Keynote Speaker

Joan E. Hughes

 

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, UT

Joan E. Hughes (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Michigan State University; B.A., English, Pomona College) is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching examines technology integration in teacher preparation programs and K-12 schools. She studies how teachers and K-12 students use technologies in-and-outside the classroom for subject area learning and how school leaders support classroom technology integration. Her educational technology career began as an elementary and middle school computer teacher in Silicon Valley in the early 1990s

Speakers

Sheryl Abshire

@sherylabshire

 

Chief Technology Officer , Calcasieu Parish Public Schools ,Lake Charles, LA

As CPSB Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Sheryl Abshire provides leadership on national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing practice. For 40+ years she has worked as a CTO, school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, and university professor. In 2010 the FCC appointed her to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools/libraries on ERATE. Abshire won the 2013 NCTET Community Builder Award for exemplary service in facilitating the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. ISTE awarded her their first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award in 2009 for decades of work promoting educational technology. She was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame. She serves on the board and is past chair of CoSN and is on the K -12 Advisory Boards for a number of companies and publications.

Royce Avery

@royce_dr

 

Area Superintendent, El Paso ISD

Dr. Royce Avery currently serves as an Area Superintendent with the El Paso Independent School District. A life-long educator with classroom, building and district level experience in the Woodsboro, Lubbock, and Waco Independent School Districts, as well as the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Avery was superintendent of the Aransas Pass Independent School District prior to joining EPISD. He received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and holds a Master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Texas A&M. Dr. Avery earned his Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Texas at Austin.

Susan Borg

 

Dr. Susan Borg, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Student Services, is currently serving her twenty-fourth year with the Klein ISD in Klein, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Prior to becoming associate superintendent, Dr. Borg has served the in the field of education for 34 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director. She is the supervisor of the academic programs for approximately 50,000 students in Klein ISD and facilitates the collaboration of six instructional and data accountability departments at the district level with forty-three campuses, prekindergarten through grade twelve. She has presented at state and national conventions on the importance of integration of technology into instructional processes for the educational preparation of future ready students.

Stuart Burt

@@StuartBurt

 

Chief Technology Officer, Royse City ISD

Stuart Burt is the Chief Technology Officer at Royse City ISD. Prior to coming to Royse City, Stuart served as the Director of Technology at Community ISD, Chapel Hill ISD, and Trent ISD. Before becoming a technology leader, Stuart was a classroom teacher and counselor. Stuart's passions are STEM, Maker Spaces, and innovative learning spaces.

Rachel Calabretta

@RL_Calabretta

 

District Instructional Technology Specialist, Del Valle ISD

I have been an Instructional Technology Specialist with Del Valle ISD for 1 year. Before I moved to Austin, I taught in Huntsville ISD and Belton ISD, before that. As a fine arts teacher, I was always interested in designing lessons with a technology component because it gave my students the opportunity to experience career avenues in fine arts, other than that of the artist. I received my MEd in Instructional Leadership and Instructional Technology in 2014 from Sam Houston State University. All throughout my career, I have been blessed to work with amazing mentors and Instructional Technology visionaries. I believe that continued professional learning is a fundamental building block for seamless technology integration, and must be accessible by all educators.

Sue Conger

 

Professor, University of Dallas

Sue Conger, PhD, is on the faculty of University of Dallas as Director, Information & Technology Management academic program. She is a visiting professor at Rhodes University and, in addition to South Africa, has taught in Finland, Mexico, and New Zealand. Her research interests are in areas such as software engineering, program design, information and computer technology pedagogy, IT services, and others. Her teaching approach is maximizing hands-on or experiential exercises for long-lasting learning. She is always trying new ideas, approaches, and technology in the classroom.

Michelle Cooper

@_MichelleCooper

 

Media Specialist, White Oak Middle School

Teacher librarian Michelle Cooper is a passionate educator and enthusiastic proponent of school libraries, technology integration, collaboration with educational professionals and helping young people succeed. As an educator with seventeen years experience, she seeks opportunities to partner with teachers on projects that encourage increased student engagement and learning achievement. Michelle is constantly striving to improve her educational practices and create innovative learning opportunities for students and colleagues. She is committed to sharing and modeling the importance of digital citizenship with students. She is a co-founder of #TXLchat on Twitter which provides a forum for Texas librarians (but not limited to Texas librarians) to create collaborative connections, share educational resources, and foster lifelong learning. She is a frequent presenter providing professional development through local, state and national educational conferences.

Rafranz Davis

@RafranzDavis

 

Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD

Rafranz Davis serves the community of Lufkin ISD as the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovative teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners. As a writer and speaker, Davis frequently draws upon her background as a parent and woman of color to offer ideas and insight into how technology can be used in schools to not only break barriers but to provide opportunities and instruments for diverse learners’ voices. Her first book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech (Corwin Press, January 2015), challenges schools to not only face inherent challenges of lack of diversity in decision making but also take steps aimed at changing it.

Daniel Diamond

@danielrdiamond

 

Nevada Virtual Academy Principal

Daniel Diamond is the intermediate school Principal (grades 4-8) at Nevada Virtual Academy, a blended program covering students from every county in the state. He has been in this current position for the last 4 years. As a digital instruction and charter advocate, Daniel seeks to improve academic outcomes through innovative, 21st century approaches. Academic coaching, blended instruction, data driven PLC teams and enhanced virtual experiences are among the main initiatives for Daniel and his team.

Scott S. Floyd

@WOScholar

 

Director of Instructional Technology, White Oak ISD

Scott S. Floyd is the Director of Instructional Technology at White Oak Independent School District. His continued work with inquiry driven instruction has helped make the utilization of technology in his district a natural extension of the learning space. His teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels has uniquely prepared him for the state, regional, and national training stage he finds himself on. His dry wit and sometimes not-so-subtle snarky comments keeps his co-learners on their toes. His current passion is creating a vaccine to help politicians ward off the always encroaching bias against public schools that generally kicks up around legislative session.

Peter Griffiths

 

Associate Superintendent

Peter has been a Principal, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Executive Director of Federal Programs, and currently serves as the Associate Superintendent in Wichita Falls ISD. He is consistently known for driving technology usage in the classrooms and upgrading engagement by encouraging various "tech-know" teaching strategies.

Wendy Jones

@wejotx

 

Director of Technology Curriculum & Innovation

Wendy Jones is the Director of Technology Curriculum and Innovation with the Leander Independent School District. She has worked in education for over 25 years with the last 16 focused on the integration of technology into the curriculum. She leads the Curriculum and Innovation team to build capacity across the district on ways to empower innovative teaching and learning strategies throughout the district. Wendy has presented at both local and national conferences including Learning Forward, TECH Forum, TCEA, and Leander ISD's Continuous Improvement Conferences. Her experiences as a district administrator, staff developer, campus facilitator, teacher and Apple Professional Developer provide her with a variety of experiences and perspectives to lead change.

Mike Kuhrt

@Kuhrteous

 

Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD

Mike Kuhrt has worked as a high school teacher, principal, central office administrator and superintendent in several Texas school districts. He also spent some time working for the Texas Education Agency in the area of school improvement. He is passionate about quality learning environments and the acceleration factor that technology brings to the classroom. In WFISD, they are embarking on a new instructional coaching model tied to a purposeful digital classroom initiative.

Suzette McIntyre

@wallisdtech

 

Director of Technology, Wall ISD

Suzette McIntyre is in her 19th year at Wall Independent School District where she serves as the Director of Technology. Prior to Wall ISD, she worked 16 years for West Texas Utilities in various capacities, including “Business Partner” where she helped others learn about computers and programs. She implements and supports the district’s network, hardware, and software. She conducts professional development relating to technology tools and integration. Suzette is passionate about helping teachers and students get the most educational benefit from their technology. Her goal is to offer the tools, ideas, and support necessary for the success of all students and staff at Wall ISD.

Juan Orozco

@active4learning

 

Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD

Juan Orozco is the Director of Instructional Technology at Del Valle ISD and has been an educator for 19 years. Juan has over 10 years of experience in instructional technology and he is an Intel Teach Master Teacher, Google Certified Teacher, PBS Teacherline facilitator, Discovery Star Educator, and a Learning Forward Texas board member. He has developed and led numerous instructional technology staff development sessions and has presented at various conferences including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Texas Computer Education Association Conference(TCEA), TECH Forum Conference, Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) CSCOPE Conference, and Texas Staff Development Conference (TSDC).

Alice Owen

@aowen52

 

Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council

Dr. Alice Owen is the Executive Director of the Texas K12 CTO Council, the state Chapter of COSN, which supports school district chief technology officers throughout Texas. She retired from education after 38 years, with a background in curriculum, evaluation, professional development, and project management. Her most recent district position was Division Director of Technology in Irving ISD where she oversaw all aspects of technology operations including infrastructure, information systems, and technical services. She managed one of the longest running 1:1 laptop programs in the nation, providing laptops to over 12,000 teachers and students 24/7. She has served on the COSN Board, has been Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council, and chaired the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Special Interest Group, SIG 1to1. In 2012, Dr. Owen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology in Education from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and also the award for ISTE’s Outstanding Leader.

Randy Rodgers

@rrodgers

 

Director, Digital Learning Services, Seguin ISD

Randy currently serves as Digital Learning Services Director for Seguin ISD in south central Texas. He is in his 25th year in public education. He also serves as Area 13 Director for the Texas Computer Education Association. Randy has been a featured speaker and keynote presenter at districts and events at state and national conferences on topics including technology integration, 21st century learners, maker technologies, and more. A former secondary teacher of the year for a large north Texas district, Randy considers his greatest accomplishments to be his amazing 12-year old son and 14-year old daughter.

Mike Saenz

@mikesaenz_org

 

English and Music Teacher at Falls Career High School

Mike Saenz is the English and Music Teacher at Falls Career High School, a one-to-one alternative school using a customized online curriculum. He is a lifelong lover and student of philosophy and all things Ancient Greek, and an amateur classical pianist and composer.

Kevin Schwartz

 

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Schwartz serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Clear Creek ISD, home of 41,000 students, NASA, and the Latitude 2 Learn 1:1 initiative. He is a Certified Education Technology Leader and brings 20 years of experience in K-12. He is also Past-Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council and actively serves on the CoSN SEND committee. Kevin is a frequent presenter on a broad range of education technology topics and is a consultant to school districts that seek transformational changes in learning through technology.

Steve Young

@atemyshorts

 

Chief Technology Officer, Judson ISD

Steve Young is the Chief Technology Officer at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served in that capacity since 2006. Steve has had several positions in Instructional Technology at North East ISD and at Northside ISD, where he started teaching in 1992. Prior to launching his educational career, he earned his Masters in Teaching and Bachelors in Economics from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. Steve founded the San Antonio Area Technology Directors group, which has met quarterly since its inception in 2007. The group continues to serve as a vendor agnostic informal community of technology leaders who share project ideas, concerns, and solutions to common problems. In 2011-2012 Steve was selected as the Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council, the first state chapter of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), which serves as the premier professional association for school district technology leaders. In 2013 under Steve’s leadership, Judson ISD was awarded a coveted Digital Education Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education for its Judson ISD Connect mobile app. Also in 2013, HP and Intel featured Steve in their Profiles in Leadership series. In 2014 Steve was the recipient of the Texas K-12 CTO Council Grace Hopper CTO of the Year Award for Texas. In 2015 the Center for Digital Government awarded Judson ISD a Best of Texas Award for its Parent Center web application in the best locally developed application category. Many of the projects and initiatives that Steve has led at Judson ISD have been featured in several national publications, including: Tech & Learning, T.H.E. Journal, EDTECH, and eSchoolNews. In addition to his roles at Judson ISD and the Texas K-12 CTO Council, Steve is also serving as an advisor to SchoolCIO and Technology & Learning magazine, which features insight from school technology leaders around the country. Steve is an active advisor and member of several CoSN committees, helping to shape CoSN policies and advisory documents.

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