Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote


Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders around the world focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also the author of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. He serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy, a computer science public school he helped launch in Phoenix, and guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He was recently named as the ASU GSV 2018 Innovator of Color and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Felician University

Tuesday Keynote


Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

Kimberly has enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive.

Kimberly serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. Kimberly and Black Girls CODE have been nationally recognized as a social innovator and for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. In August 2012 Kimberly was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area.

In 2013 Kimberly was highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. The highlight of 2013 was Kimberly’s invitation to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color.

In 2014 Kimberly received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian along with being given the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others.


Featured Speakers


Holly Clark is an Education Strategist from San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments since the year 2000. Presently she consults with schools internationally on building both the culture and strategy to support and inspire innovative teaching- including powerful technology integration and design thinking protocols. Holly has taught in both independent and public schools and is the co-founder of #CaEdChat. She authors a popular education blog and gives keynotes to audiences world wide.

In 2017, Holly published her first book, The Google Infused Classroom which is available on Amazon.




Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning.

Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality.

Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.




Abbey Futrell is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, North Carolina. Prior to returning to a school district, she was a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work with the Friday Institute encompassed a commitment to coaching teachers, redefining professional development experiences, and serving as one of the lead facilitators for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network.

She frequently presents and keynotes at national education conferences and has moderated Future Ready Summits sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Abbey’s collective 16 plus years in education include providing educational experiences for educators at the local, district, regional and state level. Her classroom teaching experience includes public school middle grades Language Arts teacher, secondary English Literature teacher, district Instructional Technology Facilitator, district 6-12 Instructional Coach and Professional Development Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.




Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, Wisconsin where she supports and encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her passion lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what is needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking in their classroom.

She consults with school districts and post-secondary institutions around the country in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, as a Google for Education Certified Trainer and has presented on similar topics at conferences such as CUE, TIES, FETC and ISTE. Her first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from Defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers.

Her latest book based on an organizational structure she developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking, Divergent EDU, releases in November, 2018.




Angie Kalthoff specializes in teaching and learning. Her full-time job is K12 Technology Integration, with a focus on elementary, for a large public school district in central Minnesota. She previously taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for students who were new to the country. She has an interest in bringing Computational Thinking(CT) to the elementary classroom.

With experience as a CoFounder for an EdTech company, she has seen the need to bring CT into elementary classrooms and provide early Computer Science opportunities. She has experience in Mobile Device Management, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, and Public Speaking. She is available for professional development (in-person workshops, host of twitter chats, webinar, blogging, adjunct teaching), co-teaching, and curriculum design and implementation.





Rob Reetz is principal of Chippewa Middle, a STEAM school in the Mounds View Public School district. Now in his fourth year of implementing a new vision for STEAM, Rob has partnered with teachers to create a school culture intent on changing how students experience learning.

Changes include highly engaging engineering and design challenges (taking place across grade-levels on “Maker Mondays”, “Tinker Tuesdays” and “Wonder Wednesdays”), a three-year sequence of problem and product driven courses that engage students in design thinking, the integration of coding and computational thinking in all math classes, and a culminating entrepreneurial experience that has students creating products and solutions with empathy for those most impacted by the problem they’re attempting to solve.

With a philosophy of leadership by partnership, and Rob’s desire to create a low-risk, high-reward teacher environment, staff at Chippewa have led the creation of self-paced courses, quest-based learning experiences, problem-based literacy instruction, a robust FabLab, and a Raspberry Pi Python coding lab. By simply building safety for teachers to take risks, giving them an extra hour of daily prep, and then asking questions like “How might we change how students experience learning in U.S. History?” collaborative teams at Chippewa are empowered to think and plan differently (the sequence for learning in U.S. History starts with today and moves backward through time with the goal of increasing relevancy to students’ lives).

Rob is leading school transformation by observing and listening to students and families talk about their experience, and by believing in and supporting the creativity, passion and expertise of teachers. Having presented numerous times both locally and nationally, he is an accomplished speaker and purveyor of professional development for both leaders and teachers.




John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. He wants to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. He explores research, interviews educators, deconstructs systems, and studies real-world examples of design thinking in action. He shares what he’s learning in books, blog posts, journal articles, free resources, animated videos, and podcasts.

In his second year of teaching, John used design thinking for a student-centered documentary project. Everything changed. He spent the next decade on a journey to empower his students to become creative thinkers and problem-solvers. This meant mural projects, service learning projects, STEM camps, and coding projects. But it also meant mistakes. Tons of them. It meant lessons that tanked and projects that failed. But each failure was another iteration on the road to innovation.

Along the way, John helped develop the student-friendly LAUNCH Cycle, a design thinking framework for K-12 students. It’s something he’s used in the classroom and in the launching of two educational technology start-ups. Over the last few years, he has been lucky enough to work with some amazing people, schools, organizations, and conferences. He has had the chance to speak at the White House and share his vision of the future of learning — one that empowers students to be creative thinkers.




Sarah Thomas is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world. Through EduMatch, Sarah has published two collaborative books, EduMatch Snapshot in Education (2016) and The #EduMatch Teacher’s Recipe Guide (2017).

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from Howard University in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently a doctoral candidate at George Mason University, with a major in Education. Her upcoming dissertation, Using Technology to Facilitate Language Acquisition of English Language Learners, is rooted heavily in student-created artifacts.

Sarah was designated an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2016, and was named Prince George’s County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015. She is also a winner of the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Award in the “Sharing is Caring” category, and was named by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in 2015. She was part of the Technical Working Group that refreshed the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in 2016-2017, and in 2017, she won the ISTE “Making IT Happen” Award.