presented by Katie Martin, Ph.D, Author, Educator, Chief Impact Officer at Altitude Learning

Lighting Talk Humanology: Getting Human Right in the Age of Technology
Technology is shaping the future, but it will be HUMANOLOGY that determines how technology is used to transform the way we learn, work and live. To stay ahead of an increasingly digital and automated world, we need to start cultivating our most human abilities and put a premium on our uniquely human skills: judgement, vision, wisdom, creativity and resilience. There's nothing soft about these skills, and we can't afford to leave them to chance. Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology and psychology, Angela Maiers will share a framework for illustrating and understanding what’s possible when we blend our technology with our humanity and work together toward making the world a better place to be human, for us and for our children. An interactive workshop where participants will unpack emerging models and the tech tools used to support transformation and change.

Hear from a superintendent about what has worked this past year and where we need to dig in as we return to in-person learning in a post-pandemic world.

Presented by Angela Maiers, Author and Founder, Choose2Matter

District Story: A Path Forward: How the Pandemic Made Us Smarter and Stronger
As education institutions look forward to life after the pandemic, they’re eager to build on lessons learned. In this session, Fulton County Schools’ CIO Emily E. Bell, Ed.D., will share the strategic steps the district is taking to reimagine education, while ensuring equity and inclusion.

Presented by,

  1. Dina Ghobashy, Senior Manager, Education Leadership, Microsoft
  2. Emily E. Bell, Ed.D., Chief Information Officer, Fulton County School

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Emily Bell, Fulton County Schools

A 25-year Georgia educator certified and experienced in all K-12 grade levels who seeks to plan and implement innovative technology strategies for optimal productivity and increased student achievement. Degrees in English Education from Florida State University and Instructional Technology and Education Leadership from Valdosta State University provide the foundation for authentic work experiences in classrooms, online learning environments, data analytics, and district operations. Other leadership positions include president of the Georgia Association for Managers in Education Systems and K-12 IMS Global board member.

Heidi Ellis, ISTE
Dina Ghobashy, Microsoft

At Microsoft, Dina supports school leaders to deepen and expand their schools' education transformation. Passionate about education for social impact, she sees technology as a catalyst for realizing this vision. She spent the early part of her career at Intel developing expertise in adult learning, requirements discovery, program and change management before advising leaders worldwide on transforming education using technology. She was then the director of academic technology at French American International School. Dina holds a Ms in Computer Engineering from West Virginia University, a Ms in Education from Columbia University, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from Cairo University.

Angela Maiers, Choose2Matter

Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change-maker. Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching at every level, from grade school to graduate school, and consulting with companies around the world. Maiers founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that supports parents, educators and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. Maiers holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degrees in literacy and education leadership. She’s the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Maiers is recognized as an influential voice on social media, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Dr. Katie Martin, Altitude Learning

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is the author of Learner-Centered Innovation and the chief impact officer at Altitude Learning. She also teaches in the graduate school of education at High Tech High, and is on the board of Real World Scholars. Martin has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research and support deeper learning for all students. She has worked as a middle school English language arts teacher and instructional coach, and led a districtwide new teacher mentoring program. As a mom, she wants her kids to have learning experiences in school that build on their strengths and interests. As an educator, she’s passionate about making sure we do the same for all kids.

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