Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, April, 2018

Collaborating to create meaningful action is what a DALI Summit is all about. At the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando this April, that’s what a group of Superintendents from across the U.S. discovered together.

Participants made the most of the chance to interact with top solution providers and collaborate with fellow leaders, mapping out strategies to address persistent challenges and recognize hidden opportunities in their home districts. That’s the DALI Difference.

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Speaker(s): Elliott Levine
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 08:50
Speaker(s): Mark Rothschild
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 09:20
Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Jayme Smithers, Eve Kaltz, Dr. Scott Martzloff
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:10
Speaker(s): Berj Akian, Jan Mills
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:40
Speaker(s): Thom Jones
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 13:25
Speaker(s): Todd Brekhus, Dolores Reyna, Lolly Pena, Julie Cole, MaryLou Whaley
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 13:55



Berj Akian founded ClassLink in 1998. What started as an effort to help one local school with their technology plan to improve student learning became ClassLink. Today, ClassLink serves students and teachers around the world. Berj has been a panelist, presenter, and moderator at hundreds of conferences and has hosted hundreds of webinars with industry experts on various aspects of education technology.

Dr. Bobby Jeanpierre is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Educational and Human Sciences. Dr. Jeanpierre earned a B.S. in secondary biology, a Master’s of Arts in Education with a specialization in gifted education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Her research passion is to inquire into ways we can improve STEM teaching and learning by connecting research-to-practice.

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.

Jayme is responsible for the Sales, Marketing, Customer Success and overall Go to Market (GTM). Jayme is passionate about Thoughtexchange given the platform’s power to engage communities and corporations with the right insight to make a difference! Prior to Thoughtexchange, Jayme has been successfully building and scaling high performance teams by leveraging systems, processes and ensuring the customer is at the heart of any decision. Outside of Thoughtexchange, Jayme enjoys the outdoors with his family.

Julie is a second generation educational consultant. She lives in Hillsborough County with her husband and two daughters. Specializing in technology and linking students, parents, teachers and schools collaboratively with their community to impact the literacy of our children. Julie is passionate about helping communities develop strategies for literacy that will show outcomes by the individual child.  

Lolly Pena is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Library Media at Mission CISD in south Texas. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Pan American University (now The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley); she secured her Master’s in Library Information Science from Texas Woman’s University; and, received her educational technology credentials from the University of North Texas.

Mark Rothschild, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Right At School, an innovative educational services company focused on educational enrichment programs before, during and after school. Right At School serves more than 25,000 students every day, right in their own schools.

Mark’s career has spanned numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mark has lead several JCCs, was President of Knowledge Advisors, Sr. Vice President at FastWeb, and a Communication Specialist at both McKinsey & Company and Arthur Andersen. Mark is an ordained rabbi from Hebrew Union College, earned a Ph.D. in education leadership from Indiana University, an MA from Northwestern, and a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mark likes school!

MaryLou Whaley is the director of community engagement, outreach & philanthropy, for the Hillsborough County Public Schools. As the director of community engagement and philanthropy, MaryLou works to ensure that the district is maximizing its resources throughout the community to ensure its students have unlimited opportunities for learning. She is an ESOL certified trainer and holds certifications in ESOL (K-12), ESE (K-12), Family and Consumer Science (6-12) and Education Leadership (K-12) with the state of Florida. She has worked as an associate/adjunct professor for University of Phoenix, College of Humanities and College of Education and Hillsborough Community College, and Educator Prep Institute (EPI). MaryLou received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana; Masters of Education (ME) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees from Saint Leo University in Dade City, Florida; and Nonprofit Management Certificate from Sykes College of Business from University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. She also has worked with AdvancED SACS/CASI as an accreditation review team.

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.

Thom Jones is a former administrator and teacher with more than 19 years of experience in public education. While principal of Dublin Willard Grizell, the school was the only Ohio middle school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009. At NaviGate Prepared since 2013, Thom leads his team as they strive to help move school districts to the forefront of emergency preparedness.

Todd Brekhus is an educational leader devoted to introducing innovative technologies to educators and administrators. As President of Digital Solutions of Capstone Publishers, Brekhus leads the digital product vision and strategy as the organization continues to expand its digital solutions in the education market. His prior experiences launching products and services into the education market as well as his thorough understanding on technology provides the foundation to Capstone Digital future growth.

Prior to coming to Capstone Digital, Mr. Brekhus was the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at PLATO Learning, where he was responsible for the entire product library, integration of acquired product lines, and bringing new product ideas to market. In this role he built the vision for the PLATO Learning Environment– a scalable platform for states, districts, and schools to leverage technology for overall student achievement used by more than one million students since inception. During his time at PLATO, Todd authored a book chapter and article on Software as a Service (SaaS) in Education. Prior to his roles at PLATO Learning, he held senior level positions at various companies including President and COO of Learning Elements and MCI WorldCom, where he helped build and implement the MarcoPolo Program (now called Verizon Thinkfinity).

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