Join Forward Edge at MACUL and Explore the Future of EdTech!

As educators, we all know that technology has the power to transform teaching and learning. But with so many tools, platforms, and applications available, it can be challenging to navigate the landscape and identify the solutions that truly support our goals and needs.

That’s why we are excited to announce that Forward Edge will be attending the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference this year, and we will be at Booth #805 to showcase our solutions and services for educators. We are also hosting several sessions on the latest trends and best practices in educational technology, so make sure to mark your calendars and join us for an exciting journey into the future of teaching and learning!

At Booth #805, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our team of experts and discuss your technology challenges and aspirations.
  • Participate in live demonstrations and see firsthand how our solutions can help you enhance student engagement, personalized learning, and collaboration.
  • Sign up for our Edge•U Badges!

Thursday, March 16th Sessions

Life Beyond the Classroom-Repurpose Your Passion with Innovative Joy
10:00 am with Jill Dubois in Room 250

Unboxing Education EdTech Style
10:00 am with Justin Thomas, Maggie Harris, and Maegan Wrubel in Room 140C

Private Coaching Certification (Invitation Only)
11:00 am with Brooke Conklin in Room 250C

Private Coaching Certification (Invitation Only)
1:00 pm with Brooke Conklin in Room 250C

Google Adaptive Learning Lab
1:00 pm with Justin Thomas and Maegan Wrubel in Room 141

Couples’ Therapy: How to overcome difficulties in building the Admin/Coach Relationship
4:00 pm with Maggie Harris and Lisa Kuhn in Room 250C

SAMR World!
4:00 pm with Justin Thomas ad Tracee Keough in Room 140B

Google Adaptive Learning Lab
4:00 pm with Dr. Katie Ritter and Maegan Wrubel in Room 141

Friday, March 17th Sessions

Back to the ’80s: Reimagining the Pause Button!
10:00 am with Jill Dubois in Room 250C

Bring Your PD a Spark of Joy!
11:30 am with Dr. Katie Ritter in Room 250C

Amazing Race
11:30 am with Tracee Keough and Lisa Kuhn in Room 140F

A Different Point of (Re)View
11:30 am with Justin Thomas and Maegan Wrubel in Room 338

Google Adaptive Learning Lab
1:00 pm with Tracee Keough and Brooke Conklin in Room 141

Top Shelf Tech
1:00 pm with Lisa Kuhn, Rachel Porter, and Dr. Katie Ritter in Room 250C

Rock Out with the FourC’s
1:00 pm with Justin Thomas, Maggie Harris, and Maegan Wrubel in Room 142A

Meet Our Presenters!

Jill DuBois is a redesigned educator living in tropical Clearwater, FL.  After being in the field of education for over two decades, she currently serves as a Professional Learning Specialist for Edge•U @ForwardEdgeOH. She spends her free time as an author /illustrator of children’s books and is the Optimistic Originator of Imparted Joy LLC.
Twitter: @JillDubois22

Dr. Katie Ritter is the Chief Learning Officer at Forward Edge in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to becoming the CLO she served as the Director for Curriculum & Technology Integration at Forward Edge, working closely with district leaders to help them identify the needs of their staff, plan PD, and implement the PD. Katie oversees the team of 17+ instructional technology coaches, is responsible for the growth and development of the department, and also is the creator and oversees Edge•U Badges. She served on the leadership team for the EdTech Coaches Network of ISTE from 2015-2020, was a Future Ready Schools Instructional Coaches Thought Leader from 2017-2020, is a cohost of the Restart Recharge Podcast for instructional coaches, and is a Google Certified Innovator, Coach, and Trainer.
Twitter: @Katie_M_Ritter

Brooke Conklin is the Assistant Director of Coaching Programs at Forward Edge. She oversees the Forward Edge coach mentorship program and organized the EDU Coach Network, a professional learning network for instructional coaches. Prior to her current role, she served as an Instructional Design Coach for schools in the Southwest Ohio area. She planned and led sessions for Google for Education’s Certified Coaching Programs webinar series last year and authored a curriculum for the program pertaining to the use of Google Classroom to promote professional learning. Her passion for professional learning has resulted in the planning and execution of multiple professional book studies and the mentorship of other instructional coaches.
Twitter: @brookeconklin19

Justin Thomas is an Instructional Design Coach from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a Google Certified Trainer, and Level 1 & 2 Educator. He is also the co-host of the Restart Recharge podcast, a podcast for edtech coaches, by edtech coaches. He enjoys working with teachers and students in greater Cincinnati area schools using edtech. Justin has presented at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, OETC, and MACUL. Prior to his role in coaching, Justin was a high school social studies teacher. In his spare time, he broadcasts high school sports. He has a masters of education from Xavier University.
Twitter: @Chief_Ohio

Maggie Harris is an Instructional Design Coach at Forward Edge. Prior to this role, Maggie taught middle school English Language Arts at an urban charter school in Columbus, Ohio where she still resides. Now, she works as a coach in a Pk-12 district serving over 3,000 students. She is passionate about helping teachers create engaging and equitable lessons that leverage technology. She has presented at both OETC and ISTE. Outside of work, Maggie plays sand volleyball and soccer and enjoys baking.
Twitter: @05Maggie_Harris

Maegan Wrubel is an Instructional Design Coach at Forward Edge. Before entering her coaching role, Maegan taught 5th grade in Alexandria, Virginia. Now Maegan works in a PK-12 district outside of Cincinnati, Ohio where she works with teachers to support over 3,500 students. One of Maegan’s passions in education is differentiation and ensuring students receive an educational experience that meets their and extends their abilities. In her free time, Maegan enjoys reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Twitter: @Maegan__Wrubel

Lisa Kuhn is an Instructional Design Coach at Forward Edge, Lisa Kuhn is transforming lives with her down-to-earth collaborative style that engages educators in the discovery of strategies that can lead to more efficient productivity and student success, all while enjoying what they are doing. With a background in French education and Reading, she thrives on the variety and challenge of working with educators at all grade levels and in all content areas, as well as with staff and administration across the district. When not coaching, Lisa enjoys the great outdoors with her sweetie, Ray, and their dogs Drop, Scarlet, and Sophie, as well as working on small home improvement projects.
Twitter: @LisaK_techtalk

Tracee Keough is an Instructional Design Coach with Forward Edge. Tracee has been in education for 15 years spanning multiple grade levels from second grade through 8th grade along with multiple years as an instructional coach. She has a passion to help teachers and students find their meaning and purpose while engaging in lessons, and community. Outside of the education world, Tracee is a wife and mother of 4 very active kids. Tracee’s passion to build an educational world where all educators and students feel valued and heard in a safe space to express their driving purpose
Twitter: @TKEducate

Rachel Porter is an Instructional Design Coach for Forward Edge. Prior to this role, Rachel spent the bulk of her teaching career in high school Language Arts but also has experience teaching middle school and kindergarten, for more than 20 years in education. Rachel has two adult children, one teenage daughter, and a grandson. Rachel has a passion for connecting with new and veteran teachers alike, supporting them in a way that makes them feel safe to learn new things. Outside of education, you can find Rachel at various restaurants playing trivia with friends, growing her family’s online editing business, or enjoying a quiet evening at the Quinn Chapel, her historical-church home in Glendale, Ohio.
Twitter: @RachelP3333