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

Thursday, January 19, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Dinner at Summit House

Friday, January 20, 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
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Keynote: Esports: More Than Just Gaming

Esports are booming, and students in Moreno Valley Unified School District are excited to not just play the games, but to pursue related careers. Esports coordinator Peter Whitmore and Lead Tech Analyst Joshua Combs discuss why their district has embraced esports, how their district competes through their membership in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), and how their students receive a breadth of meaningful career and STEM education alongside their tournament experience. 


Peter Whitmore Joshua Combs
10:30 AM - 12:00 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:

  • Data Privacy & Cyber Security: 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 schools?
    Case study: Christine Jones, Coordinator of Educational Technology, Palmdale School District
  • Rethinking Professional Development: Laguna Beach USD has created a process for teachers to create units that are relevant and authentic. Chad Mabery, Assistant Superintendent, Instruction, and Mike Morrison, CTO, of Laguna Beach USD, discuss how their teachers use LBUSD signature practices and a variety of lenses to help drive engagement. They will also share how they support this work and more through their unique approach to staff development.
  • 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? And how are you supporting the wellbeing of your staff?
    Case study: Jim Klein, Chief Technology Officer, Las Virgenes Unified School District


Christine Jones Chad Mabery Mike Morrison James Klein
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Lunch & Networking

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Demonstration from Hiveclass

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 - 3:00 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:

  • Preparing Teachers for the 22nd Century: Teachers often don’t have the time or opportunity to meaningfully develop skills with the demands of the classroom, especially when it comes to technology integration. With the 22nd Century rapidly approaching, how can we better respect the demands of the profession, but also be sensitive to the skills that learners will need to be successful in the world? How might collaborations with education adjacent institutions contribute? In this presentation, Heidi Carr, Instructional Facilitator at Clark County School District (NV) and Mike Lang, Chief Innovation Program Officer at ed.Xtraordinary, will present some of the initiatives they’ve designed that allow teachers to be the best versions of themselves while concurrently giving learners the chance to learn at their own pace and in their own space.
  • ​​​​​​​How to Improve Support for Computer Science: Only 3% of High Schools in California enroll in Computer Science courses and only 39% of high schools offer Computer Science courses. The state recognizes this urgent need and has codified a CS Supplementary Authorization that provides funding for pre-service and inservice teachers in these efforts. To support this work, UCLA has developed an equity-focused CS Supplementary Authorization pathway within their teacher education program. In this session, Imelda Nava, Director of the UCLA STEM+C3 and STEM Education Faculty At UCLA, reviews details of the program that bridges computational thinking and data in secondary math and science classrooms to computer science principles, including their challenges, successes, and learning
Heidi Carr Mike Lang IMELDA NAVA
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

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!

Carl Hooker
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

APPMazing Race Activity

Attendees group into teams to participate in Carl Hooker’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 gift card!

Carl Hooker
3:45 PM - 4:00 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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