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NAMTC Newsletter
  May, 2017  


NAMTC Newsletter
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Reach All-Teach All: Every Day in a Personalized Way

Plan to attend the 2017 NAMTC Leadership Summit
by NAMTC Full Board

Please make plans to attend the NAMTC Leadership Summit to be held November 28th and 29th at the JW Mariott, San Antonio Hill Country.  Building upon the 2016 Leadership Summit, this year will focus on how ESA's are delivering and supporting Blended and Personalized Learning in their schools.  

Areas of exploration will include: Equity Issues, Content, Instructional Strategies, and school technology needs as they strive to "Reach All - Teach All: Every Day in a Personalized Way".  

In addition to the keynote sessions, there will be breakout sessions, once again wrapping up with a Ignite Session on Wednesday.  

The Summit opens at 7:30 a.m. November 28th, and ends at 11:30 a.m. November 29th. 

If you are attending the AESA conference, please register through AESA, www.aesa.us, and plan to bring a colleague.  Curriculum Specialists, Special Education Consultants, Tech Directors and Consultants, Teacher Librarians, Media and Content Specialists, Administrators, Board Members and more…..  

If you are only planning on attending the Leadership Summit or are a corporate representative please contact the NAMTC office for registration information.  Registration fee is $275 for each ESA institutional attendee and includes breakfast both days and the annual awards luncheon. 



New President-Elect and Board Representative

Ron Cone (NE) and Evan Abbey (IA)
by Geoff Craven, Executive Director

Congratulations to Ron Cone (NE) who was recently elected as the incoming President for NAMTC.  Ron is the Director of Network and Information Services at Educational Service Unit 10, in Kearney, Nebraska, that provides services to 33 public districts.  He began his career in technical support working with Internet services and network administration followed by 11 years in his current position as director. 

He oversees ESU 10’s technical service areas including network operations and data center, helpdesk, web development, repair, student information systems and E-rate support teams.  An active participant with Nebraska’s ESU Coordinating Council he is a past chairperson for the technical affiliate group and serves as a K12 representative to the Advisory Group for Network Nebraska, the state’s educational backbone and Internet service provider. Congratulations Ron! 

Evan Abbey (IA) has agreed to serve as the board representative for the state of Iowa replacing Diane Jackson who has retired.  Evan works at Heartland AEA and is the statewide coordinator for on-line courses and education.  He is very familiar with the challenges and issues not only facing Iowa AEAs and schools, but those around the country as well.  Welcome Evan!

And as a reminder - please be sure to thank all of our NAMTC Board Members and Officers for their service and leadership to this organization:

Doreen Bergman (NY) - President 
Angela Burke (MA) - President-Elect
Ron Cone (NE) - Incoming President-Elect
Beth Kabes (NE) - Past-President 
Jeff Kay (PA) - Treasurer
Sarah Kyriazis (MA) - Secretary

Dr. Brad Landis (PA)
Marla Yudin (NY)
Evan Abbey (IA)
Molly Aschoff (NE)
Jeff Rothenberger (PA)
Andrea Downing (PBS)




New President-Elect and Board Representative 


Welcome to Nearpod, our latest corporate partner

by Jeff Rothenberger, NAMTC Board Member (PA)
Pennsylvania Intermediate Units (PAIU) partnered with Nearpod to offer districts, schools, and educators their services at consortium pricing. Currently, we offer individual, school, and district licenses. Jeff Rothenberger,  has worked other Intermediate Units to share Nearpod with PA educators and provide training and professional development to interested PA schools and districts. Nearpod’s platform allows teachers to download, create, and share interactive lessons with students devices in real-time. Teachers can easily include multimedia and formative assessment activities in their lessons like virtual field trips, 3-D models, digital whiteboards,... Full Article >>
Welcome to Nearpod, our latest corporate partner 


Shared Conversation: Managing Open Educational Resources

Tuesday May 16th 2 PM CT, 3 PM ET
by Doreen Bergman (NY), NAMTC President

As school districts expand digital learning in the new economic reality, they look for resources to bring into classrooms. Many schools are finding opportunities to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER), in lieu of purchasing content. OER includes free teaching and learning materials for use, remix, and redistribution, without the burden of copyright permissions.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology is championing the use of OER nationwide through the #GoOpen program.  

Join us on May 16 for a NAMTC Shared Conversation with presenter Bradley C. Landis, Ed.D., to receive an OER overview and learn how Educational Service Agencies can support schools incorporating OER into their educational ecosystems.

A big thank you to Mindshine Technologies for their support and sponsoring this conversation.  

Shared Conversation: Managing Open Educational Resources 

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