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DAT, DIT & DET: Solving the Digital Integration Puzzle

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Solving the Digital Integration Puzzle

Presented by Zach Desjarlais, Director of Instructional Technology, Vancouver Public Schools, WA; Mark Ray, Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education; and Bridget Hildreth, Performance and Evaluation Analyst, Vancouver Public Schools, WA
Hosted by Christina Luke, Director of Program and Product Evaluation, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise

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“Not a problem. We can do that.” After selecting or purchasing new digital content, services, and tools, things never go as planned, despite what the rep says. In this edWebinar, learn how Vancouver Public Schools in Washington developed Digital Advisory, Digital Integration, and Digital Evaluation Teams (DAT, DIT, and DET) to build shared understanding and processes for effective digital implementations. These integrated systems help ensure good decisions before purchase, promote smooth deployments, and evaluate efficacy after implementation.

Hear from presenters why building a culture of shared understanding and cross-department responsibility helps prevent your digital strategy from getting eaten for breakfast. Pre-K through high school level teachers, school and district leaders, curriculum specialists, ITS, integration specialists, and building leaders will benefit from watching this recorded session.

Zach DesjarlaisAbout the Presenters

Zach Desjarlais is currently the director of instructional technology for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington. He is both an organizational and thought leader in his district and recent recipient of the CoSN NextGeneration Leader award. His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work. Zach co-led a successful district-wide implementation of Canvas and advocated for greater use of Google Apps and cloud-based productivity by students and teachers. He currently co-leads a Future Ready Administrators principal team to foster professional learning and he is working with the director of curriculum to define a blended and personalized learning framework to help implement digital content and services. Zach was recently appointed to the advisory board for Future Ready Principals with the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Mark Ray

Mark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA “20 to Watch” in 2015, he developed and led digital learning, professional development, and innovative librarian programs. His 2016 TEDx talk, “Changing the Conversation About Librarians” promotes Future Ready Librarians, a national initiative he helped develop. Mark has presented at ISTE, SXSWEdu, FETC, CUE, and AASL. In addition to blogs, he has also written for School Administrator, eSchool News, and School Library Journal.


Bridget Hildreth

Bridget Hildreth is the current performance and evaluation analyst for the Vancouver Public Schools in Washington. Prior to working for VPS, Bridget was an instructional designer and qualitative researcher for the University of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) and the Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) developing and testing several strategic learning methodologies and online learning platforms for large federally funded projects such as Strategies for Academic Research and the Mathematics eText Research Center. During her tenure with the University of Oregon she had the opportunity to collaborate with 21st century learning sciences luminaries, such as Don Leu of the New Literacies Learning Lab in Connecticut and Dr. Lindy Crawford, endowed research chair for special education at Texas Christian University. In her current capacity, Bridget oversees the district’s core math and reading diagnostic tool, works closely with VPS’s enterprise data team, develops protocols and qualitative research instruments for vetting digital learning objects and piloting curriculum materials, and leads the change initiatives for the district’s Climate and Culture/Social Emotional Learning survey tools, reports, and action plan. A former secondary and college journalism and writing instructor, Bridget holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University.

Christina LukeAbout the Host
Christina Luke, Ph.D. leads the Marketplace Research initiative at Digital Promise which is focused on increasing the amount of evidence in the edtech marketplace. Before joining Digital Promise, Christina led program evaluations for federal and state initiatives and delivered professional development and technical assistance to school districts at Measurement Incorporated. Formerly a high school English teacher, Christina left the classroom to study education policy with a desire to improve student outcomes by offering a practitioner’s perspective to education research. Christina earned a Ph.D. in education administration and policy from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from Boston College.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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