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

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

We made it to Friday, folks. It has been a busy and productive week here, and I hope it has been for you as well! Most of our local schools will be closing out the school year over the next week, and you know what that means: summer! The sun is shining, the beaches will soon be crowded, and your commute times will be a little easier without the school zones. Before you head out today, be sure to catch this week's scoops....

New roles at IO Education!

IO Education, a market leader in helping educators use data to improve outcomes, has announced an expansion of its leadership team as the company seeks to build on its strong growth in 2016. As part of this expansion, Eric Masters has joined as Chief Marketing Officer, and Robbie Payne has joined as Vice President of Operations. Additionally, Eric Miller, who has been with IO Education for the past two years, has been promoted to vice president of product management.

Eric Masters joins IO Education with 20 years of marketing experience including time at Coca-Cola, CareAnywaren and most recently, Relias Learning. During his time at Relias Learning, a member of the LLR Partners portfolio along with IO Education, he oversaw the company's revenue grow from $35M in 2013 to $135M in 2016. Before that, he was the vice president of marketing at CareAnyware, a SaaS-based EMR platform, where the company experienced 75 percent growth before being acquired. Eric started his career in marketing with over 10 years of experience at Coca-Cola.

Robbie Payne comes to IO Education after more than 20 years at Horizon Software International where he was the Vice President of customer experience bringing enterprise solutions to the K-12 market. Robbie adds extensive experience in technology development, information technology infrastructure, customer experience, and customer support to IO Education's leadership team.

And Eric Miller joined IO Education in September 2015 as the vice president of marketing and lead generation. His appointment to vice president of product management allows him to utilize his previous years of experience in product management with companies such as Leadercast, SunTrust Bank, and Fiserv.

Please join me in congratulating Eric (emasters@ioeducation.com), Robbie, and Eric on their new roles at IO Education!

Kudos!

I am late in reporting this one but glad to share it now! The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announced its "20 to Watch" honorees for 2016-2017. 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 11th 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 were recognized during the 2017 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference, April 3rd in Chicago.

The 2016-2017 NSBA "20 to Watch" honorees are:
  • Joseph Alter, Teacher Art, Career and Technical Education & Science, Hilltop High School, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
  • Roland Antoine, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX 
  • William Bass, Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO
  • Kourtney Bostain, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology, Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico, VA
  • Christy Cate, Digital Innovation Consultant, Region 14 Education Service Center, Abilene, TX
  • Brent Clarkson, Assistant Principal, Katy Independent School District, Katy, TX 
  • Lynmara Colón, Principal, Mary Williams Elementary School, Prince William County Public Schools, Dumfries, VA
  • Dr. Brad Gustafson, Principal, Wayzata School District, Plymouth, MN
  • Matthew Henderson, STEAM Design Teacher and 1:1 Initiative Facilitator, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair, PA
  • Lisa Highfill, Instructional Technology Coach/ Elementary teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District, Pleasanton, CA
  • Kristina Holzweiss, School Library Media Specialist, Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore Union Free School District, Bay Shore, NY
  • Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, Director of Omaha Virtual School, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
  • Dr. Chris Marczak, Superintendent, Maury County Public Schools, Columbia, TN
  • Luke Meinert, Director of Technology, Yukon Koyukuk School District, Fairbanks, AK
  • Rachelle Dene Poth, Foreign Language and STEAM Teacher, Riverview Junior Senior High School, Riverview School District, Oakmont, PA
  • Megan Power, Learning Experience Designer, Design39Campus, Poway Unified School District, San Diego, CA
  • Chad Ratliff, Director, Instructional Programs, Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, VA
  • Andrew Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Salisbury, NC
  • Dr. M. Jeremy Tucker, Superintendent of Schools, Liberty 53 School District, Liberty, MO
  • Sean Wybrant, Educator - Career and Technical Education, Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado Springs, CO

Ann Flynn, NSBA's Director of Education Technology, said the story running about these honorees in the June issue of ASBJ highlights STEM and STEAM—a common theme among many of this year's honorees!

Join me in congratulating this year's 20 to Watch and read more about these impressive individuals.

And the always amazing Esther Wojcicki, Chief Learning Officer at Planet3, Chairman of the Board at Learning Matters, V. Chairman of the Board at Creative Commons, and Media Teacher at Palo Alto High School (among other things!), has received yet another wonderful recognition! She is being inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame. How cool is that!

The Happiness Hall Of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit that recognizes special people that have advanced the cause of happiness throughout the world. The hall was founded to celebrate and encourage incredible people and organizations that make other people happy. The hall honors notable philanthropists, athletes, writers, business leaders, artists, job creators, entertainers, charities, organizations, doctors, innovators and people that inspire. Honorees will have an opportunity to walk the red carpet with their family, mentors, coaches, and friends at The Stanford University Faculty Club, and award winners will give an entertaining speech about the challenges they overcame to make the world a happier place. These inspiring speeches are videotaped and placed on the web, so their wisdom can be shared with the world. Check out the many notables who have received this recognition and help me congratulate Esther on this fun-filled and much-deserved honor!

Join the Snoop at EdNET 2017!

We love our EdNET sponsors and so appreciate their support of EdNET and our work. Remember—you have just one more week to confirm sponsorship by May 26th and have your organization included in the June promo piece. Check out comp registrations, expanded exhibit times, and more roundtable discussion options in this year's packages. Realize the benefits of EdNET sponsorship before, during, and following the conference. Check out costs and benefits and contact me at bighamv@aol.com with any questions or if you would like to learn about currently available opportunities.

The Snoop has a busy weekend ahead—grandson Logan's preschool graduation, granddaughter Makenzie's last baseball game and a dance recital, dinner with friends, and celebrating another friend's 65th anniversary (!) of ordination into the priesthood. All this while I am fighting a head cold—better stock up on more vitamin C! Go have a healthy and fun weekend of your own! Till next week....Vicki, the Snoop

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