Jennifer LaGarde has served as a classroom
teacher, teacher librarian, digital teaching and learning
specialist, and consultant for the North Carolina Department of
Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional
Innovation. She currently works with educators and school and
district-level leaders worldwide to develop innovative
instructional practices. LaGarde's work has been recognized by
School Library Journal, The New York Times and
The Carnegie Corporation. She holds a master's degree in
library science from Appalachian State University and National
Board Certification in school library media.
Darren Hudgins is a former secondary social studies and career tech education (CTE) teacher, staff developer and coach, and is now director of instructional technology at the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC). In addition to his professional development responsibilities, Hudgins is the OETC events lead for several boutique events including IntegratED Portland | AcceleratED Portland, SPARK and Leading Schools. Hudgins holds an M.Ed. along with dual bachelor's degrees in human development and social sciences.