Past Virtual Events

Learning Counsel flash internet seminars are designed to be rapid researched-based professional development for education executives and administrators. Leaders in edtech and district and school transformation share their experience, best-practices and tools on how they are making the shift.

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Past Event Recordings

See how the experience of JoAnne Glenn, Principal at the Pasco eSchool translates into academic success during this time of hybrid and virtual learning. According to Glenn, “There's like a sweet spot between having complete control and losing some of that academic freedom that really makes a classroom a vibrant experience for our kids but wanting to limit the burden on teachers. It's definitely been an experience in terms of establishing some different communication patterns in our district so that when teachers feel like an activity is not the best way to teach something, they have a way to collaborate with our curriculum specialist and rethink it.”

Dr. PJ Caposey, Superintendent at Meridian CUSD 223 helps us take a 30,000-foot view as he examines the opportunities for change brought by the pandemic. Learn how to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to create change and improve your district’s education for the long term. After all, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Todd Dugan, Superinendent at Bunker Hill CUSD #8 and James O'Hagan, Director of Digital & Virtual Learning at Racine United School District discuss the specifics of their districts’ digital transition in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Learn how to make virtual learning truly personal, the role of families, and how to innovate rapidly and creatively to meet student learning needs in a changing environment.

Todd Dugan, Superintendent at Bunker Hill CUSD #8 in South Central Illinois has been passionate about digital equity for many years. In his session, you’ll hear concrete examples and ideas along with some fascinating theories to help students gain access to the highest quality digital programming available and allow all students to reach their full potential. Learn how to analyze how your district is doing in five key areas.

Farheen Beg, Director of Technology at Butler SD 53 shares her district’s new professional development plan. “Whatever kind of teacher you are, you realize that you have to change and that there needs to be continuous learning,” said Beg. “We've had all of these tools and now we're maximizing the use of them because we don't have a choice, because without those tools we can't survive. I'm really proud of our teachers that the focus is still on how to improve teaching and learning. We haven't lost that focus, but now we are doing it digitally.”

Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent at Maine Township High School District 207 discusses learning structures that his district put into place. Since the turn of the 21st century, his school district has seen its poverty tripled, with two of the three high schools transitioning from majority high schools to majority minority high schools. Through the change, they have improved every metric for their students, including standardized test scores. Regardless of where you are on the continuum of this journey, you can begin now and find a way to not only handle what's going on today in your classrooms, but really thrive in those classrooms.

One of the highlights of every Learning Counsel Regional Digital Transition Discussion event is the Local Panel of Administrators. In this panel discussion, the region’s brightest and best school and district administrators get together to share ideas about what is working right now, with a special emphasis on ideas that you can take home and use in your own school or district. In this discussion, Dr. Thomas Langdon, Superintendent at Walkerville Public Schools, Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology at the Pickerington Local School District and Dr. Michael Martin, Principal at Buckeye Central High School look at teacher roles, tech implementation and the all-important question of learner engagement.

Kimberly Nidy is the Director of Technology, and Kristy Kropper is a teacher for the Viking Online program, both at North Canton City Schools. Kimberly and Kristy have a particular passion for learning. In this Educator Session on Models and Practice, You’ll hear how they see the pandemic as an “online opportunity,” a way to make learning fun and a way to encourage students to choose their own learning paths and follow their individual passions. There’s a lot to learn here, so get the note pad ready and hang on tight. Ideas are coming your way fast and furious(ly).

Very often, the tools we need the most are the most basic, yet we don’t fully maximize their utility. In this educator session, Dr. Thomas Ho, Director of Technology at Traders Point Christian School, opens the world of Google’s G Suite for Education and Google Meet and explains how his school has leveraged its effectiveness. You are sure to find new uses for your own teachers and students in this time of remote and hybrid instruction.

In education, we can learn a great deal from experimentation. Dr. Sharon Watkins, is the Principal/Executive Director of Academics at North Woods Career Prep HS. Her charter schools serve nontraditional students from age 15 to 21, the majority of whom are adults who have dropped out of a high school elsewhere and want to come back and earn a high school diploma. It's truly personalized learning; no two students have the same schedule because they each bring a unique transcript, unique needs and unique opportunities. The plan that her team wrote, Remote Plus, Plus, places all her students on a remote learning plan with some very interesting options – ideas that you can use in your own school or district immediately.