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Educator Voices Lightning Talk

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Mainstage

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Veteran ELA Educator + Adjunct Professor
Southern Regional HS / The College of NJ
Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT, is an Educational Technology Specialist for BookWidgets, a 20+-year veteran high school English teacher, board member of the Flipped Learning Network, & contributing author of "Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Classroom." Kate adeptly integrates technology and SEL in her professional development experiences using flipped-blended learning strategies and has been recognized as a PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, American Graduate Champion, and NCTE-CEL Teacher-Leader of Excellence. Passionate about evolving authentic learning into digital formats, Kate shares her expertise with the global education community via Twitter @KtBkr4 and LinkedIn.
Chestnut Hill Media
Gerald Crisci is the former Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation, and the founding co-Director of the Center for Innovation for the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, NY. He enjoys writing and speaking about the future of instructional technology and has given talks and keynote presentations at school districts, universities, and corporations. He is currently working as an independent instructional technology consultant. Gerald has a B.A. from Rutgers University, a dual M.S. in Elementary Education and Computer Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a C.A.S. in Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Educational Technologist
DoDEA- Elliott Elementary
Ashley Gardner has been working for DoDEA's Elliott Elementary since 2018, first as a music teacher and now as an Educational Technologist. She has been recognized as a Tech4Learning Innovative Educator and a Wixie Certified Educator. She is also a Certified Flip Guide and a Certified Minecraft Educator. Ashley loves being an ET because she gets to work with and empower everyone in the building. This year she began an innovation lab in her school now comes to school every day excited to see what the PK-2nd grade students will create next!
Computer Tech & Media Design Teacher
Lehman Intermediate School
Sandra is a Computer Technology & Media Design educator with the East Stroudsburg Area School district. She teaches 6th, 7th & 8th grade students how to leverage technology safely, create different forms of digital media from Animation to 3D Design as well as fascilitating students use of computational thinking to create apps & basic physical computing projects. In her 17 years of teaching Sandra has focused on equity & building relationships focusing on marginalized students. When not teaching you will find Sandra watching her Chiefs, Geeking out to pop culture, or spending time with her husband & 2 adult children.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute
After teaching students aged preschool to 99 years old during 12+ years in the classroom, I moved to a full time Instructional Technology Coach position at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. Moving from a traditional school to a career and technical school has been a fantastic experience.
PhD Candidate (Cognitive Science in Edu)
Columbia University
Jullia is a designer and researcher in education technology. The long-term goal of her research is to understand the technological and contextual factors that contribute to social-emotional learning in immersive and non-immersive virtual environments. Her recent works include an augmented reality (AR) simulation game for social skills. Currently, she's pursuing her PhD in Cognitive Science in Education at Columbia University.
Supervisor of Instructional Technology
Marple Newtown School District
Serving as the Supervisor of Instructional Technology for the Marple Newtown School District in Newtown Square, PA, Matt Oberecker strives to foster personalized classrooms where instructional best practices and technology resources live symbiotically-- pairing the analog with the digital. An avid music lover, he resides in West Chester, PA with his wife and four children. Follow him on Twitter @MNSD_Oberecker and learn more about his approach at
Director of Design and Innovation
Community Regional Charter School
Design thinker, improviser, and educator, Dan Ryder is a design learning facilitator at CRCS Overman in rural Skowhegan, Maine. Public charter school CRCS Overman provides a customized, project -based learning experience for learners of all abilities and backgrounds, grades 7-12. Dan also consults with the Office of English Language Programs at the US Department of State, creating content such as Panels and Perspectives: Creating Comics in the EFL Classroom and co-facilitating experiences such as the global PD, AE Comics VX. He's also co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom w Amy Burvall.
ISTE Certified Educator
Al Thomas is the CEO and Founder of Educopilot. He has more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, district-level director and consultant. He’s passionate about developing and curating unique, innovative solutions that improve learning for all. Al Thomas believes that if we are to prepare students for future success, we must equip them with creative problem-solving skills that harness their talents and abilities.

Session description

Lightning talks feature inspiring presentations (8 mins) that explore innovation in education. Educators share transformative practices and the impact for students, teaching, and the overall learning experience.

1- "Success & Innovation Centers: Reimagining Makerspaces as Human-Centered Problem Solving Studios," Dan Ryder
2- "Empowering Creators in the PK-2 Innovation Lab," Ashley Gardner
3- "Personalized Learning: Giving Students a V.O.I.C.E.," Matt Oberecker
4- "Cultivating Identity: How to Build relationships & agency to help marginalized feel seen," Sandra Hartman
5- "Creativity: The Big Bang," Albert Thomas
6- "CTE in 2023: Not what you'd expeTECH," Stacie Knehr Kutz
7- "Reimagining Education: Human-Centered Design for Joyful Teaching & Learning," Kate Baker
8- "Creating a Culture of Innovation That Supports Digital Transformation
," Jerry Crisci
9- "Ways Emergent Technologies Are Transforming Learning Experiences
," Jullia Lim

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