Purpose The goal of the K-12 Institutional Leadership Board is to lead the adoption of open instructional technology interoperability standards for curriculum, assessment, and all aspects of instructional improvement for the benefit of school districts and states working to put in place a new generation of IT infrastructure.
Description The K-12 Institutional Leadership Board is comprised of district and state officials who are IMS Global Contributing Members. Each institutional Contributing Member can delegate one representative to participate on the K-12 Institutional Leadership Board to work closely with IMS Global staff to provide guidance in the development and adoption of IMS Global standards.
Executive Director of Technology
Dwayne Alton is the Executive Director of Infrastructure Services / Information Systems for Lee County Public Schools, currently the 37th largest school district in the US. He holds over twenty years of experience in K-12 IT, with expertise in infrastructure management, technical support service management, instructional technology, and multi-vendor system integration. Dwayne also currently serves on technology advisory boards for Dell and Google.
Director, Data Warehousing & IT Operations
Dr. Tina Barrios is Assistant Superintendent of Information Systems and Technology at Polk County School District in Florida. She is responsible for long-term planning and directing of all technological services and activities for the school district. Dr. Barrios spent 17 years as a district administrator and 18 years as a high school science teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. Earning her Masters in Computer Applications and PhD in Instructional technology while being a classroom teacher affords her a unique perspective on supporting technology for teaching and learning. She has implemented a highly successful 1-2-1 laptop program in addition to bringing in over 8 million dollars in grant funds to support innovative teaching and learning.
Dr. Barrios was recognized as the Tandy Teacher of the Year nominee for Manatee High in 1993 and 1997. In 1996, she was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. The 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers counted her among those best representing the field of education. In 2001, she received the Computer World Honors Laureate for her role in creating and directing the “Manatee Life and Times” project. In addition to serving as president of the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders in 2003/04, she also chaired the “Laptops for Learning Task Force” for the state of Florida. In 2004, she was selected as a recipient of the “Making it Happen Award” and has presented at numerous state and national conferences including FETC, NECC, T+L and CoSN.
Senior Manager, Teaching and Learning Department
Colet Bartow was the School Library Specialist in the Content Standards and Instruction division from 2007 to December 2016, before being hired as the Content Standards and Instruction Director. As of July 2020, she became the Senior Manager for the OPI Teaching and Learning Department, supervising Content Standards and Professional Learning, Career Technical and Adult Education (CTAE), and Assessment.
Ms. Bartow spent 13 years as a teacher-librarian before joining the OPI in 2007. Colet completed her M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University, and B.A. in English with endorsements in secondary English, School Library Media, and English as a Second Language at the University of Montana. Her first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80. Her first job in a library was as a third-grade student.
Chief Information Officer
Emily Bell is the Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Schools in Georgia. She is a 20+ year educator who seeks to understand, plan, and develop innovative technology strategies for optimal productivity within the district. Emily holds 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, and business operations.
Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) is a tuition-free, online public charter school focused on helping students reach their full potential. COVA dedicated to the proposition that all students are created equal and that every student should have the opportunity for a bright future. The school is governed by a nonprofit board of directors.
Chief Information Officer
Dr. Brian Blanton, is Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services at Henry County Schools in Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Blanton has served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator. Brian is the president of the board of directors of the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium.The Consortium sponsors the annual Georgia Educational Technology Conference and the Technology Fair, an annual technology competition for students. Each year, the Consortium awards several Innovation Grants to teachers.
Executive Director of Techology
Benjamin “Benjie” Brown serves as the Executive Director of Technology for Darlington County School District. Mr. Brown provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the District.
Darlington County School District Technology Department provides support for instructional technology, digital tools, delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems, and client support services.
Brown is committed to working with the DCSD team to create an instructional environment that fosters and encompasses innovation as well as a sustainable IT infrastructure that supports personalized student learning and bolsters achievement.
Brown holds a Master of Education in School Administration and an Education Specialist certification in Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge College. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and an Associate of Science in Computer Science Information Technology from Limestone College. He has also completed the S.C. Department of Education’s DIRECT Program (Developing Instruction Readiness for Educators of Career and Technical Education). He is certified as an educator and administrator in both South Carolina and North Carolina, and he is a Certified Education Technology Leader through the Consortium for School Networking.
Director of Media and Technology
Steve Buettner is the Director of Media and Technology for Edina Public Schools (MN). His department supports school, District Office and Community Education staff in the operation and use of technology. The department works closely with staff development and the Teaching and Learning staff to provide the hardware and software needed to implement the K-12 curriculum.
Supervisor, Science, Alternate and EL Assessments
Dawn Cameron is a member of the Minnesota Department of Education, Division of Statewide Testing. The Statewide Testing division is responsible for: 1) measuring student achievement on the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards and the WIDA English Language Development Standards; 2) measuring the academic progress of students over time; and 3) providing Minnesota students information related to career and college readiness. Her teams develop and maintain the Science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills, monitor test security policies and procedures statewide and participate in the WIDA consortia to deliver the ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.
Director of Digital Learning
Chief Information Officer
James “Dale” Cornelius is the founding chair of IMS Global's Assessment Innovation Leadership Network and the former chair of the PARCC Assessment Technology Working Group, the first national state test designed to be 100% online and accessible to all learners. He is the Chief Information Officer for the Maryland State Department of Education where he was a founding member of the group that developed the first accessibility and interoperability standards for web-based assessment systems (now called QTI v 3.0). Previous to Maryland, Dale developed a web-based formative and summative assessment system for the Oakland Unified School District in California, helping Oakland achieve one of the highest academic growth improvement measures in the state. Before Oakland, Dale was at Edusoft, where he managed assessment services for school districts in California and Texas. Earlier in his career he worked in corporate training, at McKinsey, and previous to that taught English. He earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master's from Middlebury College, and is a two time graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Tom Cranmer is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Richland School District Two in Columbia, South Carolina, where he oversees the comprehensive technology implementations throughout the district. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Tom has worked exclusively in education technology for more than 30 years and was among the early adopters of emerging technologies in public schools having participated in their evolution for teaching, learning and district operations. Tom has led the implementation of one-to-one computing for the district’s 28,000 students and today is a promoter of innovation, research and future thinking. Today, the accomplishments of Tom and his team with advancements in technology architecture, integration and enterprise computing have set the stage for innovation as a precursor to Tom’s efforts in the startup of an innovation incubator in the district, now in its eighth year of operation. With roots in human centered design thinking and prototyping, the incubator is the central hub of activities supporting a growing culture of innovation in the district with its sights set on a positive transformation in education.
Information Security Officer
Rob Cryan is the Information Security Officer for Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide public school district in Florida. In this role, he is responsible for cybersecurity risk management for an internally developed multi-tenant SaaS (software as a service) application suite as well as other internal applications and assets. Additionally, his expertise includes financial profit and loss management, regulatory compliance, and ongoing technology management.
Director, Michigan Data Hub
Don Dailey has worked at Kalamazoo RESA for over 27 years as programmer, technology director, and as executive director for a regional data consortium. Those roles gave him an extensive background in school data systems and data systems integration. In July 2013, Don was selected as project manager for the TRIG Data Integration Project and now serves as Director for the Michigan Data Hub, which resulted from the initiative.
Monika Davis is currently the Interim Chief Information Officer of DeKalb County School District, which has over 118,000 technology users. Ms. Davis started her career in the DeKalb County School District as a technology paraprofessional at Murphy Candler Elementary school in 1994. She has spent all 25 years of her vast career in educational technology working closely with all areas of Information Technology. Prior to her role as a district leader, Monika held many positions ranging from technician to school technology specialist to district-level instructional technology specialist.
Ms. Davis’s graduate education includes a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership both from Georgia State University as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. Her interest in technology started as a student at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia where she excelled in coding, computer math, and graphics design. Upon graduation from Redan High School, Ms. Davis attended Georgia Institute of Technology where she studied Computer Science for three years. As fate would would have it, K – 12 education beaconed changing her career and higher education trajectory.
Executive Director of Technology, Seattle Public Schools
Carlos is a visionary - out of the box thinker and a doer; technology and business have been his passion throughout his life. The challenges and opportunities he has experienced over the course of his career in the Department of Defense and private sector have allowed him to develop a sense of accomplishment, humility, and camaraderie that complements his education and professional growth. Carlos possess a record of success in business and Information Technology management. His special expertise is in business' strategic analysis and systems engineering, but most of all...he loves working with people - he enjoys building and leading top-performing teams resolving complex problems and achieving outstanding results everyone can be proud of.
Director, Digital Learning
Director, Digital Learning and Resources
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Phillip H. Dunn II is an accomplished government technology executive, entrepreneur, and lifelong educator who has held Chief Information Officer (CIO) and other leadership roles in major government agencies for more than a decade. As CIO of Greenwich, CT
Public Schools, Mr. Dunn led a successful multi- year, multi-million dollar “one-to-one” initiative wherein he 1) implemented a sophisticated student data tracking system; 2) led the delivery of over 37 hours of professional learning opportunities in digital education
within 1 year; and 3) deployed personalized computing devices to each of the 11,000 students and teachers in that district. Since departing that role in November of 2018, Mr. Dunn has supported 3 New York City startups to win major industry awards within just 4
months. Mr. Dunn possesses unique insights into not only how to manage the operations of a large, complex organization, but also in how to rapidly focus technology operations into a customer- friendly service that provides business value for all of its stakeholders.
Mr. Dunn proudly assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Broward County Public Schools in August of 2019. He is honored to be welcomed into the Broward community and looks forward to supporting Broward families.
Coordinator of Student Data Systems
Chief Technology and Information Officer
Mike Evans has served in a variety of areas within the Forsyth County School System to help prepare him for his current role of Chief Technology and Information Officer. As CTIO, Mike’s role is to work closely with the Teaching and Learning department as well as the schools to ensure the district can meet the needs of every student. Mike’s department consists of Instructional Technology, Technology Services, and Student Information Systems. The collaboration between these areas along with others in the district allows for the emphasis to be on instruction, rather than technology.
Mike’s previous experience in Forsyth County Schools includes several years as Director of Information Systems, Project Director for the five year Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant awarded to Forsyth County Schools by the US Department of Education, district level Instructional Technology Specialist, school Instructional Technology Specialist and classroom teacher. Prior to his move to Georgia, Mike worked in Orlando, FL as a school-based Technology Coordinator and taught at the elementary school level.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Hospitality Management, a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University, and a Leadership Certification from Kennesaw State University.
Jim Farmer is the Chief Technology and Information Officer for Fayette County Public Schools in Georgia. His department's strategic direction is to apply information technology in each school and county office department, to improve the effectiveness and quality of instruction as well as increase the efficiency of administrative operations.
Chief Product Officer
As Chief Product Officer, Mike leads design and development efforts for the Mastery Transcript Consortium. Prior to MTC, he was CEO of School and Student Services by NAIS—a cloud-based financial aid management solution used by over 2,000 K-12 schools and non profits to assess aid applications from 150,000+ families every year. He was also co-founder and EVP of Client Services at Intrepid Learning Solutions, a provider of corporate learning technology services to global 2000 clients. 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.
Chief Technology Officer
Marlo Gaddis is the Chief Technology Officer for the Wake County Public School System. She served three other NC Districts of various sizes in the past as 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology (K-5) and Media (K-12); Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology (K-5); district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. Marlo serves on K12 Education Advisory Boards for the RTM K-12 Congress, Lenovo and IMS Global. She is on the Board of Directors for CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) and serves on the Executive Board as Secretary. She is a founding member and board member of the NC CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) chapter and a CoSN CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader).
Director of Technology
Ryan Gravette is the Director of Information and Technology at the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance. Ryan has been with Idaho Digital Learning Academy for six years and has worked to develop the systems and support infrastructure that make online learning possible. Prior to his work at Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Ryan worked in Idaho and California school districts supporting and leading Information Technology in brick and mortar classrooms. Ryan received the 2011 Presidential Award for outstanding support for technology from the Idaho Educational Technology Association and takes pride in supporting students across the state. Besides a passion for technology and programming, Ryan has a BS in Psychology from Westmont College and loves telling bad Technology/Psychology jokes about his motherboard.
Chief Technology Officer
Joe Griffin is the Chief Technology Officer for the Keller Independent School District, Keller TX. Joe began his career as a classroom teacher and has also served as a campus and district administrator. In his role, Joe is responsible for the instructional and administrative technologies in the district with an emphasis on mobile technologies and personalized learning. He has been involved in piloting various one-to one- initiatives, including the use of hand-held and mobile technologies to increase student engagement and learning. Mr. Griffin is a member in the Texas Computer Education Association and Consortium of School Networking.
Associate Superintendent Technology and Communications
Matt Guilfoyle serves in the capacity of chief information and communication officer for Prince William County Schools. Guilfoyle is responsible for the strategic management of information and instructional technology, business applications, information security, communication and marketing, and community partnerships in support of Prince William County Schools. Guilfoyle oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million and 300 direct and matrixed reporting employees. PWCS has a $1.7 billion annual budget and is the second largest school division in Virginia enrolling approximately 90,000 students in 100 schools and centers, and 12,000 full time employees.
Prior to his joining PWCS, Guilfoyle served as executive director of communications and community relations for Fairfax County Public Schools. Guilfoyle also previously served as public affairs officer for the Architect of the Capitol, director of global internal communications for The Nature Conservancy, deputy assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked as the deputy manager for corporate communications and government relations for Computer Sciences Corporation. Additionally, he held roles with Ketchum Public Relations and American Management Systems.
Guilfoyle serves as a Board Member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, and as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Health System.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University.
Technology Integration Manager
Scott Harris has been a technology director for the last 21 years which, oddly enough, mirrors the eRate program. He served in the Miami, OK Independent School District for the first 13 years where he was responsible for building out their entire network from scratch and helping them to automate and improve their systems including adopting PowerSchool SIS back in 2002. He currently is serving the Neosho, MO School District where they have been aggressively pursuing "1 to 1" for the past 4 years and hope to have that established K-12 by the end of next year. The district's next 'large goal' is to unify and fully embrace electronic curriculum, open electronic resources, SSO and OneRoster. It's always an adventure and NEVER boring!
Chief Technology Officer
Jill Hobson is a leading educational technology leader with more than 25 years of experience in the field. Jill’s passion is creating new learning possibilities for all learners (young and experienced) through the use of cutting edge technologies. She has experience in planning, implementing and evaluating large-scale hardware and software solutions. Some of her professional accomplishments include creating one of the first online blended learning programs in the US, leading a nationally recognized Bring Your Own Technology program, revolutionizing media center spaces and programs, developing cutting edge digital learning content and professional learning resources for a leading ed tech company, facilitating a revolution in learning impact through the largest and most recognized membership organization for interoperability and most recently joining Gainesville City School System as the Chief Technology Officer.
Jill was named one Technology and Learning's Top 100 most important people in educational technology. She has been on the National School Board Association's "Twenty to Watch", a list of 20 emerging leaders in technology. Jill’s volunteer activities include working with the Georgia K12 CTO Council and for many years with the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. She is presently the Associate Chair of GaETC as well as a board member of the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium
Scott Holcomb is a 21 year veteran of public urban education from awesome classroom teacher to innovator of Instructional, virtual, video-based technologies and professional development within the large Memphis urban district. In May of 2018 Scott moved over to the public charter world of education as Crosstown High’s Edtech Imagineer (Director of Technology). EdTech Imagineer is a combination of Scott’s love for Walt Disney World and Educational/Instructional Technology. Crosstown High is what high school should be, a school designed by students for students nestled inside a 1.5 million square foot industrial complex turned community complex. Scott’s role is to work with students, teachers and the surrounding community resources to build out the bridges to instructional technology connections as well as maintaining the school’s Apple devices and other associated design lab technologies used by the school and it’s teams.
Director Innovative Technology Solutions
Dr. Humes has been involved with educational technology for over 30 years. His experience includes being a technology coordinator for a suburban district of 7,000 students, coordinating campus and residential networking for higher education, and directing all aspects of technology for an Educational Service Agency. He is a frequent presenter at regional, state, and national conferences. He is also active in the Consortium for School Networking serving as a Board member, Co-Chair of the Smart Education Networks By Design (SEND) committee, a member of the Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board, a member of the Emerging Technologies committee, and a Thought Partner for the Early Career K-12 CTO Academy.
Executive Director of IT & Planning Services
Director, Enterprise Applications
As Director of the Office of Enterprise Applications in the Department of Information Technology for the 25th largest school district in the country, Jeanne Imbriale’s focus is on optimizing the use of technology to improve learning for its 115,000 students. This includes leading the development of system solutions for all 175 schools, supervising the capture of student data and reporting, and designing the digital ecosystem to meet the needs of modern students.
Previously, Mrs. Imbriale was the Supervisor and then Coordinator and Professional Growth and Partnerships in the Department of Organizational Development. She was responsible for planning and providing access to high quality continuing professional growth opportunities for all employees in order to increase student achievement and organizational effectiveness. Her extensive background in adult learning, instructional technology, information technology, online pedagogy, project management and educational expertise, allows her to enhance organizational effectiveness and efficiency by partnering and understanding the needs of schools and offices in order to deliver seamless technology solutions. Prior to this, Mrs. Imbriale worked at the John Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education as a Program Manager in Research and Development where she planned and conducted local, state and national institutes and academies for K-12 educators focused on effective uses of instructional technology. Mrs. Imbriale also taught graduate level course in instructional technology and educational leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She credits all her work to her strong beginnings in the elementary classroom.
Collectively, for the past 24 years, Mrs. Imbriale has worked to improve teaching and learning, with emphasis on the value of technology to help reach as many students as possible in the most efficient and effective manner. Her lifelong goal is to champion the benefits of technology and assist other leaders in their implementation in school systems across the country.
Mrs. Imbriale has recognized nationally for advancing the field of educational technology through numerous invitations to present to expert professional associations. Her work on the creation and execution of data privacy practices and the establishment of data governance structures has served as a model throughout the country. The strategic plan she chartered to ensure her school system’s compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA has been highly praised. Most recently, Mrs. Imbriale earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
Executive Director of Instructional Development and Support, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia
Tricia Kennedy is executive director for eCLASS Transformation for Gwinnett County Public Schools. In this role she facilitates the cross-divisional development and implementation of eCLASS, a digital content, learning assessment and support system. The objective of the eCLASS initiative is to provide all Gwinnett teachers and students with access to digital content and resources that expand the walls of the classroom and engage students in meaningful learning experiences, anytime, anywhere. Prior to launching eCLASS for the district, Ms. Kennedy served for several years as Gwinnett’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, overseeing the district’s curriculum development and instructional programming.
SLDS Program Manager
Division Director, School Technology Planning and Project Management
Senior Administrator Instructional Systems
Orange County Public Schools is now the ninth largest school district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida. The district serves more than 211,000 students at 196 schools and is one of the largest employers in Central Florida with more than 25,000 team members.
Assistant Director of Teaching/Learning
Jennifer Lotze is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Hudson School District. She previously served as an Instructional Technology Trainer in the Sheboygan Area School District and an Educational Consultant at CESA 11. During her teaching career, she worked as a Cross Categorical Special Educator and focused on teaching individuals with disabilities how to use technology to be successful in their everyday lives. Within her special education program, she helped her students to create a successful business within the school environment. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and works with educational professionals all over the country as they integrate technology into their learning environments. She presents to help individuals get the most out of the technology they have access to and make accommodations to existing technology for use with all students. She received her Masters Degree from Carthage College in the area of Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Assistive Technology.
Director of Performance Management
Heather Luchte is the Director of Performance Management at the Idaho Division of Career Technical Education. Heather has worked at the division since 2013. She is responsible for collecting performance data, monitoring student outcomes, and performance improvement. Heather also oversees SkillStack®, our statewide badging platform.
Heather has over 15 years of experience in performance improvement and prior to working at the division she worked at Saint Alphonsus Health System. During that time, she worked with senior leaders, physicians, and staff to improve quality and the patient experience.
Heather has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Idaho State University. Heather believes in lifelong learning and most recently completed the Certified Public Manager Program which is a nationally recognized training and development program.
Associate Superintendent for Academics
Jeff McCoy currently serves Greenville County Schools as the Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in South Carolina and the 44th largest in the nation with 77,000 students in attendance. Jeff oversees the Offices of Academic Support, Academic Innovation and Technology, Accountability and Quality Assurance, Career and Technical Education and Early Childhood Education. Prior to assuming the Associate Superintendent role, Jeff held various district leadership positions and is proud to be starting his 21st year with Greenville County Schools. Jeff is active both at the state and national and serves on multiple advisory boards including the National K12 Congress Advisory Board, National School Transformation Conference Advisory Board, National Chief Academic Officers Working Group and serves on the Board of Directors for the Upstate Children’s Museum. He and three of his colleagues recently published a series Blueprints on Personalized Learning, Cybersecurity and The Marriage of Information Technology and Academics. He presents frequently around the country on the topics of personalized learning, innovation in education and systems level change and support.
LaTanya D. McDade currently serves as the Superintendent for Prince William County. Previously, she was Chief Education Officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). LaTanya oversaw all academic offices within the CPS Central Office and supports all principals and Network Chiefs in their leadership roles. In this capacity, Mrs. McDade wass responsible for improving and supporting all aspects of teaching and learning district-wide. Her commitment to over 340,000+ students across 638 schools (district and charter) is to ensure equity in access to high quality educational opportunities. This was a natural transition from her previous role as Chief Officer of the Office of Teaching and Learning (T & L), where she managed all core academic departments and oversaw the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional programs and services for CPS teachers and administrators.
Mrs. McDade worked to streamline and reduce waste by aligning the Office of Teaching and Learning programs to district priorities and advocate for the consistent, formal evaluation/ROI assessment of services and supports provided by central office departments. As a veteran educator, she also challenged the efficacy of traditional education models and initiated the PK-12 Curriculum System Project to modernize instructional practices across the district.
A proud graduate of CPS, LaTanya was a student in Chicago from Kindergarten through 12th grade and went on to dedicate her entire career to the children of Chicago. In all of her various roles, which include teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Network Chief, she has prioritized instructional equity and excellence for every child.
A passionate believer in lifelong learning, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Lewis University with a completion date of March 2021. Mrs. McDade was a member of the principal advisory group for advancing teaching and learning through the Charlotte Danielson Teaching in Excellence Framework Pilot. She completed the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association Cohort “Leadership Initiative for Transformation (LIFT).” She is currently a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Illinois Principals Association (IPA), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. LaTanya was recently named as a Future Chief in the 2019 Cohort of Chiefs for Change.
With more than 20 years of experience in Chicago Public Schools, Mrs. McDade deeply understands school communities and knows how to support their academic growth. She is dedicated to the field of education and passionate about improving the quality of life for all children through a lens of equity. Her mantra, Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
Director of Technology (CIO), Laramie County School District, Wyoming
Kyle leads a talented team of analysts and technicians who work to support the rapidly evolving data, development, and enterprise systems needs of the largest school district in Wyoming.
Executive Director of Information Services
As the Executive Director of Information Services, Eston Melton provides technology leadership, equipment, and support to City Schools of Decatur. The department of Information Services serves as the steward of enterprise systems that supports staff and student safety, equitable access, efficiency, and innovation.
City Schools of Decatur is an independent public school district with a total enrollment of approximately 5,600 students and operates a total of nine schools
Learning Technologies Coordinator
Director of Educational Technology
Dr. Adam Miller is the Director of Educational Technology for the School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Miller has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Data Specialist and Principal. He focuses on ensuring technology deployment is paired with effective Teacher training and on equitable practices for all students.
Andrew Moore is the Director of Technology at Harford County Schools in Maryland. The Technology Services Department focuses on creating an active and dynamic learning environment using cutting-edge, on-demand content and seamless access to digital tools that will inspire all learners.
Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services
Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is a lifetime educator with more than 30 years in education. Barbara has been a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and consultant with broad experiences in school districts in Virginia and South Carolina. Barbara is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services for the School District of Pickens County in South Carolina. In this role, Barbara led the district’s transformation of instructional technology from a Bring Your Own Device district to a 1:1 district with a fully interoperable digital ecosystem implementing the IMS Global standards. Under Barbara’s leadership, Pickens received federal funds for a leased dark-fiber ring network, which is expected to future-proof the district’s broadband needs for decades.
Barbara has worked extensively with IMS Global’s K-12 Institutional Board where she led efforts to extend the adoption of open-source interoperability standards. She has been a presenter, panelist, roundtable leader, and keynote speaker at various state and national conferences. She has served on various vendor advisory panels including Steelcase Inc., Classworks Advantage, and Securly, as well as on non-profit boards including the Education Foundation of Pickens County and the National Council on Digital Convergence. Barbara has written several grants for her district including an AT&T ConnectEd grant and a National Science Foundation grant totaling over $10 million.
In addition to her work in PK-12 public school leadership, Barbara is involved in post-secondary educational leadership as a visiting professor at Clemson University and a member of the advisory board for Anderson University’s M.S. in Instructional Design and Learning Technology.
Barbara received her Ph.D. from Clemson University, her master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and her undergraduate degree from Liberty University. Barbara lives in Easley, South Carolina with her husband of 34 years. Together they have three sons, are very active in their community and church, and enjoy hiking and traveling.
Director of Technology and Innovation
Rich began his career as a middle school teacher with an interest in leveraging technology to make learning engaging and immersive. He quickly became involved in districtwide leadership teams to improve technology integration and personalized learning for all students. As Director of Technology and Innovation, he still considers himself to be a teacher at heart. Through his role as a teacher and as an operational technologist, Rich has developed a unique blend of expertise in both academic and administrative functions.
In 2017, he earned CoSN’s CETL Certification and looks to the CETL Framework of essential skills to help guide North Allegheny School District in their mission to prepare all students for success in a changing world. Rich earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Public Management in Educational Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Rich has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University or Pittsburgh for pre-service teachers in classroom technology integration.
Executive Director of Technology Services
Rose Powell is the Executive Director of Technology Services, Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability for the Bibb County School District located in Macon, GA. Rose has proudly served in the field of education for over 25 years. Prior to serving in her current position, Rose served as Director, Principal of a district Summer School Program, Assistant Principal of a high school and a middle school math teacher. Rose earned Georgia Master Teacher Certification in July 2009. Rose holds both an Educational Specialist and Master degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in middle school mathematics education from Mercer University. Rose also served on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission which is the state agency that certifies educators and regulates education programs in Georgia.
Daniel Ralyea, Director of the Office of Research and Data Analysis at the South Carolina Department of Education, works with a broad network of decision makers to make the most of his state’s educational data. With nearly 750,000 K-12 students in the system, trying to deliver the best results for these students requires a strong team that can discover, share and make decisions from available data.
Director, Instructional Technology
Darlene Rankin has been an educator for the past 24 years and has been fortunate to take a lead in 2009 to provide a public, filtered Wi-Fi for Katy ISD students to bring their own device for learning. Other major initiatives include deploying Google Drive, Office 365, MyKaty Cloud, Student Learning Platform, Digital Divide Devices for check out and has devoted time and energy to ensure textbooks and all digital resources are integrated and accessed with ease for all learners within Katy ISD.
Darlene was named by NSBA “Top 20 to Watch Educators” in 2011. She is passionate about Digital Responsibility, the whole child, and ensuring students are connected outside of school.
Sanje founded OESIS in 2012 and serves as the President of what has grown to become the leading network for innovation at independent schools: the acronym OESIS grew from the initial focus on Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools. He has held senior administrative positions at independent schools including Associate Head of School at a K-12 school for seven years, High School Principal for three years and CFO for seven years. Prior to making a switch to education, Sanje spent 15 years in venture capital, investment banking and senior C-level (CEO,COO,CFO) management. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A. in Law/Jurisprudence) and the British independent school system (Harrow School). Sanje is based out of Los Angeles.
Interim Chief Technology Officer
Throughout my career, I have held a variety of positions encompassing all areas of the educational field. In my current position as the Interim Chief Technology Officer at Eanes ISD, a portion of my work focuses on evaluating technologies that support classroom instruction, designing, conducting, and coordinating professional development, planning, budgeting, and organizing technology projects. I have experience with data security, curriculum development, technology purchases, installations, and project management. I lead a team of educators to provide supports and resources for instructional implementation.
Online Assessment Manager
Pietro Semifero is the Online Assessment Manager for the Michigan Department of Education. This role focuses on building technical collaborations across organizational divisions and with external partners and vendors. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. His fifteen years of public service include traffic safety, criminal records, and academic assessment.
Director of Technology and Information Services, Pasco County Schools, Florida
John Simon leads the Technology and Information Services team for Pasco County Schools in Florida. He is responsible for Management Information Systems, desktop hardware and software support, network services, including telecommunications, and support of all electronic devices. He is Co-leader of the Power On Pasco technology innovation team that drives technology in the classrooms. Mr. Simon has 24 years in K12 school business operations, including both Technology and Finance. His experience spans many K12 institutions of varying sizes, ranging from very small to Pasco County Schools which is currently the 50st largest school district in the United States by enrollment.
John has a B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University and an MBA from Youngstown State University.
Chief Technology Officer
Rod Smith serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS). CCPS has 67 learning sites and 55,000+ students. He has effectively increased equity of access to technology and learning opportunities enabled by technology for students over the last 20 years. He has held leadership roles with Griffin-Spalding County Schools (GSCS) and CCPS.
Mr. Smith is charged with leading the district’s technology vision and roadmap, District Technology Roadmap. The Clayton County Public Schools Technology roadmap sets the vision for technology use in CCPS. Mr. Smith’s goal is to always support the district’s strategic plan and academic program. The roadmap includes deliberate planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring phases to ensure each project’s success.
Prior to joining CCPS, Mr. Smith worked in the Griffin-Spalding County Schools for ten years in various capacities, including Director of Instructional Technology.
Mr. Smith is an active member of the Google Southeast Advisory Council and the IMS Global Consortium for K12.
Rod has presented nationally on the role of technology in education. His presentations have included leading transformation to build digital districts, technology, and data governance, and educational technology leadership.
Mr. Smith earned his B.S. in Technology Education from Virginia State University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University. He tweets @iamRodSmith.
Assistant Superintendent of Technology
Aaron Turpin is the Assistant Superintendent of Technology for Hall County Schools in Georgia. He holds over twenty years of experience in K-12 Instructional Technology.
Supervisor of Systems Integration
Director of Technology, Park Hill School District, Missouri
Derrick Unruh is Director of Technology at Park Hill School District in Missouri. The Park Hill Department of Technology provides instructional and business technology resources and support to district students, staff and parents. The resources and support are provided to enhance student learning in a globally connected world, increase productivity through the use of innovative solutions, augment safety through the use of video and access security, and enhance communication through voice, email and other communication networks.
Director of Assessment
Lynn Vàsquez has over 20 years of experience in managing large-scale testing programs and has held education leadership positions at the local, state, national and federal levels. Lynn is the Division Director of Assessment and Learning Management Systems for the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). In this capacity she oversees state and federal student assessments and the statewide learning management system. Her division is part of the PED’s systems aligned vision for teaching, learning, and assessment (TLA).
Maggie Walsh is Co-CEO of UChicago Impact. In this role, she collaborates on strategic planning, client development, and product R&D for Impact, with a particular focus on literacy and coaching related efforts.
Previously, Maggie worked as the Director of STEP at UChicago Impact. She has a strong background in elementary literacy instruction, specifically for struggling readers and instructional coaching. She spent 10 years providing classroom instruction in elementary grades. She has a Bachelor's in History with minors in Mathematics and German from Saint Mary's College. She also earned her MAT in Elementary Education, Reading Specialist Certification, and Ed.D. in Reading and Language from National-Louis University.
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Robert Westall is Deputy Chief Information Officer at the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Bob has led the Technology Services Division to empower all students, teachers and administrators with the technological tools, infrastructure and services to facilitate 21st century learning through digitally-enhanced classrooms, electronic curriculum, worldwide information access, parental and community connectivity and efficient support operations. He believes a successful academic technology environment must be embedded, pervasive and transparent, enabling the educational process and redefining the paradigm for classroom instruction.