2017 Gathering Speakers

November 1-November 3rd, 2017

Every year, Learning Counsel gathers together education leaders and industry to discuss national research and have a moment of enlightened context in the shift to digital curriculum. The Gathering is the only event nationally to focus on what’s going on in education’s software landscape, the implications to networks, operations, and teaching. Nothing between the classroom and the central office is being left untouched.

Hear exceptional and unconventional presentations. All come to share and learn.

Stay tuned and check back to this page for announcements of additional keynotes and featured presenters

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“Internet Trapdoors, Highway Robbers & Boogeymen —
from defense of Uber to Your School”

Ward Spangenberg
Senior Director, Systems Engineer for Cyber AdAPT

Schools have waded into the deep-end of software sophistication and need this smart talk about security. Ward has made a career of digitally defending Uber and many other companies from positions in Cyber adAPT, Metordigi, and HackerOne.

“Analytics & What’s Really Missing in Education’s Software”
LeiLani Cauthen
CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel

Today’s software publishers are building some awesome courseware and content to wow you digitally, so find out what’s the missing-est thing of all. Hint, it might be your users. Also hosting Book Club Panel Discussion included Thursday.

Featured Speakers

“From the Front Lines: the Analytics Battles”
Brian Seymour
EdTech Director, Pickerington Schools, OH.

Brian runs instructional technology for 630 teachers in a "TraDigital" environment. He'll be sharing lessons learned and vision of the future.

“Hi-tech & Hi-touch – Humanizing Digital Curriculum”
Jeff Plaman
Online and Digital Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

As curriculum and instructional methods move to digital platforms, great teaching is more important than ever. Let’s explore how to create strong student-teacher relationships which are essential to high-quality digital learning experiences.

“Totally Positive, Super-Duper, Awesome Achievements Nationwide & National Survey Results”
Dr. David Kafitz, VP School Relations,
The Learning Counsel

Are we through the worst part now only to wind up in the confusion of analytics dashboards or what is happening? Find out what the national score is.

“One Story, One Path: Adding Value for Your Local High School Graduates”
Erik Hanson, Dean of Digital Learning, Appleton Area School District, WI.

Learn Appleton’s local thought process and the pathway to creating a non-Carnegie unit credential for students that lives on their official high school transcript.

"Get Your ACT (Analytics, Collaboration, Time) Together: Using Data Analytics to Improve Program Performance"
Jay Heap, Director of Virtual Learning, Georgia Department of Education

The preponderance of data now available to educators is at an all-time high, and growing daily. How do administrators decide which pieces of data will help student progress, improve teacher development, and increase program effectiveness?