Join us for the first Downingtown Educational Technology Conference!

by Matt Friedman, DASD Chief Academic Officer

The Downingtown Area School District is proudly hosting the first annual Downingtown Educational Technology Conference (DETC) on Saturday, November 12th at the Downingtown STEM Academy from 8 AM- 3:30 PM.

This conference is going to feature multiple nationally known speakers and presenters in the world of educational technology along with many local presenters from not only our own district but teachers and administrators from across the tri-state area.  This day is guaranteed to have something of interest for everyone in attendance.

Register here!

Here are just a few of the great presenters:

tom murray.jpgOur opening keynote will be given by Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC.

He has testified before the United States Congress and works with state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning. Murray was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA and was named the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences at the 2015 Bammy Awards.


aaron-samsAaron Sams operates the education consulting firm Sams Learning Designs, is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Vincent College, and serves as an advisor to TED-Ed. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching while teaching Chemistry in Woodland Park, CO and serving as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee. Aaron has co-authored seven books on the Flipped Classroom concept.


dayna-laurDayna Laur is a twice Nationally Board Certified teacher.  Her nearly 20 years of educational experience began in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher where she taught AP classes and in special education co-taught environments. During her classroom tenure, she received numerous awards including Civics Teacher of the Year. Dayna is the author of Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to PBL.


Dr. Trisha Craig is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Fort Cherry School District where she has implemented STEAM and computational thinking programming in grades K-12.  She has also helped to remake a number of spaces in the district, including makerspaces, a fabrication lab, production greenhouse, and an outdoor classroom.


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