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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!

Shannon Miller

Presenter Bio: Shannon McClintock Miller is the Innovation Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She is also the Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day as an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon brings a special expertise and vision to conversations around school libraries, education, technology, creativity and student voice.

Shannon also serves as Buncee’s Teacher Librarian Advisor and Capstone’s Teacher Librarian Advocate. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums including ISTE, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. She have written four picture books about library skills with Cantata Learning; eight graphic novels in the Adventures in Makerspace series with Capstone; one professional book with her friend Bill Bass, which was published by ISTE; and has contributed to several professional books included the most recent with 10 other educators which is part of the Routledge Great Educators Series. Follow her on Twitter @shannonmmiller Find her at The Library Voice.

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.  

Doug Levin

Presenter Bio: Doug Levin has been engaged in education and technology research and policy issues for over two decades, including in former roles with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the American Institutes for Research, and the National Association of State Boards of Education. His current work at EdTech Strategies is focused on issues of K-12 cybersecurity: tracking K-12 cyber incident trends, raising awareness of school district needs, and launching K12 SIX, a new non-profit threat intelligence sharing community for the K-12 community in collaboration with the Global Resilience Federation.

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.

Kathleen McClaskey

Presenter Bio: Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Learning Officer of Empower the Learner, LLC (empowerthelearner.com), founder of Make Learning Personal (kathleenmcclaskey.com) and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning. She is an innovative leader, international speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. Kathleen is passionate in empowering ALL learners with tools, skills and practices so they become self-directed learners, learners with agency, who are future ready for college, career and life.

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.

Victoria Saylor

Presenter Bio: Victoria Saylor is the Arizona Regional Manager for Common Sense Education. She has over 25 years of experience in the education sector as an elementary school teacher and university advisor, bringing a strong sense of student advocacy and best practices to her role at Common Sense. Victoria works closely with school districts and parents to assist in using technology and media in a safe, meaningful and responsible manner and is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being, by providing educational leadership through district consultations, professional development workshops and parent presentations. Prior to joining the organization, Victoria helped pioneer her school district’s groundbreaking Dual Language Immersion program, establishing it into a highly desired choice for families and received the Above and Beyond Award, which recognizes educators who have made lasting impacts in the lives of their students and community. She is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish. 

Teaching & Learning

Personalizing Education Through Digital Instruction

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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.

Michelle Licata

Presenter Bio: Michelle graduated from Florida State University with B.S. in Social Science Education Grades 6-12 and went on to earn her Ph. D. from University of Florida in Educational Leadership. Michelle has been a member of the FLVS team for almost 15 years! She spent time as an instructor, curriculum writer, and now serves as an account manager partnering with schools in the Northeast find solutions to help students.

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. 

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Luis Pérez

Presenter Bio: Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a Past President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).

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.

Casey Nuttall

Presenter Bio: As a Regional Sales Leader for MasteryConnect, I have spent the last 4 years working with educators to help assist them with their efforts to become more effective and efficient with their competency-based approach by providing a platform that facilitates real-time data and analytics.