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Live @FETC2024 Preview—eSchool News Exclusive Coverage


Look Who’s Talking—Interview with Glenn Robbins, Superintendent of Schools at Brigantine Public School District, NJ

FETC finalized its speaker list for this year’s event this week, which includes dozens of experts and educators. Opening keynote Tucker Bryant will present The Poet’s Keys: a Guide to Unlocking Creativity, Innovation and Growth. Attendees will be equipped with tools to build a culture of creative disruption and bold exploration in the world of education, “so we’re set up to shape the future as leaders instead of remaining stuck in models of thinking that are bound for the history books.” Daniel Fitzpatrick will impart insights and tactics for harnessing AI in education. His work in the industry has earned him esteemed accolades such as the Tech Champion Award at the Digital Industry Dynamite Awards in 2022 and recognition in the latest EdTech50 awards. To close things on the mainstage, TechSHARE LIVE will feature Adam Bellow, Leslie Fisher and Dr. Adam Phyall III as the closing keynote. This esteemed crew will present the best new and hidden treasures of edtech, tailored for seamless integration into every classroom. 

Keynote crowd from FETC2023

In between of course are a slew of sessions and presentations collected into seven different tracks. The Campus Leader track will provide school-based leadership with professional learning focused on strategies to manage school sites, create innovative learning spaces and infuse emerging technologies. eSchool had a chance to grab Glenn Robbins, Superintendent of Schools at Brigantine Public School District, NJ, to discuss his role and general excitement about #FETC2024. His passion is harnessing a district culture that thrives on positive psychology, design thinking, futurism, innovative digital spaces, technology integration, esports, cybersecurity, Social Emotional Learning Zen Dens, and Maker cultures. He is the recipient of the National Superintendent Certification, and serves as an AASA National Governing Board Member, AASA Aspiring Superintendent Mentor, and Chair of NJASA Techspo.

He’s also a great interview. Click through to listen and click here to read the transcript:

Takeaways include:

  • Evolution of Educational Leadership:
    • Glenn reflects on the changing role of educational leaders, emphasizing the need for a broad understanding of technology, curriculum, and various aspects of education.
    • He underscores the importance of leaders being adaptable and staying informed about emerging technologies and educational trends.
  • Strategic Approach to EdTech Purchases:
    • When discussing his approach to hitting the FETC exhibition hall, Glenn emphasizes the importance of strategic decision-making. He advocates considering the district’s needs, budget, and long-term sustainability when evaluating new technologies.
    • Glenn highlights the value of involving students in the decision-making process and seeking their input on potential edtech solutions.
  • Collaborative Networking:
    • Glenn expresses enthusiasm for building new networks and relationships at FETC. He hopes to engage in thoughtful conversations with educators, administrators, and vendors to share insights and experiences.
    • The focus is on collaborative learning, with a desire to bring back valuable takeaways for both teachers and students.
  • Practitioner-Driven Learning:
    • Glenn is particularly excited about the practitioner-driven nature of the sessions at FETC. He looks forward to hearing from educators who have successfully implemented programs, products, or ideas in their schools.
    • The emphasis is on learning from real-world experiences and practical strategies that have proven effective in diverse educational settings.
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