Please join us to learn about how school districts across the US are creating opportunities for students of poverty to transform their educational experiences into post-secondary education. The webinar will include principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, and other educational leaders on their journey of creating access for their most vulnerable students.
- Dr. Dave Schuler - President and Co-Founder of Transeo and the D214 Superintendent of Schools. Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready. Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Dustin Seemann - Assistant Superintendent of Beverly Hills Unified School District, CA. Dustin is currently the Assistant Superintendent in Beverly Hills, CA. Dustin has worked in K-12 and Higher Education for over 15 years. Throughout his professional career, he has served as a School Counselor, Club Advisor, Graduate Professor and now Assistant Superintendent. Dustin is passionate about creating opportunities for students to set achievable goals and give back to their communities while feeling supported by their school.
- Ben Rodriguez - Assistant Principal of Technology & Innovation at Barrington High School in Barrington 220. In his role, Ben oversees all efforts related to technology in the building as well as Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs. He is driven to provide excellent experiences that are accessible to all students. During his tenure as an administrator, he has collaborated with colleagues to achieve the following goals: facilitating a transition in 1-to-1 devices, an ongoing professional development cycle, innovative instruction in the midst of a pandemic in both remote and hybrid learning environments, and program development in horticulture, education, culinary arts, and business pathways. He also retains his role as a teacher by teaching one section of social studies. He has previous experience as an instructional digital age learning (iDAL) coach and a classroom teacher of social studies and English. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education, a master's degree in educational technology, and a master's degree in educational leadership.
- Tyler Wood, M.Ed- Vice President of Marketing and Professional Development for eDynamic Learning. Tyler has worked in the EdTech industry for the past twenty-five years and is driven by a passion to engage the digital learner and help every student find success. She started her career as a school director and quickly saw the impact technology had on her students’ behavior, engagement, and learning. She went on to work for Apple, where she developed, launched, and marketed several successful solutions including the iBook Wireless Mobile Lab (the first laptop cart solution on wheels for the classroom). She also worked closely with Apple Distinguished Educators where she learned and developed best practices for integrating technology effectively into the classroom. Tyler was also the President and CMO for Cogent Education and the Director of Marketing for Odysseyware. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Teaching, Educational Technology from National University.
- Mike Hassler - Work-Based Learning Coordinator for the Washington County School District. Mike and his team provide career service awareness and access to over 34,000 students. Mike’s specialties include setting up industry connections, marketing, recruiting, data management, job placements, career counseling and process improvement. Starting with just 10 employer partnerships in 2016, Mike and his team have successfully developed over 500 new Work-Based Learning industry sites offering nearly 1000 internships across 72 different career pathways to students enrolled into Career Technical Education. Results: 96% work ready success rate, 12% growth per year, awarded best in Utah and nationwide recognition for their innovation and success.
- William Dowdell - Partner with YouthLed KC. William Dowdell is a leader in diversified education with over 13 years experience in community and equity-driven education. He's passionate about advocating and building for equity and capacity through engaging educational solutions and curriculum for students, especially those in need of mentoring and advancement opportunities. Today, William serves as an independent consultant for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he works on expanding and elevating regional youth voice, participation and inclusion. Previously, he served as the Senior Director at the KC Social Innovation Center—an equity-centered nonprofit impact agency— where he led the development and deployment of the organization’s summer youth workforce platforms: Working for Youth, Hire KC, Youth Opportunity Response Program, KCPS Summer Bridge, and the Rethink Youth Conference.