About Ann McMullan
Ann McMullan is an education consultant based in Los Angeles, California who works throughout the United States and internationally as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership, professional development and educational technology. Ann is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences. She was recently named Project Director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Program.
Additionally Ann is a contributor to educational publications, including eSchoolNews, EdNET Insight and Scholastic EduPulse. Ann currently serves on the local board of Power My Learning Los Angeles. Power My Learning is a national education nonprofit that helps students in low-income communities – together with their teachers and families – harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes.
Prior to her family’s September 2013 move to Los Angeles, Ann McMullan was the Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas, serving over 50,000 students. For sixteen years, Ann led the district team that provides professional development on 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators. She was also the district’s lead administrator for the library services department.
Klein ISD recognized and thanked Ann for her leadership when she left the district in 2013 by naming a section of the Klein ISD Multipurpose Building the Ann McMullan Educational Technology Hall.
Klein ISD is recognized as an early innovator and national leader in educational technology. The district’s innovative practices around transforming learning and teaching through technology are featured in the Texas Education Agency’s Power on Texas video series.
Klein was one of five spotlight districts in the Alliance for Excellent Education’s first national Digital Learning Day, held in February 2012. The National School Boards Association Technology Leadership Network selected Klein to host one of their four 2012 Education Technology Site Visits.
In 2012 and again in 2013, Klein ISD was named one of the Top Ten Large US School Districts Honored for Technology Know-How by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. The Klein School District continues to be acclaimed for its leadership in educational technology.
The Klein district has successfully implemented a district wide technology program that incorporate a wide variety of technology-based learning tools in all KISD classrooms which support teaching and learning in all grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, six schools in Klein ISD, including all four of the district’s high schools, currently have successful 1 to 1 Tablet PC computing programs.
The total number of students in Klein ISD who attend school every day in a one-to-one learning environment now exceeds 15,000. Tablet PCs are also incorporated into other special programs in the district.
From 2004 to 2006 Ann served as the co-chair of the Texas Educational Technology Advisory Committee which produced the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020, used by the state legislature and school districts across Texas for the planning and implementation of technology for learning in all content areas, Pre-K to grade 12.
The Houston Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing presented Ann with their Leadership in Technology Award in 2005. This was the first time the chapter award was given to someone working outside the IT sector, in K-12 education.
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has awarded Ann the Making It Happen Award, in recognition of her educational technology leadership, commitment and innovation.
In February 2010 Ann received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Technology in Learning from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Ann was recognized as a 2012 nominee for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in K-12 education.
Ann was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and lived in the Houston, TX area for 37 years. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Secondary Education. Political Science and Speech were her two teaching areas, and she also has a Social Studies Composite Teaching Certification. She earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration at Stephen F. Austin University, at Nacogdoches, TX. She is also certified by Microsoft as a Microsoft Innovative Educator & Trainer to provide professional development sessions on the entire Microsoft Suite of Applications for Education (i.e. OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, Office 365) and trainer of others to provide the same services.
She worked in Klein ISD (just outside Houston, TX) for 34 years. She worked eighteen years as a classroom teacher, and sixteen years as a district leader for educational technology. Her final role (last 6 years) was as Executive Director for Educational Technology.
Ann’s husband (Pat McMullan) worked for Compaq and Hewlett Packard in Houston, TX. Shortly after he retired, they moved to Los Angeles, CA in September 2013 to live closer to their two grown sons (and their families) who both live in the Los Angeles area. P.J. McMullan is a professional photographer, specializing in architecture. Kevin McMullan is a voice-over director for video games and animation.
Highlights of Recent Client Work
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) – Consultant for Professional Advancement Committee
Future Ready Schools (FRS) Program, Alliance for Excellent Education – Consultant on the development of an Engagement Strategy for School Districts using the FRS Dashboard.
International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) – Professional Development Specialist: Teacher & School Administrator Workshops in EagleMountain–Saginaw ISD, Fort Worth TX on the Collaborative Review Process and the Rigor and Relevance Framework Teacher & School Administrator Workshop at BOSS (Buckeye Online School for Student Success) in East Liverpool, OH on Formative Assessment in an Online Teaching and Learning Environment
Future Ready Schools Regional Summits in San Francisco, CA, Houston, TX & Orange County, CA (facilitated session on Professional Learning).
Project Tomorrow: Research on Impact of Speak Up Survey with school district leaders across the US. Julie Evans, CEO Project Tomorrow, is using sections of Ann’s survey work and report in various publications and venues.
California STEM Symposium: Session on SpeakUp Survey Results: Gender Divide in STEM Fields
One-to-One Institute: Cisco Education Team Telepresence. Participated at the Cisco offices in Glendale, CA. Audience was members of the Cisco Northeast region account managers and their school district representatives.
Lesson Planet: Networking and meetings at SXSWedu in Austin. Advisor, Lesson Planet Leadership Summits.
EnCorpsSTEM: Presented workshops on transforming learning and teaching through technology at the institutes in southern and northern California
Educational Collaborators: One Day Teacher Workshop on Digital Learning, Jefferson County School District, Florida.
Bigham Technology Solutions for CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) – Telephone Interviews and written reports for upcoming online course on Student Data Privacy.
Metiri Group – Moderate online focus groups with school admins regarding teacher PD.
PDLN (Professional Development Learning Network) – Education Consultant Advisor
Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Trainer – Certified to provide professional development sessions on the entire Microsoft Suite of Applications for Education (i.e. OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, Office 365) and train others to do the same.