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. 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.