Nikki Navta's interest in technology started in college, when she created her senior thesis project using what was then a state-of-the-art computer, the Commodore Amiga. She majored in computer science and fine arts at St Lawrence University. During the last twenty years, she has been working behind-the-scenes to help textbook publishers such as National Geographic School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Harcourt incorporate digital tools and technology into K-12 curriculum and higher education.
In the rising age of digital education and games, her two teenage sons and their friends provide a touchstone for "what's cool and . . . not."
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Tom has been a successful sales & management executive for over 33 years. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups, including NCR, Apple, Pearson-PowerSchool, Compass Learning (Jostens), Plato (Lightspan Partnership), and Carnegie Learning.
In 2006 Tom established a consulting company to advise, direct, and deliver solutions for departments of educations, service centers, school districts, non-profits, and leading edge K-12 providers such as Zulama.
Amit Shah has been in publishing for over thirty years. He was Editor-in-Chief at Harcourt, overseeing Social Studies and Language Arts at Holt and heading up the Adult Education and GED department at Harcourt Supplemental. Prior to that, he headed the Social Studies department and Advanced Placement and Electives at Pearson Prentice Hall. He firmly believes that the new language of the century is digital.
Jodi Navta is formally trained as a journalist with newspaper, magazine, textbook and multimedia experience. After graduating from University of Michigan, and retiring from an 18-year career as a competitive athlete, she began her career at Sports Illustrated magazine. She attended graduate school at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and was a perfect fit for her family business, an educational services company for textbook publishers. Her 3-year-old daughter's ease of use with digital media, confirms that the next generation of students will intuitively integrate digital education into their educational experience. She is committed to being an innovator in that area of education.
Tom Barber has spent much of his working life in the textbook publishing field. At Allyn & Bacon, he wrote captions for Magruder’s American Government, the oldest-selling textbook in U.S. secondary schools. Later, he headed Social Studies departments at Houghton Mifflin, Prentice Hall, and Holt. He was Editor-in-Chief at Prentice Hall and Publisher at Holt. During those years, programs including Magruder's migrated online as the market saw the value in engaging students digitally.