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This can't-miss event is designed to specifically address the unique interests and needs of Arizona's educational IT community. In addition to networking and professional development this NO COST event will be an opportunity for CIOs, CTOs and their teams from all around the state to focus on the implementation of Common Core and PARCC assessments.
Please Note: Online Registration for this event is now closed. Please register on-site. Thank you.
Register today to learn from experts in your state on topics such as:
• Educator Effectiveness
• Real-time Data
• PARCC Readiness
• Blended Learning
Join us on October 3 to learn best practices from your peers and industry experts!
Comments from 2012 attendees:
"I like to see the different districts present what they are doing and learn from them."
"Very informative! Can't wait to implement these ideas!"
"The sessions really help me to think about our current projects that I am working on. They make me see a different approach and different ways to do it."
"Keynote was excellent! Inspiring!"
"This is my favorite conference to go to."
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Mark Allen, Ironman Champion
The Ironman Triathlon is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. It starts with a 2.4-mile ocean swim, followed by 112 grueling miles of cycling and finishes with a 26.2-mile marathon in the heat of the tropical sun. For most of the 1,500 men and women who compete in the Ironman crossing, the finish line amounts to a victory.
Mark Allen had a different destiny . . .
His first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman champion. Finally, on his seventh attempt, Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon’s greatest race ever.
Mark went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. His final victory came at the age of 37, making him the oldest champion ever in this incredibly challenging event! Mark completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90 percent top-three finish record and going undefeated in 20 races over a three-year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times and, after retiring in 1996, was called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine.
Still living the principles that enabled him to turn adversity into success, Mark was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from the Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark works for NBC Sports as an expert analyst each year at the Ironman and provided commentary at the Sydney Olympics for triathlon’s debut at the Games.
Mark is also an award-winning author for the recently released book titled Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You that he co-authored with Brant Secunda. They received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.
8:00 a.m. – Registration / Morning Refreshments / Exhibit Area Open
9:00 a.m. – Welcome
9:15 a.m. – Opening Keynote
Mark Allen, Ironman Champion
In education IT today, success – or even holding on for dear life – requires great toughness, endurance and resiliency. Who better to inspire us than the man who is arguably the most successful endurance athlete of our time? As a professional triathlete, Mark won 66 of the 96 races he entered, 6 consecutive Ironman World Championships in 6 starts (a record) and a World Championship at age 37 (another record). These achievements did not come easy. In this fascinating keynote address, Mark shares the principles that enabled him to turn devastating setbacks into historic triumphs – principles each of us can use to achieve the highest levels of success in our personal and professional lives.
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions
Preparing IT Professionals for PARCC
In this technology-focused session, participants will learn more about what IT professionals around Arizona need to know to prepare for PARCC. There will be a presentation on the infrastructure requirements needed to deliver the new assessment, and a discussion on scheduling considerations for your district’s or charter's technology purchases. ADE will also share the results of its year-long research project, the future of SAIS and our other forward-looking projects that will help teachers/administrators make the transition to Common Core.
Flagstaff’s Scoring Model for Increasing Educator Development
Flagstaff Unified School District has enhanced its integrated system for educator evaluation and student assessment by incorporating a sophisticated structure for scoring teachers based on categories. Since scoring requirements are determined by each Arizona chipdistrict, FUSD decided to implement a percentage-based model where outcomes are dependent on the category, such as student performance data being included in the overall rating or teachers have the opportunity to join collaborative groups. In this session, you will see a demonstration of FUSD’s configurable evaluation platform and learn more about this effective scoring model, aimed at positively impacting educator development.
Broadband Infrastructure Keeps Arizona Schools Competitive
Broadband is a utility that must be readily accessible to Arizona educators to ensure continued economic growth. This talk will consider the intersection of technology and policy trends and the opportunity to utilize networks in improving student education. Modernized broadband is the ability to reliably access a range of applications, from online courses to simple web access, anywhere. Location and economic capacity are not part of a modernized broadband utility. Utilization of software defined networking, cloud applications and wireless last mile are a few topics that are part of schools’ efforts to plan effective use of broadband infrastructure.
Building 21st Century Classrooms with the Common Core
Common Core, 21st century learning, global collaborations and project-based learning (PBL) go hand in hand. During this session, we will present how the four of these complement each other in the classroom, and how the teacher, Common Core coach, technology integration specialist and technology director can nurture that 21st century, student-centered learning environment.
11:30 a.m. – Lunch
Noon – General Session: Live Tweet /Text-up
Prepared for PARCC? Harnessing the Opportunity for Disruption
PARCC assessments are coming . . . Are you prepared? While these new assessments require a staggering amount of preparation, they create opportunities for innovation and partnerships across the education community. Get out your mobile device of choice and join our collaborative panel over lunch where we will learn from each other and crowd source best practices for PARCC assessment readiness. Bandwidth, browsers, security and devices – what do you need to know? During this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to hear from their peers, share resources and pose questions to our panelists who are currently in the throes of preparing for PARCC.
1:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
Disruptive and Effective Technology Leadership
What does school IT "do”? Or, more accurately . . . if you work in school IT, what do you "do"? What value do you bring to the organization? Is IT about keeping the servers running and uptime metrics, or can it be more? Should it be more? Does IT have a role in school leadership? Can IT be more than just "digital plumbers" and help move districts into the future? How does IT leadership help (or hinder) the larger role IT can – and must – play in instruction in the future? This session will attempt to answer these questions in a conversational manner. Participants should expect to have their assumptions challenged.
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision-making
Home-grown or vendor-selected, the one-stop collection of your student's progress and achievement enables parents, teachers and administrators to diagnose the student's needs and abilities immediately in order to tailor their learning experience. Discover how both solutions support your district/school goals for scaling different levels of functionality. Walk away with tips to consider as student information systems evolve in relation to teacher effectiveness and student achievement data.
Software-defined Storage: Cloud Architectures Drive Fundamental Shifts in Storage Design
Public cloud services have set the bar for on-demand, self-service infrastructure. Virtualization combined with x86 servers has transformed the way we scale out compute resources. Unfortunately, legacy storage architectures are rooted in rigid mainframe-era designs, and are fundamentally mismatched with the dynamic, shared modern data center. In this session, learn how software-defined storage architectures leverage off-the-shelf hardware, standard Ethernet, distributed storage processing and extensive automation to enable a building block approach to scalability – no forklift upgrades required.
– how SDS can automate storage to deliver one-click provisioning and self-service of storage resources
– the flexibility and efficiency benefits that administrators can realize with Ethernet SAN technology
– how some of the biggest companies in the country are already leveraging these new architectures as the backbone of their dynamic public and private clouds
Flip Your Classrooms with Student-centered Wi-Fi
Teachers globally are utilizing flipped classroom instruction to heighten student engagement, accelerate achievement and move from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” This teaching method often requires intensive digital tools and curriculum from mobile devices in 1:1, BYOD or mixed computing environments to bandwidth-hungry applications like video streaming and digital curriculum. But, many schools have wi-fi networks that can’t keep up with the coverage, capacity and density that flipped classrooms demand. Attend this session to learn best practices for delivering student-centered learning with a student-centered wireless network.
2:15 p.m. – Break / Refreshments in the Exhibit Area
2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
Mobile Applications – The Inside Scoop!
Mobile applications are not new, but the process of designing and maintaining one is ever changing. Designing mobile apps for your district requires a different skill. During this presentation, we will outline the process for you from the beginning to the end from the technology side. We will also share our experience with both the iOS and Android environments. If you are looking for another way to reach your students and other stakeholders, this is the presentation for you.
Virtual Desktops for Work, Study, and Online Assessment
The PARCC online assessment for students is fast approaching and schools are scrambling to get ready. There are many roads to that ever-elusive 1-to-1 environment, so come to this session to hear the different approaches some local school districts have taken to increase the technology in the classrooms for work, study and online testing. From virtual desktop infrastructure to thin clients, you’ll discover there are many more choices out there than traditional computers and laptops – and one of them is bound to be within your budget.
3:30 p.m. – Adjourn
The conference center has complimentary parking for event attendees.
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Phoenix Airport South
4750 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Director of Technology
Paradise Valley Unified School District
Director of Technology
Apache Junction Unified School District
Chief Information Officer
Vail School District
Board Member, Ex Officio
Director of Technology
Flagstaff Unified School District
Records Management Specialist
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (ASLAPR)
Director of Technology
Balsz School District
Director of Instructional Technology
Scottsdale Unified School District
Director of Information Technology
Tempe Union High School District
Executive Director of Strategic Programs
Arizona Department of Education
Director of Technology
Alhambra Elementary School District
Marketing, Channel Manager
Vice President, Marketing
Education Solutions Analyst K-12
Senior Account Executive
US Education Sales Director