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Invited Speakers and Facilitators Include:


Dr. Arnetha F. Ball

Professor of Education in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education and Educational Linguistics at Stanford University

Arnetha F. Ball is Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has taught for the past fifteen years.. Her research interests focus on the oral and written literacies of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the United States and South Africa. In particular, she focuses on research in writing and writing instruction and the preparation of teachers to work with poor, marginalized, and underachieving students. Before entering the professorate, she taught pre-school, elementary, and secondary students for over 25 years and was the founder and Executive Director of Children’s Creative Workshop, an early education center that specialized in providing premiere educational experiences for students from diverse backgrounds.

Matthew Mugo Fields

Co-Founder of The Rocket Group and President of Redbird Advanced Learning

President of Silicon Valley-based enterprise Redbird Advanced Learning and Co-Founder of Rocket Group, Matthew Mugo Fields is a long-time social entrepreneur and leader in education, committed to improving education through technology and innovation. In 2006, Matthew partnered with Hiram Pérez to establish Rocket Learning’s US operations. Under their successful leadership, Rocket Learning has served more than 250,000 students and established a new standard of excellence for delivering innovative literacy and math education products and services to students across the country. Rocket Learning continues to thrive under Rocket Group’s School Services division. While growing up in the Philadelphia area with limited resources, Matthew benefited from the support of an inspiring group of educators and mentors who helped him succeed academically and eventually become the first college graduate in his family. He would later simultaneously earn master’s degrees in business and education from Harvard University. Prior to earning his graduate degrees, Matthew graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. where he later worked as a management consultant and developed several tutoring programs for the public schools system.

Catlin Tucker

Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner

Catlin Tucker teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has also taught online college level writing courses, which led to her interest in blended learning. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning for Grades 4-12 is a Corwin bestseller, and she authored a blended learning course for ASCD. She co-authored a book titled Creating Your Google Apps Classroom, which was published in June 2014. Her newest book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was just released in June 2015 and has been a #1 new release on Amazon. Catlin writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership. She is an experienced professional development facilitator and trainer, education consultant, curriculum designer and frequent Edtech speaker. Catlin earned her BA in English from UCLA and her English credential and Masters in Education from UCSB. She writes an internationally ranked education technology blog at and is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker.

Jason Green

Executive Director of Professional Development and Blended Learning at Redbird Advanced Learning

A social entrepreneur, Jason Green has dedicated his career to creating positive change in education. As Executive Director of Blended Learning and Professional Development with Redbird Advanced Learning, Jason partners with schools and districts nationally and internationally to build high performing 21st century learning environments. He has spoken at leading universities and conferences including Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, NCSM and iNACOL and has been featured in the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, and NBC6 South Florida. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, Jason is driven by the belief that all children have a right to a high-quality education. Jason holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an M.S. Ed from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Jason has served as an adjunct professor, a board member for various non-profits, and is a contributing writer for the Miami Herald on next generation learning. Follow Jason on twitter @jasontoddgreen.

Jaime Casap

Chief Education Evangelist - Google

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation and Inquire Schools. He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can read Jaime’s education blog at and can reach him on Google+. You can also follow him on Twitter at @jcasap.


Janet Pittock

Vice President of Curriculum Development at Redbird Advanced Learning

With roots in elementary classrooms, Janet Pittock has a deep, personal commitment to personalized technology solutions that inspire and engage each student. Janet has taught elementary school, preschool, special ed, and Algebra 1. She has overseen marketing, product management, and product development in mathematics, literacy, science, and early childhood at Scholastic, Creative Publications, Think Through Learning, and Harcourt Achieve. She has been fortunate to have learned from Marilyn Burns, Carole Greenes, Skip Fennel, through collaborating with them to publish books such as Do The Math, Groundworks, and Connect. Janet is active in national math organizations--volunteering on the board of NCSM as the editor of the monograph series, serving on the editorial board of NCTM's yearbook on Algebra, and leading the TODOS webinar task force. One of her favorite quotes is "Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved." —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Dan Flickinger

Senior Research Associate at the Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) and Project Manager of the LinGO Laboratory at CSLI

Dan Flickinger is an internationally recognized computational linguist at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information, where he has been developing practical computational models of language for the past twenty years, described in more than 70 research publications. His technology for analyzing the English language is in use at research centers around the world for applications ranging from machine translation to information retrieval, and it forms a central component of Redbird's Language Arts and Writing curriculum. From 2000-2002 Dan served as Chief Technology Officer at a Silicon Valley start-up that he co-founded, YY Technologies, which provided contentful automated responses to customer email, in a commercial-grade application of the language technology developed at Stanford. His prior experience with industrial applications also includes eleven years at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto from 1983-1994, and his international research experience includes extended visits at universities in Germany, England, Norway, and Australia. In 2009 he joined Stanford's EPGY team, adapting his grammar of English to provide precise and robust analysis of students' writing of sentences and paragraphs in the Language Arts course. Dan did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Bethel College, a small liberal arts college in Kansas, then received an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University in 1987.

Tiffany Della Vedova

Head of Upper School at The Mandell School

Tiffany is the Head of the Upper School at The Mandell School in New York City where she helped to establish its technology rich learning environment and incorporate blended learning models into the academic program. Tiffany came to Mandell after several years as Head of Middle and Upper School at Grandview Preparatory School, in Boca Raton, Florida. After moving with her family to New York in 2010, Tiffany continued to work remotely as Academic Dean of Grandview Preparatory for two years, teaching and leading in a blended online and face-to-face environment. She has presented on blended learning and the use of social media in education at conferences including ASCD and NYSAIS, and has helped other schools lead technology and blended learning transformations. She holds a BA in Elementary Education, a MA in Educational Leadership, and is completing an Executive MS in Technology Management at Columbia University.

Kerry Gallagher

Digital Learning Specialist at St. John's Prep and Director of K-12 Education at ConnectSafely

Prior to taking on a full-time instructional technology role, Kerry taught middle and high school history in Bring Your Own Device public schools for 13 years. She was best known for her paperless collaborative classroom model, and has helped schools create student-driven technology integration programs. Kerry received the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize for her submission on the use of mobile devices for a paperless public school classroom and is a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Also in 2015, the Family Online Safety Institute recognized her with the Outstanding Achievement Award and she was a MassCUE Featured Educator. Kerry speaks and presents often about the effective use of technology in the classroom at conference locations that have included Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and Stanford University. In addition to EdSurge, Kerry writes for Smarter Schools Project and ConnectSafely. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law. Her blog is Start with a Question and she is on Twitter @KerryHawk02.

Michelle Spencer

Director, Summits for EdSurge

Michelle holds an M.Ed in Ed Leadership from the University of LaVerne and a BA from Santa Clara University. Before joining EdSurge, Michelle was a teacher, research analyst, internship coordinator, principal, and district office director, with over 20 years in charter and traditional education. She is passionate about project-based learning, ed tech, and facilitating learning opportunities for educators. She has a strong background in educational reform through her work with schools within Big Picture Learning and the New Tech Network. In addition to being an authorized Google Education Trainer since 2011, Michelle is a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty. She is a compulsive gardener, soup-maker, and record (yes vinyl) collector.

Meg Hamel

District and School Liaison for EdSurge

Meg leads engagement with school leaders and district partners who want EdSurge’s assistance in finding the right edtech solutions to fit their unique educational needs. Before joining the team, Meg taught high school English, heading her department in Highland Springs, VA. She served on her district’s technology advisory and won an instructional technology award in Innovation and Research. Prior to her career in education, Meg worked in development and alumni relations for VCU’s School of Nursing and also in sales analysis and wholesale planning at Polo Ralph Lauren in Manhattan. Meg has a B.A. in Art History from Denison University, a B.A. in English and an M.T. in Education from VCU. When not at EdSurge, you will find Meg teaching indoor cycling, riding her bike, or searching the nooks and crannies of SF for the best food.


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