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2022 Upcoming Events



March 8 – 11: Louisville

Five Year Study: Preparing Kentucky Teachers for Mobile Anytime Anywhere Learning

When: Wednesday March 9, 10:30am
Where: Galt House Hotel – McCreary
Who: District leaders, admin, educators


Speak Up Research Results: Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?

When: Thursday March 10, 10:30am
Where: Galt House Hotel – Beckham
Who: District leaders, admin, educators

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Past Events



NSBA Advocacy Institute

January 23-24:  Washington DC

Project Tomorrow/Speak Up continuously work with NSBA to ensure that student voices are heard in the ongoing policy debates on education. Dr. Julie A. Evans will be hosting a student panel at this year’s NSBA Advocacy Institute on Monday, January 24 from 9:45 am – 10:30 am. This panel of expert students will in person their experiences in using technology for learning, as well as the impact of the pandemic on their education over the last two years- their ideas and insights will impact educational decisions nationwide.


10th grader from Fairfax County Public Schools, VA 

12th grader from Arlington Public Schools, VA

12th grader from Northside Independent School District, TX


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FETC Future of Education Technology Conference

January 25 – 28:  Orlando, FL


Asking New Questions to Design a Fresh Playbook for Innovation

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

In this workshop, participants utilize a new assets-based approach to address this challenge through an examination of the ten most important questions that educators should be asking their teachers, parents and students right now. Using role-playing to understand the diverse views of their stakeholders, leaders will acquire new tools to craft a more current and responsive vision for their school or district.



Creating and Leading School Culture: Innovation, Leadership, Communication

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Participants in this highly collaborative workshop will review the true meanings of culture and innovation and share their own perspectives. Five essential skills required for all school leaders, regardless of their current roles, will be reviewed and analyzed. Participants will each complete an individual assessment of their own communication style and take part in role playing discussion scenarios dealing with common school challenges through a variety of communication approaches.



Building Teacher Capacity for Mobile Learning in Rural Communities

Wednesday, January 26, 2022: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

For the past 4 years, rural schools in Kentucky have partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Education to implement an innovative program where in-service and pre-service teachers coach each other on effective strategies for using mobile, wireless technologies within STEM education. This panel discussion will examine research findings from this program as well as lessons learned for K-12 and higher ed leaders about new professional learning practices that result in elevating the capacity of teachers for sustainable classroom innovation. Endorsed by Future Ready.



Infusing Computational Thinking into Everyday Elementary Curriculum – Yes, You Can!

With David Gomez, Computational Thinking Coach, Project Tomorrow
and Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation, BrainPOP

Thursday, January 27, 2022: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Using results from a new professional learning project in New York City schools, this workshop will introduce elementary teachers to proven strategies and tips for seamlessly integrating key computational thinking components (pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, algorithm design) within any English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies lesson. With an emphasis on understanding the connections between CT concepts and everyday curriculum, participants will use a project tool to evaluate their own readiness for CT integration, experience unplugged learning activities that any teacher can use to introduce CT to young learners, and collaboratively design a new CT integrated digital learning activity in a core curricular area. Computational thinking in your classroom – yes, you can!



Addressing the Leadership Disconnects on Cybersecurity

With Richard Quinones, Senior Vice President - Business Development Strategist / Thought Leadership, Greg Ottinger, Former Chief Business/Financial Officer, Lenny Schad, Chief Information & Innovation Officer LRP Media, and Marlon Shears, Chief Information Officer Fort Worth ISD

Thursday, January 27, 2022: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Leveraging new Speak Up research data on the state of K-12 cybersecurity, this no-spin zone panel discussion will dive deeply into issues that are preventing school districts from adequately protecting district data and infrastructure assets. #1 top issue: lack of a shared ownership and accountability across all levels of district leadership resulting in role-based disconnects on awareness, prevention, and remediation to reduce risk. The panel of Superintendents, CFOs and CTOs will share their respective views on cybersecurity and discuss why a National Call to Action is imperative to create a new shared vision and strategic approach to cybersecurity. Participants will be provided with a 10 point Call to Action checklist to use immediately in their district.

Learn more about the FETC conference here!



February 1: Virtual


Learning Before Hardware, NOT ‘Device’ Versa: The Latest Speak Up Report Results

Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, shares the latest data from the prestigious Speak Up research project, a decades-long effort to learn firsthand how students, parents, teachers, tech leaders and other administrators see the landscape of education shifting. Topics to be included are: one to one learning programs, mobile device management and more. Jamf's own Education Leadership Executive, Mike Lawrence, will moderate the session and facilitate attendee Q&A.

When: Tuesday, February 1st, 4pm CT
Who: Educators

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Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC)

February 6-9:  Atlanta


Session: Building Teacher Competency, Confidence and Comfort for New Learning Models by Focusing on Teacher Readiness and Personalized Professional Learning

With David Gomez, Computational Thinking Coach, Project Tomorrow

Teacher professional learning is complicated.  Learning discrete skills is often insufficient to ensure success with the implementation of new digital learning models that require the re-invention of instructional practices.  Teachers’ confidence and comfort with their abilities to be successful matters. In this workshop, we will explore together how a focus on teacher readiness and personalized professional learning can support sustainable changes in teachers’ capacities with new digital learning approaches.  Using computational thinking integration as the test environment, workshop participants will gain hands-on experience developing personalized professional learning plans using a new set of readiness evaluation tools.   

When: Tuesday, February 8, 2022: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Who: Educators
Room: L504-505   Session 6J

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Chief Information Officers Annual Conference

Feb 15-17: Atlanta

Presenting our new report on K-12 cybersecurity awareness


When: Wednesday February 16, 1:15-2pm

Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta

Who: CIOs, CTOs, IT staff

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National Conference on Education – AASA

Feb 17-20: Nashville

Leading Toward Equity and Student Agency: New Research Reveals the Path Forward

Giving students a Chromebook  and a playlist of online content isn't the path to educational success. All your students, regardless of background or learning needs, deserve engaging learning experiences and the opportunity to build personal agency as a learner. Join this session to hear how new research is revealing the evolving views of students and educators. You'll hear tips, for how you can lead your district toward closing the equity gap and inspire your learners to take part in their own educational journey.


When: February 18th, 12:45-1:45pm

Where: The Music City Center, Room 204

Who: District leaders, educators

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TSPRA Conference

Feb 21-24: Round Rock TX (Austin)

Connecting the Dots Between Equity and Communications with Research Findings

In partnership with Blackboard

Equity has proven to be an important strategic priority for districts across the country. The pandemic has brought many disparities into focus and uncovered new equity gaps that may have been previously overlooked. But what is your role as a communications leader in these initiatives? In this session, we will look at what the research says and lay out the next steps for making a difference with your communications.


When: Tuesday, February 22, 2:45 – 3:45 pm
Where: Kalahari Resort, SALON A
Who: Communications leaders, district leaders

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