February 9th 2024 8:00 am - 2:30 pm PST

The Innovative School Transformation Conference (IST 24) is O'Dea High School's 7th annual Microsoft Showcase School Conference.

IST 24 will provide opportunities for educators to explore the integration of Artificial Intelligence into student learning and the cultivation of a robust coaching culture within schools to foster upskilling. Sessions will provide attendees with

• Expert insights into AI application in education.

• Strategies for building a supportive coaching culture.

• Advanced use of Microsoft Technologies in classroom settings.

• SEL strategies to enhance student engagement and wellbeing.

• Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

Keynote Speakers 2024

Dr. William Jackson ~ Principal of Nathan Hale High School

Dr. Kimberly West ~ CEO of insight2execution

Dr. William Jackson

As a visionary educational leader, Dr. William Jackson centers his “why “ on the principles of justice, equity, access, and radical love. His commitment to these values is evident in his daily practice, ensuring that both educators and students discover joy and purpose in their educational journey. At Nathan Hale High School, his leadership is centered in equity and justice and guides decision-making around professional development, hiring practices, staffing arrangements, and budgeting resulting in more equitable outcomes for educators, students, and families.

Dr. Jackson is a principal mentor and shares his experience and knowledge on leadership development, supporting school and community culture, and the nuances of change theory. He is an active academic serving as an instructor at the University of Washington’s Education Department teaching Shaping Culture and Leading Change in the Danforth Principal Preparation program and Transformative Teaching and Learning in the Leadership for Learning Superintendent preparation program.

His exemplary leadership has earned him the 2024 Washington State Secondary Principal of the Year award and recognition nationally by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as a nominee for the National Principal of the Year in Washington DC next year. For more insights into these accomplishments visit the AWSP webpage and Seattle School District website. Additionally, his influential work in leadership is featured on the University of Washington College of Education website.

Dr. Kimberly West

Dr. Kimberly West is an education thought leader, Executive Director of Phygital Labs, a non-profit working to bring game-based learning to schools, and CEO of insight2execution, an education consultancy that provides support for marketing, professional learning, content development, and EdTech strategy. With over 25 years of experience in the field of education, Dr. West has worked with educational technology companies, non-profits, and school systems to develop innovative content that drives implementation and adoption for digital transformation. Her work focuses on instructional leadership and policy design, centered on redefining how we educate today’s learners. Dr. West believes that technology plays a vital role in providing equity and access to quality education for all students. She is also an author, Certified Clifton Strengths Coach, and co-created Microsoft’s Certified Coach program. Dr. West was previously a National Board-Certified K-12 educator.

IST 2024 Agenda

Please scroll down to see all of the sessions for this year's #IST24 Conference! To see full details about each session and presenter bios, click on the "Register for" link below each speaker's name. If you have any difficulties registering for sessions email David Olinger at dolinger@odea.org

February 9th 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

8:00 am – 9:00 am PST (Welcome Keynote)

9:15 am – 10:15 am PST (Session 1)

10:30 am – 11:30 am PST (Session 2)

11:30 am – 12:15 pm PST (Break)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm PST (Keynote 2)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PST (Session 3)

Welcome Keynote

8:00 am PST

Building Culture and Leading Change

Dr. William Jackson ~ Principal of Nathan Hale High School

Session 1

9:15 am - 10:15 am PST



Social Emotional Learning in a Catholic High School.

Lawrence Kight ~ O'Dea High School

Canva: Crafting dynamic story maps in the Classroom!

Kari Olsen ~ Pedestal Education

Shape a culture of inclusion through esports in education

Becky Keene ~ insight2education

Achieving Impact with Professional Learning: Our journey.

Greg Hodgson ~ Edge Gain Ltd
Phil Badham ~ Edge Gain Ltd

Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Learning

Scott Bricker ~ AweFull Learning

Building a Student-Led Online Publication

William Cronin ~ O'Dea High School
William Chambers ~ O'Dea High School
Jon Kaden ~ O'Dea High School

Microsoft Education Unveiled: Exploring Teams Updates, Learning Accelerators, and the Future with AI Integration

Samanth Fisher ~ Microsoft Education

The Importance of Online Professional Learning Communities for Teachers

Janeal Grosinger ~O'Dea High School

Building Student Engagement and Thinking Through Math (and Learning) Questioning

Ryland Brown ~ O'Dea High School


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST

How to Nurture Grit and Resilience in Your Students by Embracing Failure

Sonja Delafosse ~ Microsoft

Using Video to enhance learning in the classroom and out

Clare Prowse ~ O'Dea High School
Dr. Wanda Cesario ~ O'Dea High School

Mining Minds: Engaging Students Through Play with Minecraft Education!

Nadine Ebri ~ Microsoft Education

Frameworks for Learning with Canva Docs and AI

Phil Badham ~ Pedestal Education
David Olinger ~ O'Dea High School

Microsoft Education Unveiled: Exploring Teams Updates, Learning Accelerators, and the Future with AI Integration

Samantha Fisher ~ Microsoft Education

Data Informed Learning & Teaching

Scott Bricker ~ AweFull Learning

Policies and Process around AI

William Cronin ~ O'Dea High School

Reimagining Global Collaboration through Project Based Learning

Yaritza Villalba ~ McKenzie's Adventures LLC

Keynote Speaker

12:15 - 1:15 PST

Coaching for a Digital Future: Navigating AI Ethics and Citizenship in schools

Dr. Kimberly West ~ insight2execution

Session 3:

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM PST

Five Activities that will Unveil the Power of AI to Your Students

eTwinz - Alberto and Mario

Adapting to Tomorrow: Transforming K-12 Education with the Adaptive Purpose Model in the AI Era

Dr. Arie Greenleaf ~ Nova

Creation in the Elementary 3-5 Classroom with Adobe Express

Katie Fielding ~ STEM Coach


Lawrence Kight ~ O'Dea High School

Microsoft Education Unveiled: Exploring Teams Updates, Learning Accelerators, and the Future with AI Integration

Samantha Fisher ~ Microsoft Education

Adobe and the Humanities

William Cronin ~ O'Dea High School

The Power of Technology: Harnessing Innovation Together

Victoria Thompson ~ CDW
Sean Thompson (@tweetsfromdad1) ~ New Growth Innovation Network

AI in education: Unlocking new possibilities and potential with Microsoft Copilot

Joe Brazier ~ Microsoft

Using Flip to Spark SEL Conversations

Ann Kozma ~ Microsoft