Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. is an expert and innovator in educational technology and instructional strategy integration within online, blended, and traditional in-person classroom settings. As a practicing technology leader, trainer, integrationist, and coach in Adult Education, K-12, and Higher Education, he develops EdTech tool integrations with research-based instructional strategies to drive instruction. He also has expertise in instructing teachers and educational leaders on how to utilize data to make data-driven decisions to drive instruction as well as has developed a data literacy curriculum for K-20 educators. Dr. Rhoads publications focus on integrating instructional strategies with EdTech tools to amplify student learning within in-person, online, and blended learning classrooms. His latest books include Instruction Without Boundaries: Enhance Your Teaching Strategies with Technology Tools in Any Setting, Amplify Learning: A Global Collaborative – Amplifying Instructional Design, and Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. He also has his podcast, Navigating Education – The Podcast, which discusses all topics related to education and instruction. For more information on Dr. Rhoads and his work, visit his website at

Samantha (Sam) Fecich earned her Ph.D. in learning, design, and technology from Penn State University. In addition, she has an M.Ed. in special education and one in instructional technology, both from Penn State. Her PA certifications include K-12 special education, K-12 elementary education, and Pre-K to sixth-grade teaching. Dr. Fecich has taught education for eight years at a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She is the author of “EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers” and “EduMagic Shine On A Guide for New Teachers.” Dr. Fecich also hosts the EduMagic Podcast for future teachers. She is a fan of pumpkin spice lattes and taking walks with her family. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @SFecich. Check out her work at

 Casey Jakubowski, Ph.D is a recognized expert and consultant in leadership, social studies instruction and curriculum integration. Dr. J focuses on civics education, rural education, and teacher mentoring and educational administration development. After 20 plus years in the classroom, and as an administrator and State Education Department school improvement and curriculum specialist in New York State, Dr J. works with Education Doctoral candidates at a research university in Maryland. Jakubowski has published extensively on rural education, and has three books, including Thinking About Teaching, A Cog in the Machine, and Getting to the HEARTS of teaching:Humanities, education, arts, technology and science for a collaborative classroom. Casey is active on twitter : @caseyj_edu and has a blog:

Kevin Leichtman earned his Ph.D and Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor teaching equity and diversity courses to pre-service educators. He taught ELA, Reading, and ESOL in each grade from 7-12 over the span of 8 years. He has authored two books, “Teacher’s Guide to the Mental Edge” and “The Perfect Ten: Ten Students, Ten Mindsets, One New Definition of Perfection.” Kevin continues his work in education through, a company that he co-founded alongside his wife, Dr. Anala Leichtman. They met, got married, and had their first child all while pursuing their doctorates in the same program.