She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Hello, friends. As we close out this week, I have some scoops for you but also sad news for our industry in the loss of one of our best.

New roles for colleagues and friends....

Girls Thinking Global has elected Cynthia Schultz to its Board of Directors. Cynthia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the private sector as well as in the operations of both the government and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Affiniti. In this capacity, she oversees the legal affairs of the company, including litigation and public policy initiatives. She also manages governance and regulatory compliance.

Join me in congratulating Cynthia on joining the dynamic team at GTG!

You likely saw the news that Noodle Markets has raised $3 million in its series seed financing round. Rethink Education led the round, followed by Palm Ventures. With the round, Rick Segal, co-founder and Managing Partner at Rethink, will join the Noodle Markets board.

Congratulations to Rick on his new role!

The U.S. Department of Education has named committee members who will draft proposed regulations in two areas of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the latest step in the process of implementing ESSA. The Department hosted public forums, held meetings with stakeholders and received hundreds of written comments on how to best support states, districts, and schools in the transition to the new law, which informed the negotiated rulemaking process that is now underway.

The negotiators and alternative negotiators announced represent the constituencies that are significantly affected by the topics proposed for negotiation, including state and local education administrators and board members, tribal leadership, parents and students, teachers, principals, other school leaders, and the civil rights and business communities. Negotiators were selected to represent all of the geographic regions of the country. In addition, the Department selected negotiators who would contribute to the diversity and expertise of the negotiating committee.

The committee will draft proposed regulations in the following two areas of Title I, Part A of ESSA: (1) the requirement that federal funds supplement, not supplant, non-federal funds in high-need schools and (2) assessments. The committee will convene March 21-23 and April 6-8 with an optional session April 18-19 at its discretion. These meetings are open to the public, and more information on the time, location and other logistics for the meetings will be distributed at a later date.

Members of the ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee from various constituencies include:

State administrators and state boards of education
  • Tony Evers, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Marcus Cheeks, Mississippi Department of Education
Local administrators and local boards of education
  • Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia
  • Derrick Chau, Los Angeles Unified School District, California
  • Thomas Ahart, Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa *
Tribal leadership
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, Michigan
  • Leslie Harper, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota*
Parents and students, including historically underserved students
  • Lisa Mack, Ohio
  • Rita Pin Ahrens, District of Columbia
  • Audrey Jackson, Boston Public Schools
  • Ryan Ruelas, Anaheim City School District, California
  • Mary Cathryn Ricker, St. Paul Public Schools/American Federation of Teachers, Minnesota*
  • Lara Evangelista, New York City Department of Education, New York
  • Aqueelha James, District of Columbia Public Schools*
Other school leaders, including charter school leaders
  • Eric Parker, Montgomery Public Schools, Alabama
  • Richard Pohlman, Thurgood Marshall Academy, District of Columbia*
  • Lynn Goss, School District of the Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • Regina Goings, Clark County School District, Nevada*
Civil rights community, including representatives of students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically underserved students
  • Delia Pompa, Migration Policy Institute, Texas
  • Ron Hager, National Disability Rights Network, District of Columbia
  • Liz King, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, District of Columbia*
  • Janel George, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, District of Columbia*
Business community
  • Kerri Briggs, Exxon Mobil, Texas
  • Kenneth Bowen, Office Depot, North Carolina *

Congratulations and thanks to all of these individual working on behalf of all of us!


The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has announced its "20 to Watch" honorees for 2015-2016. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

This is the 10th year of NSBA's "20 to Watch" program, created in 2006 to identify emerging leaders who would be helping to shape the national conversation about education technology for the next 20 years. This year's honorees will be recognized during the 2016 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference on April 4th in Washington, D.C., and at the TLN-hosted luncheon during NSBA's 2016 Annual Conference on April 8th in Boston.

The 2015-2016 NSBA "20 to Watch" honorees are (listed by state/territory):

  • Amanda Stone, Assistant Principal, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover City Schools, Alabama
  • Stephen Carr, Chief Technology Officer, Ventura County Office of Education, California
  • Adam Welcome, Principal, San Ramón Valley Unified School District, California
  • Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation, CUE, California
  • Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia
  • Joanna Beck, Teacher, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, Clarke County School District, Georgia
  • Phil Hintz, Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56, Illinois
  • Christopher Hull, Teacher, Elm Place Middle School, North Shore School District 112 IL & Co-Founder of Otus, Illinois
  • Leslie Pralle Keehn, Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, Iowa
  • Josh Stock, English Language Arts Teacher, Santa Fe Trail Middle School, Olathe Unified School District, Kansas
  • Katie Chirhart, iPad Lab Teacher, Shreve Island Elementary, Caddo Parish School Board, Louisiana
  • Luke Wittum, Assistant Superintendent - Technology and Media Services, Genesee Intermediate School District, Michigan
  • Patricia Brown, Technology Integration Coach, Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Ladue School District, Missouri
  • Regina Schaffer, Instructional Technology Specialist, Middletown Township School District, New Jersey
  • Silvia Correa-Abbato, Superintendent of Schools, Union City School District, New Jersey
  • Adam Schoenbart, English Teacher / Capstone Technology Coach, Ossining High School, Ossining Union Free School District, New York
  • James Lanier, Coordinator of Secondary Digital Learning, Johnston County Schools, North Carolina
  • Matthew Miller, Superintendent, Mentor Public Schools, Ohio
  • Dr. Bryan E. O'Black, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Shaler Area School District, Pennsylvania
  • Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin Independent School District, Texas

More information about each of these deserving educators may be found online. Join me in congratulating all for their impressive accomplishments!


Ellen Bialo, Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. (IESD), and partner Jeannette Downes, special education and technology integration consultant, are just back from a three-week trip to Southeast Asia—Vietnam and Cambodia. The pictures they have been posting are amazing. Ellen said it was a truly eye-opening trip and makes one aware of how lucky we are to live where and as we do. I can't wait to connect with her to hear some of their stories!

Very sad news as we say good-bye to an industry pioneer and friend....

Peter Li, Founder and President of Peter Li Education, Inc., passed away at home on March 5th at the age of 77. Peter was born in Hong Kong. His educational publishing and media company, Peter Li Education, Inc., was founded in the early 1970's and has served public and private educators across the world for over 40 years.

Peter is survived by two friends to many of us—his wife, Joy Rosen-Li, who many of you know from her work in our industry, and his daughter Lisa (Li) Ahern, Web Strategy Manager at Adobe—as well as many other loving family members, A private Celebration of Life service will be held in Palm Coast, Florida. You may send thoughts and prayers:

If you would like to postal mail a message to Joy and/or Lisa, send me a note at for addresses. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Peter's name to: Li Memorial Education Fund, c/o Susan Li, PhD, Pacific University, 190 SE 8th Avenue, Suite #260, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

I have spoken with so many of you this week who are heartbroken over the passing of this wonderful man who made a forever imprint on our industry through his publications, his mentoring, his generosity, and his serving in so many enormous and small ways. He was a quiet man with a roaring spirit and a heart of gold. And he was funny - so, so funny. I have many wonderful memories of times Peter gave me counsel, encouraged me, and ever so many when he just made me laugh out loud. I know many of you have those stories and memories as well. We now wish for our friend to rest in peace. His legacy surely endures. And we keep his wife Joy, his daughter Lisa, and all of his family members in our thoughts and prayers.

Let's end this week remembering Peter and a poem (poet-Joey Beighley) that accompanied his obituary....

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,
I've only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt 
and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am now, but as I used to be.
Because, I will remember you all
and look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts,
I've only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

Hold on tight to those you love and let those you care about know. Life on this earth is brief and fragile. Please enjoy your weekend with family and friends. That is what I plan to do! Till next week....Vicki, the Snoop

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