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ISTE Ignite Session

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Mainstage

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Technology Integration Specialist
Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium
Eric Curts is a veteran educator who currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center in Ohio where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences across the country. Eric runs the award-winning blog where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".
Manteca Online Academy
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca (CA) and is a 2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She is an HP Teaching Fellow, NCCE Distinguished Professional Learning Specialist, 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, won the 2021 ISTE Videoconferencing Classroom Educator Awards & the 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN Award for #CultivateWorldLiteracy & was a featured speaker on Microsoft’s Fall 2017 Hack the Classroom broadcast worldwide. A popular global presenter & trainer, Dunbar is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Master Trainer, Minecraft Education Ambassador & Nat'l Geographic Certified Educator.
Director Instructional Technology & Blended Learning
BreakFree Education, Go Teach Be Love
Dr. Kaylah Holland is passionate about empowering educators through professional development, one on one coaching, and innovative lesson design. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design and Technology with extensive research in active learning environments. She has spent years empowering educators and championing student-centered classrooms. She is a Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, a college professor, an ISTE community Leader, and was presented the “20 to Watch” award by ISTE in 2022. Kaylah is the Director of Instructional Technology and Blended Learning for BreakFree Education and works to empower educators to radically improve education inside juvenile justice facilities.
Dr. Nathan D. Lang-Raad is an educator, speaker, author. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, elementary administrator, high school administrator, and university adjunct professor. He was the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, as well as education supervisor at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Nathan is the author of 8 books: Everyday Instructional Coaching, The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics co-authored with Dr. Marzano, WeVideo Every Day, Mathematics Unit Planning in a PLC, The Teachers of Oz, The Boundless Classroom, Instructional Coaching Connection, and Never Stop Asking. ​
Eastern Michigan University
ISTE Certified Educator
Michael McVey is a professor of educational technology at Eastern Michigan University and also serves on the ISTE Board of Directors as Treasurer. McVey began as a k-12 teacher and has taught in Canada, Tucson, Arizona, and Japan. He has a chapter in "Championing Technology Infusion in Teacher Prep" (ISTE, 2020).
K-12Supervisor of Educational Technology
Central Bucks School District
Lindsay is a dedicated technology administrator who was recognized as the 2023 Technology Administrator of the Year in Pennsylvania. She works in the Central Bucks School District (PETE&C), serving a large community of 18,000 students and over 2,000 staff members. Lindsay is committed to ensuring that technology is used efficiently and effectively to support quality teaching and learning for all students and staff. Over the past seven years in her role, she has collaborated with her team to implement innovative solutions that have transformed the way technology is used in the district, focusing on interoperability, innovation, STEAM, and accessibility.
Melissa Summerford has been in education for 16 years and has taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and Advanced Academics. Melissa is always looking for ways to innovate, improve her practices, and believes that it takes a team to build success. Melissa Summerford is Google Certified Trainer & Innovator and currently serves as a Teacher Success Champion at Kami. She is passionate about creating significant learning environments built on student choice and voice. Melissa believes that incorporating student voice and choice are the elements that lead to student ownership and engagement.
Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences
Renton Prep
Michelle Zimmerman, author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning, published in 4 languages, was selected as 2021 ISTE Visionary Leadership, 2019 EdTech Leadership Awards Global Leader finalist and selected 6 consecutive years as Microsoft MVP. She teaches middle and high school while serving in administration at Renton Prep, a Microsoft Showcase School. Her PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development is from University of Washington, and her research has been recognized with multiple awards. Since 2007, she has presented around the world. You can find her in Forbes, GeekWire, Venture Beat, Getting Smart, local and international news.

Session description

Join us for our first ISTE Ignite session. Presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation.

1 - "Five Simple Ways to SEL-ebrate Students!," Tammy Dunbar
2 - "Never Stop Asking: How Critical Thinking Can Save Education," Nathan Lang-Raad
3 - "Accessible and Relevant Classrooms: Empowering Learners to Thrive," Lindsay Smith
4 - "Passwords and Positive Self-Talk," Eric Curts
5 - "Advocating for Justice-Involved Youth: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline," Kaylah Holland
6 - "Unleashing the Leader Within: The Power of Personalized Learning," Melissa Summerford
7 - "AI in Education: Opportunities and Challenges," Keith McCray
8 - "Student Agency in a World with Artificial Intelligence," Michelle Zimmerman

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Session will be simulcast live