Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, January, 2018

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Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 09:00
Speaker(s): Mike Belcher
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Dave MacLeod
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 11:10
Speaker(s): Berj Akian
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 11:35
Speaker(s): Thom Jones
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 13:10
Speaker(s): Stephanie Butler
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 13:35


Speaker(s): Abram Jimenez
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:30
Speaker(s): Anthony Kim
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:55
Speaker(s): Jeannine Richardson, David Stegall
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:35


Abram Jimenez, Ed.D. works with district leadership teams to develop Improvement Communities. He engages district leaders in comprehensive data-informed inquiry cycles to develop systems for strategic improvement, differentiated academic instruction, SEL & behavioral support, and MTSS. 

Before joining Illuminate Education. Dr. Jimenez was the Chief of Schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Anthony Kim is the CEO and founder of Education Elements, a blended learning technology company he created in 2010. A seasoned entrepreneur, Anthony also founded and led Provost Systems, a provider of software and services for operating online schools, where he worked with K-12, post-secondary and Department of Defense institutions to support innovation in instructional delivery and instructional technology. After selling Provost Systems to EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools) in 2008, Anthony served as Executive Vice President of Online at EdisonLearning until 2010, building out its newly formed online business unit. Anthony graduated from Cornell University and has served as an advisor to several software companies. He lives in San Francisco with his family, including two huskies.

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.

As President and Co-Founder of Thoughtexchange, Dave MacLeod leads a team responsible for changing the face of online consultation. Leveraging the power of group intelligence and the principles of collaborative negotiation, Dave draws on his previous experience as a town hall facilitator and community development consultant, to help leaders - primarily in K-12 education - engage with stakeholders in a way that redefines what's possible in the public consultation space.

Under Dave’s leadership, a team of facilitation experts and software engineers continue to challenge the status quo and overcome the inherent gaps of traditional listening tools, finding solutions for many of today's critical education and health challenges. Using Thoughtexchange, hundreds of North American leaders have successfully engaged with their stakeholders to inform bond measure development, education assurance models, teacher efficacy and evaluation, and most recently, a public health consultation focused on human rights.

With three boys at home all under the age of five, practicing complex negotiation and mediation is also a big part of Dave's daily personal life.

Dr. David Stegall is the Superintendent for Newton-Conover City Schools. In 2016, Dr. Stegall was named a national "Superintendent to Watch" by NSPRA and in 2017 was selected as North Carolina Region 7 Superintendent of the Year by NCASA. 

During Dr. Stegall's tenure as superintendent, Newton-Conover has achieved a top 5 graduation rate in North Carolina for five consecutive years. 

Jeannine Richardson currently leads Blackboard’s K-12 Solutions Engineering Team.  She has served as an elementary classroom teacher, school-based technology coordinator, and district-level coordinator of instructional technology. She co-authored an online professional development experience for school administrators designed to support the effective use of social media for communication and collaboration. She served on the executive board for the North Tier organization, a consortium dedicated to online professional development opportunities for educators. 

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!

As the Director of EdTech Innovation, Mike is completely focused on how to best support schools in maximizing their most important student outcomes. Mike had been providing guidance and recommendations to School Districts, Legislative bodies and Offices of Education for more than 15 years. Doing so through planning support as well as facilitating the building and delivering the most effective and sustainable Ed Tech programs. He currently resides in northern California and is a Board Member of several education and workforce development organizations.

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.

Stephanie Butler builds products that support secondary and higher education writing instruction using state-of-the-art technology. Stephanie brings a breadth of pedagogical and technological experience to her job. Prior to working at Turnitin, she edited composition and developmental writing textbooks at Bedford/St. Martin's. She received a BA in English from Harvard and a master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction, focusing on education and learning sciences, at Carnegie Mellon University. Stephanie strives to create useful, intuitive, and delightful tools for teachers and students.

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.

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