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Presented by MACUL, Google and CDW-G

August 9-10, 2016

Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI

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Mark Smith (Tentative )

Mark Smith, serves as the Executive Director of MACUL, which is a premier affiliate of ISTE and an educational non-profit committed to igniting learning through innovation and collaboration across all levels of education.

Smith, oversees a 23,000 plus member organization that supports technology integration across not only the state of Michigan, but through many other avenues. Smith has the honor of representing MACUL in formal partnerships with Future Ready Schools, Tech & Learning initiatives, as well as being an Educational Policy Fellow through the Institute of Education Leadership, a LEGO Education Advisory Panel member, Chairman of the FETC STEM Excellence Awards and a past Smithsonian Science Teacher Academy Fellow sponsored by Dow.

He also serves on multiple boards in advisory capacities for many organizations, including: P21.org (Partnership for 21st Century Learning), Michigan Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), Early Literacy Taskforce, Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Advisory Council, State Educational Technology Committee, FETC Advisory Board, Experience Grand Rapids Advisory Board and even the Okemos Baseball Club Board.

Prior to taking on the Executive Director role at MACUL, Smith was the Dean of STEM at the L&N STEM Academy, where his main focus was STEM integration for the surrounding counties and innovative schools through the Batelle Memorial Institute. It was during this time that he was able to work with with Dr. Carla Johnson from Purdue University on the components of the IDOE STEM School rubric. In addition, he was the primary author of a 9-12 grade stand alone STEM elective, recognized by the state of Tennessee and adopted by several schools as best practice.

During his time at the L&N, his other roles included integrating STEM resources and tools across content areas, launching a 1:1 STEM Mentorship program and coordinating all 4 levels of the STEM elective with a strong focus on authentic STEM problem solving. It was this focus that saw Smith develop and maintain over 300 STEM partnerships representing nearly 100 organizations on behalf of the L&N.

His STEM professional development role has given him the opportunity to present at FETC, ICE, MACUL, multiple teacher summits and un-conferences, as well as consult with multiple schools in the development of their STEM Programming. He also had the privilege of spending 10 years in the classroom. He is 1998 graduate of James Madison University, BS in Integrated Science & Technology, as well as a 2001 graduate of University of Dayton, JD in Law with a focus on Intellectual Property law.