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

Dr. Michael Steele, Executive Principal at Metro Nashville Public Schools invented OoRah Leadership because he kept seeing too much failed leadership. When he was in his doctoral program, he listened to his professors talk about Transformational and Servant and Emotionally-Intelligent and Transactional leadership. But, according to Dr. Steele, you cannot be a great leader, unless you can encompass all those things. Hear how great (OoRah) leadership can play a significant part in your school’s success during this unusual time in education.

Dr. Travis Taylor, Instructional Technology Specialist at Little Rock School District explains the three core areas of the model, social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence, and how they work together to create the online educational experience for students. Want to have your students engaged and learning? This is must-have intelligence for every educator in the time of COVID-19.

“Vetting Resources for Data Governance,” with Ivy Nelson, Education Technology Manager at Belton School District #124 in Kansas City. Hear how this district accelerated their technology timeline, being careful to observe FERPA and COPPA compliance, and working through the myriad challenges involved. Then in our "Motivation in Math: How Blended Learning Transformed My Hybrid Model" segment, you’ll hear Sister Teresa Joy, Fifth Grade Teacher at St. Mary's School in Oak Ridge share how blended learning helped transform her fifth grade math class, fostering academic independence and motivation in each student, and she will pass along some best practices that could help this blended hybrid model work for you.

Districts around the nation have been pivoting in response to unprecedented circumstances for education amidst a global pandemic.  For Shelby County, this pivot meant creating the circumstances for high quality digital learning.  Learn more about the tools and techniques applied by the Chris Hill, Continuous Improvement Advisor and the Shelby County Schools Continuous Improvement Team to support schools in an all virtual learning environment. Then, you’ll hear from Dr. Amy Hunt, Chief Academic officer at the Park City School District in Utah, who will explain the “New Bouquet of Safety Protocols," her district’s approach to managing health and safety of our students and staff.

In this special panel discussion by top administrators, Dr. PJ Caposey, Superintendent of Meridian CUSD 223, Dr. Amy Hunt, Chief Academic Officer, of Park City School District, and Senator Howard Stephenson, Senator (Retired) from the State of Utah dig deep to find real meaning for us all in this time of transition. With change comes opportunity, and these education leaders help us define the long-term opportunities for our learners.

Rural counties can offer options to families, provide meaningful professional development, and stay true to instructional models and best practices in a time of uncertainty and great stress. Learn how Morri Pace, Coordinator of Innovative Learning at Powhatan County Public Schools supported administrators, teachers, and their community as they opened their first 4 weeks of school.

Dr. Powers, Headmaster will shares how he and his staff at Pinkerton Academy took the obstacles they faced and turned them into opportunities to learn and work in ways they would not have thought of before the pandemic hit. In a time of crisis, uncertainty and fear of the unknown, now more than ever the Astros are living by their motto: courtesy, respect and responsibility... and their hashtag #TogetherWeArePinkerton has become a true testament on how everyone is making it through this storm -- and that is by sticking together.

There are so many aspects of learning that are impacted by the shift to remote and hybrid learning- equity and the digital divide, SEL and trying to get our students connected, and even basic effective delivery of content and meaningful formative and summative assessment. Amid those conversations, remember that prompt and informative feedback is still crucial to student succes

During this presentation you will hear how Heather Hurley, Personalized Learning Specialist at Arlington Public Schools prepared students and teachers to move to virtual learning for the beginning of the 20-21 school year, including some very insightful tips on professional development that you can use immediately in your own school or district.

Hear how these districts were able to leverage technology and come to the realization that it doesn’t matter how many obstacles they face, the learning must continue. You’ll be amazed at what they have learned so far, the obstacles they have overcome, and how they were able to engage students under the most trying circumstances to deliver true, quality learning for their students.