Week 5: Technology in Schools: Now What? Changes in Policy and Links to Outcomes in California

This session will focus on how recent policy decisions regarding school funds, technology, assessments, and measures of school quality are impacting schools. Key questions discussed will include: What has the impact of moving to computer-based standardized assessments been, and what do we need to implement to ensure equity among students with different levels of technology experience? With many new uses of technology being experimented with in public education (blended learning, online charter schools, nano degrees for educators), what do we know about outcomes and what is still needed in terms of research and professional development? The session will open with a lightning talk by educator David B. Cohen.

Monday, April 25, 2016 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm



Michael Kirst
Michael Kirst, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning and Evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Office of Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). He was a Budget Examiner in the Federal office of Budget and Management, and Associate Director of the White House Fellows. He was a program analyst for the Title I ESEA Program at its inception in 1965.

Darryl Adams
Darryl Adams, Superintendent, Coachella Valley Unified School District

Dr. Darryl Adams has spent 28 years as an educator with the goal of preparing students for College, Career and Citizenship! He started his career in education as a Music Teacher, Band Director, High School Principal and now Superintendent. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, voters in the Coachella Valley Unified School District approved Measure X, a bond initiative that provides $42 million dollars for the district's digital conversion. The funds allowed the district to place an iPad in the hands of every student from pre-school through high school and also allowed the district to build a state of the art broadband internet system. Dr. Adams was a Los Angeles Teacher of the Year and in 2014, he was selected by the Obama administration as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in America and was praised by President Obama for leading the way in ensuring students have equity and access to technology and the Internet. Most recently, Dr. Adams has been named by the Center for Digital Education as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers in America. Dr. Adams’ Wifi-on-Wheels program, which places wifi routers on school buses and then places them in neighborhoods where there is no connectivity, has been lauded by President Obama and is now being replicated all over the nation. Dr. Adams’ next goal is to have his school district be the first in the nation to become its own self provisioning Internet service provider thus become Internet Independent!