When I grow up, I want to be a teacher
Superintendent in Residence
Focused, technically inquisitive, introvert
Art admirer, loves innovation and working with numbers
Improving education one crazy idea at a time
Technologist in pursuit of perfection
Reader, loves to swell using technology
Math/sci guru, compulsive reader and wordsmith
Vivid traveller & explorer, loves life, nature & Hindi Cinema
Silent crusader, technologist attempting to make pictures with data, loves The Matrix
Seamstress, skier, scholar
Nancy Butler Songer is a Distinguished University Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Songer is an expert in science education and learning technologies with particular emphasis on the assessment of science knowledge and the design of learning environments that emphasize critical thinking in science. Songer’s work in educational assessment draws from the realization that students’ complex science knowledge development was not well represented in off-the-shelf assessments. Songer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and she is the recipient of both a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President William J. Clinton and a United States of America Department of Education Promising Educational Technology Award. Prior to Drexel, Songer was a professor at the University of Michigan for eighteen years where she conducted the majority of her research in conjunction with the Detroit Public Schools.
Kenji Hakuta is an Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His areas of teaching and research are bilingualism, second language acquisition, education policy and social and experimental research. He worked on standards-based reform and has provided recommendations to the Clinton Administration. He created the English Language Learner (ELL) Leader Network at Stanford which brings together leaders from rural districts in California. He has authored several books including The Science and Psychology of Second Language Acquisition and Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism. Prior to Stanford, he was the Founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced. He has also taught at Yale University and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his BA Magna Cum Laude in Psychology and Social Relations, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, both from Harvard University.
Michelle Rodriguez has been dedicated to students in urban and rural, low socio-economic districts for over 25 years with a focus on fragile student populations. She just finished her first year as Superintendent of Pajaro Valley Unified in January 2018, where she was able to implement many new innovative programs, such as Footsteps2Brillance, Latino Youth Film Institute, and expanded Dual Immersion Program. She comes from Santa Ana Unified, the 6th largest district in California. As the Assistant Superintendent, K-12 Teaching and Learning, of Santa Ana Unified, she oversaw 11 divisions, including Curriculum and Instruction. She led the creation of digital content that is being used at SAUSD’s first competency based school, Advanced Learning Academy, and Open Campus, the district’s first virtual high school. She plans to bring personalized learning to Pajaro Valley Unified and accelerate student achievement so that all students become 21st Century graduates prepared for college and career.
Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Gooru. While working at Google, Pram devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age and topic appropriate educational resources on the web. Gooru, as it is today, began as a “20% effort” evolved into a year-long pilot in India that included 1,000 students across 25 classrooms. Pram left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up. Pram has previously worked at Xerox Research, Dynamx Technology (co-founder), Yahoo! and Google. Pram has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, and he obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Bombay. You can reach Pram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Belous is the Education Portfolio Manager for the Cisco Foundation. Alex began his career as a first grade teacher, and then as the Internet Technology Manager for the Arizona Department of Education where he improved the opportunity of rural and underserved students on Native American reservations and in other high-need school districts. Joining Cisco in 1998, Alex served as one of the founders of the Cisco Network Academy--a dynamic learning platform that now serves more than 1 million students per year. After 6 years Alex transferred to the Cisco Corporate Affairs group as the Education Specialist, working with teams across the company to address innovative and effective use of network technologies in schools. Alex holds a BA Early Childhood Education and two Masters in Elementary Education/Reading Instruction and Counseling Psychology.
Caprice Young is the Chief Executive Officer of Magnolia Public Schools. Previously she was the Vice President of Education of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She has held numerous leadership positions, including the Assistant Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and founding CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, among others. She has also served on the Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Education Excellence (California), the Fordham Foundation, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and Apple Academy Charter Public Schools. She is a recipient of the Coro Foundation Crystal Eagle Award for Achievement in Public Service. Caprice earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at USC and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Previously, he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He was deeply involved in the management of radical innovation and in the formation of corporate strategy and strategic positioning of Xerox as The Document Company. John has also received a few honorary degrees along the way, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Barry Fishman is an Associate Professor at the School of Education and School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Barry was the recipient of the University of Michigan Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (2010), the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies (2001) and the Pattishall Junior Faculty Research Award from the University of Michigan (2003). He received his AB from Brown University in English and American Literature, his MS from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology, and his PhD in learning sciences from Northwestern University.
M. S. Krishnan (“Krishnan”) is the Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Technology & Operations at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His research articles on Business Technology have appeared in several journals, including Management Science, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Information Week.
Vijay Shriram serves on the Board of Stanford New Schools Corporation, which oversees the East Palo Alto Academy. She also runs the Ram Shriram family foundation, called the Dhanam Foundation, which is focused on supporting innovation in K-12 education. The foundation has invested in the Level Playing Field Institute’s (LPFI) residential summer program at Stanford and The Magic Bus Learning Institute in Mumbai, India. More recently, it has invested in Gooru to support the development and roll-out of Gooru. Vijay started her career as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and went on to become an active participant in the Saratoga Public Schools, CA. Vijay received an M.A. in History from Bharatiyar University, India.
Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, she started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US. As the Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, she has also evaluated many projects, addressing critical needs in education, ICT and microfinance; her Foundation has provided funding to such projects in many countries. She has also served on the board of directors of Relief International for over 8 years, working on different developmental and humanitarian projects in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and more. Prior to her humanitarian activities, she co-managed a successful private business for 15 years. In 2009, Zohre received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award and special blessing from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Jack West has taught science for fifteen years. He cofounded the edtech research nonprofit Braincandy and has been recognized several times as a Silicon Valley innovative educator. He continues to teach part time, and he advises the digital tools search site Edshelf and works with Hapara, an edtech company that optimizes Google Apps for Education.