Executive Director of the Center for Digital Education

Kecia Ray headshot 

Dr. Kecia Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher in the Atlanta area before moving to Nashville in 1994 to teach in one of the state’s first 21st Century classrooms. Kecia participated in the state’s first distance-learning network and served on the iNACOL research committee. She designed technology-rich learning spaces for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and became the director of technology research in the Office of Science Outreach at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2000. Kecia joined the Metropolitan Nashville school district in 2004 as district policy manager and was named assistant superintendent of federal programs and grants in 2007 and remained in this position until 2010, when she became the district’s first executive director for learning technology. In 2016, Ray became the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Education a national research center focused on transforming education with technology as a catalyst. Kecia also teaches graduate courses for Johns Hopkins University and serves as president of the board of directors of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Kecia shares her experiences and expertise in the following sessions:

  • PreConference workshop for administrators on Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m
  • Concurrent session on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Monday ~ Converging Practice in K-12 ~ The Role of Digital Resources

The mission of the Center for Digital Learning follows, "to nurture a community of thought leaders who are rethinking education with technology as the catalyst. Our vision is to make education relevant and accessible for students worldwide." Join Dr. Kecia Ray as she facilitates a conversation with district and schools administrators about current pedagogical practices, instructional technology, and the emphasis on competency for learning. What is the appropriate role of digital resources? What skills, tools, and resources do both students and educators require? Where are the best sources of and strategies for professional learning? What resources are valued? What policies and guidelines are needed? Where is your district or school now and where are you headed? How might you set your goals and create a plan of action to achieve those goals?

Tuesday ~ Social Media ~ A Proactive Position for Instruction & Communication

Social media can quickly become a disruptive factor in our districts and our schools if not utilized and managed from a proactive versus reactive perspective. Join Kecia as she provides insight and strategies for using these powerful tools to the district and schools advantage for both instruction and communication. The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. The Center provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies. Let Kecia help you navigate the territory of social media.