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Center Learner Variability in Learning: Tools, Resources, and Strategies

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Shayla Cornick, Project Director, Learner Variability, Digital Promise; and Parker Van Nostrand, Senior Project Manager, Product Certifications, Digital Promise
Moderated by Sierra Noakes, Project Director, Marketplace, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise

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How do you meet your students where they are? In this edWebinar, Digital Promise teammates Dr. Shayla Cornick and Parker Van Nostrand support educators and education leaders in centering learner variability in learning. As former teachers, they provide actionable resources and strategies to support the selection of materials that are designed to reach the whole learner.

Through the conversation, viewers learn more about how to leverage the Learner Variability Product Certification and Learner Variability Navigator, as well as opportunities for educators to drive edtech design toward authentic learner needs. The presenters also engage in a short panel to share their own experiences with edtech selection and challenges along with strategies to support finding the right materials for your students.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Shayla Cornick is a black woman with dark hair in a bun. She is wearing a blue top.About the Presenters

Dr. Shayla Cornick is a Project Director on the Learner Variability team at Digital Promise and has nearly 20 years of experience in education. Through her many roles in K-12 education as a classroom teacher, researcher, technology integration manager, and assessment director, she has demonstrated her passion for creating more equitable educational experiences for teachers and students. At Digital Promise, she continues to fuel her passion by supporting edtech programs that offer capacity-building tools and resources for researchers and developers to create more equitable K-12 learning technologies. Dr. Cornick received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and engineering from Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology respectively. She holds a doctorate in education from George Washington University where she studied how African American females identify with engineering and the factors that impact their participation in engineering education.

Parker Van NostrandParker Van Nostrand is a Senior Project Manager at Digital Promise. He has a background in teaching language arts at a bilingual school, edtech student operations, and high school and college admissions. He brings a passion for language identity and language learning equity to his role at Digital Promise, where he supports the creation and adoption of Product Certifications for edtech tools. He holds a B.A. in applied linguistics from Grinnell College and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Amsterdam, where he researched the long-term efficacy of bilingual school programs in Europe.

Sierra NoakesAbout the Moderator

Sierra Noakes works at Digital Promise as the Marketplace Project Director to ensure educators and learners are the primary drivers of edtech innovations. Through Product Certifications, she aims to create an ecosystem in which districts have access to essential information about the quality of the edtech products they are considering for procurement. As such, her work is centered around building indicators for the ways equity and research have been centered in edtech design and implementation.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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