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

Friday, April 21, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception at Rustic House Los Altos

Relax, meet new friends, and reconnect with colleagues at the opening Summit reception at Rustic House Los Altos.


Saturday, April 22, 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 - 9:15 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
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

College Presidential Welcome

Dr. Kristina Whalen, Foothill’s College new president, welcomes attendees to Foothill College and speaks on her recent appointment as leader of the college. 

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote: 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!


10:00 AM

Working Groups and Sponsor 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 following listed below.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Working Group: Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse IT Team

We hear a lot about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, but are schools creating a culture that builds career pathways for diverse leaders? Many districts have every intention to answer “yes” to this question, but might not have the tools they need to achieve this goal. In this presentation, Lorrie Owens, Chief Technology Officer, San Mateo County Office of Education, shares tactical guidelines that can support your efforts to diversify your staff. 


Lorrie Owens
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Working Group: Learn About California’s Open Educational Resources:

What are the California Open Educational resources? How do administrators ensure that students and staff are getting the resources they need to be successful? How does that work tie in with the work the district is doing to educate its children?


Edward Gonzalez
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Working Group: What is Maker-Centered Learning?

Maker-Centered Learning provides insight into what that means, and offers tools and knowledge that can be applied anywhere that learning takes place. In maker-centered learning environments, students imagine, design, and create projects that align the content of learning with hands-on application. Aaron Ragsdale, Makery Manager at Stanford University, introduced attendees to this concept and guides an interactive conversation to discuss ways your district can incorporate some of these pedagogical principles.


Aaron Ragsdale
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Working Group: Data Privacy

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 California schools?

Lisa DeLapo
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Lunch & Networking

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Lunch & Learn Demo

HIVEClass shows how they are reimagining physical wellness education during this interactive demonstration. 

12:40 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 Sponsor 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 following listed below.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Working Group: Professional Development

In this session, Greg Pitzer, Director of Technology at Hayward Unified, presents the “Thought Exchange” professional development model that uses design thinking for meaningful, effective PD. 


Greg Pitzer
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Working Group: Scholastic Esports: More Than Just Gaming

In this session, James Wood, a Scholastic Tournament Administrator with the Network of Academic and Scholastic Esports Federations (NASEF), discusses how K-12 esports programs provide students with meaningful career and STEM education alongside their tournament experience.


James Wood
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Working Group: Expanding the Impact of Digital Learning 
Learn about the digital learning initiatives in San Francisco Unified School District. We'll discuss how we are personalizing learning for students, expanding integration in classrooms and building capacity at schools. 


Zareen Poonen Levien
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Working Group: Career & College Readiness

How are districts preparing their students for the world beyond school? What programs are in place to help students? CTE or internships?


Judianne Ganschow
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tour of Krause Maker Space 

Attendees tour the KCI Makerspace, a prototyping lab that provides the community with the resources to design and make using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing and other tools.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Reflection Activity

Attendees reflect to share their opinions and ideas on the topics shared throughout the day through an interactive activity guided by Carl Hooker.

Carl Hooker
4:30 PM - 5:00 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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