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Thursday, May 7 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
The K-20 Institutional Priorities and Collaboration Summit

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Featuring Digital Curriculum and the Open EdTech Ecosystem and Enabling Data to Improve Teaching, Learning and Student Success 

The K-20 Institutional Priorities and Collaboration Summit will serve as a forward looking priorities-setting and focusing exercise for the year ahead in IMS, as well as a way for IMS institutions to invite collaborative activities of common interest.  Facilitated by IMS CEO, Rob Abel, IMS institutional leaders will share insights in order to help prioritize and focus IMS institutional activities and technical activities for the coming year.  The format will be an “open mic” style exchange of ideas and requests for collaboration. Included will be discussion of trends that may portend new work areas for IMS.  The synergies and variations in priorities for K-12 versus higher education institutions will also be highlighted and discussed.

The Summit will be open to reflections from all participants.  The tentative focus for the discussions will be on two topics that are relevant to both K-12 and HED, but are currently being advanced in different ways.

Currently K-12 institutions are compelled to advance collaboration around the adoption of digital curriculum, apps and tools that are integrated into the teaching and learning experience. HED institutions are also moving this topic forward, but more along the lines of institutional app development and potential sharing.

HED institutions are currently compelled to advance collaboration in order to “collect, understand, and act upon the data” that can improve student success.  K-12 institutions are also interested in moving down this path, especially as it relates to utilizing assessment information to recommend alternative curriculum.

8:30 am – 9:00 am                            
Where Do We Go From Here? 

Rob Abel, IMS Global
IMS CEO shares perspectives about the week and provide thoughts on the hot topics right now and moving forward in IMS Global. See tentative topics above.

9:00 am - 10:15 am           
Open Mic Session: Leading the Digital Curriculum Open EdTech Ecosystem
Rob Abel, IMS Global

  • Introductory panel comprised of institutional leaders and suppliers will share their perspectives about possible means of agile collaboration (technical and marketing) to break down the barriers to adoption of innovative technology and digital curriculum.
  • 2-5 minute statements on priorities/requests for cooperation from as many attendees as we can fit with facilitated discussion.

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:45 am       
Open Mic Session:
Enabling Data to Improve Teaching, Learning and Student Success
Rob Abel, IMS Global

  • Introductory panel comprised of institutional leaders and suppliers will share perspectives about what is needed to improve access to data to better understand how students learn and remove complexity in supporting adaptive learning environments. 
  • 2-5 minute statements on priorities/requests for cooperation from as many attendees as we can fit with facilitated discussion.

If you would like to ensure you have the opportunity to share projects you’ve been working on, make requests for cooperation, or suggest ideas for future work during the open mic discussions, please contact Sandra DeCastro (
sdecastro@imsglobal.org).  Even if you don’t sign-up in advance, K-20 institutional participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and make requests for collaboration during the Summit subject to time availability. 

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Rob Abel, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Dr. Rob Abel is the Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers, cooperating to accelerate learning technology... Read More →

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Beatriz Arnillas

Sr. Educational Advisor, itslearning
I started as an ESL and World History teacher. After graduate schools I was an Artist-in-residence in Kentucky Public Schools and later Studio Art (Tenured) Professor in PA. I got to design and teach blended and online Art History courses in 2003, to make it easier for students to... Read More →
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Marty Bray

Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools
Dr. Lessell Martiny "Marty" Bray is the Chief Technology and Information Officer for the Forsyth County Schools. Prior to his work in Forsyth County he was a professor at the University of West Georgia, California State University Fullerton, and the University of North Carolina at... Read More →
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Oliver Heyer

Director, Projects, Development, & Operations, RTL, University of California, Berkeley
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Tricia Kennedy

Exec. Dir. of Instructional Development & Support, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Tricia Kennedy is executive director for eCLASS Transformation for Gwinnett County Public Schools. In this role she facilitates the cross divisional development and implementation of eCLASS, a digital content, learning assessment and support system. The objective of the eCLASS initiative... Read More →
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Terry O'Heron

Director of Operations, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), Penn State University
Terence (Terry) N. O'Heron leads the university’s enterprise learning management system (LMS), Canvas. He's responsible for coordinating services provided by various administrative and academic units supporting the successful development and deployment of Canvas functionality and... Read More →
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Barbara Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Director of Instructional Technology, School District of Pickens County, SC
Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is an educator with 27 years of experience in public school education. Barbara has been a teacher, instructional coach, technology coach, independent consultant and district-level coordinator. Currently she is the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Instructional... Read More →
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Karen Vignare, Ph.D.

Vice Provost, Center for Innovation in Learning, University of Maryland University College
Karen currently serves as Vice Provost, the Center for Innovation in Learning at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) leading the search and evaluation for next generation learning models. The Center for Innovation in Learning serves as the research and development arm... Read More →

Liz Pisney

Director, Product Management, Follett Higher Education Group
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Rose Rocchio

Director of Mobile and Web Strategy, Education & Research, UCLA

Thursday May 7, 2015 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 3