Featured Speaker | Leslie Fisher

Sessions : All About The Rocketbook  November 14, 2018 10-10:15 AM
                 Apps, Tips, Websites and Gadgets for the Busy Administrator November 14, 2018 11-11:45

Speaker Bio:

Leslie Fisher's interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and practical technology solutions to educators all over the world. 

Featured Speaker l  Dr. Tom Ryan

Sessions: The Shift to Digital in Public Education November 16, 2018 8-8:45 AM
                   Leading Effective Change with Digital Initiatives November 16, 2018 9-9:45 AM

Speaker Bio:

Tom Ryan is an education professional with 38+ years of experience and expertise in educational leadership.  He works with schools leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.  He currently serves at the Chief Information and Strategy Officer for the Santa Fe Public Schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  He has spent 14 years as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for large school systems in New Mexico.  He has lead teams of 100+ employees, administering multi-million dollar budgets and projects. He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including Chairmen of the Board for the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS).  Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts.  Dr. Ryan presents at several state and national conferences throughout the year.


Featured Speaker l Mike Lawrence

Session: Who Wants to be An Eduinnovator  November 14, 2018 3-3:45 PM

Speaker Bio:

Over the last twenty-five years, Mike Lawrence has been an award-winning teacher, administrator and non-profit educational leader. He served as CEO of CUE (, helping the nonprofit grow fivefold in 12 years, served two terms on the ISTE board, and also served as Director of the California Student Media Festival ( for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Innovator) and Leading Edge Certification programs, has consulted and keynoted for educational institutions as Chief Maverick of Maverick Learning, most notably supporting the development of UNESCO Best Practices in Mobile Learning Project, ISTE Certification and Rocket Ready Professional Learning. He serves as an advisory board member for SXSWedu and the California Emerging Technology Fund and others. He is proud to support educators worldwide in his current role as Senior Director of Educator Engagement at PowerSchool.


Featured Speaker | Ross Lemke

Session: So you think you know FERPA? A.K.A FERPA 201 November 15, 2018 9-9:45 AM

Speaker Bio:

Ross Lemke serves as the Manager for the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) with over 10 years of experience providing TA around education data.   He helps state and local education agencies, schools, districts and postsecondary institutions develop an understanding of FERPA, privacy, and data security.  He provides timely support through the PTAC helpdesk, on-site technical assistance visits and development of technical guidance documents and live webinars.  Prior to his work with PTAC, Ross has provided TA around numerous U.S. Department of Education data collections including EDFacts, Civil Rights Data Collection and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Featured Speakers | Tina Reynolds and Mia Lopez


Session: Using Social Media to Shape The Future of Education November 14, 2018 4-4:45

Tina Reynolds, President, Uptown Studios

Tina Reynolds, President and Chief Juggler,
has been running her own design firm since 1976    
 and is the community face of Uptown Studios.
Specializing in creative, out-of-the-box solutions,
Tina has always led by example with her fiery
enthusiasm and an eagerness to take challenges
head-on. Tina loves the people she gets to work
with and is always there to remind you to make it:

Mia Lopez, Marketing Director, Uptown Studios

Mia believes in using the power of marketing to
create positive change in our community. Since
2015, Mia has been creating strategic marketing
and social media campaigns for clients at Uptown
Studios. She loves brainstorming new ideas and is
always eager to help with your social media or
marketing questions.