Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST , a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences and co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE), and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go, an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast, which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed here. His latest book, The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, has just been published.
Karey lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and campfires. She is passionate about bringing meaningful learning opportunities to her community. She loves her job because she gets to collaborate with staff and students to provide valuable lessons that instill a love for learning. She has the wonderful opportunity to help students see themselves as explorers, makers, inventors, and solution finders during makerspace time. One tool that has revolutionized the way she teaches is Skype in the classroom. She invites experts from around the world to share their experiences with curious students. She is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Fellow, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Nearpod PioNear, Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee Board Member, PAECT Regional Assistant Director, recipient of the 2017 ISTE Librarian Award and the 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Milton Area School District.
Craig Martin, 2018 National Distinguished Principal and Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year and 2009 Boston Public Schools’ Educator of the Year, currently serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, MA. In six years as Proud Principal of the Michael J. Perkins School, with strategic professional development, partnerships, and investments in socio-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, trauma-informed practices, mindfulness, 21st Century technology skills development, blended learning, and social media presence, the Michael J. Perkins’ School student achievement has improved over 320% leading to reversals in achievement gaps among English Language Learners and Latino American Learners, a 50% reduction in suspensions, a 25% decline in chronic absenteeism all while being named a 2019 Semi-Finalist for the Edvestors’ School on the Move Prize. Craig is the founder of the Brown Boys of Boston EdCamp, an educational Think Tank of best practices and approaches to how we educate, elevate, and empower our African American and Latino American male youth to their genius potential. Additionally, he served as Co-President of the Boston K8 Principals Association; Founder of the School Leaders of Color Think Tank; and Founder of the Brown Boys Network. Craig holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Dillard University and a M. Ed in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.
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