Education Technology Industry Network Appoints Chris Lohse as Senior VP and Managing Director

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Education Technology Industry Network Appoints Chris Lohse as Senior VP and Managing Director
 With large shoes to fill, Lohse will take over after the retirement of longtime industry leader Karen Billings

WASHINGTON (August 11, 2016) –– The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces the appointment of Chris Lohse as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN. With over fifteen years of experience in education, Lohse began his career as a chemistry, biology and physics educator and later worked in research and development as well as strategic partnerships in the education technology space.

“We are thrilled to have Chris Lohse join the SIIA family as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN,” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “Chris is a true thought leader on the role of technology in propelling student achievement.”

Lohse’s appointment comes as a result of the retirement of education technology leader Karen Billings. Billings holds more than 40 years of experience in the education technology industry, including positions in management, development, marketing, sales and classroom teaching.

“I have had such a fulfilling career in education technology and am so thankful for the experiences I’ve had and relationships I’ve gained,” Billings said. “Given Chris’ esteemed qualifications and background, I am excited to see what’s in store and am confident he will be successful.”

Christopher Lohse comes to the role from his work as Vice President of Government Affairs for Renaissance Learning, Inc. where he led federal government relations, managed state government affairs in several states, and contributed to research strategy, having led similar work as Vice President of Strategic Affairs for Pearson.

Prior to working in the private sector, Chris served on the leadership team of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Chris led CCSSO’s Research & Development discovery process, meant to produce the Council blueprint for how the organization, and its members, could act to facilitate the development of more meaningful R&D efforts to generate more substantive innovation in the education sector. He also ran several investigations on system effectiveness for states, built new metrics for exploring learner performance, and detailed a novel performance profile of the United States to help leaders understand how best to intervene to support systems-change.

“Karen Billings’ legacy in building support, resources, and camaraderie for a diverse network of education companies represents an enduring and significant contribution to education. It is a legacy worthy of our sector’s collective admiration and appreciation,” Lohse said. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to further her aspirations and ambitions for what’s next for our industry sector as a whole, and for each company comprising the Education Technology Information Network’s (ETIN’s) impressive portfolio of member firms.”

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About ETIN
 (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. For more information, visit





NY’s Urban Assembly Discusses Social & Emotional Learning in a Special Education Setting in Aug. 18, 2016 Webinar



Charlotte N.C. – Aug. 1, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson will host New York City’s  Urban Assembly to share insights on using SEL assessments and strategies with a special education population during a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST, Aug. 18, 2016. To register for the webinar, visit or click here.


“The DESSA in Special Ed Setting” webinar will offer tools and guidance to educators and administrators on using the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA) in a special education setting. The DESSA is a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies.


The webinar will feature:


  • David Adams, Director of Social-Emotional Learning for the Urban Assembly, a network of schools serving high-need students in New York City. David previously was the Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for District 75 in New York where he shaped the district’s approach to social-emotional learning for students with severe cognitive and behavioral challenges.



  • Marc Kirsch, Business Development Manager for Apperson. Marc helped develop Apperson’s social-emotional assessment products including Evo Social & Emotional, which uses the DESSA to measure students’ social emotional competencies.


The webinar is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools. Apperson offers an online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provide strategies for instruction and intervention. Evo SEL features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA), a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies.


About Apperson

Apperson’s Evo SEL is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides the online platform for administering the DESSA and DESSA Mini universal screeners to quickly identify students’ SEL competencies. It also provides resources and activities to address SEL gaps. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs. For more information, go to


itslearning Webinar Alert:

Student Engagement Strategies With Alan November

Using Technology to Create Learner-Centered Environments and Practices


WHAT: A free webinar for K-12 educators and administrators tasked with the all-important task of engaging students in the classroom with technology to create learner-centered environments.


PRESENTER: Alan November, international educational innovator and edtech consultant


WHEN:            Thursday, August 25 – 1pm EST





Newton, MA – Aug. 11, 2016— Students are not engaged in the classroom like they should be, and educators are searching for ways to bridge this gap to create the best learning environment for each of their students. Modern technologies are making it easier to engage students, but choosing the right technologies to support student engagement in the classroom is a difficult task, and one with an important goal: creating learner-centered environments in which students can thrive.


On Thursday, 8/25 at 1 PM EST (12 PM CST, 10 AM PST), Alan November will give a live presentation on Student Engagement. Learn strategies for supporting learner agency, creating environments where students feel safe to take risks and engage in valuable peer learning opportunities, and helping students develop critical learning skills to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to:


About itslearning

Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in Boston, Atlanta and multiple locations around the world. For more information, visit