K20Connect is a certified women owned network of independent consultants who are proven leaders in the education market. Each consultant owns and operates an independent consulting business but we collaborate on projects through K20Connect that provide our clients the greatest benefit of our collective knowledge, leadership, and experience.
I’m Dr. Kecia Ray
Kecia is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K12 transformation. She is recognized globally as a leader in technology, learning, and leading.
Her career includes leadership in higher education, museum education, and K12 education. Her research in technology literacy redefined the way Technology Literacy courses are offered in universities and her work in Nashville was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a turnaround model. She is recognized as a top influencer in education and an award-winning leader of transformation in urban districts. Her expertise is in technology, transformation, strategic planning and budgeting, and executive coaching.
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Along with experience at both federal and state levels, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Center for Digital Education, worked for a government relations firm in Arlington, VA and heavily worked on federal and state education policy at iNACOL, where she wrote published reports to move the field forward with innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.
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I’m Susan Gentz
Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and Legislative Aide in the Iowa House of Representatives.
I’m Dr. Julene Reed
Julene Reed is an international consultant, presenter, researcher, instructional designer, author, and educator with over twenty–five years of experience in K-20 education.
Julene is a recognized leader in professional development and coaching. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, Adobe Certified Educator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator and Trainer to name a few. Julene also directed a series of presentations in conjunction with UNESCO, INEE, and UNHDR at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week in Paris, France. Additionally, Julene has worked on several initiatives with Digital Promise, Apple Education, Microsoft Education, Google Education, and Verizon Innovative Learning.
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I’m Dr. Hope Dugan
Hope holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on digital learning and is a consultant, coach, researcher, digital learning innovator, and educator.
Her 25 years plus of experience have been spent supporting schools and districts and empowering educators to solve complex problems through a collaborative approach, innovative thinking, and evidence-based practices. Her work includes designing a virtual school for Charlotte - Mecklenberg School District which was one of the first district virtual schools in the state as well as learning space redesign that emphasizes collaboration and content creation. In her spare time, Hope is an adjunct professor at Wingate University and a William C. Friday Human Relations Fellow.
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I’m Mallika Stubbs
Mallika Stubbs is a veteran educator who is committed to the empowerment of helping others through coaching.
She has spent more than 20 years working with diverse groups of student and adult learners in Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, North, and South Carolina. Mallika is a CTA (Coach Training Alliance) certified coach with a proven track record of increasing student outcomes, supporting schools and districts on their transformation journey.
Mallika holds a Masters in Educational Administration (M.Ed.) from Cleveland State University and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University. Her doctoral work focuses on the impact of identified coaching models that would be critical in guiding teachers and principals to become transformational leaders.
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I’m Dr. Ann Flynn
Ann is a recognized expert in K12 education leadership and local policy development.
Ann provides research, planning, and event management to education companies and non-profit organizations as CEO of Flynn Strategies, LLC. For 27 years, K-12 education and district leadership were her focus as Director of Education Innovation for the National School Boards Association. She established NSBA’s “20 to Watch” for emerging ed-tech leaders and the Technology Innovation Showcase for start-up firms; hosted more than 75 school district site visits; conducted management audits; developed online courses; directed the T+L Conference and represented the association at global gatherings including WISE in Doha, Qatar. She is a published author and continues to serve on NCTET as a past Chair for the organization.
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Hi there, I'm Dr. Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers is considered one of today's most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. It is fair to say when she speaks, she leaves no room unchanged.
She has been praised by leaders in business, the military, and administrators of schools of every level from elementary to graduate, around the globe for the life-changing, world-changing impact she has had on the hundreds of thousands of lives with whom she has reached her message of Mattering.
Most recently, she has been named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Edupreneurs to Watch; by IBM as one of the Top 20 Global Influencers, among the Top 100 Women in Technology by Onalytics, and among the Top 20 Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd. She is the author of 9 books on education, including the noted Genius Matters and Classroom Habitudes, and was a prolific contributor to the Huffington Post on innovation, technology, and education for many years.
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I’m Gretchen Osodipe
Gretchen is a skilled educator, facilitator, and coach who specializes in helping parents and caregivers enhance learning for the children in their lives.
She has 19 years of experience teaching and consulting from PK to college and has worked with teachers, and school and system leaders across the country. As the founder of Co-Teach, Gretchen and a growing team of educators work directly with caregivers and families, as well as with the organizations that employ them, and the schools and districts serving families, providing training and coaching. From collaborating with a large district to create at-home learning guides to close the gap between school and home, to school-level strategy around parent engagement, to connecting parents with educators and resources for just-in-time personalized support, Gretchen is committed to ensuring that all families receive the customized support they need and deserve to meet the needs of their magnificent learners.
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I’m Dr. Frances Gipson
Frances Marie Gipson is a clinical associate professor of education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and also serves as director of the Urban Leadership program.
Most recently, Frances served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for the second-largest school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As a leader of leaders, she oversaw the instructional plan and capacity building for more than 600,000 students in preschool through adult school programs – across over 20 departments. She is an experienced teacher leader, coach, district administrator, principal and superintendent. Her leadership has been recognized in both theory and action with numerous awards such as Distinguished Alumni, Urban Leadership Award, AALA President’s Award, and the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers. Gipson believes in a student-centered approach that she calls “Team Kid” leadership to design a system of supports that amplifies voice, agency, and adaptivity.
I’m Dr. Linda Chen
Linda is a known systems leader who is also recognized for her expertise in professional learning and coaching.
Linda serves as the Senior Deputy Superintendent of Academics in Boston Public Schools. Prior to joining BPS, she served as Chief Academic Officer for New York City Department of Education. Linda was Vice President for Engagement and Implementation at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Before that, Linda served as Chief Academic Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Boston Public Schools, and Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning in the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to her leadership roles in Philadelphia, Linda served as principal, literacy supervisor, staff developer, and teacher in New York City. She began her career as a teacher in Seattle Public Schools.
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I’m Jessica Johnson
Jessica is an exceptional leader with a combination of excellence in strategy, content knowledge, ground-level execution, and talent cultivation
Jessica is a nationally recognized leader with a track record of excellence in strategy, systemic change, ground-level execution, and talent cultivation. Her areas of expertise include connecting research and practice, scaling effective practices and services, school turnaround and transformation, implementation science, and digital learning. Her career includes supporting statewide improvement initiatives including Mississippi Connects, a 1-1 digital learning initiative, and design and oversight of the Illinois Center for School Improvement, a statewide system of support for low performing schools. She recently served as Senior Vice President for Policy, Practice, and Systems Change at the American Institutes for Research, where she oversaw a portfolio including early childhood, human services, K-12 education, workforce, health, and international development.
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I’m Dr. Donna Wright
Donna is a former superintendent and expert in curriculum and instruction design as well as leadership coaching.
Donna has more than 40 years of experience in education. She has served as superintendent for the past 10 years and is now supporting new superintendents through coaching and advising roles. She led Wilson County Schools in Tennessee, which became one of the highest academically performing district in the state during her tenure. Her district implemented some of the first innovative technology programs across the state of Tennessee and was recognized nationally for tech-supported teaching and learning initiatives. Donna has been recognized three times as superintendent of the year.
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