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Leading with Data: One District’s Journey to Student Success
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Rachel Powell, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-5, San José Unified School District, CA; Sandra Velásquez, District Instructional Technology Coach, San José Unified School District, CA; and Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer, DreamBox Learning
Sponsored by DreamBox Learning
Discover how San Jose Unified School District in California is using data-informed approaches to drive innovative personalized learning initiatives, including implementing high-quality instructional tools and empowering educators with real-time insights to adapt instruction. In this edWebinar, presenters Rachel Powell, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-5; and Sandra Velásquez, District Instructional Technology Coach, both from San José Unified School District; with Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer at DreamBox Learning, share strategies to help your district create a path to success for all learners, including:
- Using data to build capacity, drive alignment, and lead change
- Building a culture of continuous improvement and growth mindset
- Making the most of real-time data insights to inform instruction
- Personalizing instruction and professional development to support deeper learning
This recorded edWebinar will be of most interest to pre–K though middle school district and school leaders.
About the Presenters
Rachel Powell began her career as a classroom teacher. After a great deal of learning as a classroom teacher, she decided to expand her classroom experience. Rachel began her work as a site coach, and later as a district coach in curriculum and instruction. This position afforded her the opportunity to make broader system-wide changes, eventually moving into the position of Manager of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction at San José Unified School District in 2014. For the last four years, her amazing team has focused on systematizing instructional practices in literacy, mathematics, and special education, using various data points to drive decision making.
Sandra Velásquez is currently working in her third year as the Pre-K-5 District Instructional Technology Coach for San José Unified School District. Her areas of focus are technology integration and early literacy. As a district coach, she provides professional development and coaching around best instructional practices in a technology-rich environment. Currently, Sandra is pursuing her M.A. in educational leadership through technology at San Diego State University where she is further developing her passion to advocate for change and contribute to the improvement of professional learning that focuses on student achievement.
Kelly Urlacher started her education career as a teacher in 2002. She has her national boards and masters in technology and curriculum development. Kelly taught sixth grade for ten years and has a passion for math. She jokes that she loved to “infect” her students with the love of math. Kelly is now a senior curriculum designer for DreamBox Learning, where she has the opportunity to create lessons, develop technology-based teacher partnerships, and influence the way students learn math.
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