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National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Virtual Post-Inauguration Awards and Policy Panel

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Presented by Jon Bernstein, Executive Director, NCTET with Guest Panelists: Amanda Karhuse, President, NCTET; Dr. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent, Topeka Public Schools (KS); Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association; and Dr. Don Haddad, Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District (CO).

Sponsored by the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training

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Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

In this virtual presentation, NCTET will present eight Community Builder Awards and its Equity Advocate Award. Throughout its history, NCTET has bestowed the NCTET Community Builder Award on a diverse and bipartisan cross section of leaders who have made a difference in education. This year, there are nine distinguished leaders in five different categories to receive the 2020 NCTET Community Builder Award:

  • Government: Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Nonprofit: Sylvia Acevedo, former Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts USA, and Sal Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
  • Corporate: Google and Kajeet
  • Educators: Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Hero Educators of COVID
  • The Equity Advocate Award Recipient is Hon. John King, President and CEO, Education Trust

After the presentation of the awards, Dr. John King, Jr. moderates a panel discussion that will focus on how the incoming Biden-Harris Administration will address digital equity as a policy priority.

Please watch this special event to welcome in the Biden-Harris Administration. The recorded presentation will be of interest to all educators and members of the education industry.


Jon BernsteinAbout the Presenters

The president and founder of Bernstein Strategy Group, Jon Bernstein has been working on education, education technology and telecommunications issues since 1995 and running his own government relations firm since 2005. Currently, Jon serves as the co-chair of the Education & Libraries Networks Coalition and the Homework Gap Big Tent Coalition, and as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training. Prior to launching BSG, Jon served as Vice President at Leslie Harris & Associates, an attorney advisor with the Federal Communications Commission, a lobbyist for the National Education Association, and Legislative Counsel with The Lightspan Partnership. His first policy job was as a legislative fellow for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Jon received his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law and his BA from Colgate University.


Amanda KarhuseAmanda Karhuse has served as the director of advocacy for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) since 2006. She led the creation of the NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center, which is the only national center devoted solely to the advancement of policies and practices that support principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. In this role, she coordinates all federal policy and advocacy efforts for NASSP and assists the Board of Directors in developing position statements and policy recommendations on issues of national significance. Currently, Amanda serves as President of NCTET. Prior to her tenure at NASSP, she was a senior editor for the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute and worked for former Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman (D-FL). Amanda has a BA from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and a master’s from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


John KingDr. John B. King, Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. Dr. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, he carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. He joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. Dr. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.


Tiffany AndersonTiffany Anderson, Ed.D. has been a public school educator for over 26 years, with the majority of that time as Superintendent. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps for students of poverty in rural, urban and suburban public school districts. In 2016, Dr. Anderson became the first African-American female superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, in Topeka, Kansas, where the landmark Brown vs. Board case ended legal segregation. Under Dr. Anderson’s leadership, Topeka Public Schools doubled their college course offerings, student attendance increased above 90%, ACT participation increased, and achievement scores and graduation rates have steadily increased across the district. Since Dr. Anderson arrived in Topeka, the district has earned three national Magna Awards, one of which is for their work in equity. Dr. Anderson was one of Education Week’s 16 leaders to learn from, she was selected a 2020 Kansas Icon in Education by Ingram, and she was a 2020 finalist for Kansas Superintendent of the Year.


Becky PringleNEA President Becky Pringle is a fierce social justice warrior, defender of educator rights, an unrelenting advocate for all students and communities of color, and a valued and respected voice in the education arena. A middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience, Becky is singularly focused on using her intellect, passion, and purpose to unite the members of the largest labor union with the entire nation, and using that collective power to fulfill the promise of public education. Before assuming NEA’s top post, Becky served as NEA Vice President and before that as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. She co-chaired NEA’s Task Force on School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline and led NEA’s work to transform the education professions and improve student learning. Becky started as a local president, and then went on to serve on the Board of Directors for NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.


Don HaddadDr. Don Haddad has served in education for 36 years. He was selected as Superintendent of Schools for the St. Vrain Valley School District in 2009 and was named 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents. He was honored with the 2010 Communicator of the Year Award from COSPRA and the 2011 Technology Administrator of the Year Award from the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology. SVVSD won the i3 Grant for $3.6 million and was one of 16 districts nationwide awarded the 2012 Race to the Top Grant for $16.8 million. SVVSD received several awards from various chambers of commerce and economic councils, and was awarded the Consortium for School Networking’s Leading Education Innovation Award in 2018, the ISTE District of Distinction Award in 2019, and the Colorado Succeeds Excellence Award for Technology-Enabled Learning. Dr. Haddad has served on several community Boards of Directors throughout his tenure.

Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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NCTETLaunched in 1993 to help policymakers develop sound federal educational technology programs, NCTET today brings together thought and organizational leaders from the public and private sectors to provide information on the increasing value and importance of technology in ensuring equity in educational opportunities for all learners. 



Thursday, January 21, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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