Karen Cator to Present Opening Remarks at School Improvement Innovation Summit

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Karen Cator to share her insight as a technology leader at the U.S. Department of Education

Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education will provide opening remarks at the First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit held July 11-13 along with Curtis Linton, VP, School Improvement Network. This first annual conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network (SINET) will also include sessions with education experts Michael Fullan and Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Ms. Cator’s remarks will include insights on the U.S. Department of Education’s plans to transform American education through learning powered by technology—an ambitious goal outlined in the National Education Technology Plan. She believes technology provides the means to increase student engagement, and allow teachers to be more widely connected to each other. Cator understands the need for teachers to have access to many just-in-time resources.

“Karen Cator’s vision for school improvement mirrors ours,” said Chet Linton, CEO. “I was so excited that U.S. Education Commissioner Arnie Duncan chose Karen for the position of Education Technology Director. I am even more excited to hear her speak about the future of education at our upcoming Innovation Summit in July.”

PD 360 has opened the doors for educators and administrators to access best practices in education, with real classroom examples from the top experts. Now, SINET is offering those same experts and authors all in the same venue. Besides sessions on vital school issues, the Innovation Summit will also include hands on sessions for these School Improvement Network solutions:

  •     PD 360
  •     Observation 360
  •     Learning 360 Framework
  •     Equity 360

About Karen Cator
Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators.

Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Learning 360 Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

About PD 360 • Practical, Measurable, and Scalable
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 700,000 verified educators subscribe to PD 360. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,400 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com.

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