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Superintendent El Paso Independent School District
Juan E. Cabrera became superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District on Sept. 3, 2013. Immediately prior to joining EPISD, Cabrera served as a school law attorney and advisor to school districts. Cabrera is a former elementary bilingual teacher, but spent 20 years away from the classroom working as a technology attorney and software executive. Cabrera graduated from Texas A & I University in 1988 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1996.
At the state level, Cabrera currently serves on Commissioner of Education’s Superintendents Cabinet and as founder and immediate past president of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and the Texas Urban Council of Superintendents. He also serves on the state boards of the Minority Males Consortium, the Equity Center and the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. Nationally, Cabrera serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools.
July Session 10:30AM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton
Chief Information and Innovation Officer District Administration
Lenny Schad is the chief information and innovation officer for District Administration. Schad has been working in the technology field for 28 years where his career has taken him into many business sectors, and he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. His range of business-sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil and gas, investment banking, and education.
Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, and creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations. Schad has worked in K12 education since 2003, and has successfully led implementations of BYOD and 1-to-1 in Katy ISD and Houston ISD, respectively. He is a board member for CoSN and IMS Global, and is a recognized leader whose innovative and process-oriented management styles have led to highly effective information technology departments.
Serena SacksCIO, Fulton County Schools
Serena Sacks has been a transformational IT leader for over 30 years at IBM, Walt Disney World, Wyndham, Florida Virtual School and now Fulton County Schools. Ms. Sacks is passionate about leveraging technology to transform education through personalized learning.
She is currently implementing personalized learning at FCS with 85K mobile devices. She has certifications in Project Management, Six Sigma and Enterprise Governance. Ms. Sacks earned her B.A. and M.S. in an accelerated program at SUNY Stony Brook, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and was recently named the Woman of the Year by the Technology Association of GA and is a finalist for CIO of the Year 2016.
July Session 04:30PM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton
William RustFormer Research Director, Gartner, Inc.
William D. (Bill) Rust is a former research director in Gartner Inc., the world’s leading IT research and advisory company, where for more than 15 years he led Gartner’s K-12 education research agenda. Prior to joining Gartner, Bill was director of technology for the Baltimore County Public. In addition to his work with Baltimore County, Bill spent 10 years as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate courses in the Technology for Education program.
July Session 06:30PM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton
Professor, College of Information, University of North Texas
Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies, College of Information, at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. From 1995-2001, Norris was President of the National Educational Computing Association, and led its merger with ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, creating the largest, international organization for technology-minded educators in the world. Norris was Co-President of ISTE from 2001-2004. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – receiving a Golden Apple Award from Dallas ISD along the way – has shaped her university R&D agenda: developing resources to support K-12 teachers as they move into 21st century classrooms.
July Session 012:30PM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton
Professor, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Michigan. In 2004 and in 2011, students in the College of Engineering HKN Honor Society selected Dr. Soloway to receive the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”
Anticipating the “mobile” explosion in K-12, Norris and Soloway founded GoKnow, Inc. in 2000, to provide educational software on mobile devices (Palm, PocketPC, etc.). Schools all over the world purchased over 30,000 licenses to GoKnow’s “Mobile Learning Environment.” In 2012, with initial funding from NSF and George Lucas Education Research, Norris and Soloway founded the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center and built and are distributing the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, a free, device-independent, browser-based environment that supports teachers and students using digital curricula. And, recognizing that K-12 teachers need OER curricula – lessons, units – and not just OER objects or digitized material, in order to support their newly minted, 1-to-1, blended learning classrooms. Norris and Soloway, with support from Michigan’s Dept. of Education, founded, in April 2019, the Center for Digital Curricula (CDC). CDC’s mission is to provide model, OER, digital curricula to K-12 teachers to support K-12’s “digital transformation.”
July Session 09:00AM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in ed tech in 2015.
In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade.
He serves on many Advisory Boards, including eSchool News, the Education Committee of the National Park System, the Friday Institute at NC State University, and the Wireless Reach Advisory Board. He is a past Board Member/Treasurer of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).
July Session 10:00AM Adams Room, Palmer House Hilton