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Connecticut became the 20th state to join the GoOpen movement last in 2017. Come join this panel discussion showcasing the successes, challenges, and opportunities in planning, implementing, and sustaining OER at the state and district level.

Presenter Bios

As Executive Director for the CT State Commission for Educational Technology (CET), Doug designs and manages strategic plans that ensure the successful integration of technology in Connecticut's schools, libraries, universities, and towns. The CET oversees statewide programs such as its flagship research and education broadband network, the CEN. Doug’s prior experience includes managing technology and security for a network of magnet schools that are helping to close the achievement gap between urban and suburban learners. He began his career as a middle school English teacher and brings a diversity of experience to every challenge — from managing online publications for the Smithsonian Institution to systems engineering for the U.S. House of Representatives and national security agencies. He holds a BA from the College of William & Mary, MA from Georgetown University, and MS from George Washington University. Outside of work, Doug enjoys time with family, mission work, and triathlon.

Kevin Corcoran has been the Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) since 2011. He joined the CTDLC in 1999 and has been responsible for developing and growing the products and services offered to support eLearning initiatives. Kevin also runs Connecticut's Adult Education Virtual High School that supports the Adult Credit Diploma Program statewide. He currently sits on the WCET Steering Committee and co-chairs the WCET e-Learning Consortia CIG as well as the NENY Blackboard Users Group, and Northeast OER organizations. Kevin received his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A. with a specialization in Technology Management from Walden University.

Irene Parisi serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning for Greenwich Public Schools in Connecticut, where she has provided instrumental leadership in that district's design and implementation of a holistic digital learning plan. Prior to her work in Greenwich, Ms. Parisi served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the East Windsor Public Schools. An educator for twelve years, Ms. Parisi has led the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and technology integration, with special attention to the implementation of digital learning with mobile devices. Additionally, she has a strong background in curriculum development, instructional strategies, and professional learning as a classroom teacher and literacy coach.

Start Date

31-5-2018 10:10 AM


May 31st, 10:10 AM

Open Education in Connecticut: State and District Progress