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Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption

This event occurred on September 27, 2021 3:00 PM EDT, but is available to view on-demand.
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Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more.

Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent of schools, Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., and Arizona State University chief operating officer Amy McGrath, about how to reimagine a more equitable and resilient K–12 education system to withstand future disruption and improve flexibility for all learners and teachers. We will also discuss how virtual classrooms can be rigorous and engaging if supported by the right technology, people, and processes.

The discussion will include:

  • How administrators can consider the social, emotional, and mental well-being of their students and teachers.
  • How K-12 schools and districts can improve community and connection between teachers, parents, and students by utilizing technology.
  • Various approaches K-12 leaders have used and their insights when implementing plans to ensure learning continuity.
Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools Alexandria City Public Schools
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., is the Superintendent of Schools at Alexandria City Public Schools. An experienced educator and administrator, Dr. Hutchings has served as a teacher and in leadership roles. Under his leadership, he collaborated with community stakeholders, administrators, and teachers to close the achievement gap and ensure that students of all backgrounds had access to the resources, tools, and opportunities needed to succeed. Dr. Hutchings was also selected for the National Superintendent of the Year Award by the National Alliance of Black School Educators and named Tennessee Middle School Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools

Amy McGrath
Chief Operating Officer ASU Preparatory Academy
Amy McGrath is the Deputy Vice President of Educational Outreach and Student Services for Arizona State University and Chief Operating Officer of ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital, ASU’s K12 network of schools. With over 15 years of experience exploring innovation and personalized learning in the field, she has a rich background that ranges from school design to marketing strategy and educational policy. A nationally recognized educational technologist, Amy prioritizes learner-centered models and works to increase access to high-quality learning for every student, regardless of zip code. Amy has her Bachelor of Science and MEd from the University of South Florida, and she is happily married with 3 children who keep her weekends eventful on the side-line of a soccer field.
Thomas Arnett
Senior Research Fellow, Education Clayton Christensen Institute
Arnett is a senior research fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute. His work focuses on using the Theory of Disruptive Innovation to study innovative instructional models and their potential to scale student-centered learning in K–12 education. Arnett began his work in education as a middle school math teacher in Kansas City Public Schools, has served as an elected trustee and board president for the Morgan Hill Unified School District, and currently serves as the board chair of Compass Charter Schools in California.
Jason Bedford
VP K-12, Class
Bedford brings twenty years of experience in education having held executive leadership positions with leading education technology companies. Previously, he has served as Chief Customer Officer at eSpark Learning and as Vice President of Global Sales at Blackboard, supporting educators in their practice and focused on equity and student achievement. Before embarking on his journey in edtech, Bedford was an educator in the Wake County Public School System for 5 years.

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