NDLA 2015 will highlight nationally known speakers and regional experts in keynote and spotlight sessions.
Keynote Speaker Thursday
Mark is known as a champion for education opportunity and a catalyst for conversations on innovation and the road ahead. He is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant who has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. As Chief Learning Officer for Civitas Learning, Mark focuses on a wide range of activities for the company, from shaping product development to engaging the education community to leading research projects on student outcomes. Prior to joining Civitas, Mark served in the education world in a number of leadership positions, most recently as founding Chancellor of WGU Texas. Prior to that, Mark held the role of Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Keynote Speaker Friday
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government learning environments. His current focus as Acting Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education is on using data and learning analytics to create personalized learning experiences for all students. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray.
Culatta’s previous work centered around leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. Prior to joining the federal government, Culatta was the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation and learning technologies advisor at Brigham Young University, where he was instrumental in redesigning the teacher preparation program at the McKay School of Education. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island, where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty.
Culatta is passionate about accelerating innovation in education with a particular interest in games for learning, personalized learning, and open education.
Spotlight Speaker Thursday
Angelique Kobler leads a team of education administrators for Lawrence Public Schools. As the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, she partners with dynamic educators who are steering the way in innovative classroom practices. She has given many talks for state, national, and international audiences in the areas of school reform and organizational change focused on the adoption of modern learning environments. Her recent work at Lawrence Public Schools has been highlighted as in both educational news and national media. She also shares her passion for disrupting the status quo via social media.
Previously, she served six years as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining Lawrence Public Schools, Kobler served five years as a building principal preceded by a teaching career of 12 years, including kindergarten through high school. Dr. Kobler earned her undergraduate degrees in communication arts and elementary and secondary education. She completed her masters program in Education Administration and earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2010.
Spotlight Speaker Friday
Dave Rosenbaum is a native of Albion, Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Doane College and taught Social Studies at DeWitt Tri County for 27 years. Dave worked at the
National Archives in Washington, DC, as an education specialist from 2007-2013. While working there, he conducted hundreds of videoconferences using primary sources from the Archives, including many connections with Nebraska schools. Dave also conducted workshops for teachers and made presentations at regional and national conferences. He published three articles in Social Education while working at NARA. Rosenbaum returned to Nebraska in 2013 and has since taught part time at Norris Middle School and Beatrice High School. He has taught online classes the past six years for Educational Service Units 5 and 6, and for Southeast Community College—Lincoln. He resides in Plymouth, Nebraska.