What's New at NCCE 24? Affinity Sessions

Affinity sessions are exclusive communities that bring together like-minded individuals with common interests or identities. These sessions provide a unique space for meaningful open discussions to connect and collaborate. Attending an affinity session means joining a supportive community where you can engage with peers who understand your perspective, share insights, and foster valuable connections beyond the conference. 

We invite you to stop in and connect with other educators to network and learn from each other. Thank you to our Conference Program Advisory Committee for their vision for providing these spaces at our conference this year.

Conference Program Advisory Committee Members:

Joe Brazier – Worldwide K12 Strategy Manager, Microsoft 

Ken Shelton – Elevate Education 

Jeremy Sullivan – Director of Technology and Innovation, North Kitsap School District 

Victoria Thompson – K12 Education Strategist, CDW 

Affinity Session Schedule:

Wednesday, February 14, 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

AAPI Educators – Led by Sally Bouvia, NCCE – Room 609 

Arab American & Middle Eastern Educators – Led by Victoria Thompson, K12 Education Strategist, CDW- Room 613 

Black Educators – Led by Ken Shelton, Elevate Education – Room 608 

Indigenous/Native American EducatorsLead by L. Yazzie, Ed.D. Diné (Navajo Nation), Tribal Relations Manager, Indigenous Student Success Center, Green River College – Room 608 

Latinx/Hispanic Educators – Led by Angelia Clark, Digital Learning Coach, Ken School District – Room 612 

LGBTQ+ Educators – Led by Jeremy Sullivan, Director of Technology and Innovation, North Kitsap School District – Room 611 

Thursday, February 15, 3:00 pm – 3:50pm

Elementary Educators – Led by Marcie Lear, NCCE Professional Learning Specialist – Room 608 

Middle School Educators – Led by John Zingale, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Vancouver iTech Preparatory – Room 609 

High School Educators – Led by Diane Marsh, Marketing Teacher, Conroe High School – Room 607 

Higher Ed Educators – Led by Dr. David Wicks, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Chair of Digital Education Leadership Graduate Program, Seattle Pacific University – Room 612 

School Administrators – Led by Dr. Jason Neiffer, Executive Director, Montana Digital Academy & Mike Agostinelli, Assistant Director, Curriculum Director, Montana Digital Academy – Room 614 

Teacher Librarians – Led by – Shannon Miller, K12 Teacher Librarian, Van Meter Community School & Jennifer LaGarde – Room 616 

Special Education Educators – Led by Joe Brazier, Worldwide K12 Strategy Manager, Microsoft – Room 618 

CTE Educators – Led by Kelly Williams, Career Education Consultant, NCCE & Kathie O’Brien, CTE Project Manager, NCCE – Room 615 

IT Professionals – Led by Charity Nix, Information Technology Specialist, NDIT-EduTech – Room 613 

Instructional/Technology Coaches – Led by Dr. Missy Widmann, Educator and Program Director, Neural Education – Room 606 

NCCE Presenters – Led by Jeff Utecht, Shifting Schools – Room 617