Digital Learning Annual Conference - DLAC 2021

June 14, 2021
Location
Austin, TX & Online
Booth Number
100

We are delighted to support our clients presenting at the Digital Learning Annual Conference.

 

 

When Access Isn’t Equal: How the Pandemic Informed the Nation’s Equity Gaps

June 14, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Central

Online - Virtual Room 5

COVID-19 transformed our discussions about equity and supporting our nation’s most vulnerable students. With the large-scale shift to online learning, systemic inequities have become a glaring challenge for an alarming number of students and families. This has emerged front-and-center as one of the challenges districts needed to overcome to ensure every student has an opportunity to succeed. Join us for a conversation with a few of the nation’s top educators to discuss their recommended strategies, resources and lessons learned on how to ensure all content reflects our students and that learning programs support educational equity. How are districts going to be evaluating content differently moving forward and how are they making decisions about content?

Presenters:

  • Kimberly Smith, Digital Promise (Center for Inclusive Innovation)
  • James Butler, Senior Director Instructional Technology and Online Education at Tucson Unified School District
  • Lisa Williams, Chief Equity Officer at Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Diana Marshall, Director of Equity and Student Achievement at San Juan Unified School District
  • Richard McGoogan, Blended Learning Coordinator at Guilford County Schools

 

 

Maximizing the Partnership with your Digital Curriculum Provider

June 14, 3:25-3:50 p.m. Central

Online - Virtual Room 4

What matters in a partnership with a digital curriculum provider?

Join in on the conversation as this topic is explored by two education leaders. Perspectives will include a practitioner seeking a vendor-partner to support a vision and long-term plan, and a vendor partner highlighting promising partnership practices and services from across the country. Key questions to be addressed include: What are some intangible but important aspects of infrastructure to consider? What should a district expect from a vendor partner? How can the district get the most from a vendor-partner relationship?

Presenters:

  • Dr. Stacey Adamiak, Retired Educator and National Consultant at Apex Learning
  • Jason Mitchell, Strategic Initiatives at Apex Learning

 

 

The Classroom of the Future: What Lessons Have We Learned From COVID-19, and What Will be the Long-term Impacts on our Educational System?

June 14, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Central

In Person - Texas Ballroom 2

Three leading districts share lessons learned from COVID-19 this year, what has worked well, what hasn’t worked, and their plans for future change as they prepare for reopening in the new school year. The interactive discussion will cover funding, budgets, district plans, how they are addressing learning models, equity, and more – all with a heavy dose of optimism. They will discuss the challenges they faced and share how they plan to use this experience as a catalyst for change in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.

Presenters:

  • Jean Sharp, CAO at Apex Learning
  • Tom Vacanti, City School District of Albany, Online Learning Coordinator

 

 

 

The Student Perspective: What Do Students Want to See Change and What Do They Want to Stay the Same in a Post-pandemic World?

June 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Central

In Person - Room: Hill Country

This past year, we all seemed to talking ABOUT our students, but few were talking to the students themselves. In this session we explore how students feel about the shifts to digital learning last year, including what they liked, and what they didn’t like. We also talk about what they would like to see change and what they want to stick as we move forward this school year and beyond. They share what suggestions for educators and districts as they navigate how to best support student needs in the future.

Presenters:

  • Tom Vacanti, Online Learning Coordinator at City School District of Albany
  • Apex Learning Virtual School – Student

 

 

We’re Staying Home: Expanding full-time online options in a post-pandemic world – Maryland’s multi-district collaboration, from idea to implementation.

June 15, 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Central

In-Person

Join us to discuss the collaboration between the nine districts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC) to design and build a blended virtual program providing at-home learning options including synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  The workshop will examine the various challenges -- from the political to the pedagogical – inherent to planning and implementing educational options across multiple districts that can recapture homeschool and private school families, improve academic support for students who cannot physically attend school, and serve students who perform better in a fully online environment.

Presenter: Erin Crissman, Coordinator of Blended Virtual Learning at Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC)

 

 

Strategies for Supporting Students In a Hybrid Instructional Model

June 15, 11:25-11:45 a.m. Central

Online - Virtual Room 4

When the pandemic began, Big Rapids Public Schools was able to smoothly expand their virtual school program to provide hybrid instruction to all their middle and high school students. Based on their learnings from the transition, Principal Mitch Cumings will offer strategies for ensuring student engagement and academic growth. Educators will learn about how BRPS uses teachers in very specific roles to alleviate the workload on the classroom teacher.

Presenter: Mitch Cumings, Principal at Big Rapids Public Schools

 

 

Practitioners of the Future: How Teachers Transformed Their Instruction to Support Virtual Learning

June 15, 3:00–4:15 p.m. Central

Online - Virtual Room 4

As we move into the next phase of post-pandemic life and school, three educators from across the country explore what they believe will stick from this experience and share the changes they are going to make in their classrooms. We discuss the challenges they encountered, what they did to address these challenges within their schools and districts, and the opportunities this new education landscape creates. We also cover how will these changes will impact schools, students, teachers, and their families over the long-term, how to equip teachers with adequate resources going forward, and how technology will continue to evolve to help to facilitate student learning now and well into the future.

Presenters:

  • Betsy Corcoran, Co-founder and Columnist at EdSurge
  • Tim Buckingham, Mentor at Big Rapids Virtual School 
  • Matt Hiefield, Teacher at Beaverton School District

 

 

Partners in Learning: How to Get the Most from Your Vendor Relationships

June 15, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Central

Online - Virtual Room 5

Kanoe Namahoe, SmartBrief Education Editor explores the dynamic partnerships between school districts and their vendor relationships. How have these partnerships changed since the pandemic, how have district needs shifted and what are vendors doing to truly serve as partners rather than serve as transactional vendors. The SmartBrief Education Insights column features some of the leading voices from the K-12 industry and this discussion will break down the perception of the relationship between vendor and school districts and the integral role these relationships play as partners in the learning process.

Presenters:

  • Kanoe Namahoe, Director of Content at SmartBrief Education
  • Jean Sharp, CAO at Apex Learning
  • Ido Yerushalmi President & CEO at Intelitek
  • Adam Geller, Founder of Edthena 

 

 

          The Student Perspective: A Conversation with High School Students About What’s Next in Education

          June 16, 9:00-10:15 a.m. Central

          Online - Virtual Room 4

          This past year, we all seemed to talking ABOUT our students, but few were talking to the students themselves. In this session we explore how students feel about the shifts to digital learning last year, including what they liked, and what they didn’t like. We also talk about what they would like to see change and what they want to stick as we move forward this school year and beyond. They share what suggestions for educators and districts as they navigate how to best support student needs in the future.

          Presenters:

          • Tom Vacanti, Online Learning Coordinator at City School District of Albany
          • City school District of Albany – Students
          • Big Rapids Public Schools Virtual School – Students
          • Guilford County – Student

                 

                 

                Carrying Forward: Re-visioning Education’s Next Normal – Charting a New Course of Revolutionary Innovation Post-COVID

                June 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Central

                In Person - Room: Zilker Terrace (Outside)

                Join this interactive networking opportunity to discuss system change and learning experiences post-COVID. Several common themes will be explored: resetting teacher and digital partnerships; redefining flexible learning models, parent choice, and personalized learning pedagogy; restarting school with attention on operational logistics and stakeholder expectations; reflecting upon lessons learned and how they can inform what we envision and can create for students’ learning as we carry forward.

                Presenters:

                • Jean Sharp, CAO, Apex Learning
                • Kim Loomis, Consultant at i3 Digital PD