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Ready Player One: Esports in K–12

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Esports in K–12

Presented by Dennis Large, Ed.D., Director of Educational Technology, Riverside County Office of Education; and Kevin Brown, Esports Program Specialist, Orange County Department of Education and North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF)
Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Education Regional Manager, Common Sense Education

Hosted by Common Sense Education

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Esports is exploding with opportunities for student learning, engagement, and leadership. It’s not just about players with the fastest thumbs; many roles comprise this burgeoning field. Learn how one county office has created an esports league and is supporting districts to build their programs. The Riverside County Office of Education is among the first county offices in the state to facilitate an esports league for its participating districts.

This edWebinar focuses on the why and the how relevant to getting started with esports programs in schools, districts, and/or counties. Participants will be provided with digital resources to guide them in getting started with esports programs at their school sites and districts or in their counties.

Through this edWebinar, viewers will:

  • Understand why esports is good for students.
  • Increase their understanding of the purpose, organization, and materials of an esports program.
  • Understand how to access support and resources for an esports program.
  • Increase their understanding of the effects on students of an esports program.
  • Understand how to address potential problems that might be encountered with an esports program (e.g., stakeholders, technical issues, equity, bad-mouthing, and bullying).

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to middle school through higher education teachers, and school and district leaders.


Dennis LargeAbout the Presenters

Dr. Dennis Large is currently the director of educational technology for the Riverside County Office of Education. In this position, he works with the school districts in Riverside County as they implement programs such as online and blended learning, personalized learning, and California State Standards and assessments. He is proud to have played an integral role in the development of the Leading Edge Certification program, the Technology Leadership Network, the Riverside County Google Camp, and the Riverside County Esports League. Previously, Dennis was an administrator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education for 13 years, where he did similar work around educational technology. Dennis also was a classroom teacher for 13 years, with experience in elementary, alternative education, and special education. Dennis recently completed his Ed.D. in educational technology leadership through an online program at Boise State University.


Kevin BrownKevin Brown thought he would be a lifelong hotelier, working with five-star properties like Four Seasons Hotels. He found his way into education after the massive shift in the hospitality market post-9/11. Kevin taught career technical education classes (primarily hotel hospitality and management) for the Orange Unified School District in California before being recruited to open a massive hotel project in Newport Coast, California. Kevin returned to career technical education just in time to catch the rising tide of educational restructuring through esports, where he puts his years of experience as a gamer, classroom skills, and a passion to meet kids where they are to the test every day. Kevin holds a business management degree from Argosy University and a teaching credential from California State, Long Beach, and he speaks more languages than most people have toes.


Jennifer EhehaltAbout the Host

Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh regional manager at Common Sense Education. She is responsible for helping school districts build a culture of digital citizenship among educators, students, and their families. She designs and delivers professional development for preK–12 educators that focuses on the implementation of Common Sense’s K–12 digital citizenship resources, along with how to integrate technology into the classroom. Through her work, she has had the opportunity to share best practices by presenting at ISTE, ASCD, PETE & C, IDEAcon, and GAETC.


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Common Sense Education develops high-quality digital citizenship programs and digital teaching resources, providing educators and students with the digital learning tools they need to harness the power of technology for life.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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