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

Mar 23 2021 to Mar 24 2021

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

12:00 – 4:00 pm each day Eastern 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. 23, 2021 12:00-4:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Day 1 - Hybrid Logistics & Secrets of Motivation

12:00-12:30 p.m.  Hybrid Learning Discussion with Guest Educator: Speaker and Title TBD

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn: "Solve Your Top Three Digital Learning Challenges: Access, Engagement, and Rostering"

While juggling in-person and remote instruction models, leaders struggle to address three critical problems:

  • Ensuring students have access to a variety of digital learning resources
  • Measuring student engagement with those resources
  • Rostering student data quickly and a safely  

Many districts are turning to single sign-on solutions that include analytics and automated rostering to solve these issues. This session will illustrate how districts can use these platforms to provide consistent access to digital learning and drive student engagement at home and in the classroom. 

     Bob Chappell, VP of Instructional Technology, ClassLink

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: Title and Speaker TBD

2:30-3:00 p.m. Educator Session on Hybrid Learning & Attendees Discussion: Title and Speaker TBD

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


Wed. Mar 24, 2021 12:00-4:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Day 2 - Leading Digital Learning Experience

12:00-12:30 p.m. Educator Session on the Digital Learning Experience: "Implementing digital tools in a new digital environment"

Central Bucks School District has had an Interoperability Goal in our District Vision for the past five years as we work to move all of our tools to the cloud. The current pandemic response has forced us to accelerate and modify our current implementation process to meet the changing needs of our classrooms. Some of the topics discussed in our session include: Demographics of CBSD, shifting from on-premise to cloud-based management of tools, Interoperability/SSO, and our new Software Implementation Process.

     Jason Jaffe, Director of Technology and Innovation, Central Bucks School District (PA)
     Lindsay Smith, K-12 Supervisor of Educational Technology, Central Bucks School District (PA)

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn:

1:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn:

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: Speaker and Title TBD

2:30-3:00p.m. New Standards & Basics Discussion with Educator: "Fostering Connectedness and Promoting SEL"

Providing ways to help students feel comfortable sharing ideas and opinions can be challenging. Learn how to create a learning environment where students can build confidence, communicate, and collaborate with peers regardless of where learning takes place.

     Rachelle Dene Poth, Foreign Language and STEAM Teacher - Riverview Junior/Senior High, Riverview School District (PA)

3:00-4:00 p.m. Local Panel of Administrators | Our Digital Transition

Q&A with Panelists about their administrative pressures, continuing change, dealing with logistics and calls for increasing flexibility, lost achievement, and how they plan to motivate students through. 



The EduJedi Dictionary, FREE to all registrants for prior study and live discussion with this event.  This exclusive EduJedi resource helps provide greater focus on the student and what they do through greater basic understanding by educators of different technologies.  This is important today because nearly all schools are grappling with synchronous and asynchronous modes, complicated further by remote and/or on-site learning enabled by technology.  Link for download is sent after registration.  It contains a revised terminology dictionary for edtech, the draft EduJedi Instructional Design Model, and draft Digital Learning Experience Standards for administrators, teachers and students. 


We look forward to having  you join your educator peers for these lively and essential workshops.


Voices from Previous Virtual Events

“Learning Counsel is one of our beginning resources to help us to calibrate our plan.” -- Lindsay Smith, K-12 Supervisor of Educational Technology, Central Bucks School District, PA

“I think it's just really imperative that we're having these kinds of conversations that we're sharing resources and information about how we're approaching this problem.” -- David Long, Superintendent, Beaver County School District, UT

“A lot of educators have gone through PD over the years to integrate technology in the classrooms. When COVID broke, they didn’t quite know what to do in some cases. And I’m not saying everybody, but there was a lot of trying to figure out how do we live in navigating this world. It was a little disheartening at first, but we are getting our feet underneath us.” – James O’Hagan, Director of Digital Learning, Racine Unified School District, WI

“The 40/60 split was in the forefront of my mind as I started working from 7:00 until 7:00 on screen. So, I do want to say that that fatigue is real and it will happen to our teachers and our students as well. And so I think it’s really important to lay out the plan of the day, so we did that quickly. Our primary focus is to create normalcy for our students and create and continue the relationships that are built within the classroom when you are actually in a school. And the secondary piece was really continuing to educate our students and cover standards and make sure that the online learning was happening. It was really that social, emotional connection and normalcy. We realize that we’re not creating digital online learning; we are trying to learn digitally through the digital platform during a pandemic under stress. So, we keep that all in mind.”– Lisa Riggs, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Gresham Barlow School District, OR