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 multibrand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. A Fortune 500 company with multinational capabilities, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 8,900 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2018, the company generated net sales of approximately $16 billion. For more information about CDW, please 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.
Eli Zimmerman
Associate Editor| Email
About: Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication Frontline Medical News, where he reported on the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.
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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.


Transforming the Customer Experience
Managed Services
Managing Risk
Data Center
Speed Up PC Deployment
Using Professional Services
Rethinking Your Data Center
Data Loss Prevention
E-Rate Update: Using Category 1 Funding
Professional Development on a Local Level
2019 Ed Tech Trends
Tech to Watch
Modern learning environments
End of Support for Windows 7
3D Printing
FETC (January)
TCEA (February)
ICE (February)
50 Must-Read K–12 Bloggers list (March)


Internet of Things
Changing the Way Users Work
Digital Transformation
Managing Risk
Cut Data Center Costs with PDUs
Software-Defined Networking
Tech to Watch
Network Surveillance Cameras
Software Asset Management
Hybrid Cloud
CoSN (April)
ISTE (June)
Prepping for summer upgrades and IT initiatives
Graduation/End of the School Year (May/June)
Summertime — Preparing for Back to School


Managing Risk
Data Center
Identity and Access Management
Configuring and Managing Windows 10
Take on Student Hackers
Tech to Watch
Flash Storage
Infrastructure as a Service
Drones and Virtual Reality
Using VR/AR in the Classroom
Network Access Controls


Upgrading and Preparing for the Future
Digital Transformation
Workflow Automation
Blended Learning Tools
Emerging Technologies in K–12 Education
Endpoint Security Solutions
Data-driven decision making
2019 Tech Year in Review/2020 Top K–12 Tech Trends on the Horizon
Tech to Watch
Physical Security Solutions
CAD/CAM Software
Server Virtualization
Interactive Whiteboards
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October)
Apr 25 2014