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Featured Speaker l Dr. Kelly Calhoun Williams
After 25 years in public education, Dr. Kelly J. Calhoun Williams began work in 2014 as a Research Director for Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. She provides insight and advice to school districts, boards, educational agencies, vendors and service providers around the US and the globe on what’s needed and “what’s next” in Education.
Kelly served most recently as the Asst. Superintendent/CTO of the Santa Clara County Office of Education, an educational service agency serving over 265,000 public education students in the Silicon Valley, as well as providing community college support. Dr. Calhoun has also served as adjunct faculty with the University of Southern California and San Diego State University, as an IT director, a curriculum coordinator, and as a teacher at districts in Sacramento and San Diego counties. She also served on the Board of Directors and as a former President of the California Educational Technology Professionals Assn. (“CETPA”).
She has a doctorate in organizational leadership, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and film, as well as teaching and administrative credentials in California. She has received a long list of awards for her service, and has worked with education organizations around the world to help develop the vision and leadership needed to succeed.
A popular speaker known for her fun and insightful style, Dr. Calhoun Williams brings passion and exciting new ideas to the field of educational technology.
Featured Speaker l Melissa Dodd
Melissa Dodd serves as the Chief Technology Officer for San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Dodd is charged with leading the district's technology vision and digital district plan, Building a Digital District, which articulates the district’s strategy to leverage technology to transform teaching, learning, and operations to realize the goals of Vision 2025 and the SFUSD graduate profile for college and career readiness in the 21st century.
Prior to joining SFUSD, Ms. Dodd worked in the Boston Public Schools for more than eleven years in various capacities, including Chief Information Officer and Chief of Staff. Ms. Dodd sat on the Massachusetts Board of Education Digital Learning Advisory Council and plays an active role with the Council of Great City Schools, most notably in the development of IT Key Performance Indicators now used by the largest 66 school districts in the country.
Prior to joining BPS, she worked at Tufts and Harvard Universities managing academic programs and designing online communities of practice. Melissa has presented nationally on the role of technology in education and published on the use of digital simulations to teach problem-solving in the social sciences. Fluent in Spanish, Melissa has worked and traveled globally, including Spain, Latin America, and South Africa. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Dodd tweets @MelissaPDodd.