Defining What's Possible for Reinvented Learning: Think Tank Session
Listen and learn : Ed talk: Hosted activity
Diane Doersch Mike Flanagan Adam Garry Amy Johns Paige Johnson Nate Kellogg Donna Murray Tara Nattrass Stephen Whiffin Snow White Syd Young
Hosted by Dell Technologies. It’s a pivotal moment in education. While much has changed, much more is possible. Join a diverse group of education thought leaders as they discuss their vision and surface barriers to overcome for every student to succeed. This dynamic session will use social media and art to enhance the dialogue.
|Audience:||Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists|
Diane W. Doersch is the Senior Director of Information Technology at Digital Promise. She was formerly a Chief Technology & Information Officer of a large Wisconsin School District. Diane was a classroom teacher and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University and possesses her Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) National Certificate from CoSN. She is currently president of Northeast Wisconsin Women in Technology (WIT), an organization devoted to supporting women in the field of Technology. She is also the Consortium of School Networking's (CoSN) Chair. Diane is passionate about helping to grow IT leaders.
Mike Flanagan is the CEO of the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC), a growing group of high schools creating a digital high school transcript that opens up opportunity for each and every student — from all backgrounds, locations, and types of schools — to have their unique strengths, abilities, interests, and histories fostered, understood, and celebrated. Mike joined MTC in 2017 as Chief Product Officer, where he oversaw the design and development of the Mastery Transcript platform. Mike has a BA in English from Yale University, and an MA in English from the University of Washington, and early in his career taught high school English.
Amy Johns is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY. She leads a team of district STEM and Digital Learning Coaches that support STEM and technology-based learning across classrooms. She was the 2021 recipient of the KySTE Making IT Happen award for her work in supporting technology professional learning and innovation across the state. She spearheaded Fayette County’s first STEM Bus program in 2018, which was recognized with a STEM Excellence Award in 2020 for its focus on providing access to STEM opportunities to students across the district.
For more than two decades, Paige has led initiatives to transform and personalize education through the effective use of technology, both in the US and abroad. Before joining Microsoft, she was the CEO of EdCatalyst Group where she helped organizations design programs and products to improve education and learning. As the Education Strategist for Amazon Web Services, she promoted advances in cloud computing and data analytics to create more effective learning environments. Before that, she was the Education Strategist for Intel Corporation, where she collaborated with school systems around the world to help them build effective solutions to improve outcomes.
Nate Kellogg is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator, specializing in inclusive innovation and design. Prior to joining TLA, Nate lead innovation for a charter network in New Orleans, co-founded New Schools for New Orleans’ Personalized Learning Teacher Fellowship, and taught in public, charter, and independent schools. Nate serves as a board member for Rooted School New Orleans. Nate now lives with his wife and toddler son in Middletown, RI, where they recently moved to from New Orleans.
Donna Murray is a consultant for the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, supporting the design and implementation of effective digital teaching and learning environments. She serves as a consultant for digital accessibility and universal design, and she co-leads the NC Accessible Educational Materials leadership team. Donna has been engaged in the implementation of the North Carolina Digital-Age Learning Initiative, with a focus in the areas of digital content and virtual/blended learning. As a parent to a disabled child, Donna is passionate about inclusive design and the intersection of accessibility and technology.
Dr. Tara Nattrass is a Senior Education Strategist at Dell Technologies. An experienced educator focused on eliminating opportunity gaps and ensuring every student is engaged, Tara most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Arlington Public Schools (VA) where she collaborated with teams to implement systems and structures to support all students. She has held multiple roles including as a classroom teacher; literacy facilitator; school administrator; and Director of Elementary Education. She has experience implementing programs including Language Immersion, Montessori, and International Baccalaureate. Tara earned a Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
Snow White is Intel’s Director of Education Sales Strategy for North America. With over 25 years working in the educational technology field, Snow is considered an educational thought leader with expertise around digitally transformed learning environments and creating education to industry partnerships. Snow has accelerated momentum toward student-led and personalized learning in numerous districts and schools globally. With the rise in esports in education, Snow is collaborating with school districts, scholastic state entities, and leading esports industry partners so that she can bring thought leadership and best practices of esports and related career pathways to K12 and Higher Education
Syd Young is keenly motivated to help educators and administrators envision ways to translate aspirations more effectively into reality for K-12 public school systems and postsecondary pathways. As Director of Teaching and Learning at KnowledgeWorks, she brings experience managing systems change and understanding of how technology can amplify learning as she partners with learning communities across the country. Her fervor for strategizing ideal local conditions, where individuals see themselves as change agents, dates back to her days in conservation biology and previous roles as a science teacher, school administrator and education specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.