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LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education

85 EpisodesProduced by Jamie SaponaroWebsite

Jamie Saponaro and Jerri Kemble are two lively ladies passionate about education. Further flamed by the many changes in schools in 2020, they set out to make a positive contribution to the profession they love by creating LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education. LinkedUp’s mission is to have live… read more


Microsoft for Education: Innovations Coming Our Way

This week, Jamie and Jerri sit down with Serena Sacks-Mandel, US Education Customer Success General Manager for Microsoft. No stranger to innovation, Microsoft is revolutionizing education through Open Education Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

Focusing explicitly on reading and dyslexia, Sacks-Mandel takes listeners on a deeper dive into how Microsoft is improving student learning through tools you may use every day, including Microsoft Teams.



Serena Sacks-Mandel is an award-winning global technology and business leader. For over 30 years, she has helped corporate, public, and non-profit organizations fulfill their missions through effective leadership, process excellence, and strategy-focused execution. In the public sector, Ms. Sacks-Mandel was the CIO of Fulton County Public Schools where she implemented personalized learning at scale for nearly 100K students and led the first large school district into remote education at the start of the 2020 pandemic. Previously, she was CIO of Florida Virtual School, where she supported over 600K students in the nation’s oldest and largest online K-12 school. The recipient of several awards, Sacks-Mandel’s recent accolades include being recognized as a 2021 Global Top 100 Visionaries in Education and Technology Leader by GFEL, HMG Strategies’ 2020 Technology Executives Who Matter, and Global Women in IT Summit & Awards’ 2019 Woman of the Year.


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