Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, October 18-20, 2017

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10/19/2017

Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Elliott Levine
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Berj Akian
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:35
Speaker(s): Andrew Hegedus
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:10
Speaker(s): Kevin Skelcher, David Vannasdall
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:35

10/20/2017

Speaker(s): Catherine Finger, Thom Jones
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 09:45
Speaker(s): Alex Grodd
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:30

Speakers

Alex Grodd (Founder & CEO) is a Teach For America alum who taught 6th grade English at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. He founded BetterLesson to address the challenges he faced in the classroom.

Dr. Andrew Hegedus is a Senior Research Manager at NWEA, where he manages research projects focused on understanding growth drivers in schools. His interests include working with education system leadership to use data and evidence to build their capacity, and improve their system's performance. Andy holds an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Delaware, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, and B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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. 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. 

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.

Kevin has an extensive background in youth development and adult leadership. He has worked in both the non-profit and business sectors and has a love of group processes and is inspired by outcomes that far exceed the go-it-alone approach. He is a father of two, an avid whitewater kayaker and loves to write songs for the guitar.

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!

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.

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