2017 Sessions

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration & Refreshments

9:00am – 10:00am

Welcome & Opening Session

Jason Markey: Designing Better Experiences

Learn how East Leyden High School’s administration, teachers and students have utilized the mindset and process of design thinking to build better experiences, powered by a dedication to building empathy to inform decisions and grow new ideas. Hear from the building principal, a teacher, and most importantly, a student who will each share examples of design thinking in action.

Jason Markey was named principal at East Leyden High School starting in the 2012-13 school year after previously serving the district both as an assistant principal and as a social studies teacher. Jason helped lead a district initiative to move the Leyden School District to 1:1, with every student issued a Google Chromebook. In 2012 Jason became a Google Certified Teacher with the goal of continuing his own growth as a learner first. Additionally, Jason was named a 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP and was awarded the Bammy Educator’s Voice Award for Secondary School Principal. Jason believes strongly in the power of the web as a social connector and continuously looks for opportunities to learn from and collaborate with others. Please connect with Jason on Twitter @Jasonmmarkey


10:05am – 11:30am

“TED” Talk Session
The Seven Gears of Future Ready

School professionals will share their unique perspectives on Future Ready principles. Each “TED” Talk will be expanded upon through a corresponding afternoon breakout session!

  • Curriculum Instruction and Assessments
  • Use of Space and Time
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personalized Learning
  • Budget and Resources

11:30am – 12:30pm

Lunch will be served.

 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Breakout Sessions

#D127GetsREAL: Relevant Engaging Authentic Learning
Learn how Grayslake Community High School District 127 used the #FutureReady Assessment and design thinking framework as a springboard to develop innovative thinking and Relevant Engaging Authentic Learning experiences for students and staff.

Mark Kettering, Dir./Special Education, Grayslake CHSD 127
Tracey Landry, Dir./Curriculum & Instruction, Grayslake CHSD 127
Michael Marassa, Dir./Technology, Grayslake CHSD 127
Renee Zoladz, Assoc. Supt./Instr. & Personnel Services, Grayslake CHSD 127



Space and Time: Taking Schools Beyond the Bells and Cells
Each school district has a unique definition of future ready. Come and learn about a design philosophy for future ready schools that allows pedagogy to drive the outcome of the built environment. See examples of how the built environment responds to current and forecasted demands from 21st century curriculum and technology.

Carrie Matlock, President, DLA Architects, Ltd.
Ed Wright, Partner, DLA Architects, Ltd.


Developing a Robust Network Infrastructure
In order to teach and learn in the 21st century, teachers and students need a robust network infrastructure to be able to deliver digital content, expose students to learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and personalize learning for each individual students’ needs. Get an introduction to the Future Ready Framework that is available to all schools to develop and implement a robust infrastructure to meet these challenges.

Phil Hintz, Dir./Technology, Gurnee SD 56



 1:40pm – 2:40pm – Breakout Sessions

Security: How Can I Teach Teachers Not to Bite?
Phishing has become a disruptive and powerful tool for malevolent actors to steal identities, data and money. Get insights to help your staff avoid being caught in a potentially harmful scam.


John Connolly, Chief Technology Officer, Cons. High Sch. Dist. 230
Phil Morris, Dir./Technology & Operations, Kane County ROE
Rod Russeau, Dir./Technology & Info. Services, Comm. High Sch. Dist. 99



Community Partnerships: Telling Your Story
In an era of difficult financial situations, school districts are faced with more community scrutiny than ever before to do more with less. Come and hear how Lemont-Bromberek combined School District 113A’s story and learn how you can leverage and sustain positive community partnerships through practical and effective strategies and communications.

Courtney Orzel, Superintendent, Lemont-Bromberek SD 113A



 2:50pm – 3:50pm – Breakout Sessions

Creating a Sustainable Personalized Learning Environment
Have you created a personalized learning environment with 1:1 devices? Come see how to establish processes that ensure the program is sustainable. Explore areas including budgeting, replacement cycles, infrastructure upgrades, physical building upgrades and much more.

Tony Schlorff, Director of Innovation and Technology, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 93
David Hill, Associate Superintendent, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 93


Maximizing and Organizing Resources for Tech-Related Budgeting and Purchasing
Join a panel discussion of topics related to technology, budgeting and procurement including considerations related to the evidence-based model of school funding. Come away with insights to both organize and maximize your technology resources!

Stan Gorbatkin, Asst. Supt./Technology Services, Indian Prarie SD 204
Tony Inglese, Chief Financial Officer, Batavia USD 101
John Connolly, Chief Technology Officer, Cons. High Sch. Dist. 230