FCSC 2018

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Grand Sierra Ballroom

Nelson SmithNelson Smith

Nelson Smith consults, writes, and speaks on education reform issues, including charter schools and programs to turn around low-performing schools. He has held leadership positions in education policy for more than 30 years, including service as the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Senior Advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers; the first Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; Vice President for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and Director of Programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education. He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund. In June 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. He has written extensively about education reform issues including alternative charter school accountability and oversight of virtual charters. His series on statewide school-turnaround efforts, for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is called Redefining the School District in America. A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Closing General Session

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Grand Sierra Ballroom

Tony FranklinTony Franklin

Education Executive, Microsoft Corporation

Tony is responsible for working with Microsoft's Education Partners to help them "empower every student on the planet to achieve more." That means creating a better understanding between the solutions that Microsoft creates, the partners who are ready to deploy them and the schools that Microsoft solutions empower. Tony has been working directly with Educators, Learners and Partners over the past 15 years, focusing on sharing the Microsoft education experience in the 21st century with decision makers from around the world. As Tony Time TeachTec (@TeachTec), he excites educators and learners with a deep understanding of what it takes to integrate Microsoft Education solutions in the classroom.

Tony has two passions; sharing his 4 years at the High School of the Future in West Philadelphia where he experienced the challenges of the Educator in the classroom rst hand. And secondly, delivering on Satya Nadella's vision of "Empowering every student on the planet to achieve more." With a deep understanding of the challenges and success of implementing Microsoft technologies, Tony enjoys the "a-ha" moment that comes when education transformation truly happens and the impact that it has on teachers and students for a lifetime.

Tony is a US Army veteran. He holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When not Instagramming his favorite meals, he's an avid Xbox gamer, enjoys his time in the gym or on his motorcycles and plays a lot of Minecraft with his two children.