Continuing the Instruction Process for Everyone
In the Learning Counsel’s Regional Digital Transition Discussion for Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, educators and administrators from the deep South and around the country came together virtually to share newly crafted best practices for remote and hybrid learning. Though the challenges may sound familiar, you’ll find innovative solutions that are working for schools and districts of all sizes and demographic makeup. No matter where you are in your digital journey, you’ll learn about new strategies that are sure to help you continue the instructional process for every learner.
According to Sandra Paul, Director of IT and Operations at the Township of Union Public Schools, “Previous teaching was done as a teach on the stage role in classrooms. But we've gotten to the point with both remote and hybrid learning that this doesn't quite work. It's a little bit different than a teacher being on in front of a classroom or rows of desks. In many cases, those doesn't exist anymore. So, with that in mind, the whole concept of education and the whole concept of instruction has changed the pedagogy. All that teaching is definitely taking a 180-degree turn. And we're all going through this together. No one anticipated that this would happen. And due to that reason, we're all learning basically as we go. We're trying to all accommodate as much as we can for our students and our teachers to ensure that the instructional process continues for everyone, all stakeholders in the community.”
When you need to improve your virtual learning program, it makes sense to turn to an expert. Sara Mungall is the Director of Secondary Curriculum & Technology at University View Academy. They have been doing virtual learning in Baton Rouge for ten years now and have learned a great deal along the way. In this session, you will explore five important considerations for virtual learning: Support for Learning Tools and Flexibility, Visible Structure, Communication, Collaboration and Involving Students in their Learning.
No matter where you are in America, delivering instruction can feel like a roller coaster ride, hanging upside down and going sideways too fast, or even too slow, and keeping up with all the pivots from the pandemic. For Lisa Lund, Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services at Denver Public Schools, her small team of seven tech people and three digital coaches is meeting the challenges of a 90,000-student district. Hear how Denver Public Schools is using professional learning, available technology, creativity and more than a little common sense to consistently meet and then overcome their challenges. And since their challenges are likely your challenges, you’ll find strategies you can begin using today.
One thing we can all say with certainty is these are uncertain times. In this presentation by Andrew Gardner, Principal at Jackson Junior High School, you’ll hear methods and strategies for educational leadership in times of change and uncertainty. Learn how to balance your roles as administrator supporter and visionary as you move into this digital age.
Midland is not your typical town. It is isolated by 300 miles of dirt on all sides and has been slow to the digital transition. But Midland is making up ground quickly, and they are doing so on the strength of their own teachers. In this educator session, you’ll hear how Dr. Leslie Sparacello, Principal at Midland Senior High School brought PD in house by helping teachers become Rockstar experts and then sharing that knowledge with their peers. It’s a fascinating look at how to move successfully through the new digital normal and grow your staff as purveyors of digital excellence.
According to Sandra Paul, Director of IT and Operations at Township of Union Public Schools in New Jersey, “Sometimes you have to just do what you can in order to get things done.” Hear how Paul and the Township of Union Public Schools use “creativity in a crisis” to solve the many challenges all districts almost every district in America is facing as they model hybrid learning effectively, reaching out to ensure that virtually every learner gets what he or she needs to thrive in this new era of digital instruction.
The Local Panel of Administrators is a must-see discussion for every educator. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear Sandra Paul, Director of IT and Operations at Township of Union Public Schools, Samantha Duchscherer, Instructional Technology Coordinator at the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, and Dr. Queesha Tillman, Assistant Principal at the Loyd E. Auman Elementary School in Cumberland County get into the nitty gritty about how their respective districts met the challenges of transition to hybrid learning. The solutions come fast, and you’ll want to pay careful attention t every word. You are sure to find multiple solutions to help your learners prosper.