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Mark your calendars for the Texas CTO Clinic 2015! We will bring together leaders from around the state (and beyond) to discuss crucial developments in education technology. Join us for this professional development event and stay ahead of the cutting edge in your field.

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Wednesday, June 17
 

7:30am

Exhibits / Registration / Breakfast
Wednesday June 17, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Lobby

9:00am

Don't Get Caught in the Cabling Conundrum: When Technology Services Become Construction
Two attorneys discuss the legal considerations related to procuring and contracting for the installation of cabling and other technology services that involve construction.  Participants will learn about common misconceptions regarding the purchase of technology services requiring construction and the best practices for avoiding them.  The session covers topics such as identifying when technology services constitute construction, the legal requirements for procuring such services, and recommended contract terms.

Speakers
avatar for Lena Engel

Lena Engel

Attorney, Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP
Ms. Engel focuses her practice on representing school districts in general purchasing and business transactions, governance, and real estate matters. In addition to providing day-to-day consulting for her clients in these areas, she advises her clients regarding all phases of contract negotiations, including public procurement and governance concerns. Ms. Engel has extensive experience preparing and negotiating vendor and interlocal contracts... Read More →
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Sarah Langlois

Attorney, Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP


Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Robertson South

9:00am

CETL Exam
For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the CETLTM certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00am - 11:30am
Austin

9:00am

Bridging the Gap: Technology and Instruction
We believe that integrating Technology and Instruction involves teamwork among the technology, instruction, and administrative services departments. We will share ideas that we have implemented to leverage the strengths from each group to motivate staff, promote collaboration, and assure success among team members at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Leatha Mullins

Leatha Mullins

Assistant Superintendent/Chief Information Officer, Dallas County Schools


Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00am - 11:30am
DeWitt North

9:00am

CTO Boot Camp
This session is designed for new and aspiring CTOs to help them with strategies and skills of becoming a chief technology officer. Learn about the Essential Skills Framework for CTOs and the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certification program. Current CTOs can also benefit from this session!

Speakers
avatar for Frankie Jackson

Frankie Jackson

Chief Technology Officer, Cy-Fair ISD
Ms. Frankie Jackson is the Chief Technology Officer for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Jackson is responsible for technology planning and resource management for students and staff of CFISD. | | Jackson comes to CFISD with 29 years of technology experience. She gained extensive experience in the industry beginning as a software engineer with McDonnell Douglas then moving to program manager with Unisys and then vice president of performance management... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Schwartz

Kevin Schwartz

Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD
Kevin Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Clear Creek ISD in League City, TX which is home to NASA and a spirit of exploration. CCISD is a high-performing school district of more than 40,000 students, and Kevin is part of a cohesive leadership team. He brings 24 years of technology and education experience and his strength is in creating sustainable education ecosystems that utilize technology in ways that are innovative and... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00am - 11:30am
Robertson North

9:00am

Hot Topics
This interactive session is designed to help CTOs address the current hot topics they are facing each day. Crowd source with your colleagues to solve the problems you are facing right now!

Moderators
avatar for Alice Owen

Alice Owen

Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council
Dr. Alice Owen is the Executive Director of the Texas K12 CTO Council, the state Chapter of CoSN, which supports school district chief technology officers throughout Texas. She retired from education after 38 years, with a background in curriculum, evaluation, professional development, and project management. her most recent position was Division Director of Technology in Irving ISD where she oversaw all aspects of technology operations... Read More →
avatar for Steve Young

Steve Young

Chief Technology Officer, Judson ISD
Steve Young is the Vice President of Information Technology at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas.  His team oversees a wide range of technology including data center management, application development, business operations support, and intelligent vehicle systems. Formerly, Steve served as Chief Technology Officer for nine years at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  Prior to that, Steve has had several positions in technology at... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00am - 11:30am
DeZavala North

10:00am

Social Media for School Districts: Legal Pitfalls and Best Practices

Social media is here to stay but knowing how it can impact your district is critical as a leader. This session will highlight the top five legal pitfalls of social media for school districts as well as best practices for implementing social media in your district.

Join us as we discuss topics such as managing the use of social media through district-owned technology resources, implementing social media and developing policies regarding its use, and responding legally to student and employee use of social media off campus.

Moderators
avatar for Diana Benner

Diana Benner

Director of Professional Development, TCEA
Diana Benner is a Director of Professional Development with a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. With more than 20 years in public education, as both a teacher and an administrator, Diana provides professional development on the most current technology trends. Diana has conducted various trainings and presentations, and also serves as an e-learning consultant. She is a Google Certified Educator, a Microsoft Master Trainer, and an... Read More →
avatar for Lena Engel

Lena Engel

Attorney, Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP
Ms. Engel focuses her practice on representing school districts in general purchasing and business transactions, governance, and real estate matters. In addition to providing day-to-day consulting for her clients in these areas, she advises her clients regarding all phases of contract negotiations, including public procurement and governance concerns. Ms. Engel has extensive experience preparing and negotiating vendor and interlocal contracts... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Robertson South

11:30am

Lunch - Sponsored by Netsync
Wednesday June 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:15pm
Phoenix Ballroom

12:15pm

Welcome and Opening Message
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Schwartz

Kevin Schwartz

Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD
Kevin Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Clear Creek ISD in League City, TX which is home to NASA and a spirit of exploration. CCISD is a high-performing school district of more than 40,000 students, and Kevin is part of a cohesive leadership team. He brings 24 years of technology and education experience and his strength is in creating sustainable education ecosystems that utilize technology in ways that are innovative and... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Phoenix Ballroom

12:45pm

Keynote Speaker - Mark Strama
Remember dial-up Internet service?  Remember how much the Internet changed when broadband came along?  The Internet will undergo a similar transition in the coming years, as fiber optic networks are deployed to businesses, schools, and residences - enabling internet speeds of up to a gigabit per second.  How will this next generation Internet change the way we use the Internet, at home, at work and in schools?  Join Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber operations in Austin and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, as he discusses the future of connectivity, and how it can impact student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Strama

Mark Strama

Field Marketing Manager - Google Fiber, Google
Mark was recently named head of Google Fiber in Austin. Previously, he represented the north Austin area in the Texas House of Representatives. Mark received Honorable Mentions on Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislators list in three of his five sessions in the House. Texas Monthly said "Strama cares as much about others' success as his own." | | Prior to running for public office, Mark founded the first company to enable Americans to fill out a... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Phoenix Ballroom

2:20pm

How Office365 Can Help You Lightly Manage Your Identity
This session is designed to help answer the question: “What you don’t know about Office365?” in a way that will help attendees understand how Office365 can be leveraged to help you lightly manage identity to provide single sign on. 

Speakers
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Bill Kilcullen

Education Solutions Director, Microsoft
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Doug Thompson

Education Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Sponsors
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
Microsoft is working to bring the benefits of technology and technology skills to all. We share the ultimate aim of all stakeholders: to use technology to help improve education and learning, create opportunity, and raise living standards for people around the world. Our commitment therefore, is to the success of each educator and learner.  Our mission is to help learners and educators throughout the world realize their full potential... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Phoenix Ballroom

2:20pm

Be a SLACKer
How do you communicate with your team? What tools do you use to manage all of the chaos in your department? Learn about how the Midway ISD technology department collaborates and shares with each other. These ideas and tools can transfer to any team within your district or business.

Speakers
avatar for Seth Hansen

Seth Hansen

Executive Director of Technology, Midway ISD
Seth Hansen has had experience as a teacher, instructional technologist, network specialist, and now serves as the Executive Director of Technology for Midway ISD in Waco, TX. His work is dedicated to enhancing education through the use of technology.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
DeWitt South

2:20pm

Legal Update: Understanding the Latest Findings on Access to Online Learning and Web Access

Legal Update:  Understanding the latest findings on access to online learning and web access by the Office for Civil Rights.


Speakers
avatar for Raymond Rose

Raymond Rose

Online Learning and Accessibility Evangelist, Rose & Smith Associates
Ray was part of the team that created the first virtual school in the US. He was part of the CoSN Emerging Technologies Committee for a number of years contributing to and leading the creation of many of that group's reports. He has long been an advocate of equity in education, and has written extensively on this topic. He recently researched Department of Justice and the Office forr Civil Rights reports filed against K-12 and higher education... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Austin

2:20pm

Making Connections with Data & Resources
Directors from Katy ISD will present solutions that have been put in place to connect users with data and resources. You will learn about their solutions for the district's dashboards, learning management system, and cloud-based portal. Attendees will see how these solutions in Katy ISD keep the staff, students, and community connected 24/7 to resources and information.

Speakers
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Joe Christoffersen

Director, Technology Operations, Katy ISD
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Jamey Hynds

Director, Business Intelligence, Katy ISD


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Robertson North

2:20pm

Process, Process, Process

With schools and districts asked to do more with less, efficient and effective operational processes are a must.  The APQC Education North Star Community is a collection of over 120 K-12 school systems across the US, Australia and Canada using Process and Performance Management methodologies to save money, increase stakeholder (customer) satisfaction, and improve student outcomes. Please join us for this session which will cover the following:

  • An overview of Process and Performance Management and how these methodologies can be applied in K-12 systems
  • A case study presentation about how Round Rock ISD has streamlined and improved processes in transportation, student enrolment, curriculum assessments, personnel and service desk requests
A case study presentation about how Cypress Fairbanks ISD has used these methodologies to build relationships with stakeholders, take a close look at how the district determines requirements, expectations, and preferences, and to understand the key factors that lead to stakeholder satisfaction, focusing on how the district seeks knowledge, satisfaction, and loyalty to students and other stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Frankie Jackson

Frankie Jackson

Chief Technology Officer, Cy-Fair ISD
Ms. Frankie Jackson is the Chief Technology Officer for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Jackson is responsible for technology planning and resource management for students and staff of CFISD. | | Jackson comes to CFISD with 29 years of technology experience. She gained extensive experience in the industry beginning as a software engineer with McDonnell Douglas then moving to program manager with Unisys and then vice president of performance management... Read More →



Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
DeZevala South

2:20pm

Social Media for School Districts: Legal Pitfalls and Best Practices

Social media is here to stay but knowing how it can impact your district is critical as a leader. This session will highlight the top five legal pitfalls of social media for school districts as well as best practices for implementing social media in your district.

Join us as we discuss topics such as managing the use of social media through district-owned technology resources, implementing social media and developing policies regarding its use, and responding legally to student and employee use of social media off campus.

Moderators
avatar for Diana Benner

Diana Benner

Director of Professional Development, TCEA
Diana Benner is a Director of Professional Development with a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. With more than 20 years in public education, as both a teacher and an administrator, Diana provides professional development on the most current technology trends. Diana has conducted various trainings and presentations, and also serves as an e-learning consultant. She is a Google Certified Educator, a Microsoft Master Trainer, and an... Read More →
avatar for Lena Engel

Lena Engel

Attorney, Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP
Ms. Engel focuses her practice on representing school districts in general purchasing and business transactions, governance, and real estate matters. In addition to providing day-to-day consulting for her clients in these areas, she advises her clients regarding all phases of contract negotiations, including public procurement and governance concerns. Ms. Engel has extensive experience preparing and negotiating vendor and interlocal contracts... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Robertson South

2:20pm

The Power of 2
Two Districts, Clear Creek ISD and Pasadena ISD, leverage some key relationships and SEND (Smart Education Networks by Design) principles to connect their districts to Internet 2 and inland data centers while creating a new business model that drives down Internet access costs and opening the door to neighboring school districts.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Schwartz

Kevin Schwartz

Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD
Kevin Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Clear Creek ISD in League City, TX which is home to NASA and a spirit of exploration. CCISD is a high-performing school district of more than 40,000 students, and Kevin is part of a cohesive leadership team. He brings 24 years of technology and education experience and his strength is in creating sustainable education ecosystems that utilize technology in ways that are innovative and... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wentz

Steve Wentz

CTO, Pasadena ISD


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:20pm
DeZavala North

2:50pm

Cisco Meraki Cloud Technology in the Modern Classroom
From tracking classroom attendance to setting new standards in campus safety, Cisco Meraki's networking solution is ideal for large districts and independent schools alike.  Come learn how Cisco Meraki's cloud managed technology is revolutionizing the modern classroom with simple, centralized networks. 

Speakers
DC

Dustin Cooper

Systems Engineer, Cisco Meraki

Sponsors
avatar for Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki
100% Cloud Managed Enterprise Networks | | Cisco Meraki cloud managed edge, branch, and campus networking solutions bring simplicity to enterprise-class networks. With wireless, switching, security, and device management centrally managed from the cloud, Meraki gives network administrators visibility and control, without the cost and complexity of traditional architectures. 


Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Phoenix Ballroom

3:25pm

Building the Modern Classroom For Maximum Return on Instruction
It is no secret that we are in the midst of a transformation in the creation and sharing of knowledge, fueled by the impact of technology in the teaching and learning process. Many have redefined the model for the ideal learning environment, one that leverages these emerging education technologies to drive progress, calling it the “21st century classroom”. But what does that really mean, aren’t we well into the 21st century already, and how can we measure the impact of the investments made in new teaching and learning technologies? Most would agree that increasing student achievement is one of the most commonly sought after outcomes of new teaching strategies and tools. Research has determined that positive student engagement in the classroom is a compelling factor that can be critical in enhancing student achievement. Join Promethean Education Account Managers, Lee Baird and Zach Harris, as they share their insights into the framework for the Modern Classroom.  They will discuss the technologies that can help maximize “return on instruction” by creating active, engaging learning environments

Speakers
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Lee Baird

Education Software Sales Manager, Promethean
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Zach Harris

Territory Sales Manager, Promethean

Sponsors
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean
Promethean is a leading global education technology solutions company.We partner with districts, schools, and teachers to create dynamiclearning environments that motivate students to learn. Promethean’sActivClassroom solution facilitates active, engaging learning experiencesby blending together a complete solution of consulting services,interactive digital surfaces for the front of the classroom, ourcomprehensive instructional delivery... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
Robertson South

3:25pm

Doing More with Less: IDM in EDU
A growing user population, a growing inventory of resources, a growing demand for service levels; the only thing not growing is your budget to accommodate this, or the staff to manage it. How can you meet the demand coming down the pipe, and what is your plan for managing it? Learn how Identity Management can give you the flexibility to do more with the resources you have today.

Speakers
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Tim Till

Sales Manager, Identity Automation

Sponsors
avatar for Identity Automation

Identity Automation

Identity Automation
Identity Automation is a leading provider of scalable IdentityManagement software to education. Its solution,RapidIdentity, helps educational organizations quickly buildstreamlined security foundations, whether deployed onpremises or in the cloud. RapidIdentity's architectureuniquely supports fast deployments at any scale,contributing to rapid returns and lower total costs ofownership.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
DeZevala South

3:25pm

Getting Texas School District Networks Ready for Digital Learning
Digital learning is poised to transform K-12 Education by enhancing student engagement and improving student outcomes. That is why digital learning is pushing school districts and their CTO’s to prioritize getting their network infrastructure ready. In this presentation, attendees will see how well they compare with their Texas peers in meeting the digital learning connectivity targets set out by SETDA and the FCC and obtain an understanding of what the critical network readiness areas are for digital learning.

Speakers
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Gavin Lee

Business Development, Juniper Networks

Sponsors
avatar for Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching andsecurity. From the network core down to consumer devices, JuniperNetworks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform theexperience and economics of networking. Our network-enabled solutionsfor K-12 Education dramatically increases learning flexibility andproductivity while raising network performance, availability and securitythat underpin digital learning, critical... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
Robertson North

3:25pm

How to Manage all Windows PC's, Mac OS X, and iOS Devices with a Single Solution. Looking at 1:1, BYOD, or Just Streamline Your Technology Environment, FileWave Can Help.
Since 1992, FileWave has understood in most all organization, multi-platform support is highly desired and often a requirement.  We allow IT, Curriculum, and other Administrators to take full control of their technology (Windows, OS X, Android, & iOS Devices) within a single interface.  When it comes a having a complete systems & mobile device management software, FileWave makes it easy! Image, Deploy, Manage, Maintain, Inventory.  FileWave also brings technology even more into the classroom through "Engage" Classroom Management, which integrates with many student information system databases.  This is a simplistic teachers interface providing quick access to main requests coming out of the classroom. 

Speakers
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Stephen Mirante

National Director of Sales & Engineering, FileWave

Sponsors
avatar for Filewave

Filewave

Filewave
Since 1992, FileWave has provided education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level cross-platform systems and mobile device management software to assist IT teams throughout the entire lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management and maintenance.  FileWave’s all-in-one, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
DeWitt South

3:25pm

Scaling Professional Development for Google EDU
While no two districts are the same, it is safe to say that we can all agree on one fact: no one likes to see their technology investments and initiatives sit the shelf and collect dust. Join the Google for Education team as they discuss Professional Development strategies and resources that will ensure your teachers and students are making the most of technology in the classroom.

Speakers
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Christy Fennewald

Instructional Technology Specialist, Round Rock ISD
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Kevin Hodges

Regional Program Manager - Midwest, Google
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Jamie Neuwirth

Regional Program Manager, Google

Sponsors
avatar for Google

Google

Google
Google for Education Solutions:A solution built for learning and designed for the classroom that includes easy-to-manage, affordable devices like Chromebooks and Android tablets, productivity tools like Google Apps for Education with Classroom, and limitless educational content in Google Play for Education. Together these tools help teachers inspire curiosity, while students learn better together, wherever they are.Classroom: Our newest Google... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
Phoenix Ballroom

3:25pm

Shaping the Conversation: Preparing to Navigate your EdTech Roadmap with CDWG
Please join Mike Patterson, one of CDWG’s K12 Learning Environment Advisors (LEA), as he discusses the various ways the he and his team can help shape the EdTech conversations in your schools. As a former educator, Mike is working closely with schools in the great state of Texas to select the appropriate tools for connecting technology with your curriculum . Attendees will discover the resources and methods available when you partner with CDWG’s K12 Team using pedagogy as the driving force to overcome the trap of putting the cart before the horse with education technology.

Speakers
MP

Mike Patterson

SLS-K-12 Business Development, CDW-G

Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

CDW-G
CDW•G is a leading provider of technology and solutions to schools, with amission of delivering engaging, collaborative and interactive learningenvironments, while securing networks and optimizing data centers. Ourteam of dedicated account managers and solution architects can help withassessment and pre-configuration to implementation and ongoing support.CDW•G solution areas include: classroom technology, cloud computing,data center... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
Austin

3:25pm

The Financial Implications of Endpoint Data Loss
What are the productivity and financial costs to your institution if a laptop is lost, stolen or hacked?  How much does it cost to recover from a data loss versus proactively safeguarding the information? In this session, Code42 will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with managing the security, control and visibility of endpoint data while protecting the mobility and productivity of your users. 

Speakers
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Tim Martin

Enterprise Systems Engineer, Code 42

Sponsors
avatar for Code 42

Code 42

Code 42
Code42 is the endpoint data protection and management company that provides secure, integrated file sharing and backup at work, at home and everywhere in-between. The company’s award-winning products have become the gold standard for the enterprise, trusted by the most recognized brands in business and education, including Expedia, Procter & Gamble and Harvard. For more information on the company and its solutions, visit... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
DeWitt North

3:25pm

Transforming Education IT with User Virtualization
Learn how the decision to start with the user's experience can ensure a successful VDI deployment, help significantly reduce IT costs, and enable a desktop that promotes access to learning, regardless of a user's building, campus or device.In this session, you will learn how to:
  • Deliver a consistent user experience across any location or device
  • Optimize application performance and increase users per server across your virtual environments
  • Reduce help desk incidents and need for on-location support
  • Get the most out of your existing hardware. Old or new. Physical or virtual.
  • Remove local admins and secure the desktop without interrupting learning

Speakers
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Trey Baumgardner

Solutions Engineer, AppSense

Sponsors
avatar for AppSense

AppSense

AppSense
AppSense is the leading provider of user workspace managementsolutions. Its User Virtualization technology allows IT to deliverunprecedented user experience and productivity while securing, loweringcomplexity and reducing cost of managing physical and virtualdesktops. AppSense DesktopNow and DataNow have been deployed by3,200 enterprises worldwide to over 7 million desktops. The company isheadquartered in Sunnyvale, CA with offices around the... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:25pm - 3:55pm
DeZavala North

4:00pm

Pearson
Sponsors
avatar for Pearson

Pearson

Pearson
Welcome to Pearson. We have a simple mission: to help people makemore of their lives through learning. We are the world's leading learningcompany, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries helpingpeople of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives. We providea range of education products and services to institutions, governmentsand direct to individual learners, that help people everywhere aim higherand fulfil their true... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Phoenix Ballroom

4:00pm

Empowering Dynamic Data Strategies
In this session, participants will explore a problem common to many public school districts—setting up a data repository and how to best analyze data. K12 Dynamics--a vendor partner--will also be present to share their web-based, mobile-friendly solution.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Robertson North

4:00pm

Genie! At Spring Branch ISD Empowering School Leaders to Make Data Driven Decisions
All of us have common goals such as,
  • Improving graduation rates
  • Reducing Dropout rates
  • Increasing enrollment in college programs.
  • Improving attendance etc.
Better reporting and analytics are an important step in progressing towards these goals. More than just reporting metrics, schools need to understand how the various dimensions of performance and participation relate to each other and which factors matter. Adding to the complexity, the impact of various factors change with time.

Spring Branch ISD has deployed the Quicklogix Genie! which is a realtime analytics platform that addresses this gap. We have partnered with Quicklogix in evolving a solution that empowers school leaders to make data driven decisions. This solution has a revolutionary Google type query screen where users can ask questions in simple English and get sophisticated reports and insights on demand.

School leaders are now able to find the information they need from all available district data without needing any technical/programming help.

Speakers
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Venu Rao

CIO, Spring Branch ISD
Varied experience in 3 industries: Engineering , Healthcare and Education. Technology pioneer. Leading-edge strategies and deployments. Data Center colocation. Customer Service delivery. Strategic Planning. Multi-platform support.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Robertson South

4:00pm

IMA - An Update
82nd legislative session SB 6
  • IMA, tech allotment, more freedom to choose and procure instructional material, technology equipment, technology services
83rd legislative session HB 2
  • Publishers given free market, no state max cost, adoption cycle 6 years to 8 years,
84th legislative session
  • bills passed: cause and affect
TEA: Adoption Cycle, proclamations, bid contracts

Publishers: bundles, packaging, pricing, subscriptions, licenses, buyer beware, publisher promises, publisher contracts, leverage

IMA funding: Obstacles , resolutions, IMCAT stance

Technology: technical support, accessible online instructional materials, collaboration with departments, user friendly website to ensure access for students and teachers, software and hardware compatibility with publisher programs, timeline/ deadlines, and single user sign on.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
DeZevala South

4:00pm

Is Virtual Computing Future Ready?
Virtual desktop computing has been in play for several years now, but with the explosion of Chromebooks and iPads is this still a viable solution? 

This session will provide an update of the virtual desktop projects at Tyler ISD and Arlington ISD, and their plans for the future.

Speakers
avatar for John Orbaugh

John Orbaugh

Executive Director of Technology, Tyler ISD
Tyler ISD


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
DeWitt South

4:00pm

Preparing for Excellence: Creating and Sustaining an Environment Providing Customer Service and Support
The process leading to and supporting the recent transformation in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s customer service program will be shared. Successfully moving from over 5,000 open service requests to an average of 400 SLA dependent service requests does not happen overnight, but with systematic planning, review, and analysis. Monitored metrics, review checkpoints, and keys to success will be shared. Discussion between participants will be encouraged to identify common metrics used across the state among participants.

Speakers


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
DeZavala North

4:00pm

Protecting Privcay and Student Data in a Digital Age
Participants will learn about CoSN's Privacy Resources and a practical set of tools and resources for managing the burgeoning set of student data in the cloud.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Abshire

Sheryl Abshire

Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools/ Lamar University
Sheryl Abshire is Chief Technology Officer in the Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, La. As a leader in technology integration, she serves as a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology into all curriculum areas throughout her school district, the state, and internationally. | | Sheryl has a B.S. Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. Elementary Education, Educational Specialist School Administration/Supervision & a Ph.D... Read More →
avatar for Steve Young

Steve Young

Chief Technology Officer, Judson ISD
Steve Young is the Vice President of Information Technology at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas.  His team oversees a wide range of technology including data center management, application development, business operations support, and intelligent vehicle systems. Formerly, Steve served as Chief Technology Officer for nine years at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  Prior to that, Steve has had several positions in technology at... Read More →



Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Austin

4:00pm

What are We Protecting? - TEA Security Advisory Committee
TEA will present on the advisory committee that was formed and provided feedback on process and procedures that have been discussed.

Speakers
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Diane Borreson

Executive Director of Technology, Hays CISD
avatar for Terry Driscoll

Terry Driscoll

CTO, Lubbock ISD
avatar for Karen Fuller

Karen Fuller

Chief Technology Officer, Klein ISD
Karen Fuller is the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has 23 years of experience and has been a teacher, technology coordinator, manager, trainer, and director. | | She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and regional networks. Karen’s vast experience also includes workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
DeWitt North

4:30pm

What is Success?
We all have our own personal definitions of success. Each of our school systems has expectations for success: of its learners, of its staff, of its programs (including technology). Are those definitions for success aligned and interconnected? Do your and your team's efforts and implementations translate into transformative experiences and increased opportunity for learners and educators? Or are we pulled by multiple demands and expectations that may not support a unified and aligned definition of success for you, your team, your learners, and your school system? 

Speakers
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Sean Casey

Vice President, True North Consulting Group
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Russ Johnson

CEO, True North Consulting Group

Sponsors
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True North Consulting Group

True North Consulting Group
True North is a group of professionals with over 100 collective years' experience in assessment, design, strategic planning, and partnership with CIO's and school districts to answer these types of questions and to provide clarity and focus toward success in today's and future efforts. Whether it be: | | advising on technology investment options and recommendations,design of learning spaces & utilizing technology in impactful... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Phoenix Ballroom

5:00pm

Reception & Exhibits
Come join the Exhibitors for a networking reception!

Wednesday June 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lobby
 
Thursday, June 18
 

7:30am

8:15am

General Session - Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Karen Fuller

Karen Fuller

Chief Technology Officer, Klein ISD
Karen Fuller is the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has 23 years of experience and has been a teacher, technology coordinator, manager, trainer, and director. | | She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and regional networks. Karen’s vast experience also includes workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 8:15am - 8:30am
Phoenix Ballroom

8:30am

Keynote Panel - Salary Reboot: Rethinking Pay for K-12 Technology Jobs

Keeping connected to market salaries can help ensure districts are prepared to hire and retain top tech talent in today’s competitive job market. A panel of compensation and data experts from TASB HR Services will share salary trends for key benchmark K-12 technology jobs using their latest salary survey data, including diving into market values and trends by region and district size. Panel members will discuss new strategies for compensating and rewarding these employees, common career pathways to IT jobs in districts and the salary variances that may occur, and the role gender may play in current salaries of top IT administrators.

Topics to be Covered
  • Salary trends in K-12 technology jobs
  • Market values for tech jobs by enrollment group, region, etc.
  • Our survey data integrity, response rates, etc.
  • Value of non-school market data
  • Strategies for hiring and retaining tech talent
    • Separate pay structures
    • Willingness to adjust pay
    • Willingness to provide differential increases to respond to market
    • Career pathways for tech jobs
  • Staffing levels/trends in tech jobs
  • Instructional technology vs. regular IT
    • Market value differences
    • Career pathway salary differences
  • Gender pay equity for CTOs
  • Values of IT certifications

Speakers
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Troy Bryant

Data Services Manager, TASB
Troy directs DataCentral and the production of the annual salary and HR topic surveys. Troy joined the HR Services team in 2011. Before coming to TASB, he worked as a consultant and analyst in the online business information and technology sectors. He is also a contributing writer to the HR Exchange. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Luz Cadena

Senior Compensation Consultant, TASB
Luz has worked as a compensation consultant with HR Services since 2006. Prior to TASB, she worked for Round Rock ISD for eight years in the positions of compensation analyst, compensation coordinator, and director of compensation. She is a member and past president of the Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association (CTCBA). Luz grew up in New Mexico and earned an associate degree in business administration from New Mexico State... Read More →
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Amy Campbell

Assistant Director of HR Services, TASB
Amy Campbell is an assistant director for HR Services. Amy oversees data services, including DataCentral and the salary survey process. She also works with districts on compensation planning and development. Amy joined HR Services in 2012. Prior to TASB, she worked as a compensation and records manager for an urban Texas school district. She also served six years as a compensation consultant on a national scale, specializing in compensation and... Read More →
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Ann Patton

Managing Compensation Consultant, TASB
Ann is a managing compensation consultant with HR Services. She has been assisting public school districts and community colleges with compensation planning and development since 1999. Prior to working at TASB, she worked as a compensation specialist and consultant with the City of Austin and as the benefits manager for a major hospital. Ann is a graduate of Highland Park ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Stephen F... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Phoenix Ballroom

9:30am

Present Awards & Install Officers
Thursday June 18, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
Phoenix Ballroom

10:05am

Exibits
Thursday June 18, 2015 10:05am - 10:35am
Phoenix Ballroom

10:40am

Create your own Innovative Learning Space
Innovation within the learning environments can come in all shapes and sizes. Our panel of Round Rock ISD students will describe their design process for creating their vision for the Library of the Future.  Learn how the students used technology and next generation skills such as problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation to complete their project as well as how other districts are implementing unique makerspaces and active learning environments.

Speakers
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Students

Cedar Ridge High School

Sponsors
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Dell

Dell
Dell Inc. is committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to learn and succeed in an increasingly digital world and a globally competitive workforce. As a top provider of technology and services to schools, Dell listens to and works with students, educators, administrators, parents and community members around the world to deliver innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more in and out of... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Phoenix Ballroom

10:40am

Critical Components for K-12 Safety and Security
How can we enhance classroom security in this day and age of school shootings and violence? Integrating a Panic Button application into your video surveillance software and MonitorCastEdu provides a direct link to classrooms and gives control to teachers and administrators in a crisis situation. 

With a Panic Button teachers can discretely request assistance by pressing a button on a wearable microphone. Activating the Panic Button triggers various alerts – which are customizable within the Video Management Software integration – including an audio alert, location of the classroom on an integrated map, and playback of images recorded immediately preceding the alert. MonitorCastEdu allows you to see who comes in and out of the school, enhancing your campus security. 

Speakers
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David Alford

VI Team, Video Insight

Sponsors
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Video Insight

Video Insight
Video Insight is a leading IP video surveillance management software used by over 25,000 customers in the financial, government, retail, and transportation sectors with a very strong presence in the education market consisting of 4,500 K-12 school/college customers. Video Insight is the easiest and most cost-effective enterprise VMS with support for over 3,000 camera models and integration with the top access control solutions in the market.


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
DeZavala North

10:40am

EdCredible - Reviews and Ratings by Educators for Educators

Each year, U.S. Public K-12 Education spends more than $115 billion on materials, services, and systems used by more than 4million educators in their daily efforts to educate more than 54 million students.

EdCredible’s goal is to provide school districts and their staff with accurate, unbiased evaluations and ratings—created by educators for educators—of vendors and their good and services to help ensure that teachers and administrators get only the very best products and services.

The system provides the ability for ‘verified K12 staff’ to created anonymous Reviews and Ratings of vendors and their goods and services. 

The system and information can be used by districts to evaluate

-     which products to keep,

-     which products to eliminate, and

-     which new products to consider for purchase. 

The system can also be used to 'real-time score' vendor proposals and presentations during the RFP process as well as rating vendor service and quality during the implementation and training processes.

Vendors and customers can use the disaggregated information to evaluate vendor performance and determine where to make improvements.


Sponsors
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Rating Systems, Inc.

Rating Systems, Inc.
Each year, U.S. Public K-12 Education spends more than $115 billion on materials, services, and systems used by more than 4million educators in their daily efforts to educate more than 54 million students. EdCredible’s goal is to provide school districts and their staff with accurate, unbiased evaluations and ratings—created by educators for educators—of vendors and their good and services to help ensure that teachers and... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
DeZevala South

10:40am

Future State of Education Roundtable
Roundtable discussion around the issues and concerns of school districts and how they use and leverage technology moving forward.

Speakers
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Scott Parson

Account Manager, Best Buy

Sponsors
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Best Buy

Best Buy
We make it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need tosucceed. Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offerknowledgeable, unbiased advice and guideyou to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs andbudget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom,launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout yourschool, we can provide the products, support and protection you... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Robertson South

10:40am

Jive Communications
Sponsors
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Jive Communications

Jive Communications
Jive Communications provides enterprise-grade Hosted VoIP and UnifiedCommunications to businesses and institutions. Jive is rapidly becomingthe standard for business communications worldwide.Jive’s hosted services run on Jive Cloud, a proprietary, cloud-basedplatform. The Jive Cloud architecture has been purpose-built to deliver themost reliable, powerful, and economical hosted communication servicesavailable to the enterprise market.


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
DeWitt South

10:40am

Messy or Managed? Tips for Getting a Handle on Your District's Devices
YouTube, Google, SSL, state testing, proxies, authentication…The promise of mobile devices for learning is high, but the challenges can be, too. Lightspeed Systems can help—with solutions to filter device access on and off campus, monitor student activity, control devices policies, push apps, and a lot more. And since these devices are being used in the classroom, a Teacher Dashboard lets IT manage district policies while teachers can easily manage classroom use. Whether you’re 1:1 or BYOD, iOS or Chromebook or Windows or Android, or some mix of it all, we’ll share tips and tools for getting your mobile learning program managed.

Speakers
BD

Brent Dunlap

Regional Sales Manager, Lightspeed Systems

Sponsors
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Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems is committed to helping students do amazing thingsby enabling safe, mobile, managed learning environments. Completelyfocused on K-12 education, Lightspeed Systems has created the onlyschool-specific solution with three integrated elements to address IT,educator, administrator and parental concerns. With web filtering, MDMand classroom management tools, Lightspeed Systems helps createmobile learning programs that transform... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
DeWitt North

10:40am

Protecting Students’ Personal Information: What your school should know about data breaches
The need for K-12 schools to protect against data loss has never been more important. Increasingly, schools hold a wealth of sensitive information on students, teachers and staff that if exposed can cause lasting damage.  Regulatory legislation such as CIPA, HIPAA and others have been expanded, requiring schools to be more vigilant in protecting sensitive data or risk costly compliance violations. The loss of personal student data can cause damage that follows K-12 students into adulthood.  Unfortunately, many school Web filters are not equipped to meet the challenges of the modern threat landscape.  As data theft exploits become more sophisticated, schools must ensure they have the technology needed to stop them.

In this session, you will learn:
  • The imprtantce of protecting sensitive data on school networks
  • Why visibility over the full Web stream is critical
  • How behavioral anomaly baselining can protect against data loss
  • The critical "Must-Haves" to ensure data security in your school 

Sponsors
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iBoss

iBoss
iboss Cybersecurity defends today’s borderless networks against advanced threats and data exfiltration with innovative Web Security, Mobile Security and FireSphere™ Advanced APT Defense. Unlike legacy technology focused solely on keeping malware out, iboss offers a balanced approach with equal emphasis on prevention, detection and containment to reduce loss from data breaches. Backed by patented technology and unparalleled... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Austin

10:40am

Today's Classroom Crossover Vehicle: The Personalized Learning Engine
If Google and Amazon built “the Mazerati” of the personalized user experience, then education must develop the motor to power the vehicle that provides instructional strategies and content to meet learning needs but also addresses each student’s performance level, learning style and preferences.

To achieve this goal, educators must be willing to make themselves vulnerable, letting go of the steering wheel and proceeding as learning collaborator rather than an expert leader. Engineering the learning platform for today's learner will require leaders to establish different relationships, avoid detours and drive through barriers to changing the learning landscape. Identifying and delivering a personalized learning experience for each student will be mobilized through innovative crossover designs for learning and performance analytics.

Speakers
avatar for Beatriz Arnillas

Beatriz Arnillas

Director IT - Instructional Technology, Houston ISD
My background is in the Visual Arts. I taught Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Women Studies and Art History in various Higher Education organizations. I learned to use all the Adobe tools to make digital art, design brochures, lesson plans, training, digital video and HTML back in the 90s. My career evolved on to Education Administration, designing online courses, developing professional staff, and leadership development in the Oil & Gas... Read More →
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Bailey Mitchell

Chief Academic Officer, itslearning

Sponsors
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itslearning

itslearning
itslearning is a K-12 learning management system that enables teachersto better facilitate instructional delivery and engage today’s “digitally”wired students. Whether teachers are developing lessons, distributing andcollecting assignments, assessing quizzes and tests, or engaging withparents, itslearning supports teaching and learning anytime, anywhere, onany device - all on one platform, in one location, requiring one login.


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Robertson North

11:15am

Layer3
Sponsors
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Layer 3 Communications

Layer 3 Communications
Layer 3 Communications, LLC. is a professional services organization andnetwork systems integrator specializing in the design, implementation andsupport of local and wide area networks for data, voice and videoapplications.


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:45am
Phoenix Ballroom

11:15am

Building a Highly Reliable, Multi-platform Network Through a Co-location Facility, Multiple ISPs, and Data Center Upgrades
Present strategies and plans to design and implement a network infrastructure, including wireless and BYOT, connecting 90 campuses with a 99% uptime. The design strategy is built on CoSN’s Smart Education Network by Design (SEND) Initiative!


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Robertson North

11:15am

Data Breach Mitigation Strategy - Spring Branch Case Study
In the eyes of the law, any unauthorized access of sensitive data is a "Data Breach". Most of us will experience a sensitive data "incident" sometime in our career. It is a matter of when, not if.

When sensitive data gets into the wrong hands, the organization finds itself in a defensive posture, having to answer many questions: how did the data end up in the wrong hands, what safeguards did you have in place, who had access to the data and why, why were there lax procedures, did you have the right policies in place, was your staff trained on the right procedures, etc.

Even when you are the victim of hacking, you find yourself defending all you did or didn't do leading up to the hacking incident. In the eyes of the person whose data was exposed, you are the criminal (for not adequately protecting their personal information).

It's not just computer data either. Sensitive information resides in many places in an organization. So what do you do? Here's what we are doing at Spring Branch ISD to safeguard sensitive data.

Speakers
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Venu Rao

CIO, Spring Branch ISD
Varied experience in 3 industries: Engineering , Healthcare and Education. Technology pioneer. Leading-edge strategies and deployments. Data Center colocation. Customer Service delivery. Strategic Planning. Multi-platform support.


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Robertson South

11:15am

IMA - An Update
82nd legislative session SB 6
  • IMA, tech allotment, more freedom to choose and procure instructional material, technology equipment, technology services
83rd legislative session HB 2
  • Publishers given free market, no state max cost, adoption cycle 6 years to 8 years,
84th legislative session
  • bills passed: cause and affect
TEA: Adoption Cycle, proclamations, bid contracts

Publishers: bundles, packaging, pricing, subscriptions, licenses, buyer beware, publisher promises, publisher contracts, leverage

IMA funding: Obstacles , resolutions, IMCAT stance

Technology: technical support, accessible online instructional materials, collaboration with departments, user friendly website to ensure access for students and teachers, software and hardware compatibility with publisher programs, timeline/ deadlines, and single user sign on.


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
DeZevala South

11:15am

Implementing the Next Generation Digital Classroom: A Partnership Between Information Services, Instructional Technology, and Program Evaluation
When it comes to integrating technology into the classroom, no CTO should go it alone. In this session, key leaders from Round Rock ISD will describe the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating the Next Generation Digital Classroom pilot. Attendees will leave with an understanding of critical timelines and tasks necessary for rolling-out a district technology initiative while monitoring and reporting on the impact on students and teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Lannon Heflin

Lannon Heflin

Director of Instructional Technology, Round Rock ISD
Lannon serves Round Rock ISD as the Director for Instructional Technology. He began his career as a classroom teacher in Round Rock in the mid 90's and, after a brief break to work at the Region 13 Service Center, he returned to RRISD to support schools in integrating technology into daily instruction.
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Cathy Malerba

Executive Director, Assessment & Evaluation, Round Rock ISD
Our department supports the work of school administrators by administering the STAAR reporting program and through program evaluation and academic data analysis. People should talk to me about the power of having internal evaluation and statistical expertise and the value of measuring and monitoring classroom processes rather than over-relying on outcome data.


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
DeWitt North

11:15am

Meeting of the Minds: All it Takes is Planning!
Learn how a Texas High Performing School District, Klein lSD, uses Long Range Technology Planning and inter-departmental collaboration to meet current technology needs and shape the future. Leaders from the Instruction and Information Technology Departments will demonstrate how an action team approach can be used to lead technology project implementation to create future ready graduates.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Fuller

Karen Fuller

Chief Technology Officer, Klein ISD
Karen Fuller is the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has 23 years of experience and has been a teacher, technology coordinator, manager, trainer, and director. | | She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and regional networks. Karen’s vast experience also includes workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Austin

11:15am

Using BrightBytes Clarity to Inform Technology Decisions and Programs
BrightBytes Clarity is a student, teacher and parent survey tool that collects, triangulates and analyzes school district progress with technology programs and beliefs. Learn how Lewisville ISD uses this data to paint a picture for reviewing programs and informing conversations across the district.

Speakers
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Barbara Brown

Lewisville ISD
Lewisville ISD
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Barry Fox

Director of Instructional Technology, Arlington ISD
Director of Technology | Arlington ISD
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Jerram Froese

Lewisville ISD


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
DeZavala North

11:15am

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Privacy, Safety and Security Issues in the K-12 1:1 Era
Houston ISD has created a Safety, Privacy and Security Rubric (SPSR) in conjunction with HISD’s PowerUp (1:1 initiative) to rate tools frequently used by our students and teachers. The goal is to promote appropriate use of technology (AUT) and to increase awareness of safety, privacy and security concerns among students, teachers and parents. Houston ISD invited Common Sense Media and a select group of school districts to review, test and refine the instrument. The following school districts enthusiastically endorsed and joined in our efforts: New York City Department of Education, Chicago, Metropolitan Nashville, Fairfax County, Clarke County and Denver. The SPS Rubric has been posted as an online instrument on Common Sense’s Graphite.org, and is currently being tested to calibrate and ensure ease of use. Since then, more school districts and representatives from K12 groups have been invited to the Houston ISD and Common Sense SPS Rubric Committee, including Texas districts Judson, Katy, Pasadena and Klein; other large USA districts, such as LA USD and Broward Co (FL), as well as representatives from CoSN, ISTE and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS). Join us to learn about the rubric’s features and uses.

Speakers
avatar for Beatriz Arnillas

Beatriz Arnillas

Director IT - Instructional Technology, Houston ISD
My background is in the Visual Arts. I taught Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Women Studies and Art History in various Higher Education organizations. I learned to use all the Adobe tools to make digital art, design brochures, lesson plans, training, digital video and HTML back in the 90s. My career evolved on to Education Administration, designing online courses, developing professional staff, and leadership development in the Oil & Gas... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
DeWitt South

11:45am

Virtual Engineer as a Service - the Future of IT, Today
Today, the largest part of a CIO’s IT budget is typically not hardware, software or services, but people costs. The majority of these resources are focused on maintenance and remediation, with only a small proportion aligned to strategic initiatives. nDivision’s Virtual Engineer as a Service (VEaaS) automates up to 90% of all repetitive Tier 1 tasks, and on average, 56% of all Infrastructure Operations tasks. Remediation times are reduced dramatically and service levels to the business are improved, while key resources are released to add value to the business.

Speakers
MB

Mike Beavers

VP of Services, nDivision
BW

Brad Wiggins

Chief Solutions Achitect, nDivision

Sponsors
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nDivision

nDivision
nDivision provides Managed Services, Hosted Applications, ProfessionalServices and Enterprise Solutions to a broad range of commercial andpublic accounts, across 26 U.S. states, 40 countries and 6 continents. Ithas invested in world-class technologies to provide solutions like its VirtualEngineer as a Service (VEaaS) and highly available and customizablehosted single-tenant Microsoft applications. nDivision builds long-term‘trusted... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:15pm
Phoenix Ballroom

12:15pm

1:00pm

The Leap to Transformational Learning Requires an Evolution of the Network: Is Your District SEND Ready?
Commitment to technology rich transformational learning requires the continued evolution of the district network infrastructure. The Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND II) initiative provides an executable roadmap. Proper navigation of this roadmap can be achieved with the assistance of a partner who understands the understands the history, landscape, and proven successful results. Join Presidio as we discuss practical approaches to building the foundation of your connected learning environments. 

Speakers
BD

Bob Daughrity

Director, Education Solutions, Presidio
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Frankie Jackson

Chief Technology Officer, Cy-Fair ISD
Ms. Frankie Jackson is the Chief Technology Officer for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Jackson is responsible for technology planning and resource management for students and staff of CFISD. | | Jackson comes to CFISD with 29 years of technology experience. She gained extensive experience in the industry beginning as a software engineer with McDonnell Douglas then moving to program manager with Unisys and then vice president of performance management... Read More →

Sponsors
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Presidio

Presidio
The convergence of IT has changed the way students learn. Presidioleverages technology within K-12 and for improved collaboration,24/7/365 mobile learning, cloud-based application delivery, wireless andInternet connectivity, storage, managed services, and security solutions.Our expert experience in E-rate and education-based technology ensuresthat we will bring the unique expertise and resources you need to design,build and manage your IT... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Phoenix Ballroom

1:30pm

Choosing the Right Infrastructure Partner
Speakers
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Greg Spraetz

EVP Sales and Marketing, Conterra Broadband Services
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Steve Stiles

Executive Director of Technology, El Paso ISD

Sponsors
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Conterra Broadband Services

Conterra Broadband Services
Since 2001, Conterra has been building carrier-class fiber and wirelessnetwork solutions to solve the problems of slow, unreliable Internet andphone connections as well as outdated data, media and video transportcircuits. Conterra builds and customizes high-quality, scalable solutionsthat will meet the constantly changing needs of high-bandwidthconsuming organizations. Conterra’s competitiveadvantage is that theybuild and manage new... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Phoenix Ballroom

1:30pm

Benchmark4 Excellence
Presentation of the final benchmarking report for this year. Find out how you can be a part of the 2015-16 cohort!

Speakers
VR

Venu Rao

CIO, Spring Branch ISD
Varied experience in 3 industries: Engineering , Healthcare and Education. Technology pioneer. Leading-edge strategies and deployments. Data Center colocation. Customer Service delivery. Strategic Planning. Multi-platform support.


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Austin

1:30pm

Cyber Safety and Citizenship for the Classroom
During today’s day and age, it isn’t enough to just teach kids to be successful citizens in their community, they need to learn to be safe citizens online, too.  During this presentation we will feature various techniques to teach teachers and students to be responsible users of social media, safe online citizens, all while building a positive reputation online and building beneficial lifelong information literacy skills.

Speakers
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Lynnice Hockaday

Technology Analyst, Harris County Department of Education
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David McGeary

Manager of Innovation, Harris County Department of Education
Manager of Innovation - Harris County Department of Education


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Robertson North

1:30pm

Education in 3D
Learn how 3D printing cannot only enhance your STEM program and robotics team, but also be used throughout all grades K-12 in all subject areas. Lesson plans, purchasing guides, and much more will be provided.

Speakers
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Mark Simmons

Director of Technology, Sabine Pass ISD
Mark has worked in the Information Technology field for 20+ years with the last 5 years in education. He obtained his MS in Information Technology from American InterContinental University. He is an active member of TCEA, COSN, and CTO. He regularly provides workshops and presentations for local, state, and national organizations. He is currently the Technology Director at Sabine Pass ISD. He is a certified Google Administrator, Certified... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Robertson South

1:30pm

How to Manage Your Inventory

Come hear about two districts and how they are managing their technology inventories. Tyler ISD completely transformed its entire IT infrastructure by implementing several different solutions to better manage and maintain its needs. With over 60,000 technology assets, for 20,000 students and staff, across 27 schools, learn what solutions helped Tyler ISD build, operate and deliver the necessary services and how you can streamline your efforts with similar tactics.

With 1:1 initiatives and BYOD programs becoming more of a focus in 2015, schools have more assets than ever that need to be tracked, reported and protected. Learn how Lewisville ISD plans on tackling the challenging yet necessary task of managing those assets. 

Speakers
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Barbara Brown

Lewisville ISD
Lewisville ISD
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Joseph Jacks

Coordinator of Technology Service, Tyler ISD
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John Orbaugh

Executive Director of Technology, Tyler ISD
Tyler ISD
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Robin Stout

Library Media Services Supervisor, Lewisville ISD
Library media services supervisor. Adjunct professor. Life-long learner. YA lit addict. Entry-level robotics nerd. Doctoral student in my spare time.


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DeWitt South

1:30pm

TEA Update
Come here about the latest projects from TEA staff and how new legislation has impacted technology in Texas.

Speakers
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Kerry Ballast

Texas Education Agency


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DeZavala North

1:30pm

Teacher iPad Deployment in a Large School District
Garland ISD recently deployed over 4,200 iPads for teachers.  In this session you will learn about logistics behind this project, from distribution of the iPads to the teacher and administrators training. 

Speakers
avatar for Jasna Aliefendic

Jasna Aliefendic

Tech Apps Coordinator, Garland ISD


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DeZevala South

1:30pm

What Did I Get Myself Into?
A humorous look at technology projects that may not have gone the way you thought they should! Come hear and share your stories about funny things that have happened during technology projects. We have to laugh at ourselves so we don’t cry!

Moderators
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Diane Borreson

Executive Director of Technology, Hays CISD
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Karen Fuller

Chief Technology Officer, Klein ISD
Karen Fuller is the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has 23 years of experience and has been a teacher, technology coordinator, manager, trainer, and director. | | She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and regional networks. Karen’s vast experience also includes workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology... Read More →
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Steve Young

Chief Technology Officer, Judson ISD
Steve Young is the Vice President of Information Technology at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas.  His team oversees a wide range of technology including data center management, application development, business operations support, and intelligent vehicle systems. Formerly, Steve served as Chief Technology Officer for nine years at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  Prior to that, Steve has had several positions in technology at... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DeWitt North

2:30pm

Benchmarking Cohort
This is a meeting of the 2014-15 Benchmarking Cohort. Come here the results from the final report. Help plan to revise the rubric for the following year. 

Speakers

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Austin

2:30pm

Collaboration Committee
Come join the Collaboration with Natural Allies Committee to brainstorm ideas of how we can collaborate with other organizations to provide better services to our members. 

Moderators
MP

Mignon Plyler

Administrator, Sherman ISD
Technology, Learning, Instructional Design, Leadership

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Phoenix Ballroom

2:30pm

Communications Committee
How can we improve our website, social media presence, and marketing messages for Texas K-12 CTO Council? Join this committee to help the Council plan for the future!

Speakers
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Seth Hansen

Executive Director of Technology, Midway ISD
Seth Hansen has had experience as a teacher, instructional technologist, network specialist, and now serves as the Executive Director of Technology for Midway ISD in Waco, TX. His work is dedicated to enhancing education through the use of technology.


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
DeWitt North

2:30pm

Consultative Services Committee
Come join the Consultative Services Committee to brainstorm ideas of services we can provide to our membership!

Moderators
DA

Dan Armstrong

Plano ISD
Plano ISD

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Robertson South

2:30pm

Finance Committee
Come join the Finance Committee to help Texas K-12 CTO Council plan for future budgeting and investments!

Speakers
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Victor Valdez

Executive Director of Technology, Pflugerville ISD
CTO - Pflugerville ISD


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
DeZevala South

2:30pm

Legislative Committee
Come hear the latest updates from what is happening in the Texas legislature. Work together to find out how Texas CTO Council can support legislation. 

Speakers

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
DeWitt South

2:30pm

Membership Committee
Come join the Membership & Marketing Committee to brainstorm ideas of how we can increase our membership and improve our messages to prospective members! 

Speakers
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Hedda Alexander

Technology Director, Jacksonville ISD
I'm the Technology Director for Jacksonville ISD. We are a smaller district with just under 5,000 students. We are currently in the process of implementing Office 365. We have been using email since January and have had a soft implementation of the other apps. We will be moving forward with training and use of the other apps in the fall. | We are currently testing Windows 10 in different environments through-out the district.
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Matt Flood

Chief Technology Officer, Goose Creek CISD


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Robertson North

2:30pm

Professional Development Committee
Come work with the Professional Development Committee to help plan for future training needs of CTOs in Texas! 

Speakers
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Frankie Jackson

Chief Technology Officer, Cy-Fair ISD
Ms. Frankie Jackson is the Chief Technology Officer for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Jackson is responsible for technology planning and resource management for students and staff of CFISD. | | Jackson comes to CFISD with 29 years of technology experience. She gained extensive experience in the industry beginning as a software engineer with McDonnell Douglas then moving to program manager with Unisys and then vice president of performance management... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
DeZavala North