Vicki’s Scoops for September 8

Wow, end of this short but busy week and hair on fire—so much going on as we prepare to bring you the best EdNET ever! You’re going to love it! Hope your week has been a good one, friends. Stop what you are doing and check out this week’s scoops and, of course, look to see who is coming to EdNET….

New roles for colleagues and friends….

Dona Fraser, a leading privacy expert, joins the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a self-regulatory program developed by the video game industry. CARU, founded in 1974 to promote responsible children’s advertising, is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. Policies and procedures for CARU are developed by the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). CARU is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Dona brings to CARU a strong understanding of the marketplace challenges facing children’s advertisers, the complexities of children’s privacy issues, and extensive experience with self-regulation. Dona has spoken on these issues both in the U.S. and abroad. At ESRB, she served as Vice President, Privacy Certified, starting in 2012. Prior to that, she was the ESRB Director, Privacy Online. In those positions, Dona was responsible for providing hands-on assistance to participating companies on development of data collection and privacy practices to meet ESRB standards. She also crafted best privacy practices in several areas including mobile apps, downloadable games, short-form privacy policies, behavioral advertising, and social networking. Prior to her ESRB role, Dona served as a Director of Business and Legal Affairs for music labels at BMG/Sony Music in New York.

Congratulations to Dona on her new position!

Troy Williams, managing director of University Ventures, is joining the EverTrue board of directors. University Ventures invests in entrepreneurs and institutions that are reimagining the future of higher education and creating new pathways from education to employment. EverTrue, a software company that is modernizing fundraising efforts at educational institutions, announced this week that it has secured $6MM in additional funding led by University Ventures with participation from existing investor Bain Capital Ventures. The financing will be used to drive further software innovation as the company continues its mission to power the future of higher ed advancement. This most recent round brings EverTrue’s total funding to $23.5MM.

Congratulations to Troy on his new role!

And Kim Clark has been hired as an assistant director of the Education Writers Association (EWA). Kim, a longtime national journalist most recently with Money Magazine, will play a leading role in directing EWA programming on education beyond high school.

As a senior writer at Money, Kim’s reporting focused heavily on the financial costs of higher education. She created the formula used by the magazine in its annual ratings of colleges, with an emphasis on evaluating the “return on investment” to students. She also oversaw the creation of the first college search tool designed specifically for low-income students, the Affordable College Finder.

Prior to joining Money in 2011, Kim was a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, covering not only education but also topics ranging from archaeology in Latin America to the Sydney Olympic Games. She previously reported for Fortune magazine and The Baltimore Sun. Kim is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Congratulations to Kim on her new position at EWA!


Each year, the Center for Digital Education recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners. Nominations for all positions held within education, including public officials, are judged on:

  • Efforts to improve education with digital tools
  • Impact of those efforts on student achievement; the institution; and the local, state and national scene
  • Creativity and initiative to make change
  • Display of leadership qualities

The 2017 honorees are:

  • Keeta Holmes, Director, Faculty Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director, Tennessee School Boards Association
  • Desiree H. Alexander, Regional Director of North Louisiana, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana
  • Chuck Chrisman, Executive Director of Information Technology Services, Southeastern Community College, Iowa
  • Linda Ashida, District Teaching and Learning Facilitator, High School District 214, Illinois
  • Jacob Bates, Techrangers Team Lead, University of Central Florida
  • Matthew J. Belanger, Assistant Vice President, Academic Operations and First Year Experience, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Tom Kambouras, CTO, New York City Department of Education
  • Amy E. Cashwell, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Dr. Stacey Gonzales, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Consolidated High School District 230, Illinois
  • Kristina M. MacBury, Principal, Sarah Pyle Academy; Co-Founder and CEO, Educate4hope LLC, Delaware
  • Aarti Dhupelia, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Louis University, Illinois
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor and Director, Worden School of Social Service, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas
  • Andrea Milligan, Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, North Shore Community College, Massachusetts
  • Richie Crim, Information Technology Strategist, CIO, Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia
  • Tim Hardison, MATCH Program Director, East Carolina University and MATCH Wellness, North Carolina
  • Marlon J. Styles Jr., Superintendent, Middletown City School District, Ohio
  • Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway, California
  • Carla Streff, Director of Learning Technologies and Client Services, Northeast Community College, Nebraska
  • Ira David Socol, Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation, Albermarle County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Dr. Scott E. Shiffer, Senior Director of Information, Criswell College, Texas
  • Demetrios Roubos, Assistant Director of Information Security, Adjunct Faculty in Computer Science and Information Systems, Stockton University, New Jersey
  • Michael Nagler, Ed.D., Superintendent, Mineola Public Schools, New York
  • Frances Marie Gipson, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District, California
  • Ryan B. Jackson, Ed.D., Executive Lead Principal, Mount Pleasant Arts Innovation Zone, Tennessee
  • Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association
  • Witt Salley, Ed.D., Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Support, Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Michael L. Mathews, CIO and Associate Vice President for Innovation and Technology, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma
  • Ronald M. Bergmann, Vice President of Technology and CIO, Lehman College/City University of New York
  • Timothy P. Mottet, President, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Congratulations! Read the profile of each of these amazing educators online!

Fun interview with Education Talk Radio

I hope you caught the interview I did this week with our friend Larry Jacobs, Education Talk Radio, about programming for this year’s EdNET conference. I was joined by EdNET 2017 Advisory Board member Megan Harney, CEO of MIDAS Education, who Larry dubbed Hurricane Harney, and long-time EdNET supporter and sponsor Robert Iskander, Executive Vice President, West (SchoolMessenger solutions). You can check out the archive of the program to learn more about EdNET and to not miss out on the fun we had! It is always fun with Larry!

Follow us!

We are nearing the date for EdNET 2017, and I can’t wait! Be sure to follow EdNETbiz on Twitter and Tweet using #EdNET17; and check out the EdNET Community page on Facebook and the EdNET Community Group on LinkedIn.

Look who’s coming to EdNET!

The reg list just keeps growing! Check out these companies interested in stellar professional development offerings and that all-important networking!

95 Percent Group
A Pass Educational Group, LLC
Academic Business Advisors
Agile Education Marketing
AlphaBEST Education
Alpine Achievement
American Community Corrections Institute, Inc.
Andamio Games
Ann McMullan Education Consultant
Aperture Education
Apperson, Inc.
Arc Capital Development
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona State University
Ascend Education
ASU Prep Digital
Authentica Solutions
Bellwether Education Partners
Big Deal Media/Marketing Projects, Inc.
Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc.
Blue Skies Direct
Boys Town
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
Calvert Education
CAST, Inc.
CEV Multimedia
Cherry Tree & Associates
Chessiecap Securities, Inc.
Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Classworks by Curriculum Advantage, Inc.
Co9 Consulting
CodeMonkey Studios
Committee for Children
Congress Elementary School District
Cox Business
CPM Educational Program
Davis Publications
Dayton Johnson Executive Search, LLC
DeSilva & Phillips Investment Bank
Desmos, Inc.
Discipline Associates, LLC
DMW Direct
Dysart Unified School District
EdGate Correlation Services
EdImagine Strategy Group
Education Associates
Education Market Association
Education Networks of America (ENA)
Education Talk Radio
Education Week
Education Week Research Center
Educational Systemics, Inc.
EdWeek Market Brief
Egremont Associates LLC
Empirical Education Inc.
eSchool Media, Inc.
ESGI Software
Facilitron Inc.
First Advantage
First Step / ClassLink
Forward Thinking EDU
Fuel Education
Future of Privacy Forum
Gander Publishing
Gibbs Smith Education
Gilbert Public Schools
Glynlyon, Inc.
Highlights for Children
Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network
Infinite Campus
InnovateEDU/Brooklyn Lab
Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD)
ITG America
J Daly Associates
K-12 Market Advisors
Kajeet, Inc.
Kathy Hurley LLC
KEH Communications
Kurland Consulting
L. Wolfe Communications
Language Magazine
Laurel Springs School
Learning A-Z
Learning Resources
Lesson Planet
Ligature Partners
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Lynn Street Partners
MA Elementary School Principals Assoc
Magic Software Inc.
Marketing Genius Group
Matchbook Events
McGraw-Hill Education
MCH Strategic Data
McKinsey & Co.
Mesa Public Schools
MHT Partners
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
MIDAS Education
MindShare Learning Technology
MMS Education
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National School Boards Association
Nibletz Media Ventures
NutKase Accessories Ltd
Oates Associates
Paula Maylahn Consulting
PCG Education
Penguin Random House
Perfection Learning
Pittsburgh Public Schools
PR with Panache!
Sanford Health
Santa Fe Public Schools
School Specialty, Inc.
Search Inc.
Second Avenue Learning
Sofia Education Experts Ltd.
Sofia: School of the Future International Academy Limited
Spectrum Enterprise
Sprout Social
Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL)
Teacher Created Materials
The Douglas Stewart Company
The HellerResults Group
The Meemic Foundation
The Munn Group
The Source for Learning, Inc.
Transformational Storytelling
Tyton Partners
Underscore Creative
Varitronics, LLC
Vector Solutions, Education Division
Vernier Software and Technology
Virtual Schools Of Excellence
Voyager Sopris Learning
West (SchoolMessenger solutions)
Westchester K-12 Publishing Services
Westchester Publishing Services
Whiteboard Advisors
Winter Group
WLJ Advisors, LLC

There’s still time—a little, that is….

There is still time for you to register and join these and other companies at EdNET.

In closing, sad news for one of our friends….

I am so sorry to report that our friend Charlotte Andrist, Owner at Nickel Communications, lost her mother on August 31st. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, September 9th, at 11:00 am at St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church, 2010 Nichols Road in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Pat’s cremated remains will be buried at Mt. Home Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary Patricia Bigelow can be directed to St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church. And you may visit her memory page to sign the online guestbook. Charlotte, I know many join me in keeping you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

As our friends continue to work on recovery efforts here in Texas, we now see Hurricane Irma bearing down on another part of the country. Prepare and be safe, all who are in the path of this horrifying storm. We have other friends and family members suffering from the enormous and frightening fires in the West, Northwest, and into Canada. The pictures are heartbreaking. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Be well, friends, and be safe. Till next week….Vicki, the Snoop

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