Apex Learning Partners with Education Leaders to Discuss Equity and Struggling Students at the DLAC

April 01, 2019

Apex Learning Partners with Education Leaders to Discuss Equity and Struggling Students at the DLAC

Are you planning to attend the Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) in Austin this week? The inaugural DLAC is celebrating K-12 digital learning practitioners, researchers and policymakers with an innovative, new conference format. The forum will provide an opportunity to share best practices for online learning, blended learning and how the use of technology can increase student opportunities and improve student outcomes when thoughtfully developed by school leaders and implemented by effective educators. Learn more about the DLAC and a couple of recommended panel presentations that you won’t want to miss.

We are honored to work together with several leading districts to highlight the results of their programs using online learning to drive student outcomes. When districts are able to do more to support struggling students—from those with learning gaps to below proficient readers and English language learners—the result is more students at grade level, more students passing high stakes exams and more students graduating on time.

Be sure to check out two panels addressing initiatives to improve systemic culture, conditions and competencies to raise achievement for struggling students. These districts will articulate how they are creating pathways to support these students and how to encourage and empower young people, regardless of gender identity, race, class, or nationality.

Equity of Opportunity: Three Districts Share the Impact of Digital Learning on Equity and Inclusion to Drive Achievement and Ignite Student Potential

Monday, April 1 - 3:00-4:20 p.m. | Room: Texas II

Join three districts raising the bar in education for an interactive discussion on how to improve systemic culture, conditions, and competencies to raise achievement for all students and create pathways for success. From using digital learning to transform the classroom to establishing consistent policies, including PD and training, district leaders discuss the impact of equity initiatives to effectively engage, encourage, and empower young people, regardless of gender identity, race, class, or nationality.


  • Erin Jones, Independent Education and Systems Consultant, Speaker and Former Candidate for State Superintendent (OSPI), Erin Jones, LLC
  • David Watkins, Director of Equity and Diversity, Broward County Public Schools
  • Shomari Jones, Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement, Bellevue School District 405
  • Dr. Dondelayo White, Director of Student Support Services, Evanston Township High School District 202


Unlocking Success for Struggling Students

Wednesday, April 3 - 10:00-11:20 a.m. | Room: Big Bend C/D

The average student who starts below grade level has a 1 in 4 chance of catching up. That means districts are grappling with how to meet the needs of a tremendous number of struggling students, which can impact on-time graduation rates, passing and proficiency rates for high-stakes exams, and students falling below grade level. Join four district leaders for an exploration into how to recognize and support unique learning needs, including ELL, students with learning gaps, and below-proficient readers.


  • Kim Loomis, Director of Online & Blended Learning, Clark County School District
  • Dr. Dondelayo White, Director of Student Support Services, Evanston Township High School District 202
  • Jerald Wilson, M.A., Administrator, Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Global H-TECH, Dallas Independent School District
  • Martina Beach-Hedges, Principal, Murrieta Canyon Academy, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

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