Keynote & Featured Speakers 2017 E-mail

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Keynote and Featured Speakers


Michelle Cordy.jpgMichelle Cordy - Keynote & Featured Speaker

Michelle Cordy is a teacher and applied researcher. She began teaching in 2001, and has taught in both K-12 and higher education settings. Her focus has been on mathematics education and technology integration. Michelle also engages in classroom-based research with partners from academic institutions as well as industry partners. Currently, she teaches grade 3 with 1:1 iPad. She is a Google Certified Innovator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and holds a Master of Education in Mathematics and Science education.





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Holly Clark - Featured Speaker

Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego, CA and Portland, Oregon. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A long time teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innovate instruction through the use of learning theory, technology integration and design thinking strategies. Holly holds an MA in Education from Columbia University, New York.


Holly is an internationally recognized keynote speaker —passionately spreading the idea that we need to disrupt education and innovate classroom curriculum. She is the Educational Strategist for EdTechTeam and head of their new publishing division—EdTechTeam Press. She authors a successful blog and her first book, The Google Infused Classroom, is due out in late 2016.


Erika Kluge.jpgErika J. Kluge, M.F.C.S. - Featured Speaker (Sponsored by Assistive Technology Partnership/Education)

Erika J. Kluge is an Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist & Educator with a background in Child Development, Communication Disorders, and Special Education. Her experience emphasizes the use of AT to enhance reading, writing, note taking, test study prep, and executive function (time management, thought processing, and organization) skills. Her passions are educating professionals, parents, and students of all ages about the use of AT, technology, and learning strategies for academic success; and educating everyone about how the use of AT can enhance academics and life. Erika is also committed to helping schools learn how to use tools they already have, along with recommendations for new tools, to better meet the needs of all of their students in a Universal Design of Learning (UDL) approach. Additional areas of interest include: ADD/ HD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Mild Brain Injury, Processing Disorders, Sensory Disorder, Spectrum Disorder, and Talented & Gifted Twice Exceptional.


Hadi Partovi.jpgHadi Partovi - Keynote & Featured Speaker (Co-sponsored by CSTA and NETA)

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a computer science degree, Hadi pursued a career as a technologist at Microsoft, then as an entrepreneur at two startups— one which succeeded and one which failed, and finally as a tech investor.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. has established computer science classes in 15% of US classrooms, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K–12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.


Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes airbnb, Uber, Zappos, IndieGogo,, and others. Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of TASER International and Convoy.

Thomas C. Murray - Featured Speaker

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, and was named the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Connect with him at or @thomascmurray.


Greg Kulowiec.pngGreg Kulowiec - Featured Speaker

Greg Kulowiec is a nationally recognized instructor, presenter, author, award-winning teacher and authorized Google Education Trainer. He has been an early adopter of mobile devices in the classroom and coined the phrase “App Smashing.” Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Greg spent eight years as a high school history teacher and one year as a technology integration specialist. He began integrating technology into his classroom with early mobile devices including iPods and cell phones. Those initial efforts focused on building capacity for students to create dynamic content with mobile devices to demonstrate their understanding of complex ideas. In his last year as a classroom teacher, Greg began the process of exploring how mobile devices and iPads could be effectively integrated into the classroom to support student learning and creativity.


As an instructor and presenter, Greg brings a dynamic and thoughtful approach to technology integration with an emphasis on how these devices can be used in the hands of students to reveal unique perspectives, understanding, and capabilities. He blogs regularly at The History 2.0 Classroom, as well as, Free Technology for Teachers.


Jennifer LaGarde -Featured Speaker

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a Librarian Ambassador and Education Road Warrior! As an Educator on Loan for the NC Department of Public Instruction, she travels across the land working with school librarians, classroom teachers, principals, superintendents—literally ANYONE who needs help building or making the most of a 21st century school library. Jennifer is a Nationally Board Certified School Librarian, is also the Social Media Special Committee Chair for the North Carolina School Library Media Association, was a foundingmember of NCSLMA’s Young Adult Book Award and shares NCSLMA webmaster duties with another North Carolina librarian. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the “I Love My Librarian Award” by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal. And in 2013 she was selected as one of five teacher librarians (nationally) finalists for the first ever Bammy Award for outstanding service in the area of school librarianship. Jennifer is the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be a super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.”


Shaelynn Farnsworth - Featured Speaker


Shaelynn Farnsworth is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As a high school teacher she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. She continues this exploration as an Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa. There, her primary focus is on technology, literacy, and Authentic Intellectual Work. Shaelynn is a staff developer, literacy coach, and supports districts in the implementation of initiatives. She is a Google Certified Innovator and has training in Project Based Learning from the Buck Institute, Instructional Coaching, and Reading and Writing Workshop from Lucy Calkins.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:15

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