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Strategies for eLearning Days in the Wake of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Presented by Candice Dodson, Executive Director, State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA); and Stacey Schmidt, PhD, Superintendent, Porter Township School Corporation (IN)

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Sponsored by AT&T Aspire

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This edWebinar will provide essential resources for state, district and school administrators and teachers as they prepare for eLearning Days in the wake of school closings related to the COVID-19 virus. SETDA launched the SETDA Coalition for eLearning. The coalition, with support from AT&T, compile and provide resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost. This coalition supports leaders and spark innovation around eLearning related to the COVID-19 virus as well as inevitable inclement weather and other disruptive events. In addition, a school-based experience in eLearning Days will provide first-hand experience of planning and implementing eLearning Days.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. 


Candice DodsonAbout the Presenters

Candice Dodson is the Executive Director of the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Director of eLearning for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, Candice focused on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. She and her eLearning team worked to boost the state’s efforts to connect Indiana to great ideas in educational technology, virtual and online learning, and new learning models and instructional practices. Her strategic work included the formation of an eLearning Leadership Cadre, statewide professional development opportunities including the Summer of eLearning conferences, Admin Academies, and Digital Learning Grants, and resources and training to support digital learning. Prior to the Indiana Department of Education, Candice had 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist, and high ability educator to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Master of Education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, an Administrator Leadership, Administrative Licensure from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, and a Leadership Institute Certificate from Brown University, Providence, RI.


Stacey Schmidt is the Superintendent of Porter Township School Corporation (IN). Prior to becoming a school superintendent, she served as an Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principal, and taught at the elementary and middle school level. Since becoming Superintendent, she has led her district in redesigning instruction as they implemented 1:1 technology with the use of iPads seven years ago. Porter Township has pioneered the use of online learning through eLearning Days beginning back in 2010 and evolving ever since. Porter Township utilizes eLearning Days one time per month in grades 6-12 to allow time for professional development for teachers. The district also uses them as a way to continue instruction on days when snow does not allow safe passage to school. Additionally, Stacey has empowered teachers to author online and blended learning courses which are utilized at the high school level as a regular part of the instructional day. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in elementary education, a master’s degree from Purdue University in elementary administration and supervision, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership.

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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.


AT&T Aspire invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our country for the future. Technology is making it easier for everyone – regardless of age, gender, income or geography – to learn anytime, anywhere. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T brings together the power of its network – its employees, its technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Learn more at

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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