Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. Audiences enjoy Alan's humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America. Alan was named one of the nation's fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators. Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and international participants. Visit http://novemberlearning.com/blc for more details.
Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School District Superintendent-Director, has been named Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators, ARAMARK Education and the ING Foundations. This honor is given to superintendents who lead learning in their districts, who have strength in both personal and organizational communication, who illustrate improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, and who participate in local community activities as well as understand regional, national and international issues.There were 49 recipients across the county as well as Canadian and international winners. An administrator for more than 40 years, Fitzpatrick has been superintendent-director of Valley Tech for 16 years. Previously, he was director for the Center for Vocational Technical Education at Fitchburg State College for four years, the director of statewide curriculum projects at Westfield State College and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District for three years, statewide conference coordinator for vocational-technical leadership personnel at Fitchburg State College and Westfield State College for 13 years and assistant superintendent at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School District in Palmer for 13 years. Dr. Fitzpatrick earned his doctorate in education administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1981. As an Education Professional Development Act fellow, he earned his master's from Westfield State College as well as his bachelor's in education. At Westfield State, Fitzpatrick played varsity basketball and advanced several youth athletic programs within the city. Fitzpatrick is the president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, he is on the governing board for the American Association of School Administrators, the executive board of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, and on the board of directors of the New England School Development Council.
Carol Woodbury, the Superintendent for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, has worked in public education for over twenty years with teaching experience in early childhood through high school levels and in both general and special education. For the last five years she has been the Superintendent for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. In 2004, while serving as Superintendent of the Monson Public Schools, she received the New England League of Middle Schools' Superintendent Award.
Kenneth Jenks, the Principal of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, a 1981 graduate of U-Mass, Amherst. Kenneth spent three years as a substitute teacher in the Amherst schools before joining the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School faculty as a history teacher in 1984. Kenneth began as principal of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 1999.