Meet our Board
Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam, working on diversity and equity in education initiatives and the author of Courageous Edventures. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. Her work centers around acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them so as to allow teachers and students dive into these classroom edventures.
Jennie is also passionate about reimagining professional learning to facilitate more relevant teacher support. She has served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts such as PLAYDATE. She has been recognized for her work as a White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, TEDx Speaker, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and featured on various programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education and NPR.
Jennie shares her experiences taking risks in the classroom and helping others to feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at bit.ly/edventuresbook.
Jennie is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and has earned a BA in psychology and history from Columbia University and a MS from University of Illinois at Chicago in Mathematics Education.
Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, nonprofits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.
In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2011. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organizations that provide educational products and services.
Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments.
Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad is currently the Chief Education Officer for WeVideo. He works with K-12 leadership across the nation to assist schools with implementing creative solutions to shift instructional pedagogy in the classroom to meet the demands of an innovative workforce. Dr. Lang-Raad is a Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, and serves on the ILA Task Force. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Student Voice Foundation and is an advisor to RocketReady. Dr. Lang-Raad has been an Education Strategist with CDW-G and a National Consultant with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He was the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and has been a high school science teacher, elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal, university adjunct professor, as well as Education Supervisor at the NASA-Johnson Space Center.
Dr. Lang-Raad is a frequent speaker at both local and national professional conferences. He is the co-founder of Bammy-nominated #LeadUpChat, an educational leadership professional learning network (PLN) via Twitter. He is also the co-founder of #divergED, a Twitter chat focused on divergent thinking and innovations in education. Dr. Lang-Raad is an author at Solution Tree. His book, Everyday Instructional Coaching, is scheduled for release in April 2018. He is also co-authoring a book with Dr. Robert Marzano, a leading education researcher, on the New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics. Dr. Lang-Raad received his B.A. in General Science-Chemistry from Harding University, his M.Ed. Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria and his Ed.D. Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from David Lipscomb University.
He resides in sunny San Francisco, CA with his wife Herbie Raad.
Board Member and Student Representative
V Rezac (they/them) is a teenage activist looking to make a change. They are the founder of Youth Earth Action Heroes (YEAHkids) founded around 2012. This was a group of elementary and middle school kids dedicated to saving the environment through composting and trash pickups. Sadly YEAHkids came to a close in 2016. They are also a co-founder of PIFA, Political Intersectional Feminist Activists. PIFA is a group of high school age kids that have conversations about social justice issues such as food deserts, human rights, LGBTQ+, gentrification, etc. at weekly meetings the group has at school. V and the members of PIFA hope to educate themselves and others about these issues, and the steps they can take to find and input solutions. One way PIFA does this is through a community project they hope to have every year. In 2018, right after PIFA was founded, they held a student-led conference called “You Can Be An Activist Too” at their school to educate their local community. They hope to have many more conferences in the future, and V hopes to continue activism throughout their whole life.
Board Member and Student Representative
Ian Brock is a 14 year old Chicago native, Co-Founder of Beyond The Cookie® and Dream Hustle Code, rookie coder, and “soon to be” author. His mission is to inspire kids to help them develop a stronger belief in themselves and their ability to learn computer science/coding. For his upcoming book Dream Hustle Code, he has already interviewed forty-two amazing individuals from entrepreneurs, to Hollywood figures, to tech billionaires.
His mission is to inspire kids to want to dream and achieve something bigger for themselves. His non-profit Dream Hustle Code is on a mission to level the playing field for under-represented individuals in the tech industry (African Americans, Latinos and Girls) by empowering schools, organizations, and communities with tools to reinvent themselves in the 21st Century by creating and inspiring future computer scientists, coders, and founders.
He has been featured in Forbes, The 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur That Will Take Global Tech & The World By Storm, and more recently in Education Week in a series about education technology in February 2018, He Wants Chicago Kids to Build the Next Silicon Valley. He has spoken twice at Google (Los Angeles and Mountain View), Startup Grind Global 2018 (Silicon Valley), WE Day Chicago 2018, Steve Harvey Foundation Mentoring Camp 2018, and ISTE 2018. Ian was also included in an Apple-funded short documentary series titled Generation Z – Chicago Summer Stories 2018, which highlighted Chicago Gen Z’ers in Activism, Arts & Entertainment, and Innovation. VisionScape Silicon Valley is Ian’s most exciting fundraising campaign to take kids from Chicago’s under-served and under-represented communities to Silicon Valley in February 2019.