TLI: Technology Leadership Institute
TLI Conference Schedule: 2022-2023
Event Dates & Links
March 23, 2023: TELL Awards
May 19, 2023: TECH EXPO
Theme: The Spirit of Adventure
October 21, 2022: Virtual Keynote Series
November 19-22, 2022: NYSCATE Annual Conference
Feb 3, 2023: Virtual Keynote Series
March 3, 2023: Active-Con
Active-Con 2023: Friday 3/3/23 (F2F)
Active-Con, now in its 7th year, is all about learning spaces, the virtual and the real. Members will learn about eSports, STEAM opportunities and active learning spaces that support all learners.
Location: Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY
How to Engage Learners in Every Space
KEYNOTE: AJ JULIANI
A.J. Juliani has been writing at AJJuliani.com since 2011. He’s the author of 8 books about learning, including best-sellers Empower, Launch, and his newest title: Adaptable. Mr. Juliani has worked at every level of
education as a teacher, coach, administrator, and now faculty at UPenn GSE Penn Literacy Network. He shares more about his story on his website: https://www.ajjuliani.com/about and you can also connect with him on Instagram (@LearningwithAJ) and Twitter (@ajjuliani).
Education in the Metaverse
KEYNOTE: VRITI SARAF
Vriti Saraf (@vritisaraf) is the CEO & founder of k20 Educators (k20educators.com), a design studio that builds metaverse spaces for learning. She is also a co-founder of the first decentralized autonomous non-profit organization for educators, by educators, called Ed3 DAO (ed3dao.com). Both organizations aim to reimagine education. Vriti has served as a teacher, a professor, a dean, & a director in public, private, & charter schools both locally & internationally across k12 & higher education.
SPOTLIGHT SPEAKER: DR. ROBERT DILLON
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educator and leader for the past twenty years. Through this work, he has excelled in change leadership, supporting organization with new ideas and energy, and providing solutions to meet specific organizational needs. Dr. Dillon draws upon his experience, national network, and research-based practices to support innovation that impacts learning. Dr. Dillon truly embeds himself in the work of an organization, supporting, coaching, and getting in the weeds where it is needed.
TELL Awards: Thursday 3/23/23 (F2F)
This exciting annual award celebration give us an opportunity to celebrate and learn from educators and leaders from across the region who have been actively Transforming Education through Leading and Learning (TELL). Awardees apply for, or are nominated by their peers for their outstanding accomplishments in innovation, and are recognized by LHRIC leadership through a selection and review process. Participants will benefit from hearing directly from each awardee (Outstanding Innovative Teacher and Outstanding Innovative Leader). We are planning a dinner event this year.
Location: Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Nomination Application available now. Submissions are due by 1/31/23.
KEYNOTE: CHRIS SINGLETON
Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 80 organizations annually and his clients include: Boeing, The Houston Texans, Microsoft, Biogen, Volvo, Deloitte and over 150,000 students and educators across the world.
One of his children's books, "Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor," was a best seller in its category and has been featured by national media outlets, including The Obama Foundation.
Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate."
Tech Expo: Friday 5/19/23 (F2F)
TECH EXPO is the annual capstone event for TLI. It highlights the contributions of regional teachers and administrators, and provides ample opportunities for networking with peers, experts and vendors. This massively popular event has grown steadily in attendance over the years, and recently we’ve had some fun with conference themes. This year's theme is still to be announced.
Location: Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO PRESENT AT TECH EXPO 2023 >
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: PETER H. REYNOLDS, PAUL REYNOLDS, SARAH SMITH
Peter H. Reynolds
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. Published in over 25 languages, his books The Dot, Ish, The Word Collector, Be You!, The Table and Say Something!, among others, inspire children and “grown up children” with Peter's messages about authentic learning, creativity, bravery, empathy, and courageous self-expression. Peter illustrated the best-selling I Am series and The Water Princess by Susan Verde and the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. His most recent collaboration Peace Train with Cat Stevens reached the New York Times best-seller list in the first week of release. His media company FableVision produces award-winning interactive applications and his educational company FableVision Learning produces applications to inspire creativity in the classroom. Peter and his twin brother Paul launched the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity (TLC), a not-for-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. He lives in the Boston area where he founded The Blue Bunny, a family-owned and operated children’s book, toy & creativity store.
Paul Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of Boston-based FableVision, which partners with other mission-based organizations to create and distribute original educational media, mobile games and apps designed to move the world to a better place. He also oversees Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity - Reynolds TLC - a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering purposeful, creative human potential around the globe.
Paul is also an award-winning children’s book author - creating stories about creativity and innovation. His story book about the 4Cs entitled Going Places is illustrated by his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds, and recently won the Library of Congress MassBook Award for Best Picture Book of the Year. The pair also created the STEAM-Powered Adventures of Sydney & Simon book series for early readers, which features twin mice who love creative problem solving and STEAM learning. Paul has also been teaching creative media production and digital storytelling at Boston College for over 20 years.
Sara Smith, Director of Creative Education, FableVision Learning
Sara is a credentialled creative curriculum developer with a passion for the intersection of learning and creativity. She has developed and delivered custom teacher PD as far away as Guam, using the philosophies of FableVision founder Peter H Reynolds. She is a licensed early childhood educator who has taught preschool, first grade, and third grade in an IB school. She combines her frontline experience as a teacher with her creativity expertise gained from earning her master’s degree from the world-renowned program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY College at Buffalo. Her vision is to develop and support creative communities that help people to grow and to nurture their passions and strengths.
Fall Event: Friday 10/21/22 (VIRTUAL)
The Role of Education in a Phygital Future:
The Wonder of Learning for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond!
VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: KELLY VERO
We know that successful education is measured by experiential learning styles - but how will digital technologies enhance the pillars of learning? And will they enhance or disrupt? Metaverse expert and speaker Kelly Vero wants to change the way we think about education, and utilizing live use cases as well as documented discoveries, she wants to explore the changing world of education - with you!
In her talk, you will learn about how the metaverse became the buzzword for every vertical, alongside a vision for how educators can utilize the full force of this new technology to enhance physical learning in a digital space.
Kelly Vero is a futurist, a game developer, and an architect of the metaverse. She has shipped several very successful AAA video games with mass market appeal for adult and children’s franchises and household name IPs. Before creating and refining characters in the Transformers continuous universe, Kelly was already hooked into the possibilities of technology where humans meet everything from robots and autonomous vehicles to fashion, wearables, and food.
Influenced by the world around her, Kelly is also a bestselling novelist and science fiction writer, she has even developed and published children’s books to expand her audience beyond video games. Guided by pop culture, and covering every subject from Max Headroom to BTS, Kelly is passionate about the evolution of end-user and consumer generations towards future gazing and expressing ourselves through our own image and aspiration.
Kelly’s unique style can be found in a variety of video games that she has worked on or participated in, much to the delight of her unique sense of style. It is in her presence and style that she has been brought closer to the intersection of a variety of verticals where she works today. Combining her passion for video games with music, fashion and even the male dominated world of science fiction has brought forth the opportunities to design and develop experiences in phygital spaces. Working with everyone from luxury houses (Farfetch, LVMH and Audemars Piguet) to blockchain and NFTs (Sotheby’s, Christies and Luma); Kelly believes gamification puts the end-user front and centre as the beating heart of any application or experience.
Kelly was a late graduate of academia, mastering in Greek and Roman Mythology no less! But this has not stopped her from speaking fervently about the role of video games as education and its place in the metaverse. In her conferences she speaks eloquently about the cradle to grave approach in technology. Through the touch points of the present to the future from the pain points of working in a fast-paced, high-risk industry, she’s building tomorrow for everyone. It’s through these experiences that she can develop a vision of the future and commit to a democratic covenant of fairness, discoverability, and accessibility, online and in real life.
NYSCATE Conference: 11/19-11/22
NYSCATE's 57th Annual Conference is named: Convening. For TLI members, entrance fees are covered (contact us for required code).
Featured Keynote Speakers include:
GAME-BASED LEARNING LEAD – CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT EDU – MICROSOFT
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2022
GAME CHANGER: Gaming Is, As, and For Learning
Explore a range of teaching and learning experiences that immerse and engage students in curriculum learning, support social and emotional development, and facilitate career-ready skills growth through the power of games, gaming, and game-based learning. From individual play to collaborative multiplayer esports, to project and problem-based gaming that puts students at the heart of experiential learning, game-based learning is transforming higher education courses and classrooms worldwide. Stephen Reid Stephen is a passionate advocate of both play as a powerful learning mechanism, and technology as a tool for learning. With over 20 years of experience in education, actively pioneering much of the work in the field of games-based learning, Stephen has worked in over 70 countries worldwide, using over 140 off-the-shelf games to engage learners in curriculum, social and emotional learning, and career-readiness. His work is centred around creating immersive and inclusive digital learning environments, as well as realworld and play-based experiences that put learners on working farms and in museums, to travelling classrooms in shipping containers, as well as building an entire school using a single 3D printer in a South African township.
THE VOICE OF CYBER AND SECURITY
MONDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2022
Why rob a bank when a criminal can steal far more while sitting in front of a computer? Beyond just money, the sensitive personal information of both employees and clients is attractive to the cyber thief. Additionally, remote work technologies like Zoom and webinars have provided cybercriminals with new ways to disrupt business and steal what is yours. Sadly, every year millions become victims because they did not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime. By using examples of actual FBI cases, John reveals the ways you and your business can be vulnerable to a cyberattack, the threats inherent with remote technologies, and how you can protect yourself. Key takeaways: (1) Understand the latest cyber vulnerabilities. (2) Learn how to avoid becoming a victim. (3) Know what to do if a cybercriminal does attack.
Learn more about the full list of activities at the NYSCATE Annual Conference >
Winter Event: Friday 2/3/23 (VIRTUAL)
GO FORTH AND BE BOLD:
EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE
VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: WESTON KIESCHNICK
Wisdom informs innovation; the latter simply cannot exist without the former. In the push for future-focused schools, we need to take an honest look at the strategies and practices of our past. Which highly effective strategies and technology need to accompany us on the path forward? Which practices never worked to begin with, and need to go the way of the floppy disk? In addition to these questions, there is an engagement crisis in our nation’s schools. Weston will challenge and motivate participants to look at how and why technology and engagement must work together to cultivate curiosity, create participatory classrooms, and nurture a desire to persevere in all students.
Weston Kieschnick is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, TEDx speaker, coach, husband, and father. He is the author of, The Educator’s ATLAS, Bold School, Breaking Bold, co-author of The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators and the creator and host of Teaching Keating; one of the most downloaded podcasts for educators and parents on iTunes. Weston has worked in collaboration with innovative tech and publishing companies (Google, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apple) to redefine teaching and learning in the digital age. As such, he’s advised educators from every state in the US and more than 30 countries around the world. Districts where Mr. Kieschnick has designed content, implemented initiatives, and trained educational leaders have been recognized by the Learning Counsel as being among the top ten in the nation for their work in blended learning. You can find Weston’s work published in EdWeek, EdTech Magazine, The Spark, and featured on TED, the 10-Minute Teacher, Teaching Tales, Kids Deserve It, and LeadUp Teach.
LHRIC's TLI program offers our districts the opportunity to come together to learn about, share ideas on, and discuss excellence in teaching and learning through technology. Our efforts each year are formed by our ability to expand upon our connections with vendors to allow you to experience new technologies and learn how they have impacted teaching and learning. The programs brings in new as well as established vendors to help you plan out and realize the vision of your school district.
Participation in TLI's member-only events gives you the best opportunity to stay abreast of the rapidly changing landscape of education technology. The goal of the TLI Leadership Series is to bring national conferences, topics, and discussions to local venues. We continually provide opportunities to learn from and engage with renowned keynote speakers that are thought-provoking and inspiring. TLI also provided your district with the chance to network with peers are we explore each leadership topic as it pertains to current challenges and future planning.
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