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Building Digital Learning Environments: Tools for Implementation
Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Ann Lee Flynn, Ed.D. Director, Education Innovation, National School Boards Association; and Rick Gaisford, Educational Technology Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Hosted by Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA
Sponsored by SETDA
During this edWebinar, SETDA releases a new resource for educational stakeholders that supports digital learning implementation: Transformative Digital Learning: A Guide to Implementation. SETDA, in collaboration with multiple partners and state leaders, developed a comprehensive set of professional learning resources to build state and district capacity in support of the transition to digital learning. This edWebinar highlights a set of professional learning resources, known as facilitator guides, for states and districts to provide customized support and training regarding digital learning implementation.
In addition, a set of stakeholder communication toolkits designed to help educators disseminate information about teaching and learning in the digital age will be shared. This recorded session will be of most interest to pre–K through high school teachers, librarians, and school leaders, as well as district leaders. Hear from state and association leaders regarding the value of these customizable resources and have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with the presenters.
About the Presenters
Ann Flynn, Ed.D. has supported NSBA’s leadership in education innovation to advance teaching & learning, administrative operations, parental engagement and community outreach since 1992. Dr. Flynn created NSBA’s “20 to Watch” and Technology Innovation Showcase recognition programs, and she manages educational content for the National Connection program including district site visits that showcase exemplary technology practices. She authored “The Role of a School Board in the Purchasing Process” for The Experts’ Guide to the K-12 Market and is a frequent columnist for ASBJ. She was named as one of the country’s top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2014 by the Center for Digital Education.
Rick Gaisford has 32 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 29 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He has been an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer, state Internet specialist and state education technology specialist. In his current state role, he works with districts and schools to support the effective implementation of technology tools and resources into teaching and learning. He helps oversee the Digital Teaching and Learning program implemented by the Utah State Legislature in 2016. This legislation has provided $45 million to implement a comprehensive program to effectively bring technology into all classrooms in the state. Rick served on the SETDA Board of Directors for 11 years as both a board member and officer of the board. He currently serves on the state ASCD and ISTE affiliate boards of directors.
About the Host
Dr. Tracy Weeks is the executive director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the chief academic and digital learning officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of K-12 curriculum and instruction, career and technical education, exceptional children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
From 2008-2014, Dr. Weeks led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the chief academic officer and subsequently the executive director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in instructional technology with a statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching fellow, NC Education Policy fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
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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.
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