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Ann has spent 30 years working at the intersection of policy and practice to support K-12 school and industry leaders. As the National School Boards Association’s Director of Education Innovation, Flynn oversaw membership programs, site visits, events, and established the “20 to Watch” and Technology Innovation Showcase recognition programs for emerging leaders and start-up companies. She focused on innovative approaches for teaching and learning, administrative practices, communications and digital equity.

Specific Expertise Includes:

Education and Association Outreach: Recommendations and management of educators engaged in research projects and advisory boards; relationship building with education associations for projects and events including webinars and social media collaborations; creation of award and/or recognition programs.

Strategic, marketing, and product insights: Collaboration with stakeholders across multiple education topics including evaluation of conference audiences and opportunities that best align products and events to maximize marketing investments; research on potential policy and funding impacts.

Qualitative Research: Environmental scans, feasibility studies, traditional and online focus group discussion guides, moderation and analysis; organizational program audits and operation reviews.

She received her B.S.E. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas and her Ed.D. from the University of Virginia in Higher Education Administration. She completed a DEI Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business in 2021.

Ann is a past President of the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training (NCTET) and has been active with the edtech industry DOLS for more than 20 years. In 2014, she was honored as one of the 30 Top Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education where she is currently a Senior Fellow.

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