Tame the Sea: Evaluating and Streamlining the Flood of Edtech Resources

Perspectives Event Series

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Guests: Erin Mote
and Paul Johansen

The expansion of tech tools must come with an understanding of how they impact a district’s technology ecosystem. From interoperability to data management and data security, it is imperative that we build awareness, understand the risks and benefits, and ask the right questions.

In this event, we:

  • ​ Discuss why schools must manage their technology ecosystem 
  • ​ Explore interoperability and develop shared understanding about what it means and how it supports efficiency, accuracy, and reduces redundancy in school data 
  • Understand what questions to ask technology providers to ensure schools are making the best choices to protect student data    
  • ​ Consider how interoperability supports the purpose of school 

Live attendees received an Attendance Certificate that may be used toward CEUs.

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Erin Mote
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Unicorn

Erin Mote is the Executive Director of InnovateEDU and co-founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB). She leads InnovateEDU and its major projects including the development of Cortex, work on data interoperability, an urban education fellowship to diversify the teacher pipeline, and supports for LAB's growth. Her work spans private sector collaborations and groundbreaking initiatives with Intel, Cisco, Google, and Mozilla, as well as work with leading US government technology partnerships. Erin served as the founding Chief of Party for the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance and has worked on numerous projects with the US Department of State and the White House.  

Paul Johansen
Chief Technology Officer, Edmentum 

Paul joined the Edmentum team in December of 2009 as Chief Architect, overseeing all software development, architecture and data center operations. As Chief Architect, he led a team in launching the company’s first SaaS offering, allowing development to expand and progress its ability to react to the needs of today’s ever-changing educational landscape. In early 2012, Paul joined the Edmentum executive leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Edmentum, Paul focused on software architecture and software engineering leadership – consulting with large organizations like Microsoft. He also served as Chief Architect at Midwest Wireless and led a global development team at Deloitte.

Outside of his role at Edmentum, Paul is a member of the SciMathMN Standards and Frameworks committee which advises on the science and math standards used in Minnesota. He also serves on the IMS Global LTI Product Steering Committee, on the Carnegie Mellon METALS Program Review committee, and has participated in advisory sessions for industry companies and organizations like Clever, Project Unicorn and Digital Promise. Paul holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BBA. from University of Minnesota Duluth.

Jen Perry
Edmentum, Director of Whole Learner & SEL

Jen Perry joined Edmentum as the Learning Designer for Social Emotional Learning after 30+ years of work with youth in educational and community settings. As a teacher, administrator, and trainer, her passion has been to help educators develop an understanding of the importance of social emotional learning and build trauma-informed responses and systems. This work has included supporting youth, administrators, and schools in understanding behavior and implementing transformational change through strength-based approaches.

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