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Digital Signals: What Are Students Telling Us?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Digital Signals: What Are Students Telling Us?

Presented by Philip Neufeld, Ed.D., Executive Officer, Enterprise Services, Core Infrastructure, Learning Analytics, Fresno Unified School District (CA); Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA); and Monica Cougan, Manager, Strategic Relationships and Initiatives, CatchOn/ENA 
Moderated by Paget Hetherington, Vice President, Marketing, Gaggle

Sponsored by Gaggle and CatchOn, An ENA Affiliate

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Are your students feeling lost? Do you know if they are engaged in learning? Student safety and engagement tools can help educators pick up on the digital signals students send out when they’re in need of help. Educators across the country are using these tools to better understand the psyche and activities of their students, helping to promote student well-being and engagement whether students are learning in the classroom or at home.

When it comes to students in distress or disengaged, what should educators look out for in the digital environment in order to identify and support those who are struggling? In this recorded edLeader Panel, the presenters share the latest data in student safety and learning engagement, how digital solutions have helped educators better support students, and the signals district leaders should pay attention to.

This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to K-12 school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Philip Neufeld

About the Presenters

Philip Neufeld, Ed.D. is the Executive Officer at Fresno Unified School District. He has served in technology and leadership roles in healthcare, agriculture, banking, and education. Dr. Neufeld left the private industry to work for Fresno State with 25,000+ students, and then Fresno Unified with 72,000 students. Leadership roles include core infrastructure, enterprise services, co-leading a personalized learning initiative with 1,000+ teachers, and co-leading global learning analytics collaborative. Dr. Neufeld shapes educational ecosystems to better prepare students with knowledge, skills, and agency for their #AsYetImagined futures. Dr. Neufeld has an M.B.A. and Ed.D. from California State University, Fresno.


Kelly May-VollmarDr. Kelly May-Vollmar has worked in education since 2004. She served as a classroom teacher, academic coach, site principal, and chief innovation and information officer (CIIO) prior to starting her current position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. She served as CIIO for Desert Sands Unified School District for three years. For the last two years, she has served as the assistant superintendent over educational and technology services. Her experience has allowed her to marry the technology and the educational services departments. As a technology leader in California, she has had the honor of receiving several awards. She was awarded the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) California Technology Administrator of the Year award in 2019 and the California IT in Education (CITE, formerly CETPA) Educational Leader of the Year award in 2020. Most recently Dr. May-Vollmar was awarded the Community Leadership for Digital Equity Award: Desert Sands Unified School District from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking).


Monica Cougan

Monica Cougan is the manager of strategic relationships and initiatives at ENA and CatchOn, where she leverages her more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. Throughout her career, Monica has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool. She also has extensive experience helping K-12 schools implement 1:1 programs and in disseminating problem-based and project-based learning methodologies that focus on helping each student develop his or her own voice. Throughout Monica’s extensive career, she has sought out the diverse experiences required to know how to implement positive changes in education: she has served as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, and education consultant for national, technology-based curriculum companies. Away from the classroom, she has served as an independent math consultant, worked in curriculum development, evaluated research on school-based programs, and developed professional learning opportunities for educators looking for a new mastery of technology.


Paget Hetherington

About the Moderator

Paget Hetherington has empowered children to achieve academic success for her entire career, leading sales and marketing efforts for global publishing and EdTech companies. As the vice president of Marketing, Paget’s focus is spreading Gaggle’s message to school districts across the country, helping to ensure the safety and well-being of students. Prior to Gaggle, Paget led marketing efforts with industry sector leaders VitalSource, Mimio, Lexia Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dorling Kindersley, and Vivendi Universal Publishing.


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Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Our mission is to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students, supporting school districts in proactively identifying those who are struggling. We have helped hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability.



CatchOn is a user-friendly data analytics tool that collects real-time data on every device, enabling school districts to make data-informed decisions about the apps and online tools their educators and students are using. In 2018, CatchOn joined forces with ENA, a leading provider of comprehensive technology solutions to education institutions and libraries across the nation. Collectively, CatchOn and ENA leverage their respective resources and expertise to deliver critical services and solutions that help school districts produce positive outcomes in the communities they serve.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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