School leaders are often faced with solving difficult problems that seem to become more challenging as technology is added into the equation. From Momo to sexting to cyberbullying to personnel decisions we will work through how we take on school leadership issues and how technology, including the tools Google offers us, impacts how we make decisions, brings challenges our way, and helps us solve them. All school administrators - all levels
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.