2020 Virtual Conference Speakers

Valary OleinikKeynote—Valary Oleinik, Consultant, Valary with a Why, New Jersey

Valary is one part artist and one part geek since transitioning from a career in the performing arts to one in the learning sphere. For more than two decades she has worked as a classroom instructor, online facilitator, instructional designer, presentations design and delivery coach, and project manager. She can be found throughout the cyberworlds blogging and tweeting on gamification, e-learning, creativity, communication in the digital age, and more. https://www.valarywithawhy.com/

Eric CarbaughDr. Eric Carbaugh, James Madison University, VA

Dr. Eric Carbaugh is a Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education at James Madison University. As an educational consultant, he has worked with over 100 schools and districts on a variety of educational best practices related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition to several articles and book chapters, he is co-author, along with Kristina Doubet, of Principles and Practices for Effective Blended Learning (ASCD, 2020) and The Differentiated Flipped Classroom: A Practical Guide to Digital Learning (Corwin, 2016). Eric is also a co-author of Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects: Tools for Meaningful Learning and Assessment (ASCD, 2020) along with Jay McTighe and Kristina Doubet. Connect with him on Twitter @emc7x.

Andrew EastonAndrew Easton, Digital Learning Coordinator, ESUCC (Platinum NLDA Sponsor)

For more than a decade, Andrew committed to developing and implementing innovative practices in his own classroom. Now, he is excited about his new role as the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Educational Service Unit’s Coordinating Council in Nebraska. The ESU CC and the network of ESUs across our state employ innovative people who serve districts, schools, and teachers across the state with technology integration, making the latest ed-tech available and affordable.

Cindy EthertonCindy Etherton, Instructional Design Spec., Oregon State University, Salem, Oregon

Cindy creates innovative and engaging e-Learning content from highly technical materials as an independent instructional designer, where she works with a variety of industries from education to eCommerce developing content to meet their strategic goals and stakeholder needs to foster active learning. In addition to this work, Cindy is an online instructor at Oregon State University instructional design principles and strategies. Cindy has curated best practice implementation resources and trainings for educational technology tools for K16 educators, administrators, and IT professionals throughout Oregon and the US.

Jason EverettJason Everett, Blended Learning Coordinator, ESU #10

Since 1998, Jason has been at Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney, Nebraska. There he has had many roles including system administration of unix/linux systems, networking, helpdesk management, technology training, blended learning coordinator, distance learning director, and digital learning specialist. Through these experiences, Jason has a wealth of knowledge in the K12 education sector as well as a wide range of technical skills to support that endeavor. He enjoys supporting remote learning opportunities, both synchronous and asynchronously.

Marcia KishMarcia Kish, DSD Professional Development, www.blendedlearningpd.com

Marcia Kish is a Blended and Personalized Learning Specialist and the Chief Innovation Officer for DSD Professional Development. With over nine years experience as a blended learning coach, she has developed a three-phase implementation process that will transform the traditional classroom to an environment that focuses in on the use of data to drive instruction that will allow students to move at their own pace, place, and path.

Barb ShoushaBarbara Wolf Shousha, Associate Director, NU Online; Director, University of Nebraska High School (Platinum NDLA Sponsor)

Barbara Wolf Shousha, M.Ed is the Director of the University of Nebraska High School and Associate Director for NU Online. She has been a German Teacher, an Instructional Designer, and a Corporate Trainer. She is passionate about Nebraska schools and quality service to students.

Sonya SukupSonya Sukup, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, ESU #8

Sonya began working for the Educational Service Unit #8 in 2019. As an experienced counselor, Sonya will share best practices for happiness and self-care during the pandemic.

Betsy ThomasBetsy Thomas, Library Media Specialist, Kooser Elementary, LPS

Betsy Thomas is a school librarian at Kooser Elementary School in Lincoln. She graduated from UNO’s College of Education in 2012 with a degree in Secondary Education with a school library concentration. When students were kept from the classroom due to COVID-19, Thomas donned dozens of costumes to help create “Mrs. Thomas’ Daily Story Time” from her home. From pirates to ninjas, even farmers and factory workers, Thomas has done everything —even hopping into tractors and forklifts—to tell her students entertaining stories while they were stuck at home.