Virtual professional learning structures and strategies

November 19, 2020

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More and more, educators are engaging in professional learning digitally, both out of necessity and for the convenience of gaining new skills and practices from wherever they set their laptop. How can professional learning virtually connect educators to colleagues and engaging opportunities for growth? In this webinar, panelists will share models and strategies for online professional learning.

Participants of this webinar will:

  • Share ideas and tools for online learning and engagement;
  • Explore how to sustain an equity focus through virtual professional learning;
  • Consider ways to collaborate and maintain relationships online; and
  • Learn how to keep critical connections between educator and student learning.
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Daniel Bullock, Executive Director for Equity Affairs, Durham Public Schools
In his role, Daniel Bullock specializes in identifying and reducing inequities that exist in students’ educational experiences. While not restricted to any particular disparities, the foundation of his work is in addressing racial inequities. Bullock has been an educator for 15 years and has previously served as a social studies teacher and curriculum specialist.

Laura Summers, Program Leader and Clinical Asst. Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Laura L. Summers is an assistant clinical professor, program leader for the Learning Design & Technology department, and a faculty member in the Leadership for Educational Equity EdD program at the University of Colorado-Denver. After earning her PhD, Summers has spent several years working and consulting in the area of executive coaching, instructional coaching, educational effectiveness, professional learning, and culturally responsive education; most recently, Summers has designed, implemented and scaled district-wide professional learning communities for school leaders paired with coaching for educational equity in a large urban school district. She has written over 22 publications and presented at over 36 national conferences based upon her experience designing virtual, in-person, and blended professional learning using coaching strategies and measuring for learning impact.

Rohini McKee, Associate Partner, Catalyst:Ed
Rohini McKee has a strong belief that every problem has a solution, in every experience there is a lesson to be learned, and no day is complete without at least a little bit of fun. As a management consultant in the public sector for over twelve years, McKee has applied this approach to her work. She has worked with clients to establish and maintain continuous improvement practices, develop and implement strategic plans, and initiate and sustain strong data governance processes, among other areas of work.

Kunjan Narechania is a proven systems leader who has devoted her 20-year career to offering all children the high-quality education they deserve. A key architect of one of America’s most powerful school improvement stories, Narechania served as a top leader at the Louisiana Department of Education and as CEO of the Louisiana Recovery School District. During her time, a Stanford University study listed New Orleans among the top 10 cities nationwide for student growth from 2012-2017, and Louisiana now ranks in the top 10 of all states for growth in all four core NAEP areas. Narechania started her career as a middle school math and science teacher.

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