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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.
Marcia Wade Talbert
Senior Editor | Email
About: Marcia Wade Talbert is a veteran journalist in the magazine and digital media industry with more than 10 years under her belt. Before working as the senior editor at Johnson Publishing Company's JET Magazine, she served as the technology editor at Black Enterprise Magazine, where she provided tech tips for entrepreneurs and busy professionals. ​
Meghan Bogardus Cortez
Associate Web Editor | Email
About: Meghan has worked in journalism since she was 16, starting at her local newspaper and most recently as an entertainment editor for AARP The Magazine. She has a background in magazine journalism and political science with a special interest in pop culture. A native of Pennsylvania, Meghan and enjoys traveling, creative writing, and reading anything and everything she can get her hands on.
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Ellen Wu

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Macy Kinde

Photo Editor

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Editorial Calendar

Read the editorial calendar for the quarterly print magazine.


Themes Trending
Classroom Future-Proof Your Data Center
Cloud Technologies in New Classroom Designs Support In-Demand Skills for the Future
Data Center Schools Use the Cloud to Support 1:1 or BYOD Programs
  2017 Trends: Top Classroom Tech for K-12

Tech to Watch E-News
Wearable Technology Mobility
4D Printing Data Center
Document Cameras Collaboration
Hyperconvergence Security
FETC (January)
TCEA (February)
Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs list (February)


Themes Trending
Cybersecurity Flipped for Learning: Tech Needed for Video Pedagogy
Classroom Recommendations for WAN Services in K-12 Schools
Networking Best Practices and Device Needs for Online Learning


Tech to Watch E-News
Gamification Security
Smart Switches Collaboration
3D Builders Data Center (Backup and Services)
CoSN 2017 (April)
Graduation/end of school year (May/June)
ISTE 2017 (June)


Themes Trending
Mobility How Tech Drives Nontraditional School Programs
Cloud CoSN E-Rate and Infrastructure Survey Highlights
Security Onboarding and Offboarding Students and Staff Devices with Security in Mind


Tech to Watch E-News
Wireless Networking Mobility
Wi-Fi and Video Security on Bus Routes Cloud
Asset Management Software Software
  Data Center
Back to School (September)


Themes Trending
Data Center Professional Development Goes the Distance
Networking Enhancing Security Once Chromebooks Go Home
Classroom Bandwidth for Testing and More
  2017 Tech Year in Review/2018 Top K–12 Tech Trends


Tech to Watch E-News
Individualized Learning Cloud
Virtual Reality Security
Cloud Computing Software
Bandwidth Management Mobility
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
Apr 25 2014