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Collaboration Near and Far in Digital Professional Learning Communities

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Collaboration Near and Far in Digital Professional Learning Communities

Presented by Geri Gillespy, Administrator of Digital Integration, West Ada School District, Meridian, ID
Hosted by Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh, Program Manager for Professional Development Strategy, Microsoft

Sponsored by Microsoft Education

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As educators take on the role of active change agent in schools and communities, their work becomes more complex and dynamic. Continuous embedded collaborative professional learning is now part of the role of many teachers.

This edWebinar showcases ways in which schools around the world are using collaborative digital learning environments for professional learning communities (PLCs) and networked improvement communities (NICs) for professional development and school improvement in Microsoft Teams. This recorded presentation will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders at all levels.

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About the Presenter

Geri Gillespy is the administrator of digital integration in the West Ada School District in Meridian, ID. It is currently the largest district in Idaho, and in the top 100 largest districts in the nation. Her Digital Integration team supports the implementation, training, and evaluation of technology integration at all levels, K-12 throughout the district. Geri has been in education for over 20 years as a teacher, academic coach, vice principal, principal, and district administrator K-12. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow and Trainer and was awarded the ISTE Make it Happen award for Leadership in Educational Technology in 2018. She is a member of the T3 Executive Leadership Council and a NCCE Professional Learning Specialist.


About the Host

Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Principal Program Manager for Professional Development in the education products group at Microsoft. Previously she was Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to transform learning and teaching. Cathy’s experience includes leading an education transformation initiative and launching a virtual school in Western Australia; higher education leadership and research in the Middle East during a national mobile learning program; and work as a professor and researcher in educational technology in US universities; as well as school teaching and leadership. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She has developed successful and innovative online degree and professional development programs, and blended learning programs for K-12 students. She also directed professional development centers in the United States and was a STEM classroom teacher in the United States and Caribbean.


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Thursday, June 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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