Mark Standley attended his first ASTE conference in 1982 and has been able to join the conference for most years since as a member, Board Member, President, and currently as Advocacy Chair and President-Elect. Mark first came to Alaska in 1980 doing archeology research in caves on the Porcupine River on a grant from National Geographic and spent five summers in the Brooks Range conducting research. He served as teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent for ten years in Alaska Gateway School District. He has also worked for Apple Computer, University of Alaska statewide, done consulting work in the U.S. and the U.K and served as co-founder and principal of Highland Tech School (charter) in Anchorage.
For his contributions to ASTE and around the state, Mark has received the ASTE's President Award, the Technology Leadership Award, and the Advocate of the Year Award. He was also acknowledged as "Father of the iDidaMovie." Mark's runs a non-profit, Educating 4 Leadership, focused on implementing 1:1 laptop programs and student leadership and storytelling. He has co-authored nine books on leadership and education technology, including three on Digital Storytelling.
Mark currently supervises administrative interns at the UA Southeast's Education Leadership Program and during the Summer 2012 semester will be teaching education research. He and a cohort of PhD students will be completing their dissertations on 1:1 Laptop programs in Alaska this year. Mark lives in Juneau where he teaches tennis, chases light with his camera, and beams with pride over two adult children - Aron in Germany and Robin at UA Anchorage.