Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, November, 2017

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Speaker(s): Mike Belcher, Marianthe Williams
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 09:00
Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Keara Duggan
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:10
Speaker(s): Jim McVety, Kate Anastario
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:35
Speaker(s): Dave MacLeod, David Vannasdall
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 13:10
Speaker(s): Stephanie Butler
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 13:35


Speaker(s): Jon D'Angelo
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Jacob Makuvire, Andrew Svehaug
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Catherine Taylor
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:30


Andrew Svehaug is quickly becoming one of the leading STEM educators of his generation. As the Founder and CEO of Code to the Future, he is responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of the organization. With achievements such as being a U.S. Scholastic Chess Champion player and coach, and leading the development of innovative STEM-based programs in schools around Southern California, Andrew is in high demand as an education consultant and clinician.

He holds an M.B.A. and a double-degree from Azusa Pacific University. Andrew and his work have received media attention in publications such as The Columbian, The Santa Barbara News-Press, and the Brooklyn Daily. Andrew’s career has taken him across the United States, to Canada, Sweden, the U.K., and he has also been a guest clinician in Germany.

Catherine Taylor is an emeritus professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Taylor served as professor at UW, 1991–2013. During that period, she also served the state of Washington as Director of Assessment (2003–2004) and Director of Assessment Alternatives (2006–2008). She has worked for testing companies as a psychometrician, mathematics assessment specialist, and as Senior VP of Measurement Services at Measured Progress. She is a researcher and published book author on classroom assessment, validity, and diversity in assessment.

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 Vannasdall has been the superintendent of the Arcadia Unified School District since July of 2014. As one of the foremost innovative Superintendents in the country, Dr. Vannasdall has helped transform the Arcadia Unified School District into one of the most forward-thinking and successful school districts in the United States. A proud father of five, Dr. Vannasdall is married to Jessica who shares his passion for education as a Technology Coach and Teacher. 

Jacob Makuvire is the Vice President of Partnerships for Code To The Future. He is a passionate and visionary leader with a strong focus on equity for all students. He spends his time meeting with state legislatures, state superintendents and local district superintendents across the nation as they look to identify strategic partners. Before joining Andrew on this mission, he was the CEO for Penda Learning for four years and currently sits on the board of a school in Texas.

Jim McVety serves as Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for ClassLink. He began his career in social work, serving homeless teens, before moving into a research role studying trends in education. A longtime advocate for effective use of technology in the classroom, McVety is working with schools across the U.S. and now oversees the company’s international expansion in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Jon D’Angelo has taught special education in the Bay Area, where he designed and implemented early education intervention programs, led school wide professional development trainings, and managed a language development program for English Language Learners. Jon joined Goalbook's district partnerships team and today Jon works with educators and district leaders to improve instructional delivery. Jon also teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Kate Anastario joined the Classlink team in April 2016. She has spent the last 20 years in education rising through the ranks to President of a business that implemented school-based training programs for teachers and administrators. She has an M.Ed. with a focus on educational technology from Boston University. Her thorough knowledge of the inner workings of schools and best practices for districtwide implementations that reach all teachers and students will be an impactful addition to the Classlink team. Anastario’s goal is to ensure that all clients enjoy the highest education return on their Classlink investment.

Keara is a Senior Design and Implementation Consultant. She works closely with district leaders to design and launch personalized learning solutions. Keara has served as a teacher and managed development, operations, communications, curriculum design, and professional development projects for education organizations in the non-profit and for-profit sector, including Education Pioneers, Teach For America and InsideTrack. Keara was selected as fellow in the national Pahara NextGen Network and the Teach For America Rural School Leadership Academy.

Marianthe (Anthy) Williams is a former scientist who took her passion for STEM from the lab to the classroom as an educator and, for the last 25 years, as a central office administrator. Her district is now in its 12th year of their 1-to-1 learning initiative that continues to transform the way students create their personalized knowledge. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and an Intel Visionary Educator. Williams is active in professional associations and presents regularly at local, state and national conferences.

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.

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