Future Ready Schools Orange County Summit

June 20, 2015 Saddleback High School

Future Ready Schools Summit Orange County Summit

Are You Future Ready?

Future Ready Schools are committed to the ideals of Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency, and Inspiring Spaces.

Aquire the skills for the classroom of tomorrow

The Future Ready Schools Summit

The program includes one keynote presentation, engaging and informative breakout sessions, hands on workshops let by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers and a closing session. Session themes include:

  • Courageous Leadership
  • Empowered Teachers
  • Student Agency
  • Inspiring Learning Spaces
  • Resources, Devices, and Infrastructure
  • Moonshot Thinking and 10X Thinking
  • Student Ignite Projects (or 20% Projects)
  • Google Apps for Education,* iOS for Educators
  • And much more

All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Apple Distinguished Educators, or teachers with success stories from the Future Ready Schools community!

Open to attendees from around the globe, this summit offers unique and cost-effective advantages for all participants:

  • FREE Membership in the Future Ready Schools Community
  • Continental breakfast and lunch with networking time each day.
  • Direct access to world-class educational technology and school change leaders.


Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Participation for the general conference will be available after the conference. Please complete the following form and once attendance has been verified, a certificate will be emailed to you.

Graduate Credit

Graduate credit is available from Adams State College. Registration is available here. Each 1 hr credit costs $55 USD. Please use a credit card to register. Contact Christine Archer with EdTechTeam with any questions.

Contact Information

Event Coordinator

We are excited to announce the preliminary schedule

Check back often for details, including of session titles, descriptions, presenters and other fun events happening throughout the Summit.

Day One / June 20

  • 7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 9:30 Keynote
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Session 1
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Session 2
  • 12:30 - 1:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Session 3
  • 3:00 - 4:00 Session 4
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Design Sprint

Schedule Details

Example Sessions

Amplifying Student Voice through Social Media

Student Agency

Learn how to harness social media tools to amplify student voices and empower them to share their thinking with the world. In this session we will explore how to scaffold social media use and show students how to use it for good and not evil. From schoolwide movements to classroom-based activities for K-12, participants will walk away with ideas for all ages and situations.

Are You Future Ready?

Couragous Leadership

The problems our students will face are going to require big thinking and bold solutions. How can we transform our schools and classrooms into centers of design and creativity, and ensure that every student has the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to change the world?

Collaborative Learning for the 21st Century

Student Agency

21st century learning is collaborative, 24/7 and learner centered. To prepare students for the future we must design learning environments that engage them in powerful ways and extend learning beyond the classroom. In this session you will experience the collaborative potential of online platforms in a middle school environment. We will engage in a discussion of how to transition from technology as a resource to using technology as a social-cognitive tool

Creating a Ripple Effect of Empowered Teaching

Empowered Teachers

What does it mean to be an Empowered Teacher? Empowered teachers have visible passion, a desire to learn, they aim to be the solution, and take charge of their own professional development. Come to this session to discuss ways that you can take charge of your classroom and outcomes in this digital age of learning. We'll also discuss ways to use a PLN (personal learning network) for professional development and networking.

Creating Creators, not Consumers

Student Agency

Giving students the opportunity to reflect on their learning is imperative to help them to start thinking about thinking - metacognition.

Technology provides us with many unique opportunities to foster this in a natural and unique way. I will share strategies we have put in place at Singapore American School to ensure each student has the opportunity to develop these skills.

Cultivating a Culture of Excellence

Courageous Leadership

In this session, administrators will gain practical application strategies to help them grow into successful school principals. Hear first-hand how establishing meaningful relationships with all members of the school community is an essential component to making a positive impact on the culture of a school and maximizing student learning; including fostering a culture of excellence, working with students and staff to create a community of leaders, and infusing a sense of pride within the school community.

Curiousity-Based Learning

Student Agency

How do we help our students re-discover wonder? How do we teach them to ask “ungoogleable” questions and dig into curiosity? How does this apply to corecontent subjects and skill acquisition? In this interactive session, participants will work together to experience curiosity-based learning and dig into their inner child. The end result will be ideas to take back to their own learning environments and students!

Digital Science Notebooks

Student Agency

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize collaboration, technology and the scientific practices. To meet these new goals we need to change science learning environments, making learners active co-constructors of meaning and knowledge. In this session I will show how digital tools can help science teachers achieve these 21st century learning goals and promote the NGSS. We will look at specific examples of how to implement digital tools in a science classroom to design experiments, analyze data, and construct explanations.

What does effective technology integration look like?

Couragous Leadership

Experience examples of technology integration while exploring different Levels of Teaching Innovation (LoTi). How do you know if "21st Century Learning Skills" are integrated into to a learning environment? Learn how higher order thinking skills, engaged learning, authentic connections, and technology integration all can increase joy and passions in a classroom. This session will allow for deeper instructional conversations in respect to 21st century learning environments. The session will explore the LoTi framework mapped to the SAMR model with many classroom examples and time for you to "rate" your own learning activities.

Empowering our Digital Citizens: Embracing Social Media in our Schools

Couragous Leadership

This session will focus on how understanding the power of social media to build a conversation and crowd-source your school’s story can promote a positive school culture and amplify student voice. We will focus on the use of hashtags, collaborative blogs, and more.

Empowering Students to be Effective Contributors

Student Agency

Our students live in a connected and networked world. In order to be successful, they will need to understand how to effectively contribute and share their work - and in doing so hopefully find their voice and passion. In this session, we will look at why being a connected learner is important, and how to make sure students are sharing their work in purposeful and meaningful ways. Finally, we will look at how Digital Portfolios might provide the perfect place for students to begin their journey of sharing and connecting with others.

Leading a Future Ready School

Couragous Leadership

In this session we will explore the leadership focus that is required to build a school that is future ready. Ensuring teachers are empowered, students have agency, and creating inspiring spaces requires the right balance of innovation and a supportive culture. Learn how we are trying live up to the pillars of Future Ready Schools at East Leyden High School.

Learning to Game and Gaming to Learn

Student Agency

Learn how video games can engage and motivate students while providing a context for learning, opportunities for inquiry, and frameworks for collaboration. Learn the theory behind why "hard fun" makes for good games - and good learning. Experience it for yourself during a hands-on mobile gaming segment, and leave the session with inspiring ideas for using commercial off the shelf games with your own students... whatever your grade level or subject area. Most importantly, learn how your students (and their games) can help effect positive social change in the world.

Let the Students Lead the Way: Building a Student Innovation Team

Student Agency

Allow students to lead your classroom, school or district’s technology initiative. Build a team to advise, support and train teachers as they explore digital learning. In this session, learn how to start your own team, tips for getting started and how to adapt the idea to your own situation.

Living in Beta

Empowered Teachers

How would students define the culture of your classroom? How would you define the learning process for students? Does all learning culminate with an assessment or do students have the chance to improve on what they have learned? Living in Beta means that we allow students to participate in a process of learning, where failure is an expectation. World changing innovation happens when we give people freedom to fail, learn and relaunch. As teachers we are constantly Living in Beta and adapting to the needs of our students. We need to provide permissionless innovation and empower teachers and students to change the world one iteration at a time.

Make Algebra Visual with Media & Keynote

Student Agency

Rather than introducing the language of algebra to reveal the beauty of mathematics in our classrooms, we often teach fundamentals with the absence of context or connection to the real world.

The session presenter will introduce algebraic concepts such as perimeter and area and show how educators can create media-rich, real world problems in Keynote on a Mac to assist in making clear connections between the visual and algebraic representations of the mathematics around us.

Making Thinking Visible, Student Voice and Sharing Your Work

Student Agency

Looking to make sure you integrate technology successfully? It starts with a clear vision and a focus on these three components: Come learn the three factors that will purposefully transform teaching at your school and allow you to get a true glimpse into student learning and growth. Simple but extraordinarily powerful - you won’t want to miss this session.

Moving Beyond Genius Hour: All day choice and voice

Student Agency

Genius Hour and 20% time are great ways to give students the opportunity to make choices in their learning, but how can you make student agency more ubiquitous throughout your school day? How do you move beyond student choice “time” and make every minute student choice time? From ideas to get you started to planning time to make this a reality, this session will allow you to redesign your own classroom around student empowerment.

No More Worksheets

Student Agency

In this session we will explore ways to eliminate classroom worksheets and enhance classroom collaboration and student creativity.

Online communication with students and families

Empowered Teachers

In this hands-on session we will learn about how teachers create websites and use digital tools to communicate effectively with students and families. We will examine best practices and begin designing solutions for your own classrooms.

Online Student Publishing

Student Agency

Every student in your classroom already has a digital footprint. In this session we will explore how to use various apps and websites to create high-quality digital student portfolios. We will see examples from teachers and schools that have successfully launched portfolio projects and created safe environments for students publishing their work.

Passion Time: Student Directed Learning

Student Agency

Providing students with the opportunities to personalise their own learning is the best way to foster engagement and curiosity. Setting up a program such as passion time, 20% time or genius hour as it's commonly known can be daunting, but with a basic framework and plans for developing ideas and reflection it can be much easier than it may seem.

Let me share my experience setting this up in the elementary school at Singapore American School, including ideas for first steps, and and thoughts on how to extend the learning further.

Questions Not Answers

Student Agency

Up until now, school has been focused on getting the right answers on a test. In this session, we will examine the idea that students need to ask the right questions, not answer the questions right. From looking at how we can guide students to ask better questions to creating an environment that values failure and risk. We will look at the prevailing new learning models for learning and see how they can help us build a school culture of edupreneurs.

Reckless Creativity

Empowered Teachers

What world do we live in? Jim will walk us through the reckless and creative world we live in today. Join him in realizing the importance of taking time to explore and repurpose the tools that kids are using right now.

Resume of Failure - Take Better Risks

Empowered Teachers

In this session we will explore strategies for taking smart risks in the classroom. Teachers will workshop ideas for enhancing existing curriculum as well as designing brand new learning experiences for their students.

Sparking School-Wide Change

Couragous Leadership

Why do some schools have only pockets of excellence while others have almost complete staff buy in? In this session, we will examine what it takes to build a school tribe of innovators and change makers. Looking at examples from great schools from around the world, we will uncover what factors help create a mindset of growth and learn how to apply those in our own schools.

Striving for Excellence - Teacher Leadership

Empowered Teachers

The fundamental belief that everyone has the capacity to lead is vital in developing a climate for change. The distribution of leadership within a school is essential to ensure successful and sustainable reform. The belief that all staff members, given a vision, support, and training, have the capacity to lead is central to the presentation. Jimmy will share his expertise on strategies for selecting, developing, and growing teachers.

Student Reflection - Developing student metacognition

Student Agency

Giving students the opportunity to reflect on their learning is imperative to help them to start thinking about thinking - metacognition.

Technology provides us with many unique opportunities to foster this in a natural and unique way. I will share strategies we have put in place at Singapore American School to ensure each student has the opportunity to develop these skills.

Students as Beta Testers - Developing a Cutting Edge Mindset in your Classrooom

Student Agency

Using cutting edge technology can be exhilarating for students and give them access to powerful learning experiences. However, new technology can also be frustrating and a challenge as students must master new skills and competencies. In this session we will discuss the benefits and challenges of being an early adopter in the classroom. I will present specfiic examples from my work with students to guide the disussion. Developing the right attitude toward challenge and failure is critical to success with new technology and might be the most important take away for your students.

The Learning Environment Changed Everything

Empowered Teachers

Over the past few years I've been able to explore some amazing learning spaces and talk to the educators that teach in them. Let's look through some examples of inspiring learning spaces and begin to redesign our own!

The Student Help Desk

Student Agency

Students outnumber staff 10:1 in most schools but are often overlooked as a critical piece of successful technology integration rollouts. Learn how schools are tapping into savvy students to run Chromebooks Stops, Genius Bars, and Student Tech Teams while empowering, motivating and developing leadership skills in students. Instill lifelong learning by breaking down the top-down model and promoting student agency in your school community. Remember, the smartest person in the room is the room.

Tools Lead to Change

Couragous Leadership

We hear a lot of about the tool and often wonder how that fits into our teaching. When you understand how the tool works, you begin to understand how it can be used to transform the lessons you are already teaching and make a greater impact on your students.

Transforming Learning Through a Professional Learning Network

Couragous Leadership

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate the benefits of transforming the role of today’s educators from a traditional isolated learner to a connected learner through the use of Social Media tools and a Professional Learning Network. This session will reveal the positive impact of social media and enable participants to leave with new understandings and skills to become lead learners who transform learning spaces in today’s wide open world to impact student learning and establish a brand presence that extends far beyond the walls of the school community.

What Connected Educators Do Differently

Empowered Teachers

Learn how one twenty-one year veteran principal made a conscientious decision to set a personal goal for himself to become more of a connected learner through the use of social media tools in order to grow a more meaningful network, expand his knowledge of available resources to share with his team and staff, and to gain greater insight on educational topics in order to be able to teach others. By doing so, it has opened up other opportunities to explore and develop as an educator and as a leader.

What Did You Create Today?

Student Agency

How do you give your students more opportunities to create? What are some free tools to tinker, create and innovate within core subjects like Math, Reading, Science and History? In this hands-on session, participants will embark in challenges to create and play with various free creation tools.

Words connect worlds

Empowered Teachers

Language is our most powerful tool. Change just one word and you can change everything. Let's explore just how important the language of contemporary classrooms is for students and teachers. Let's start to leverage the power of our language in order to redesign education for all learners.

Future Ready Schools Summit Presenters

The Future Ready Schools Summit brings together world-class educational technology leaders and school innovators. All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Apple Distinguished Educators, or teachers with success stories from the Future Ready Schools community!

  • Jason Markey

    East Leyden H.S.

  • Kyle Pace

    Instructional Technology Specialist

  • David Jakes

    Inspiring Spaces

  • Mark Wagner

    Spotlight Speaker

  • Amy Fadeji

    Penngrove Elem.


Principal - East Leyden High School

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 as 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.

Instructional Technology Specialist
Kansas City, Missouri

Kyle Pace, an Instructional Technology Specialist, has worked with K-12 teachers in his current school district to provide instructional technology professional development since 2004 with prior experience in the elementary classroom. Kyle currently holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Kyle champions to support teaching and learning with meaningful technology integration using a multitude of technologies. Kyle is a keynote speaker and presenter at education conferences and individual school districts around North America. Kyle has also organized all five annual EdcampKC “unconferences” since 2010. As part of his ongoing commitment to professional growth, Kyle is also a Google Certified Teacher. In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees in Washington, D.C. to receive recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Kyle has a strong passion for sharing with teachers, administrators, students, and parents about the impact that educational technology can have on adult and student learning. Find Kyle on Twitter @kylepace and his blog can be found at kylepace.com.

Inspiring Spaces

A recognized leader in the educational technology field, David Jakes focuses on the increased need to develop agile, 21st Century, personalized, and digitally-enhanced learning environments. Based in Chicago, David works with the architectural firm of CannonDesign where he is a Digital Designer and Strategist for The Third Teacher+ and CannonDesign’s K-12 education practice.

David’s thought leadership encompasses digital storytelling, cloud-based learning environments and their relationship to physical learning spaces, mobile learning, the use and impact of social media in education and how organizations engage in change and improvement. Before his current position with Cannon, David spent almost three decades in education as a teacher, technologist, administrator, designer and storyteller. David is a frequent presenter at national and international educational technology conferences where he speaks about the power and promise of a new expedition for learning, and the roles that all educators have in shaping that journey.

Spotlight Speaker

Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2011. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organizations that provide educational products and services.

Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments.

Principal - Penngrove Elem.

Amy Fadeji is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. In her third year as principal, she has found herself reaching out to educators across the country to build a growing network of innovative and inspiring colleagues. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later the University of Southern Mississippi, Amy taught second and third grades for seven years in Mobile, Alabama and San Anselmo, California before launching her career in administration. Amy is passionate about supporting teachers, modeling and encouraging risk-taking, and collaborating with other educators in her community. You can follow Amy on Twitter (@mrsfadeji) or read her latest blog post at mrsfadeji.blogspot.com.

Saddleback High School

Located in the southwestern part of the city of Santa Ana, Saddleback High School is one of six comprehensive high schools within the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).


Saddleback High School

Located in the southwestern part of the city of Santa Ana, Saddleback High School is one of six comprehensive high schools within the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). Since the school’s origin in the late 1960s, several Saddleback graduates have become distinguished in sports, arts and entertainment, and radio.

SAUSD is the seventh largest district in the state, with nearly 54,000 students in grades K-12. SAUSD schools have received California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, California Model School, Title I Academic Achieving Schools and Governor’s Higher Expectations awards in honor of their outstanding programs. In addition, 19 schools have received the Golden Bell Award since 1990.

Santa Ana is located in Orange County California, adjacent to the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles away from the California coast. Founded in 1869, the city has a total area of 27.5 square miles. The core of the city is the downtown area, which contains retail and housing, as well as the Santa Ana Civic Center. North of downtown is the “Midtown” district along Main St., home to entertainment destinations such as the Bowers Museum, Main Place Mall, and the Discovery Science Center. Near the intersection of the Santa Ana Freeway and the Costa Mesa Freeway is the newly designated “Metro East” area. Also on the east side of the city is the Santa Ana Zoo. The south end of the city is part of the South Coast Metro area, which is shared with the city of Costa Mesa, and includes South Coast Plaza, a major shopping center.

Travel Information

Air Travel

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Driving Directions from John Wayne Airport to Saddleback High School. - Exit airport by taking MacArthur Blvd left (East).
- Left on Main Street - Left on Sunflower Ave. - Right on Flower Street to Saddleback H.S.

Driving Directions

From the North - Take 405 South - To 55 North - Exit Dyer Road (Left on Dyer) - Saddleback H.S. is on the corner of Dyer and Flower.

From the South - Take 405 North - To 55 North - Exit Dyer Road (Left on Dyer) - Saddleback H.S. is on the corner of Dyer and Flower.

Contact Information

Event Coordinator

Register below to join us for the Future Ready Schools Orange County Summit

at Saddleback High School on June 20, 2015.

Future Ready Schools are committed to the ideals of Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency, and Inspiring Spaces.

Group rates are now available online!

For group registrations by check or bank transfer, custom invoices, or complimentary VIP registration, please contact the Events Coordinator at events@edtechteam.com

Cancellation Policy

All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.

Thank You To Our Annual Sponsors!

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

Should you have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Chris Craft at chris.craft@edtechteam.com.


A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Should you have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Chris Craft at [email protected].

Standard Level ($1000 USD)

  • Table space
  • 1 registered attendee
  • Logo/URL listed on website and any print materials

Gold Level ($3000 USD)

  • Priority exhibitor placement
  • 2 registered attendee
  • Opportunity to present a concurrent session
  • Logo/URL listed on website and any print materials

Platinum Level ($5000 - $10,000 USD)

  • All benefits accorded to the Standard and Gold levels
  • Logo/URL prominently displayed on website and all print materials
  • Opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor a meal, special event, or other custom consideration

Annual Sponsorship ($30,000 USD)

  • All benefits accorded to the Standard and Gold levels (See above)
  • Gold Level Sponsorship at all other Future Ready Schools Summits produced by EdTechTeam over the next 12 months (or at least 12 summits even if more than 12 months pass)


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