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.
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.
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.
Director, Content Standards and Instruction
Colet exercises leadership and general supervision of the Content Standards and Instruction division and its staff. Her responsibilities include developing policies, procedures, and timelines for the standards revision process, for implementation of content standards, and for building educational partnerships.
Director of Enterprise Applications
Emily Bell is the Director of Enterprise Applications for Fulton County Schools in Georgia. Emily is a 20+ year educator who seeks to understand, to plan, and to 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. She is currently working with Fulton County Schools as the Director of Enterprise Applications.
Chief Technology Officer
Kyle Berger has over 18 years in K-12 technology leadership spread across districts of various sizes and demographics. Awarded Technology Director of the Year by TCEA in 2009, he has also been featured in several educational technology magazines as well as other published books on Ed Tech. Kyle is known as a transformer of educational technology. His more than 18 years of service is full of vast experiences in one to one deployment, complete district revitalization and overseeing of bond programs, redefining technology in several districts. Currently, he serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, a school district of 13,500 students located in North Texas.
Kyle's work in the K-12 standardization process began with then SIF integrations where he oversaw several buildouts of standardized solutions to achieve near seamless data exchange. His work in identity management processing led Kyle to be featured in various publications for decreasing operational overhead while increasing performance. Kyle has been involved with the IMS standards movement since 2016 when the growing need for streamlined digital content integration was crippling his district. With a Digital Day One initiative in place to provide all students in his districts 1 to 1 with access to resources, the commitment to industry standards is a must. Kyle currently is a member of several corporate advisory boards, as well as, a guest speaker for educational technology transformation to corporations and school systems around the country.
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.
Assistant Superintendent, CIO
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.
Director of Technology Integration
The Austin ISD Technology Department serves as an engine of innovation and operational excellence in support of the district's vision to reinvent the urban education experience.
Thay are committed to providing their students, teachers, administrators and staff the best possible technological learning and working environments possible. Technology is never flawless. They know how disruptive and frustrating it is when something is not working.
A safe digital environment for all is a top priority for the technology department. They ensure compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act by requiring cyber safety training of all staff and mandating age-appropriate digital citizen lessons. All staff and students annually sign an acceptable use policy, promising online and offline responsible behavior.
Director, Office of Data, Research, and Accountability
Dr. William Buchanan is the Director of the Office of Data, Research, and Accountability at Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), the second largest school district in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (approximately 42,000 students and growing). He and his team lead the district's on-going efforts to integrate data assets across the enterprise into a robust enterprise class data warehouse and integrated business intelligence solution, provide psychometric support to the district, and lead the district's program evaluation, machine learning, and predictive analytics efforts. Prior to FCPS, Dr Buchanan worked as a Data Scientist at Minneapolis Public Schools, a Strategic Data Project Data Fellow at the Mississippi Department of Education (where he programmed the state's school and district accountability system), and statistical methodology consultant.
Dr Buchanan is also a regular presenter at the North American Stata User's Group annual conferences, an avid open-source contributor, and a regular presenter on topics related to data visualization, programming practies, and data analysis at workshops and annual convenings of the Strategic Data Project, part of the Center for Education Policy Research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr Buchanan holds a PhD in K-12 Educational Leadership from TUI University, an AM in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, an MAEd in Teaching and Instruction from TUI University, and a BM in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music. Dr Buchanan is also a combat veteran who served in the 1st Armored Division Band and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he premiered original compositions for the first lady of Iraq.
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.
Chief Information Officer
James “Dale” Cornelius chairs a number of national assessment technology groups, most recently IMS Global’s State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network. In Maryland, he oversees an online testing ecosystem that supports five online testing platforms. Before Maryland, at Oakland Unified in California, he developed the district's first web-based diagnostic and summative assessment system. Previous to Oakland, at Edusoft, an assessment startup in San Francisco acquired by Houghton Mifflin, he oversaw data integration efforts for school districts across the United States. Earlier in his career, at McKinsey & Company, he supported management consulting efforts in the areas of corporate communications and technology. Dale began his career teaching in San Francisco, first middle school English and, later, high school technology. He holds two degrees in English, a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master’s degree from Middlebury College, in Vermont.
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.
Learning Technologies Specialist
Director, Digital Learning and Resources
Coordinator of Student Data Systems
Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia
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, and a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lesley 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
In addition to her role as Chief Technology Officer, Marlo Gaddis is also Senior Director for Instructional Technology and Library Media Services. Prior to joining the Wake County Public School System in 2012, she worked in three other North Carolina school districts in various capacities, including 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology and Media; Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology; district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.
Chief Academic Officer
Daniel Gohl is the chief academic officer for Broward County Public Schools in southeast Florida – the sixth largest school district in the United States. He is currently focused on the challenges of ensuring universal early literacy, the infusion of digital tools and resources for student learning, and fostering global educational dialogue. Previously, he was the chief academic officer in the Houston school district, the deputy chief of innovation for the New Jersey Department of Education, the executive officer for innovation and change for Newark Public Schools in New Jersey, and the director of secondary school transformation in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He was also the founding principal of McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. During his career, Gohl has worked to address issues of closing achievement gaps, integrating academic and career preparation, bridging STEM and humanities education, and has collaborated with communities across the United States, Zimbabwe, Turkey and The Gambia. He holds a master’s degree in science education from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in physics from Vassar College.
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.
Dean of Digital Learning
Erik is now in his 19th year as an educator & is in his 3rd year as the Dean of Digital Learning after being the Program Leader for online learning the past 7 years. Prior to working in Appleton, Erik was one of the 1st math teachers to write digital curriculum & teach math online at Edina Public Schools, MN.
In addition to being the Dean of Digital Learning for the Appleton Area School District, Erik is a Board Member of the Wisconsin eSchool Network, Inc. In that role, Erik is the Chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee, and President of the Wisconsin eSchool Network, Inc.
Along with being involved on many committees throughout Appleton & Wisconsin, Erik has presented at and attended numerous conferences and symposiums focused around online, digital and blended learning. Some of the notable conferences/venues include: iNACOL Online and Blended Learning Symposium, Blended Learning Live!, The Learning Counsel, IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute, UW-Madison Distance Learning, WI Charter School Conference, DPI Mandatory Reporting, Evergreen Consulting/Gates Foundation, Innovative Schools Network and Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative.
Erik holds an AA Degree, BA in Education, Masters in Teaching & Learning and a Specialist degree in Education Administration.
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!
Director Technology Resources and Data Development
Patches came to K12 from the private sector having been a Senior Level IT Consultant with one of the worlds largest consulting companies for the first part of his career. Patches' past experiences range from IT performance testing to an in depth knowledge of performance analysis, capacity planning and IT financial management. His interest and experiences took him toward enterprise IT architecture and its support of mobile and virtual learning as he served as Technology Systems Manager for a Delaware school district. Most recently he has moved into the role of Director and Chief Information Officer for the Delaware Department of Education where he looks forward to being able to build an interoperable digital ecosystem for the entire state.
Patches holds a BS in Business Administration (Management Information Systems) and an MBA from East Carolina University. While not at work Patches enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering for his church.
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.
Executive Director of IT & Planning Services
Director, CETL Office of Enterprise Applications, Department of Information Technology, Baltimore County Public Schools
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.
Assistant State Superintendent
Kiefer has served as the Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Libraries and Technology at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction since September 2010. The Division oversees all information technology efforts for DPI, provides oversight for instructional technology and library media programs across Wisconsin, and serves as the state library agency. At DPI, Kiefer serves as the Wisconsin state librarian and the DPI’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining DPI, Kiefer was employed at Madison Metropolitan School District for 16 years where he served as CIO, research and program evaluation coordinator, testing and assessment director, registrar, and student information and data warehouse systems manager. Before joining Madison Schools, Kiefer served as a program evaluation manager and research analyst at Wisconsin Power & Light Company.
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, Digital Learning
The Alief ISD Digital Learning Department is dedicated to improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology.
Alief ISD will develop students’ capacity to communicate and use technology to think critically & collaboratively solve real-world problems. We will develop critical higher order thinking skills essential for academic and workplace success. We are committed to building the capacity of all teachers to integrate digital tools effectively into curriculum and instruction.
Director of Performance Management
Chief Education Officer
Since assuming the role of CPS' Chief Officer for Teaching and Learning (T&L) in 2016, LaTanya D. McDade has prioritized instructional equity and excellence for all CPS students. Mrs. McDade has streamlined work and reduced waste by aligning T&L's programs to district priorities and advocating 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. Mrs. McDade is currently a doctoral candidate at Lewis University. She holds a M.A. in School Leadership and Administration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Chicago State University. Additionally, Mrs. McDade holds an Illinois Type 75/General Administrative Certificate and a Type 3/K-9 Elementary Certificate. Mrs. McDade is an active member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Kari Murphy with over 30 years’ experience in educational technology, currently serves as the CTO for Deer Park Independent School District in Texas. In 2019, she was awarded the TCEA Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Technology in Education. In 2016, she was honored as one of two 2015-2016 Texas recipients of the International Society for Technology in Education's Making IT Happen award. In 2007, she was recognized as one of the Top Women in Computing for the Houston area by the AWC due to her leadership in K-12 educational technology. She is a regular presenter at state and national conventions/conferences. Her mission and passion is to provide change leadership empowering others to facilitate educational success for students.
Executive Director of Technology
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 Executive Director of Technology 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 32 years. Together they have three sons, are very active in their community and church, and enjoy hiking and traveling.
Lead Application Engineer, Spring Branch Independent School District, Texas
William Norris is the Lead Application Engineer for Spring Branch Independent School District in Texas.
Associate Superintendent for Virtual Learning
Keith Osburn, Ed.D., serves as the Associate Superintendent for Georgia Virtual Learning at the Georgia Department of Education. Prior to his appointment Dr. Osburn served as the Chief Information Officer for a small, rural school district in south Georgia. While in that position he led the district's technology integration plan to acquire learning technologies to help usher in digital learning in the district. Specifically, he worked to implement many of the IMS Global standards, especially the OneRoster standard to streamline rostering of applications for student and staff use. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems (GAMEIS). Keith received his doctorate and undergraduate degrees from Valdosta State University and master's degree from Georgia Southern University.
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.
Director of Technology Programs
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.
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.
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.