Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas - Tech Learning

Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas

Publish date:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Reedy High School

3003 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live back to Chicago on Friday, May 5.

At Tech & Learning, we know that the tech doesn't work without the learning. We've published hundreds of articles since 1980 showcasing schools that have proven that the tech tools are only as powerful as the solid pedagogy that support them. Tech & Learning Live conferences stem from this premise, bringing together both sides of the conversation for a unique full day of professional learning and networking.

K-12 tech leaders will share ideas related to all things edtech: what works, what doesn't, how to get stuff done. K-12 instruction leaders will discuss how the learning fits meaningfully into these tech initiatives. Topics include personalized learning, successful PD models, digital citizenship, the latest tools for core curricula, coding, robotics, and much more. Attendees also get to try out the latest tools in the interactive "playgrounds."

By focusing on both tech and learning, T&L Live will help your staff develop and support effective tech initiatives that ensure your school will get the most from their edtech investments.

"This was easily one of the best professional development workshops I have been to in my teaching career. The ideas and topics discussed were highly relevant to teaching today, and addressed many things that are discussed among teachers in my school. I can't wait to share the information that I learned, and I can't wait to come back next year. " - T&L Live Attendee

Who Should Attend:

  • District and Building-Level Administrators
  • Technology Directors
  • Technology Coordinators
  • Librarians and Media Specialists
  • Board of Education Members
  • Other education staff involved in technology planning
    Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 2, 2017, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.


Registration and Breakfast: Playground

Network with friends while you enjoy a continental breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Playgrounds include exhibits from Paul Munshower, Instructional Technology Specialist, Abilene ISD (makerspace tools for secondary ed), Juan Orozco, Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD (Robotics and Coding), and more.

Keynote: How vs. Why--The benefits of whole community buy-in

By this time, most everyone understands the “why” of technology in the classroom, but many don’t always have the answer to “how.” How do we engage both tech and curriculum departments in this conversation? How can schools involve parents to increase their support? How do we ensure all student voices are involved in programs like STEM? And how can schools better partner with local businesses and universities? In his keynote speech, Adam Phyall, Director of Technology & Media Services at Newton County School System (GA), will share specific examples of how his district has successfully addressed these “how” questions. He will offer tips that attendees can use to get the buy-in needed to ensure the success of tech initiatives by involving and engaging with all school stakeholders.

Keynote Presentation

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground 

Breakout Session # 1

Demo (Auditorium): Tools for Teachers/Students

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: From Wichita Falls ISD: Joe Guidry, Secondary Instructional Technologist (Student Content with Padlet, Quizlet, & Quizziz) ; Susan Cragar, Teacher (Screencastify); Adrian Cargal, Math Instructional Coach (Nearpod).

Classroom Uses for Padlet and Quizlet Presentation

How and Why: Coding in the Classroom (library)

Learn about tools and techniques to integrate coding into your curricula. Presenters include: Kay Knebel, Technology Teacher, Wall Elementary, Wall ISD (Using BeeBots to Teach Coding); Juan Orozco, Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD (Coding Tips); and Randy Rodgers, Director of Digital Learning Services, Seguin ISD (How and Why: Coding in the Classroom). Moderator: Kimberly Lane Clark

Coding in the 21st Century Presentation

Next-Gen PD #1: Developing PLNs

This session explores how to deliver next gen professional development to educators via collaborative power and tech tools to foster engaging Professional Learning Networks. Presenters include: Shannon Terry, Director of Professional Learning, Arlington ISD,Renee Pope, Coordinator of Professional Learning, Arlington ISD, and Jacqueline Gaffner, Assistant Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University. Moderator: Danielle Reynolds, Coordinator of Science, Arlington ISD.

Developing PLNs Presentation

Leadership Track: Transforming Your Faculty with T-TESS

Designed to reflect continuous improvement (growth), reflection and collaborative feedback, T-TESS draws upon the belief that the educational environment is most effective when teachers craft personalized learning experiences. Let’s take an up-close look at how empowering teachers to grow their pedagogical craftsmanship with micro-credentials while documenting their learning journeys with professional portfolios will transform your faculty into T-TESS-taments of mastery. PRESENTER: Brianna Hodges, Director of Digital Learning, Stephenville ISD 

Breakout Session #2

Demo : G-Suite Tips & Tools (Auditorium)

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: Frank Murray, Director of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD (10 Google Hacks that will help transform your connected classroom); Joe Camacho, Instructional Technology Facilitator, WFISD (New Google Sites: Great for Teachers, Awesome for Students); Cori Coburn, Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD (Digital Art Connections to All Curriculum via Google) and Jamie Morgan, Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist, WFISD (If You Give a Kindergartener a Chromebook).

G-Suite Tips & Tools Presentation

Robotics (library)

Learn how robotics programs can engage all students. Presenters include: Darrell Dixon, Robotics Teacher, Cleveland Middle School, Mimi McGhee, District Tech Apps Facilitator, Frisco ISD, and Nichole Aryanpur, Frisco ISD Robotics.

Robotics Presentation

Next-Gen PD #2: Three unique PD models to create effective training and support for all staff.

Hear about three unique models of professional development that include badging, teachers training teachers models, and developing a school-wide support plans for teachers, administrators, and campuses for technology growth and expansion. Presenters include: Cheryl McDonald, Director of Digital Learning Services, Frisco ISD; Shivon Loya, Director Instructional Technology, Caddo Mills ISD; and Knikole Taylor, Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD.

Three unique PD models Presentation

Leadership Track: From Silos to Success: Fostering Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum

These school leaders discuss ways they supported their technology & curriculum department leaders to better collaborate and support various edtech initiatives. Get insights into planning processes that included budget, research, device selection, and professional development. See how the synergy between the two departments vaulted these districts to success. Bring your ideas and questions. PRESENTERS: Dwight Goodwin, Director of Instructional Technology, & Mike Mattingly, Denton ISD; Dr. Becky Navarre, Assistant Superintendent of Technology, and Khechara Bradford Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum And Instruction, Fort Worth ISD; and Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer & Susan Silva, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Clear Creek Independent School District. Moderaator: Sheryl Abshire

Fostering Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum Presentation 

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Anything Goes Discussions #1 (Library)

These small group discussions, on topics suggested by attendees, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:

TABLE 1: Student Agency and Authenticity -- Changemakers in the Classroom (Susan Davis, Professional Development, ATLIS, Fort Worth, and Jared Colley, English Chair at Oakridge School, Arlington, TX)

Changemakers in the Classroom Presentation

TABLE 2: Addressing Cyber Security (Suzette McIntyre, Director of Technology, Wall ISD)

TABLE 3: Curate Lessons with Blendspace/Thinglink (Adrian Cargal, Math Instructional Coach, Wichita Falls Independent School District)

TABLE 4: Fun with Geocaching (Kay Knebel, Technology Teacher, Wall Elementary, Wall ISD)

TABLE 5: TedEd Platform: spark, create, and share interactive ideas! (Kimberly Lane , Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD)

TABLE 6: Tech Tools for Gifted and Talented Programs (Jamie Morgan, Gifted & Talented Instructional Specialist, Wichita Falls Independent School District)

Tech Tools for Gifted and Talented Presentation

TABLE 7: Hyperdocs for Student-Centered Learning (Jacqueline Gaffner, Assistant Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University)

Hyperdocs Presentation

TABLE 8: Edtech Tools for Behavior Management (Elizabeth Merwald, Behavior & Prevention Specialist, Best Elementary School, Alief ISD, Houston)

TABLE 9: Integrating Technology into the Elementary Science Classroom (Laura McLeod & Jamie Flemmer, Elementary Science Coordinators, Frisco ISD)

Integrating Technology Presentation

TABLE 10: Digital Literacy vs. Fake News (Cori Coburn, Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD)

Digital Literacy vs. Fake News Presentation

TABLE 11: Designing Team Learning Environments (A.J. Shelat, sponsored by Hall Research)

Lunch n Learn & Poetry Slam (Cafeteria)

Enjoy lunch with colleagues from 12:30-1, then sit back to meet some of our sponsors and enjoy a poetry slam hosted by Carl Hooker. Slammers include: Rafranz Davis, Kacy Mitchell, Brianna Hodges, Randy Rodgers, Shad McGaha, and Frank Murray.

Anything Goes #2 (Library)

See details at the 11:45 Anything Goes session--topics will be repeated at 1:20.

Breakout Session #3

Demo (Auditorium): Tools for Administrators

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: Bruce Ellis (Sr. Director of Professional Development, TCEA), Frank Murray (Director of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD), Shad McGaha (Wichita Falls ISD), and Susan Cragar (Teacher, Wichita Falls ISD). Moderator: Suzette McIntyre.

Tools for Administrators Presentation

Panel: STEM (library): Including All Voices in STEM Programs

Computer science is foundational knowledge for all students in the 21st century but a shift in paradigm must happen in order to get ALL students learning about computer science. Hear how these schools are engaging all voices in theri STEM programs. Presenters include: Adam Phyall, Kimberly Lane (Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD), and Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin, ISD).

Including all voices in STEM Presentation

Leadership Track: Future Ready Think Tank

Is it time to rethink curriculum? The four core areas have been staples of modern education for nearly a century, but looking at the future and the growth of AI and robotics, should these subject areas still be the focus? In this interactive think tank, we'll discuss this and many other taboo topics regarding the sacred institution that is education. Let's get ready for the future by fixing the present.PRESENTER: Carl Hooker, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Eanes ISD 


Keynote Speaker

Adam Phyall III @AskAdam3

Director of Technology & Media Services for Newton County Schools (GA)

Adam Phyall is the Director of Technology & Media Services for Newton County Schools (GA). Since Adam got his first laptop in college, he has been hooked on the amazing things that technology can add to instruction. Mr. Phyall began teaching as a science teacher and quickly saw the power technology had on classroom instruction. Very early on, he worked with students to create videos and podcasts explaining advanced science concepts. In time, Mr. Phyall took a position with Newton County School System as the Technical Data Facilitator. In this position, Mr. Phyall worked with Newton County’s Title I schools to improve technology integration with economically disadvantaged students. In 2013, Mr. Phyall and his family relocated from Covington, GA to Kansas City, MO to take a position as Instructional Technology Director for Hickman Mills C-1 School District. In that position as Director of Instructional Technology, Mr. Phyall worked directly with teachers showing them fun and easy methods of incorporating technology into instruction. During his time in Hickman Mills, Mr. Phyall led their 1:1 iPad Mobile Learning Initiative and the District’s Apple & ConnectED Grant. Over the years, Mr. Phyall has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at technology conferences across the country He is known for his fun and engaging presentation style and his humor. His philosophy on teaching is “if you’re having fun teaching it, then your students will have fun learning it.”


Nichole Aryanpur

Robotics Teacher and PLC Facilitator, Frisco ISD

Nichole has over 13 years of teaching experience in secondary education, and is both ESL and GT certified. Currently teaching Robotics in Frisco ISD, she facilitates new hire training, curriculum implementation, and professional development (PLC) throughout the year for robotics teachers in FISD.

Robert Bayard @dr_robertbayard

Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD

Dr. Robert Bayard has been an educator since 1999 and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the Clear Creek Independent School District. Dr. Bayard’s previous roles in education include executive director of assessment and evaluation, high school dean of instruction, secondary mathematics instructional specialist, and teacher of mathematics for students in grades seven through twelve, including Advanced Placement Statistics. Dr. Bayard serves as a presenter at state and national conferences in his areas of educational expertise, which include strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, assessment, accountability, data analysis, program evaluation, and alignment between technology and curriculum. Dr. Bayard earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master’s in Educational Management and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Khechara Bradford @@khechara

Khechara Bradford serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Fort Worth Independent School District. With over 86,000 students in 83 elementary schools, 29 middle schools and 6th grade centers, 18 high schools and 16 other campuses, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools. Khechara has spent the last 16 years in diverse urban public school systems and has worked in curriculum and instruction for the last six years. Her work in Fort Worth ISD began one year ago and the District has designed and is launching a PK-12 Learning Model and are initiating large scale curriculum redesign. The goal is for engaged, individualized, next generation, collaborative learning environments.

Cori Coburn-Shiflett @CoburnCori

Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD

Cori is a Digital Learning Coach, connected educator, STEAM educator, gamer, lover of learning and giver of the Highest 5s. She served as the first Technology Coordinator for a 1:1 iPad implementation at a Title 1 school in southeast Texas before relocating to the Austin, TX area in 2014. Cori is a proud double alumna of Lamar University, where she earned her Master of Educational Technology Leadership degree. Cori is constantly sharing & presenting at professional conferences such as TCEA, ISTE, FETC and SXSWedu. She served as the ISTE 2017 Program Chair for BYOD. This year, she looks forward to continuing her doctoral studies.

Susan M Cragar @@smcragar

Wichita Falls ISD Teacher/UIL Coordinator

I am a 3rd Grade ELA Teacher and UIL Coordinator. I am Google Certified 1 and 2, Flipgrid Certified Educator, and a Buncee Ambassador. I feel that Technology is our future and we as Educators need to embrace it and incorporate it as much as possible in our teaching as possible. Students learn by being engaged and especially from educators who are engaged in learning.

Rafranz Davis @RafranzDavis

Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD

Rafranz Davis is currently sharing her relentless passion for innovative learning as the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD. She is a trailblazer in every facet of her endeavors and has dedicated her career to empowering students and teachers to share their voices throughout their communities and the world. Rafranz uses her platform across the edtech ecosystem to advocate for creative learning through making while simultaneously challenging communities through the lens of digital equity and diversity. She is the 2017 winner of ISTE’s Outstanding Leadership Award and holds countless industry distinctions including…Google Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, TED innovative educator, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and her proudest, Global Minecraft Mentor.

Bruce Ellis @DrBruceEllis

Senior Director of Professional Development at TCEA

Dr. Bruce Ellis is the Senior Director of Professional Development for TCEA, a non-profit educational technology organization helping educators around the world to engage students using technology in innovative ways. Bruce assists teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum and technology directors in gaining the skills necessary in the areas of integrating Google Apps for Education, iPads, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, 21st century skills, as well as other areas so they can effectively engage students in the classroom. Having been in the public education arena for more than 20 years, Bruce has taught elementary, secondary, and graduate level students. He has also been an instructional specialist and the Director of Instructional Technology for a large urban district. He has a masters in educational technology and an educational doctorate in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in secondary and higher education. He enjoys working with classroom teachers and gets excited when they have those 'aha!' moments of how to use technology to make a positive difference in the lives of students.

Jacqueline Gaffner @jackie_gaffner

Assistant Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University

Jacqueline M. Gaffner is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. Her main research interests are technology integration in elementary classrooms and co-teaching with pre-service and in-service teachers. Before working at the university level, she taught elementary school for sixteen years. She completed her Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Wesleyan University in 2015. She received her M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University-Bakersfield in 2005, and her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1989 from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Dwight Goodwin @@scout2i

Director of Instructional Technology

Dwight Goodwin is in his second decade in education. The first fourteen years were spent in the classroom teaching Texas and US History and the last 10 years has been in Educational Technology. Dwight is currently serving on the TCEA Board of Directors as President-Elect and champions edtech throughout Texas presenting and consulting. He lives in the Ft. Worth area and works as the Director of Instructional Technology in Denton ISD home of TIA North Texas premiere technology and curriculum conference.

Joe Guidry @techinst

Secondary Instructional Technologist

Lets talk instructional tech and gumbo, shall we?

Brianna Hodges @@edutechtastic

Director of Digital Learning, Stephenville ISD

Brianna Hodges is a passionate change agent, mother of two, a true CrAZy One and iCHAMPION Evangelist. She believes that technology enhances learning experiences in every facet of life by allowing for true personalization and innovation. Recognized as the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year, Brianna serves as the Director of Digital Learning for Stephenville ISD and national advisor for Future Ready Schools Instructional Coaches. Noted for her work in challenge-based learning, community-building, branding and social media, Brianna is widely-recognized for bringing dynamic, high-energy interactivity to learning. An experienced speaker, advocate, coach and trainer, her hope is to inspire all learners (small and tall) to find their passions, embrace the challenges that life brings, and utilize their creativity to find ways to go bigger and grow brighter every day. Catch up with Brianna on social media @edutechtastic and online

Carl Hooker @mrhooker

Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Eanes ISD - Austin, TX

Author of the book series - Mobile Learning Mindset, speaker, teacher, consultant, blogger, school administrator, pot-stirrer, father of 3, Godfather of The Learning Festival, public school advocate.

Kimberly Lane Clark

Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD

Kimberly began her career in technology education 11 years ago gaining experience teaching students in grades K-12 in Mississippi and Texas. In the latter part of her years in education she also served as a campus technology coordinator. She has also served as a technology consultant for The New Teacher Institute since 2011 and she serves as a guest technology consultant for the Global Academic Technology Essentials Teacher Institute at Mississippi State University. In 2016, she was selected as the third cohort of the TEDEd innovators. Kimberly is currently a District Blended Learning Specialist in Texas. Kimberly earned a BA in Educational Technology, a MEd in Secondary Education and an Ed.S in Secondary Education with a specialization in Technology from Jackson State University.

Shivon Loya @Shivonsloya05

Instructional Technology Director, Caddo Mills ISD

Shivon Loya is the Instructional Technology Director for Caddo Mills ISD in Caddo Mills, Texas. She has a desire to affect teaching by way of influencing teachers and their practice so that instruction and learning are fun and meaningful for students. In both large and small districts, as an Instructional technology facilitator for over twelve years, this has become her passion. One of her focuses in this small district is leading professional development to prepare all teachers to become mentors for colleagues. This concept has allowed teachers to take ownership in the district's vision of having a Teachers Training Teachers model.

Mimi McGhee @themmcghee

District Technology Applications Manager

I support the secondary middle school and high school Technology Applications teachers with training and curriculum. This would include Tech Apps 6th grade, Robotics, Video, Multimedia, Broadcast, Animation and Yearbook.

Elizabeth Merwald @lizmm83

Behavior & Prevention Specialist, Alief ISD

I am a former classroom teacher, science specialist, and technology specialist. Currently I work as a Behavior & Prevention Specialist at Best Elementary in Alief ISD. I coach teachers on classroom management and work with some of our tough kiddos.

Jamie Morgan @@JamieJoMorgan

Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist, Wichita Falls, ISD

Jamie Jo Morgan, M.Ed., is a Google Certified Educator Level 1&2, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Seesaw Ambassador, and Flipgrid Certified Educator. Certifications include: EC-4 Generalist; 4-8 Generalist; 8-12 Reading, English, Language Arts; English as a Second Language; Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2; & Seesaw Ambassador

Paul Munshower @PaulMunshower

Instructional Technology Specialist

I have 13 years of teaching experience in secondary science. I am now an Instructional Technology Specialist in the curriculum and instruction department. I am a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University.

Frank Murray @@ELCapiTECH

Wichita Falls ISD

Frank Murray has been in K-12 Education for 17 years and Post Secondary Education for 4 years. With his M. Ed in Educational Technology and 11 years training teachers on integrating technology he has seen a lot of changes in the classroom. Frank is the Director of Instructional Technology for Wichita Falls ISD.

Becky Navarre, Ph.D. @doctor_becky

Assistant Superintendent Instructional Technology, Fort Worth ISD

#TechLearning - The Ultimate Goal: Student Achievement

Juan Orozco @active4learning

Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD

Hi, my name is Juan Orozco and I am the Director for Instructional Technology at Del Valle ISD. I have been an educator for 21 years, 13 of those spent developing skills and indulging my passion for the use of technology to improve teaching and learning. I’m a PBS teacherline online facilitator, Star Discovery Educator, Google Innovator, and Intel Master Teacher. I am proud to lead the district’s instructional technology initiatives and our excellent team of instructional technology facilitators. Among many exciting efforts underway at Del Valle ISD, our most recent is a blended learning program pilot at the high school, with the goal of expanding to the middle schools. We believe this approach can propel teaching and learning from good to great and lead to true differentiated instruction.

Randy Rodgers @rrodgers

Director of Digital and Innovative Learning, Seguin ISD

Randy is in his 27th year as a public school educator and his 3rd as the Austin area Director for the Texas Computer Education Association. He formerly taught elementary school and middle school science and has been in the educational technology side for the past 15 years, the past 5 as Director of Digital and Innovative Learning for Seguin ISD. Randy believes school should empower students, engage them in creating and building, and expose them to possibilities otherwise unimaginable. Technology should be all about this--a resource for stimulating the imagination and breaking down barriers.

Susan Silva @@sistasusan

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Clear Creek ISD

Shannon Terry @sdterry (personal); @aisdlearning (district)

Director of Professional Learning for the Arlington ISD (TX)

As the Director of Professional Learning for the Arlington ISD (TX), Shannon serves as a key strategist for continuous improvement on multiple levels - district, state and national levels. With a mind for the future with the future in mind, Shannon approaches learning with the zeal of a kindergartener and the finesse of a next generation thought leader. She is enthusiastic, innovative and dynamic with diverse experiences in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating professional learning programs, practices and policies. At present, her attention is focused on building a rock solid infrastructure in her own district to create the conditions necessary to optimize learning experiences for all. Dr. Terry serves a true change agent, skilled at energizing groups and challenging the status quo. As such, it comes as no surprise that she and her team are highly invested in unlocking the secrets of agency, so that "EDUgency" (system agency) can result. As the recipient of the 2016 Patsy Hochman Learning Forward Scholarship, the work of Shannon's team is amplified by the partnership they enjoy with Learning Forward. As a Learning Forward Academy Class of 2018 participant, Shannon is confident that the vision for "EDUgency" can become a reality. Shannon also represents her school district as a member of the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum, a cohort-based leadership experience, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, addressing the questions and issues of educational inequity in order to lead reform efforts in local systems and around the country. As a cohort member, she travels to districts across the nation, such as the Mission District in San Franscisco, New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward, and Detroit Schools to participate in and lead project slices that bring awareness to deeper learning as a lever for equity. This September, Shannon will join the International Society for Technology in Education as a member of the technical work group. The ISTE TWG is tasked with updating the ISTE Standards for Administrators. As a member of the group, she will have the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of education and technology intended to serve the field for several years. On a personal level, Shannon is a self-proclaimed Twitter fanatic, catching the "Twitter bug" this past fall (August 2016). Her blog-in-progress, expected to launch this winter, is appropriately named, "My Heart Goes Twitter-Patter"!


Platinum Level Sponsor


itslearning empowers educators to reimagine how learners learn and teachers teach. Our intuitive learning management system (LMS) facilitates curriculum alignment and fuels student engagement. Educators rely on our platform to enable a clear path to mastery and to enhance the learning experience both in and out of the classroom. By streamlining curriculum, coursework and routine administrative tasks, itslearning allows teachers to do what they love most - focus on the learner. As a trusted partner to millions across the globe, itslearning is the only login educators need to exceed objectives, inspire critical thinking, and make learning personal.

Gold Level Sponsors


CASIO LampFree incorporates a HYBRID LIGHT source which combines Laser and LED lighting with DLP technology for amazingly high brightness and performance. With no mercury lamp to replace, Casio projectors are earth-friendly and have a significantly lower cost of ownership saving money and the environment. The full line of CASIO LampFree Projectors delivers up to 4000 lumen brightness and includes models with comprehensive connectivity. A full three year parts & labor warranty plus a 5 years or 10,000 hours light source warranty provides peace of mind and reliable low cost operation. Go LampFree and Save!

Hall Research

For over 30 years Hall Research has been making AV products designed for easy installation and operational right out of the box. Our success with room control solutions stem from the feedback of educators who use them every day. For 20 years our classroom products have been designed for longterm success. We offer basic extension over Cat 5, HDBaseT, fiber solutions and AV over IP for digital signage, room control or ProAV. Our control, switching and scaling products fit every need and budget. Whether you are in the office or in the field, Hall Research is there for you.

McGraw-Hill Education

From McGraw-Hill Education, StudySync® is a flexible, literature-rich ELA/ELL core curriculum that continually evolves to meet the needs of grade 6–12 educators, students, and standards. StudySync offers rich, targeted content that enables teachers to bring their passion for both classical and contemporary literature and great writing to life. StudySync’s rigorous, age-appropriate resources, engaging multimedia, and relevant real-world content, enable every student to cultivate a passion for literature. To learn more about StudySync, visit

Silver Level Sponsors

AG iRepair

AG iRepair has revolutionized the way 950+ of the most innovative school districts throughout the nation are maintaining their mobile technology initiatives, by performing elite screen repairs and parts procurement through exclusive networks. In addition, AG iRepair works with AASP’s, Apple Specialists, and insurance and warranty providers. AG iRepair accepts school PO’s and offers 1 – 3 day turnaround times on all repairs. AG iRepairs can help your school’s budget substantially compared to using any insurance or warranty services.


AGParts is the leading supplier of Chromebook Parts, supporting School 21st Century Learning and 1:1 Programs in 41 states. Their 14+ years of Laptop and Tablet knowledge combined with an 84,000 square foot cutting edge facility, experienced staff and advanced IT systems ensures they provide you with superior service. AGParts accept school PO’s and ship High-quality-OEM parts for numerous laptop and tablet models. Their maintained stock allows most orders to be shipped the day they are received.


BenQ brings simplicity, interactivity, and efficiency to today’s active learning spaces. Their portfolio of smart education solutions includes 4K laser, interactive, and short-throw projectors, interactive flat panel displays (IFP), and budget-friendly monitors. These energy-saving technologies feature integrated tools such as file-sharing apps to transform teaching plans into more intuitive, immersive, and collaborative experiences. BenQ’s projector line provides accurate, crisp and long-lasting color; SmartEco™ energy- and lamp-saving technologies; and third-party control integration support. In addition, the company’s latest IFPs are engineered with a bacteria-resistant screen coating, while the monitor line boasts BenQ’s innovative Eye-Care technology to reduce eye fatigue.

Bump Armor

Founded in 2011 in sunny Sausalito, California, Bump Armor is now one of the most recognized brands in the K12 market. Bump Armor is a leader of unique, specially designed and constructed protective cases for Chromebooks, laptops, tablets and iPads. Bump Armor products are created through a collaboration with an experienced mechanical engineer, a young industrial designer and direct feedback from educators in the K12 market. All products are designed with 4 core principals: protection, style, quality and function. Bump Armor protective solutions provide the best protection from a world full of dangers including the rigors of the K12 classroom


CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, or visit


Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc. empowers teachers to use technology to teach at the speed of learning to better engage students. With document cameras in 150,000 classrooms, they developed the HoverCam Solo 8 and Ultra 8, the world’s first USB 3.0 document cameras with 8.0 MegaPixel resolution and 60 frames/second speed—providing greater performance at half the price of other document cameras. Record high-quality video, annotate, take high-resolution stills and scan documents. They recently debuted a digital note taking system that records class sessions so kids have interactive, video-based notes of their classes they can bookmark and review.


CEV Multimedia, Ltd., founded in 1984, is on the forefront of innovative educational materials. CEV specializes in providing quality curriculum and educational resources for the subject areas of Agricultural Science & Technology, Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Sciences, Trade & Industry and Career Exploration.

Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems Inc. develops comprehensive network security and management solutions for the education market. We are committed to helping schools of all sizes operate their networks effectively and efficiently. Our innovative, comprehensive solutions for network security, internet filtering, monitoring, management, and optimization allow educators to provide safe online teaching and learning environments.

MIDAS Education

MIDAS, the Massively Integrated Data Analytics System, provides all the functionality of 17 different software systems schools traditionally purchase. MIDAS provides curricular and assessment resources, parent communication and accountability, assessment analytics, and district and student information management all in ONE platform designed with individualized instruction in mind.

Districts using MIDAS save money, improve student performance, and increase teacher productivity by replacing multiple existing programs that do not “talk” to each other with one system built on the Amazon Web Services cloud and fully integrated with Google Apps for Education. MIDAS was built by teachers with students and teachers in mind!

Association Partners


CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For nearly 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 11 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

Texas K-12 CTO Council

The Texas K-12 CTO Council is the premier organization for chief technology officers in Texas schools.