What level of expertise do institutional decision makers have to critically evaluate and understand efficacy research and whose responsibility should it be to prepare institutional leaders and educators to make EdTech purchasing decisions? What are the schools of education doing to prepare institutional leaders and educators to make EdTech purchasing decisions? What are the best practices in preparing institutional leaders and educators to request, interpret and use efficacy research to make decisions?
Working Group E
Institutional Competence in Evaluating Efficacy Research
Director of Research
Before joining the LEAP team, Amy was an independent consultant for program evaluation and data systems after almost a decade with Chicago Public Schools. At CPS, she led the effort to produce comprehensive school scorecards and designed processes for principal eligibility and evaluation.
Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Unified School District (CA)
Through his 4 years at RMMS, Benjamin has led the school as a Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning School, where students received 24/7 connectivity as a 1:1 iPad School. Under his leadership, Rancho Minerva has been in the national spotlight as a P21 Exemplar School for their unique approach to teaching and learning.
Deans for Impact
Benjamin is the founder of Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization working to transform the way we prepare teachers in the U.S. He formerly worked as policy director for NewSchools Venture Fund and as Deputy Attorney General for the state of California.
Alliance for Excellent Education
Bob served a combined twenty-four years as governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislator, Led by Gov. Wise since 2005, the Alliance for Excellent Education has become a respected advocate for the Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, Linked Learning, digital learning, adolescent literacy, and other key education policy issues.
Co-founder & CEO
RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners
R. Brad Lane is the Chief Executive Officer of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, an investment-bank founded with The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, which sponsors public-private partnerships to improve the nation’s infrastructure, economic development programs to spur growth in metropolitan cities and specialty venture development for private growth companies. He founded Lane Financial Corporation, a multi-family office providing global wealth management strategies for high-net-worth individuals, where he served as Managing Partner of Atlas Capital, the $12 billion subsidiary B/D structuring initial public offerings in Technology & Healthcare and alternative investments in Real Estate.
Associate Dean for Research
College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida
Dave is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida. His work focuses on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. Dave also serves as editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University
David previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State, as the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, and as Director of Education at the National Endowment for the Arts. His insistence on including major funding for curricula in the State's Race to the Top grant led to the launch of EngageNY, the nation’s most consulted on-line curriculum resource.
Center for Technology & School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ellen is also a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. She is co-chair of the University of the State of New York Council on Technology Policy and Practice. Ellen began her career as a teacher in a federal experimental school program in Minnesota.
Center for Technology & Teacher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Glen is also a professor of instructional technology in the Curry School of Education. He developed one of the nation’s first statewide K-12 Internet systems, Virginia’s Public Education Network (PEN). Glen is a founding member and past president of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).
Vice President of Communications
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Ileen is a marketing consultant focused in education where she develops and implements programs that bring together the greatest minds in the industry to collaborate and develop solutions through seminars, networking and sharing best practices. Ileen is also the Director of the YPO Higher Education Group.
J. Michael Spector
University of North Texas
Michael is a professor of learning technologies. He previously served as president of AECT, editor of ETR&D, editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, and editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Technology and Communications (3rd, 4th eds.).
Jeffrey previously served as the President of Catapult Learning from 2001 to 2006, when the company was a division of Educate, Inc. In 2008, he oversaw the sale of the business to JMI Equity and The Carlyle Group. Prior to returning, Jeffrey served as the President and CEO of Sylvan Learning for seven years.
Director of Technology Innovation and Early Childhood STEM Education
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Jeremy previously worked at Mentor Public Schools as Director of Innovation and Educational Technology. He is the Chair of the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Technology Coordinator's Network and the Past-President of the Ideastream Advisory Council. In 2015, Jeremy was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Karen's work centers around K-12 personalized learning, including measuring product efficacy and spurring development of ed tech tools that meet the needs of teachers and students. Previously, Karen spent a decade marketing and building K-12 digital tools in social studies, science, math and language arts.
Chief Academic Officer
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Kate helped create CfA and designed CfA’s project-based CBE model. She is a NEASC/CIHE Commissioner and directs a $3.93 million FITW grant project to develop CBE alternatives to developmental education. Kate came to SNHU from ETS, where she was Executive Director of Higher Education.
Professor of Instructional Technology
University of Wyoming; Assoc. for Educational Communications & Technology, President
Kay is Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Wyoming (UW) and the current President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Previously, she taught high school math and served in multiple higher ed administration roles including dean of the UW College of Education.
College of Information at the University of North Texas
Kinshuk is the Dean of the College of Information at the University of North Texas. His research interests include learning analytics; mobile, ubiquitous and location-aware learning; and cognitive profiling.
Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director, the Action Lab
EdPlus at Arizona State University
Lou has more than 25 years of experience developing a wide variety of technology solutions to radically improve teaching and learning outcomes. He previously served as founding CEO at Blackboard, as a senior vice president at ETS, and as president and CEO of Moodlerooms.
Robert C. Pianta
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Robert is a nationally-recognized expert in both early childhood education and K-12 teaching and learning. His research and policy interests focus on teacher-student interactions and relationships and their contributions to students’ learning and development.
Associate Professor of Educational Technology
Arizona State University
Teresa S. Foulger is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Arizona State University. She is an expert in professional development and organizational structures that create lasting change in education, especially where technology is integrated into teaching and learning opportunities.
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