Dr. Fried is an effective and dynamic school leader with an expertise in the development of Digital Education and Curriculum, with a focus on community involvement. During his tenure as Superintendent of the Harrington Park District (NJ) he has overseen the successful implementation of numerous sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture of the district while increasing student achievement and staff engagement. Adam has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his work as a professional educator. He is a Jefferson award winner, Educational Technology Panelist, Member of NJASA and BCASA Executive Boards, Professor of Educational Leadership and national presenter on multiple educational topics. Currently, Adam is a pedagogical leader of staff through a research based evaluation model, which has been recognized as a best practice for the NJ Department of Education. Currently, Adam is also mentoring Ed-Tech start ups to support them in the build, measure, learn cycle. He is also husband to Dr. Nicole Fried and Daddy to Ella and Amelia
From 1998-2015, John was a Business Education Teacher and Program Leader in the Workforce Development Department at Newington High School. In January 2015, he became the Director of Educational Technology for the Newington Public Schools and has directed the district’s technology and 1:1 initiative. John is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator, and also is a Certified MOS Office Specialist. He currently also presents at appsU, appsevents and EdTech Team Google summits across the United States on the integration of technology into the classroom.
Mike is the Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Hillsdale School District in New Jersey. He spent the majority of his teaching career as a middle school mathematics teacher, as well as several years as a fifth grade classroom teacher. Mike has been an innovator in implementing teaching and technology trends throughout his career, and has presented at local and state conferences.
AJ Bianco is a 7/8th grade social studies teacher at the Harrington Park School in Harrington Park, New Jersey.
As an advocate for technology in the classroom he integrates technology with his own students, and trains teachers as well as presents at various conferences. AJ incorporates a variety of technology tools, such as Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning.
Alana Laudone directs a portfolio of innovation and edtech pilot programs for the New York City Department of Education's iZone. These programs aim to improve the implementation of education technology through stakeholder engagement, professional development, and R&E. Alana’s prior experiences include foreign language instruction in the US and abroad, nonprofit management, and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Asian Studies from Amherst College. Follow Alana @akatl and iZone @innovatenycedu.
Takecia began her career as a programmer and technology management professional serving human resources, food service and website development organizations such as Hewitt Associates and Kraft Foods Inc. With extensive experience in the private sector and the field of education, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Computer Based Information Systems from the Howard University School of Business; a Master of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Elementary Education from the City University of New York, City College School of Education; and a Master of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership also from the City University of New York, City College School of Education; a doctoral student at Fordham University, Takecia is an Executive Leadership Candidate. Currently serving as the Director of the award winning New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Innovation, Takecia is the leader of the statewide innovateNJ initiative, designed to scale best practices across the state.