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From Print to Digital: Discover and Implement Quality Instructional Materials for Learning
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; and Jeremy A. Wartz, Instructional Materials Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education
Hosted by SETDA
Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In this edWebinar, learn about SETDA’s expanded Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, an online toolkit to support the vetting and curation of quality instructional materials for all learners. There’s a growing body of research finding that instructional materials can have as large an impact on student outcomes as teacher quality or reduced class size. The toolkit includes sections on planning, budgeting, selection, implementation, and effectiveness with specific details of several state and district vetting processes. New details regarding procurement, review processes and details on content area considerations have been added. Professional learning session templates are available for leaders to leverage this resource via trainings or conferences.
In addition, Jeremy A. Wartz from Oregon’s Department of Education shares how the state supports the vetting of instructional materials including OER. The session includes opportunities to explore the new site and engage in dialogue. K-12 administrators, curriculum leaders, educators, instructional materials leaders, and tech directors will benefit from watching this recorded 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.
Jeremy A. Wartz is a program analyst with the Oregon Department of Education as the instructional materials coordinator. As a member of the Standards and Instructional Supports (SIS) team, he coordinates the instructional materials review process at the state level and provides assistance to Oregon’s school districts. Moreover, Jeremy helps school districts with navigating the adoption process at the local level with instructional materials a component to a high quality education.
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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.