When the Shift Hits the Fan:
Innovating Through the Pandemic

The pandemic has completely changed every aspect of K-12 education, requiring us all to adapt and innovate like never before. Learn how schools approached these unprecedented demands, taking full advantage of the opportunity in the midst of this crisis to adopt cloud communications, implement new programs for students, and provide the best experience possible for all students, whether they be on campus or remote.

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Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation & Technology
The Meadowbrook School of Weston

Thomas Drake

Coordinator of Technology
Bi-County CollaborativeZoom

Christian Hansen

New England K-12 Account Executive
Jonathan Schmid is the Director of Innovation & Technology at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts, recognized as an exemplar school by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. He has presented at numerous conferences such as ISTE, NAIS, MASSCUE, and AISNE on subjects including Digital Citizenship, Design Thinking, 3D Printing and Making. Jonathan led the team behind the EurekaLab, a makerspace at The Meadowbrook School as part of a collaboration with the MIT Edgerton Center. He has worked with schools in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Tom Drake is the Coordinator of Technology for Bi-County Collaborative. Currently in his 6th year in the position, he has worked to create a flexible technology infrastructure that supports the challenges of managing 14 locations with most networks managed by other district IT departments. He is a METAA, ISTE and MassCUE member. He previously provided IT support in a variety of industries; several years in mainstream education for Foxborough Public Schools, IT manager in a manufacturing facility, government subcontracting, and retail computer repair.

Christian Hansen has devoted over 20 years to the education space. While he spent the first 12 years of his career as an Occupational Therapist in the New York City Department of Education and a member of the Center for Assistive Technology, the last 8 years have been devoted to making sure teachers, students and administrators have the best technology available.

Christian previously served as the School Partnership Executive for PresenceLearning, the leader in live, online telepractice services for K-12 students throughout the Northeast. He helped promote student engagement while working as the Regional Partnership Manager for Nearpod, and then later as the Director of East Coast Partnerships for Swing Education where he worked to match an on-demand substitute teacher workforce with school districts across the Eastern US.

Currently, Christian is the New England K-12 Account Executive for Zoom and he is thrilled to have helped 600,000+ students connect to their teachers via Zoom this school year. He's a native of California and a current resident of Newburyport where he lives with his wife and son. He enjoys playing basketball, backyard gardening, and is looking forward to traveling when it's safe to do so.