Events

SETDA Offers Events & Webinars for the Public

SETDA’s work is not only of interest to our members and private sector partners, it also is draws considerable attention from educators, policy makers, and the public at large. Outlets that both inform the public and provides opportunity for interaction and feedback are free, public webinars and Hill Briefings on topics of priority to SETDA.

Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

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  • Presented by Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist, St. Albans City School, VT with St. Albans City School students:
    • Mackenzie Smith, Annabelle Peak, Elliot DesLauriers, Duffy Smith, Amelia Pinkham, and Alexis LaFreniere
  • Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Sponsored by AT&T Aspire

Student Voices Award

Come and learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community.

Teachers, please attend this edWebinar with your students to experience an inspirational presentation by a group of energetic and creative students who will engage all participants. Student viewers must view the program with their teacher. If you register, you’ll receive a link to the recording if you would like to show it to your class at another time. Administrators, curriculum directors, and all educators are invited to watch this event.

About the Presenters

Grace Borst headshot St AlbansGrace Borst is one of two Innovation Specialists at St. Albans City School in Vermont. She has the unique role of being able to work with students one on one or in the class setting. She also has the opportunity to collaborate and co-teach with colleagues to integrate technology into their lessons and projects. Technology is so pervasive in students’ day to day lives. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely.

 

Snapshot Student Voices student St Albans

 

St. Albans City School students: Top row starting on left – Annabelle Peak, Duffy Smith, Elliot DesLauriers. Front Row starting on left, Mackenzie Smith, Alexis LaFreniere, and Amelia Pinkham

 

 

Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University.

Spread the Word: SETDA encourages each of you to attend and to share information about the webinar with your colleagues at the state, district, school and corporate level. Please feel free to forward the content below and share sample tweets. Multiple participants from the last webinar listed their state in response to the question “How did you hear about this webinar?” Thank you!

Join and Post Comments/Questions – Online Community: In addition to the webinar, SETDA launched an online community of practice to provide policy makers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The community, Essential Elements for Digital Content, is free and open to the public. The community will engage in dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure. Join, share and post today: http://www.edweb.net/digitalcontent

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From Print to Digital: Discover and Implement Quality Instructional Materials for Learning

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Archive recording

  • Presented by Jeremy A. Wartz, Program Analyst and Instructional Materials Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education; and
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Hosted by SETDA
  • Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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In this edWebinar, learn about SETDA’s expanded Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, an online toolkit to support the vetting and curation of quality instructional materials for all learners. There’s a growing body of research finding that instructional materials can have as large an impact on student outcomes as teacher quality or reduced class size. The toolkit includes sections on planning, budgeting, selection, implementation, and effectiveness with specific details of several state and district vetting processes. New details regarding procurement, review processes and details on content area considerations have been added. Professional learning session templates are available for leaders to leverage this resource via trainings or conferences.

In addition, Jeremy A. Wartz from Oregon’s Department of Education shares how the state supports the vetting of instructional materials including OER. The session includes opportunities to explore the new site and engage in dialogue. K-12 administrators, curriculum leaders, educators, instructional materials leaders, and tech directors will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.

About the Presenters

Jeremy Wartz - OregonJeremy A. Wartz is a program analyst with the Oregon Department of Education as the instructional materials coordinator. As a member of the Standards and Instructional Supports (SIS) team, he coordinates the instructional materials review process at the state level and provides assistance to Oregon’s school districts. Moreover, Jeremy helps school districts with navigating the adoption process at the local level with instructional materials a component to a high quality education.

 

Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University.

Spread the Word: SETDA encourages each of you to attend and to share information about the webinar with your colleagues at the state, district, school and corporate level. Please feel free to forward the content below and share sample tweets. Multiple participants from the last webinar listed their state in response to the question “How did you hear about this webinar?” Thank you!

Join and Post Comments/Questions – Online Community: In addition to the webinar, SETDA launched an online community of practice to provide policy makers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The community, Essential Elements for Digital Content, is free and open to the public. The community will engage in dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure. Join, share and post today: http://www.edweb.net/digitalcontent


Navigating the Digital Shift: Quality Learning Connections in the Digital Age

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Archive Recording and Podcast

  • Presented by Elizabeth James, Curricular Materials Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education; and
  • Dr. Bart Rocco, Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth Forward School District, Elizabeth, PA
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Hosted by SETDA and Future Ready Schools
  • Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

Navigating Shift 2018

This edWebinar highlights SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities. As states and districts shift to implement digital instructional materials, the report provides information and guidance on state acquisition and procurement policies, selection and curation processes. States are increasingly providing guidance, definitions, and vetting policies and practices for the implementation of digital materials to help ensure that digital materials are available to learners via devices anywhere, anytime.

Hear examples from presenters of state and district leadership that support digital learning opportunities. Elizabeth James from the Idaho State Department of Education highlights Idaho’s leadership in the instructional materials review process. Dr. Bart Rocco from Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania (A Future Ready School) discusses the district’s journey to the effective implementation of digital materials. There will be time for questions after the presentation. Administrators, policy makers, curriculum directors, and IT staff will benefit from watching this recorded session.

About the Presenters

Liz James headshotElizabeth James is currently serving as the curricular materials coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education. Previously, Elizabeth worked as an elementary teacher in Nevada and a residential counselor in Montana. She graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in curriculum and instruction, technology integration. She loves living in Boise, Idaho and takes full advantage of the amazing outdoor adventures it provides.

Bart Rocco headshotDr. Bart Rocco has worked in public education for 35 years as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and for the last nine years has served as the superintendent of the Elizabeth Forward School District in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. Under Dr. Rocco’s leadership, the school district has undertaken numerous learning initiatives. He has worked to establish partnerships with local universities, such as Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and California University of Pennsylvania.

The district has been recognized as a Digital Promise School District from the League of Innovative Schools, and has received an Apple Distinguished Program Award. The district is also a Digital Citizenship Certified District. Dr. Rocco was awarded the K-12 Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018; the 2018 Leadership Award from the Consortium for Public Education; and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Tri-State Study Council and the University of Pittsburgh. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award from the Elizabeth Forward Alumni Association. Dr. Rocco received his B.A. and M.Ed. from Duquesne University and earned his Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University.


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Building Digital Learning Environments: Tools for Implementation

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Registration

  • Presented by Ann Lee Flynn, Ed.D. Director, Education Innovation, National School Boards Association; and
  • Rick Gaisford, Educational Technology Specialist, Utah State Board of Education; and
  • Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

During this edWebinar, SETDA will release a new resource for educational stakeholders that supports digital learning implementation: Transformative Digital Learning: A Guide to Implementation. SETDA, in collaboration with multiple partners and state leaders, developed a comprehensive set of professional learning resources to build state and district capacity in support of the transition to digital learning. This edWebinar will highlight a set of professional learning resources, known as facilitator guides, for states and districts to provide customized support and training regarding digital learning implementation.

In addition, a set of stakeholder communication toolkits designed to help educators disseminate information about teaching and learning in the digital age will be shared. This session will be of most interest to pre–K through high school teachers, librarians, and school leaders, as well as district leaders. Participants will hear from state and association leaders regarding the value of these customizable resources and have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with the presenters.

About the Presenters

Ann Flynn, Ed.D. has supported NSBA’s leadership in education innovation to advance teaching & learning, administrative operations, parental engagement and community outreach since 1992. Dr. Flynn created NSBA’s “20 to Watch” and Technology Innovation Showcase recognition programs, and she manages educational content for the National Connection program including district site visits that showcase exemplary technology practices. She authored “The Role of a School Board in the Purchasing Process” for The Experts’ Guide to the K-12 Market and is a frequent columnist for ASBJ. She was named as one of the country’s top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2014 by the Center for Digital Education.

Rick Gaisford has 32 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 29 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He has been an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer, state Internet specialist and state education technology specialist. In his current state role, he works with districts and schools to support the effective implementation of technology tools and resources into teaching and learning. He helps oversee the Digital Teaching and Learning program implemented by the Utah State Legislature in 2016. This legislation has provided $45 million to implement a comprehensive program to effectively bring technology into all classrooms in the state. Rick served on the SETDA Board of Directors for 11 years as both a board member and officer of the board. He currently serves on the state ASCD and ISTE affiliate boards of directors.

About the Host

Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University.

Spread the Word: SETDA encourages each of you to attend and to share information about the webinar with your colleagues at the state, district, school and corporate level. Please feel free to forward the content below and share sample tweets. Multiple participants from the last webinar listed their state in response to the question “How did you hear about this webinar?” Thank you!

Join and Post Comments/Questions – Online Community: In addition to the webinar, SETDA launched an online community of practice to provide policy makers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The community, Essential Elements for Digital Content, is free and open to the public. The community will engage in dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure. Join, share and post today: http://www.edweb.net/digitalcontent

More information: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/digitalcontent20180426/

Register here: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED54D884864D30


State Leadership for Interoperability: Leveraging Data for Academic Excellence

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

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  • Presented by Maureen Wentworth, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Ed-Fi Alliance; and
  • Dr. Dean R. Folkers, Chief Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Education; and
  • Angela Baker, Digital Content Manager, Georgia Department of Education
  • Hosted by Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA

In this edWebinar, attendees will learn how state leaders are tackling data interoperability in their states with the emergence of data standards for student information, assessment, digital content, and other educational applications. State education leaders will share their goals for interoperability, the drivers for those goals, where they are in the process and what they are doing, as well as the challenges in the process.

Attendees will also learn what state and private sector leaders identified as the next steps necessary to continue the conversations within states, among states, and with private sector partners to develop cohesive data interoperability practices to achieve student learning goals. There will be time for questions after the presentation. State and district K-12 instructional leaders, technology leaders, and companies working towards data interoperability will benefit from this session.

Spread the Word: SETDA encourages each of you to attend and to share information about the webinar with your colleagues at the state, district, school and corporate level. Please feel free to forward the content below and share sample tweets. Multiple participants from the last webinar listed their state in response to the question “How did you hear about this webinar?” Thank you!

Join and Post Comments/Questions – New Online Community: In addition to the webinar, SETDA launched an online community of practice to provide policy makers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The community, Essential Elements for Digital Content, is free and open to the public. The community will engage in dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure. Join, share and post today: http://www.edweb.net/digitalcontent

More information: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/digitalcontent20180327/

Register here: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED54DC86844D3A


Navigating the Digital Shift: Empowering Digital Instructional Materials Implementation

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

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  • Presented by André E. DeLeón, Education Programs Professional, Nevada Department of Education; and
  • Alison Harte, Instructional Materials Specialist, Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support, Florida Department of Education
  • Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This Edweb webinar will highlight the updates and expansion of the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. New features include the reorganization of state policies and practices, a new procurement-specific section, additional details regarding the review and selection of digital materials and featured content regarding state accessibility requirements. State leaders from Florida and Nevada will share state policies and practices that support digital instructional materials and powerful examples of implementation. Register today.

Spread the Word: SETDA encourages each of you to attend and to share information about the webinar with your colleagues at the state, district, school and corporate level. Please feel free to forward the content below and share sample tweets. Multiple participants from the last webinar listed their state in response to the question “How did you hear about this webinar?” Thank you!

Join and Post Comments/Questions – New Online Community: In addition to the webinar, SETDA launched an online community of practice to provide policy makers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The community, Essential Elements for Digital Content, is free and open to the public. The community will engage in dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure. Join, share and post today: http://www.edweb.net/digitalcontent

More information: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/digitalcontent20180308/

Register here: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED54DD87874F3D


 

Students Collaborate with Digital Tools to Support Bee Populations

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

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  • Presented by DeLaina Tonks, Director, Mountain Heights Academy, with:
  • Mountain Heights Academy students: Donna Trane, Kyana Trane, Kate Larson, and Emma Davis
  • Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Operation Bee Snapshot

Bee-come familiar with Bees! Come and learn how SETDA’s 2017 Student Voices Award Winner, Mountain Heights Academy – an online, public charter school –  encourages students to participate in the instructional design process using an OER curriculum. In this edWebinar, see how four students created original content about pollinators and are working hard to spread their message across the United States. Join us to see how these students worked together and used technology to create, share, and have an impact. There will be time for a Q&A session after the presentation.

Teachers, please bring your students to this inspirational presentation by a group of energetic and creative students who will engage you in their project to support bees. Student attendees must view the program with their teacher. If you register, you’ll receive a link to the recording if you would like to show it to your class at another time. Administrators, curriculum directors, and all educators are invited to attend this event.

More information: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/studentvoice20171213/

Register here: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED53DF89864D3A


State Procurement Case Studies: Spotlight on Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Presenters

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Becky Butler, Assistant Director, Office of Middle & Secondary Learning, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Molly Yowell, Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning

This edWebinar will present the release of SETDA’s newest resource, State Procurement Case Studies: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition. This publication highlights state level procurement case studies, sharing how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high quality instructional materials and devices. State leaders from Indiana and West Virginia will highlight details of their states’ procurement and adoption processes. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion session. This presentation will be especially useful for administrators, policy makers, curriculum directors, IT staff, teachers, and librarians.


State Leadership for K-12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Strategies to Ensure Equitable Access for All Students

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA)

Host

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Presenters

  • Michael Nicolaides, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Jim Peterson, CTO, Bloomington Schools District 87
  • Michael McKerley, CTO & Vice President of Technology and Innovation, ENA
  • Gayle Nelson, Senior Vice President of Customer Service, ENA

This edWebinar will be the launch of SETDA’s latest resource, State Leadership for K12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Extending the Broadband Imperative II. This new paper explores the steps states are taking to address the wireless equity gaps that exist among their schools. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable Wi-Fi throughout K12 campuses. State leaders from Illinois and North Carolina will share their unique approaches to Wi-Fi implementation and support statewide including statewide partnerships, regional consortia and policy initiatives. This edWebinar benefits state and district administrators, CIOs, IT directors, E-rate Coordinators, network leaders and tech coordinators.


Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

WEBINAR ARCHIVE

Presenters

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Cliff Rudnick, Administrator, Instructional Resources Unit, California Department of Education
  • Whitney Whealdon, Director of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education

This edWebinar will highlight SETDA’s latest research, the Navigating the Digital Shift II: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning report. As states and districts shift to implement digital instructional materials, the report provides information and guidance on state acquisition and procurement policies, accessibility policies, selection and curation processes and funding practices. SETDA’s research reveals that federal and state policies are increasingly supporting the shift to digital. States are providing guidance, definitions and vetting policies and practices for digital materials to help ensure that digital materials are available to learners via devices anywhere, anytime.

State leaders from California and Louisiana will share details about their state leadership to support the digital instructional materials and provide examples of implementation. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A after the presentation. Administrators, policy makers, curriculum directors, IT staff, and teachers will benefit from attending this session.


Broadband Imperative: State Leadership Supports Equity of Access for All Students
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Webinar Archive

Presenters

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Dave Childs, Project Manager for the Michigan Statewide Educational Network (MISEN);
  • Ann-Marie Mapes, consultant for the P-20 Office of Data and Information Management in the Educational Technology Unit at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE);
  • James Sylla, Director, Bureau of Business Services, Division of Enterprise Technology, Wisconsin

This session is part of a series of edWebinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable high-speed broadband access. State leaders will share examples of support to ensure the equity of access for all students including statewide partnerships, regional consortia and policy initiatives. State leaders from Michigan and Wisconsin will share their unique approaches to broadband implementation and support statewide. This edWebinar will benefit K-12 educators, state and district administrators, CIOs, IT directors and network leaders.

Sponsored by att


Navigating the Digital Shift: Policies and Practices to Support Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT 

Webinar Archive

Presented by:

Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA
Diana Myers McGhee, Director of Technology and Information, Fort Thomas Independent School District, Kentucky;
Donna Murray, Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

This edWebinar will highlight the updates and expansion of the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. State data sets have been recently updated and details related to accessibility, purchasing consortia, and statewide management systems have been added. The Fort Thomas Independent School District in Kentucky and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will share how access to digital instructional materials has transformed teaching and learning

Online Community: Join the Essential Elements for Digital Content community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming webinars, view past webinars, take a quiz to receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and access free resources.

Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School

Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Event Archive

This session is part of a series of edWebinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for designing flexible networks for learning. The 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs, which advocates for seamless quality broadband access for students both in and outside of school. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Presenters:

Rhonda Schroeder, Principal, Arthur Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK
Mike Cory, Principal, Gettys Middle School, SC
Barbara J. Nesbitt, PhD, Executive Director of Technology, AITS, School District of Pickens County, SC
Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by AT&T

Navigating the Shift: Accessible Education Materials for All Students

Thursday, March 9 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Presenters include:

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • Joy Smiley Zabala, Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST
  • Marsye Kaplan, Chief, Specialized Instruction Section, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Val Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education.

Event Archive

SETDA and CAST are collaborating to increase the awareness of the availability and use of accessible digital educational materials that benefit all learners. Join us for this webinar where presenters Christine Fox and Joy Zabala will identify best practices to leverage expertise to acquire accessible materials for teaching and learning. They will also provide information on how to navigate digital educational materials policies supporting K-12 students. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the newly updated Digital Instructional Materials online portal and the information it provides on accessible instructional materials. In addition, leaders from Maryland’s State Department of Education will share examples of how the accessible educational materials and educational technology teams have collaborated to ensure accessible learning opportunities for all students. This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, administrators, and librarians.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Selecting Quality Instructional Materials for Learning

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Presenters include:

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • Alan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington, D.C.

Event Archive

SETDA launches the From Print to Digital: Quality Instructional Materials toolkit during this webinar. The toolkit provides useful resources and guidance that will help state and local leaders identify best practices when considering instructional materials, including core-instructional materials and supplemental resources. Key considerations, questions, quotes and helpful hints are included throughout the guide. Additionally, the guide includes best practices from states and districts and national, state and local resources to consider when selecting quality instructional materials. Presenters will provide an overview of the guide, discuss how to use this guide and share some of their own experiences in selecting quality instructional materials, aligned to standards.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning

Hill Briefing Sponsors: Senator Angus King and Representative Jared Polis 

SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs pushed educators and policy makers around the country to increase high-speed broadband access in schools—with specific recommendations regarding access, funding, and policies to support teaching and learning. In April 2016, SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action released the State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access report highlighting the powerful impact of state leadership in driving critical policy decisions at the national and state level to support broadband networks, bandwidth capacity and home access for low-income families.

SETDA presented the newest report in this field, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning This publication expands on earlier recommendations and continues to advocate for increasing robust access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers.

Recommendations include:

1. Increase Infrastructure to Support Student-Centered Learning
2. Design Infrastructure to Meet Capacity Targets
3. Ensure Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
4. Leverage State Resources to Increase Broadband Access

Presenters highlighted and discussed these updated recommendations for policy makers and school leaders.

Moderator: Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director

Presenters Include:

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Jeff Mao, Senior Manager, Common Sense Education

Driving Connectivity and Access: State K-12 Broadband Leadership

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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This webinar highlighted a collaborative report by SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action, State of K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access (to be released in early April). In this report, SETDA builds upon the research and recommendations from prior publications with a focus on the role of state leadership in supporting districts and schools to increase high-speed connectivity and access for students and educators.

State leaders from New Jersey and Utah will share their state’s approach to supporting high-speed broadband access for all students including details about New Jersey’s Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) Broadband component, a statewide broadband purchasing consortia which has greatly reduced costs and increased broadband access across the state and Utah’s statewide high-speed broadband network.

Presenters Include:

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Jeff Egly, Associate Director, Technical Services, Utah Education Network
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Steve Garton, Senior Manager, Learning Solutions Program, Common Sense Education

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 2

February 11, 2016 at 3 pm ET 
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In Part 2 of What’s New & Noteworthy, presenters will share successes and challenges implementing new technology in schools for:
  • enhancing student learning through making and playing educational games;
  • differentiating instruction based on student learning styles;
  • using video coaching to accelerate teacher professional development and collaboration; and
  • using a digital platform to capture, share, and track student progress
Presenters:
  • Nikki Navta, CEO, Zulama Modern Learning with Dr. Todd Keruskin at Elizabeth Forward School District, PA
  • DJ Cunningham, CEO, LearnStyle with Halton District School Board Leader from the Canadian province of Ontario
  • Adam Geller, CEO,  Edthena with Diane Lauer, Executive Director of Professional Development and Assessment at St. Vrain Valley School District, CO
  • Julie Huston, Senior Account Executive, Three Ring with Jesse Orth, Lead Teacher, Potomac Heights Elementary School, MD

For questions about the event or about SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partner Program please contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships at mgreene@setda.org.

Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 1

“What’s New and Noteworthy”
SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 1
January 27, 2016 at 3:00 ET

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SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partners Webinar: Part 1 focusing on examples of innovative ways to enhance K12 learning through professional development for teachers, online safety for students and tools for collaborative learning. This webinar is free and open to the public and we encourage you to share the details below with your colleagues.

Presenters include members of SETDA’s Emerging private sector partner cohort, Sibme, Nureva, Qustodio with their school partners sharing implementation successes and challenges.

  • Sibme – Dave Wakefield, co-founder of Sibme, will co-present professional development solutions with Pope Elementary (Cy-Fair ISD) School principal Rebecca Koop, providing real examples on using video to enhance professional development and observation at the school level.
  • Nureva™ Span™ – Kimberleigh Doyle, Education Market Development Manager for Nureva and a school partner will share implementation highlights of a new approach to student collaboration with a system that combines a panoramic projector with a cloud-based service and personal apps. The Span system enables students to capture their thoughts, share them on an expansive canvas and then actively collaborate with classmates to group concepts, refine ideas and create deeper understanding.
  • Qustodio – Michael Martinez, Director of Education Sales will present ways that parents, teachers and others can use Qustodio to protect, manage and understand the internet behavior of children and make teaching using devices both in and outside of the classroom safer and more productive.

For questions about the event please contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships at mgreene@setda.org.

Navigating the Digital Shift: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Public Webinar

January 13, 2016 at 2pm ET

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SETDA’s webinar shared state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. SETDA’s recent publication, Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials provides an analysis of state policy trends related to digital instructional materials, essential conditions for implementation, an update on the states’ progress towards SETDA’s Out of Print recommendations and highlights several next steps for consideration as leaders move to advance the learning experiences in the digital age. Several district leaders will share highlights of their journey’s transition to digital instructional materials. This webinar will highlight trends from this research paper and exemplars of districts that have leveraged policies and implemented digital instructional materials.

Presenters include:

  • Moderator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Alabama Learning Exchange Leader, Alabama Department of Education
  • Tammy Parks, Educational Technology Coordinator & Howe Leadership Team, Howe Public Schools, Oklahoma
  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

This event is free and open to the public. For access to additional SETDA resources related to digital instructional materials visit: https://www.setda.org/priorities/digital-content/

For questions about the event please contact, Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research at cfox@setda.org.

Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Launch (October 2015)

October 7, 2015 at 3pm ET

This webinar offers the opportunity to share state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. The webinar will launch the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), a new, online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The goal of the portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and private sector executives will all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare states and make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. In addition, the webinar will offer the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

Presenters Include:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Kelly Callaway, Division Director, Instructional Materials and Educational Technology, Texas Education Agency
  • Allan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

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This webinar was part of Connected Educators Month.

Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning (March 2015)

This webinar shared strategies for ensuring the quality of digital content, including exploring the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with open educational resources. The content of the webinar  stemed from SETDA’s latest digital content policy brief, Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning. Presenters shared examples of state leadership regarding the vetting of digital content and an overview of state OER policies, now available via the State Education Policy Center. In addition, the webinar offered the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

Presenters included:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Reg Leichty, Founding Partner, Foresight Law + Policy
  • Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

For access to additional SETDA resources related to Digital Content and OER visit our website.

[feature ids=”5625″ class=”logo” size=”small”] This webinar is part of Open Education Week 2014. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (Jan 2015)

This webinar explored the Guide to Implementing Digital Learning, a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action.

During the webinar, presenters shared  how states and districts empowered and encouraged educators to plan for and implement digital learning to improve students’ learning experiences. Presenters shared how their states are supporting digital learning implementation and how they will leverage GIDL.

Presenters:

  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA
  • Alex Macdonald, Director of Instructional Technology, Idaho Department of Education
  • Ron Nieto, Deputy Superintendent of Technology, Florida Department of Education
  • Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
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Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age (June 2014)

On June 5, 2014, SETDA hosted a webinar for the public release of its policy brief – The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials – to learn about important considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities. Presenters discussed open educational resources, the Universal Design for Learning Framework, and federal law requirements regarding accessibility of instructional materials. The session  provided recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content to enhance the educational experiences of all students. There was an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples of their own approaches to ensuring accessibility in digital content.

Presenters:

  • Geoff Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer, Policy and Technology & Director, National AIM Center, CAST, Inc.
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

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+Who Owns Teacher-Created Content in a Digital Age? (May 2014)

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) hosted a webinar on May 23, 2104 to mark the release of the policy brief:

Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs

The webinar explored how states and districts can empower and encourage educators to create and share high-quality digital instructional materials to improve students’ learning experiences. Presenters discussed the central legal issue of ownership of instructional materials and offered recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content, including with respect to the advantages provided by open educational resources (OER). The webinar closed with responses to state and district leader questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues.

Presenters included:

  • Douglas Levin, Executive Director, SETDA
  • Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University & Public Lead, Creative Commons United States
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

+State Online Communities Bloom with Robust Resources (October 2013)

State leadership can help provide robust resources for teaching and learning and unique professional learning opportunities for educators. Representatives from two states who have led the gathering and dissemination of these teaching materials, Texas and Oregon, will showcase their efforts and how they go to where they are. Karen Kahan, Director of Educational Technology at the Texas Education Agency will share highlights of the Texas Project Share program (http://www.projectsharetexas.org). Project Share, developed and hosted by the Texas Education Agency, is a collection of Web 2.0 tools and applications that provides high quality professional development in an interactive and engaging learning environment. Carla Wade, Digital Learning and STEM Education Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education will provide an overview of the Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre (http://teach.oetc.org/oregon). The OR Cadre is an online community where educators share lesson plans and professional development ideas and seek advice from their colleagues.

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+Ready for Online Assessments? Help is Here (October 2013)

While more than two-thirds of states already conduct some kind of statewide online assessments, the new assessments of the Common Core State Standards from PARCC and Smarter Balanced are increasing both interest and anxiety in school districts. To help relieve the anxiety, SETDA has created a series of case studies Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success (www-setda-org.www.setda.org), with a narrative and resources. Each narrative provides an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments as well as key factors in each state’s approach to infrastructure and training and communication. There also are downloadable resources that range from training agendas to checklists for technology readiness to sample letters from the state to school districts. Mike Nelson, Director of Curriculum and assessment of Coeur d”Alene School District 271, ID, Patches Hill, Technology Systems Manager of Indian River School District, DE and Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Mooresville Graded School District, NC will explain what they did to get ready for their online assessments and answer your questions.


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+Instructional Materials: Making the Transition from Print to Digital (April 2013)

Join SETDA to learn how states and districts are moving from print to digital instructional materials and participate in a demonstration of the State Education Policy Center to learn how to access details about state policies related to broadband, assessment and instructional materials.There will be a facilitated discussion during which state and district leaders will share examples of their use of digital content in schools and classrooms.

Presenters:

  • Sarah Young, Science Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Dan Funston, Assistant Superintendent, Plymouth Community School Corporation, Indiana

 

Broadband: How Much is Enough? (February 2013)

On Friday, February 8 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, a panel of experts shared their knowledge about the power of broadband access in their schools and participated in a demonstration of how to access details about state policies related to broadband, assessment and instructional materials via the State Education Policy Center (SEPC). Christine Fox, SETDA’s Director of Educational Leadership and Research facilitated a discussion during which presenters explained each state’s network organization and broadband access as well as an example of a district maximizing broadband access available to best meet the needs of technology rich learning environments.

Presenters:

  • Mike Leadingham, Director, Office of Knowledge, Information & Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Tim Sizemore, Program Manager, Kentucky Education Network, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Teri Sanders, Senior Director, Education Technology, K-12 High Speed Network, California
  • Jose Ortega, Administrator, Education Technology Office, California Department of Education

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