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Leading the K-12 Digital Transformation [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 19

8:30am MDT

K-12 Executive Session: Delivering Your Digital Ecosystem for 21st Century Learning
Note: This is a closed session for K-12 educational senior-level leaders (Superintendent, Chief, Director, etc.) on a first-come, first-serve basis - no additional cost.

No matter where your organization is in its digital learning transformation journey, there is always "what's next." With so many components to an optimal digital ecosystem—learning standards, curriculum mapping, digital resources, analytics, assessment, dashboarding, forecasting, learning management, learning objects, interoperability, and the list goes on—how do you identify your priorities and establish goals and strategic pathways to achieve your vision? Participants in this executive session will work together, under the guidance of education and industry experts, to strategically plan for the next phase of their journey. Hear from instructional leaders and colleagues who have progressed on their path and will share lessons learned. Work with IMS and industry leaders to identify key decision points and levers. Confer as a team to drill down to best return-on-investment opportunities. The K-12 Executive Session provides a unique working environment that will allow participants to walk away with an outline to lead your organization to the next level of digital transformation.

8:30 AM — Welcome and Keynote: The Future of Education: An Interactive Discussion with Yong Zhao
9:15 AM —Panel: The Role of the Digital Ecosystem in a Personalized Education
10:00 AM — Break
10:30 AM — Digital Transformation in K-12: What Does it Take?
Noon — Lunch
1:00 PM — Workshop: Planning for the Next Phase of Your Journey
2:30 PM — Moving Forward: The Changing Role of the District Leaders with Lenny Schad
3:00 PM — Closing

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Tim Clark

Vice President of K12 Programs, IMS Global
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Karen Daughtery

K-12 Program Manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Karen Daughtery serves as the K-12 Institutional Program Manager at IMS Global where she facilitates program activities for multiple Innovation Leadership Networks. She works closely with individual members to accelerate the uptake of IMS open standards and practices to enable next... Read More →
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Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas
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Lenny Schad

Venture Partner, Education; Chief Information & Innovation Officer, RIDGE-LANE LP; District Administration
Lenny Schad, one of the most prominent voices in K12 technology leadership, has joined District Administration as chief information and innovation officer. Schad was most recently CIO of Houston ISD, and previously served as CIO of Katy ISD in Texas.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 8:30am - 3:00pm MDT
Wednesday, May 20

10:30am MDT

Leveraging Standards to Support Curriculum Equity in Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools recently announced a first-of-its-kind Curriculum Equity Initiative to ensure that students in every part of Chicago can benefit from high-quality curriculum and instructional resources. Working with leading K-12 educational publishers, the district is building a digital content delivery system designed to provide equitable access to learning resources that all educators will be able to utilize to supplement their instruction and ensure the needs of all students. Join district leaders for a panel discussion on how the district is leveraging IMS standards to build a standards-aligned, culturally relevant library of digital curriculum inside their Learning Object Repository, and explore technical specifications behind this enterprise system design.

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Martin McGuire

Director of Educational Technologies, Digital Solutions and UX, Chicago Public Schools
Talk to me about LIVE virtual field trips for your classroom.
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Tim Beekman

SAFARI Montage, SAFARI Montage
Timothy R. Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage, was founder of Dynacom, Inc., and a partner/owner of the former SAFARI Technologies, Inc. Mr. Beekman holds a BSEE from Western Michigan University and a First Class Broadcast License. He was honored as “Fellow of the Decade... Read More →

Kara Thorstenson

Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
Kara is the Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Chicago Public Schools, working in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning. She has been a school librarian, instructional technology coach and district leader serving grades PreK-12.
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Giovanni Benincasa

Manager of Digital Curriculum, Chicago Public Schools
Curriculum Equity Initiative & CPS Digital Ecosystem

Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am MDT

11:15am MDT

Partnering for Innovation: Instruction and IT Collaborating for Equity
The School District of Pickens County (SDPC), SC (16,000 students) has bridged the instructional and technology divide to achieve true collaboration for instructional innovation. SDPC leadership believes in preparing our students for success beyond the classroom. Our priorities and decisions are made to fulfil this vision, supporting equity and innovation. We developed a budget plan collaboratively with our board, agreeing together on priorities. One of these top priorities is a robust technology infrastructure that includes 1:1 student devices, upgraded wireless and electronics, a fiber ring network, and a robust interoperable digital ecosystem. This has enabled us to launch flexible learning environments using technology to expand opportunities for personalized learning.Join us as we share our story on ensuring sustainable funding with board support, building a digital ecosystem, and addressing teacher shortages with expanded virtual learning opportunities.You will evaluate your current practices and receive resources for developing your own plan for innovation.

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Barbara Nesbitt

Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, School District of Pickens County

Lori Gwinn

Director of Secondary Education, School District of Pickens County
Mrs. Lori Gwinn is the Director of Secondary Education in the School District of Pickens County. She is joined by Mrs. Sharon Huff, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, and Dr. Barbara Nesbitt, Executive Director of Technology. This Pickens team has worked in education... Read More →

Sharon Huff

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, School District of Pickens County

Wednesday May 20, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT

1:30pm MDT

How Does My District Become a Center of Excellence?
An IMS Center for Excellence (CoE) can be led by any IMS Contributing Member institution that has a strategic vision for enabling a digital ecosystem and experience in using at least one IMS Standard (LTI, OneRoster, Common Cartridge, Caliper, etc.) to improve teaching and learning experiences. The goal of an IMS CoE is to provide leadership, best practices and support to accelerate adoption of IMS standards and to help institutions of all sizes evolve their digital learning strategy to improve teaching and learning experiences. Learn how your district can become a CoE to showcase how your institution is enabling an innovative teaching and learning ecosystem to help others begin their own journey towards a transformative digital ecosystem.

Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Interoperability Benefits to Administrators, Teachers, Students & Parents
For far too long, we have struggled to bridge the gap between the operational benefits of interoperability and the day-to-day life of students, teachers, and parents. Join us as we share how we are advancing the cause of instructional impact and classroom relevance in a large urban school district, a state agency, and a technology provider. We'll share how to reframe the power of interoperable data and technology solutions around the needs of school administrators, students, teachers, and parents.

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Jeanne Imbriale

Director, Baltimore County Public Schools
As Director of the Office of Enterprise Applications for the 25th largest school district in the country, Jeanne Imbriale’s focus is on optimizing the use of technology to improve learning for its 111,000 students. This includes leading the development of system solutions for all... Read More →
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Joel Hames

Vice President, Product, Schoology
As VP of Product for Schoology, Joel brings over 20 years of experience in both K-12 education and Education Technology product management to the mission of delivering the best K-12 teaching and learning platform. Joel led instructional technology teams in school districts across... Read More →
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Patches Hill

CIO, Delaware Department of Education
Patches came to K12 from the private sector having been a Senior Level IT Consultant with one of the worlds largest consulting companies for the first part of his career.  Patches' past experiences range from IT performance testing to an in depth knowledge of performance analysis... Read More →

Wednesday May 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

K-12 Institutional Board Meeting - Invitation Only
This is a closed meeting for the K-12 Institutional Leadership Board, which is comprised of district and state officials who are IMS Global Contributing Members. Each institutional Contributing Member can delegate one representative to participate on the K-12 Institutional Leadership Board to work closely with IMS Global staff to provide guidance in the development and adoption of IMS Global standards.

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Karen Daughtery

K-12 Program Manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Karen Daughtery serves as the K-12 Institutional Program Manager at IMS Global where she facilitates program activities for multiple Innovation Leadership Networks. She works closely with individual members to accelerate the uptake of IMS open standards and practices to enable next... Read More →
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Tim Clark

Vice President of K12 Programs, IMS Global

Wednesday May 20, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm MDT
Thursday, May 21

9:15am MDT

Teaching with Technology: How Interoperability Enables a Culture of "Yes"
Boston Public Schools is supporting classroom innovation by using interoperable systems so edtech works well together. The central office has created a culture of "yes" to edtech by encouraging teachers to safely discover and try new learning applications while gaining visibility into classroom edtech usage. By setting up interoperable systems, the district maintains its commitment to privacy and security while still empowering teachers to choose their own edtech.

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Dan Carroll

CPO and co-founder, Clever Inc.
Former 8th grade science teacher/tech director from Colorado. Passionate about software interoperability because I believe teachers should not have to have a degree in IT to teach with technology.

Mark Racine

Chief Information Officer, Boston Public Schools

Thursday May 21, 2020 9:15am - 10:00am MDT