Presentation Topics

Below is a list of possible presentations I can give to organizations. This list is just meant to give you an idea of the flavor of my work. Basically I can give presentations or conduct workshops on almost anything related to K-12 technology leadership, technology issues for postsecondary faculty, school law, and/or data-driven decision-making. I’ve also been asked to give some presentations recently to small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments regarding social media and marketing. Please contact me if you have any questions about these presentations.

Technology leadership

  • Leadership for 21st century schools
  • Designing schools for a digital, global era (3 big shifts toward cognitive complexity, digital, and student agency)
  • Effective leadership in an era of disruptive innovation
  • The future of teaching and learning
  • The future of assessment
  • What does effective technology integration look like?
  • Policy (re)alignment: Are your policies (and local decision-making) getting in the way of your progress?
  • Cyberbullying: Are principals’ hands tied? (or any other legal issue related to digital technologies)
  • The potential of the social Web for K-12 education
  • Rethinking video games
  • The potential of blogs for instructional and administrative practice
  • Overcoming our fear of digital technologies
  • Helping students create effective online presences
  • Enabling student voice and agency
  • Enhancing administrator communication with new technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc.)
  • Utilizing new technologies for effective staff development
  • Facilitating effective classroom technology usage by students and teachers
  • and many more…


  • The information society is here: Are universities up to the task?
  • The potential of the social Web for postsecondary instructors
  • Innovative instructional uses of technology in higher education
  • Scholarship 2.0: Utilizing new media to enhance scholarship and visibility
  • Bad academic PowerPoint: How to be a more effective presenter

Social media and marketing

  • Enhancing your online presence: Making social media work for you
  • Social media marketing for small businesses, nonprofits, and/or local governments

School law

  • Digital technologies and the law (basically anything in this area)
  • Student discipline (due process, school rules, suspension/expulsion, zero tolerance, corporal punishment)
  • Basic student rights (speech, expression, cyberbullying, dress, press)
  • Search and seizure (student searches, dogs/metal detectors, drug testing, employee searches)
  • Employee discipline (due process, contracts, termination)
  • Basic employee rights (speech, expression, dress, association, privacy)
  • Discrimination and equity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual harassment, disability, age, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Curriculum and censorship (curricular challenges, health/sex education, academic freedom, censorship, copyright)
  • Tort liability (intentional torts, recklessness, negligence, defamation, civil rights liability, child abuse reporting)
  • School records and data confidentiality (access to records, sunshine laws, FERPA/FOIA,
  • Religion (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, teaching evolution, school prayer, use of facilities, accommodation of religion, aid to parochial schools)
  • and many more…

Data-driven decision-making [I rarely do these anymore]

  • Effective data-driven leadership
  • Technology tools for aligned assessment
  • The importance of formative assessment
  • Creating effective SMART goals
  • Establishing effective professional learning communities (PLCs)
  • Data safety and trust: Essential preconditions for employees’ data-driven practice
  • Transparent data-driven school organizations
  • Barriers to effective data-driven education
  • Giving educators control over their raw data (this hands-on Excel training session is extremely popular!)
  • What we learned from the Minnesota Statewide Data-Driven Decision-Making Surveys (over 4,200 teachers, principals, superintendents, and district technology coordinators!)
  • Beyond DDDM: What might 21st century assessment look like?
  • and many more…

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