A Career Growth Workshop Presented by ISTE Membership

At ISTE Aspire, you’ll reignite enthusiasm for your work and learn how to leverage your strengths to take your career to the next level! Hear from educators who have unique career paths, and ask questions about what it takes to continue to grow. Whether it’s moving to a school leadership position, taking on a special project or exploring an education-related side gig, we’ve got the specifics you need. You’ll walk away from this workshop feeling reenergized and equipped with tools and tips to help you thrive.

Plus, all Aspire live event attendees receive a free TED Masterclass course! This online PD will guide you in identifying, developing and sharing your big ideas for education. You’ll discover how to best communicate and share your professional strengths, experiences and aspirations!

Thanks for Attending ISTE Aspire!

Thank you to all who joined us at the first-ever ISTE Aspire in February 2023! Registered attendees may access the session recordings by following the instructions included in the post-event email. Please email membership@iste.org with any questions.




Johnathan George headshot

Jonathan George

CEO, Unleash Your Rockstar Branding Agency; Founder, RockMyCampus.com

Richard Culatta headshot

Richard Culatta



Alejandro Gonzalez Ojeda headshot

Alejandro Gonzalez Ojeda, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

Sawsan Jaber headshot

Sawsan Jaber, Ph.D., NBCT

Educator and Consultant


Marlon Styles headshot

Marlon Styles

Superintendent, Middletown City Schools

Adam Bellow headshot

Adam Bellow

Entrepreneur, Breakout EDU

Tinashe Blanchet headshot

Tinashe Blanchet

Product Specialist, Equatio

Lindsay Prendergast headshot

Lindsay Prendergast

Leadership Coach

Starr Sackstein headshot

Starr Sackstein

COO, Mastery Portfolio

Clara Alaniz headshot

Clara Alaniz

Digital Learning Specialist, Plano ISD

Natalie Pough headshot

Natalie Pough, Ed.D.

Mathematics Teacher, Ron Clark Academy

Sonn Sam headshot

Sonn Sam, Ed.D.

National Director of Partnerships, Big Picture Learning

Marcus Belin headshot

Marcus Belin, Ed.D.

Principal, Huntley High School

Lakisha Brinson headshot

Lakisha Brinson-Thomas, Ed.D.

Director of Instructional Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools

PJ Caposey headshot

PJ Caposey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools, Meridian 223

Heidi Ellis headshot

Heidi Ellis

Senior Director, Membership and District Strategy, ISTE




All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

3 p.m. | Opening Mainstage (45 mins)

Keynote: You’re an EduRockstar – The Power of Personal Branding in Education
In this interactive keynote, participants will learn the R.O.C.K.S.T.A.R. method that uses personal branding and social-emotional learning (SEL). It’s the same method that has been used to create many of the biggest young superstars in Hollywood. It focuses on self-awareness, authenticity and ownership to increase mental health, confidence, involvement and achievement among educators and students.

Speaker: Jonathan George, CEO of Unleash Your Rockstar Branding Agency, Founder of RockMyCampus.com

3:45 p.m. | Main Panel (30 mins)

Panel: Aspirations and Realities Navigating the Gap
No matter where you are in your professional journey, there is always something next  and that’s the beauty of using your talents and passions to inform your work. Learn how to navigate the gap between what you aspire to do and be and the realities you face daily.
Speakers: Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE and ASCD; Alejandro Gonzales Ojeda, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University; Sawsan Jaber, Ph.D., NBCT, Educator and Consultant; Marlon Styles, Superintendent, Middletown City Schools

4:20 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (35 mins)

Lightning Talks: Develop Your Online Brand and Maximize Your Network
You have so much to offer the world, so be intentional with how you develop your brand and network! Join this concurrent session to learn strategies around online presence and how to connect, share and grow with other professionals.
Speakers: Adam Bellow, Entrepreneur, Breakout EDU; Tinashe Blanchet, Product Specialist, Equatio; Lindsay Prendergast, Leadership Coach; Starr Sackstein, COO, Mastery Portfolio 

Lightning Talks: Leverage Professional Development for Career Growth
Learning begets growth – that’s not a foreign concept for educators like you. But have you thought about how you can be intentional with professional development in order to grow your career? In this session, you'll discover how to build pathways that create meaning for you.
Speakers: Clara Alaniz, Digital Learning Specialist, Plano ISD; Natalie Pough, Ed.D., Mathematics Teacher; Sonn Sam, Ed.D., National Director of Partnerships, Big Picture Learning

Panel: Build Resilience to Reenergize Your Team
Humans are at the center of our work, but too often, individuals are forgotten when challenges arise. Get inspiration from these district leaders on how to champion team members and work through challenging times  all while keeping the human in mind.
Speakers: Marcus Belin, Ed.D., Principal, Huntley High School; Lakisha Brinson, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools; PJ Caposey, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Meridian 223

4:55 p.m. | Closing Mainstage (10 mins)
Come together with other event attendees one more time to wrap up what we learned. Plus, hear the winners of our prize giveaways!

5:05 p.m. | ISTE Aspire Networking (50 mins)

Take some time to connect with other educators during our designated networking hour. We'll have some fun activities to get everyone connected to build better futures together.



Thank you to our supportive partners!