CEO & Founder of BrightBytes
An educator with over a decade of experience in schools, Rob is an internationally known speaker, writer, and consultant on educational innovation. He’s the co-author of the book Personal Learning Networks (2011), a keynote speaker at education conferences, and a writer for District Administration magazines. Rob sits on the educational boards of Acer and Dell and has an MBA from MIT.
Chief Information Technology Officer, Houston Independent School District (TX)
Lenny Schad is chief information technology officer for the Houston Independent School District (ISD). During the previous nine years, Mr. Schad worked as chief information officer for the Katy ISD, a Houston-area district recognized nationally for technology innovation.
Through Mr. Schad’s leadership, Katy ISD is in year three of a mobile-learning initiative at the elementary level, and public Wi-Fi became available at every K–12 campus beginning with the 2011–12 school year, allowing students and teachers to “bring their own device” to school. Mr. Schad has also been instrumental in developing both the technology plan and the budget for this initiative with his colleagues in Katy ISD. Mr. Schad was selected as one of the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” educators for 2008 and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) named him to its prestigious list of 2010 CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees.
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Tina Miller is a Park Ranger and Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Coordinator who specializes in distance learning and the use of technology for teaching and learning, especially in social studies. She has written numerous curriculum units, conducted various teacher workshops and presented at several conferences. She holds a M. A. in Management from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and a B. S. degree in Information Technology from the University of Texas-Arlington. She likens herself to Forrest Gump, going where the wind blows her. She honorably served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years. She has worked in professional sports as the Director of Promotions and Game Entertainment for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club. She has worked in politics in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and as an event planner for Dave & Buster’s.