Shannon C'de Baca, Chair
Shannon C’de Baca is a 31-year teaching veteran (K–12 science) who moved from face-to-face teaching to online education years ago, after she developed a lab-intensive chemistry course for Iowa students who did not have an available chemistry teacher. She has worked with seven states and two national organizations in the development of science standards and teacher professional development. Shannon’s teaching has been recognized with honors from the Milken Family Foundation, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Iowa Department of Education, Sertoma, and PBS. She hosted the Annenberg television series, “The Missing Link in Mathematics,” worked with the PBS series NOVA, and served as a consultant for the National Center on Education and the Economy, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Education Association, the NSTA, the U.S. Mint and the U.S. Department of State. Shannon served as one of two citizen ambassadors to Bahrain and continues to mentor teachers in the Mid East. She has worked as a designer and a facilitator for the Iowa statewide “Every Learner Inquires” initiative and guided development of the science component of the Iowa Core Curriculum. Shannon continues to pursue her passion for equitable access to exceptional online courses for all students through work with the Iowa Technology Task Force and Iowa Learning Online. Shannon served on CTQ's TeacherSolutions 2030 team, co-authoring the book TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools… Now and in the Future. Shannon serves as the CEO for Shannon Corporation and RT Corporation.
Joseph Bishop, Vice Chair
Dr. Bishop is the Director of the Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA. CTS is a new, national center founded by education expert Pedro Noguera supporting districts, counties and states in their efforts to help historically under-resourced communities across the country foster positive, healthy learning environments. The center aims to bring together approaches to transformation beginning before birth and continuing to college that recognize the profound influences of race and poverty on learning and the necessity to build stronger bridges between health and education services. Before his time at UCLA, Dr. Bishop was a senior policy advisor with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), a national think tank founded by education scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Bishop oversaw the organization’s school resourcing portfolio and supported state efforts to address teaching shortages and build quality early care and education systems. Bishop has held a number of national and state education leadership positions similar to his role at the Learning Policy Institute, including Director of Policy with the National Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign, an initiative of the Schott Foundation for Public Education; Executive Director of the political arm of the OTL Campaign, Opportunity Action; founding co-chair of the Coalition for Teaching Quality, a 100 plus national membership group; Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21); Director of Education for the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and was a governor-appointed member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).
Bishop has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from California State University, Chico and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Barnett Berry, CEO and Partner
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Terry Bergeson, Secretary
Dr. Terry Bergeson currently resides in Tacoma, Washington and is Interim Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University. From 2010 to 2013, Terry served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco School Alliance. She led a strategic initiative to increase partnerships in support of improved learning for 56,000 students in San Francisco Unified School District. As part of this work, she fostered strong partnerships between businesses, philanthropic groups, and community and educational leaders to help the San Francisco community come together to correct funding inequities and support focused education reform initiatives.
Before her work with the San Francisco School Alliance, Terry was the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1997 to 2009. In this role, she led and oversaw Washington’s public K-12 education system. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Washington Commission on Student Learning, Executive Director of the Central Kitsap School District, and President and Vice President of Washington Educational Association.
Terry received her doctorate from the University of Washington and has served as a counselor for Tacoma Public Schools. She also worked in Alaska and Massachusetts as a teacher and counselor with Head Start and Upward Bound.
Terry has published numerous state legislative reports on a broad span of educational programs and has presented more than 100 times to parents, communities, businesses, school districts, and higher education institutions.
Michele Givens, Treasurer
Michele Givens is the President and CEO of Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), which is the publisher of Education Week, as well as a wide range of related products and services.
She joined EPE in 2001 and has played a key role in helping successfully navigate EPE through its transition from a print publisher to an organization that generates more than half of its publishing revenue from digital products and live events, while keeping EPE true to its mission.
Michele has responsibility for Advertising Sales, Audience Development/Content Sales, Production, Accounting, Human Resources, and Information Technology. She is known for her ability to balance strategy development with execution, for her change management and new product development skills, and for her ability to bring together colleagues in new ways from across the organization to accomplish forward-looking goals.
Prior to joining EPE, Michele was the Consumer Marketing Director for Outside Magazine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and before that she worked in Marketing for Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and for McGraw-Hill in Washington, D.C.
She completed an M.S. in the Management of Information Technology in 2014 from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia, and received her MBA from the Anderson School at the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. She has a daughter, Olivia, who is a student at Brandeis University, and her husband, David, is also in the media space. Michele loves spending time outside, no matter the weather or season, running, cycling and hiking.
Dr. Karen Billings is currently the Principal and Founder of BillingsConsults, an education consulting group and a Contributing Editor for Educational Technology. For the 14 years previous, she served as Vice President and Managing Director of SIIA’s Ed Tech Industry Network (ETIN), where she drove strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for the 200 education-focused members with technology products and services to the K-12 and higher education markets. She focused on supporting members with thought leadership, industry advocacy, business development, and critical market information to better serve the evolving needs of the educational technology industry and its marketplace.
Dr. Billings has over 45 years of experience with education technology, including 12 years in K-12 and higher ed classrooms. She taught mathematics and computer classes in public and private schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas in Iowa, Alabama, Oregon and New York. Her graduate teaching experiences, including both face-to face and online courses, were at Columbia University Teachers’ College, UC Berkeley, and Pepperdine University.
She then went on to hold positions in management, product development, marketing, and sales within the publishing and technology industries. Prior to joining SIIA, she held executive-level positions at bigchalk Inc and MediaSeek Technologies. Earlier in her career, she held positions at Microsoft Corporation, Claris Corporation (now FileMaker), Logo Computer Systems, Inc., and Houghton-Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Dr. Billings has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, has been active in many education technology associations, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences. She was elected to the Education Publishing Hall of Fame in 2013, given the EdTech Digest Leadership “Visionary” Award in 2015, and the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Network Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She is also a recipient of lifetime memberships to the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networks, and the Ed Tech Industry Network.
She received her Doctorate in Communications, Computing, and Technology at Columbia University Teachers College, where she specialized in the uses and evaluation of technology in education. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
She is the author or co-author of four books:
- Handbook for Evaluating Computer Education Programs, ISTE
- Microcomputers in Education, Scholastic Inc.
- Are You Computer Literate?, Dilithium Press
- Problem Solving with Calculators, Dilithium Press
And has published many articles in professional journals and education magazines:
- Technology & Learning, Education Channel Partner, THE Journal, The Arithmetic Teacher, The Computing Teacher, and Educational Technology
She has received many honors, including:
- Induction into Association of Education Publishers Hall of Fame
- The EdTech Digest Leadership Award, the ETIN Lifetime Achievement Award
- Invitations to participate in World Innovation Summit in Education, Doha, Qatar three Education World Forums in London, England
- Selected by United States Information Agency to work in Russia for six weeks as computer education consultant in cultural exchange exhibition in Rostov-na-Donu
- Keynote addresses at US and International Conferences, including: Ed Tech for Export conference, New Zealand and Mindshare Learning Conference, Canada
Thoughts on the future of the teaching profession and the importance of teacher leadership:
I’m fortunate to have the combination of 12 years of classroom teaching as well as the many years of working in the education technology industry. Throughout those years, I developed stronger and stronger beliefs that the teacher is the key contributor to a student’s education and that technology will replace the teacher!
When I started teaching (almost 50 years ago) I had no idea of the changes I would see in education, how much I would learn, and what challenges we would face in education. I also had no idea then, what opportunities that technology would provide…just as none of us have any idea what education will look like 50 years from now.
But here are the things I know now- after all these years - that there are things that will affect our students and the professionalism of our teachers, given the presence of technology:
- Education is becoming more and more global
- More learning happens outside of our classroom walls
- Technology enables more communication and collaboration for teachers and students
But technology is only part of the story in a student’s life and it won’t replace the teacher!
Given the ability of technology to support the teacher – and education practice in general - here are things I want technology to do:
- Help decrease the drop out rate
- Grow the number of students in STEM or STEAM
- Provide a better understanding of what teachers do best
- Help teachers be more successful in doing their job.
Teachers are the leaders of today and tomorrow. When they work in a collaborative way, with the help of technology, I believe teachers will push the boundaries of learning for all students and to their highest potential.
Kathy Hurley is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry and currently serves as CEO of Girls Thinking Global. In December of 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson where she spent ten years and served as Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation. While she has retired from Pearson, she remains active in the education industry as a consultant, sharing her wealth of knowledge in both publishing and technology with companies, non-profits and associations. In her spare time Kathy is busy preparing her next speech or connecting people to support the vision of global education for all.
Throughout her career in the education industry Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. She utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers, associations and foundations.
Kathy is based in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with education associations. In this capacity, she currently serves on several key industry and education advisory boards, including, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) as Past Board Chairman, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA); Association of American Publishers (AAP); the People to People Ambassador Programs inaugural Advisory Board; and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) board, where she participates on the International Committee. She remains active with the SIIA Education Division Board and the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Board and is past president of both organizations. Kathy co-founded the Making IT Happen Award (MIH) with Deb deVries and Pat Walkington and is now run by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Over 500 MIH awards have been given to deserving winners across the US. In 2015, ISTE announced the MIT Global Award, which Kathy also had a hand in creating.
Her work throughout the years with various businesses and organizations has taken Kathy around the world and into various countries such as, India, Australia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, France, Finland, Argentina, Indonesia, Cuba and others. She is sought after to speak and participate as a thought leader and her global commitment and wealth of knowledge helps organizations develop new and innovative approaches to education. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as it mission to connect global changemakers to educate and empower adolescent girls around the world.
In the 1990’s Kathy received several awards, but of particular note is the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Leadership in Special Education Technology and Media Award and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Leader Award for Excellence in Education. In 2003, she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame for her achievements and service to the education publishing industry. In addition, Hurley has received various awards for her service in the industry. In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious SIIA Ed Tech Impact Award. In 2001, Hurley was named to receive CoSN’s first-ever Outstanding Private Sector Achievement Award and in 2010, she received an award for her 25 years of contributions to SIIA and the education industry at the CODiE Awards. In April 2014 the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) presented Kathy with an award to recognize her contribution to and ongoing support of diversity programs over the years. In December of 2014, Kathy was the first person to receive the new AAP Ambassador Award which recognizes an individual that has helped the association establish strong relationships across the learning resource community. Kathy is currently working with Priscilla Shumway on a book, Real Women, Real Leaders, which is being published by Wiley, with a release date of April 27, 2015.
Kathy currently sits on the Board of Directors for Nervanix, an edtech neuroscience company; the Center for Teaching Quality, a non-profit that connects, readies, and mobilizes teacher leaders to transform schools; the Concord Consortium, a non-profit educational research and development organization dedicated to sharing the promise of technology into a reality for education in science, math and engineering; and the Advisory Board for the New York Academy of Sciences.
Kathy holds a B.A. degree in special education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former NJ teacher. She is married to Charles Blaschke and resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Shelly Moore Krajacic, an English and drama teacher from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2015 for a three-year term. Shelly is a third-generation Wisconsin educator with 17 years of classroom experience. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Prior to her election to NEA’s Executive Committee, Shelly served in numerous national, state, and local leadership capacities. She has been especially active in her local NEA affiliate. She was also a candidate for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011.
In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and served on NEA’s Board of Directors for six years. The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members, elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for setting general policy and maintaining the interests of NEA.
Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received a master’s degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she previously served as an adjunct instructor.
Renee Moore has been a public school teacher in Mississippi since 1990. She currently teaches English at Mississippi Delta Community College. The 2001 Mississippi Teacher of the Year, she is also a Milken Education Award winner and National Board Certified. Renee is a National Writing Project Fellow and has received numerous awards and grants, including $30,000 from the Spencer Foundation (Chicago) for her classroom research on teaching standard English to African American students. She has served on the board of directors for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (California), and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), as well as on the Mississippi Commission on Teacher and Administrator Licensure. Her writings, published in several professional journals and books, include co-authoring Teaching 2030 and her CTQ blog, TeachMoore. She is featured in Sam Chaltain’s Faces of Learning, and her work as a teacher/leader is profiled in the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave (2013).
Renee and her husband, Pastor Clernest Moore, have raised 11 children, all of whom attended public school.
Joshua P. Starr
Dr. Joshua P. Starr has been the Chief Executive Officer of PDK International since July 2015. Dr. Starr has worked in public education since 1993, as a teacher, central office leader and Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Starr is a passionate champion for all students and is committed to ensuring that PDK International continues to serve as a unique and trusted voice that supports the teaching profession.
As Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools from 2011 to 2015, Dr. Starr oversaw a very diverse school system of 154,000 students in 202 schools. Through an emphasis on equity, academics, creative problem solving and social emotional well being, MCPS saw an increase in graduation rates, Advanced Placement and SAT results, and a decrease in suspensions. Dr. Starr oversaw the largest Chromebook deployment in the country, developed a new approach to identifying students in need of interventions, created a new accountability system based on multiple measures, oversaw the implementation of CCSS aligned curriculum and greatly increased community and family engagement.
Dr. Starr was the superintendent in Stamford from 2005 to 2011, where he distinguished himself by increasing student achievement for all subgroups, emphasizing increased academic rigor, standardizing curriculum, advancing the use of technology, creating business and civic partnerships, and emphasizing community and family engagement efforts aimed at supporting all children in the classroom. Previously, he served at the executive level in the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation, where he held the position of Director of School Performance and Accountability. Dr. Starr’s first position with the New York City Department of Education was as Deputy Senior Instructional Manager. Dr. Starr began his career as a special education teacher in the New York City Public Schools working with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. He has also served in administrative roles in Plainfield, New Jersey and Freeport, New York. Dr. Starr holds a doctorate degree in administration and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has published articles in many journals in the field of education. Dr. Starr and his wife, Emma, have three children who attend public schools in Maryland.