John Kuglin is known as a technology pioneer and a visionary leader in K-16 education. John Kuglin has been featured on CNN for his innovative uses of technology in the classroom, has testified before the US Senate on classroom technologies, and served as consultant and on-air host for a 10 part technology series on the Learning Channel. John Kuglin was identified as one of the Top 25 Education Technology Advocates in the United States by District Administrator magazine, as well as awarded the Power Teacher designation – one of only ten such designations in the country – by USA Today. He is also a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker addressing the nation’s largest technology conferences.
John Kuglin‘s career began as a teacher and then was promoted to Technology Director in Missoula, Montana. Early in his career, he developed and directed two nationally known technology-training centers for Telecommunications, Inc., the nation’s largest cable company at that time. John served as Senior Director of Technology for McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning) a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s research and development lab system which serves all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. From this position, he was recruited by the University of Montana to serve as an Associate Dean and a NASA grant administrator for the University. After retiring from UM, John served as VP for Education and Training for ComChoice, Inc. There he conceptualized and helped to develop products that enhanced feature films to serve as standards-based instructional materials. To regain first-hand, practical knowledge of the current state of public education, John returned to a K-12 district in 2006 to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the Eagle County School District in Vail, Colorado. There, he successfully oversaw the complete rebuild of the district’s technology systems funded through the passage of a $128 million dollar bond which he helped to secure. For three years, he researched and directed the technology components for the bond construction projects, as well as managed all facets of technology learning in the District’s 18 schools. His experience is current, practical and relevant to the actual status of technology, students, and learning in America’s schools today.
In July 2009, John Kuglin decided to apply this wealth of experience to restructure his career to serve as a consultant for many organizations. He is a Senior Consultant for a Hollywood based company bridging feature films with standards-based curriculum materials. He serves on the Board for the Council for 21st Century Learning in Denver, Colorado, as well as consults for several school districts, government agencies and corporations. John Kuglin also continues to serve as a national keynote speaker. He brings over 35 combined years of experience in education, telecommunications, television production, and Internet technology to these efforts.
John Kuglin holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana, Western where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2003. He also earned a Masters of Education degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.