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Program Chairs & Advisory Board

Program Chairs

Chris Dede

Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University 

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His current research includes seven grants from NSF, Qualcomm, the Gates Foundation, and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. His latest co-edited book, Digital Teaching Platforms, was published by Teachers College Press in 2012.

Julie Evans

CEO, Project Tomorrow
Julie Evans

Julie Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), one of the nation’s leading education nonprofit organizations. Project Tomorrow (formally known as NetDay) is dedicated to empowering K-12 students, teachers and parents to have a larger voice in improving education and learning. Ms. Evans has been CEO of this organization since 1999. She developed the Speak Up National Research Project in 2003 and has served as the chief researcher on this project since that time. Prior to this position, Ms. Evans enjoyed a successful 17-year career in national and regional sales and marketing management with Unisys and two education technology startups. She is a graduate of Brown University. Ms. Evans serves on the Board of Directors of Project Tomorrow, the TechAmerica Foundation Board, and the TechSETS Advisory Board, and just recently completed a term of service on the ISTE Board of Directors. She has served on the Advisory Boards for the 2009 Horizon K-12 Report and the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Horizon Higher Education Reports. Ms. Evans was selected in 2003 as a Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow and is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on children, education, science and technology issues. In April 2008, Ms. Evans was named as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Education Technology over the past 10 years by eSchool News, a leading national education publication.

Advisory Board

Kristin Parsley Atkins

Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Labs

Kristin Parsley Atkins oversees Qualcomm Labs education efforts. Qualcomm believes the use of “always on, always connected” mobile devices used by students has the potential to dramatically improve educational outcomes by providing both unprecedented access to learning resources and the ability to collaborate with peers and advisors in and out of the classroom. Atkins helped develop the Wireless Education Technology conference, which brings together a diverse group of stakeholders including leaders in business, K-12, higher education and government to discuss the barriers and find solutions for schools to implement 1:1 mobile learning programs. Prior to QLabs, Atkins ran Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative, which created sustainable advanced wireless projects that strengthen economic and social development, while supporting Qualcomm’s long-term business goals. To date, Wireless Reach has 84 projects in various stages of development in 33 countries.

Geoff Fletcher

Deputy Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

Dr. Geoffrey H. Fletcher serves as SETDA Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining SETDA, Dr. Fletcher was Editorial Director for the Education Group of 1105 Media, Inc. with responsibility for all content of the Education Group, including T.H.E. Journal, Campus Technology and their web sites and e-newsletters. He also served with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for 11 years in various positions including Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for standards and curriculum, the statewide assessment program, educational technology initiatives, textbooks and professional development. For two years he was responsible for TEA’s information system, including the Public Education Information Management System.

Lucy Gray

Project Director, Educational Consultant Leadership for Mobile Learning

Lucy brings eighteen years of experience and a passion for excellence to any endeavor. Known for her work ethic and professional generosity, she views technology and new media as essentials in facilitating educational and societal change. She began her career in the Chicago Public Schools as an elementary school teacher and more recently, she worked at the University of Chicago in a variety of roles related to educational technology. Lucy served as a middle school computer science teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as a technology coach at the Urban Education Institute. Her most recent position has been at the University’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education as an education technology specialist, and she continues to consult with this group on an ongoing science curriculum project. Currently an independent consultant, Lucy enjoys advising a variety of non-profit institutions and businesses on 21st century learning initiatives. Projects include facilitating a global education online community and conference for educators, speaking at state and national education conferences, conducting workshops for professional development organizations, developing content for an inquiry-based science program and leading a mobile learning initiative sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking. During the course of her work, Lucy has had the opportunity to observe many schools and confer with educators around the world regarding best practices in teaching and learning. Her involvement in the prestigious Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher communities has contributed to the development of a vast professional network which informs her professional practice on a continual basis. Based on these experiences, Lucy understands that educational technology should play a pivotal role in modernizing education. She can guide strategic planning efforts for schools interested in incorporating best educational technology practices into their communities and inspire educators to think differently about teaching and learning. Among her varied professional interests, Lucy is particularly interested in projects related to mobile learning, digital equity, information literacy, and global education. She possesses deep knowledge of social media, and is available to advise educational institutions, non-profits, and businesses on how to leverage Web 2.0 tools for teaching, learning and publicity purposes. Follow Lucy @elemenous on Twitter.

Keith R. Krueger

CEO, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade. He serves on many Advisory Boards including eSchool News, the Education Committee of the National Park System, the American Productivity Quality Council, the Virtual High School Global Consortium, the Friday Institute at NC State University and the Wireless Reach Advisory Board. He is a past Board Member/Treasurer of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).

Shirley Malcom

Head, Education and Human Resources American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Shirley Malcom is Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Dr. Malcom serves on several boards—including the Heinz Endowments and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment—and is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. In 2006 she was named as co-chair (with Leon Lederman) of the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in STEM . She serves as a Regent of Morgan State University and as a trustee of Caltech. In addition, she has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. Dr. Malcom is a former trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, from 1994 to 1998, and from 1994-2001 served on the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Malcom received her doctorate in ecology from Pennsylvania State University; master's degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor's degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She also holds 15 honorary degrees. In 2003 Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.


Athena Polydorou

Executive Director, The Wireless Foundation



As the Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation, Athena Polydorou is responsible for its charitable programs that enhance America’s communities through wireless technology. In addition to implementing and managing strategic initiatives at the intersection of mobile with health, education, safety and the environment, Athena builds and maintains cross-industry relationships that support the Foundation’s  mission.  Prior to joining The Wireless Foundation, Athena was the director of Wireless Internet Development at CTIA-The Wireless Association®, where she was responsible for its mobile privacy and mHealth initiatives. In addition, Athena also managed the development and launch of the wireless industry’s campaign to provide parents with content information, ratings and tools to better manage their kids’ mobile applications usage. She was previously the wireless industry analyst for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, where she directed various initiatives designed to help rural carriers bridge the digital divide in underserved communities and provide health, education and other vital services via fixed and mobile wireless technologies.  Athena earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Arts in Telecommunication Policy from the George Washington University.

Barbara Treacy

Managing Project Director, Learning and Teaching Division (LTD), Director, EdTech Leaders Online, Education Development Center (EDC)

Barbara Treacy is director of Education Development Center’s (EDC) EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), a national online professional development program for state departments of education, school districts, and teacher training institutions to enable them to build successful online learning programs for teachers, administrators, and students. Since the inception of ETLO in the fall of 2000, Ms. Treacy has led teams of curriculum developers, online facilitators, instructional designers and online specialists to provide graduate-level training programs in online learning, a catalogue of over sixty online workshops, e-learning consulting, and course development services for participating organizations in more than thirty-five states. Ms. Treacy also directs several related online learning projects at EDC, including the collaboration with E-Learning for Educators—a ten-state consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to establish statewide online professional development—and EDC’s partnership with SETDA to provide online professional development for state technology leaders. Ms. Treacy has taught at both the college and high school levels, including serving as a math instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ms. Treacy holds an AB from Harvard University and an EdM in technology in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


  • Titanium Sponsor: Wireless Reach from Qualcomm
  • Platinum Sponsor: The Wireless Foundation
  • Silver Sponsor: Kajeet- smart solutions for kids
  • Silver Sponsor: Ruckus- Simply Better Wireless

Keynote Speakers

Karen Cator

Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Read more...

Robbie Melton

Robbie Melton

As TBR’s Associate Vice Chancellor of eLearning and Emerging Mobilization Technology, Melton’s innovative and ground-breaking work touches the daily lives of more than two hundred thousand students and educators served by Tennesee’s statewide education system. Read more...