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Breakout Sessions: Monday, November 4

Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for state leaders to engage in a dialogue regarding priority topics with fellow state leaders, partners, experts in the field and event guests.

10:30 – 11:30 am States Sharing

Improving SEA Interoperability: Empowering the Future

Presenters: Brent Engleman, Education Data and Information Systems (EDIS) Director, CCSSO; Laurel Ballard, Career Readiness Initiative, State Team Lead, Wyoming Department of Education; and Jim Campbell, Director, AEM Education Data Services

Through the Nurturing Engagement & Support for State Education Interoperability Efforts (Project Nessie) initiative, the Council of Chief State School Officers is partnering with the SETDA to strategically align both organizations’ efforts on improving State Education Agency data and system interoperability by expanding adoption of standards (i.e. Ed-Fi, CEDS), solutions, and practices necessary to impact the education community broadly. This session will provide an overview of the initiative that is shaped by a shared belief in improving data interoperability as a key element in improving student outcomes. Join state leaders that support interoperability ecosystems for an interactive discussion on the real-world use cases. Presenters will provide valuable context, tools and resources to inform attendees on options and approaches.

Digital Literacy: Empowering Students Across the Curriculum

Presenters: Janice Mertes, Assistant Director Teaching and Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Ann-Marie Mapes, Educational Technology Manager, Michigan Department of Education; Val Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education

Digital learning opportunities across the curriculum are empowering digital age students to be future ready. Come learn about state models and share your ideas on how to expand and leverage partnerships to integrate technology competencies across the curriculum. Participants will engage in activities including best practices discussion, resources curation, scaling adoption, and cross-agency implementation efforts strategy sharing.

Educational Technology in Teacher Prep: Connecting the Dots

Presenters: Christine Terry, Educational Consultant, eMINTS National Center; Kiersten Greene, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy Education, SUNY New Paltz

It is widely recognized among K-12 administrators that teacher preparation programs need to improve how they address technology. Why isn’t change happening and how can we convince teacher education programs of the importance of this issue? A working group for the Office of Educational Technology has been investigating these issues. Come learn about the results of a recent survey of K-12 administrators and teachers and discuss the barriers to change in higher education. We will close with suggestions for next steps.

Quality Instructional Materials: Check ’em Out!

Presenters: Alan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Department of Education; Shannon Glynn Thomas, Program Director, College-and-Career-Readiness Standards, CCSSO

An overview of the instructional materials review process as presented by members of the State Instructional Materials Review Association. State review processes, rubrics, and information about upcoming state reviews will be presented.  Specific tips will be offered relating to the adoption of digital materials and how local control states can assist patrons to become skilled evaluators of curriculum offerings. In addition, an overview of CCSSO’s High-Quality Instructional Materials and Professional Development (IMPD) Network will be provided. Since 2017, CCSSO has convened eight states (Delaware, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) in this Network. States receive intensive support as they implement a strategic plan to significantly increase the use of standards-aligned, high-quality instructional materials across the state, and to ensure that pre-service and in-service teachers have access to professional development that is grounded in the use of these materials. Bring your questions and plan to engage with leaders from a variety of states regarding the selection and implementation of high-quality instructional materials. 

Online Learning Exemplified: Updated National Standards

Presenters: Cindy Hamblin, Director, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance; Christine Voelker, Director, K-12 Program, Quality Matters; Dawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School

Updated standards for K-12 quality online learning have been released. Providing a current set of quality, openly licensed standards for online learning initiated the partnership between the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Quality Matters (.QM). The group led a year-long initiative to revise the National Standards for Quality Online Learning, building on the work of iNACOL. Over 200 contributors from various organizations representing the field worked on the project. The standards provide the K-12 community with guidance to evaluate and improve online courses, teaching and programs. This presentation will provide participants with an opportunity review the NSQ Online Courses, Online Teaching, and Online Program standards; learn about the revision process; hear use cases from the field; and dialogue with colleagues about the quality online standards.

Equitable Access to Broadband On and Off Campus

Presenters: Geoff Belleau, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education, Carol D. Mosley, Education Technology & E-Rate Director, Louisiana Department of Education, Gayle Nelson, Sr. Vice President, ENA, Corey Williams, National Education Association

Join this interactive session to discuss the critical issue of access to seamless high quality broadband  for learners both in and outside of school. Learn how states are providing leadership to support state and district implementation of high-quality broadband infrastructure for learning. Plan to share your examples of how equity is being addressed both on and off campus in your state and bring your questions for the panelists. 

Breakout Sessions: Tuesday, November 5

9:15 am States Sharing

Instructional Materials: OER Pulse Check

Presenters: Gina Loveless, Educational Technology Consultant, State of Michigan Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology

Is your OER initiative needing a defibrillator? Some fresh oxygen? Is it running marathons? Maybe it needs some TIME? The goal of this session is to connect and have more conversations around OER’s and #Go Open initiatives. Some states have had an initiative for years, some just started, and others are still thinking “Is this for us?”. This session will give attendees the chance to network with other OER constituents and the chance to share information and resources. Whether you are a veteran or a newbie, there is something here for you! #inittogether. Attendees will start by sharing answers to some common questions. The participants will work together to get mentors assigned (if interested) or ongoing calls for monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly online meetings.

Working Together on Privacy and Security

Presenters: Doug Casey, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology; Julia Fallon, Title II, Part A – Teachers, Principals, and Other School Leaders, Washington Department of Education

SETDA is launching a “birds of a feather” initiative around data privacy and security. As a backdrop, the continued expansion of technology in teaching and learning has led to dozens of federal and state laws as well as local policies that govern the use and sharing of student data. If these concerns are not already on your radar, they likely will be soon. To serve SETDA’s state and private-sector partners, this workshop will address common goals and likely next steps to streamline efforts around compliance and best practices. The session will provide an overview of state legislation and the challenges SETDA members have conveyed. Participants should come prepared to discuss their top priorities and needs for the group, with a facilitated discussion leading to next steps among SETDA members.

Professional Learning: The Mission to Serve

Presenters: Melinda Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center/ Illinois State Board of Education; Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center/ Illinois State Board of Education; Erich Grauke, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education

The educational landscape of professional learning mirrors today’s classroom. Teachers are entering our learning experiences with a range of background and experience. Come reflect on how the Learning Technology Center supports 852 school districts ranging from 29 to nearly 366 thousand students. This unique state-wide system leverages the 4-Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical-thinking, and Creativity to meet our mission to serve. We embrace the idea that success comes from sharing best-practices, and we look forward to learning from YOU in this interactive session.We plan to share our techniques for reaching districts across the state and how we leverage our partners.

Digital Equity: Let’s get this party started!

Presenters: Robert McLaughlin, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity; Susan Clair, Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Office of Technology, Virginia Department of Education; Stan Freeda, Educational Technology and Online Learning Specialist, New Hampshire Department of Education

Several SETDA members have expressed interest in collaborating to launch statewide efforts to mobilize local partnerships in low-income communities to eliminate the digital divide barriers to educational and economic opportunity. Help explore how best we can develop a support network for interested state leaders, affiliates and SETDA partners to tap bank Community Reinvestment Act and other funds to close the digital divide together. Participants will hear from state leaders that have hosted convenings and explore how this group and other session participants want to (a) share best practices, (b) assist other states and (c) align with the opportunity, access and equity committee’s evolving goals.

What exCITES Us! Synergy Between Assistive Technology and EdTech in Schools

Presenters: Joy Zabala, Co-Director of CITES, Janet Peters, Technical Assistance Specialist and Luis Pérez, Technical Assistance Specialist

This session is an introduction to the newly created Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). http://cites.cast.org CAST and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have created the center through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. CITES is designed to fill a pressing, nationwide need to improve the use of assistive technology (AT) and EdTech for all students, including students with disabilities. Join us for this important and timely discussion. We want to hear about what’s happening now in your district with AT and Edtech and discuss the ways your district could be involved with this timely work. This session is an opportunity to impact the CITES work by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and ideas for increasing collaboration between AT and EdTech so that districts can create and sustain balanced technology ecosystems that benefit all learners.

Help, I Need Somebody (Not Just Anybody)!: Let Us Help Your Rural Schools with Access to Content

Presenters: Dawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School, Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative; Ronda Eshleman, Executive Director, Central Indiana Educational Service Center, Indiana Online; Eliz Colbert, Executive Director, North Carolina Virtual Public School

Do your rural schools have any of these challenges: access to high quality courses, shortage of teachers, lack of flexible and high quality professional learning, no support for planning and implementing innovative education models, finding quality resources at affordable costs, or broadband access issues for students and families? Do you need help? Join leaders from state online learning programs to share your concerns and learn how online programming can solve these problems and support other challenges in your school.This rapid fire session by state virtual school leaders will begin with polling the audience for their greatest challenges to provide quality education in their state’s rural communities. Based on the topics identified through the poll, each panelist/leader from a state virtual school will share 2-4 solutions to the rural challenges shared by the audience. Time will be spent in dialogue with participants including responding to questions, sharing resources, and ideas.


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