Helping to Empower Teachers
to Leverage Technology
in Building Learning Experiences
Through structured breakout sessions, we’ll work together to address pressing issues that are facing our schools. With like-minded colleagues, we’ll network and share ideas, resources and experiences. As a team, we will create an artifact that reflects our vision of the future of educational technology in Pacific Northwest Schools.
At #LeadingTheChange there are no formal speakers, or presentation sessions because we believe the best part of a traditional conference is the informal conversations, the networking, and the time to apply new ideas for your own context. At #LeadingTheChange YOU are the event!
The purpose of our event is to network with leaders at schools in the region with similar goals and objectives in the hope that we can all help each other take our technology use to the next level. We will be discussing any and all facets of developing a technology-rich program as we “lead the change” for our schools.
– What are they and how do we teach them?
– The future and beyond: envisioning a future we can not know.
– Changes to learning environments and curriculum structure.
– Staffing needs to support continual development.
– Embracing Digital Citizenship as a community.
– Embracing digital connectivity: when, how, why and where do we share?
– Evaluation and reflection: how do we know the program is “working”?
– Logistics and Management
Kim Cofino is an experienced, dynamic and innovative educator. Her international teaching has taken her to Germany, Malaysia, Thailand (ISB), Japan, and now back to Bangkok (NIST International School). Her job titles have included: Academic IT Coordinator, Technology Learning Facilitator, 21st Century Literacy Specialist, Technology and Learning Coach, consultant, and most recently she has added, consultant-in-residence at NIST International School.
Kim is passionate about empowering teachers to become learning leaders, as well as building strong collaborative teams among teacher leaders.When working with teachers, Kim enjoys helping them to authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed by combining the Understanding by Design framework with the design cycle.
When working with schools, Kim collaborates with all community stakeholders to create an inclusive, open and involved learning environment. Most recently, at YIS, this includes creating and implementing the Connected Learning Community (CLC): a 1:1 program for students in grades 4 – 12. The CLC features a whole-school blogging platform and Google Apps for Education (for both students and teachers), as well as regular parent sessions, empowered teacher leadership, and an integrated digital citizenship program. Due to the successful implementation of CLC, YIS is now in the next evolution of the program, where all students in grade 7 are issued both a laptop and tablet. This innovative teaching and learning environment reflects the strong community connections, engaged students, and empowered teaching community Kim has been instrumental in building.
Kim is a COETAIL co-founder, a founding partner in Eduro Learning, and a member of the Advisory, as well as the Board, for the Learning 2.0 Global Conference. She regularly consults with other international schools and work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. Kim is an Apple Distinguished Educator, has been a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board (2008 – 2011) as well as a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions worldwide. She occasionally blogs at Always Learning and you can find her on Twitter @mscofino.
Jeff Utecht is an educational technology consultant, educator and author. He holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Technology as well as his administrative certification through Washington State. Jeff began his career in the Elementary Classroom. In 2001, just his second year of teaching, he was the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Technology Leadership Program grant and in 2003 he helped to roll out what might have been one of the only 1:1 Palm Pilot programs to ever exist in a school.
Jeff began sharing his passion for learning via his blog The Thinking Stick in 2005. Today it is considered one of the top 100 Educational Technology Blogs. In 2007, he was invited to create an innovative conference focusing on learning and technology and the Learning2 conference was initiated. Jeff has authored chapters in numerous books, worked as the educational consultant for a wiki company, and and has spoken at schools and educational events around the globe. He has worked with politicians in Washington DC and participated in The Educational Project at the invitation of the Prince of Bahrain. In 2010 Jeff was invited to present at the first TEDx conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jeff has started numerous businesses aimed at helping educators teach in a new connected world. Jeff co-founded the Certificate Of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program (coetail.com) in 2010. In 2014 he co-founded Eduro Learning Inc. a professional development consulting and online course company. Also in 2014 Jeff helped to establish the Learning2 Conference as a Non-Profit organization bringing this innovative conference to the world.