Cheryl Lemke is President and CEO of the Metiri Group, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing effective uses of technology in education. Prior to launching the firm, she was the executive director of the Milken Exchange on Education Technology for the Milken Family Foundation. Cheryl has published articles and appeared in a variety of media outlets such as Education Week, eSchool News, THE Journal, and numerous other publications. As a recognized speaker and facilitator Ms. Lemke connects with educators, policy makers, private sector leaders, and advocates internationally. Cheryl regularly collaborates with different educational leaders to deepen their thinking and provide thoughtful evaluation of technologies, learning goals, and systems that support K-16 learning. Ms. Lemke specializes in public policy for K-16 learning technology, working at many levels with governors, legislators, superintendents, professors, business leaders, and teachers. Ms. Lemke’s 25-year career in the public sector and her work with Metiri Group have included projects related to assessing the impact of technology on learning; gauging the progress of states, districts, and schools in bringing technology to the learning process; conducting surveys and focus groups; convening national experts in discussions on policy issues; and designing and prototyping educational technology frameworks. As an associate superintendent for the Illinois State Board of Education, Ms. Lemke managed a center for learning technology with over 100 staff members, translating the $50 million annual budget into: a new State backbone; professional development centers; community-based technology planning processes for Illinois schools; and online curriculum projects designed to help students learn. Ms. Lemke also oversaw the development of state learning technology plans in both Illinois and Washington. Recognized nationally as a proactive leader in learning technology, and sought after as a consultant, speaker, and writer, Cheryl Lemke has designed policy in the state house that translates into sound educational practice in the schoolhouse.
Jody Britten, Ph.D is a Senior Associate at the Metiri Group. Jody has been a classroom teacher, a professor, assessment coordinator, curriculum designer, advocate, author and researcher in education. Public and private schools have worked with Jody around curriculum, creativity, learning environments, systemic change, and accessibility. Since joining Metiri Group, Jody has contributed to the implementation and thoughtful pursuit of 21st Century skills and digital learning in the classroom. Jody’s work has contributed to the development of educational systems that positively impact student engagement in STEM, STEAM, digital learning, and innovation. Having trained school leaders and teachers on six continents, Jody’s work continues to be grounded in research and implementation science. With her Metiri colleagues Jody coauthored the Future Ready Schools framework and the Future Ready assessment system that is in use by more than 2,000 U.S. school districts. Jody demonstrates a uniquely rich knowledge base of the research behind effective teaching and learning in the 21st Century, and the capacity to help bring that research to action in classrooms. Jody has received acknowledgements for her innovative teaching practices since her first year in a classroom, and has Jody has coauthored the research foundations and classroom strategies for the International Society for Technology in Education 2017 learning standards for students. In addition, Jody coauthored a framework for developing entrepreneurial thinking with funding from the National Science Foundation. Jody supports start-ups, private sectors companies, states, districts, schools, universities, and non-profits as they establish their individual goals and ultimately their pathway for success in achieving dynamic, meaningful, purposeful actions that empower students for success. Jody has written several articles, contributed to several books, and published white papers, visions, and improvement plans for organizations, companies, ministries of education, states, districts, and schools. She has developed coaches training for innovation, digital learning, and inquiry coaches and worked nationally on the implementation of mobile devices in preK-20 educational settings. Dr. Britten served as a Frye Fellow for Educause and the Council for Library and Information Services in 2008.
Jennifer Davila is the Office Manager and a Study Assistant at the Metiri Group. As the “anchor” of the firm, Ms. Davila is responsible for all of the day-to-day office operations, including human resource functions, contract management, financial management, and project support. Prior to joining the Metiri Group, Ms. Davila worked for three years as an administrative assistant for an IT staffing company and has ten years experience in office and personnel management. Ms. Davila is bilingual and has studied both Psychology and Accounting.
Kathleen Brautigam, is a consultant at Metiri Group. Her work is dedicated to integrating current and emerging technologies at the district, regional and state levels in support of P-12 instruction, communication, administration and strategic planning for over 40 years. Kathleen is the former Director of the Bureau of Educational Technology of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As Bureau Director, Kathleen researched, designed and implemented model educational technology systems across multiple, statewide enterprise initiatives. These programs include the development and implementation of Pennsylvania’s collection of longitudinal data with automated integration to the first online strategic planning and reporting tool; the Pennsylvania Secure Student Identifier used in local, state, and federal longitudinal data reporting; multiple technology integration coaching and instructional mentoring programs; and the design and implementation of the model, 60 million dollar education broadband competitive grant initiative-Act 183 E-Fund. Through the E-Fund initiative, modeled after Kathleen’s work at Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania’s k-12 and higher education entities, and regional education service agencies formed a statewide, broadband educational network of affordable and reliable connectivity, technical support, professional development and e-learning resources to support current and future Pennsylvania educational initiatives. Kathleen is currently a consultant focusing on educational policy, planning, and practice. She serves on regional, state, and national advisories as a strategist and advocate for innovative 21st Century leadership, teaching and learning. Kathleen received a B. S. in Education from the College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. She was a K-12 classroom instructor, and a Director of Educational Technology at the district and regional levels in Pennsylvania. Kathleen has served as adjunct graduate level faculty for technology integration and strategic planning at Bloomsburg University, Duquesne University, and Millersville University.