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Building K-12 School System Resilience: Principles and Practices for Districts to Mitigate Future Learning Disruptions

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Building K-12 System Resilience: Principles and Practices to Mitigate Future Learning Disruptions

Presented by Scott Elliott, Ed.D., Superintendent, Watauga County Schools (NC); and Shannon Trejo, Chief Academic Officer, Dallas Independent School District (TX)
Moderated by Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Future of Teaching & Learning, D2L

Sponsored by D2L



The recording will be posted on this page after the live session. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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The pandemic demonstrated the need for resilience to enable quality and equitable learning continuity in the face of disruptions from pandemic to natural disasters to ongoing technology, policy, and economic change. But how do K-12 leaders move from recognition to planning and implementation? This edWebinar will provide K-12 leaders with a framework, practices, tools, and examples for moving from a react/recover approach to proactively increasing system resilience ahead of future disruptions.

The presenters will share their experiences and a new actionable framework and guide to help you answer:

  • How should we think about resilience moving forward? What are the potential disruptors we must mitigate?
  • What are the principles and practices of a resilient K-12 system?
  • What are the organizational behaviors and processes needed to drive systems change and build toward resilience?

The opportunity and responsibility are strong for planning to ensure continuity of quality learning ahead of foreseeable disruptions. This edWebinar will provide you with the professional understanding and tools for that journey.

Attendees will receive a copy of the new Building for System Resilience: A Guide for Local K-12 Leaders, including a planning framework, list of recommended practices, interactive planning workbook, and a change management toolkit.

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 school and district leaders, state education agency leaders, regional support education agencies, and nonprofit member and mission education organizations. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Scott ElliottAbout the Presenters

Scott Elliott, Ed.D. is Superintendent of Watauga County Schools, serving 4,400 K-12 students in Western North Carolina. Dr. Elliott is a product of North Carolina public schools and has bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro and graduate degrees from Western Carolina University. Before coming to Watauga County Schools as Superintendent in 2014, Dr. Elliott served for 17 years in the Transylvania County Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, and assistant superintendent. Before that, he was a community college instructor. Dr. Elliott considers public education to be a high calling and that teaching is the noblest of professions.


Shannon TrejoChief Academic Officer Shannon Trejo has 28 years of educational experience in various capacities, and prior to her current position, she served as Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent for Language, Literacy and Social Studies. In that role, she led six departments—Dyslexia/504, Reading Language Arts, Social Studies, Dual Language and English Learner Services, World Languages, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support—and focused on the creation and implementation of a districtwide curriculum. Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in educational administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.


Mark SchneidermanAbout the Moderator

Mark Schneiderman has worked in a leadership role for 20+ years connecting policy, practice, and technology for education impact. At D2L, he curates research and strategic partnerships to support the K-12 education sector in identifying and implementing best practices. He previously held senior roles in the technology and nonprofit sectors building public-private partnerships to imagine and advocate public and school policies that enhance student success through technology and digital learning.


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