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Making the CASE for Data Transparency in State Academic Standards

Friday, March 6 8:00 am–8:50 am
TCC - Yakima 2

How do you transition state standards to digital format while ensuring accuracy and transparency? How are state education agencies, institutions, and product suppliers working together to enable a trusted digital ecosystem that supports aligned instruction and educational improvement? Hear from the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), one of several leading state education agencies making academic standards and competencies interoperable and accessible through CASE Network. Discover how the IMS Global CASE standard and the CASE Network support personalized learning initiatives and give states and school districts the power to deliver and display competencies—correctly aligned to state academic standards—across their entire digital learning ecosystem. Find out how your district can benefit from participation in CASE Network!

Type: 50-minute Session
Focus Area: Assessment, CTO/IT Specialists, Emerging Trends
Skill Level: Intermediate

Presented by

Mike Agostinelli Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy

Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Teaching Elementary and Middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now managing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. Mike has been honored by receiving recognition as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation, ISTE “Making IT Happen” award, Blackboard Catalyst for Teaching and Learning, and the recent recipient of the NCCE Eric Jensen Leadership award.


Colet Bartow Colet Bartow, Montana Office of Public Instruction

Colet Bartow is the Director of Content Standards and Instruction for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Colet is a 2011 recipient of the NCCE Presidential Award for her work with NCCE's Teacher-Librarian Summits. She spent 13 years as a teacher-librarian before joining the OPI in 2007. Ms. Bartow completed her M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University, and B.A. in English with endorsements in secondary English, School Library Media, and English as a Second Language at the University of Montana. Her first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80. Her first job in a library was as a third-grade student.


Jason Neiffer Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy

Dr. Jason Neiffer is the NCCE Tech-Savvy Administrator-in-Residence at NCCE and blogs at the NCCE blog. Jason is the first Assistant Director/Curriculum Director of the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Since MTDA's start in 2010, he has lead a team of over 150 teachers delivering over 100-course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Before working with MTDA, Jason was a veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production and computer science.


Bruce Umpstead Bruce Umpstead, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Hi! My name is Bruce Umpstead and I am Director of State Engagement at IMS Global Learning Consortium where I drive adoption of the CASE Network of Academic Standards & Workforce Competencies and State Education Agency membership. I enjoy supporting states, districts, and universities in the important world of data interoperability, regularly sharing my passion for digital credentials and advising EdTech startups in my spare time. I am #grateful for a lifelong career invested in scaling learning innovations in corporate eLearning, higher education, K-12, and nonprofit association management. I hold a B.A. and M.B.A. from Michigan State University.