ASCD CCSSO SIIA
Poll
Quick Survey



SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling

National Teacher of the Year and English Teacher, Johnston High School (IA)

As the 60th National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling will devote herself for a year as a national and international spokesperson for education beginning June 1, 2010. To Wessling, learner-centered education means “creating a web of rigorous content, real-world experience, and inquiry-based experiences around the learner” and “respecting who students are right now.” She is passionate about learning in the twenty-first century, believing that teachers must “recognize the importance of teaching that marries content to skill.” In her classroom, she creates this balance by stepping into the world of surveys, songs, film storyboards, public service announcements and Facebook pages. She says, “Students construct knowledge when it is relevant to them, when they have a real authentic purpose, when they have an audience that gives them context.” She never loses sight of her goal to create life-long learners and genuine thinkers accustomed to intellectual risk. In 2005 she earned certification in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Karen Cator

Karen Cator

Director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.

Jane Feinberg

Jane Feinberg

Senior Associate, FrameWorks Institute

Jane Feinberg is a Senior Associate with the FrameWorks Institute. As a member of the Field Building team, she produces video and on-line tools, and works with issue advocates to translate FrameWorks’ research into field-based practices that advance public will. An award-winning journalist, Feinberg spent twenty-five years as a writer and producer of public and commercial television programs and series. For PBS, she developed and produced college telecourses and public affairs and children's programs, including an hour-long documentary about Amelia Earhart, a special on Tip O’Neil Jr., and segments for the “MacNeil/Lehrer NEWSHour.” She was a producer for New England's nightly television newsmagazine show, "Chronicle," for nearly a decade. As a public affairs and communications professional, Feinberg has consulted to a variety of non-profits and government agencies, and served as Director of Communications for the Boston Public Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Additional Speakers

Wendy Battino

Wendy Battino

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition

Wendy Battino co-founded the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) along with Rich DeLorenzo and Rick Schreiber. Battino was a principal teacher with the Chugach School District during the time that the district re-invented its education system. During her time with the district, she was one of the key individuals who designed and implemented the district’s dramatic shift to a K-12 performance-based system. Her classroom, school, and district experience provides her with an extensive background in standards-based instruction and assessment, school improvement planning, and curriculum design. She is co-author of A Guide to Reinventing Schools (Schreiber & Battino, 2002) and coauthor of Chugach School District’s award-winning application in education for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which the district won in 2001. Battino has worked with numerous organizations that are committed to transforming their education systems based on RISC’s system.

Karen Billings

Karen Billings

VP and Managing Director, ETIN, SIIA

Karen Billings has more than 40 years of experience in the education technology industry with positions in management, development, marketing, sales and classroom teaching. At SIIA she drives the association's work with its 190 member companies for whom educational publishing is a primary business. Prior to SIIA, Billings, was vice president, Major Business Initiatives for bigchalk Inc, where she drove relationships with major industry partners to respond to new business opportunities and vice president and general manager of its MediaSeek Division. She worked at Microsoft Corporation, managing K-12 Strategic Relations and at Claris Corporation, where she ran the Worldwide K-12 and Higher Education Marketing Programs. She served as director of sales at Logo Computer Systems, Inc. and as an executive editor in the School Division at Houghton-Mifflin Company.

Todd Brekhus

Todd Brekhus

President, Digital Solutions, Capstone Digital

Todd Brekhus is an educational business leader devoted to introducing new technologies to educators and administrators. He was recently hired as President of Capstone Digital Solutions. Capstone Publishers is the largest publisher of school library books. Brekhus is responsible for creating the technology strategy for the K-12 market. Previously, he was VP and Chief Marketing Officer at PLATO Learning. Brekhus was responsible for the Software as a Service (SaaS) product strategy, the entire content library of K-College Courses, the integration of acquired product lines, and bringing new products to market- including the first education program delivered on the Sony PSP a handheld gaming platform. Before coming to PLATO via acquisition, Brekhus was President and COO of Learning Elements, he also built one of the largest teacher internet portals for MCI, MarcoPolo - now called Thinkfinity by Verizon. Todd currently serves on the board of the SIIA’s Education Division.

Gene Carter

Gene Carter

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, ASCD

Dr. Gene R. Carter is a veteran educator with experience as a school teacher, school administrator, superintendent of schools, and university professor. He became Executive Director and CEO of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in 1992. ASCD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association with more than 175,000 members in 135 countries and more than 60 affiliates. Before joining ASCD, Dr. Carter served for nine years as the superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Virginia, where he succeeded in reducing the dropout rate, built a partnership program with the private sector, implemented a districtwide school improvement program, established an early education center, and implemented a regional scholarship foundation. Dr. Carter has received many honors and awards, and written numerous articles and book chapters concentrating on educational issues and topics.

Bruce Connolly

Bruce Connolly

Director, Center for education Innovation and Regional Economic Development

Bruce Connolly serves as the Director of CESA, a game changer strategic regional organization focused on talent development through the Milwaukee (WI) metropolitan region public school systems. He has served eleven years as Superintendent in a racially diverse urban school district that closed the racial achievement gap and featured 97% graduation rates. He gas served as superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary, middle and junior high school principal as well as an elementary school teacher. Bruce established the first Youth Apprenticeship Program in the State of Wisconsin and is founder and current president of the Wisconsin Education Innovations (formerly Sally Ride Academy) professional development program. Bruce has served as president of many statewide organizations including WASCD, WSPRA and Fair Aid Coalition. He serves on the Regional Workforce Alliance Board.

Deborah Delisle

Deborah Delisle

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

Deborah S. Delisle brings more than 35 years of educational experience to her position as Ohio’s 35th Superintendent of Public Instruction, including roles as district superintendent, principal, curriculum director, classroom teacher and college instructor. She serves on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors and Next Generation of Learners committee. She was also selected to serve on the Executive Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and was appointed by Governor Strickland to serve on the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Delisle’s background blends real-world educational experience with strong leadership and management skills. Innovation and 21st century creativity mark her career, as e-School News named her a 2008 Tech-Savvy Superintendent.

Nick Donohue

Nick Donohue

President & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Leading the Nellie Mae Education Foundation since 2006, Nick Donohue has formed a bold new agenda to stimulate transformative change in public education. Mr. Donohue was previously appointed Special Master at Providence Hope High School under state order to reconstitute the school. Previously, he served as New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, where he supported the State Board, Governor and Legislature and was responsible for department-wide initiatives and policy implementation. Mr. Donohue has also served as NH Deputy Commissioner of Education and sat on the NH Post Secondary Education Commission. His previous positions include Director for Learning Innovations, and Project Director of the Boston Leadership Academy, where he supported 16 Boston public schools as part of the School Leadership for Student Achievement Project.

Federick M. Hess

Federick M. Hess

Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy , American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick M. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. In addition to his new Education Week blog, he is the author of many influential books including Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. Hess also serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.

Talmira Hill

Talmira Hill

Director, Association for High School Innovation

Talmira Hill has served as Director of the Association for High School Innovation -- formerly the Alternative High School Initiative - since December 2007, consulting with Big Picture Learning to provide leadership of this network through its launch of a new enterprise in October 2009. In 2005, Talmira began working with AHSI as a policy consultant to the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families within the National League of Cities. In addition to serving as AHSI Director, Talmira is Principal of the T. L. Hill Group she founded in 2001 that designs innovative, partnership-driven initiatives to improve education, workforce development, and youth development outcomes in low-income and underrepresented communities. A program officer with the Annie E. Casey Foundation from 1995-2001, Talmira initiated investments to improve results among young adults. Prior to joining the foundation, Talmira served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration. She began her career in 1986 in international economic development with Africare.

Elizabeth Partoyan

Elizabeth Partoyan

Strategic Initiative Director for Next Generation Learners, Council of Chief State Schools Officers

Elizabeth Partoyan is responsible for developing and implementing the Council’s vision to transform American public education. Partoyan also serves as a consultant to the DC Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership. She presents on a range of education and social policy issues, and serves on several advisory committees. Prior to the Council, Partoyan was Director of Research, Training, and Member Services at the National School Boards Association and program manager for the NSBA Extended-Day Learning Opportunities program. Partoyan has worked at the Academy for Educational Development, District of Columbia Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Washington State Early Childhood Education Program. She has direct-service experience in special education, Montessori education, after-school programs, and outdoor education.

Susan Patrick

Susan Patrick

President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning

Susan Patrick leads iNACOL, the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide. She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs. In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade. Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award. She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program. Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media.

Karen Pittman

Karen Pittman

Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment

A sociologist and recognized leader in youth development, Karen started her career at the Urban Institute, and has since worked at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), was Vice President at the Academy for Educational Development, and has held a position within the Clinton Administration. In 1995 she joined the executive team of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and with a minor leave of absence to work with General Powell to create America’s Promise she returned to IYF to lay the seeds for what has become the Forum. A widely published author, Karen has written three books, dozens of articles on youth issues and is also a regular columnist for Youth Today and public speaker. Karen currently sits on the America’s Promise Board of Trustees, and the boards of the National Human Services Assembly and YouthBuild USA.

Joel Rose

Joel Rose

CEO, School of One, New York City Department of Education

Joel Rose founded School of One in 2009, as an initiative within the NYC Department of Education that leverages a combination of live, online, and collaborative learning to provide students with instruction that is personalized to their particular academic needs and learning preferences. Previously, Rose served the New York City Department of Education as the chief executive for human capital, a strategic consultant and as chief of staff to the deputy chancellor for organizational strategy, human capital and communications. Rose’s 14 years in education began with Teach For America as a corps member. He was a senior executive at Edison where he was associate general counsel, chief of staff and vice president for school operations.

Mark Schneiderman

Mark Schneiderman

Senior Director, Education Policy, SIIA

As Senior Director of Education Policy, Mark Schneiderman represents SIIA’s member software and digital content developers before Congress, the Administration, state governments and other national stakeholders on education policies, programs, and regulations that impact technology at all levels of education. Prior to joining SIIA, Schneiderman was Legislative Associate for the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he represented the public officials heading each state's department of education. He serves on the executive board of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET), and he previously served on boards of the KIPP DC/Key Academy charter school and the Committee for Education Funding (CEF).

Roberta Selleck

Roberta Selleck

Superintendent, Adams County School District 50 (CO)

Dr. Roberta L. Selleck is Superintendent of the Adams 50 School District, a neighboring suburban/urban district of Denver, Colorado. Dr. Selleck served for nine years as a superintendent for two school districts in the Chicago area, as President-Elect for the Large Unit District Association (LUDA), and was also the immediate past President of the South Inter-Conference Association (SICA). Dr. Selleck served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent and has successfully passed bond referendums in every school district that she served as superintendent. She currently serves as the Chair of Adams County Educational Consortium and on a variety of boards including the Governor’s P-3 Council, DASSC, Hyland Hills Park & Recreation Education Board and the Adams County Youth Initiative. She is married with four children and seven granddaughters.

Judy Seltz

Judy Seltz

Deputy Executive Director, Constituent Services, ASCD

As the deputy executive director and chief officer for Constituent Services, Judy Seltz directs ASCD’s work with its 58 affiliates in the United States and other countries, as well as its programs with member-initiated Professional Interest Communities, student chapters, and Connected Communities, public policy, advocacy and governance. ASCD’s Whole Child Initiativeis led and directed by Constituent Services. Seltz came to ASCD from the American Association for School Administrators (AASA), where she was associate executive director for Planning and Communications. Prior to joining AASA, Seltz was with International Schools Services in Princeton, New Jersey. She earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, Ed. M. from Harvard University, and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Ken Slentz

Ken Slentz

Associate Commissioner for District Services, New York State Education Department

As Associate Commissioner for the Office of District Services for the New York State Education Department, Ken Slentz has oversight of education design and technology, including the build out of the Board of Regents virtual school initiative; school district and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) support and coordination, including the coordination of professional development; and school safety. In his 17 years in public education, Ken served as teaching assistant, teacher, curriculum director, principal and school district superintendent, the latter of which comprised his last 8 years of service. Ken’s current work puts his experience to use as he has been tasked with reorienting the department to school districts and (BOCES) with a more service-oriented approach.

Ken Wasch

Ken Wasch

President, SIIA

Ken Wasch's involvement in SIIA is based on both personal and professional interests. His long-standing interest in computers and software, coupled with the industry's need for a central trade association, led him to establish the Software Publishers Association (SPA) in 1984 with an initial group of 25 software firms. Wasch has led the association from its infancy to its merger with the Information Industry Association in January 1999, resulting in the formation of SIIA.

Gene Wilhoit

Gene Wilhoit

Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Gene Wilhoit began his career as a social studies teacher in Ohio and Indiana. He served as a program director in the Indiana Department of Education, an administrator in Kanawha County West Virginia, and a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education before becoming executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) from 1986–1993. From 1994 to 2006, Gene was director of the Arkansas Department of Education and deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education. In those positions, he led equity initiatives, designed and implemented assessment and accountability systems, advanced preschool and technology programs, and reorganized state agencies to focus on service and support. He has served on national and state commissions, and has written and spoken on a variety of education issues.


Follett Software Spectrum K12 Capstone Digital Nellie Mae Education Foundation School Specialty Intel JDL Horizons Turning Technologies Pearson