Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri - Hybrid Logistics, Secrets of Motivation, & Leading thru New Digital Learning Experience Standards

Mar 2 2021 to Mar 3 2021

Hybrid Logistics, Secrets of Motivation, & Leading thru New Digital Learning Experience Standards

12:00 – 4:00 pm each day Central Standard Time


This event is EduJedi Leadership Society Certified, educator attendees may claim a credential for attendance and certificate sent via email.


This virtual event is free to all educators. The EduJedi Leadership Society and Learning Counsel News Media & Research are responding to School and District needs with regional virtual 2-day events to bring both nationally significant insights and foster togetherness with local leaders sharing. 

Everyone responding to Learning Counsel surveys nationwide, over 27,000 educators from administrations in districts, schools and states, are concerned about defining what’s normal now.  Concerns range from streamlining lesson planning to recapturing missing students to managing special needs remotely.  The biggest two things were motivation and logistics. 

85% of educators are concerned about Student Motivation as their key issue in hybrid or remote learning. 

70% of administrators are concerned about the logistics of time and space in hybrid schooling and what that does to teaching. 

Learning Counsel has therefore put together special discussions centered around these two things primarily plus a much-needed new digital characteristics terms dictionary, and more. 



Tues. Mar. 2, 2021 12:00-4:00 P.M. Central Standard Time

Day 1 - Hybrid Logistics & Secrets of Motivation

12:00-12:30 p.m.  Hybrid Learning Discussion with Guest Educator:

     Samantha Duchscherer, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Jacksonville North Pulaski Schools District (AR)

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn: "Give Teachers and Administrators the Ability to Track Student Engagement"

Today’s education environment demands that schools are prepared for quick shifts between remote, in-person, and blended learning. Students need easy access to online resources. Teachers and administrators need actionable usage data. ClassLink makes the switch to remote learning less complicated by creating consistency in how students and staff engage with digital learning tools. Both teachers and administrators also have the ability to track engagement with these resources. 

Learn how districts are using ClassLink’s single sign-on and analytics platform to provide a consistent learning experience for students, whether they are in the classroom or on the couch at home.

     Jeremy Jackson, Senior Director of Instructional Technology

1:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn

1:30-2:00 p.m. Everything Changed: Using Space & Time Today and Hybrid Logistics Best Practices

     LeiLani Cauthen, CEO & Publisher, Learning Counsel News Media & Research

   Description:  What are the best practices being used in moving to hybrid, the behind-the-scenes logistics?  Interesting gaps have emerged that tech is rushing in to help.  New ideas like deploying PODs (Parents Over Development) teacher- leaders for neighborhoods to limit large gatherings on campuses, disassembling class structure into independent and distributed multi-grade home-rooms, partitioned on a campus, with tech to intersect students with teachers via auto-cohorting based on personalized pace for live or virtual classes using layered automated calendars tied to curriculum maps, and more. From the “we’re doing it on spreadsheets,” to the high-end systems, America’s schools are committed to delivering on the learning promise.  Find out what we’ve identified from numerous successful districts and schools, and what is yet to come now that hybrid and remote learning is here for all. 

2:00-2:30 p.mEducator Session on Hybrid Learning & Attendees Discussion: "SEL: Empowering Students & Staff to Lead Balanced, Confident Lives."

Blue Valley Schools, a suburban school district in Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City), has prioritized SEL as part of its commitment to ensuring engaging, meaningful, and extraordinary opportunities for all students and fostering cultures of balanced health and well-being for its stakeholders. Join two members of Blue Valley’s Academic Services Team, Dr. Kelly Wessel, Director of Professional Learning, and Brad Moser, Director of Blended Learning, as they provide a snapshot of their strategic efforts to embed SEL in daily learning experiences, prioritize SEL in professional learning, use blended learning strategies to personalize the development of SEL skills among students, staff and families, as well as the pivots they have made in light of COViD-19.

     Brad Moser, Director of Blended Learning, Blue Valley School District #229 (KS)

     Dr. Kelly Wessel, Director of Professional Learning, Blue Valley School District #229 (KS)

2:30-3:00 p.mEducator Session on Hybrid Learning & Attendees Discussion:

     Nick Cusumano, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Zumwalt School District R-II (MO)

3:00-4:00 p.m. Motivation Discussion - Featured Educator & Attendees Open Discussion

     Jeramie Davis, Digital Learning and Professional Development Coordinator, Andrea Cook, Digital Learning Coordinator & Joe Jarrett, Digital Learning Coordinator, Kansas City Public Schools (MO)


Wed. Mar 3, 2021 12:00-4:00 P.M. Central Standard Time

Day 2 - Leading Digital Learning Experience

12:00-12:30 p.m. Educator Session on the Digital Learning Experience:

     Ivy Nelson, Technology Integration Coordinator, Belton School District (MO)

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn:

1:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn: "Computing Power Users"

     Rick Griencewic, Senior Product Manager and Security, HP, Inc.

1:30-2:00 p.m. Digital Experience Standards, New Model of Instructional Design and Dictionary Defintions Workshop

     Chris McMurray, VP EduJedi Leadership, Learning Counsel

   Description: The experience of learning digitally is different than the traditional classroom whether hybrid or remote.  The EduJedi have been busy with creating a draft comparative model to the age-old ADDIES model of instructional design, plus a set of new Standards that acknowledge the emerging complexity in the software-side of choosing and using tools. Both of these new elements are accompanied with the new EduJedi Dictionary of terms.  This session presents these in brief and provides for discussion time about implementation and editing ideas from all attendees.  Be sure to read or at least scan your Dictionary prior to attending!  

2:00-2:30 p.m. New Standards & Basics Discussion with Educator: