Digital Transformation

While various forms of technology enable digital transformation, it is not defined by technology alone. Digital transformation can range from one classroom to district-wide impact and can use cutting-edge technologies or low-tech models. Regardless of scope, digital transformation is contingent on impacting education enabled by strategic thinking and effective implementation of relevant technology.

Join Education Strategist Ari Flewelling (CDWG) for a conversation with Superintendent Mike R. McCormick (Val Verde Unified School District, Perris, Ca) and Director of Digital Curriculum Mariel Milano (Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Fl). Together, they’ll share their district’s digital transformation journey and their plans for the future of education.

Michael R. McCormick

Superintendent, Val Verde Unified School District

Perris, CA

Michael R. McCormick is the superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District. He is known for his passion for innovation and helping students acquire their higher education aspirations. Before becoming superintendent, Michael served for six years as the Assistant Superintendent for Education Services for Val Verde USD. Under his leadership, VVUSD has been recognized by the Leadership Policy Institute (2019) as a California school district that is “Beating the Odds” for African American and Hispanic students and Education Trust West named Val Verde USD as, “tops among California districts Closing the Achievement Gap.” He participated as a member of the Riverside County contingent of educators summoned by the White House to a meeting at the U.S. Department of Education to create the Riverside County Education Collaborative and connect with the College Day of Opportunity.

Mariel Milano

Director of Digital Curriculum, Orange County Public Schools

Orlando, FL

Mariel Milano, is the Director for Digital Curriculum for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). In this role, she managed the LaunchED professional development program, a four year cycle of continuous growth leading administrator, teachers, and parents from the basic adoption of to the transformative use of technology in a 1:1 environment. The LaunchED digital learning program currently serves over 200,000 students K12. A lifelong educator, prior to this role, Mariel has served as a K-12 STEM and PSELL Coordinator, Elementary Science District Resource Teacher, Teacher of Gifted Students, and Elementary School Teacher.

Dominic Caguioa

Coordinator of Instructional Leadership Support, Instructional Technology Initiative, LAUSD

Los Angeles, California

Dominic Caguioa is the Coordinator of Instructional Leadership Support for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI). In this role, he leads the ITI team in designing and delivering professional learning around expansion of computer science, advancement of digital citizenship, and implementation of the ISTE Standards, among many other initiatives, to serve the over 25,000 educators and leaders of L.A. Unified. He coordinates system-wide efforts such as remote, distance, and hybrid learning through direct support for school leadership teams, teacher leaders and coaches’ cohorts, and pilot schools. Dominic’s work to expand computer science extends beyond LAUSD. He has been providing computer science fundamentals workshops in California through, bringing the core concepts of computer science to elementary schools and increasing participation of underrepresented students in this field of study. He also supports’s cadre of professional learning facilitators by providing a "train the trainer" approach in preparing them to lead workshops nationwide. He’s a National Board Certified Teacher in special education, and has worked with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a consultant. In his spare time, Dominic is setting up an education nonprofit in his home country, the Philippines, to provide EdTech learning opportunities for kids and adults.

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