Digital Learning and STEM Initiatives

In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.

CSG’s Center for Innovation & Transformation in Education
Digital Learning and STEM Initiatives 
Wednesday and Thursday, September 18-19, 2013
 
In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.
 
Keynote Address:  "Using Technology to Transform America’s Educational System to Ensure College- and Career-Readiness"
 
  • Gregg Fleisher, Chief Program Officer, National Math & Science Initiative, Microsoft Corporation
  • Cameron Evans, U.S. Education Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Corporation

  Download the Presentations in PDF: "National Math and Science Initiative" and "Curious Creators: Re-imagine Everything You Know About Learning" or as a Video (with audio)

Providing a Customized Education for All Students
  • Matthew Wicks, Chief Operating Officer, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
  • Daniele Massey, 2013 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year
  Download the Presentation: "New Learning Models: Providing a Customized Education for All Students" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio).
 
How IT Academies are Shaping Student Success
  • Dawn Bleuel, Applications Training Specialist, Wichita State University
  • Christopher Franklin, Business Senior, Wichita State University
  • Ryan Allen Schrader, Business Senior, Wichita State University

  Download the Presentation: "Wichita State University Microsoft IT Academy" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio).

​Eliminating Student Achievement Gaps:  Is it Possible?

  • Joe Morelock, Director of Technology & Innovation, Canby School District, Oregon
  • Jeremy Ensrud, Honors & AP Biology Teacher, Canby High School, Oregon
  • Dan Fleck, Mobile Learning Lead & iOS Specialist, Canby School District, Oregon

Connecting All Schools to the Digital Age

  • John White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education

  Download the Presentation: "ConnectED" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio).

​Making Computer Science Count: Models on Computer Science Graduation Requirements from the States

  • Cameron Wilson, Chief Operating Officer/Vice-President of Government Relations, Code.org

  Download the Presentation: "America’s Untapped Opportunity" in PDF (without audio) 


Speaker Biographies:

Dawn Bleuel
Dawn has been with Wichita State University for 2 years. She is responsible for teaching faculty and staff how to use Microsoft Business Products such as MS Office and Adobe Acrobat. She has been an instructor for various corporations around the Wichita, KS area for 16 years. As part of her duties with Wichita State University she is responsible for administrating the Microsoft IT Academy which is an online tutorial system provided by Microsoft as part of WSU’s software assurance products.

Jeremy Ensrud
Jeremy Ensrud is a biology teacher at Canby high School in Canby, Oregon. He uses mobile technology as a teaching tool in in class to improve student engagement, self-efficacy, creativity, and self-directed learning. Using modern and mobile technology allows Jeremy to provide relevant and timely feedback to his students, helps him to individualize instruction, monitor learning, and make decisions that direct instruction. Jeremy's motivation is to inspire students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Cameron Evans
As the first national technology officer and chief technology officer of Microsoft Education, Cameron Evans is responsible for shaping and executing Microsoft Corp.’s technology and policy strategy in U.S. Education. Evans chairs Microsoft’s Higher Education Advisory Group and K12 Advisory Group for connecting customer insights into Microsoft’s industry engagement. As Microsoft’s Education CTO, Evans focuses his work principally on large, complex and strategic innovation for public and private schools in K–12 and higher education, museums, libraries, research universities, and academic medical centers across the nation.

Evans is a member of Microsoft’s Education Leadership Team and is the national spokesperson for institutional innovation and transformation. Before he was named NTO and CTO in July 2009, Evans was the group sales manager for Microsoft Higher Education.

Since joining Microsoft in January 2004, Evans has served in a variety of positions, including managing the development and sales execution of account executives, technical sales specialists, industry solutions professionals, and Microsoft Certified Partners. In addition, Evans has served as the Microsoft liaison for the Schools Interoperability Framework Association. Evans continues to keynote industry conferences to connect Microsoft’s broad global and education vision with meaningful, real-world transformation.

Before joining Microsoft, Evans was a K–12 chief information officer and cabinet-level executive. Evans is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management-computer information systems from Park University.

Dan Fleck
Dan Fleck is the Mobile Learning Lead / iOS Specialist for the Canby School District (Oregon). Dan began his career working for non-profits within the Developmental Disabilities field and eventually earned his spot as Director of Development. There he integrated resources and technology to better the lives of the individuals he served.  After his five-year stint as Director, Dan decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to the Pacific Northwest where he joined the Canby School District, known for their trail-blazing use of technology. In addition to his work within schools, Dan travels nationwide training teachers, IT staff, and private companies on the deployment and the use of mobile technology. 

Gregg Fleisher
Gregg Fleisher is the Chief Academic Officer of NMSI. Gregg started his career as an auditor and actuary with Coopers & Lybrand but later decided to make a career change to pursue his passion. In 1986, he began teaching math to high school students in the Dallas ISD. While teaching, he had one of the highest percentages of students pass the Advanced Placement Program calculus exam/per school enrollment of any public high school in the country. In 1993, Gregg was awarded the AP Special Recognition Award by the Southwest Region of the College Board. In 1995, he became the lead math teacher in the new AP* Incentive Program.

During his five years as the lead math teacher, he had a strong record in helping minority students excel in AP courses. As much as 3.3 percent of the country’s minorities who passed AP Math Exams were from Gregg’s schools. In 1996, he formed his own consulting company with the goal of improving the PSAT prep program and increasing the number of National Merit Scholars in Dallas ISD. After one year, the number of National Merit Scholars doubled, and after four years, the number of students participating in the program more than tripled. In 2000, Gregg was asked by Dallas philanthropist, Peter O’Donnell, to head up Advanced Placement Strategies (APS) that manages AP Incentive programs for districts in the state of Texas. In seven years, the fledgling company grew from four to 60 employees, and had programs in hundreds of schools in the state. AP results increased significantly in each and every incentive program managed by APS, This increase was especially significant for minority students. The success of APS gave ExxonMobil cause to commit their largest grant ever to NMSI, in part to replicate APS in other states.

Christopher Franklin
Christopher is the current President of the campus user group Association of Information Technology Professionals. (AITP) He is a Wichita State University Senior majoring in Management Information Systems.

Daniele Massey
Daniele Massey is a military spouse who accompanied her husband to Vilseck, Germany in 2006, where she was offered her first Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teaching position. Before moving to Vilseck, she taught at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and mathematics, and continued her education at Central Missouri State University, earning a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration. 

Mrs. Massey was selected as the Bavaria District Teacher of the Year in June 2012 and was then selected by a panel of DODEA leaders, as the DoDEA Teacher of the Year 2013.  Mrs. Massey believes in developing and fostering personal connections with students, parents and community members to help students achieve success using “flipped-mastery style teaching.” The flipped classroom involves students using the internet, videos and reading to receive much of their information at home, so class time can be used for student/teacher interaction.

Mrs. Massey and her family have recently relocated to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas where she will begin her Doctoral Program on Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment through Walden University.  Outside of school, Mrs. Massey dedicates her time to volunteering in the community through various events and clubs. Mrs. Massey and her husband, MAJ Adrian Massey, have two daughters, Anaya and Amira. 

Joe Morelock
Joe Morelock is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the Canby School District (Oregon), serving 5,000 K-12 students. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and he speaks to a variety of education, business, and government audiences in the areas of technology, leadership, and vision. Joe has consulted with state departments of education, private foundations, and local school districts on four continents, and is currently implementing 1:1 iPad and iPod touch mobility programs for Canby students.

Ryan Allen Schrader
Ryan is a Wichita State University Senior who is finishing his dual major in Marketing and Accounting with a dual minor in Music and Spanish. He is a recent Windows U Crew Ambassador.

John White
Mr. White is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach within the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. He oversees day-to-day communication and outreach to rural schools, colleges, other stakeholders, and the media covering issues related to education in rural areas. He represents the Secretary of Education on the White House Rural Council and is the Secretary’s designee to the Interagency Coordinating Council for the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative (ARDI). President Obama created the new White House Rural Council by executive order in June 2011 to work across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. ARDI is designed to better deploy and coordinate federal resources in a targeted way to strengthen and diversify the Appalachian economy.

Mr. White has held communications positions in the public and private sectors, and began his career as a newspaper journalist. He joined the U.S. Department of Education in May 2009 after serving as the Chief Communications Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland for five school years.

John has facilitated department-wide communication and a better understanding of rural issues, drawing upon public input, visits to rural communities throughout the nation, and the experiences of his youth. John was raised in Calvert County, MD in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when there were only two high schools, tobacco fields and family farms in between.

Matthew Wicks
Matthew Wicks is currently Chief Operating Officer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). He has been involved with K-12 online learning for over a decade. Some of the main highlights of his time in K-12 online learning include co-founder of the Illinois Virtual High School, founding board member of iNACOL, chair of the 2005 Virtual School Symposium and author of A National Primer in K-12 Online Learning, Version 2.

Prior to his work in online learning, Wicks served as Chief Information Officer at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. He also has worked for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and AT&T. Wicks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Cameron Wilson
Cameron Wilson is Chief Operating Officer and VP of Government Relations for Code.org. He is on a one-year assignment to this job from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where he served as Director of Public Policy for ACM. His role with Code.org is to oversee the organization’s advocacy agenda and to work with Computing in the Core, a non-partisan advocacy coalition he helped found. The advocacy agenda is focused on strengthening K-12 Computer Science education addressing barriers to student access.

He also helped create Computer Science Education Week, which is Computing in the Core’s major awareness platform. He is deeply involved on education issues within the computing community including having served on the AP Computer Science Principles Advisory Commission and coauthored a major study on K-12 computer science education – Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age.

He joined Code.org in June of 2013 and ACM in 2005 after spending 10 years on Capitol Hill. During his congressional career he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and on Representative Nick Smith’s (R-MI) staff. He also served as professional staff on the House Science Committee, where he oversaw technology, standards and environmental issues.