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Renee Patton

Director of Education

US Public Sector Education

Renee Patton is the leader of US Public Sector Education at Cisco.  In this role, she is responsible for Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for education and manages a team of education consultants who help customers realize their educational visions through the logical placement of technology within schools, colleges, and universities.

She has over 19 years of business, management, sales, and marketing experience in both small start-up and large corporate environments, including Siemens. She ran her own marketing consulting firm for over seven years prior to joining Cisco full time.

Prior to moving into US Public Sector, Renee served as Worldwide Industry Marketing Education Lead within Cisco’s Corporate Marketing Organization where she was responsible for developing Cisco’s education messaging platform and driving Cisco’s position in the education market.  Prior to this role, she managed Cisco’s national E-rate Program and served as the lead for US Education Field Marketing.

While studying for her Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford, Renee began teaching high school English and French, coaching cross-country, and moderating the student yearbook and newspaper.  She then spent four years on the Los Gatos-Saratoga JUHS Board of Trustees and was responsible for managing policy and a $20M district budget.

She brings a clear perspective to addressing business issues and an in-depth understanding of the K-12 and Higher Education markets.  She is particularly interested in trends driving the massive shift in education delivery models, new educational approaches, and ways that technology can help to engage learners and prepare teachers.  Renee is a Lions' Club Member and is on the board  of the Los Gatos High School Alumni Association.  She holds a BA degree in English from Santa Clara University and an MA in Education from Stanford University.

 

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November 8, 2019

EDUCATION

A Lesson in STEM: When a Teacher Becomes Student, It’s a Game Changer

The CyberPatriot competition and Cisco Networking Academy are helping schools empower a new generation of STEM education. Find out how.

October 17, 2019

EDUCATION

The Future of Education

The future of education opens a new world of possibility. Explore how technology will shape the teaching, learning, and communities of tomorrow.

July 11, 2019

EDUCATION

Teachers as Problem Solvers: Mars Classroom Simulator Puts Technology in Students’ Hands

In my last post, I discussed the impact of Teachers as entrepreneurs. After returning from the International Society for Education Technology (ISTE) 2019 show, I’m thinking about teachers as...

June 19, 2019

EDUCATION

Teachers as Entrepreneurs: Applying Ed Tech to Better Learning Outcomes

I happened across a great (albeit non-Webster’s) definition of “entrepreneur” from the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center website today: -- Entrepreneur/ noun en.tre.pre.neur Someone who’s willing to sacrifice sleep, sanity,...

February 28, 2019

EDUCATION

Creating Learning Spaces that Promote Active Learning

Learning can take place anytime, anywhere, and on any device.  Learning is no longer confined to a physical time or location – it happens in spaces that transcend traditional, physical...

January 24, 2019

EDUCATION

From Places to Spaces: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Do you remember when school used to be a place? Do you recall going to a building, finding a classroom, locating your desk, and sitting in your row for an...

April 5, 2018

EDUCATION

My Top 3 takeaways from CoSN 2018

Designing Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution was the CoSN theme, and I’ve thought about what this industrial revolution, connecting the physical, digital, and biological worlds, might mean to educators.

March 19, 2018

EDUCATION

Going digital? 5 change management tips for schools

Managing the convergence of technology and pedagogy can be challenging. Discover how these 5 organizational change management strategies can help you create next-generation learning environments.

October 12, 2017

EDUCATION

Cisco, E-rate, and the Digital Journey in K-12

New and emerging technologies are fueling exciting innovation in education, and students are embracing new ways of learning. Funding support from the E-rate program helps make technology investments more affordable.