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Wednesday, May 17
 

8:30am MDT

Opening General Session: Enabling a Plug & Play Ecosystem to Support Innovation & Student Success
A new buzz about next generation digital learning environments seems to be taking hold in in both K-12 and Higher Education as the transition to digital resources, tools and apps gains momentum and scale. The buzz has some technical elements: architecture, data, interoperability and standards. But it also has some strategy elements: How do curriculum, instruction & IT come together in a cohesive whole to take advantage of the latest trends in education to reimagine teaching and learning? In this opening session, Dr. Rob Abel will share IMS Global's perspectives about what the buzz is all about and how leading institutions and suppliers from around the are at the forefront in leading the revolution that will enable more seamless user experiences and actionable data to improve learning impact. It’s a revolution to create the future of EdTech together.
 

Speakers
avatar for Rob Abel

Rob Abel

Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am MDT
Grand Ballroom

9:00am MDT

General Session: Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together Lightning Talks
The plenary sessions will be presented by recognized industry leaders through a series of vibrant 15-minute lightning talks focused on this year's theme of Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together. Speakers will share their perspectives about what is needed to enable the future of education faster and how their organization is helping to accelerate progress.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Beekman

Tim Beekman

President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage
Timothy R. Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage, was founder of Dynacom, Inc., and a partner/owner of the former SAFARI Technologies, Inc. Mr. Beekman holds a BSEE from Western Michigan University and a First Class Broadcast License. He was honored as “Fellow of the Decade... Read More →
avatar for Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

COO, Macmillan Learning
Mr. Brooks is Chief Operating Officer of Macmillan Learning where his responsibilities include the development, production and manufacturing of textbooks and learning solutions in print and digital formats. Prior to Macmillan he was senior vice president, global supply chain management... Read More →
avatar for Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource
Rick Johnson is the Vice President of Product Strategy, and one of the founders of Vital Source Technologies, Inc.  Vital Source, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world... Read More →
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, Consortium for School Networking
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →
avatar for Serena Sacks

Serena Sacks

CIO, Fulton County Schools
Ms. Sacks has been a transformational business and technology leader for more than 30 years across corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. In the last 10 years she has had the honor of serving students in public education as CIO of Florida Virtual School and Fulton County Schools... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Salcito

Anthony Salcito

Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft
In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for... Read More →
avatar for Lenny Schad

Lenny Schad

Houston ISD
Lenny Schad has been in the technology field for 25 years.  During that time period his career has taken him into many business sectors where he’s established a very successful leadership and management track record.   His range of business sector experience includes hospitality... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Grand Ballroom

4:20pm MDT

General Session: Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together Lightning Talks
The plenary sessions will be presented by recognized industry leaders through a series of vibrant 15-minute lightning talks focused on this year's theme of Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together. Speakers will share their perspectives about what is needed to enable the future of education faster and how their organization is helping to accelerate progress.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Laster

Stephen Laster

Chief Digital Officer, McGraw-Hill Education
Stephen J. Laster was appointed chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education in August 2012. He is responsible for creating compelling student experiences, and developing breakthrough teaching and learning solutions. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, he led Intelligent Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Leah Lommel

Leah Lommel

Vice President of EdPlus and Chief Operation Officer of ASU Online, Arizona State University
Leah is Assistant Vice President of EdPlus at ASU and Chief Operating Officer of ASU online. Her areas of responsibility include strategy, conception, and operationalization of online programs, services and new ventures. This includes ensuring ASU online’s programs are rigorous... Read More →
avatar for Marc Nelson

Marc Nelson

VP Platform Product Management and Marketing, Pearson Learning Services
Marc Nelson is Vice President of Platform Product Management and Marketing for Pearson Learning Services. Pearson’s learning platforms serve millions of teachers and students each day. Pearson is committed to delivering rich digital learning experiences to a wide range of networks... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm MDT
Grand Ballroom
 
Thursday, May 18
 

11:00am MDT

General Session: Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together Lightning Talks
The plenary sessions will be presented by recognized industry leaders through a series of vibrant 15-minute lightning talks focused on this year's theme of Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together. Speakers will share their perspectives about what is needed to enable the future of education faster and how their organization is helping to accelerate progress.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Chrisco

Laura Chrisco

Director of Design and Implementation for Texas OnCourse, University of Texas Austin
Laura Chrisco is the Director of Design and Implementation for Texas OnCourse within the Strategy and Policy unit in the UT Austin Office of the President. In this role, she leads the Texas OnCourse team in delivering best in class products to educators, students and families across... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Loble

Melissa Loble

VP, Platform, Instructure, Inc.
As those who know me will tell you, I am passionate about using technology to do more than just provide alternatives to traditional teaching and learning practices. I sincerely hope that educational technology can lead the revolution for changing, and truly significantly impacting... Read More →
avatar for Jon Mott

Jon Mott

Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects
Passionate about transforming teaching and learning through personalization and adaptivity. No two learners are alike. Through powerful personalized, competency-based learning tools we can empower unique learners to achieve their goals at their pace.
avatar for Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt

Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt

Director of Innovation, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative -- Office of Personnel and Management (OPM)
Dr. Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt is the Director of Innovation at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative under the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.  She has over 15 years of experience in research and development for training and education... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm MDT

General Session: Closing Panel
The closing discussion will bring together an impressive panel of industry analysts, investors and ed tech leaders to share their reactions to the lightning talks and provide insights about what they are seeing in the education technology market to drive innovation and progress towards enabling effective digital learning environments. 

Speakers
avatar for Rob Abel

Rob Abel

Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium
avatar for Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn

Senior Principal, GSV Acceleration
avatar for Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer

General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
Jason Palmer joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2016 as a General Partner. Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor, and focuses on fund strategy, supporting portfolio companies and leveraging deep connections with... Read More →
avatar for Jodie Pozo-Olano

Jodie Pozo-Olano

Principal Strategist, MDR – a Dun & Bradstreet Company
Jodie's a global marketing communication leader with 20 years of experience working collaboratively with colleagues to build and deliver multi-channel integrated strategies that build brand, create community and customer loyalty, and generate leads to support sales. She's curious... Read More →
avatar for James Wiley

James Wiley

Principal Analyst for Technology, Eduventures
James is currently the Principal Analyst for Technology at Eduventures and has 15 years of education technology experience. Before joining the Eduventures team, he was Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services at the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT) and... Read More →
avatar for Troy Williams

Troy Williams

Managing Director, University Ventures
Troy Williams is a Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Troy was a senior executive at Macmillan where he was CEO of Macmillan Enterprise Solutions and President of Macmillan New Ventures, managing an edtech portfolio of seven companies with a focus... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm MDT
Grand Ballroom