Friday March 25, 2022: Tech & Learning Leadership Summit

Join us on March 25 from 8:30am to meet with district leaders and participate in actionable sessions, group discussions and networking to expand your PLN.

Thursday, March 24, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Opening Dinner at King + Duke
Relax, meet new friends, and reconnect with colleagues at the opening Summit dinner at King + Duke, a chef-owned restaurant from Atlanta’s Ford Fry, offers a seasonal dining experience in the heart of Buckhead. Named after characters in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, King + Duke nods to classic literature and American traditions.

Friday, March 25, 2022
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Live Event Registration

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Edtech luminary Carl Hooker brings his enthusiasm and passion for education to the Dallas Summit as our host and MC for the day. Carl has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 23 years in education, and he will facilitate fun and interactive conversations throughout the day to ensure attendees walk away with innovative ideas they can put into action. 


Carl Hooker
Carl Hooker - HookerTech LLC
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Breakout EDU Activity
Attendees will get to meet each other through a unique Breakout EDU team-building experience, where teams work together to solve academically-aligned puzzles. Can you and your team help to break out of The Faculty Lounge?

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Working Groups and Partner Meetings
Attendees either participate in facilitated small group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Topics include:


  • Professional Development: The best PD provides consistent, relevant, and actionable assistance to educators. In this session, attendees will share strategies to provide PD that is current and impactful to staff and leaders
    Presenter - Matthew Joseph
  • Personalizing the Learning Experience: How do you personalize learning at scale? Attendees discuss their experiences and successes.
    Presenter - Sam Brooks
  • Data Privacy/Cybersecurity: This session will cover how districts keep data private and secure. What do districts have in place to support these efforts? What resources are available to Georgia schools?
  • Supporting Student Wellbeing: How do you ensure all of your students are recognized for the strengths they bring with them to school each day? Claudia Martinez shares the work she’s done in her classroom at North Tattnall Middle School to ensure all student voices are heard.
    Presenter - Claudia Martinez


Matthew Joseph Sam Brooks Claudia Martinez
Matthew Joseph - New Bedford Public Schools
Sam Brooks - Putnam County School System
Claudia Martinez - Tattnall County Schools
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Unlocking Failure: Using Risk-taking to Open Up Creativity
Risk-taking and celebrating failure can be great ways to stimulate creativity in the classroom. During this very interactive session, Carl Hooker leads attendees through a series of improv activities designed to help activate the creative side of their brains. Come prepared to move, think, and leave your inhibitions at the door. It’s not how you fall down, it’s how you get back up!

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Working Groups and Partner Meetings
Attendees either participate in facilitated small group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Topics include:


  • Choosing the Best Digital Curriculum: How do you find the best digital content to meet the needs of your students? This session explores the criteria related to reviewing and curating digital content to ensure it meets all student needs.
    Presenter - Michelle Bergozza
  • Equity & Access: How are you ensuring that all students have access to technology -- and how are maximizing student engagement with the technology? This session offers the opportunity to share best practices. 
    Presenter - Heather Finley
  • Sustaining Student Engagement for Deeper Learning: How do you ensure every staff member leverages technology that enhances quality instruction, prepares digitally literate students for college and careers, and streamlines productivity? Attendees discuss the ways they are sustaining best teaching and learning practices to enhance and sustain student engagement.
    Presenter - Cristin Kennedy
  • Changing Pedagogy: How has the pandemic changed the ways schools teach and students learn? Attendees explore new approaches to innovative pedagogy.
    Presenter - Kristen Brooks


Heather Finley Cristin Kennedy Michelle Bergozza Kristen Brooks
Heather Finley - FANNIN CO BD OF ED
Cristin Kennedy - Cobb County School District
Michelle Bergozza - Dougherty County School System
Kristen Brooks - Cherokee County School District
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

APPMazing Race Activity
Attendees will head to Tech & Learning's new offices in Midtown Atlanta for a festive round of Carl Hooker’s “APPMazing Race.” Teams will be assigned a set of activities that get everyone up and moving as they collaborate to solve a series of challenges that teach team building, creativity, and problem solving. Drinks and snacks will be provided.  All winning team members receive a gift card!

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Winners crowned in our Georgia Awards
Followed by a cocktail reception

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