DA Leadership Institute STEM Conference

STEM Leadership Conference, April 2018

During the current decade, science and engineering employment opportunities in the US are projected to grow 30% faster than other occupations. This creates an immense opportunity, and an immense educational challenge. Our nation’s schools are increasingly under pressure to deliver the best STEM programs, and that requires the best STEM solutions.

The DALI STEM leadership conference was created exclusively for Assistant Superintendents of Curriculum, CAOs, CIOs, and Curriculum or STEM Directors as an opportunity to share experiences and strategies related to achieving excellence in STEM education.

The DALI STEM Leadership Conference will feature:

  • Interactive presentations from solution providers
  • Significant time for collaboration with fellow educators
  • Opportunities for networking and relationship building

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Speaker(s): Kyndra Johnson
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 08:55
Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Peter Sanchioni, William Webb, Michael Carbenia
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Elliott Levine
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:05
Speaker(s): Jonathan Gerlach
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:35
Speaker(s): Jesse Lozano
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:00
Speaker(s): Dr. Joseph Baeta
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:30
Speaker(s): Tim Hudson
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:55


Speaker(s): Michelle Scribner-MacLean
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 08:50
Speaker(s): Christopher Chew
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 09:15
Speaker(s): Annette Sawyer
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 09:40


Annette Sawyer is the Vice President of Education Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Annette leads the team that provides programs for our guests including Engineering and Computer Science Curricula and Museum programming. Annette has spoken at national conferences on topics such as school district partnerships and bringing business practices to revenue generating programs in Museums.

Dr. Christopher Chew enjoys nurturing creativity, fostering communication, developing critical thinking, and supporting collaboration. He proudly serves as principal for the Stony Brook School community, a high performing, innovative public middle school in Westford, MA. His education includes a BFA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MAT in English from Fitchburg State University and an Ed. D in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University.

Elliott Levine is Director of Education for the Americas Region of HP, Inc. and the company’s first Distinguished Technologist focused solely on edtech. He drives strategy and go-to market tactics for HP’s $1B+ education sales in the U.S. and Canada. He is a sought-after global speaker to discuss the future of, and innovation to, the learning paradigm. He has, and is developing products focused on personalized learning and virtual instruction, some of which are patent-pending. 

A former K-12 district administrator and professor, Elliott is a past columnist for Electronic School and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many educational publications over his career. Prior to joining HP in 2008, Elliott held leadership positions in a number of successful startups and turn-around education companies in senior management, product development, marketing and strategic planning roles. He currently serves on startup boards as well as an advisory board member for WNET, the largest public television station in the U.S., and an advisor for 3D Africa, a nonprofit supporting educational opportunities for young women in Africa.

Jesse Lozano is co-founder and CEO of pi-top, one of the fastest growing education technologies in the industry. Jesse’s vision is to change the way students learn by enabling every school worldwide to have affordable, effective access to STEAM. The pi-top platform is an industry-recognized, best-in-class STEAM solution for education. Jesse has established a worldwide team of experts at pi-top allowing the company to grow rapidly, while developing partnerships with many of the largest educational distributors in the world.

An Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus and NASA STEM Endeavor Fellow, Jonathan W. Gerlach develops and supports STEM initiatives on a global scale at Discovery Education. Jonathan’s has a deep background in STEM, including a certification from Columbia University Teacher’s College in STEM Education with a distinction in STEM Education Leadership, which he utilizes while providing his expertise in STEM Education, curriculum development, professional development, coaching, and school culture transformation to school districts globally.

Joe Baeta is in his 26th year in education and has been the Superintendent in Norton, MA since 2013. Prior to that he was Superintendent in Holbrook, MA for 4 fours. He came from the ranks as a teacher, coach, advisor, coordinator, and principal. His philosophy of education is grounded in a strong belief that all children can learn. He has presented at various conferences including AASA, MASC/MASS, and SREB.

Kyndra Johnson, chemist and STEM educator, is the Executive Director of Academics and Innovation for Lancaster Independent School District (Texas), where her primary responsibility is building and sustaining a STEM culture of teaching and learning district-wide. Her leadership in cultivating 21st century learning environments that foster purposeful engagement, inquiry, and problem solving, have proven effective in implementing STEM education and closing the achievement gaps for females and African Americans in STEM. Kyndra is married with two children.

Dr. Scribner-MacLean is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UMass Lowell College of Education. Her areas of interest include educational technology, STEM learning and assessment, and curriculum design.

Nigel Nisbet is the Director of Content Creation at the MIND Research Institute, designing new instructional software that uses a highly visual game-based approach to teach mathematics to students, regardless of their language proficiency. A former High School Mathematics teacher and Mathematics Coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, he is an expert in classroom technology and experiential learning. In addition to a degree in Pure mathematics from the University of London, he has a MA in Educational Administration.

Dr. Sanchioni has been the superintendent in Natick, Massachusetts for the past ten years. During his time in Natick he initiated a 1:1 program for grades 8-12 and an iPad rotational /instructional program for K-4. The use of technology combined with a strong commitment to teacher development and PLCs has
propelled the public schools to higher levels of student achievement. In addition, Dr. Sanchioni is co-
chair of the Digital Learning Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of

William Webb is the Director of the Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center in Rhode Island. Bill is responsible for establishing, improving and maintaining administrative and educational procedures necessary for the successful operation of the Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center. He leads the development of career and technical education programs, as well as advises and assists in obtaining state, federal, and grant funds for these programs.

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