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Coaching and Leadership Development [clear filter]
Thursday, November 14
 

8:00am EST

CyberSecurity Assessment
Being prepared for cybersecurity involves more than the network, firewalls, servers, and backups...it involves all of your end users and stakeholders. Almost two dozen districts were victims of ransomware attacks in the first half of 2018 in New England….and most attacks start with your end users. A practical workshop using CoSN’s Cybersecurity for the Digital District assessment tool to identify challenges and prioritize solutions for district and school security planning.LINK

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Escapade 2
 
Friday, November 15
 

8:00am EST

1:1 in Your School - How do you know it's working?
Now that you have been doing 1:1 in your district/school/classroom, the next question is “Does it help students learn?" What are common themes from recent research? What are the foundations, essential conditions, and precursors needed for success? What questions can you ask students, teachers, and parents to show program impact? What items could be included in your Digital Learning Action Plan? A discussion for any stakeholders in a 1:1 program. LINK

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Escapade 2

8:00am EST

Digital Discourse
Learn how to facilitate cooperative learning, understand conflict, and create accountable digital citizens using accountable talk digitally.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Escapade 1

10:30am EST

Diffusion or Disruption: Leading Change in Schools
From Hypercard stacks to Google Sites, from Blended Classrooms to Online Learning, technology has been influencing the course of education for over thirty years. Schools have had goals of integrating technology since the onset of technology plans. But how does innovation create change in systems, and how do we recognize opportunities to enhance diffusion or to prepare for disruption caused by the rapid pace of technology change? A collaborative conversation with classroom, school, and district leaders.LINK

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Escapade 2

10:30am EST

The Driving Question for Project Based Learning
In this workshop, participants will learn how a driving question can be constructed for the development of authentic project presentations.

Speakers
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Michael Lannon

Clarendon Elementary School


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Escapade 1

2:45pm EST

Personalized Learning Plans in Kindergarten
This workshop demonstrates how a Personalized Learning Plan can look at the early elementary level. The PLP is done with close work by the teachers and other mentors. It uses technology and includes these components:
  • student self-assessment
  • student talents and aspirations
  • student goal setting
  • student cooperative work
  • student challenges
  • student proficiencies.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Mullin

Linda Mullin

teacher, Rutland Town School
I believe that a public school is not only an academic space, but it is a social space. I work to help the whole student grow: socially, emotionally, academically, and physically by building relationships with students and their families.



Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Escapade 2