2017 Keynote Speakers

Jennie Magiera HeadshotSaturday, February 18th,  Opening General Session, Jennie Magiera

Now the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62, Jennie (Cho) Magiera began her career as a 4th/5th grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools and then served as the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy For Urban School Leadership (a network of CPS schools).  In all of these roles she has worked to redefine education through digital learning both in daily work with teachers and students as well as leading workshops and sharing her stories in keynotes.

Jennie is serving on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded PLAYDATE and other PD concepts. She has been a TEDx speaker, White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year. You can contact Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera.

chrislehmann1Saturday, February 18th, Leadership Summit, Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2009 through 2013 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model.

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Tuesday, February 21st,  General Session Keynote, George Couros 

Currently a Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, George Cuoros is known as well as an innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant.



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Google Workshops, Monday and Tuesday, February 20 & 21st,  Alice Keeler 

Alice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach both of which continue to be top sellers on Amazon in the Computers and Technology Education section.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification ( She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 ( and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU ( and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas.  She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at