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Featured Speaker: Shannon McClintock Miller

Creative & Meaningful Ways To Keep Students Connected To Learning, Reading, Opportunities and Each Other!

As we look at learning and education a bit differently now, we have developed creative and meaningful ways to keep students connected to learning, reading, opportunities and each other. Join Shannon McClintock Miller for this session as she shares how she has done this within her district throughout the school year, and throughout their remote learning experiences. Shannon will share several different digital tools and apps, resources, places to find connections, and lots of tips for making this happen for your students too.  You will leave filled with ideas, a toolbox of resources and a whole lot of inspiration!

School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Meeting the K-12 Cybersecurity Challenge

The K-12 Cyber Incident Map (https://k12cybersecure.com/map) has cataloged over 1,000 school cybersecurity incidents from every state in the nation, including Vermont. Given the increased reliance on technology by schools – accelerated by the need to shift to remote learning – the digital threats facing districts are greater than ever. Ground your experience with cybersecurity issues in your district in the context of national data about the frequency and types of cyber incidents plaguing school districts – with a focus on those that represent the largest challenges to district IT teams. Hear ideas about how school districts can respond, including about an emerging non-profit community designed specifically to help school districts to better mitigate and respond to the cyber threats they are facing.  

Teaching & Learning

Personalize Learning with the UDL Lens: Empower All Learners with Agency

This session will include activities that directly address the ISTE Standard of the Empowered Learner where learners take an active role in using technology in their learning goals that is informed by the learning sciences. In this case, UDL is the learning science that is used where the participant can step into the learner’s shoes or choose a learner they know and then use the UDL Lens to build a Learner Profile where they are able to identify strengths and challenges in the what, how and why of their learning or a learner they know. With the Learner Profile, they will build a Personal Learning Backpack that includes tools and apps along with the skills they need to support a challenge or enhance a strength. In the end of the session they will learn how to develop a Personal Learning Plan that includes a learning goal and a set of action steps for learners to gain independent learning skills that can lead to agency. The session will conclude by reflecting on this 3-step process discussing what steps they could take this school year to empower all of their learners to develop agency in their learning.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

How to Balance Technology in a World of Virtual Learning

With an ever-changing online learning landscape, our students are spending an exorbitant amount of time in front of a screen. What impact does that have on their well-being? How can we ensure that they are engaged and safe online? As parents and educators, we are always thinking of ways to keep our kids happy and healthy. How can we do that despite the current circumstances?

Join Common Sense as we explore three practical ways parents can intentionally balance learning and media use at home, so our kids can continue to thrive. We will brainstorm best practices and strategies to help families keep media and technology in check. Participants will leave with trustworthy resources and a plan to help support families in distance learning.

Teaching & Learning

Personalizing Education Through Digital Instruction

Online education has awarded instructors all over the country the opportunity to truly personalize instruction for each individual student. Join the FLVS team as we discuss best practices in paving the way for your students. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn how to personalize the individual student experience using discussion-based assessments and flexible pacing options. These practices have resulted in increased content mastery for students as they complete their education in the online environment.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Bringing Equity to Remote Learning with Accessibility and UDL

The shift to remote or hybrid learning for many students in response to COVID-19 has brought to the surface the need for improved accessibility of educational technologies and materials. When materials and technologies are designed with accessibility in mind, they can become powerful tools for empowering learners and ensuring their equitable participation in their education. This session will focus on five simple techniques educators can implement to ensure the content they share with learners and their families is accessible and inclusive from the start. 

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Data Gathering vs. Data Using: How to be Successful in Proficiency-Based Education

We’ve all gotten very good at compiling, or ‘GATHERING’ data on our students, but how is all this data benefiting that one student that is struggling with a specific skill? Are we truly USING that data on a daily basis to help impact our students?  Or, are we simply doing it to COMPLY with some initiative? In this presentation you’ll learn of a solution that provides educators with the real-time data they NEED in order to truly identify a students’ level of understanding immediately, empowering them with the ability to directly impact that student and advance their proficiency.