Spring Leadership 2019 Conference

April 24th • Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME

ACTEM will be hosting it's third Spring Leadership conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME. Last year's conference attracted over 100 technology leaders from Maine Schools. 

This year's theme will focus on Networks, Security and Data Privacy. 

ACTEM’s goal for this conference is to provide a forum for technology leaders with information, workshops, and solutions that can help you make informed decisions about your school networks.  This is a vendor centered conference for Technology Directors and their staff from schools and districts in Maine. 

Registration only $40

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking! 

Digital Privacy: To Protect or Not to Protect, That is the Question

How can we start protecting our student data if we haven’t started protecting our personal information online?  Digital privacy and security involve a variety of components, from social media to messaging apps, ISPs to app developers, cloud providers and hardware; and let’s not forget the government agencies. They all have a role in collecting, storing, and sharing your information, for many different reasons.  However, when you go down the rabbit hole to protect your data and limit the impact of these entities, we as users have significant decisions (and sacrifices) to make.  Sit back and enjoy Eric Butash and Michael Klein as they play good cop/bad cop, share stories and offer strategies for navigating tough choices and decisions around digital privacy and security.

Co-Presenter Bios:

Eric Butash - Director of Operations

Eric Butash is Director of Operations, Highlander Institute, an innovation “hub” for redesigning K12 classrooms in to be more personalized. He is responsible for the design, creation, and operations of various information technology systems as related to implementing Highlander’s nationally recognized FUSE model for blended and personalized learning. Prior to joining the Highlander team, Eric spent 15 years in various technology leadership roles across K-12. He currently serves as the Sr. Advisor to the K12 National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity Executive Board, CommonSense Media National Ambassador, treasurer of RISTE (Rhode Island ISTE Affiliate) Organization, and 2017 Recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen Award.

Eric volunteers his time to connect with parents, students, and educators about the importance of digital citizenship education in their community.

Michael Klein - Professional Learning Coordinator

As Professional Learning Coordinator at Highlander Institute, Michael Klein leads coaching and capacity building for a team of 12 educational consultants in addition to directly supporting teachers, school leaders and district leaders with change management in urban, suburban and rural districts across the country. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for the Edcamp Foundation. Michael was a founding teacher at High Tech High’s newest middle school in Chula Vista, California and worked as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn and Harlem. In addition to teaching, Michael worked as research assistant to Tony Wagner on his book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, and has experience as part of two fast-growing education technology companies. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in History at Vassar College and his Master’s in Education at Bank Street College.


Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

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Phone: (207) 222-4353    •    FAX: (207) 222-2057    •    Email: info@actem.org 

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