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Cultivating Future Ready Admin: Leading Digital Transformation Through Personalized Professional Development

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Solving the Digital Integration Puzzle

Presented by Zach Desjarlais, Director of Instructional Technology, Vancouver Public Schools, WA; and Sally Kroon, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Vancouver Public Schools, WA
Hosted by Sierra Noakes, Research Associate, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise

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How can principals effectively inspire and support educators to personalize learning for students? In this edWebinar, learn how the Vancouver Public Schools Future Ready Admin initiative builds principal capacity in digital transformation, providing personalized professional development to building leaders and engaging in problems of practice for building leadership. Discover how the district conceived, designed, and implemented this project applying the Future Ready Schools initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education and ISTE Administrator Standards into their practice.

Review topics which have resonated with principals and learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultivating Future Ready Administrators. Elementary through high school level school and district leaders, as well as teachers, librarians, and instructional coaches 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.

Sally KroonSally Kroon is an instructional technology facilitator for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington. She promotes innovative teaching and learning practices, supporting teachers, district leaders, and administrators in leveraging technology to improve and transform teaching and learning. Sally has extensive experience designing and leading professional development, and since its inception has facilitated the VPS weLearn 1:1 professional learning initiative. She currently co-leads a Future Ready Administrators principal team that fosters professional learning for district administrators. A National Board Certified teacher, Sally has previously been a new educator mentor teacher and a middle level classroom teacher for 16 years.

Sierra Gibson Noakes

About the Host

As a research associate at Digital Promise, Sierra Noakes focuses on building districts’ and educators’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions around innovative programs and practices. In addition to conducting and supporting edtech pilot studies in collaboration with districts across the country, Sierra is also working on research projects studying technology integration to support low-resourced K-12 students and adult learners. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Sierra was an applied behavior analysis instructor and curriculum coordinator at an autism center in New York. While working on her master’s in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also served as project manager and policy analyst for a nonprofit creating hybrid academic and SEL courses for students with dyslexia and ADHD. Sierra received her B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College.

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Monday, October 29, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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