Professional Learning: Where Culturally Relevant Teaching Meets OER
Join NCDPI and ISKME staff members to explore how North Carolina is merging Culturally Relevant Teaching practices into ongoing professional development with Open Education Resources to create a sustainable and accessible library of resources that embraces diversity and equity. This session will be a virtual panel format with our session facilitators, NCDPI staff, and ISKME partners to discuss the vision, curriculum, and results of the current initiative.
Presenter: Pam Batchelor, Digital Learning Systems Consultant – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Co-Presenters: Amee Evans Godwin, VP, Research & Development ISKME
From Baseline to Goals: Statewide Digital Accessibility
As part of the 2020-2024 AEM Cohort, seven states are receiving intensive technical assistance from the National AEM Center to develop coordinated systems for providing accessible digital materials for all learners. As states respond to the fluid learning environments of school districts, it’s more urgent than ever to ensure the timely provision of high-quality accessible digital materials for students with disabilities. Regardless of in-person, hybrid, or remote learning, accessibility can be achieved through a state led, cross-sector systemic approach. Join us to learn about the roadmap we’ll be following, the tools that will guide us, and the drivers that will keep us on track.
Presenter: Cynthia Curry, Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)
Co-Presenter: Mary Lee, Educational Consultant – New Hampshire Department of Education
Co-Presenter: Stan Freeda, State Educational Technology Director & Online Learning Specialist – New Hampshire Department of Education
Digital Equity: Mapping a Path Forward
This session will address the intersection of Digital Equity, eLearning, and state strategic plans. The state of New Mexico Department of Information Technology has recently published their broadband strategic plan and identified unserved addresses. The Public Education Department has shared student addresses under an MOU and a non-disclosure agreement to match unserved students with service providers. The mapping program in New Mexico is very robust and now includes WiFi hotspots offered by schools, libraries, and service providers and unserved addresses are also mapped. The governor has offered money from GEER funds to connect unserved students.
Presenter: John Chadwick, E-Rate and Ed Tech Coordinator – New Mexico Public Education Department
Co-Presenter: Gar Clarke, State Geospatial Officer – New Mexico Department of Information Technology
Co-Presenter: Jennifer Case Nevarez, Founder – Community Learning Network
Envisioning Computer Science Through the SCRIPT Lens
According to the K-12 Computer Science Framework, “computer science has driven innovation in every field and is powering approaches to many of our world’s toughest challenges.” As stated by the Framework, computer science has become invaluable to every sector of our lives. The Framework also advocates a vision in which all students engage with the practices and concepts of computer science. According to CSforALL, a central resource for organizations interested in K-12 computer science (CS) education, school districts and other LEAs are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive and sustainable K-12 computer science education. By way of CSforALL’s SCRIPT (Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool), district teams are guided by a facilitator through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a computer science implementation plan for their students. Join this session to learn how districts can utilize the SCRIPT process to create actionable goals toward computer science implementation. Note: the SCRIPT process is provided free of charge by trained SCRIPT facilitators.
Presenter: Cheryl Wilson, Computer Science Consultant – Michigan Department of Education
Setting the Stage for Local Innovation: Utah’s Journey
The Utah State Board of Education has prioritized personalized teaching and learning as one of four statewide strategic plan goals. Learn how Utah:
- Developed a statewide Portrait of a Graduate
- Established grade-banded competencies aligned to the Portrait
- Facilitates two separate grant programs to help set the stage for local innovation:
- The Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) grant and
- Personalized, and Competency-based Learning (PCBL) grant
- Keeps education moving forward in Utah during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the focus remains on improving student outcomes
- Is planning for the future of personalized, competency-based learning
Presenter: Rick Gaisford, Education Technology Specialist – Utah State Board of Education
Co-Presenter: Todd Call, Coordinator, Digital Teaching and Learning
Co-Presenter: Melanie Durfee, Education Specialist
Co-Presenter: Sydney Young, Education Specialist
Leveraging CARES and Partnerships to Scale Supports in the Era of COVID-19
How is your organization supporting schools and partners in the era of COVID-19 to advance digital learning through policy, funding, research, and practice? Come discuss your programs, partnerships, scaling, statewide supports, and vision of beyond the era of COVID-19.
Presenter: Janice Mertes, Assistant Director Teaching and Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Keeping Distance/Virtual Learning as a Worthwhile Option after the Pandemic
Many districts didn’t have virtual programs before the pandemic. Now they do. Rather than discard them after the pandemic, let’s discuss ways that districts can expand their offerings to keep students engaged.
Presenter: Kurt Bernhardt, Director of Technology, Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) – Learn Anywhere Oklahoma
State Instructional Materials Reviews amid COVID-19: Publisher Updates
A SETDA affiliate, the State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA) comprises 19 states who share information regarding evaluation criteria and procedures for the review of curriculum materials. This webinar will provide overviews of state review processes including rubrics used, schedules, current initiatives and policies, and contact information. Covid-19 has increased the need and prevalence of online materials. A primary focus of SIMRA is on the acquisition of high quality digital resources. SETDA’s DMAPS project will be emphasized along with resources available from SIMRA’s website.
Presenter: Alan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist – Utah State Board of Education
Co-Presenter: Cliff Rudnick, Administrator, Instructional Resources Unit, California Department of Education
Co-Presenter: Andre Deleon, K-12 Science and Instructional Materials, Nevada Department of Education