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Diversifying Your Rolodex

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Session Three: Saturday 3:00pm–4:30pm
Room 204
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Affiliation: Powerful Learning Practice, 21st Century Collaborative
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Pull up the list of keynotes, speaker spotlights and panelists for any edtech conference. What do you notice? Lots of men. This conversation will explore the concept of female under representation as thought leaders in the educational sphere and especially in the edtech space. The topic will be illuminated by a panel of men and women interacting with conference participants; together we will offer diverse input on the problem, causes and solutions to this issue.

This session will be approached from an appreciative inquiry model which will highlight the strengths and possibilities of a stronger female voice in the edtech space. We will be focused on positive, collective action and overcoming barriers rather than dwelling on the negative.

Products and Activities


- A widely diverse audience will be surveyed in advance of the conversation. The resulting data will serve as a launching point for discussion by the panel and participants.

- Panel Members Include:

*Karl Fisch*
Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.

*Pam Moran*
Pam Moran is superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in Virginia. I see the most important work I do as supporting the creation of 21st c community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. And, I do have some thoughts about the continued "gender-fication" of the edtech world.

*Will Richardson*
The parent of two middle school aged children, Will Richardson has been writing and speaking about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years.

*Kathy Cassidy*
Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan who started blogging with her students six years ago and has never looked back.

*Alec Couros*
Dr. Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.

*Lyn Hilt*
Lyn Hilt serves as an elementary principal in the Eastern Lancaster County School District, Pennsylvania.Through her role as lead learner and also as the district's K-6 technology integrator/coach, she seeks to design ongoing professional development opportunities that will help teachers re-envision current practices, raise awareness of the benefits of connected learning, and explore the shifts in education necessary to best meet the needs of today's learners.

- Existing data about gender diversity issues in edtech will be used to raise awareness surrounding the problem.
- This conversation will serve as a catalyst for possible crowdsourced initiatives and activism toward addressing the issue.
- Results of the conversation will be captured and archived on the presenter's website.

Conversational Practice:
Panel discussion, appreciative inquiry protocols, facilitated participant discussion that includes wide representation of participants


Sheryl, I love the way you tackle potentially charged topics with such a rational approach. Your personal success as a thought leader and a woman my provide much of the insight needed to evaluate the disparity in gender representation. Rational versus emotional that's where I would start.

Sun 23 Jan 2011 07:33:38 PM EST