Join us to meet with district leaders and participate in actionable sessions, group discussions and networking to expand your PLN.

Thursday, February 23, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Relax, meet new friends, and reconnect with colleagues at the Tech & Learning Regional Summit - Opening Dinner. Hosted at Burton's Grill.

Friday, February 24, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast
Attendees arrive to register, network, and enjoy breakfast, as well as get their “Passport to Prizes” pass. Throughout the day, attendees will complete their Passport by visiting with our partners either in scheduled meetings or during lunch if they do not have scheduled meetings. 

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Edtech luminary and international keynote speaker Carl Hooker brings his enthusiasm and passion for education to the 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
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

A Conversation with ISTE CEO Richard Culatta
Carl Hooker talks with ISTE Chief Executive Officer Richard Culatta to discuss his vast experience in education policy and teacher preparation, his thoughts on the future of education, and how the recent merger of ISTE and ASCD will bring together professional development resources and events that support the effective integration of pedagogy and technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as part of this conversation. 

Read more about the merger here


Carl Hooker Richard Culatta
10:00 AM

Working Groups and Partner Meetings 
Attendees either participate in a facilitated small group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Topics will include the follow below. Starting at 10 AM until 12 PM.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Cybersecurity Tips & Resources: 

The team from the National Cryptologic Foundation leads an interactive session that explores the work they are doing to promote cybersecurity education to schools nationwide. Attendees will learn more about their free resources, the work they are doing with Teach Cyber, how they are advocating for the “Convene to Act” legislation to make cybersecurity a required course in schools, and more. Presenters: Alisha Jordan, Jen Langdon, and Jessica Peker.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Supporting Student & Teacher Wellbeing:

How do you ensure all of your students are recognized for the strengths they bring with them to school each day?

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Equity & Access:

We know that “equity” is not just about installing the newest, shiniest gadgets, but maximizing and creatively using the broad range of available technologies to support the entire learning community. Attendees ways they are working to ensure every student receives equitable access to technology and resources.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rethinking Traditional Class Schedules & Learning Spaces:

How are districts adapting to offer more flexible learning time and space? Attendees discuss ways they have changed – or are working to change – their traditional class schedules. 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Meet Our Partners
Attendees meet with our event partners to learn more about their offerings and solutions – and complete their Passport to Prizes!

1:00 PM

Working Groups and Partner Meetings 
Attendees either participate in a facilitated small group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Topics will include the follow below.  Starting at 1 PM until 3 PM.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Addressing Staff Pipeline and Shortages:

Attendees discuss creative solutions to addressing pipeline and shortages while offering more opportunities for students. 

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Preparing Students for the Future:

How can schools support the needed “soft skills” for students facing undefined future careers? How can we better measure and assess skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, leadership, and creativity?

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Professional Development for Administrators:

Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Network (CoSN), presents an interactive session on professional development opportunities and insights for district administrators, including highlights of the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills which forms the national Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL), special needs of Early Career leaders, and data from CoSN’s national survey on the backgrounds of district tech leaders.


Keith Krueger
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Ready, Ready, Set, FAIL! Using Failure and Risk-taking to Unlock Creativity and Innovation:

Our schools have traditionally existed to teach students conformity and compliance. Carl Hooker’s keynote explores how we can create a space where students create innovative ideas to solve the problems of tomorrow? Risk-taking and embracing failure can be great ways to stimulate creativity in the classroom. During this very interactive session based on the best selling book Ready, Set, FAIL!, we’ll discuss the science behind failure and the roadblocks to creativity. After all, It’s not how you fall down, it’s how you get back up! 


Carl Hooker
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony & Passport to Prizes Drawing
The winners of the Tech & Learning Innovative Leader awards will be announced. Afterward, we will draw Passport to Prizes winners. 


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