NEXT 2018 Keynote Speakers


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Kecia Ray



Keynote topic: Expectations for schools and districts today are exponentially higher than they have ever been before, and the general public has a drive-through mentality with these expectations. They expect a strategy like personalized learning to be implemented today and show academic gains tomorrow. Although we know this is a challenge, how can we help manage the expectations within your community and district. Finding the right partners, building the right infrastructure, designing rich learning environments and creating a culture that supports professional development and continuous improvement are key facets to communicating the right message and supporting your students well into their future!

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Catlin Tucker


Teacher, International Trainer, Keynote Speaker & Bestselling Author

Keynote topic: Technology is radically changing the way our students communicate, collaborate, connect, and create. The rise in online tools, increasing availability of mobile devices, and limitless amounts of information are having a profound impact on education. Join teacher and author Catlin Tucker as she shares how she transformed her low-tech classroom using blended learning models to engage students, personalize learning, encourage autonomy, spark creativity, and connect students to an authentic audience. She will share creative strategies and examples of student work to highlight how she is leveraging the power of technology to place students at the center of learning.

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Joel Hames

VP Product, Schoology

About Joel: Joel Hames leads Schoology’s product team, which includes product management and design. He is a veteran product leader who has delivered high quality, thoughtful, and impactful education software. Prior to joining Schoology, he was VP of Product for both PowerSchool and SunGard K-12, where he led teams focused on developing best-in-class SIS, ERP, analytics, and related education software platforms. Before becoming a product leader, he spent over 16 years as an education technology leader in K-12 school districts, with a focus on the impact of technology in the classroom.


Jeremy Friedman


CEO, Schoology

About Jeremy: Jeremy Friedman is CEO and Co-Founder of Schoology. Jeremy creates and leads the execution of Schoology's strategy for advancing what is possible in education. He has guided the company through five consecutive years of triple-digit growth. Today, Schoology is the leading learning management solution serving over one thousand enterprise clients and used by over 20 million students, educators, advisors, and parents worldwide. He is a recognized education technology thought leader and frequently sought speaker at industry events. 


Kellie Ady

Director of Instructional Strategy, Schoology

About Kellie: Kellie Ady spent 25 years in public education before joining Schoology in 2016 as Director of Instructional Strategy. In her current role, she works with districts across the country to implement digital learning initiatives. As an educator, she spent the first half of her career as a high school English teacher in Denver Public Schools before becoming a technology coordinator at both the school and district levels in the neighboring Cherry Creek School District. Kellie has presented nationally at conferences including ISTE, CoSN, Learning Forward, and Schoology NEXT.