Differentiated Instruction for 21st Century Learning
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How can you meet the unique learning needs of every student and teach the skills they need for success in the 21st century?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT
Every day, educators face classrooms filled with students who have unique learning styles and needs — ranging from ELL/ESL, special needs, reading above or below grade level and more. In addition, educators are also expected to prepare these same students for success in today's competitive global environment while teaching to state standards and core curriculum. It's a lot to juggle. In this session, Margie Johnson, Instructional Technology Specialist for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and Dee Jae Arnett, Library Media Teacher from Sacramento City USD, will share their tips and strategies for successfully using online resources and instructional tools to differentiate instruction and to integrate 21st century skills development into teaching and learning.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Margie Johnson graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grade Education with an emphasis in Math and Science and a Master of Arts degree in Middle Grade Education with a Gifted Education endorsement. Last year, she completed another Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and has her administrative certification.
She has 11 years experience in education, including teaching in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Currently, she works for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as an Instructional Technology Specialist where she works at the district level to help teachers embed technology into curriculum and instruction.
Dee Jae Arnett
Library Media Teacher, Sam Brannan Middle School
Sacramento City Unified School District
Dee Jae Arnett has worked in education in a variety of capacities for the past twenty years. A daughter and granddaughter of teachers, she found her way to teaching in Sacramento, California and taught second and fourth grades for a number of years. Dee Jae has mentored new teachers and taught Classroom Management and Discipline courses for the Department of Education at California State University, Sacramento.
Dee Jae moved to the field of school librarianship in 1996. As a middle school Library Media Teacher, she encourages students to become lifelong learners and readers, but spends a great deal of time guiding students through the research process. Dee Jae works with various levels of students using information technology as well as print media.
Vice President of Strategic Relations
Thinkronize, Developer of netTrekker d.i.
As Vice President of Strategic Relations at Thinkronize, Inc., Joel Petersen's formula for successful selling is through the development of rock solid customer relationships. Petersen's accomplishments stem from his keen understanding of the objectives and needs of educators in Departments of Education, large school districts, and key consortia across the country. He is an expert at not only implementing strategic programs, but then exceeding customers' expectations with continued superior customer service that has helped Thinkronize grow by significant %'s each year under Petersen's direction. The company's renewal rate of over 90% is also a testament to Petersen's philosophies.
Upon joining Thinkronize in 2001, Petersen created the initial sales structure and selling process for the company from the ground up. With his passion for education and children, Petersen and the sales team helped build the netTrekker subscription base from the initial pilot sites to now over 10 million students in more than 19,000 schools spanning 50 states. In 2006, Thinkronize made its debut on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States at #323 and was again honored on the 2007 Inc. 5000 list. Petersen attributes much of this success to the initial group of netTrekker subscribers who helped provide critical feedback and important direction for the sales and development teams at pivotal times.