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National Advisory Council on Educational Technology


In order to guarantee more teachers and students can access and take advantage of the ConnectED offers, EveryoneOn created the National Advisory Council on Educational Technology (NACET) (formerly known as the National Advisory Council on ConnectED). Six leading K-12 public school officials on the council will:

  • maximize value of the offers by providing valuable feedback to ConnectED corporate partners on the structure of their offers and application processes
  • facilitate opportunities to showcase the offers in use
  • develop best practices on how to incorporate these new resources in existing educational technology plans

The NACET members include:

Lloyd Brown Executive Director of Information Technology, Baltimore County Public Schools

Lloyd Brown is leading a team of professionals in the field of networking, technical support, network security, student data, project management, and special projects. One of BCPS’ goals is to assign a device to every teacher and student by 2017. With over 20 years of experience in technology education, Mr. Brown possesses an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their instructional applications. His goal is to continue using technology resources to enhance the learning experience.

Charles Hucks Executive Director of Technology, Horry County Schools

Working for Horry County Schools, Charles Hucks has been involved in the district’s Personalized Digital Learning initiative, which will provide a personal learning device to all students in grades 3-12. Prior to joining HCS, Mr. Hucks has held a range of engineering and technology positions. He is a founding board member and charter member of the Grand Strand Technology Council, a former member of the HCS Board of Education, and a member of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Diane Jones Chief Information and Strategic Officer, Detroit Public Schools

Diane Jones provides executive leadership and vision for the strategic development and management of information, resources, and technology to support the achievement of Detroit Public Schools’ goals and instructional priorities. She was responsible for the infusion of millions of dollars in technology into DPS classrooms with the deployment of “teacher stations” in every classroom in the district and 40,000 netbook computers to students.

Deborah Karcher Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

As chief information officer for the nation’s fourth-largest school district, Deborah Karcher plans and directs its information technology strategy and maintains the integrity of its information systems and network infrastructure. She has spearheaded cost-saving initiatives and system deployments that have received worldwide recognition. Ms. Karcher recently led a wireless initiative that provided campus-wide wireless access to all 400 locations in the school district, making it one of the largest wireless initiatives in the nation.

Lenny Schad Chief Information Officer, Houston Independent School District

Lenny Schad has been in the technology field for 25 years. During that time period, his career has taken him into many business sectors where he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. For the past 11 years, Mr. Schad has worked in the K-12 education space and is currently CITO for the nation’s 7th largest school district. His first book, Bring Your Own Learning Transform Instruction with Any Device was published this year.

Dr. Scott Smith Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District

Scott has over 18 years of experience in the area of education technology. As a teacher, instructional technology facilitator, systems engineer, director and chief technology officer, Scott understands all aspects of technology and media – both instructionally and technically. In 2008, Scott assumed the role of chief technology officer for Mooresville Graded Schools, one of the only public school systems in the nation to issue laptops to every child grades 3-12.

Richard Quinones President, Education Innovation Group, Inc. and Adviser to the NACC

Richard Quinones is an accomplished chief information officer and technology adviser. Before returning to the private sector in 2012, Mr. Quinones served as chief technology officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the nation's largest regional education agency and was appointed by State Superintendent Torlakson to serve on the California Department of Education – (Technology Taskforce) intended to provide a strategic path for a 21st century public education infrastructure. Mr. Quinones provides strategic planning in support of the K-12 NACC.