EdSurge-Rossier Tech for Schools Summit LA 2015 Recap
These summits may be over, but the learning, reflections and relationships continue! Find the events recaps below or jump over to one of our Upcoming Summits.
Keynote Speaker Liz Arney Liz Arney, author of Go Blended!, was formerly
Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools. She joined NewSchools Venture Fund as a partner in March 2015.
Keynote Speaker Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D. Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education; previously a professor, scholar and academic administrator at both public and private research universities throughout the US.
Keynote Speaker Helena Seli Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
Director, Program Development
USC Rossier School of Education
40 companies were selected by a team of local educator judges to participate in EdSurge-Rossier Tech for Schools Summit LA 2015.
Steve was a former student of RUSD and is now back in the district working as a Staff Development Specialist for Technology Integration. He sees the entire context of learning changing with emergence of technology. He enjoys spending time with his family, BBQing, and tinkering with mobile Android devices.
Rechelle Pavel has been an educator in the Los Angeles area for four years and in Nebraska for two years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership. Rechelle uses technology in her classroom daily through the use of macbooks, SMARTBOARDs, and iPads. She enjoys learning, implementing, and sharing new ideas about technology in education.
Pavel is a science teacher from Los Angeles. His main focus and expertise includes incorporating both technology as well as experiential learning components in innovative ways in order to create the most effective learning outcomes for his students. Pavel is a product of the California State University system with degrees in Molecular Biology and Educational Technology. His main focus is on classroom and online student collaboration as well as inspiring student-centered learning and creativity. Pavel is a strong believer in a technology and experience-linked educational paradigm shift with the main focus of reaching as many learners as possible. He truly believes that technology in the classroom is a prerequisite element and every educator must be an expert in visualizing the context of student-centered learning outcomes.
I am a personalized learning coach and Core Knowledge special programs coordinator at Bryant School of Arts & Innovation in Riverside, California. I currently work with grades K-6 in all areas of educational technology and digital literacy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, photography, and working in my garden.
Following the steps of her mother, Kristi’s teaching career started 19 years ago. In addition to finding joy in opening the doors of literacy to students in the primary and upper grades, Kristi has always served as a leader in computer instruction at Liberty Elementary School in Riverside. However, this past year her role has become even more innovative as she is one of three teachers to pioneer Personalized Learning at Liberty. As a innovator in Personalized Learning, Kristi has had a train of visitors to her classroom including John Hopkins University, Prasad Ram, Gooru Founder, CEO, Kenneth Young, County Superintendent, Dr. David Hansen, RUSD Superintendent and most of his cabinet members. She is also a model and mentor of Personalized Learning to her colleagues. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family.
Jonathan Tiongco is the Director of BLAST Implementation for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a charter management organization in Los Angeles, California. Jonathan oversees Alliance's portfolio of blended learning schools, which includes blended learning pilots, full-school conversions, and a Next Generation Learning Challenges grantee school. Before joining the Alliance, he served as the School Site Co-Director (Instruction) for Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School. His hobbies include spending time with his family, traveling, watching sports, and eating. He and his wife own and operate a Los Angeles-based food tour company, Six Taste (www.sixtaste.com).
Teacher for 27 years; 12 years in elementary and 11 years teaching ELA/World History Launchpad (laptop), and AVID Elective in secondary. During the 11 years of teaching 7th and 8th grades, every student in the Launchpad ELA/World History class in secondary had her/his own laptop. Blended instruction, high student engagement, and near-paperless academic environment were the norm and students were invited to present media projects at several technology conferences. Present position is K-12 Staff Development Specialist for Riverside Unified School District.
Claudia teaches 3rd grade at KIPP Raíces Academy. This is her 9th year teaching, and she is super excited about the positive effect technology has had on her students' education and the way she teaches.
Mario Echeverria is currently a 6th grade ELA teacher and Innovation Coordinator at KIPP Academy of Innovation in East Los Angeles. This is Mario's 8th year in the classroom and has served as a grade level chair, technology lead, and department chair during his teaching experience. Mario wants to help advocate for educational equity and reform in the Los Angeles area. Mario has completed a Bachelor's degree and two Master's degrees in education and was recently honored as the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Innovative Teaching Award.
Matthew Peskay holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University Teachers College and has over 15 years of experience in technology and education. As the Chief of Innovation and Technology at KIPP LA Schools, Matthew is focused on innovations in teaching and learning through the considered implementation of technology to deliver rich, personalized learning experiences for all students, while reducing administrative burdens on teachers, allowing them more time to form deep and meaningful connections with their students. Matthew is a Google Certified Trusted Trainer, and a member of iNACOL, CUE, CETPA and ISTE.
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