Andrew Marcinek

Andrew Marcinek is currently the Chief Information Officer at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA. Prior to his role at Worcester Academy, Andrew served as the first Chief Open Education Advisor for the US Department of Education. As Open Education Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education, Andrew focused on expanding and accelerating the adoption of open education policies within the Department, encouraged the expansion of such policies across the federal government and supported initiatives that dramatically increased the curation and sharing of open educational materials by educators throughout the country. As part of this campaign, Andrew organized a White House event that brought together EdTech companies, district and state leaders, and nonprofits. This event helped launch a national movement called #GoOpen that supported PreK-12 school districts in the expansion of implementing openly-licensed educational materials, the development of better discovery and curation tools from Amazon, Microsoft, and Edmodo, and guidance for strategic planning and sustainability.  

Andrew previously served as the Director of Technology for Grafton Public Schools,  Groton-Dunstable Regional School District and taught English Literature at several public high schools in Philadelphia. Additionally, he served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Burlington High School and helped lead one of the first large scale 1:1 iPad initiatives in the country. This work was recognized globally by Apple and awarded Burlington High School with the Apple Distinguished School award in 2012. Andrew designed and taught one of the first student-led technology help desks, which became a blueprint for districts across the country. The “Help Desk” course provided students with leadership opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, opportunities to connect with technology developers and be active participants in their learning. Andrew published his first book in 2014 with Corwin Press, The 1:1 Roadmap: Setting the course for innovation in education and his second book.  

Andrew received his M.Ed from Eastern University and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Miami, FL. And, he is dedicated Philadelphia Eagles fan.  

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