Karen Bruett is the Director of Strategic Alliances for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She joined CCSSO in 2008 following a 20-year career in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on sales, marketing communications, and business strategy.
Bruett is a 17 year veteran of Dell, Inc, where she held a variety of executive positions including Vice President of K12 Sales, Vice President of K12 Solutions and Alliances, and Director of Education Marketing. In these roles she was responsible for business planning, sales strategy, channel strategy, the development of technology solutions, education and community outreach programs, industry alliances and partnerships, marketing programs, public relations and customer communications
Bruett has served on the board, or in an advisory capacity for numerous non-profit, education related organizations including: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Project Tomorrow/Net Day, CoSN, the State Education Technology Director’s Association, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Her passion is working with business and industry to build mutually beneficial relationships that improve learning opportunities for all students.
Tom Burnett is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Apple Computer, Inc. in Austin, Texas. He was also Vice President for Product and Business Development at ArticuLearn Inc.
Tom received his Ph.D. in General School Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science and Educational Research and Statistics from The University Missouri-Columbia; he also received his M.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He has taught in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Lee’s Summit High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He has also served as Executive Director of Technology Services for the Austin Independent School District and Director of Technology for the Independence Missouri School District.
Tom Carroll, Ph.D., serves as President of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF). He leads NCTAF in its mission to empower educators who are transforming their schools from teaching organizations into learning organizations. Tom founded the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (“PT3”) program, and created the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants Program at U.S. Ed. He was the first Director of Technology Planning and Evaluation for the E-Rate program. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Education’s liaison to the Corporation for National Service during the launch of AmeriCorps. He was Deputy Director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, prior to which he was Director of National Research Centers and Regional Laboratories at the National Institute of Education (NIE). He taught and did research in the School of Education at Clark University, and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho from 1967 -1969. NCTAF publications are at: .
Prior to his appointment as President of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Cibulka served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky from 2002 to 2008, with appointments as professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and the Department of Education Policy Studies and Evaluation. While in Kentucky, Cibulka was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and he served as chair of that body.
Cibulka has a long and distinguished record in higher education. Prior to his service in Kentucky, he was associate dean and professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Education and served as chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration. From 1972 through 1995, Cibulka was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he established the Department of Community Education. From 1988 to 1995, he directed the Ph.D. program in urban education at Wisconsin. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as editor of the Educational Administration Quarterly.
Cibulka started his career as an administrator for the Chicago Board of Education and as a teacher and administrator in the Model City Community Schools Program in Duluth, MN. His areas of academic interest and expertise include the politics of education, education policy, policy analysis, and urban education. His research has focused on urban school governance, school policy and politics, and education accountability. He has authored or coauthored numerous books and scores of articles on education policy, administration, and community development.
Cibulka holds a B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, with a major in Government. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Education, where he concentrated in the fields of educational administration and political science. Cibulka has held leadership and service positions in numerous professional associations and has been active on a number of community boards. His career also includes service as a senior research fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and active membership in several associations that address teacher preparation and teacher quality.
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes four grants from NSF and the US Department of Education to explore immersive and semi-immersive simulations as a means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher.
Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and International Steering Committee member for the Second International Technology in Education Study. He serves on Advisory Boards and Commissions for PBS TeacherLine, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and several federal research grants. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006.
Dr. Don Knezek is recognized internationally for his leadership in transforming education with technology. In his twenty-eight years as a professional educator, Don’s experience includes K-12 classroom, district office, university, regional service center, state department, and national and international organization leadership.
Don is CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and Co-Chair of ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project. He recently served as Director of The National Center for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (NCPT3), and during the ’90s he directed the Educational Technology Division of the Texas Education Service Center, Region 20. Don has directed large, multi-state projects in programs of the U.S. Department of Education.
Don is committed to universal education and is a tireless advocate for professional development in context. He is providing consulting services to ministries of education around the world sharing his valued expertise.
Dr. Knezek is Regents Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas and Director of the Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching & Learning (IITTL) at UNT. He is President of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE).
He is currently Lead Principal Investigator for the US National Science Foundation ITEST Project MSOSW (#0833706), and Co-Principal Investigator for a US Fund for Improvement for Post-Secondary Education project titled simMentoring (#P116B060398). Dr. Knezek was doctoral program coordinator for Educational Computing from 2002-2004. He held the Matthews Chair for Research in Education at the University of North Texas from 1995-1997. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Japan 's National Center for University Entrance Examinations during 1993-94 and shared time between Texas and Ecuador on a Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment during 2006-07.
Dr. Knezek received his B.A. in Mathematics and the Social Sciences from Dartmouth College , and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii.
Keith Krueger, CAE, is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 technology leaders, especially school district CTOs, who use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning. He has extensive background in nonprofit/association management and is particularly interested in using information technologies for education, health and libraries. He received a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
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Mr. Krueger has a global reputation as a key thought leader. He has represented the National Science Foundation on a joint EU/US committee planning a joint research agenda for eLearning, and served as a delegate to various United Nations and G8 international ICT in education meetings. He has organized senior level U.S. delegations to visit Australia, Asia and Europe to examine best practices in educational technology. Magazine, GetNetWise and Generation Y. He is a past Board Member for the Organizations Concerned about Rural Education (OCRE) and served for many years as Board Member and Treasurer of the National Committee on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET). He has been honored as an IMPACT 30 key national leader in educational technology.
Doug Levin is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, Doug works with state educational technology directors in all 50 states and DC and works with policy makers in other educational organizations, the U.S. Department of Education, and on Capitol Hill. SETDA provides national leadership on educational technology, ensures members have meaningful professional development opportunities, and engages in partnerships with the public and private sector to collaborate on how educational technology supports teaching and learning.
Doug has nearly 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience gained through a variety of prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors. He formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and prior to that as Senior Director of Education Policy at Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's national education foundation. Levin also served as a principal research analyst with the American Institutes for Research. While there, he directed education research studies, evaluations, and policy initiatives on a wide variety of topics, including on educational technology, teacher quality, student assessment, services for students with disabilities, and federal/foundation program planning and administration.
Doug holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William and Mary.
Mr. Magner is the Vice President of Keystone for KC Distance Learning. The Keystone School is one of the nation’s largest private online schools, serving over 12000 students in the US and abroad with a fully accredited high school and middle school curriculum. Prior to joining KC Distance Learning, Mr. Magner served most recently as the Director for the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Department’s educational technology policies to maximize technology's contribution to improving education.
Mr. Magner’s work experience includes serving as the Deputy Executive Director for the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Deputy Director for the Office of Educational Technology, the Executive Director of K12 Education for the Microsoft Corporation and the Director of the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF). He also served as the Director of Technology for the Framingham Public Schools in Framingham Massachusetts, and taught graduate courses in educational technology at Framingham State College and George Mason University. Mr. Magner began his career as a high school social studies and theater teacher at the middle and high school levels in the US and Europe. He holds a bachelor of arts from the College of William & Mary and a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University.
As Director of Global Educator Strategy and Programs for Microsoft Corporation, Kristen Hamilton McLaughlin is responsible for Microsoft’s new initiatives for faculty and primary/secondary teachers globally, including the company’s Pre-Service Teacher program. Prior to joining Microsoft’s Education team, she was the Chief Operating Officer at World Learning, an international education provider with programs in 55 countries. At World Learning, Kristen led operations, finance, technology, and human resources for the 75-year-old academic institution. During her tenure, she oversaw the transformational upgrade of the organization’s operational infrastructure.
Prior to her time in the education industry, she spent 13 years in strategic business development at technology startups including another position at Microsoft Corporation, where she handled planning, business development, and forecasting for a variety of digital media and wireless products. She was the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Onvia, Inc., a pioneer online retailer and procurement system for businesses and government agencies, where she defined the business plan and strategy, ran business development and was responsible for operational leadership. Ms. Hamilton McLaughlin has also been a management and marketing consultant to leading companies in the technology sector, including IBM, Digital Equipment Corp., Compaq, Cisco, and Oracle. She has worked and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and has served on boards for non-profits in the area of experiential education. Hamilton McLaughlin received her HBA in Business from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Robert McLaughlin, Ph.D. administers the New Hampshire Department of Education’s assessment and approval of professional educator preparation programs. He co-chairs the Association of Teacher Educators’ committee on technology and the future of teacher education. Bob serves as Senior Fellow for the Council for Opportunity in Education’s Louis Stokes Institute for Opportunity in STEM Education. He founded and initially chaired for several years the International Society for Technology in Education’s special interest groups on digital equity and innovative learning technologies. For six years he led a nine-state ED-funded Eisenhower regional consortium for mathematics and science education reform, during which time he created and co-chaired a national task force on equity in math and science education.
He has served as an educator and administrator in K-8, adult basic and workplace education, undergraduate and graduate educator preparation, and a doctoral program in educational leadership. He was a VISTA volunteer serving at a tribal community college on a North Dakota reservation, where he taught and led grant development during 1979-82. His dissertation, for which he earned several awards at Ohio State University, examined educational programs that foster local economic development and self-determination.
Susan Patrick is the President and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the professional association for advocacy and research in K-12 online learning, publishing national quality standards and best practices. Susan previously served as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and published the National Education Technology Plan in 2005.
In 2008, eSchool News named Susan Patrick one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.
Dr. Paul E. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Milliken Centennial Professorship in Instructional Technology and serves as Director of the Learning Technology Center in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. His current work focuses on the research and development of web-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning strategies and tools, and online teacher professional development.
He served as President of the International Council of Computers in Education and is the Founding President of the International Society for Technology in Education. He currently serves as President of the International Jury for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. He also serves as Chair of the Association for Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. He has received a number of awards including The Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) Lifetime Achievement Award, the U.S. Distance Learning Association Award for Outstanding Achievements in Higher Education, Electronic Learning Magazine’s Educator of the Year Award, and The National Institute of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Furthering Educational Research.
David A. Ritchey, Ph.D., CAE, has been Executive Director of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) since 2003. He has more than 20 years experience with trade and professional associations, most recently with the Association of School Business Officials International before coming to ATE. While with ASBO he was Director of Communications and Marketing, Director of Government and Public Affairs, and Interim Executive Director. As ASBO’s Interim Executive Director he fulfilled all functions of the CEO for this 20-staff, $3.4 million budget association for nearly a year. He had previously been Number Two Staff Executive with the Architectural Woodwork Institute, and had worked with the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries International and the Institute of Industrial Launderers.
Dr. Ritchey has completed graduate work at George Mason University and the University of Virginia, and he holds two Masters degrees (in sociology and public administration) and a Ph.D. in public administration. He has written three books (one on hobby store ownership, one on wood veneer selection, and one on best practices for school business officials), and he has authored numerous articles for different magazines including three for the flagship publication of the American Society of Association Executives, Associations Now. He has given presentations before numerous groups, including a presentation on school construction decisions that was posted on the U.S. Department of Energy’s “EnergySmart Schools” website and replicated in the U.S. and Canada. He has been a Certified Association Executive for more than 10 years.
Jim Vanides is a member of the Hewlett-Packard Global Social Investment team, responsible for worldwide education philanthropy strategy and the creation of the HP Innovations in Education initiative, a $20M investment reaching schools, colleges, and universities in 28 countries. He is also the Senior Program Manager for education technology grants for school systems and higher education institutions in the US. He is the author of the blog, Teaching, Learning, and Technology in Higher Education and is a contributing author on the K12 education blog, Guide to Digital Learning Environments. Jim also teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim can also be followed as @jgvanides in Twitter, and “JamesG Sorbet” in Second Life. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
Maria Vasquez serves as the Director of Government Relations and Development for Promethean Inc. In her role she helps formulate the company’s advocacy, strategic, and education relations in the education field. Maria brings over 20 years of education experience and business experience to Promethean Inc.
Maria’s education experience ranges from classroom teacher and district administrator to serving Texas school districts as Education Service Center Region XIII consultant and Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) Math and Science Initiatives consultant. Maria has also served as a Texas Education Agency consultant for the Curriculum Division.
Maria’s business experience include serving as the National Director for Strategic Initiatives Carnegie Learning, National Manager for Strategic Planning and Business Development at Apple Computer and earlier in her Apple career she served as the National Funding manager for Apple Computer.
Maria is the 2008 recipient of The National Achiever Award given by the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington DC. Maria currently, serves on The University of Texas at Austin Advisory Board for the College of Education, and on the STEM National Advisory Board for the Louis Stokes Institute Washington DC. Maria also serves as a business member of the Association for Teacher Education (ATE) Technology Committee.
Rob Weil is Deputy Director, Educational Issues Department at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Weil taught high school in Douglas County, Colo., for 20 years. He helped develop and implement numerous improvement efforts including the district’s performance pay plan for teachers. Now in its 15th year, the compensation plan has become the model for hundreds of school districts around the country. In 1995, he was elected president of the Douglas County Federation of Teachers which represents approximately 3,000 Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers.
In the summer of 2001, Mr. Weil joined the national office of the AFT as Deputy Director for Educational Issues. His responsibilities include implementing school improvement efforts at the state, district, school and classroom level. In addition, his work focuses on all areas of teacher quality with a special emphasis on professional development and performance-based compensation.