Breaking down the school walls – tech in and tech out

Presenters: Allen Pratt, David Timbs, Marcie Ebright, & Pedro Dones
Thursday, October 28, 3-4 PM ET

Technology has been critical and necessary to ensure ongoing learning during the pandemic. As we enter the next chapter of teaching and learning, we have a new opportunity. How can we use technology to not only connect remote students to the classroom but also as a critical tool in the classroom to connect to the community? How can technology aid students in learning about places outside their own community? How can technology be used to connect students back to their schools when they are doing internships elsewhere? How can technology ensure that learning is not confined to only one learning environment?

This webinar will highlight the next phase of learning that is possible, particularly with the technology supports and attitudes now in place. Panelists will share supports and strategies being utilized to create the conditions for student success. We will focus on lessons learned, favorite resources, and effective practices to be sustained as schools resume and move into a COVID-recovery phase.

Executive Director at National Rural Education Association | + posts

Allen Pratt is the executive director of the National Rural Education Association. He has served in this role for five years. The focus of his work is providing a unified voice for rural schools and communities. His work in the past has been in the areas of workforce development, school reform, professional learning communities, and rural education initiatives. Pratt has served as a high school science teacher and coach, high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum director, executive director of the Tennessee Rural Education Association, executive director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education, and rural outreach liaison for Lincoln Memorial University.

Director of Secondary and Instructional Technology at Johnson City Schools | + posts

David Timbs is the director of secondary and instructional technology for Johnson City Schools. Prior to joining Johnson City Schools in July 2015, he served as the executive director of instructional leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville. He has also served as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Sullivan County Schools (TN) as well as in teaching and administrative roles in Johnson County (TN). In his 29th year of education, Timbs was selected as the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year in 2008 and has served as an adjunct instructor at both East Tennessee State University and Milligan University.

Digital Learning Specialist at Akron Public Schools | + posts

Marcie Ebright is the digital learning specialist for Akron Public Schools in Akron, Ohio. This work places her at the center of technology innovations for a large urban district. She has been in this role for five years and was a district digital integration specialist and middle school technology intervention instructor before that. Ebright has been in a number of technology-enhanced roles, including online testing and analytics, communications, enhanced graduation practices, blended/online learning, curriculum tools, and staff professional development.

Teacher and Teacher Leader at Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence | + posts

Pedro Dones is a middle school mathematics teacher and teacher leader at the Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence in the Bronx. Teaching in the same Bronx district where he attended school, Dones has a unique ability to relate to his students. During remote learning, Dones encouraged colleagues to have a mindset centered on empathy, compassion, and be creative in their efforts to reach students. He created a YouTube channel where his students can access math tutorials, which also allows him to maintain his connection with students, particularly by incorporating his wrestling alter ego, “The BIG Action,” into lessons. Dones was recognized as a New York City Department of Education 2020 Big Apple award recipient for his work during the pandemic school year, and has since been featured in such media publications as the Washington Post, CCN, and Time Magazine.

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