How do institutions weigh and balance efficacy research and the potentially competing preferences of students, teachers, parents, and other end users?
Working Group I
EdTech User Voice
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Under Adam's leadership the Advanced Academics department seeds, supports, and scales efforts that harness the possibilities of next-generation learning for all HISD students today.
University Innovation Alliance
Bridget leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students. Her previous experience includes service as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System, an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, and National Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
Director of Instructional Programs
Abermarle County Schools
Chad’s work focuses on seeding, designing, and expanding Albemarle County’s portfolio of nontraditional learning experiences through pedagogy and programs as part of the district’s focus on student agency and lifelong learning. He also heads up strategic partnerships and serves as Project Director for the $3.4 million U.S. DoE Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change. He was recently appointed to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship and served on the Virginia Board of Education’s Advisory Committee for CTE from 2009-2015.
US Education Program Officer
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
A former high school teacher, Cheryl leads the foundation’s efforts to increase the number of schools and schools systems supporting teachers in creating more personalized learning experiences for students. She previously served as senior product manager at Harcourt Education.
Vice President of Communications
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Ileen is a marketing consultant focused in education where she develops and implements programs that bring together the greatest minds in the industry to collaborate and develop solutions through seminars, networking and sharing best practices. Ileen is also the Director of the YPO Higher Education Group.
American Federation of Teachers
A former K-12 educator, Jason began working with the AFT to provide technical assistance to districts seeking to realize lasting reforms through collaborative partnership on many education improvement initiatives. He has begun to focus his efforts on Career and Technical Education and Education Technology as vehicles for education reform and student engagement.
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Jennifer's research includes designing educational technologies and design activities to help students learn STEM concepts as well as how to help teachers implement design projects. She is the Principal Investigator of a number of NSF-funded projects that involve engineering education and cyberlearning.
Center for Digital Education
As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Kecia led the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs. After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, she conducted research in the US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments.
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
In her 16 years at CCRC, Melinda has developed a national reputation as an expert on smoothing students’ transitions into college and supporting them once there. She leads CCRC’s work on advising, institutional reform, and rethinking how to support community college students.
Albemarle County Schools (VA)
Pam has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She was appointed Superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011 she served on various committees and as an Officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents before being elected as the President of VASS in 2012.
Co-Founder & CEO
Sam is the co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo, a free app that helps teachers encourage students and engage families. ClassDojo is widely used across many countries and available in multiple languages. It has developed from a website to a mobile application that is easily accessible from anywhere by teachers, parents & students.
Avonworth Primary Center (PA)
Prior to his current role, Scott was assistant principal at Avonworth Elementary and taught 6th grade math at Avonworth Middle School. His research interests include early childhood education pedagogy, creativity in the elementary school setting as part of effective lesson design, implementation of Common Core State Standards, and the development of maker spaces.
Vice Provost & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
Georgia State University
Tim has overseen among the fastest improving graduation rates in the U.S. and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level. He currently is principal investigator for $15 million in grants, including a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on low-income and first-generation students.
Tonika Cheek Clayton
NewSchools Venture Fund
Tonika leads NewSchools’ Tools & Services team who invests in promising for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs developing digital tools and services that support teaching and learning in PreK-12 schools. She previously spent eight years at Amplify and Wireless Generation and also worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP).
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