General Sessions

Opening Plenary Session: Inventing an Equitable Future for All

Monday, April 3, 2017
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

What is our vision for ensuring that  ALL students have the technology tools necessary to support  increased equity of learning opportunities?  Hear how Miami Dade, the nation’s 5th largest school district, is working to create robust connectivity and provide digital equity to all of its students both in school and at home.   Join the conversation to understand how school leaders can make a difference in addressing today’s Civil Rights issue and committing to an equitable future for all students.

alberto_carvalhoAlberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Keynote)

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. The District has also been named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. As a staunch believer in school choice, he has expanded choice options in Miami-Dade to include over 500 offerings including programs in fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.

An instructional leader at heart, Mr. Carvalho is also the proud founder and self-appointed principal of the award-winning iPrep Academy which has become a model of robust 21st century learning in the age of innovation and technology. Recognized by his peers as a leader, he has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents; been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; was named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America; and is the 2016 winner of the 2016 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, as well as the Magnet Schools of America 2016 Superintendent of the Year. He has recently been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.

Mr. Carvalho has been awarded many honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University; Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University and Florida Memorial University; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award”.

eric-sheningerEric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (Responder): Keys to Inventing the Future….Now

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.

frankie-jacksonFrankie Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Cypress Fairbanks ISD (Moderator)

Frankie is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (CyFair ISD), managing all Technology Services 114,000 students. CyFair ISD is the 3rd largest district in Texas and the 24th largest district in the Nation. Prior to joining CyFair, Frankie served as the CTO of Goose Creek CISD for 19 years. She also served on the Texas Association for School Business Officials (TASBO) Board of Directors for 7 years, as well as Board president in 2011.

Tuesday Plenary Session: State of CoSN, Awards, and FailFest

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


Learn about exciting new resources and tools from CoSN to help you in this journey.  Join in honoring the 2017 CoSN Withrow CTO of Year and TEAM Award winners.

Meet the failures:
Superintendent Richard Arkanoff, Center Grove Community School Corporation, IN
Keith Bockwoldt, Director of Technology Services Township High School District 214 Arlington Heights, IL
Ed McKaveney, CETL, Technology Director, Hampton Township School District, Allison Park, PA
Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAGGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh
Kecia Ray, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Education 

Closing Plenary: Inventing an Accessible Future for All

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:10 pm – 4:30 pm

What is our vision for supporting and enabling access to content and educational experiences for all learners?  Hear the founder of Universal Design for Learning make the case that UDL is for EVERY student, not only those with special needs.  Learn from a superintendent  how  technology closes economic and social divides, not widens them.  Listen to  the inspiring story of how 6th graders and a teacher in South Carolina launched the Hand Challenge which is building prosthetic hands for hundreds of students around the world.  Be inspired to Invent the Future and commit to an accessible future for all students.


david-roseDavid Rose, Founder and Chief Education Officer, CAST & Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning.

In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly three decades.

As a researcher, Dr. Rose is the Principal Investigator on a number of U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants, and is currently the principal investigator of two national centers created to develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). With the increasing prominence of UDL as a field within education, Dr. Rose has become a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

He is also the co-author or editor of several books, including Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice (CAST Professional Publishing, 2014) and Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning (ASCD, 2002). He has authored dozens of journal articles and academic book chapters.

Dr. Rose also leads or participates in many of CAST’s technology and media development projects that have resulted in programs that are both award-winning and commercially successful including: Literary Place (Scholastic); Wiggleworks® (Scholastic); Thinking Reader (Tom Snyder/Scholastic); CAST’s Bobby (now distributed by IBM); AMP Reading System (Pearson).

Dr. Rose has worked as a consultant for Houghton-Mifflin, Scholastic, Tom Snyder Productions, EBSCO Publishing, Pearson, Sopris West, and other publishers. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education, and regularly advises state departments of education on policies related to the education of students with disabilities and designing universally designed educational systems.

With his CAST colleagues, he has won numerous awards, including the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Education and Academia (Laureate, 1993; Finalist, 1999), Tech Museum of Innovation Award (2002), LD Access Foundation Innovation Award (1999), and the EdNET HERO Award (2005).  In 2004, the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine named him one of education’s “Daring Dozen.

Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools

Dr. Mark T. Bedell joined Kansas City Public Schools as Superintendent on July 1, 2016. Bedell previously served as the assistant superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in Maryland. Bedell has presented at several national and state-level conferences on best practices in education and completed his doctoral dissertation at Nova Southeastern University on school culture, climate and dropout prevention for ethnic minority students from low economic strata. As superintendent, he hopes to focus on student-centered learning, culturally relevant curriculum, and social and emotional supports for students. Bedell has a wife and three children and lives in Kansas City. All three of his children are students in Kansas City Public Schools.



Dr. Chris Craft, Teacher and Founder, Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge

Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. As a classroom teacher,  he has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. Most recently he was selected from among more than 1,000 teachers to be one of 20 to visit the White House and meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden for a dialogue on the current state and future of education. Dr. Craft was also named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list for 2013. He has a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. Chris is a Google Certified Innovator, and a Google in Education Trainer, and was recently accepted to be an Apple Distinguished Educator.