Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, November, 2018

Collaborating to create meaningful action is what a DALI Summit is all about. At the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa in Coronado this November, 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.

Speakers

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 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. 

Dr. John Cronin is the Senior Director of Education Research for Northwest Evaluation Association. He is an expert on the impact of policy initiatives such as teacher evaluation and Common Core on schools and students, and explains the technical issues surrounding assessment in language that educator audiences find understandable and compelling. In addition to leading research at NWEA, John presents to a wide range of professional organizations and has published numerous journal articles.

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.

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.

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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