Presenters: Nirvani Budram, Jacqueline Kennedy, Katie Shuman, and Irene Spence
Tuesday, May 25, 3 - 4 p.m. ET
Learn about a sustainable, replicable professional learning model that can support schools and districts as they move from using traditional classroom approaches of K-5 literacy instruction to using a blended learning model for literacy instruction. Developed with and implemented by school and district leaders, we will discuss processes, protocols, and educator tools that bring this model to life, including feedback and tips from leaders currently implementing the model.
Nirvani Budram, Senior Program Officer, Robin Hood Learning & Technology Fund
Nirvani Budhram is currently a senior program officer at the Robin Hood Learning and Technology Fund, a collaboration between Robin Hood, Overdeck Family Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment to transform learning for low-income students with technology. Budram also served as a program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she managed a diverse portfolio supporting innovation in K-12 education. Her leadership in grantmaking provided new partnerships between charter schools and public school systems to share best practices on teacher development, increased application of research in creating technology driven professional learning solutions, and created new models of technology enabled supports to teachers and students. Read full bio.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Senior Consultant, Learning Forward
Jacqueline Kennedy is a senior consultant with Learning Forward, and most recently served as the executive director of teaching and learning in a large urban school district in the Dallas, Texas area. With 27+ years of experience in professional learning, school improvement, and curriculum and instructional design. She began her work as an elementary teacher, and later went on to serve as a school counselor. Over the years, Kennedy has been a professional learning director, adjunct professor, associate director, coordinator, and specialist. Read full bio.
Katie Shuman, Curriculum Specialist, CenterPoint Education Solutions
Katie Shuman is a curriculum specialist at CenterPoint where she manages the early literacy initiative for District 19 in Brooklyn, New York. Shuman works with the elementary schools in the district as they make a transition to a blended learning model. She also provides content and curriculum development and support in early literacy for school and district clients nationally. Shuman began her career as a reading specialist where she taught differentiated literacy instruction to elementary and middle school students. Most recently, Shuman served as director of literacy at a public charter network elementary school where she oversaw the school’s literacy program. Read full bio.
Irene Spence, District Support Liaison, New York City Department of Education District 19
Irene K. Spence is an advocate for quality instruction for all students and communities. Within her current role as New York City Department of Education District 19 superintendent’s field support liaison she is committed to ensuring there is equity and access to high-quality curriculum and instruction across the 35 schools in her district, building the capacity of school leaders and teachers to improve teaching and learning that will ultimately increase student achievement. Read full bio.