Featured Presenters

 Wednesday, June 7th

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 5.08.24 PMPresenting Jason Krueger

Spotlight Presenter
Founder of Stratostar

“Throughout my own education, I was always a student who struggled with conventional learning methods. Lectures, books, notes… It can all get a little, well, boring. To me, nothing could ever beat those rare learning experiences when I would use my hands and personally experience the greater theories and lessons my teachers had for me. So when a professor at Taylor University’s Space and Physics Program suggested a whole new idea for giving STEM students access to Earth’s upper atmosphere, I couldn’t help but run with it. I listened to him describe the way his students built experiments to test their hypotheses. He told me about how fun it was to watch the balloon disappear in the sky, and then to drive across the border into Ohio for recovery. He said that students all over should get the opportunity to engage scientific discovery the way his students had. It was in that exact spirit that I founded StratoStar.”

Presenting Steve Garton

Spotlight Presenter
Common Sense Media

Steve Garton is Senior Manager for Common Sense Education’s Learning Solutions program. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups.  Prior to joining Common Sense, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. At the Maine Department of Education, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership.

Thursday, June 8th

Steve relaxed headshotPresenting Steve Garton

Spotlight Presenter
Common Sense Media

Steve Garton is Senior Manager for Common Sense Education’s Learning Solutions program. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups.  Prior to joining Common Sense, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. At the Maine Department of Education, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership.