Data platform that delivers info relevant to evaluations to teachers in real time in order to make to quick, well-informed decisions
Classroom tools that support higher-level thinking, project- and problem-based learning, literacy skills, and 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration and creativity
Tools that prepare students and teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards
Teacher tools, including formative assessments, that enable educators to assess student progress towards mastery, particularly skills embodied in the Common Core
Tools that support RTI models and allow teachers to individualize instruction to meet student needs
Tools and resources that support personalized learning
Tools that can be fully developed and immediately implementable or tools still in their early stages
Paul Roen is the Blended Learning Manager for Tennessee’s Achievement School District. He is focused on developing personalized learning environments in order to move the bottom 5% of schools in the state to the top 25% within five years. Prior to joining the ASD, he worked in the Department of Research, Assessment and Evaluation at Metro Nashville Public Schools while he completed his Ed. D at Vanderbilt University. His graduate work centered on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities in the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY. He is an alum of TeachNOLA and taught 7th and 8th grade math in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward following Hurricane Katrina.
Tina Yahnian is the software acquisitions manager in the Learning Technology department with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in Nashville, TN. Tina was a member of the collaborative design team that implemented the All-Star training enabling all MNPS teachers to learn the district’s technology initiatives through online learning modules. Prior to joining MNPS, she was an instructional technology specialist and an elementary teacher with Dekalb County Schools in Atlanta, GA. Tina holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology.
Amanda Smithfield is the librarian extraordinaire at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, one of the top public high schools in the country. Her work includes technology integration in a project-based learning environment. In her spare time, she also leads a small learning community for fellow Metro Nashville Public School librarians where she showcases online professional development opportunities available. She is a proud member of ISTE and can't wait to attend the conference in Atlanta this summer!
Hope Hall is currently an elementary school librarian in Nashville, TN where she has also been both a high school and middle school librarian. In addition Hope has taught middle school, been an educational researcher at Vanderbilt University, and coordinated the Library Power grant through the Nashville Public Education Foundation. While Hope hates to date herself she has to admit that when she received her M'Ed specializing in Technology in Education from Harvard, she worked on a videodisc project! Anyone remember videodiscs? Also, Hope worked at the Tennessee Department of Education on ConnectTEN, the state's initiative to provide "one" connection to the Internet for every school in Tennessee. Hope has also worked for several education tech start-ups herself including ClassWell, iHigh.com, and ASD.com.
Allison Deissler is the Principal in Residence for the Nashville Academy of Computer Science, a free public charter school opening in the Fall of 2014. In this role, Allison is working to develop a comprehensive computer programming curriculum and classroom model for urban, public middle schools. Allison also currently teaches 5th Grade Math and serves as 5th Grade Chair at Nashville Prep Charter School. In previous roles, Allison has worked with multiple US Congress members, for Teach For America, and at a global multi-strategy trading firm in New York. A Teach For America Corps Member, Ms. Deissler graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science, and is currently working towards a M.Ed. in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University.
Tim Childers serves as an Assistant Principal at the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, TN. He is a member of the TN Leadership Council for the Discovery Educator Network, serves nationally on the DEN Advisory Board, and is known as a DEN Guru for his work with technology. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Educators of Tennessee. He previously served as a Language Arts teacher, computer lab coordinator, and Secondary Technology Coach for four secondary schools in Bradley County, TN. He was listed as one of TechSmith’s “20 to Watch” educators in 2011 and was a 2012 keynote speaker at the Mid-South Technology Conference in Memphis, TN. Tim writes random musings about life, and education’s part in it, at his blog: www.timchilders.com.
Jason Horne has been in education for 13 years. Currently, he is the founding principal of Tennessee Online Public School (TOPS), part of the Bristol, TN City Schools system. As a French and English teacher, Jason was always on the cutting edge of educational technology in the classroom including the use of Promethean boards, mobile devices, social networking, movie making software, and video conferencing. Jason serves as a founder and board member for the Tennessee Distance Learning Association. In his spare time, Jason plays the banjo, mandolin, guitar, piano, ukulele, and accordion.
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