Join the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) for a stimulating conversation as we reimagine the future of education. Change takes courage and is often inevitable.
September 29, 2020
3:00pm – 4:15pm
About this Event
Students graduating across the 2030s will need the skills to navigate uncertainty in civic and work life. To prepare them for a fulfilling future, education is evolving to be competency-based and open-walled, using technology as a mechanism for collaboration, social connectedness, and culture building.The current public health crisis has placed incredible demands upon parents, children, and the education community. Education leaders are working to bring their schools and communities through the disruption of the traditional learning model into a reimagined system that is engaging, accessible, and equitable for all students.
Technology has played a critical role in enabling students to stay connected, engaged, and motivated. Teachers around the world are continuing the learning journey for their classes by integrating video, game-based learning, and powerful collaboration tools into their virtual lessons, and students are experiencing a new type of learning, which will have an important, lasting impact. Institutional leaders have told us that going online was about more than remote instruction – it was about implementing solutions that would keep departments running smoothly and evolve with the changing needs of students and staff.
As we look to the next school year and beyond, system leaders, educators, faculty, students, and families will apply what they’ve learned throughout the process and work together to plan and shape the future of education.
Barbara Holzapfel – GM, Microsoft Education
Barbara is a passionate executive with 20 years of global experience in driving growth through marketing and innovation strategies in startups and multi-billion dollar businesses across B2B and B2C. Barbara joined Microsoft as GM Education in 2017 to help empower students around the world in their learning journey. Before, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of Taulia and Addepar, B2B fintech companies where she helped double the respective businesses. Barbara was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SAP Labs North America, where she drove innovation strategies, directed key innovations in mobile, cloud, and big data, and incubated various new businesses as well as the startup ecosystem. She held leadership positions at SAP since 2001, including SVP Portfolio Marketing, COO Solution Marketing, and VP Supplier Relationship Management Strategy. She worked as a management consultant in London and Frankfurt serving clients in High Tech, CPG and Financial Services, after spending several years with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and Deutsche Bank in Germany.
Barbara serves on the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and was a Board Director of the German American Business Association, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and SVForum. Barbara has been recognized by German Business Magazine Capital among the “Top 40 under 40.” She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and The University of Saarbruecken/Germany.
Mark Sparvell – Education Leader, Microsoft
Mark Sparvell is an award-winning educator with over 25 years of experience leading improvement for schools, systems, higher-ed, and professional associations. In his current role, he partners directly with researchers, education leaders, and organizations globally to identify innovative leading and teaching practices, building community and capacity by leveraging digital solutions. As Associate Director, Professional Learning with Principals Australia Institute, Mark designed and delivered professional learning for education systems across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Mark has taught both pre-service and post-graduate studies.
As Education Leader with Microsoft, Mark led the Global Leader audience strategy and developed the global Showcase School program. In his current role, Mark has championed the thought leadership strategy for Education Marketing and led the publication of research into the Class of 2030, Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI, and the latest, Staff of 2030 and Future Ready Teaching. Mark is the host of the monthly What’s New in Edu Youtube channel and the Teaching Happiness web series, and he is a regular presenter at executive briefings, conferences, and international keynotes.
Mark is an expert on the role of technology and social and emotional intelligence in education contexts, leads a lively Facebook group focused on Social and Emotional Learning, and serves as an advisor to MINDUP. He is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, a member of the BETT Global Education Council, Steering Committee member for KARANGA (Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Skills), and writes for Forbes on their Communication Council.
Joanne Quinn – Co-Founder and Global Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
Joanne Quinn is an international consultant and author on system change, leadership, and learning. As co-founder and global director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, she leads the capacity building of a global innovation partnership across eight countries focused on transforming learning. Joanne has provided leadership at all levels of education as a superintendent of education, implementation advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto. Recent books include Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems ; The Taking Action Guide for Building Coherence in Schools, Districts, and Systems ; and Deep Learning: Engage the World, Change the World . Joanne’s diverse leadership roles and her passion to open windows of opportunity for all give her a unique perspective on influencing positive change.
Dr. Diana Greene – Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Diana L. Greene began her tenure as Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 20th largest school district in the nation, on July 1, 2018. She arrived to this role with extensive classroom and leadership experience, beginning with her first elementary teaching position at Mamie Agnes Jones in Baldwin, Florida. Prior to becoming a superintendent in Duval County, Dr. Greene served as Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services in Manatee County. During her 33-year career as an educator, she has spent time as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal as well as in curriculum development, staff development, and senior executive leadership.
Last summer, Dr. Greene’s initial assessment of Duval County Public Schools concluded with three major goals: Improve academic achievement to become an “A” rated school district, improve safety and security, and bring financial solvency to the district. After just one year of leadership, the district has made outstanding progress on each goal. Academics, safety, and financial solvency underlie one of the most visible initiatives of Dr. Greene’s first year as Superintendent of Duval County – a proposed referendum to voluntarily impose a half penny sales tax to radically improve all school facilities over the next 10-15 years. If successful, the revenue will make schools safer, improve academic outcomes, and reduce operational costs enabling more dollars to be spent in the classroom.