Great Plains Summit: July 16th to 17th, 2020

Better Communication Through Technology

Session Description

One of the greatest challenges as a school leader is communicating effectively with a large audience. This session will focus on using social media, video, and text based messaging to the variety of audiences we need to reach out to on a regular basis. We will look at a variety of real life examples of how to work around these challenges. School leaders - all levels


Session Schedule

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Session Presenter

Henry Thiele
Community High School District 99 Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Henry (Hank) Thiele is the superintendent of Community High School District 99, which includes Downers Grove North High School and Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. These two premier high schools, serve over 5,000 students, drawing from several area communities District 99 is recognized as one of the first districts to fully close the “Homework Gap” by ensuring every student has access at school and home to a computer, digital resources, and Internet access while working to enable students to “collaborate, reflect and empower” in their learning. District 99 is in the process of a major facilities refresh, through a Master Facility Plan, which was strongly supported by the community through a successful bond referendum in 2018. This work is underway and will fundamentally restructure the spaces in which District 99's students learn and provides new opportunities for the entire learning community. Dr. Thiele is well known for his expertise in educational technology with a focus on personalizing education through the lens of care. Throughout his career he has led others through the deployment of several large-scale initiatives related to teaching, learning, and technology. Examples include working with Google to bring Google for Education into many K-12 settings (including the first deployment of Google in the K-12 setting), launching full-scale 1:1 learning programs, transitioning print resources to digital platforms, and leading the districts to be recognized nationally for innovations in technology and learning. Dr. Thiele and his wife, Annel, have two children, Maria and Henry. He serves his community in many volunteer capacities in local schools and athletic programs. Dr. Thiele is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with a B.A. in Secondary Education with majors in Physical Science and Instrumental Music. His graduate coursework including studies in Teaching, Learning, Administration, and Organizational Change took place as he earned a M.A. and Ed.D. from Roosevelt University in Chicago followed by post-doctoral work at Loyola University, Chicago.