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A Conversation on Improving School Culture
Thursday March 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; with Erin Olson, Curriculum Director for Sioux Central Community School, IA; and Derek L. McCoy, Principal for West Rowan Middle School, NC
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One of the most pressing issues facing schools today is how to make them warm and inviting places for students – and fun and exciting places to teach and learn. Creating an environment where adults and students want to be and where they feel comfortable and ready to explore the world is critical.
Watch this dynamic panel discussion with leading educators Steven W. Anderson, Erin Olson and Derek McCoy for an exploration of ways to improve school culture. Our panelists cover:
- A deep dive into what great school culture looks like, sounds like, and feels like
- Ways to cultivate a positive culture at your own school
- Technology tools to foster improved school culture
Each panelist also shares how they support school culture in their roles as instructional leaders and what they are doing to help others in this important area of education. All K12 administrators and educators are invited to watch this recorded webinar.
About the Presenters
Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, author and dad. He is the author of book The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How do I use technology to be a better school leader? As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology and best known as @web20classroom, he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning and communicating. Steven presents at conferences worldwide and is also responsible in helping create #edchat, the most popular educational hashtag on Twitter. He is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Hero of Education and one of the top educational influencers on Twitter. Follow him at @Web20Classroom.
Erin Olson is an instructional leader and curriculum director for Sioux Central Community School, a rural K-12 school in Northwest Iowa, where she combines her passions for literacy and technology to support teacher and student voice. Earlier in her career, Erin was a technology integrationist, a middle school language arts teacher, and a high school English teacher. She is a connected educator who has used technology to eliminate classroom barriers and connect her students globally. Her work has been featured and discussed in The New York Times as well as on CNN News. Erin has presented nationally at conferences and was awarded the ITEC State Technology Leadership Award in 2015 for her statewide support of integration, teachers, and students. She has served as a moderator for #1to1techat, serves as a Seesaw Ambassador, and is a Google Certified Educator. Follow Erin on Twitter at @eolsonteacher
Derek McCoy is the principal of West Rowan Middle School in Rowan-Salisbury Schools. He presents and conducts workshops on improving student learning and achievement, increasing teaching efficacy, and creating a learning environment that will prepare students for their future. Derek’s approach involves innovative instructional design/best practices and developing and implementing relevant, student-centered, and flexible learning practices. He was named as a 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP and has received recognitions from other groups for his efforts to use social media and technology to help connect learners with best practices and experts, create impactful collaboration networks and ultimately help grow all schools. Follow Derek on Twitter @mccoyderek.
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