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Adopting a Proactive Versus Reactive Approach to Cybersecurity in K-12 Districts

Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Adopting a Proactive Versus Reactive Approach to Cybersecurity in K-12 Districts

Presented by Colleen Hoy, Director, Product Management, ENA by Zayo; Lisa Higgins, Chief Technology Officer, Collierville Schools (TN); Beverly Miller, MBA, Assistant Director of Schools for Administration and Chief Technology Officer, Greeneville City Schools (TN); and Davion Washington, Network Administrator, Collierville Schools (TN)
Moderated by Monica Cougan, Senior Manager Strategic Relations, ENA by Zayo

Sponsored by ENA by Zayo

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Cybersecurity continues to be one of the largest challenges and priorities facing K-12 school technology and administrative leaders today. During this edLeader Panel, we discuss proactive steps K-12 district leaders are taking to educate their stakeholders around effective cybersecurity practices. Join leadership teams from two districts as they share how they are collaborating with their state leaders, district teams, community members, and partners to address cybersecurity challenges and needs. They share lessons learned, recommendations, and next steps required to support K-12 cybersecurity needs.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 district leaders and education technology leaders.

Colleen HoyAbout the Presenters

Colleen Hoy is the director of product management at Education Networks of America (ENA). In this role, she oversees the strategy, definition, development, and promotion of ENA’s cybersecurity product portfolio and also provides leadership to ENA’s overall suite of services that support the technology needs of K-12, higher education institutions, libraries, and rural healthcare providers nationwide. She was previously the director of programs and partnerships at Nashville Technology Council and a consultant for c3/consulting (now Ankura). Colleen has served on a number of nonprofit Boards of Directors, including Nashville MTA, Alignment Nashville Learning Technology Committee, and the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. She earned her BA from Dickinson College and her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University.

Lisa Higgins

Lisa Higgins is the CTO of Collierville Schools, a suburban district outside of Memphis, TN. Lisa has worked in education for more than 20 years as a classroom teacher, instructional technologist, and technology team leader. Collierville Schools became a school district in late 2013, opening its doors for students in the 14-15 school year. The district has about 9,500 students and is 1:1 with iPads and MacBook Airs.

Beverly MillerBeverly Miller began her career working in the IT field in a corporate setting where she remained for ten years. She joined Greeneville City Schools in 1995 as the chief technology officer, a position she held for 17 years prior to being named the assistant director of schools for administration. She continues to hold both positions in the district. Career awards include TETA CTO of the Year, Tennessee Association of School Business Officials – Outstanding Business Official of the Year, ISTE Dr. Sylvia Charp Award, and Leadership Greene County – Outstanding Leader.

Beverly holds undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and business. She also earned an MBA from Tusculum University. She is a member of the United Way Board of Directors/Greene County and is active in her church, serving as the volunteer church treasurer. She is also a member of the Tech & Learning Advisory Council. She is passionate about public education and is committed to supporting it in some capacity for the remainder of her life. She loves working alongside her husband of 38 years, George, on their family farm and spoiling her three amazing grandchildren every chance she gets.

Davion WashingtonDavion Washington is the Network Supervisor for Collierville Schools. She maintains servers, networking, voice systems, and recently took the horns on cybersecurity within her district.

Monica CouganAbout the Moderator

Monica Cougan is the manager of strategic relationships and initiatives at ENA, where she leverages her more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. Throughout her career, Monica has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool. She also has extensive experience helping K-12 schools implement 1:1 programs and disseminating problem-based and project-based learning methodologies that focus on helping each student develop his or her own voice. Throughout Monica’s extensive career, she has sought out the diverse experiences required to know how to implement positive changes in education: she has served as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, and education consultant for national, technology-based curriculum companies. Away from the classroom, she has served as an independent math consultant, worked in curriculum development, evaluated research on school-based programs, and developed professional learning opportunities for educators looking for a new mastery of technology.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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