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Future-Proofing Your District Plan Conference: How to Prepare for Next School Year

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How can you prepare for next school year when there are so many unknowns? How can you make the most of your federal and local funding to support this planning? 

To help district leaders address these complex issues, Tech & Learning, in partnership with K20Connect, is offering a “Future-Proofing Your District Plan” one-day conference on Friday, May 29, 2020. This virtual conference is focused on taking the lessons learned from current remote learning programs to create long-term plans that support effective teaching and learning both online and in person.  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

Sessions are divided into tracks to meet the needs of district teams including:  

  • Technology and Curriculum Directors
  • Tech/Academic Coaches
  • CTOs/CAOs
  • Superintendents
  • State Leaders
  • Regional Education Agencies 
  • Principals 

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to support ongoing professional development 
  • How to build a long-term Social-Emotional Learning program to support your entire school community 
  • How to maximize your federal funding
  • How to support the changing roles of the educators
  • How to use data to future-proof your district plan
  • PLUS: The “Leadership Lounge” will offer district leaders the opportunity to share challenges and successes in moderated small group discussions. 

THE AGENDA

AGENDA SESSIONS
TIMESESSIONSESSIONSESSIONSESSIONSESSIONLeadership Lounge: Small Group Discussions
9 AM ESTSupporting Teachers: A 3 pronged approachFuture Proofing Special Education SupportsTransitioning from Remote to RestartPlanning for Next School Year
10 AM ESTDeveloping an Instructional ContinuityStimulus PrimerBlended Learning: Models and ResearchDevice Management
11 AM ESTDeveloping an Instructional ContinuityStimulus: Advanced TipsWhat's Next? Modern Learning SystemsCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersDigital Equity
12 PM ESTCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersStimulus PrimerSocial Emotional Learning SupportsSetting Board Priorities During a CrisisInstruction in Blended Learning EnvironmentsPlanning for Blended Learning
1 PM ESTRoad from Recovery to ReStartCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersEnterprise Reporting and Actionable EquityRole of the Board During a CrisisInstruction in Blended Learning EnvironmentsRedefining Learning Spaces
2 PM ESTRoad from Recovery to ReStartFuture Proofing Special Education SupportsWhat's Next? Modern Learning SystemsCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersSelecting Digital Content to EngageData Privacy
3 PM ESTSupporting Teachers: A 3 pronged approachStimulus: Advanced TipsCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersEngage Community During a CrisisTransitioning from Remote to RestarChanging Pedagogy
4 PM EST Supporting Teachers: A 3 pronged approachStimulus PrimerSocial Emotional Learning SupportsSetting Board Priorities During a CrisisSelecting Digital Content to EngageDigital Citizenship
5 PM ESTCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersStimulus: Advanced TipsEnterprise Reporting and Actionable EquityRole of the Board and During a CrisisMeasuring Success in Blended LearningSupporting Special Ed
6 PM ESTCelebrating Teachers with Angela MaiersWhat's Next? Modern Learning SystemsEngage Community During a CrisisBlended Learning: Models and ResearchPlanning for Next School Year

The conference is designed so that all attendees will have a full-day conference schedule in any time zone. Using Tech & Learning’s virtual event space, attendees can easily personalize their schedules to create a unique program that meets their own professional development needs. 

Sessions throughout the day will include the following topics: 

Sustaining Professional Development
Marie Izquierdo, Chief Academic Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

How do you prepare your teachers for next school year with flexible PD training that supports meaningful teaching and learning in any learning environment? Marie Izquierdo, Chief Academic Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, offers sessions that will answer this question and more.

Preparing for New Learning Ecosystems
Frances Gipson, Professor Claremont University

What will the learning ecosystem look like over the coming months and years? How can district leaders prepare for “community schooling” and what does that mean moving forward? Frances Gipson, Claremont University professor and former CAO for Los Angeles USD, will review the systems needed to support modern learning, including social-emotional learning for students, staff, and families.

Transitioning from Remote to Blended Learning
Dr. Kecia Ray, author, consultant, and Brand Ambassador for Tech & Learning

Districts have quickly shifted to virtual learning environments, but these are anything but “normal.” How do we take the positive lessons learned from this shift to develop meaningful teaching and learning in any learning environment, whether in person, online, or a combination of both? How do we differentiate through blended learning programs? How do we use data to better inform our instruction? Dr. Kecia Ray will lead this discussion, building on the work she developed as a consultant to some of the nation’s largest school districts, where she advises on the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional design for online and blended learning environments.

Making the Most of Your Federal Funding
Susan Gentz, Consultant, K20Connect

How can districts make the most of their federal funding and stimulus funding? How do you build a holistic plan that supports long-term goals? Susan Gentz will review the rules around the new stimulus funding to help districts not just survive in the short-term, but thrive in the long-term. Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and Legislative Aide in the Iowa House of Representatives, and has written many policies and reports that covered the funding of innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.

Supporting Teachers During Transitional Times
Angela Maiers, speaker, consultant

How do you support the emotional wellbeing of your teachers when their roles have shifted so dramatically? In this session, Angela Maiers reviews her “YOU MATTER” framework to help teachers acknowledge and use their gifts and understand why they are vital components to the evolution of the learning ecosystem. Angela Maiers is considered one of today’s most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. Her singular focus is on transforming the people she reaches to set in motion a change of behaviors and perspectives that will draw out the potential in every person and result in a positive impact on the world.

The Role of School Boards During a Crisis
Arati Nagaraj, Senior Consultant K20Connect

How do you help your School Board set priorities during a crisis? And what is the how can School Boards support staff and communities during a crisis? Arati Nagaraj shares her experience as a Trustee of the Saratoga Union School District Board since 2010 Board President for two years. Arati has harnessed technology to create innovative learning programs for employees at Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber, worldwide. As Director of Learning Events at EdSurge and Director of the Learning Innovation Hub at Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Arati built strategy and toolsets to empower school leaders, edtech entrepreneurs and teachers to make thoughtful technology decisions for teaching and learning.

Leadership Lounge
Small group discussions facilitated by Tech & Learning Editors

Each hour, Tech & Learning editors will moderate small group discussions with district leaders on topics of their choosing. These discussions are by invitation-only (max. 20 participants per session).

Throughout the conference, attendees can network with their peers, meet with sponsors, and download dozens of resources that they can use to create a long-term district plan that supports effective teaching and learning in any learning environment -- whether instruction is delivered online, face-to-face, or through a blended model. 

As district leaders develop a long-term plan for an uncertain future, the takeaways from the Tech & Learning's “Future-Proofing Your District Plan” conference can offer a framework from which to build an infrastructure to support continuity of learning in any learning environment.

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Registration fee: $25 for full access to all sessions and resources.

THE SPEAKERS

Kecia Ray

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Dr. Kecia Ray
Author, consultant, and Brand Ambassador for Tech & Learning

Kecia is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K12 transformation. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Art Museum and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and established award-winning instructional technology programs recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University while in that role.

Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a Top 10 EdTech Leader by Tech and Learning, an ISTE Making IT Happen recipient, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. 

Susan Gentz

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Susan Gentz
Consultant, K20Connect

Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and Legislative Aide in the Iowa House of Representatives. 

Along with experience at both federal and state levels, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Center for Digital Education, worked for a government relations firm in Arlington, VA and heavily worked on federal and state education policy at iNACOL, where she wrote published reports to move the field forward with innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.

Frances Marie Gipson

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Frances Gipson
Professor, Claremont University

Frances Marie Gipson is a clinical associate professor of education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and also serves as director of the Urban Leadership program.

Most recently, Gipson served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for the second largest school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As a leader of leaders, she oversaw the instructional plan and capacity building for over 600,000 students in preschool through adult school programs – across over 20 departments.

A highly regarded educator, she has published and designed quality curriculum at the district, state, national, and international levels. With this passion for active learning, she has taught educational leadership at CSULA, UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, and the Principals Leadership Institute.

Gipson believes that “living in the system” and “disturbing the system” are both critical to agency and advocacy for youth, and ensure that our communities are at the center of all decisions. She is inspired to coach, mentor, and support the next generation of urban leaders who will promote flourishing urban school systems.

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Marie Izquierdo
Chief Academic Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Marie Izquierdo is a career educator with more than 25 years of experience in school reform. She is the Chief Academic Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the nation’s fourth largest school system, which serves more than 350,000 students and employs 53,000 teachers and staff.

As Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Izquierdo has spearheaded efforts that have yielded a historic 84% graduation rate and the distinction of having 98% of all schools rated A, B or C by the Florida Department of Education. She oversees the Education Transformation Office, an office that supports the lowest performing schools in the district, successfully eradicating all F schools in the district for the past two school years. A fervent proponent of school choice, she also leads the Innovation and Choice Office that has earned the district a staggering 302 National Magnet Merit Awards, the 2017 Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability, and the College Board Award for Equity and Access. She has spearheaded the district’s touted Digital Convergence Initiative that has revolutionized teaching and learning in Miami Dade and placed over 172,000 mobile devices in the hands of students. She has significantly expanded early childhood learning opportunities, career and technical education, and advanced academic programming such as AP and Dual Enrollment. In 2016 she was named one of the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, is an alum of the prestigious Broad Academy, and in 2019 she was honored with the Women in Leadership Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

Angela Maiers

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Angela Maiers
Speaker, Leader, Visionary, Entrepreneur, Disruptor & Change Maker

Angela Maiers is considered one of today’s most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. It is fair to say when she speaks, she leaves no room unchanged. 

Most recently, she has been named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Edupreneurs to Watch; by IBM as one of the Top 20 Global Influencers, among the Top 100 Women in Technology by Onalytics, and among the Top 20 Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd. She is the author of 9 books on education, including the noted Genius Matters and Classroom Habitudes, and was for many years a prolific contributor to the Huffington Post on innovation, technology, and education. 

A much sought-after speaker at conferences, organizations, schools and communities around the globe, Angela’s singular focus is on transforming the people she reaches to set in motion a change of behaviors and perspectives that will draw out the potential in every person and result in a positive impact on the world.

Arati Nagaraj

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Arati Nagaraj
Senior Consultant K20Connect

Arati enjoys creating measurable, positive and enduring outcomes for learners of all ages. She has harnessed technology to create innovative learning programs for employees at Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber, worldwide. As Director of Learning Events at EdSurge and Director of the Learning Innovation Hub at Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Arati built strategy and toolsets to empower school leaders, edtech entrepreneurs and teachers to  make thoughtful technology decisions for teaching and learning. Arati is a Trustee of the Saratoga Union School District Board since 2010, and was Board President for 2 years. Arati has a Masters in Education, Media and Technology from Boston University and Bachelors, Early Childhood Education from India.

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