Jeff Mao’s influence extends far beyond any one state, though he’s made pivotal contributions to educational technology and digital learning in Maine, Nevada and Utah, to name a few. Mao, the senior director for education at nonprofit Common Sense Education, has most recently dedicated his time to the Future Ready Schools initiative, which works with K-12 school leaders to develop and implement personalized digital learning plans that will benefit all students.
Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College in Needham MA, and the author of Think Python, Think Bayes, Think Stats and several other books related to computer science and data science. Previously he taught at Wellesley College and Colby College, and in 2009 he was a Visiting Scientist at Google, Inc. He has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT. He writes a blog about Bayesian statistics and related topics called Probably Overthinking It. Several of his books are published by O’Reilly Media and all are available under free licenses from Green Tea Press.
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is an Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. The Teaching Systems Lab investigates the complex, technology-rich classrooms of the future and the systems that we need to help educators thrive in those settings. He is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.