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

Thursday, September 21, 2023
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Site Visit Canva’s Austin Headquarters 

Guests at Canva’s Austin Headquarters will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Canva Community table prepared by their in-house chef. After lunch, join the Canva for Education team for a tour of their new office. To close out the afternoon, guests will work alongside the Canva for Education team in an interactive and collaborative workshop diving into all of the “Magic Features” Canva for Education has to offer. From Magic Write to Magic Presentations, your creativity will be sparked and your mind inspired as the Canva team showcases how Canva Magic can save you time and energy. 


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Dinner at Idle Hands 

Relax, meet new friends, and reconnect with colleagues at the opening Summit dinner. 

Friday, September 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 - 9:30 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 - 9:50 AM

Keynote: Learning Evolution: The New Era of AI-Enhanced Education

“Hold onto your b*tts!” This classic line from the iconic 1993 film Jurassic Park applied to the way many filmmakers felt when witnessing how CGI technology completely changed the way movies could use special effects. The same line could be said for the knowledge & information industry with the meteoric rise of generative AI. Education sits squarely in the line of impact. What do we do? Try to avoid it and risk going extinct? Or do we just need to evolve and adapt to survive?


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Activity / Partner Meetings

During this breakout, attendees either participate in a group activity or meet with industry partners. 


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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, Eva Mendoza, Chief Information Officer, San Antonio ISD, shares tactical guidelines that can support your efforts to diversify your staff. 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Meet the Partners

  • During this break, attendees will have dedicated time to meet our partners in the general session room or in individual meetings.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

How to Adapt to Safety Measures in Texas Schools 

Many Texas districts have required schools to enhance physical security to protect students and the impact that has on technology initiatives. What are some solutions to the need for silent panic buttons, security guards and more? Presented by Curtis Shahan, Technology Director, Wichita Falls  

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Personalized Learning in Action:

How do we move beyond conversations around pandemic “learning loss” and focus on the larger picture to ensure all students achieve mastery? In this session, attendees will discuss how to create meaningful personalized learning programs that ensure all students achieve success. Presenters: Dr. Veronica Vijil, Deputy Superintendent, Seguin ISD, TX, and Dr. Gene Kerns, Renaissance, VP & Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance. 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Activity / Partner Meetings

During this breakout, attendees either participate in a group activity or meet with industry partners. 


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Digital Literacy in the Age of AI:

In the era of artificial intelligence and other rapid technological advancements, digital literacy has become an indispensable skill needed to support college and career readiness. In this session, Beatriz Arnillas, Senior Director of Digital Curriculum Innovation at 1EdTech, discusses ways schools can ensure they are teaching students "digital literacy" skills that include knowledge about privacy, security, safety, accessibility – and ethical/appropriate use of technology. 

Carl Hooker
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Keynote| 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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