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EdTech: Focus on K-12 explores technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution. EdTech: Focus on K-12 is published by CDW which is headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in North America and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 8,200 coworkers. For the trailing 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2015, the company generated net sales of almost $12.6 billion. For more information, visit www.CDW.com.

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About the Team

Ryan Petersen
Editor in Chief | Email
About: Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.
Vanessa Roberts
Editorial Director | Email
About: Vanessa has worked on the magazine since April 2005. Previously, she spent 18 years at Government Computer News, as managing editor, news editor and writer. In her former spare time, before her family-of-four years, she liked to read a book in one or two sittings and dive wrecks along the Carolina shores and reefs around any Caribbean island.
Tara E. Buck
Executive Editor | Email
About: Tara has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 13 years. She was the special publications editor at The Daily Record in Baltimore, which published a variety of legal- and business-focused supplements in addition to higher education and consumer guides. In her downtime, Tara enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband.
Jena Passut
Managing Editor | Email
About: Jena Passut is a veteran journalist, who started her reporting and editing career in newspapers before making the switch to association and B2B publishing. She currently serves as managing editor of EdTech: Focus on K–12. In her spare time, Jena enjoys exploring with her husband and two young sons and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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Kevin Hambel
David Vogin
Lance Pettiford

Copy Editors

Allison Leopold
Ellen Wu

Project Managers

Hanorah Srihari
Macy Kinde

Photo Editor

Sara Elder


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Ad Design & Production

Tina McCartney
Tom Crawford


Liz White
Mark Pazdan

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Vice President, K–12 Education

David Hutchins

Editorial Calendar

Read the editorial calendar for the quarterly print magazine.


Themes Trending
Cloud Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations Planning in K–12
Managing Risk Wi-Fi Anywhere
Security How to Future-Proof Your Schools
  What’s on the Horizon for Online Learning?
  2018 Education Tech Trends

Tech to Watch Events
AI and Student Success (Big Data Analytics) FETC (January)
Ransomware Tools and Tactics TCEA (February)
Microsegmentation ICE (February)
All-Flash Storage CoSN (March)
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Building Blocks CUE (March)
  50 Must-Read K–12 Blogs List (March)


Themes Trending
Changing the Way Users Work Using Cloud and Collaboration Tools for Global Success
Collaboration Schools Embrace STEM Spaces
Mobility E-Rate Dollars Propel Tech Spending
Networking Data Centers Go Modular


Tech to Watch Events
AI and Machine Learning ISTE (June)
Managing Endpoint Security Graduation/End of the School Year (May/June)
Network Management Control Summertime — Preparing for Back to School
VR and Professional Development Prepping for Summer Upgrades and IT Initiatives
Drones In and Out of the Classroom  


Themes Trending
Cloud Learning Spaces Go High Tech
Data Center Educators Who Embrace Personalized Learning Demand Collaborative Technologies and Classroom Spaces
Managing Risk Professional Development Drives Successful Tech Adoptions
Networking Digital and Physical Security: What Keeps IT Teams Up at Night?
Upgrading and Preparing for the Future  


Tech to Watch Events
Next-Gen Anti-Virus Ready for the New School Year
Hardware with Built-In Security  
IoT: Power and Cooling  
Seamless Collaboration Tools  
Platform as a Service  


Themes Trending
Collaboration Infrastructure Upgrades Support Open Educational Resources in Schools
Digital Transformation 2018 Tech Year in Review/2019 Top K–12 Tech Trends
Mobility Striving for the Completely Connected Classroom
Security How to Keep Student and Staff Data Private


Tech to Watch Events
Cognitive Endpoint Security National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
IoT Security  
Edge Processing  
Software-Defined Data Center  
Apr 25 2014