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

We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose the way in which we react. Even during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can react from a place of superior attitude, support and communication. According to Dr. Lee Buddy, Principal at Wade Park School, a part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, “Having a positive attitude, leading with our heart, understanding that our families are facing a variety of challenges. And just making sure that we're leading with our heart, with a caring attitude, we're being patient and we're being flexible.”

Dave E. Binkley Jr. is the Director of Instructional Technology at Strongsville City Schools in Northeast Ohio. His session on Hybrid organizing is a reboot, or more specifically, a reimagining of remote learning, as Binkley calls it an SEL-infused learning experience with a hint of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “We wanted to make sure that our new remote learning focused on the social, emotional learning aspects of our students, along with a hint of UDL at our secondary grades,” said Binkley. Enjoy this presentation, and see how the new Remote Learning 2.0 can help your district with forming connections, increasing rigor and encouraging student ownership of learning.

Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology at Pickerington Local School District shares his district’s simple yet very effective plan for remote, hybrid and traditional learning, and how they can efficiently move between the three at a moment’s notice. Using Teacher-Based Teams, Pickerington uses the individual expertise of his staff to propel learning for every student.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education is in a period of intellectual change and culture shift. As we work our way through the rigors of the pandemic and the many changes involved in a hybrid or fully remote environment, it is also worth exploring what the future holds. What are the long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic? How will education change, and what will be our roles in this future? You’ll hear Ivy Nelson, Education Technology Manager at Belton School District #124, Jessica Lotz, Director or Research & Performance Management at Shelby County Schools and Michael Steele, Executive Principal at Metro Nashville Public Schools ponder these questions and share some very practical advice.