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Professional Learning Practices: Sharing State Exemplars in Support of Digital Learning

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Professional Learning Practices: Sharing State Exemplars in Support of Digital Learning

Presented by Dorann Avey, Digital Learning Director, Nebraska Department of Education; and Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Moderated by Dr. Jason Bailey, Director of Innovation and Design, SETDA

Hosted by SETDA
Sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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SETDA is pleased to host this learning opportunity for education leaders looking to move the needle on personalized, digital learning. SETDA’s Professional Learning Dashboard provides a catalogue of digital learning resources gathered from state leaders across the nation. This database is free for anyone to access and provides snapshots of professional learning opportunities that support digital learning, personalized learning, quality instructional materials, and leadership.

edWebinar viewers will receive a guided tour of the resource and explore some highlights from entries just updated this fall. SETDA digital learning leaders from Nebraska and Illinois will also join us for a deeper dive into some of the resources and services they are supporting in their states.

Education leaders of all levels should tune in to learn from these exemplars. Entries in the dashboard provide a great opportunity to connect to work near you, as well as inspiration for programs to improve digital learning in your ecosystem.


Dorann AveyAbout the Presenters

Dorann Avey is the digital learning director for the Nebraska Department of Education. Prior to joining the Nebraska DOE, she was the business department chair for Lincoln Public Schools (NE). Dorann has strong professional skills in staff development, educational leadership, classroom management, teaching, and lesson planning. She also serves on the board of the Nebraska Digital Learning Association, a professional development organization that provides networking opportunities and resources for connected learning environments. Dorann has a BS in accounting and business/management and business and technology education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. You can follow Dorann on Twitter @NDE_DigLearning.


Mindy FiscusMelinda Fiscus is the digital access coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. In this role, she provides networking opportunities, consulting services, professional development for school districts, and advocates for the advancement of educational technology across Illinois. She serves as one of the Illinois representatives to the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and also serves as a governing board member. She is one of the Illinois State E-rate Coordinators (SECA) and is a founding member of the Classroom Connectivity Project. Melinda is in her 21st year working in Illinois educational technology and is currently excited about Illinois broadband opportunities. She is passionate about creating immersive learning experiences for staff and students.


Jason BaileyAbout the Moderator

Dr. Jason Bailey is the director of innovation and design for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Prior to that, Dr. Bailey was the senior eLearning strategist for the Indiana Department of Education. A former teacher, technology specialist, and district administrator, Dr. Bailey’s work at the district level included leading a talented team of technology specialists in integrating a wealth of technology, including 1:1 computing for more than 14,000 students in 2009. At the state level, he developed the Summer of eLearning conference series, designed and published the Indiana Tech Plan Survey, and authored Indiana’s educational cybersecurity initiative. Dr. Bailey completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Indiana State University. He was also one of the early recipients of CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation. Honors include participation in various white papers, keynote speaking, publication in Educational Leadership, and ISTE’s Making IT Happen award.


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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 forteaching, 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.





Wednesday, March 31, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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