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Professional Development Webinar

Expand Digital Learning by Expanding Teacher Training

Thu., August 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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The use of digital learning tools has been steadily gaining momentum over the past decade in nearly all subjects and grade levels. That trend went into hyperdrive when a global pandemic hit in March of 2020, forcing most students across the country to use a whole new set of technologies to learn remotely from home. Districts made huge investments in laptops and home Wi-Fi access for students, and everyone was forced to use their learning management systems extensively.

Now that most students and teachers are returning to brick-and-mortar buildings for the 2021-22 school year, many district and school leaders are hoping to capitalize on new investments in education technology and teachers’ and students’ new familiarity with it. Teachers gained valuable online teaching skills during the pandemic. In fact, an EdWeek Research Center survey in March found that nearly half of teachers—49 percent—said their ability to use technology had “improved a lot” during the 2020-21 school year. And another 39 percent said it “improved a little.”

This webinar will give district and school leaders guidance on smart, cost-effective ways to expand digital learning efforts now that most schools will be delivering full-time in-person instruction, paying close attention to the challenges of training teachers to make that happen.

Jessica Sanders
Instructional Coach, Rio Rancho Public Schools
Jessica Sanders works as an instructional coach for Rio Rancho Public Schools in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has spent 14 years teaching, nine of those in the middle school science classroom. Sanders is a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence award winner and the 2019 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a B.A. in elementary education and later received her M.A. in curriculum and instruction from her alma mater. Sanders coaches volleyball for E3 Volleyball Club and loves camping, cooking, bike riding, hanging out with her family and supporting her four children in their activities and pursuit of academic excellence.
Heather Esposito
District Teacher Technology Coach, Cherry Hill Public Schools
Heather Esposito is the educational technology teacher coach for The Cherry Hill School District in Cherry Hill New Jersey. Prior to this position, she taught high school English at Cherry Hill High School West for twenty years and is a certified reading specialist. Her work is inspired and informed by The Quaglia Institute for Student Voice and Magana Education, promoting the T3 Framework for educational technology integration.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.

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