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Baltimore, MD School CIO Summit to Address Critical Issues

September 19, 2016 (New York, NY) — Edtech school leaders from around the country will gather at the SchoolCIO Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD on September 29 and 30 to address one of the most critical issues facing public education today — how to get every student both access to and understanding of how to use the Internet. The event, hosted by Tech & Learning magazine, will spend two days focusing on the conference theme “Bridging the Equity Gap with Innovative Connections” by sharing ideas about what works, and what doesn’t, in their districts.

“This is bigger that just an edtech issue — access to the Internet is becoming as important to students as electricity and indoor plumbing,” says Kevin Hogan, Content Director for Tech & Learning. “I am excited by this extraordinary group of edtech leaders and hope we can take all the big-picture theoretic solutions and mold them into practical solutions that districts can implement immediately into their day-to-day business.”

The SchoolCIO Leadership Summit is an invitation-only event with 50 superintendents, CIOs, tech directors, and other district leaders from across the country attending. Each summit presents timely and relevant content from the most authoritative speakers and advisors. Speakers and discussions focus on K-12 leadership for tomorrow's schools and the impact of education technologies. Each Summit uses a combination of presentations and working sessions to focus on challenges and success stories related to technology-supported educational transformation. The editors of Tech & Learning magazine compile a summary report at the end of each summit.

Starting today through the dates of the event, Tech & Learning’sLive @SchoolCIO Summit” social media hub will track the research, insights, and observations of participants as they prepare and attend the event.

*photos available upon request.

Katrina Stevens, Deputy Director in the Office of Educational Technology, leads the work of Future Ready, rapid cycle tech evaluations, education innovation clusters and developer outreach. Katrina has extensive experience in multiple roles in the edtech ecosystem: teacher, administrator, startup cofounder, consultant, advisor, angel investor, journalist and community organizer.

Rei Onishi is a Senior Policy Advisor within the Office of Public and Indian Housing in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He leads the ConnectHome digital inclusion initiative. Before he joined the department as its White House Fellow, Rei was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and an advisor to the Bureau of Children’s Justice within the California Department of Justice.

Lauren Wilson serves as a legal advisor in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. In her role, she advises the Bureau Chief and front office staff on issues pending before the Bureau. Lauren also leads the Bureau’s work on digital inclusion and coordinates with the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division to ensure that consumers are educated about the Commission's policies and programs.

Veronica Creech is the Chief Programs Officer for EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Veronica has more than 15 years experience leading public and nonprofit social enterprises.

Marijke Visser is associate director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate and also supports the telecommunications portfolio focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s Youth & Technology portfolio.

Dallas Dance is the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Kay is a Founding English Teacher ath the Science Leadership Academy in
Philadelphia, PA.

Dennis Carpenter is the Superintendent of Schools at Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, MO.

Scott Harris is the Technology Director at the Neosho School District in Neosho, MO.

Sponsors include: Gaggle, GoGuardian, Lightspeed Systems, DreamBox Learning, Howard Technology Solutions, itslearning, SAFARI Montage & SchoolMessenger

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