Tech & Learning Live @ Princeton - Tech Learning

Tech & Learning Live @ Princeton

Publish date:

Friday October 21, 2016

Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

201 Village Blvd

Princeton, NJ

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live to Princeton, NJ on Friday, October 21, 2016 . This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education. Register now.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

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 1, 2016, 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.

"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist


Registration and Breakfast: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Come prepared to share your ideas and questions.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District’s “science fair;” a makerspace from libriarians Sheri McNair, Shannon Mersand, and Sudha Narsipur; students from Fair Haven share their favorite maker projects.

PLUS: The #TLTechLive Scavenger Hunt (hosted by the NYCDOE)!

Your host: Darlynn Alfalla, #NYCSchoolsTech Expert

Stop by the social media booth and learn to compose a killer Tweet & participate in a social media scavenger hunt to share what you have learned and discovered throughout the day.

Click here to link to the T&L Live Social Media Hub.

Keynote: Why Go Open? (SALON D) 

Andrew Marcinek, former Chief Open Education Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, will offer insider insights into the DOE’s #GoOpen initiative. Participants will leave energized and excited to begin strategizing how they can make the shift to openly licensed educational resources in their school districts.

 Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER) 

Breakout Session # 1

BREAKOUT #1: Why #GoOpen? (SALON D)

U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. Learn what it takes to be a #GoOpen district, school, or state. PRESENTERS: Michael Nagler (Superintendent, Mineola UFSD, Mineola, NY); Lisa Nielsen (NYCDOE); Mackey Pendergrast (Superintendent of Schools, Morris School District, Morristown, NJ); Michael Estrada (Chief Technology Officer, Roselle Park, NJ), and Joyce Valenza (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University).

Why #GoOpen?

BREAKOUT #2: Next-Gen PD: Models That Work (Terrace View)

Learn how schools use instructional/etch coaches and personalized PD approaches for meaningful professional development. PRESENTERS: Marianthe Williams (Director of Technology, River Dell Regional School District, NJ); JoJo Farrell (Deputy Director of Digital Engagment, NYCDOE); Sean Beavers (District Coordinator of Technology Integration, West Morris Regional High School District, Chester, NJ); Joel Handler (Director of Technology, Hillsborough Board of Education, NJ); Moderator: Paul Sanfrancesco (Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, PA)

Next-Gen PD

BREAKOUT #3: #GenMobile: Is Your District Ready? (SALONS A-C)

A greater diversity of devices are flooding school districts in increasing numbers. It is no longer a question of whether to support personal devices, but how to accommodate the ever-changing world of technology to ensure a positive experience for users. Are you prepared? PRESENTERS: Joe Kuzo (Director of Technology, Quakertown Community School District, Quakertown, PA), Daniel Mannix (Superintendent, Beekmantown CSD, Plattsburgh, NY), and Jason Strumwasser (Technology Coordinator, Challenge Charter Schools, Far Rockaway, NY). Moderator: Gary P. Lambert (Director of 21st Century Learning, Beekmantown CSD)

GenMobile: Is Your District Ready? 

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER) 

Industry Spotlights (SALON D) 

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Roundtable Discussions #1 (SALON D) 

These varied small-group discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:

*Mini-Workshop: Microsoft 1:1 in Education (Michael A. Estrada, Chief Technology Officer, Roselle Park School District) **this session will be held in Salons A-C

*Mini-Workshop: breakoutEDU: the basics & the brilliance (Jay Eitner, Superintendent , Waterford Township School District, Waterford , NJ): Many have heard about the latest trend of breakout rooms. Come see how this has transitioned into the classroom for students, educators, and stakeholders! The basics will be explained, along with an actual challenge. Think you have what it takes to break out?! Come find out! **This session will be held in "Terrace View"

* Tech Tools to Help You Become a Tech Savvy Leader (Jerri Kemble, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Innovation, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS) Officer, Roselle Park School District)

*Motivational Barriers to Educational Innovation (Jacek Polubiec, EdD, NYCDOE, BRONX, NY)

*Making the Most of Social Media (Samantha Morra)

*New Ways to Use Google Maps in Schools (Hafiz Saleem, Department Chairperson, Business Ed. & Technology, Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, New Jersey)

*Manage your Macs (Eric Rizzo, Director of Technology, Ramapo CSD, Hillburn, NY)

*Digital Citizenship (Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, Pottstown, PA and Sudha Narsipur, Library Media Specialist, Ossining High School, NY)

*The Importance of Social Emotional Learning Assessments (Paul LeBuffe, Director, Devereux Center for Resilient Children)

*Learning with Livestreaming: How and what platform to use when (Jackie Patanio, Ed Tech Leader, Staten Island, New York City Schools)

*Meet the SPOCS of NYCDOE: SPOC Squads are taking a new approach to PD in NYC Public Schools.Join them to discuss how.

Robotics: Nuts and Bolts (Andrea Mandel, Coach for the W.A.G.S. Robotics Girl Scout FTC Team)

*...and more! Have a topic you'd like to present? Email 

Lunch (SALON D) 

Dessert & Demos: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Anything Goes Roundtable #2 (SALON D)

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics will be repeated from the 11:15 "anything goes" breakout session (see details above).


BREAKOUT #1 Coding 2.0: Current Thinking and New Trends (SALONS A-C)

Many schools have embraced the coding movement. But how do you integrate coding into your curricula in a meaningful way? Find out how in this interactive session. PRESENTERS: Jerry Crisci (Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY); Steven Lahullier (Technology Teacher, Anna L. Klein School, Guttenberg, NJ); Eileen Lennon (Technology Teacher, Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74, NY); Moderator: Jim Lerman (Project Lead, Big Apple Technology Scholarship Program; Code/Interactive)

Coding 2.0

BREAKOUT #2: Robotics (Terrace View)

The W.A.G.S. Robotics Girl Scout FTC and Princeton YWCA Robotics Teams demonstrate their robotics program and show attendees how to integrate this dynamic program into their schools.

BREAKOUT #3: Tool Smackdown (SALON D)

During this lightning-paced smackdown, presenters will make their cases for apps, add-ons, and other cool edtech tools while the audience votes on their favorites. Who will be left standing at the end of this battle? PRESENTERS: Chris Casal (Purveyor of Geekery, Heathcote School, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY); Samantha Morra (Technology Integrator, The Elisabeth Morrow School, NJ); Joyce Valenza (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University); Lisa Nielsen (NYCDOE); Moderator: Salvador Contes, Jr. (Assistant Principal, NYCDOE)

Tool Smackdown 

Closing Session: Playground & Takeaways (SALONS E-H) 

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!


Keynote Speaker

Andrew Marcinek @andycinek

Former Chief Open Education Advisor for the US Department of Education

As Open Education Advisor at the Office of Education Technology, Andrew focused his work helping PK-12 school districts and state leaders connect with teaching, learning and research resources in the public domain that are freely available to anyone over the web. Previously, Andrew served as the Director of Technology for Grafton Public Schools. He previously served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Burlington High School and helped lead the 1:1 iPad learning program as well as the creation of the Student Help Desk program. Andrew has designed and created a digital and information literacy course that focuses on Web 2.0 applications, Google Apps for Education, Information Literacy, and Digital Citizenship. Outside the classroom, Andrew has organized four edcamps and presented at various conferences around the country. Andrew recently published his first book,The 1:1 Roadmap.


Chris Aviles @techedupteacher

EDTech Coach, Fair Haven School District

Chris Aviles is the EDTech Coach at Fair Haven, NJ. There he works with teachers and runs the Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is a middle school makerspace where students learn about Design thinking through computer science, engineering, the digital arts, and entrepreneurship.

Sean Beavers @TheEdTechBeaver

District Coordinator of Technology Integration, West Morris Regional High School District

Sean is a former fourth and fifth grade math, science, and language arts teacher with an insatiable passion for technology. Currently, he works for the West Morris Regional High School District as their Coordinator of Technology Integration. In this capacity he is responsible for helping spearhead district technology initiatives, supporting teachers and students through professional development opportunities, and promoting a school culture of innovation. In addition, Sean is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Chris Casal @mr_casal

Purveyor of Geekery, Scarsdale Public Schools

A reformed dot comer, Chris Casal has been neck deep in edtech and instructional technology since 2003. After 11 years as part of the New York City Department of Education, he decamped for the suburbs and is now part of the Scarsdale, NY technology team. A Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Apps Certified Administrator and Common Sense Media's Graphite Certified Educator he is an unrepentant geek who thinks his iPad is the best Chromebook and the hashtag is an educational imperative...

Rick Cave @rcave

Director of Technology West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District

Visit West Windsor-Plainsboro's STEM showcase in the playground. Students from elementary, middle and high school will share their experiences as makers.

Salvador Contes, Jr. @SalContesJr

Assistant Principal | NYC Department of Education

Salvador Contes Jr. is a passionate educator who believes that learning is the key to success. He focuses his efforts in empowering individuals and in assisting them in unleashing their academic and technical prowess. He prides himself in the ability to meet the needs of our youth in the K-12 environment and to inspire them to achieve above and beyond their ability. He holds a BS in Occupational Education from New York City Technical College (CUNY) and an MS in Education Administration from City College of New York (CUNY). Mr. Contes is also "All But Dissertation" status towards his DPS in Computing for Education Professionals from Pace University. Sal currently resides in Bergen County, NJ, is married and is a father to his growing princess!

Jerry Crisci @jerrycrisci

Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation

Jerry Crisci Jerry Crisci is the Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation for the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, NY, where he also co-drects the Center for Innovation. The district’s technology program been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, CBS radio’s Charles Osgood program, and Scholastic Administrator magazine. Scarsdale was awarded a “Technology Salute” by the National School Boards Association, one of three districts selected nationally. Jerry has served as a contributing editor at Electronic Learning magazine and a columnist for Kids and Computers magazine. His articles and software reviews have appeared in many books and publications. Jerry has served as an adjunct professor at the St. Thomas Aquinas College and a technology instructor at several ASCD Summer Technology Academies. He has presented papers at many conferences, including the International Conference on Technology and Education at MIT, The National School Boards Association’s T+L Conferences, The Consortium for School Networking Conference and several National Educational Computing Conferences. Jerry has authored two commercial software packages, and his latest project is the creation of an interactive eBook about Rutgers University. Jerry has a B.A. from Rutgers, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a C.A.S from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jay Eitner @@iSuperEit

Superintendent of Schools - The Waterford Township School District

Superintendent Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools. A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects, including social studies, computers, and literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was both student-centered and data driven. Jay received his Masters Degree in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written and received over $140,000 in grants for his students. Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive goldrush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009. Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal, a K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies, and has been a Superintendent of Schools in two districts. Recently, he was the 2015 educators choice pick for the national Superintendent of the Year for the BAMMY awards. Jay’s blog can be found at and can be followed on Twitter under the name @iSuperEit.

JoJo Farrell @FarrellJoJo

Deputy Director of Digital Engagement NYC DOE

JoJo Farrell has spent the last 8 years working as a New York City public school teacher. He’s currently the Deputy Director of Digital Engagement NYC DOE where he supports teachers using technology to increase student achievement and teacher effectiveness. JoJo recently launched a new program, SPOC Squad. SPOC Squads are cohort of SPOCs (Technology Single Points of Contact) who collaborate at schools to solve a problem. Materials are then shared with the community of over 1,000 NYC SPOCS. He was awarded the 2015 Excellence in School Technology Award for his work managing a student technology squad, converting his school to Google Apps for Education, and for his onsite professional development for his school in W. Harlem to a staff of 70 teachers. Before joining the NYC Teaching Fellows program in 2008, JoJo worked as a journalist and radio reporter in Oakland, Ca, as well as a program director for the human rights organization Global Exchange where he managed programs in California, Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela.

Joel Handler @jhandlerHTPS

Director of Technology

Joel Handler has been a Director of Technology for over 12 years. He holds two masters degrees, one in Computer Science and another in Educational Administration from Rutgers University. He has presented at numerous conferences including TEDx, ISTE, BETT London, UK, NY/NJ Google Apps Summits, TechspoNJ, NJASA and CoSN. Mr. Handler was nominated as a member of the 2015 CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame. He has implemented a complete 1:1 program issuing over 5000 Chromebooks and 3000 Nexus tablets to everyone in grades K-12. Under his leadership, the district has made great strides in technology integration in a short amount of time thereby transforming the the delivery of instruction and the learning of all students.

Patricia Holzman @PholzmanHolzman

Demonstration Teacher, A. Harry Moore School/NJCU

Patricia Holzman is an educator at the A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a certified Special Education and Elementary Education Teacher with thirty years of experience. She has committed herself to being a lifelong learner and is now pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University.

Jerri Kemble @techsavvysupt

Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Technology, Lawrence Public Schools, USD497

Jerri Kemble’s career spans over 30 years in education. She began her career as a middle school teacher in 1986. After 13 years in the classroom, Kemble became a school counselor and was honored as the 2003 Kansas Counselor of the Year. In 2004 she entered administration serving as an elementary, middle and high school principal. Jerri began her superintendent career in 2007 as not only the superintendent, but also as the K-12 principal and the creator of the Kansas Online Learning Program in Lost Springs, KS, a small rural school district serving 360 students. This pioneering spirit teamed with Superintendent Kemble’s “out-of-the-box” thinking and creativity landed her at a White House meeting on technology and virtual learning in 2010. In 2011, Vice-President Biden’s office asked to meet with her again to get an update on this progressive, innovative little school district in Kansas. eSchool News noted Kemble’s innovative spirit and named her as one of the nation’s Tech Savvy Superintendents in 2012. In 2013, Jerri was named the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Programs and Technology for USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, KS. LPS has 22 schools serving approx. 12,000 students. When hired, Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll stated, “Jerri is a recognized expert in the integration of instructional technology into the classroom. She will provide strong leadership as the district advances our school bond issue initiatives, especially those related to technology and 21st century teaching and learning environments.” In 2014, Kemble was invited to attend the White House in honor of the rollout of President Obama’s Future Ready initiative. In 2015, Jerri was requested by the Kansas Education Commissioner to participate on the Kansas ReDesign Education Committee. Currently, in her role as Assistant Superintendent, the Lawrence School District is actively working toward personalized education through a blended learning model, participating in the #GoOpen Project with the US. Department of Education and implementing a 1:1 rollout with iPads at the middle school level. No matter the size of the district, Kemble is an active proponent of technology and has been a pioneer in digital learning. When asked why she is so passionate about technology in her school district, Kemble simply states, “The technology levels the playing field for our students, and it MAKES MY POOREST STUDENT RICH.” Jerri earned her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees at Emporia State University and is completing her doctoral program in Educational Administration at Kansas State University. Her dissertation topic is Technology Leadership.

Steven Lahullier @SLahullier

Technology Teacher, Anna L. Klein School, Guttenberg, NJ

Steven Lahullier is the grade 2-8 technology teacher at the Anna L. Klein School in Guttenberg, NJ. He has spearheaded a variety of technology initiatives in the district including the introduction of 3D Printing, Hour of Code, and STEM Club. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University.

Willa Laskowitz @@edtechgirl14

Teacher/Technology Educator

Willa Laskowitz is a middle school social studies teacher in the South Brunswick school district. In addition to this, she is also a Google Certified Educator who presents technology education professional development sessions on a variety of topics. Willa has had the honor of previously presenting at both state and national conferences on the topic of educational technology and her current goal is to earn her Google Trainer certification. Over the last four years, she has facilitated over twenty-five workshops on Digital Tools, BYOD, GAFE, etc.

Paul LeBuffe

Director, Devereux Center for Resilient Children

PAUL LeBUFFE is the Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, PA ( He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and received his Master's degree in experimental psychology from Bryn Mawr College. For the past 25 years, Paul’s career has focused on strength-based approaches to promoting social and emotional competence and resilience in children, youth, and the adults who care for them. Believing that such approaches should be data-drive, Paul has authored many widely-used, strength-based assessments of behaviors related to children’s social and emotional strengths and needs including the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants (DECA-I), Toddlers (DECA-T) Preschoolers (DECA-P2), and most recently, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). These assessments have been adopted by more than 5,000 school districts, out-of-school-time programs, Head Start, and other early care and education programs both in the United States and internationally. More than 6 million children and youth have been assessed with these tools and the results used by professional and parents to promote their social and emotional competence, foster their resilience and build the skills these children will need for school and life success. In addition to the assessments mentioned above, he has authored numerous research articles and chapters on resilience and related topics. Paul has presented to varied audiences including psychologists, teachers, school administrators, out-of-school-time professionals, and parents throughout the United States and internationally on promoting resilience in children, youth, and adults. Paul lives in Downingtown, PA with his wife, Penny, a special education teacher.

Eileen Lennon @eileen_lennon

Technology Teacher

Eileen Lennon has been a technology teacher for over 15 years. She added coding to her curriculum three years ago and has been presenting this curriculum at educational forums throughout the tri-state area. Eileen is part of the team that developed the social media guidelines for the NYC Board of Education. She is also certified in Microsoft and Google, and is a Graphite Certified Educator and Ambassador. She moderates the #NYCSchoolsTechChat and has guest moderated national chats such as #EdTechChat, #growthmindset, and #connectedTL. Ms. Lennon recently was awarded the NYCDOE Excellence in School Technology Award at the annual NYCDOE Tech Summit. She is starting the new school year at the Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens.

James Lerman @jimlerman

Project Lead, Big Apple Tech Scholarship program, Code/Interactive, NYC

I have led the startup of 4 public secondary schools and 3 non-profit organizations, and led and collaborated in securing grant funding in excess of $20 million. In K-12 education I have been an award-winning middle school English teacher, audiovisual specialist, Language Arts supervisor, staff development director, technology director, principal, and Assistant Superintendent. I have also done extensive consulting and presented at numerous national, state, and local conferences. I currently curate 5 topics on, which may be accessed at, and have nearly 25,000 followers on social media. While at Kean University, I led grant programs that focused on middle level education, re-educating experienced teachers to become teachers of physics and biology, and led creation of the Possibility Zone Makerspace. I also taught undergraduate courses in middle school design and graduate courses in technology for aspiring administrators. I have authored 5 best-selling books about the internet for educators and received awards from the U.S. Dept. of Education, NJ State Assembly, NJ Secretary of Higher Education, NJ Assn. for Middle Level Ed, Montclair State University, and the NJ Assn. for Educational Communication and Technology. I am a passionate believer in the power of technology to equip youth with the skills and attitudes to embrace their futures with enthusiasm and confidence. My recent interests include coding, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Jim is married, lives in Greenwich Village, and his adult daughter, Michela, is a world-famous professional tap dancer (

Daniel Mannix @MannixDan

Beekmantown Central School District Superintendent

Daniel W. Mannix is dedicated to providing every student in his rural community with the resources necessary to be successful in our ever changing future. He’s dedicated to building the educational system that works for all students by creating a technology rich ecosystem coupled with project based learning, student choice and career exploration all of which are rooted in the fundamentals of great core instruction. Through careful long range planning the students at BCSD experience a transformative educational environment which will be sustained for years to come. Dan is in fourth year as Superintendent at Beekmantown Central School District. He is married and has four children.

Shannon Mersand @shannonmersand

School Media Specialist

Shannon Mersand has been presenting at conferences locally, regionally and statewide since 2004. She is a technology leader and innovator who is dedicated to increasing student achievement through the use of technology and instructional design. She was named the Lee Bryant Outstanding Educator of the year in 2011 by NYSCATE. She is a School Media Specialist, an Adjunct Instructor for University of Wisconsin Stout and University at Albany (teaching courses on integrating MakerSpaces in schools and libraries), a course instructor for Creative Teacher, an Advisor for Tech & Learning Magazine and an authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer. Mersand’s MakerSpace has been featured in Tech & Learning Magazine (Making the Grade). Mersand is a member of NYSCATE, NYLA/SSL, SLMSSENY, and ISTE. She is the Technology Chairperson for SLMSSENY. She has presented at various venues including the NYSCATE Hudson Valley Regional Conference, NYSCATE Annual Conference and the NYLA SSL Spring Conferences. Learn more about Shannon Mersand at

Samantha Morra @sammorra

Middle School Technology Integrator & Teacher at The Elisabeth Morrow School

Samantha Morra is an educator with over 20 years experience in K-12 schools as a teacher, technology coordinator, and school administrator. During her 20+ years in education she spear-headed innovative projects such as designing a “Classroom of the Future" or Technology Learning Commons to serve as a model 21st Century classroom. She established an iTunes U K12 Portal as part of a national pilot with the state of New Jersey, SETDA and Apple. She redesigned and implemented district technology curriculum based on New Jersey state and national standards and the 21st Century Skills Initiative. While working with students, staff and the community, Samantha harnessed social media too improve communication and engage the community. She has also worked with teachers at every grade level to create curriculum that effectively and creatively uses technology. She is a Google Certified Teacher and has presented at the state and national levels for organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE), ASCD, EduCon, and Tech Forum NY and Boston. She has written articles for ISTE’s Learning & Leading with Technology publication and has contributed to Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. Samantha’s views on 21st century learning and teaching have been quoted in the New York Times and Star Ledger and selected projects/initiatives were featured on NJN’s Classroom Close Up and on the ABC Network special issues on education. She believes that technology has the power to transform education and build deeper understanding for students and teachers. Follow her on twitter @sammorra and her blog:

Michael Nagler @NaglersNotions

Superintendent of Mineola USFD

During his seventeen years with the Mineola, Nagler has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mineola was one of the first Districts to implement a 1:1 ipad initiative. Mineola’s innovative use of the ipad led Apple to declare Mineola Middle School and Jackson Avenue Apple Distinguished Schools. Mineola is a member of the League of Innovative schools; one of only 73 districts nationwide. Being a member affords Mineola the ability to be at the forefront of nationwide initiatives such as Open Educational Resources (OER), the Maker Movement and #Codeforall. Mineola is also at the forefront of digital student portfolios. Dr. Nagler recently utilized the Districts coding platform to create his own digital portfolio. Check it out Coded all by himself!

Sudha Narsipur @ohs_lib

Library Media Specialist, Ossining High School

Sudha Narsipur is a National Board Certified Librarian at Ossining High School. She is passionate about the work she does with young adults. Her mission is to raise awareness on digital citizenship and provide safe learning environments for her students. She utilizes new tools and technologies including e-books and online research databases to engage her students. She guides them to find books they love to read in the format of their own choice. Most recently, Sudha has been involved in setting up and managing a makerspace at the Ossining High School Learning Commons.

Lisa Nielsen @InnovativeEdu

Director of Digital Learning, #NYCSchoolsTech

Lisa Nielsen has been with New York City Department of Education for nearly 20 years working in various capacities as a public school teacher and administrator. Currently she serves as the Director of Digital Engagement + Professional Learning where she helps school staff use digital media effectively and responsibly with each other and with students. She spearheaded the Department's work on the student social media guidelines and also helps prepare schools to harness the power of cell phones and other student devices for learning. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Tech & Learning. For more information you can visit her LinkedIn profile at

Jackie Patanio @@JPatanio

EdTech Instructional Lead

Jackie is a Instructional Lead for Instructional Technology in the NYCDOE working at the Staten Island Borough Field Support Center. Currently she works on a District admin team providing professional learning opportunities across content with the focus on Instructional Technology & STEM. The main focus of her work is collaboratively creating a District Technology Vision and supporting schools creating their technology visions. She is providing professional learning, specific guidance and cohort work to schools throughout District 31 in Staten Island schools PK-12.

Hafiz Saleem

Chairperson, Business Ed. & Technology Dept. Paterson Public Schools

I am researching an ancient idea of memorizing information, called Journey Method, by using Google Maps to create a journey that students can use to place familiar objects along a known route. This method has been found very effective in memorizing scientific and informational text. using this strategy, vast amounts of information are committed to long-term memory, which helps improve grades on high-stake testing.

Paul Sanfrancesco @psanfran19

Owen J Roberts SD, Director of Technology

Paul Sanfrancesco is Director of Technology for the Owen J Roberts School District in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as a professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA and Neumann University, Aston, PA. Mr. Sanfrancesco has been a teacher and assistant principal in the high school setting. He was named as one of the "20 to Watch" educators by the National School Boards Association for his work in IT. He has served on Dell's K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents and students across the country in topics that cover digital footprint to setting technology visions for districts.

Joe Santiago @SunsetParkTech

Technology Coach - M.S. 821 Sunset Park Prep - New York City Department of Education

Joe Santiago is an Instructional Technology Specialist from Brooklyn, New York. As his school’s Technology Coach he is responsible for helping teachers integrate technology effectively into the classroom. As a teacher, he educates 6th graders with technological skills by using a constructivist project based learning approach. His logic behind this type of learning is that as a child he struggled in the traditional academic environment. Joe "was the kid who didn’t really get it”. Following college, using alternate resources he began to learn about computers which eventually led him to become Microsoft Certified and allowed him to work at one of Fortune magazine’s 100 best places to work. In 2011, he thought it was time to make a change and decided to leave the corporate environment to teach students what he had learned. Knowing that learning is not one size fits all, his goal was to reach out to students who learn in alternate ways. Today, Joe continues this work by facilitating a student-led Tech Team at his school, and a collaborative, project based approach to learning.

Jay Strumwasser @jaystrumwasser

Technology Coordinator- Challenge Preparatory Charter School

Jay is the Technology Coordinator for Challenge Preparatory Charter School in Queens, NY. Jay is responsible for working with teachers and the administrative team to better integrate technology into their lessons and the overall culture of the school. Challenge Preparatory Charter School just recently finished the Google Level 1 Certification Course and Jay was the first to become a Level 1 Google Certified Educator. Jay is a former Educational Technology Coach for Educate, LLC. Educate LLC is a growing educational technology company in the Greater New York Area servicing Public, Charter, and Parochial Schools throughout the state. Jay is also a former classroom social studies and computer teacher for the NYCDOE.

Randy Sumrall @@randysumrall

Executive Director of Technology, Birdville ISD

A veteran of 25 years in school technology leadership, Randy Sumrall has broad experience in four keys areas; technology, instruction, data, and administration. His tours of duty have included Coppell ISD, Judson ISD, Education Service Center Region 10, and his current school district, Birdville ISD. Mr. Sumrall is drawing from diverse experiences such as data warehouse development, network infrastructure design, instructional rigor implementation, and change management practices to establish a highly efficient and effective classroom environment. As on of five winners of the Raising Blended Learners grant from Raise Your Hand Texas, Birdville ISD is making Canvas the "front-and center" of the blended classroom, tremendously expanding learning opportunities and providing key data for teachers, students, and parents.

Stephanie Talalai @stalalai

Technology Coordinator, A. Harry Moore School

Stephanie Talalai is the Technology Coordinator at the A. Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University. She is a certified Special Education teacher with 25 years of experience in the field. She has a passion for assistive technology and strives to immerse her students into sensory enriched learning environments. She has a Master's degree in Educational Technology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University.

Wendy Thompson @wendypurple407

Demonstration Teacherm, A.Harry Moore/NJCU

Wendy Thompson, a Special Educator with twenty-six years’ experience works as a demonstration teacher for the A. Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University serving the needs of students with intellectual disabilities. She is currently a doctoral candidate in cohort 3 of New Jersey City University's Doctoral Educational Technology Leadership program.

Joyce Valenza @joycevalenza

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, MI Program

After completely 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian in K12 education, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program. Joyce is a Milken Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow. She was selected as one of Technology and Learning’s 100@30, was honored with the 2011 Edublogs Award for Lifetime Achievement and presented a TEDxPhillyEd talk at Wharton University. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today, currently writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and contributes to several other library and edtech publications. Joyce is active in AASL, ALA, and ISTE and considers herself one of the godmothers of #tlchat.

J. Russell Wray @russellwray

K-12 Instructional Technology Supervisor

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District West Windsor, NJ 08550


Gold Level Sponsors


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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit


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.

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.

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.


AVer is an award-winning provider of visual collaboration and education technology solutions that improve productivity and enrich lives. From accelerating learning in the classroom to increasing competitive advantage for businesses, AVer solutions leverage the power of technology to help people connect with one another to achieve great things. Our product portfolio includes USB Video Conferencing Camera Systems, Document Cameras as well as Sync and Charge Solutions for Mobile Devices. We strive to provide industry leading service and support that exceeds our customer's expectations. We are also deeply committed to our community, the environment and employ stringent green processes in all we do. Learn more at and follow us @averinformation.

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

Custom Computer Specialists

For more than thirty years, Custom Computer Specialists has been partnering with school districts throughout the Northeast, offering the latest technological tools to maximize student achievement. Recognized as a premier IT solutions provider we are committed to improving to providing the technology that will make the 21st century classroom a reality. We offer an extensive range of services that enable districts to unleash the powerful benefits of technology for both faculty and students. Technology engages. Innovation inspires. Custom delivers.


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.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally, a national nonprofit, is dedicated to advancing literacy with education solutions and technology for students with print-related disabilities like blindness, visual impairment, and other learning differences like dyslexia. Learning Ally offers unlimited access to human-narrated audio textbooks, literature and STEM titles from all major textbook publishers featuring enhanced navigation. Learning Ally works with thousands of schools across the U.S. and has been selected by nine states as an assistive technology accommodation for struggling readers with IEPs and 504 plans. Membership gives students access to the content they need to work independently and achieve academic success.

MRA International

MRA International is the go-to expert on HP. Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) products, services and support. We provide our Public Sector customers with outstanding service by reducing customer pain at all stages during the technology cycle. As an authorized NASPO (formerly WSCA) subcontractor, we have a long history in selling technology to Public Sector accounts throughout the country. MRA International started in 1999 with 5 employees dedicated to Compaq (now HPI) and to the Public Sector market. Today, MRA has grown into a 30 million dollar, full-service IT company, with more than a 1,000 active customers. MRA, based in Long Branch, NJ, now has 40+ employees dedicated to their mission.


The Otus Student Performance Platform offers a holistic approach to understanding student engagement and performance by combining a collection of classroom management tools, a robust learning management system, and a data warehouse in a single system. With Otus, students, teachers, administrators and parents have the ability to make student performance data actionable by providing teachers with the tools needed to differentiate student instruction based on data. Contact: Keith Westman, Ed.D.| Chief Operating Officer | | @OtusK12

Stirling Communications/ConenMounts

Stirling Communications is New Jersey based AV distributor and US importer of ConenMounts, Germany´s leading manufacturer of educational furniture and visual presentation equipment. Built on its 40 years of experience, Conen´s mounting solutions are designed around the educator and installer. They offer ease of installation and ease of use, provide flexibility and complement the technology they support. All products are designed to withstand intensive daily use and to offer perfect ergonomics. Our products include height adjustable mounts & carts for interactive whiteboards, flat panel displays as well as projection whiteboards, over-the-board mounts etc.

Think Through Math

Think Through Math capitalizes on the power of the Web to bring students, resources and educational support together - any time, any place. TTM empowers educators to more effectively address expanding class sizes, increasing diversity, and changing standards, making TRUE 1:1 personalized instruction for EVERY child an affordable reality for schools. Used by millions of students across the country, Think Through Math’s award-winning program includes live, online math teachers who provide struggling students with real-time 1:1 tutoring. TTM’s customized motivation increases engagement and builds self-esteem. Multiple research studies have shown that Think Through Math significantly improves student math achievement.

Associate 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.

edWeb is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. Any educator can use edWeb for free to create a personal learning network or professional learning community to make it easier to collaborate, share ideas, and move forward faster with new ideas and initiatives, particularly those than leverage technology to accelerate improvement. Schools, districts, associations, non-profits, and education companies are using edWeb for online collaboration, and spreading the word about our easy yet robust platform.


PAECT is an organization dedicated to promoting the use of educational technology in learning environments. Our members work in basic education, higher education, adult education, and in the private sector.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. The mission of iNACOL is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit