Catching up with Kara at #ISTE14

Attending the summer ISTE conference is one of my favorite times of the year. Learning about new and innovative ideas, networking with fellow ed tech enthusiasts, and sharing my experience as a teacher, administrator, and ISTE board member are all highlights of the ISTE conference. This year, I have been accepted to present two sessions. I will be presenting with two experience educators I am lucky to consider friends on topics that affect every district on some level.

From inspiration to implementation: Planning successful district initiatives
Sunday, June 29, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m

Rod Smith, the CIO of Clayton County Public Schools, and I will be talking about planning new initiatives in a poster session. If you have read our tech planning eBook, this is a must-attend session! Learn how both Rod and myself have worked to implement learning initiatives using simple planning strategies to not only build a well-defined plan, but also to communicate the plan to other members of our team. We can answer questions and offer practical advice to make sure you are prepared to implement the great ideas you find at ISTE when you return to your district.

Leadership In an era of change
Tuesday, 07/01/14, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

What happens when two former ISTE board members get together to talk about leadership and change? Annette Smith from Teaching Books and I will be discussing vision, value, and metrics and how the three work together in a successful implementation. What will we cover?

  • Setting vision: building consensus
  • Value: linking vision goals and objectives
  • Metrics: assessing success

I really enjoy connecting with people at conferences. It's fun to hear what's going on in your district. Check out the sessions that I'll be at, or stop by our booth (#1942) and chat.

Until next time,


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