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Teachers Deserve Better: What Makes PD Actually Work?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

What Makes PD Actually Work?

Presented by Jill Abbott, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, SIIA; Jeff Mao, CEO, Edmoxie LLC; Bruce Umpstead, Director of State Programs, IMS Global Learning Consortium; and Ilya Zeldin, Founder and CEO, 2gnoMe
Hosted by Joyce Whitby, Founder and President, Innovations4Education

Sponsored by 2gnoMe

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We know what kind of PD teachers want but for some reason fail to provide it. Why is that and how can we fix it?

During this edWebinar, we bring together three former State EdTech Directors to highlight best practices and lessons learned from their experience with system-level initiatives that include support for teachers.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to school and district leaders of PreK through high school grade levels.


Jill AbbottAbout the Presenters

For over 20 years, Jill Abbott has been a leader and visionary in education. She currently serves as the senior vice president and managing director of the education division of SIIA. Most recently, she founded Abbott Advisor Group and focused on providing strategic planning and visioning and policy development for the role of educational technology in education innovation and transformation for federal and state governments, businesses, and non-profits. Previously, she was the CEO of Continuum Education, associate executive director and COO for the SIF Association, eLearning Strategist and Education Liaison for the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio SchoolNet, chief learning officer for para instructional designs, regional curriculum director for 9 school districts, and a classroom teacher.


Jeff MaoJeff Mao is an education technology leader with over 25 years of experience. He was the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education for ten years and was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), the state’s 1:1 student computing program. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for six years including two as Chair of the Board. After leaving state service, Jeff was a Senior Director for Common Sense Media’s education division. And before that, an advisor for Future Ready Schools and has moderated and presented numerous Future Ready’s Summits and Institutes. He has been recognized by EdScoop (EdTech Hero, 2017), SETDA (Leader of the Year, 2013), and Common Sense Media (Educator of the Year, 2012).


Bruce UmpsteadIn 2018, Bruce Umpstead joined IMS Global to engage State Education Agencies (SEAs) in the important work of data interoperability and drive adoption of the CASE Network of Competencies & Academic Standards (CASE®). Before joining IMS Global, Bruce worked as an Edtech data analytics consultant after a brief tenure at the big data analytics company Brightbytes. From 2007 to 2013 Bruce served as the state director of educational technology and data coordination with the Michigan Department of Education. Bruce holds an M.B.A and B.A. in public administration from Michigan State University.


Ilya ZeldinIlya Zeldin is the founder and CEO of 2gnoMe (To know me), an award-winning platform that puts teachers at the center of their professional development. The platform is content-agnostic and inter-operable with any learning management system and any learning framework or set of standards. For admin-level leaders and coaches, 2gnoMe clarifies who needs what kind of learning in the first place, to personalize the learning experience for every teacher – at a massive scale – and measure its usefulness and impact. Before 2gnoMe, Ilya led several technology start-ups and managed the global cloud program at Dell Software.

Joyce Whitby
About the Host

Joyce Whitby is a lifelong educator who spent over 10 years teaching graduate-level courses in educational technology at Long Island University, where in 1984 she developed the T.E.A.M. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multimedia). Since then, Joyce has been in the business of educational technology with key roles in professional development, marketing, and sales leadership. In 2017, Joyce and her husband (aka @tomwhitby, co-founder of #edchat) launched their own consulting business working with small- to medium-sized innovation companies seeking growth in revenue and market share,


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2gnome2gnoMe is a learning experience platform that personalizes professional development for teachers and gives administrators a 360° view of all their teachers’ learning activities. Winner of multiple awards in education, the 2gnoMe approach clarifies who needs what kind of professional learning in the first place and uses data to personalize the learning experience and measure its impact on retention and student outcomes.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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