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Navigating the Digital Shift: Policies and Practices to Support Digital Instructional Materials for Learning
Wednesday June 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA; Diana Myers McGhee, Director of Technology and Information, Fort Thomas Independent School District, Kentucky; and Donna Murray, Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
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Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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This edWebinar highlights the updates and expansion of the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. State data sets have been recently updated and details related to accessibility, purchasing consortia, and statewide management systems have been added. The Fort Thomas Independent School District in Kentucky and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will share how access to digital instructional materials has transformed teaching and learning.
About the Presenters
Dr. Tracy Weeks is the executive director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the chief academic and digital learning officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of K-12 curriculum and instruction, career and technical education, exceptional children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
From 2008-2014, Dr. Weeks led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the chief academic officer and subsequently the executive director. She holds a bachelors degree in secondary math education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in instructional technology with a statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching fellow, NC Education Policy fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
A 32-year veteran educator, Diana McGhee is the Director of Technology and Information for the Fort Thomas Independent Schools, a high-performing school district in Kentucky. In addition to her technology duties, Diana teaches the high school journalism class in which she helps students produce a newspaper, a magazine and the yearbook. In 2013-14, Diana served as President of the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE), an ISTE affiliate organization, and she currently serves as an ISTE PLN leader. Diana is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Teacher. She holds a BA in english education with a minor in journalism, communications and speech from the University of Kentucky; an MA and Rank I in secondary guidance and counseling from Eastern Kentucky University; and a Director of Pupil Personnel endorsement from Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Donna Murray joined the digital teaching and learning division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2014, where she serves as a consultant for digital content, coaching, and communication. In addition to providing leadership, support, and professional learning for effective technology and media programs in North Carolina, Donna collaborates with stakeholders to ensure that students and educators have access to high quality digital education resources. She is engaged in the implementation of the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative and leads digital content and OER efforts in the state.
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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.
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