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School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Cybersecurity threats and what we can do about them


We will explore the common types of security risks and cover preventative measures that keep your data safe.

Presenter Bio: Danny Cohn is a Solution Strategy Director with PowerSchool that focuses on technical infrastructure systems and security. He brings more than 20 years of experience working with clients in the government and K-12 sectors with a proven record of achievement for designing and implementing complex solutions to meet mission-critical business processes. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Danny has held numerous positions with Pearson including Technical Developer, Senior Systems Engineer, and Technical Solutions Manager. Danny currently holds industry standard IT certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, VMware, and Dell EMC for various systems and security technologies. Danny lives in New Rochelle, NY but enjoys spending time hiking and fishing at his family’s lake house in Ludlow, VT. 

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Adapting and Managing a Hybrid Learning Environment

Dean Leclerc, Director of Engineering from Whalley Computer Associates will host a session focused on new Hybrid Classroom technologies, and solutions to managed them.  WCA was founded by John Whalley, a high school math teacher and IT administrator and the company continues to play a significant role in helping schools of all sizes implement and support technology.  This session will cover wired and wireless infrastructure concerns as well as tools and techniques to monitor your remote students and faculty.  Dean will also talk about Internet connectivity and bandwidth management and testing.

Speaker Bio: Dean is currently the Director of Engineering at WCA and has been with the company since 1985 when he joined the technical team.  Dean brings over 35 years of experience working with all WCA clients across all vertical markets.  Dean has held many technical certifications throughout his various roles at WCA.  Today Dean works with the account teams and the TAM Team to provide both business and technical design and deployment consulting services.  Dean also works directly with our manufactures to determine that our portfolio of products and services continues to be on the cutting edge while meeting all our client’s needs.

Restorying the Dominant Narrative: A Critical Approach Towards Reimagining Computing Identities

A follow up workshop to her Keynote Address, Mia will walk participants through a restorying workshop, where they will get the experience to design interactive virtual quilt blocks that reimagine the dominant narratives surrounding computing.

Presenter Bio:

Mia S. Shaw is a doctoral student in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership department at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She grew up in the Monterey Bay/Salinas Valley area along the central coast of California. She graduated from Stanford University where she received a BA in Human Biology with a focus on adolescent development and with honors. Before beginning her doctoral program, she was a middle school science teacher in Las Vegas, NV, and a STEM maker educator in Oakland, CA.

Mia is interested in designing STEAM+CS-rich making environments where Black and Brown youth can design artifacts that author expanded identities and restory (reimagine) dominant narratives about STEM and computer science reflective of their lived experiences. In other words, she wants to create learning spaces where Black and Brown youth can just be while designing projects that imagine new futures. Outside of her research, she is a cartoonist and illustrator. Mia loves all things music (alternative hip hop and neo soul are her jam), pop culture, and cats.

Featured Speaker Steve Garton

Featured Speaker: Steve Garton – What You Really Need to Know About Privacy in the Classroom

School looks very different now with a mixture of remote and in person learning. The scrutiny on privacy is ramping up . Facebook, Google, and Zoom are all facing public scrutiny and increased publicity on this issue. Privacy is now a big discussion item in schools, but what is really important to educators? In this session, we are going to talk about safety, privacy, security, and compliance as it directly relates to the classroom. Join Steve as he provides valuable resources to help you understand and manage privacy issues in your classroom.

Steve Garton

Presenter Bio:

Steve Garton is Senior Manager for the Common Sense Privacy Program. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups. Steve has been a classroom teacher and tech coordinator at the local, county, and state level. His most recent publications are Free Privacy Resources to Help Solve Your Privacy Concerns and Privacy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care?

Prior to joining Common Sense, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. While there, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the Department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership. Follow him on Twitter @sgarton121