Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; Cliff Rudnick, Administrator, Instructional Resources Unit, California Department of Education; Jackie Bobbett, Section Supervisor, Curricular Resources, Louisiana Department of Education; and Whitney Whealdon, Director of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education.
Sponsored by SETDA
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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.
About the Presenters
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.
Cliff Rudnick has been with the California Department of Education for over 28 years, serving as the administrator of the instructional resources unit for the last five years. Prior to his current position, he also served as the state education technology director from 2008 to 2011. Cliff’s teaching experience is at the high school level, specifically ninth grade English. He has undergraduate degrees in English and communication studies and an M.Ed. in educational administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Jackie Bobbett has worked with the Louisiana Department of Education for over 20 years and serves as the supervisor over the Instructional Materials Review process. She also serves as the state’s NIMAS coordinator ensuring print versions of core instructional materials are made available in appropriate formats for all students. She holds a Ph.D. in K-12 Administration and Supervision from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas, Tyler. She has also been part of the State Instructional Materials Review Association (formerly the National Association of State Textbook Administrators) since 1998.
Whitney Whealdon is the Director of Academic Content at the Louisiana Department of Education. In that role, she works with and trains teacher leaders to create units, lessons, and tasks, such as the English Language Arts Guidebooks, and supports educators in reviewing and selecting high-quality instructional materials. She began work at the Department in 2008 as the English Language Arts Assessment Coordinator. Prior to her work at the Department, Whitney was a middle school English language arts teacher for six years. As a teacher, Whitney participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Program in October 2005, and was named the 2008 Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year. Whitney graduated from the Holmes Program at Louisiana State University.
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.