Technology Tuesday - September 27, 2011

posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:53 PM by Jason Suter   [ updated Oct 11, 2011, 4:53 PM ]
I am very excited about our first official Technology Tuesday! Last year I attended the CFF Bootcamp in Hershey, PA and had the pleasure of hearing Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach give a keynote address. In an effort to kick off our Technology Tuesday sessions with something motivating I asked if she would be willing to Skype into our first official session. We are very fortunate that she agreed. This will be a great opportunity to see how Skype can be used to bring experts in the classroom. Sheryl is definitely an expert in our field!

We will try and start on time next week and I hope to have some time available for a question and answer session with Sheryl after her talk. We will be meeting in room 154, if this changes I will send out an update next week. I have included Sheryl’s bio and a link to her website below. I have also cut and pasted the “What They’re Saying” section from her website so you don’t have to just take my word on how lucky we are that she will be joining us for a few minutes on Tuesday morning!
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is a 20-year educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.
She is the owner and founder of 21st Century Collaborative, LLC, a digital learning consulting business through which she regularly delivers keynotes, workshops and supports nonprofits in their grant work.

Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which she co-founded with Will Richardson, she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities.

Sheryl is a sought after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. Her latest book will be published in the fall by Solution Tree. She is also serving on the New Media Consortium’s 2011 Horizon. K12 Advisory board.

Sheryl lives near the Atlantic Ocean and spends her spare time playing on the water with her four children and long haired dachshund Itchy.

What They’re Saying
Dynamic, detailed and innovative
Sheryl is dynamic, detailed and one of the most innovative educators I know. She is on the cutting edge of technology and it’s use in schools. A true pleasure to work with and has knowledge incomparable to anyone I know in her field.
Neil Rochelle
Superintendent of Schools, Iroquois Central school
Enthusiasm & tremendous energy
Sheryl’s personal knowledge about 21st Century use of technology is amazing.  Through her enthusiasm and tremendous energy she easily relates to the most reluctant user.  Every teacher who has ever use any type of technology in the classroom will be excited and challenged to use technology at a higher level.  Yippee Skippee to you Sheryl!
Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC
Wide Area Network Coordinator, Diocese of Harrisburg
Unbounded energy
Sheryl has unbounded energy in the pursuit of spreading the message that online learning can benefit teachers and pupils hugely in the modern world. She is a beacon to us all.
Paul Harrington
Primary teacher Key Stage 2, Cefn Fforest Primary School
Walks the talk
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach walks the talk of ‘passion-based learning and teaching’. Passionate is the word that best describes Sheryl – I have never met a more passionate educator/leader. She is a teacher extraordinaire, who understands the need to balance the amazing abilities that Web 2.0 technology allows with the tried and true. She always goes the extra mile to support those who are struggling or have extracurricular need or interests, and seems to be everywhere, doing everything, at once (and sometimes, with the assistance of these technologies, she literally is!), yet she never seems to tire.  And she is humble enough to realize that there often will be things for her to learn from those she is leading.
Barbara Kraus-Blackney
Executive Director, Association of Delaware Valley (140 DE, NJ & PA) Independent Schools
Phenomenal work
Sheryl does phenomenal work and I have been fortunate to be able to tap into her knowledge and skills on multiple occasions. Whether it’s winning our inaugural technology leadership research award, her ongoing blogging, contributing a chapter to our new book, or her continued work with the PLP Network,her contributions to the field of P-12 technology leadership have been extremely valuable and greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Sheryl to anyone that is interested in working with her!
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
Director, UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
UCEA Associate Director, Communications and Marketing
Straight-forward approach
Sheryl has a straight-forward approach that engages people, and her experience as an educational leader for the effective use of technology for teaching and learning makes her a excellent choice for professional/leadership development sessions.
Sheryl’s excellent ability to facilitate and guide discussion ensured our Leadership Symposium on mobilizing 21st century teaching and learning was a success.
Janet Murphy
Manager Innovative Learning Solutions
Director Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning
York University and York Region District School Board
Toronto Ontario Canada
Highly successful
The Alabama Best Practices Center partnered with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on a statewide, multi-year project supported by Microsoft Partners in Learning. As our primary professional development provider, she was highly successful (both online and in person) in energizing a core group of teachers and principals to become leaders of 21st century learning in Alabama.
Cathy W. Gassenheimer
Executive Vice President for the Alabama Best Practices Center
A+ Education Partnership
I had the opportunity several years ago to work with Sheryl on a project in which she led more than 100 professional development webinars for teams of classroom teachers. She was brilliant. I’ve since participated in dozens of other online PD experiences and have never seen her equal at effectively using web tools to advance professional learning and produce genuine change in attitudes and actions.
John Norton
Education Writing & Virtual Community Development
Little Switzerland, NC
Vision, practical experience and a keen intellect
Sheryl’s infectious enthusiasm for education reform was a great addition to our recent coach “boot camp”. She brings vision, practical experience and a keen intellect to her work. We love working with Sheryl because she listens carefully and tailors her work to her clients’ needs.
Holly M. Jobe
Project Manager
21st Teaching and Learning with Technology
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Inspiring and amazing keynote
I just wanted to say that your closing keynote was an inspiring and amazing stamp on an excellent conference.  Your speech/presentation really hit home and summarized the two days of learning in a powerful and personal performance.
As a First Nations person, to hear you share of yourself and your own family and beliefs gave tremendous power to your words, and enabled me to connect to your ideas and examples in a way that very few, if any, public speakers do.  I want to thank you for not only sharing your wisdom and words, but for sharing a piece of yourself in your presentation.
I would absolutely LOVE for the district I work in to hear your message. I work on Six Nations reserve with mostly First Nation educators. I am contacting you primarily to thank you, but also with the hopes that somewhere down the line, the rest of my colleagues can share in the spirit that you brought to ECOO.
Joe Restoule General
Elementary School Teacher
Contagious passion
Meeting you in person at ECOO was a bit too brief for my liking. You have a passion for what you do that is contageous, and you demonstrated in your talk, that you truly listened to the people you met. You modeled the importance of ‘relationship’ in a way I’ve rarely seen a speaker do. It’s something I believe is at the heart of all learning, and we now have tools that keep the relationships percolating beyond face-to-face meetings.
Rodd Lucier
Komoka, Ontario, Canada
You rock!
Sheryl, you rock!  Your work with 21st century learning continues to influence my work. Not only do I learn more about technology from you than from any coursework I’ve taken, I also learn new things about professional learning communities.
Anne Jolly
Professional Learning Team consultant and STEM curriculum writer