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Equity, Distribution, and Access for All Learners in a COVID-19 Landscape

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Julie Carter
GreyED Solutions, Co-Founder & CEO

Julie Carter Ed.D, GreyED’s Co-Founder/CEO, has worked in education for over two decades, the first 15 of which were spent in public education. She began her career as a classroom teacher before becoming Executive Director of Technology for the Minnetonka Public Schools. During her tenure there, she supervised one of the nation’s best 1:1 computing efforts, earning recognition from the Apple Distinguished Educator Program and National School Board Association. Dr. Carter was also named as Tech & Learning’s Leader of the Year in 2010 for her innovative use of technology and as one of 20 to Watch by the National School Board Association that same year. She co-founded Grey ED Solutions in 2014 to support districts and educational technology providers on their journeys towards using technology to impact educators and students favorably. Dr. Carter has successfully worked with school districts and educational technology providers around the country on product design and development with a focus on learner impact.

Penny Pease
Mounds View Public Schools, Director of Technology

Penny Pease is the Director of Technology for the Mounds View (MN) Public Schools since 2019 where she works with a team of 28 district-wide and building-level technology staff. Prior to that she was the Technology Coordinator in the Orono (MN) Public Schools for 8 years. She received her CETL (Certified Education Technology Leader) certification from CoSN in 2016. Prior to her technology leadership roles Ms. Pease was a classroom teacher in the Orono Public Schools for 14 years then served as the district’s first technology integrationist for six years. She has an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of St. Thomas, a Masters of Education degree in Business Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Cory Klinge
Richfield Public Schools, Director of Technology

Cory Klinge has 20 years of education and technology experience. He is the Director of Technology in Richfield, MN. Cory earned his MA at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his Ed.S. at Concordia University in St Paul, MN. Cory is a former American & World History teacher, and is now a Google Certified Trainer, a Google Educator, a Schoology Ambassador, a Nearpod PioNear, and a regular presenter at state-level educational technology conferences. Cory is married to an educator and is a proud father of 2.

Lisa deRoy
GreyEd Solutions, Chief Learning Officer

Lisa deRoy, Chief Learning Officer, has worked with thousands of educators and PK12 leadership helping to ensure that  technology is meaningful and purposeful for learners and practitioners alike. Lisa has worked in public school systems and the private sector, always with an emphasis on impacting student outcomes via technology and  best practice implementations. Highlights of her career include consulting with multiple Ministries of Education and State Departments of Education on curriculum projects and large and rapid technology implementations. Lisa has also engaged with dozens of Education Service Agencies across the U.S. in regards to best practice pilots, acting on data and integrating the use of technology into daily practice. As GreyED’s Chief Learning Officer, Lisa serves as part of the leadership team. We guide school districts in the areas of IT Governance as well as Learning and Technology. We also work with digital solution providers to help find their footing in the K12 landscape.

Anthony Padrnos
Osseo Area Schools (ISD279), Executive Director of Technology

Anthony is an innovative educator pushing the boundaries for how technology can redefine education. He has been in public education for over 10 years as teacher, digital learning coach, and administrator. Anthony has a B.A.S. in Mathematics Education with a certificate in educational computing and technology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He earned a M.A. in Education and Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. His master's thesis and research was on educational technology and its' effects on student performance in the multicultural mathematics classroom. His Ed.S. thesis and research was on the effectiveness of a flipped instructional model in the mathematics classroom.


Understand the challenges facing local school districts and the various strategies that have been used to continue teaching and learning in these unprecedented times. Learn how a panel of district tech leaders have focused on equity and access and how technology needs fluctuate between remote to hybrid instruction. What are districts’ greatest priorities for the upcoming school year, and how can solution providers ease the burden to better ensure equity and access for all families? Listen to their shared advice for vendor partners and solution providers. Ask questions to better grasp the complexities in K12 during these COVID-19 times.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.