|2018 Featured Speakers|
Featured Speaker | Leslie Fisher
Former State Superintendent Jack O'Connell brings decades of public service and expertise in the K-12 education sector. During his two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and twenty years as both a state Senator and Assembly Member, Jack focused on closing the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing global economy by holding high standards for all students. As a former high school teacher and author of the legislation creating the California High School Exit Exam, he led a comprehensive effort to increase rigor and improve student achievement in California high schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach.
Barrett Snider has spent nearly two decades working in California politics and is a founding partner of Capitol Advisors Group, where he manages the daily government relations operations of the firm. His diverse experience in both legislative advocacy and political campaigns provides clients with valuable industry expertise and strategic political consulting.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with degrees in Political Science & Communications.
Nick Romley has been working in government relations
Session: Key Policy Debates Affecting Technology in Schools November 13, 2018 4-5:45 PM
Featured Speaker l Dr. Tom Ryan
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
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 (CUE.org), 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 (mediafestival.org) 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.
Session: Who Wants to be An Eduinnovator November 14, 2018 3-3:45 PM
Featured Speaker | Ross Lemke
als with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Session: So you think you know FERPA? A.K.A FERPA 201 November 15, 2018
Featured Speaker | David Cumbow
Session: From K-12 to SE: What I've Learned (Best Practices) November 13, 2018 3-3:45 PM
Featured Speakers | Heidi Espindola, Terri Griffin and Peter Skibitzki
Heidi Espindola, M.Ed. / B.S. Math & Physics, is the STEM Coordinator at the Placer County Office of Education. She coordinates the Placer County STEM Girls days, connecting female middle school students with female industry professionals in the region for a day of hands on learning. In works with districts, schools and teachers to facilitate strategic planning, professional learning, coaching and lesson study in all areas of STEM. Heidi is focused on building capacity and improving service to students through meaningful collaboration at all levels and across organizations; she runs several NICs and networks of STEM district coordinators / TOSAs which are using continuous improvement tools to address a selected area of focus. Previously, Heidi taught middle school and high school mathematics and engineering in diverse student populations with high percentages of SED and SWD.
Terri Griffin, B.S. in Applied Management, is a Career Specialist with Placer County Office of Education. She is deeply committed to serving the needs of students and optimizing student success. Terri works to establish meaningful partnerships between industry partners, school districts and the community college system. Her current focus is to work on cross-functional teams to develop work-based learning projects that support high school curriculum.
Peter Skibitzki currently serves as the Director of Information Technology for the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE). He has over 25 years of experience in the computer field directly supporting K-12 education. Peter is responsible for managing technical efforts and customer service for both educational programs and business functionality at PCOE. He is actively involved in the decision-making processes surrounding technology and its use for enhancing the educational environment for PCOE and the 18 districts that it serves. Peter earned a B.A. in History from CSU Sacramento. He was a member of CETPA's first graduating CTO Mentor Class in 2007. Peter has served as an instructor and mentor for the program since 2009. Heis the currently the Treasurer for the CETPA Board of Directors and served as Board President in 2015. ACSA Region 2 recognized Peter as their Technology Administrator of the Year in 2015.Session: STEM Girls Day - Motivating Female Students for Increased STEM Involvement November 15, 2018 8-8:45 AM