Monday, January 24, 2022: Tech & Learning Leadership Summit

Join us on January 24 from 8:30am to meet with district leaders and participate in actionable sessions, group discussions and networking to expand your PLN.

Monday, January 24, 2022
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Live event registration

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Adam Phyall, Director of Technology and Media Services for Newton County School System in Covington, GA, brings his enthusiasm and passion for education to the Orlando Summit as our host and MC for the day. Adam has been a strong advocate for digital access and digital equity throughout his career, and he will facilitate fun and interactive conversations throughout the day to ensure attendees walk away with innovative ideas they can put into action. 


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote: How to Develop a Diverse School Staff
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, Diane Doersch, Director of Technology for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative at Digital Promise and co-chair of CoSN’s DEI committee, shares tactical guidelines that can support your efforts to diversify your staff. 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

10:05 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Data Privacy & Security: How do districts manage access to data in safe, efficient ways? Attendees share their policies and best practices. 

    - Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts School District
    - Laurel Chiesa, Director of Technology,     Fayetteville-Manlius CSD


  • Technology Management/Building Sustainable Classrooms: How are districts building a sustainable, equitable  technology infrastructure? How are they ensuring all students are connected? Attendees discuss their plans for device management/refreshes, and building robust, scalable networks.

    Adam Phyall, Director of Technology, Newton County School System
    - Christopher Lockhart, Director of Technology, Princeton City Schools
  • “Learning Loss” -- or “Learning Realignment?”: How are districts assessing and addressing learning loss -- and gains? And are these assessments delivering an accurate, unbiased  picture of what students are learning? Attendees will share their experiences and perspectives.  

    - Todd Dugan, Superintendent, Bunker Hill CUSD #8
  • Career & College Readiness: How are schools preparing their students for jobs that might not yet exist? This session explores the importance of developing the soft skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce. 

    - Jay Barrett, Principal, AmTech Career Academy
    -  Martin Miller, Superintendent, Antwerp Local Schools
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch & Networking (sponsored by eGlass l HoverCam)

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, Adam Phyall 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 Sponsor Meetings
Attendees either participate in facilitated small group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Topics will include:

1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Rethinking Learning Spaces: In this session, attendees will discuss how they have created effective learning spaces and what technology they use to support these new spaces. 

    - Joseph DiPuma, Coordinator of Innovation, Flagler Schools
  • Ending Silos: Shared responsibilities across department lines (curriculum, accountability, HR, Business office, etc) Having a seat at the table when decisions are being made. How solutions are made or created. 

    - Eileen Belastock, CTO, Nauset Public Schools
    - Pam Holifield, Director of Technology, American Heritage
  • Professional Development: How are districts supporting the ever-evolving professional needs of their staff? Attendees discuss new ways to engage their teachers through professional development. 

    - Kara Thorstenson, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
    - Alana Winnick, Educational Technology Director, Pocantico Hills Central School
  • Changing Pedagogy: How has the pandemic changed the ways schools teach and students learn? Attendees explore new approaches to innovative pedagogy. 

    - Greg Bagby, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Hamilton County Schools
    - Kate Grunow, Instructional Technology Consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District
    - Jennifer Parker, Instructional Technology/School Data & Improvement Consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

APPMazing Race Activity
Attendees group into teams to participate in Adam Phyall’s “APPMazing Race.” Teams are assigned a set of activities that gets everyone up and moving as they collaborate to solve a series of challenges that teach team building, creativity, and problem solving. All winning team members receive a prize.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

The winners of the Tech & Learning Innovative Leader awards are announced.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cocktail reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Closing Dinner (sponsored by Gaggle)

The event will culminate with a closing dinner at the Citrus Club, where attendees can continue the conversations and grow their PLNs. 

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