Gathering Recap

Gathering 2019 in Review

Dallas, Texas
November 15—November 17

Becoming Expos of Learning is also known as a re-imagining through technology of the entire experience of learning to appeal to the current culture and boost achievement. There are many parts to this conversation, and the 2019 Gathering brought those into one place with experts and the latest in EdTech.

Educators tend to focus on policies, methods and practices. At the Gathering, the focus was on how a change in structure enables full personalization – a perfect blend of traditional and online that relies on tech logistics. Schools explored a reversed-engineered model in the same way that Uber and Amazon updated their industries for superior experience. The result was role flexibility never before enjoyed by teachers and administrators.

Experience the 2019 Gathering

The links below willl allow you to experience the excitement of the event.


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Tricia Kennedy

Executive Director, InstructionalDevelopment and SupportGwinnett County Public Schools, GA
Topic: Building a One-Stop Shop on theWay to Appptastic Learning for a Strong Competitive Future

Paulette Donnellon

San Diego County Board of Education, CA
Topic: Importance of Play

Sheryl Abshire

Retired Chief Technology Officer
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, LA
Topic: AI in Education Leadership

Eric Godfrey

Buckeye Union High School District, AZ
Topic: Whose Digital Learning Ecosystem is it Anyway?

LeiLani Cauthen

CEO & Publisher, the Learning Counsel
Founder, Knowstory
Topic: Beating Back Enrollment Loss by Becoming Expos of Learning

Educator Panels

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Being Appastic Panel
Tricia Kennedy

Executive Director, Instructional Development and Support Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA

Jack Kelanic

Chief Technology Officer Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX

James Butler

Senior Director Instructional Technology and Online Education, Tucson Unified School District

Panel Hosts:
Chris Everett

System Transformation Strategist Engage2Learn

Albert Martinez

Innovation & Technology Strategist Engage2Learn

Superintendents Panel
Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX

Dr. Jay Lang

Superintendent Chelmsford Public Schools Chelmsford, MA

Dr. Jamie Wilson

Superintendent Denton Independent School District Denton, TX

Panel Host: Harry Segoviano

Enterprise Account Manager Commscope

Winners Panel
Kahle Charles

Asst. Superintendent, Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction St. Vrain Valley Schools, CO

Skip Lee

Director of Curriculum Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD

Abraham Williams

Director of Information Technology Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School Perth Amboy, NJ

Panel Host: Chris McMurray

VP EduJedi Leadership the Learning Counsel

Award Winners

From left:
Sheryl Abshire, Retired Chief Technology Officer,Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, LA
LeiLani Cauthen, the Learning Counsel

From left:
Doug Cauthen, COO, the Learning Counsel;
St Vrain: Kahle Charles, John Ahrens, Patrick Mount, Jennifer McCartney;
LeiLani Cauthen, the Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel announced this year’s National Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX.

Over 400 schools and districts responded to this year’s national survey, including many first-time responders. Past press on the winners has reached 88 million views with press across multiple media outlets as well as the Learning Counsel’s own audience of 215,000 readers in education leadership.

According to LeiLani Cauthen, CEO of the Learning Counsel, “For insiders who know the education sector, the reason these awards are a big deal is because the Learning Counsel is not joking around about what constitutes good work. Our messages year over year when we visit your local cities and present workshops, when we publish our ongoing editorial and other research, and through our Special Reports on things like Systems Leadership, being Apptastic and more are incredibly well received by district and school administrators.These administrators tell me the effect of our research on what it means to transition digitally, what the definitions of things really are and how to look at digital curriculum with a knowing and aware critical eye are urgently needed and are deeply respected.” The Learning Counsel also bestowed its two highest awards: The EduJedi Knight Award, and the Lifetime Achievement award.

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2019 Survey Award Winners

Visit the Learning Counsel Gallery to see photos from the 2019 Gathering >>>