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Revolutionary Innovations
Impacting Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, October 11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET

Microsoft Corporate Office, Elkridge, MD

Join local educational and corporate leaders and the Microsoft and Discovery Education teams for a one-day collaborative event to explore and share how AI tools like ChatGPT and other new and everchanging innovations are affecting our educational landscape.

This event will feature panelists from local districts, industry partners from STEM Careers Coalition Powered by Discovery Education, and more; exploring exciting conversations specifically curated for District Superintendents, CAOs, C&I, and other district leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas and hear how local district leaders and organizations are navigating these evolutions in a way that positively impacts the future of teaching and learning on our students. 

Featured Hosts & Speakers

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Jackie Smalls

Vice President of Social Impact, Discovery Education

As a national education leader specializing in STEM K-12 education, Jackie Smalls is responsible for strategic growth and impact of multi-sector partnerships on critical issues in K-12 education. Currently, this includes the STEM Careers Coalition (SCC)™ by corporate and non-profit leaders anchored in schools by Discovery Education. The SCC is a network of industry partners committed to bringing learning resources into core instruction for educator and student exploration of STEM Careers and to inspire the next generation STEM workforce. Jackie served as Chief Program Officer at focused on K-12 Computer Science Education and continues to serve on’s Board of Directors. She has held various instructional and leadership roles in public education as part of the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Public School systems. She was on the writing team responsible for developing national K-12 Next Generation Science Standards and served in the United States Army as an Environmental Science Officer where she developed a passion for STEM.

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Dr. Mark Bedell

Superintendent, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Dr. Bedell began a four-year term as Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools on July 1, 2022. He assumed the leadership of Maryland’s fourth largest school district after spending six years as Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools. Dr. Bedell is a talented, caring teacher, administrator and proven public school leader with a track record of success in urban districts. In 2022, he led Kansas City Public Schools to full accreditation status for the first time in more than 20 years. Dr. Bedell has received many recognitions, including being named a “Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association and a “New Superintendent of the Year” by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Additionally, Dr. Bedell was a 2020 finalist for the Green-Garner Award, the top honor for urban school leaders across the country.

Agenda At-A-Glance

The event will begin at 9:00 AM ET. Check back soon for more information!

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM ET
Meet & Greet Breakfast
Meet the team! Light breakfast will be available.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM ET
Opening Session
Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Jackie Smalls, Vice President of Social Impact, Discovery Education
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM ET
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Panel Discussions and Q&A
Open dialogue by panelists from local districts and business leaders.
We'll discuss relevant topics such as keeping up with ChatGPT, AI, and other rapidly growing innovations
while continuing to maximize STEM, CTE, and College and Career Readiness programs.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET
Lunch Break
Lunch will be provided.
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET
Breakout Sessions
Collaborate with other attendees about what growing innovations mean in your district.
Share stories, ideas, and have the chance to reflect on the day's panel discussions.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Reflection/Closing Remarks
2:00 PM ET
Event Concludes

Event Location

Microsoft Corporate Office
6518 Meadowridge Rd #200
Elkridge, MD 21075

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event being held?

Microsoft Corporate Office, 6518 Meadowridge Rd #200, Elkridge, MD 21075. Free parking is available on-site

Is parking available at the event?

Yes, there is free parking onsite.

Who should attend?

District Superintendents; Deputy/Assistant Superintendents; CAOs; CIOs; District Curriculum Directors, Coordinators, and Supports; Instructional Directors and Coaches.

Will the event be streamed, recorded, or available online?

No. There will be no recording or streaming of this event.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee for participating in this event. You do, however, need to register in advance as space is limited.

What should I bring?

Although you are not required to bring anything, it is recommended that you bring a charged laptop.

Will there be a meal break or refreshments provided?

There will be light breakfast available upon arrival and lunch will be served for attendees during a scheduled meal break. More details will be available soon.

I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

There are several hotels in the area within 10 minutes driving range.
Nearby Lodging: 1) Hampton Inn & Suites, Columbia S Fort Meade (7045 Minstrel Way), 2) Hilton Garden Inn Columbia (8241 Snowden River Pkwy), 3) The Hotel at Arundel Preserve (7795 Arundel Mills Blvd)

Have other questions about this event?

Contact Emily Parrish at