Press Release

November, 2016
For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, NY – RTM Business Group, a leading organization fostering collaboration in the K-12 education space, has announced the details and Keynote Speakers for the Spring 2017 Education and CIO Congress. Leaders from some of the most forward-thinking school districts in the U.S. will gather on March 5th – 7th, 2017 at the JW Marriott LA Live, to engage in peer-based professional development discussions. Returning to Los Angeles for the second consecutive year, the Congress will keep with its tradition of inspiring Keynotes by best selling authors, former TED Speakers and renowned industry influencers.

LeVar Burton is an Actor, Director, Educator and Co-Founder of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app, host of the original PBS series and lifelong children’s literacy advocate. PBS' Reading Rainbow series won 26 Emmys and a Peabody Award (1993), among other honors. Burton received 12 personal Emmys for his work. He is also known by science-fiction fans for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation. LeVar Burton has directed several film and TV series, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Star Trek: Voyager; and Star Trek: Enterprise. In 2011, Burton announced the launch of RRKidz, a reading and exploration platform aimed at motivating kids to "experience literature via the digital devices they love.” The following year saw the launch of a free Reading Rainbow app, designed for the iPad and for children ages 3-9. In 2013, RRKidz announced that 10 million books and video field trips had been utilized through the app.

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC). He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). JSB, as he is commonly known, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. His most recently published book, The New Culture of Learning, co-authored with Doug Thomas at the University of Southern California, was released January 2011. He is currently working on a new book, co-authored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian at Georgetown University called Design Unbound. JSB's views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.

George Couros is a leading educator and has worked with all levels of school— from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator. He is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.” He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of Connected, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

The co-location of the CIO and Education Congress allows Superintendents, Academic and Technology leaders to align their efforts and leverage technology to transform education. The format of the event continues to be lauded by attendees as a great platform for the cross-pollination of ideas and relationship building in a relaxed environment. Districts attending aim at sharing best practices so that their insights may impact academic achievement. This invite-only Congress has grown into a community where administrators can find the objective support they need, through referrals from past attendees and members of the RTM Advisory Group. Audience members have the opportunity to suggest topics for RTM Blueprints and nominate districts for awards, which will be granted in recognition of current initiatives in key areas and disciplines.

“In bringing together perspectives from all states and a variety of job titles in senior leadership positions, RTM hopes to enable attendees to foster real change, and truly elevate standards in Literacy and STEM, graduation rates, personalized learning and equitable access. Our speakers are individuals who have taken great strides in implementing new solutions and helping students and teachers who experienced struggles in the digital divide,” said Kieran Byrne, Managing Director, RTM Business Group.

The participants of the Spring 2017 RTM Education and CIO Congress will have exclusive access to presentations, white papers and other professional development resources at the event and through the RTM Newsletter.

Past RTM Congress events have featured Steve Wozniak, Ted Dintersmith (Co-author and Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed), Sir Ken Robinson, and Joseph South (Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education).

For more information please contact:

Briana Wertalik
Senior Event Operations Manager
(646) 927 1794

Kimberly Sun
Executive Director
(212) 257 5656

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