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Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success
Monday, November 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Cathy Moore, Superintendent, Wake County Public School System, NC; Marlo Gaddis, Chief Technology Officer, Wake County Public School System, NC; and Allison Reid, Senior Director of Digital Learning and Libraries, Wake County Public School System, NC
Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN EmpowerED Superintendent Initiative
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Maximizing technology for learning has never been more critical than it is today. Administrators, teachers, students and parents depend on a broad spectrum of technology tools to assure effective learning for all. Success in navigating the transition to virtual classrooms is one that requires specific skill sets for everyone involved.
This edWebinar features a lively, interactive discussion with the superintendent of Wake County Public School System in North Carolina and the district’s Chief Technology Officer along with the district’s Senior Director of Digital Learning and Libraries. Together they share the collaborative leadership work they employ to assure that professional learning experiences within the Wake County Public School System are effective in improving instructional practice in today’s virtual learning environments as well as inside traditional school classrooms.
Among the strategies they will share is how they go about engaging teachers in sustained social learning with mentors and peers. They also describe the approaches Wake County Public School System uses to focus not only on specific technology tools but also impactful changes in pedagogy to support the sustained, effective use of technology for learning.
edWebinar viewers will have an opportunity to listen to the panelists and learn how to apply the strategies shared within their own school settings. This recorded edWebinar will be of particular value to school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.
About the Presenters
Cathy Moore became the Wake County Public School System’s 10th superintendent in May 2018. She leads the 15th largest school system in the nation, with more than 160,000 students and 19,000 employees. Cathy, who was appointed in 2011 as the school system’s Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement, has dedicated her career to public education. In her former role as Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement, she was responsible for school administration, academics, special education, student support services and student assignment. Prior to that role, she was an area superintendent, a high school principal, a high school assistant principal and high school teacher. She began her career as a high school French teacher in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System. Cathy has a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Marlo Gaddis is the chief technology officer for the Wake County Public School System. She served three other North Carolina districts of various sizes in the past as 21st century learning coordinator; lead teacher for technology (K-5) and media (K-12); lead teacher for math, science, social studies, and technology (K-5); district and school technology facilitator; and kindergarten and first grade teacher. Marlo serves on K12 Education Advisory Boards for the RTM K-12 Congress and Lenovo. She is on the Board of Directors for CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) and serves on the Executive Board as Secretary. She is a founding member and board member of the North Carolina CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) chapter and a CoSN CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader).
Allison Reid is an experienced teacher, CETL certified technology leader, and Google Certified Trainer who is certified English, Theatre Arts, and Technology, with a Master of Education (MEd) focused in instructional technology from NC State University. Allison is a member of the Wake County Public School System’s Digital Learning & Libraries team where she serves as their senior director. She also served as WCPSS’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year, has been a member of the WCPSS Strategic Planning team, and was awarded the CoSN NextGen Emerging EdTech Leader in 2019. Her experience as both a teacher and a technologist enables her to ensure that administrative policy results in positive student outcomes in the classroom.
About the Host
Ann McMullan is Project Director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Initiative. Ann served as Executive Director, Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, near Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 professional educators serving 50,000 students. Ann served as co-chair of Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. Today, Ann is based in Los Angeles working as a public speaker, writer, and education consultant focused on leadership and planning to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann serves on the Project Tomorrow advisory council and is a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, serving non-profit associations. Ann co-authored Life Lessons in Leadership, a guide for leaders ages eight to 88.
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CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.
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