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Technology And Leadership Keynote Series:  Featured Speakers 2013 - 2014

Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning
Burlington Public Schools, Burlington, MA
Getting Your School On Board With 1:1
November 13, 2013, 8:30 - 11:30
OCM BOCES: Rodax 8
Patrick Larkin is the newly appointed Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. Prior to this, Patrick served 15 years as a building level administrator at the high school level. He was recently selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  Patrick’s school has made the transition to a 1:1 environment in the 2011-2012 school year after distributing over 1,000 iPads to staff and students.  Patrick is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, an avid blogger, and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process.  His article Getting Connected was published in September’s issue of Principal Leadership.  In June 2012, he was featured in an article in Technological Horizons in Education’s THE Journal entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals.

Tom Murray, Director of Technology and Cyber Education
Quakertown Community School, Quakerstown, PA
BYOD and Technology Considerations for Administrators
January 8, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30
OCM BOCES: Rodax 8
Tom Murray serves as the Director of Technology and Cyber Education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. A former middle school assistant and elementary school principal, Murray is passionate about proper technology infusion and differentiated professional development. He was the 2012 recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award and was featured in Tech & Learning Magazine’s Leadership Profile in December of 2012. Murray’s QCSD cyber and blended learning programs have been highlighted by, T.H.E. Journal, Project Red, the Innosight Institute, iNACOL, and on Digital Learning Day 2013, among others. Murray serves on the advisory board for THE Journal and has co-founded and moderates both #sbgchat and #edtechchat.  Connect with him on Twitter @thomascmurray or at

Lisa Nielsen
The Innovative Educator
Teaching Generation Text: Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Learning
March 12, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30
OCM BOCES: Rodax 8
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about the future of education and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students.  Ms. Nielsen is a seasoned public school educator who began her career in the 90s as a librarian and since then has served in various capacities including full-time as a permanently certified teacher and educational administrator who supports learning in real and innovative ways that prepare students for success.  In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as The New York Times, T.H.E. Journal, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, Huffington Post, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and she is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Technology And Leadership Keynote Series:  Featured Speakers 2012 - 2013

Eric Sheninger, Principal, New Milford High School, Bergen County, NJ
Leadership 2.0 and Anytime, Anywhere Learning
November 14, 2012, 8:00 - 12:30
OCM BOCES, Rodax 8
The educational landscape is changing as a result of continuous advances in technology and changing learner.  As a result educational leaders must recognize this shift and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st Century. The time is now to harness the power of digital tools and social media accessible today to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.

Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s) have been around for centuries and can be defined as relationships that individuals leverage for learning. Come learn how 21st Century educators can utilize the Internet and Web 2.0 tools (micro-blogging services, social networking websites, social bookmarking tools, RSS feed readers digital forums) to create their PLN’s and customize their “always-on” learning networks.  

Eric SheningerCommunicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership.  He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders to embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 from Edublogs.  

George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division, Alberta, Canada
The Networked Leader
January 18, 2013, 8:00 - 12:30
OCM BOCES, Rodax 8 
As society changes, schools seemingly are staying the same. As school administrators, it is important to not only be instructional leaders, but we need to model for our organizations that we are also learners. As the face of our schools/organizations, it is important that we learn, connect, and humanize our schools. Social media gives us the opportunity to do this in a way that did not exist before. In this keynote/workshop, George Couros will be articulating why networked leadership is so important to our organizations, and then giving practical ways that leaders can connect with some of the most innovative educators in the world to help further their organizations. Learning, sharing, and leading are synonymous; it is important that we share how this can be done in an effective manner in our schools today.

George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He resides at the Centre for Education working closely with the all schools in the division, as well as the Future Planning Team, Lead Team, Learning Services Department and Information Technology Department where he pushes the leading edge in implementing Alberta Education’s new Goal Two – Educational Transformation. George has worked with all levels of schools from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator. He additionally co-facilitates Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results leadership training, and is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada. His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools. Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for kids. He uses humor as a way to connect with all of those that he works with. His presentations are known to be both informative and entertaining, yet creating an emotional connection that helps people move to the next level. His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel comfortable in taking risks in their own learning. You can learn more about George at his site

Dr. Howie DiBlasi, Digital Journey
Change is Good, You Go First:  Empowering the 21st Century Educational Leader
March 14, 2013, 8:00 - 12:30
CNYRIC, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
"We need to prepare students for the world that is their future, not the world that is our past". Prepare students for the world that is their future. Engage learners, change the learning environment, and transform the way students are taught. Educators and administrative leaders can be the “Agents of Change” to upgrade our classrooms in the 21st Century. Empower our teachers, educational leaders and students by giving them more control over their own learning.  Learn how to boldly step up to the challenges and the need for teachers to be prepared to teach in a technology-rich learning environment and meet the demands and challenges of 21st Century learning.  Upon completion of the session participants will be able to identify, plan and evaluate:
  • Technology that will develop proficiency in 21st century skills and support innovative teaching and learning
  • Publish and share projects and communicate with students and adults worldwide
  • Use software and the digital process to Integrate programs into the classrooms with new knowledge and skills
  • Understand Social Media, PBL, collaboration, integration and how to implement into the classroom
  • Connect students with Global Communities
Dr. Howie DiBlasi was recognized as “Vocational Teacher of the Year” for the State of Arizona and nominated as a finalist in the “Top Secondary Leaders in America”. He has been featured in several magazines as “A CIO that really thinks outside the box.” He is a published author, "Change Agent", Educational Technology consultant and the Producer of the “DID YOU KNOW“ YouTube series, Versions 2-3-4-5-6. He was recently recognized by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration with the "Pinnacle Award" for outstanding Professional Development Programs. Dr. DiBlasi has extensive experience in the education field (20 years), as a business leader (10 years), and as a CIO (14 years). His emphasis is on Digital Technology, multi-media, Interactive Video Conferencing and 21st Century Learning. He has presented to thousands of Educational Leaders, administrators and teachers from Bangkok to Boston. Howie is a member of the I.S.T.E Board of Directors, serves on the TxDLA Board, and is Communications Director of the I.S.T.E. Special Interest Group for Interactive Video Conferencing and a member of the Alan November Consulting Team.

Technology And Leadership Keynote Series:  Featured Speakers 2011 - 2012 

Dr. Gary Stager, Ph.D., Executive Director:  The Constructivist Consortium
20 Lessons from 20 Years of 1:1 Computing
November 17, 2011, 8:00 – 12:30
CNYRIC, Rodax 8

No educator has more experience leading professional development in as many 1:1 schools as Dr. Gary Stager. During this keynote, Gary will reflect upon lessons learned in the twenty years since he worked with the world's first laptop schools (1990). Twenty pivotal lessons will be shared with video-based examples and recommendations for sustaining innovation. This session focuses on teaching, learning, curriculum, planning, policy, leadership, and implementation issues. 

Gary Stager, an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant, is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world's first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab's Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's Learning Team. Stager's doctoral research involved working with longtime colleague, Dr. Seymour Papert, on the creation a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens. This work documented Papert's most-recent institutional research project.

Gary's recent work has included teaching and mentoring some of Australia's "most troubled" public schools, launching 1:1 computing in a Korean International School beginning in the first grade, media appearances in Peru and leading a middle school S.T.E.M. project in Brooklyn. He was a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University, Senior Editor of District Administration Magazine and Founding Editor of The Pulse: Education's Place for Debate. His advocacy on behalf of creativity, computing and children led to the creation of the Constructivist Consortium and the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute.

Anthony Rotolo, Social Media Strategist:  Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Social Media for School Districts
January 18, 2012, 8:00 – 12:30 
CNYRIC, Rodax 8
Social media are changing how we share information and interact with private and public organizations. What can school districts learn from the business and nonprofit world about leveraging these tools to build a community of interest and support?

Anthony Rotolo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, where he specializes in Social Media and the study of real-time information.  His course, “Social Media in the Enterprise”, addresses the changing expectations of information users and how businesses and organizations of all sizes can leverage social media to achieve strategic goals. This course at the Syracuse University iSchool leverages real-time social media to deliver a fast-paced, hands on experience and has developed its own online community of learners, practitioners and experts who join the class each week via Twitter.  In 2009, Rotolo was appointed Syracuse University’s Social Media Strategist, which was the first position of its kind at the university. In this role, he led a team of staff and students to develop and implement a strategy that established Syracuse as a leader in the use of social media among its peers in higher education. Less than one year later, Klout, an organization that ranks online influence, rated Syracuse as the second-most influential college in social media, behind first-place Stanford and ahead of third-place Harvard.  Rotolo has received the Faculty of the Year Award (2009, SU iSchool), as well as the Web-based Information Science Education Consortium’s Excellence in Online Education Award (2009). In 2011, Rotolo was awarded “Young Technologist of the Year” by the Technology Alliance of Central New York.  Rotolo is also a cofounder of, a creative agency that specializes in social media consulting, interactive design, digital video and animation.  He has been a contributing writer for Mashable, SocialFresh, PRSA Tactics, the Syracuse Post-Standard, and other widely read publications and blogs. He has also been featured in articles in the New York Times, ABC News and other news outlets.  Professor Rotolo recently completed a speaking tour titled, “Social Media 101: Join the Conversation,” which visited thirteen cities nationwide. Attendees are invited to strategize on how social media can be used to achieve professional and personal goals.

Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent, ESM Central School District
Transforming the Environment—21st Century Skills in Action
March 15, 2012, 8:00 – 1:00
ESM High School Transformation is the challenge and priority for all school districts to become exemplary 21st century learning environments whose graduates are prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected, changing world. Learn how the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District, through its Strategic Plan in partnership with students, parents, business, higher education and community organizations, is designing and implementing innovative, sustainable and transferable 21st century learning experiences. ESM team members will share the strategies for developing initiatives such as a student-led credit union, innovative course offerings (alternative sources of energy, clean water educational research, digital literacy, game design, pharmaceutical development, robotics, media and video communications) and STEM development Pre-K – 12.

A respected leader in the field of public education, Dr. Donna DeSiato proudly serves as Superintendent of the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District. Dr. DeSiato’s professional experiences include building, district, and state level involvement in strategic planning, organizing and developing comprehensive programs, designing professional development and leading systemic reform. As the Superintendent of ESM since 2005, the District has realized significant gains in student achievement, experienced a continual increase in the graduation rate and developed educational models with business partnerships in financial literacy including a student-led credit union, RχeSearch: An Educational Journey with Bristol Myers Squibb and STEM development supported by Siemens, SUNY-ESF, OCC, Syracuse University and LeMoyne College. Most recently ESM was recognized nationally by the College Board on their 2011 AP Achievement list. Dr. DeSiato serves on the New York State Council of School Superintendents Curriculum and Instruction Committee and is a member of the University of the State of New York Technology Council, in addition to her national involvement in EdLeader21. She is a Trustee for Onondaga Community College, serves on the Success by 6 Policy Council, Crouse Hospital School of Nursing Advisory Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, LeMoyne College Education Advisory Board, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency Board, Syracuse Regional Airport Authority , the Syracuse University Study Council and is a proud graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2005. Dr. DeSiato is highly regarded in education and in the business community at all levels for her expertise and leadership in 21st Century learning and preparing graduates for our global society.

Technology And Leadership Keynote Series:  Featured Speakers 2010 - 2011 

Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
Building School 2.0:  Creating the Schools We Need
November 16, 2010, 8:00 - 1:00
CNYRIC, Conference Rooms 3 & 4

What is School 2.0? What are the pedagogical ideas that form it? Examine ideas of constructivist pedagogy and the use of 21st  Century tools to create schools that are engaging, caring, and relevant places of learning for everyone involved. The history of the formation of the Science Leadership Academy will form the backdrop for this conversation.  The SLA was selected among the "Ten Most Amazing High Schools in the US" by Ladies Home Journal.

Where Does It Live: Building Systems And Structures Around What You Believe
This session is focused on looking at institutional change, so that attendees can explore what they value and then examine the systems in their districts, schools and classrooms that must change to reflect those values.

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Chris has returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Girls Basketball Coach and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.  Chris has spoken at educational conferences all over the world, including the National Association of Secondary Schools Conference, the Building Learning Communities conference, the National Educational Computing Conference, the Philadelphia Area Educational Technology Conference, The Yahoo Cybercitizen Conference, the Innovative Learning Conference, The Council of Educational Facilities Planners Regional Conference, the K12-Online Conference, the International Conference on Technology and Education and at LinuxWorld, and he has worked with many schools and districts in the U.S. and England as a consultant. Chris received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris is the author of the education blog Practical Theory:

Kraig Pritts, Superintendent of the Tully Central School District
Anytime, Anywhere Learning
January 13, 2011, 8:00 - 1:00
CNYRIC, Conference Rooms 3 & 4 In order to thrive in today’s society our students must learn to work together and collaborate.  In too many areas the education system remains locked into a focus on the individual and “traditional” methods of learning. Our students thrive on access to information and learning in many ways far different from what most schools offer in today’s world. This discussion will center on breaking down the barriers of time, location, and logistics in order to provide “anytime, anywhere” learning opportunities for students of all ages, in all settings.

Learn how the Tully Central School District is taking the Board of Education’s challenge of “No more business as usual” to overcome obstacles through innovation.  Superintendent Kraig Pritts will discuss how new learning tools such as video conferencing and Amazon’s Kindle can make the world a smaller place and offer a more enriching learning experience for students in this small rural school district. Watch and share in demonstrations about Kindles in the classroom, video conferencing,  and distance learning that take students to learning beyond the walls of the school building to enable anytime, anywhere learning.

Kraig Pritts has been the Superintendent of Schools at the Tully Central School District since January 2006. He has been in the field of education for more than three decades and has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels. Additionally, he has served in various administrative roles from CPSE Chair and District Technology Coordinator, to School Business Administrator and Superintendent of Schools in other districts. In the past, he has served as a director for the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, and as a member of the RIC Advisory Committee.  He has trained at corporate headquarters for Palm, Inc., where he was certified as an educational trainer, and has served as an advisor and beta tester for various software companies including DataViz, Adobe, and StudentMate.

Sylvia Martinez, President of Generation YES
Challenging Assumptions About Technology Professional Development
March 17, 2011, 8:00 - 1:00
CNYRIC, Conference Rooms 3 & 4
  Forty years after the invention of the personal computer, schools still find themselves begging teachers to introduce technology into classrooms. Conventional wisdom attributes the lack of effective technology use in classrooms to a shortage of, or poorly run professional development. At the same time, student-centered learning environments require teachers to develop more expertise not only in technology but also in pedagogy. Rather than continue to do more of the same, we should question assumptions and explore new models of teacher learning that address these issues.

GenYES and TechYES in Action
Teachers and students from Jamesville DeWitt High School and Baldwinsville’s Ray Middle School will be on-hand to discuss their experiences with  the GenYES and TechYES programs in their respective schools.  GenYES is the only student-centered research-based solution for school-wide technology integration. Students work with teachers to design technology-infused lessons and provide tech support. In TechYES, students show technology literacy by creating projects that meet state and local technology proficiency requirements. As part of TechYES, a structured peer-mentoring program assists the teacher or advisor, and provides student leadership opportunities that serve to further strengthen the program and enrich the learning community.

Sylvia Martinez is a veteran of interactive entertainment and educational software industries, with over a decade of design and publishing experience.  Sylvia has been a featured speaker at national education technology conferences in areas ranging from the use of the Internet in schools, Web 2.0 technologies, student leadership, digital citizenship, project-based and inquiry-based learning with technology and gender issues in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education.  She holds a Master's in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Cathy Leogrande, Le Moyne College
Nintendo Goes To School
May 12, 2011, 8:00 - 1:00
CNYRIC, Conference Rooms 3 & 4
    Students often complain about schoolwork, yet spend hours on difficult, complex tasks in video games.  Researchers and teachers who study games and gamers find that the most popular games use core elements from learning theory.  Educators now apply these components to in-class instruction, as well as bring in video games themselves to teach problem solving and collaboration.  This session will focus on the state of educational research and practices related to gaming.  From edutainment games like The Oregon Trail that had little content value to smart games that balance learning and fun, there will be lively discussion, resources, and opportunities for hands-on experience.  Are you ready to play?  

Cathy Leogrande has been an educator since 1976.  As a special education teacher and administrator, she always looked for alternative ways for student input, processing, and output.  However, she credits her role as parent as providing her the most valuable information on how diverse learners think.  She developed and teaches a graduate course called Video Games & Learning, and has presented her research, Nintendo Goes to School, at several conferences.

Technology And Leadership Keynote Series:  Featured Speakers 2009 - 2010 

Hall Davidson, Discovery Education
Web 2.0 for Administrators
November 18, 2009, 12:00 - 4:00
OCM BOCES, Henry C Large Conference Room

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