Teaching in an online world – it’s getting real

Presenters: Eric Brooks, Michele Eaton, & Nancy Garvey

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When most schools and districts shut down last month in response to a global pandemic none of us knew how long this would last or what the ramifications would be for PreK-12 education. We still don’t. Educators across the world began to prepare for, what was for most, completely unknown territory. The response was swift as schools and districts tried to provide first for the most basic and immediate needs for students – food and safety. But what about the learning? Many are now moving into the next phase focused on what online learning should look like as the new norm – at least for the rest of this school year. How will we ensure connectivity and devices to reach all students? What should an

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Chief Academic Officer at Yuma Union High School District | + posts

Eric Brooks is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. He served as director of professional learning with the Arizona Department of Education, where he played an integral role in the Professional Development Leadership Academy, supporting schools and districts around their work with the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). He also supported the development of highly effective teachers and leaders as they work toward ensuring equitable distribution of effective educators. He currently serves as the chief academic officer in the Yuma Union High School District.

Director of Virtual and Blended Learning at MSD of Wayne Township | + posts

Michele Eaton is the author of the book, The Perfect Blend. She focuses on staff and course development for Achieve Virtual Education Academy and provides leadership for the district's blended initiatives. Eaton is a 2020 Indiana ISTE Making IT Happen Award winner, CoSN CETL and 2016 Next Generation Leader, 2018 EdWeek Leader to Learn From, president of the ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network, IUPUI online instructor, conference chair for the Indiana Connected Educators organization, member of the EdTech Heroes, and moderator for the #INeLearn chat. You can follow her on Twitter at @micheeaton.

Director of Digital Learning at Coppell ISD | + posts

Nancy Garvey began her career as a teacher in Coppell, Texas; she later became a digital learning coach at various campuses in Coppell. In the 10 years she worked as a digital learning coach, she worked at elementary, middle, and high school campuses which gave her a multi-level experience that helped form a more holistic view of what instructional technology looks like PreK - 12. In the summer of 2014, she became the director of digital learning and has been working with the Coppell ISD Curriculum Department to continue moving our district forward.

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