Virtual leading and learning in unique contexts

Presenters: Quincy Natay, Denise Augustine, and Lisa Anderson

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As communities across the globe struggle to ensure ongoing, high-quality teaching and learning, our most vulnerable populations face some of the biggest challenges. This webinar will highlight strategies, tools, and resources that are being used to ensure all students have access to high-quality teaching and learning  – especially in schools and districts already challenged by poverty, lack of resources, and high rates of mobility. This webinar will feature educators who have been focused not only on continuing to engage all students during this pandemic but who are also actively working to address learning losses that are occurring.   Participants of this webinar will: Learn about strategies, resources, and tools to help engage vulnerable populations of students during the pandemic; Understand the value and importance of

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Quincy Natay is currently serving as the superintendent of the Chinle Unified School District. Since taking over as superintendent, Natay has launched strategic initiatives, and created systems that have resulted in alignment of district practices and resources with the goal of increasing student achievement. He has dedicated over 30 years of his professional career to improving educational opportunities for students. Natay grew up in Chinle and is a proud graduate of Chinle High School. As a first generation college graduate he earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, and is president of the National Indian Impacted Schools Association. Natay recently had the honor of being selected as one of Education Week’s 2021 Leaders to Learn From. 

Denise Augustine is currently seconded to the Ministry of Education where she is leading professional learning for ministry staff and supporting school districts in addressing systemic barriers so that schools can better serve Indigenous learners. The challenges imposed through the response to COVID has made it even more important for educators to work together and listen deeply to the learners and families they serve. Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Coast Salish woman, and with over 25 years experience as an educator, Augustine carefully weaves story and research together, inviting adults to open their hearts and minds and imagine a community that values diversity and designs for inclusion. Recipient of the 2016 Indspire Indigenous Educator Award, Augustine is an active participant in the local, national and global conversations about Indigenous education. She has been a keynote speaker for BC School Superintendents Association, BC Council of Administrators of Inclusive Support in Education, BC Association of School Business Officials, and was a keynote for the 2016 Learning Forward Annual Conference.

Lisa Anderson, has led a successful career in education for 32 years. She is currently an associate superintendent with the Yuma Union High School District in Yuma, Arizona. Anderson is a graduate from Sun Prairie High School, received her education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduate and post-graduate degrees from Texas State University and the University of Phoenix. She began her professional educational career as a classroom teacher (middle and high school German) and high school counselor. Anderson’s campus administrative experiences include guidance director and assistant principal from 2005-09. In 2009, Anderson extended her leadership district-wide as executive director of student services (CTE, Special Education, and Vista Alternative High School Principal) prior to her promotion to associate superintendent in 2016. In her non-stop quest to help children and remove barriers to learning, she has been instrumental in developing and implementing some of the programs and support services within Yuma Union High School District.


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