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Thursday, August 23 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Special CEM Event--State-Level Online Communities: Challenges & Opportunities

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Creating state-level online communities of practice for educators affords unique challenges and unique opportunities. This special CEM webinar will bring together Jose Ortega & Jon Knolle of California's Brokers of Expertise, Cathy Gassenheimer & John Norton of the Alabama Best Practices Center, Robin Nelson, Director of Instructional Services for the AL State Department of Education, and John Keller of Indiana's Learning Connection to share and discuss their experiences. Tom de Boor of Connected Educators and Grunwald Associates moderates.

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Cathy Gassenheimer

Executive Vice President of the Alabama Best Practices Center
Cathy is the Executive Vice President of the Alabama Best Practices Center, a division of the A+ Education Partnership (www.bestpracticescenter.org). She currently serves on the Learning Forward’s (formerly National Staff Development Council) Conference Content Planning Committee, the Governor’s Commission on Quality Teaching, and the Governor’s Conference on School Leadership. She also serves on the Board of the Montgomery... Read More →
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John Keller

John Keller currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Technology for the Indiana Department of Education. John oversees Indiana’s eLearning team as well as the internal IT functions (Digital Media, Application Development, Infrastructure and Support) of the agency. John has played a leading role in the development of Indiana’s Learning Connection, a state portal that provides educators with access to student... Read More →
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Jon Knolle

Jon Knolle works at Butte County Office of Education's Center for the Advancement of Digital Resources in Education (CADRE). Jon has helped lead the development, implementation, and outreach of state-wide education initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap-including the online communities Brokers of Expertise (www.myboe.org) and CTE Online (www.cteonline.org). Jon also serves as a faculty member in the Communication Design... Read More →
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Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is currently the Program Coordinator for Instructional Services at the Alabama State Department of Education which includes the Instructional Partners Pilot; Advanced Placement; Making Middle Grades Work; High Schools that Work; College and Career Standards Rollout; Response to Instruction; Grants, Awards,  and Competitions; Regional Planning Team Facilitation; and Library Media.  Previously she served eight years... Read More →
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John Norton

John Croft Norton is an education writer/editor & consultant. He's the founder of MiddleWeb.com and its online community of middle grades educators. John also co-founded the national Teacher Leaders Network. He lives in Little Switzerland NC and works with Powerful Learning Practice and the Alabama Best Practices Center to help educators reach national audiences with their expert voices, via social media. A former journalist, he was vice... Read More →
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Jose Ortega

Jose Ortega is the Education Technology Director for the State of California.  He has over 26 years in the area of education and education administration, with the last 10 plus years working for the California Department of Education, and is responsible for the state's popular online community for educators portal, Brokers of Expertise.


Thursday August 23, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm