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Tech & Admin Summit 2023

August 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 4:30 pm EDT

Join us to learn more about how Promethean technology can better serve administrators, IT personnel, and your schools – regardless of the learning environments you are supporting. As you and your teachers come back to a school year like no other, our professional development team will provide you with the latest sustainable approaches and ideas to support going back to school with Promethean solutions.

Keynote Speaker

Laurie Guyon

Laurie Guyon Keynote Speaker

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. Over the years she has collected many accolades, including being named the 2023 Leader in Digital Education Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). As an author, trainer, and professor, Laurie expresses her passion for education through conducting workshops centered around integrating technology in literacy. 

Laurie is an ISTE and Google Certified Educator and Trainer and is Google Cloud Certified.

Tech & Admin Summit 2023 Sessions

All session times are in EDT

12:00 – 12:50 Laurie Guyon

Featured Keynote: Smile Learning – Leveraging the Power of Educational Technology

The world of education is rapidly changing. This book looks at all the moving parts of educational technology to find a way forward. The ultimate goal is to ensure our students feel safe, belong, and learn the skills needed to thrive. Using educational technology can provide our students with the tools for success. Using the acronym SMILE, we will look to: 1. Shine by using educational technology in positive ways 2. Motivate through engaging, interactive, and personalized learning experiences 3. Inspire creativity and unleash potential through innovative and creative technology uses 4. Learn by harnessing the power and potential of educational technology 5. Overcome your Elephants to embrace and leverage educational technology effectively By embracing your SMILE, you can leverage educational technology to meet your goals and ensure our students have the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams. Use this book as a roadmap for harnessing the transformative power of technology to achieve academic, personal, and professional success. Smile Learning Link – https://www.amazon.com/SMILE-Learning-Leveraging-Educational-Technology/dp/1990566421

1:00 – 1:40 PM Michael Lee and Johnathan Skaris (Darlington)

Maintaining a Successful Implementation

Podcast style jam session where Michael and Johnathan discuss what went right and wrong with the installation and teacher adaptation of ActivPanels in Darlington.

1:45 – 2:25 PM Kristen Spruill and Dr. Michael A. Jackson

Power-up Your Teacher’s Panel Skills with Panel Tech Walks

The Panel Tech Walk is the next step in ensuring that teachers are progressing in their panel skills and integration. The goal of the Tech Walk itself is to gather data that can be used to develop a customized course for your staff while also providing administrators and building leaders with a broad data overview of the current ActivPanel implementation level in their classrooms. Learn how this technique will help you support all teachers in reaching an advanced implementation status, which means they are using the panels to their capacity to increase student engagement and in turn, student achievement.

2:30 – 3:30 PM Wacey Tobler

The ABCs of Esports

Join Wacey Tobler, Head Coach for the RGC Cougar Esports club, for a comprehensive primer for starting an Esports program at your school/district focusing on the Agency, Budget, and Community or ABCs of Esports. In addition to a technical overview of building a program, participants will gain new insights about budgets & funding sources, as well as see a snapshot of our student-led club in action as they build a new and innovative community for our campus.

3:35 – 4:15 PM Jacob Wirth and Josh Thom

A Partnership for Alignment, Communication, and Professional Development (Loudoun County Public Schools and Promethean)

In this session, you will learn how Loudoun County Public Schools and Promethean leverage their relationships to further a culture of alignment, communication, and professional development among their stakeholders. You will hear the story of how Loudoun is shifting its understanding of educational technology from a noun to a verb. You will also discover how Loudoun uses common messaging and PD practices to build alignment in schools, central offices, and with their partners at Promethean. You will explore the layers of support that this partnership offers that amplify alignment throughout the division. Finally, you will hear how Loudoun prioritizes people over projects and creates partnerships through relationships with Promethean and other educators.

4:15 – 4:30 PM


Johnathan Skaris

Johnathan Skarkis

A native of Bethel Park, PA, Johnathan Skaris was a high school social studies teacher for 13 years before becoming an Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Darlington County School District. He believes technology should never compete with an educator’s teaching methods, but instead should always complement lesson plans. Johnathan holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Education from Coker College. He is certified to teach secondary-level social studies and is a certified Apple Learning Coach and Google Certified Educator (Level One). Johnathan lives in Hartsville, SC with his wife, Traci, and their two children, Aiden and Reagan.

Dr. Michael A. Jackson

Dr. Michael A. Jackson

Dr. Michael A. Jackson serves as the proud principal of Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia. He has 22 years’ experience in education, previously serving as an Art Teacher, Basketball, Football, and Track Coach, Administrative Aide, Assistant/Associate Principal, as well as principal of John Rolfe Middle School for 6 years. Dr. Jackson earned his Bachelors’ from Wingate University, Masters and Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. He believes, “If you treat people as they are, they will remain how they are. But if you treat people as if they ought to be and could be, they will become what they ought to be and could be.” He and his wife of 20 years Kenya, also an educator, have two wonderful children Kamryn (18) and MJ (14).

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Michael Lee lives in Canton, GA with his wife, son, and dog. His favorite activity is watching his son play little league. He comes from a long line of Georgia educators including his mother, grandmother, and aunt. Michael has a deep knowledge of Promethean hardware and troubleshooting methodologies and aims to help districts and students get the most out of the technology solutions.

Kristen Spruill

Kristen Spruill

Kristen Spruill is an Education Consultant for Henrico County Public Schools in Henrico, Va. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She later completed her post graduate work at the University of Richmond where she obtained her teaching license. Her work in education spans the K-12 continuum. She has been a teacher, educational coach, Coordinator of Assessment and Remediation and was most recently a Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator. She brings with her a passion for sound instruction and a desire to bring effective technological practices to all students.

Jacob Wirth

Jacob Wirth

Jacob works as the Education Consultant for Promethean with the Loudoun County Public School District in Loudoun County, Virginia. Before working with Promethean, Jacob taught high school science for 6 years and spent another 6 years as a curriculum writer in the educational technology space. As an educational consultant with Promethean, he utilizes his love for making learning fun and his passion for trying to make educators’ lives easier.

Josh Thom

Josh Thom

Josh is a member of the Educational Technology team in Loudoun County Public Schools. He is the program coordinator for the division’s Instructional Facilitators for Technology team, which consists of 96 instructional technology coaches that serve their school division. He is passionate about building relationships, leveraging technology for deeper learning, and creating an atmosphere of joy in his division and community.

Wacey Tobler

Wacey Tolber

Wacey Tobler is the Secondary Digital Learning Coach and Head Esports Coach at Fort Sam Houston ISD in San Antonio, TX. In addition to his work as an instructional technologist, he also serves as the TCEA Area 20 Director. You can follow him on Twitter @mrtoblerstech.

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