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Why Do We Need a Chief Innovation Officer?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

A leadership panel hosted by Dr. Gabe Soumakian, Retired Superintendent, Ventura County (CA) with Ryan Imbriale, Executive Director, Department of Innovative Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD); Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Schools, Vista Unified (CA); and Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools (DC)
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Education is experiencing an extraordinary transformation that requires Innovative Leadership to implement major change initiatives and redesign numerous systems within a school district. A strong movement driven by Future Ready Schools is charging toward a personalized learning environment to prepare students for college, career, and life readiness that links the learning in the classroom to a real world setting.

A “Chief Innovation Officer” must lead the organization in creating a mind shift that redesigns the learning experience in new way of implementing educational technology in their districts. This webinar will discuss why and how leaders and cabinet members need to drive innovation to foster and develop the skills and understanding needed to help guide their districts towards the digital revolution. These system changes demand and call for a highly skillful superintendent and cabinet member to understand the complex technology solutions to be implemented.

  • Why there is a greater demand for the role of a Chief Innovation Officer or a cabinet member who may take on that role
  • An understanding of how technology impacts all departments within the district
  • Greater understanding of Future Ready, ESSA, California LCAP and the infrastructure components for those initiatives.

This webinar will be of high interest for superintendents, cabinet members, assistant superintendents for education services, board members, principals, assistant principals, curriculum directors, directors of instructional technology, and anyone interested in leading innovation in a school district.


gabe soumakianDr. Gabe Soumakian, Retired Superintendent, Ventury County, CA, was recently selected as a new member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools for his leadership. He has been actively involved and presented at numerous leadership organizations, including ACSA, AASA, CSBA, CALSA, Partnership for the 21st Century, TICAL on topics of Personnel, 21st Century Learning, eLearning Summit, Personalized Learning Summit, and Linked Learning Convening. Most recently, Dr. Soumakian serves on the CoSN Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Future Ready Leaders Panel of Visionary Educators, and the NAF Leadership Fellow.  Dr. Soumakian was recognized as one of ten Superintendent who were accepted as a Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellow in conjunction with EdElements. Dr. Soumakian has over 35 years of education experience, including 18 years of high school teaching.


Ryan Imbriale

Mr. Ryan Imbriale, Executive Director, Department of Innovative Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools, has spent his leadership career in education focused on how technology can empower student learning. After several years coordinating professional development at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education, Mr. Imbriale joined BCPS as an instructional technology specialist and then assistant principal. Before overseeing the Department of Innovative Learning, Mr. Imbriale also served as Principal of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore and was recognized in 2013 as a “Digital Principal” by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and as an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa. Most recently, Mr. Imbriale was named one of the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries.


Devin VodickaDr. Devin Vodicka was hired as Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified in July 2012. Since that time, VUSD has won numerous awards and recognition, including the “Golden Bell” award from the California School Boards Association and acceptance into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Vodicka participated in the Superintendents Technical Working Group in collaboration with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology. He was also named “Superintendent of the Year” by Pepperdine University in 2015.



Tom MurrayMr. Tom Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, and was recently named the “2015 Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Connect with him on Twitter at @thomascmurray or on his website at



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