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Romy Backus

Student Information Systems Specialist

American School of Dubai

Romy is an expert PowerSchool SIS administrator, trainer, customizer, consultant, and community leader.  In addition to her position as SIS Specialist at the American School of Dubai, she serves as Chairperson of the Middle East & Africa PowerSchool Users' Group, coordinating the group's annual regional conference and supporting members throughout the year.  She also maintains several well-known plugins and presents regularly at conferences in Europe and the United States. Romy is the winner of PowerSchool's 2023 International Champion of the Year Award, and enjoys working closely with schools to represent their voice, create connections among the wider community, and support student learning around the world.


31 October, 2023 | 10:55 to 11:40
Framework for the Future: How Advancements in Security, Data Accessibility, and Artificial Intelligence are Transforming Personalized Education and Workforce Readiness

The session explores the role of technology in education and workforce preparedness. Guided by moderator Sam Sale, panellists include Waseem Eid, EdTech pioneer from PowerSchool, Joseph Nettikaden from Esol Education and Romy Backus from American School of Dubai, and Mohamed Alaaeldin Mostafa from Amazon Web Services. The dialogue will explore AI's role in student success, the transformative impact of data in shaping educational trajectories, and the significant importance of security. Key points include: -The significance of security measures in global EdTech ecosystems (K-12 EdTech Secure by Design pledge) -Investing in cybersecurity to protect customers (1 billion cyber-attacks -PowerSchool) -Maintaining data protection high standards (AWS) -Data accessibility and efficient use of data for assessing student performance -Personalized education and teacher efficiency.