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Where do we go from here?

Presenters: Carrie Edmond, Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Katy Green, & Rebekah Kmieciak

As educators and students dive into the 2021-22 school year, the experience of the past two years along with the ongoing pandemic shape how school and district leaders envision what comes next. Learning Forward kicks off this year’s webinar series with a conversation about how to leverage our best lessons from last year, continuing to transform schooling for the better while supporting educators to sustain their energy and creativity over the next several months.

 

 

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Explore innovations in practice to start or continue;
  • Consider what educators need to succeed this year; and
  • Outline steps and access resources to support concrete next steps for a great school year.

Presenters
Managing Director at Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin | + posts

Before joining the Charles A. Dana Center, Elisha Smith Arrillaga previously served as the executive director of The Education Trust—West. Throughout her more than 20 years of research and advocacy, Arrillaga has worked for and partnered with many organizations, including the Careers Ladder Project, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and College Bound. She has served on numerous committees, boards, and taskforces—among them Google’s Equitable Artificial Intelligence Research Roundtable, University of California’s Provost Advisory Council on Educational Equity, California State University’s Steering Committee on Academic Preparation and Quantitative Reasoning, University of California’s Test Feasibility Study Steering Committee, and the Launch Years Consensus Panel. Arrillaga was also appointed co-chair of the California Department of Education’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

Executive Director, Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning at Tulsa Public Schools | + posts

Katy Green serves as the executive director of educator effectiveness and professional learning for Tulsa Public Schools. Green has served Tulsa Public Schools for 22 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and principal, and has been supporting professional learning at the district level for the past ten years. She is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma.

Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Well-Being at North East Independent School District | + posts

Carrie Edmond (cedmon1@neisd.net) is the assistant director of student leadership & well-being at North East ISD. She is also the founder of The Courage Compass, LLC where she focuses on providing program development, consultation, curriculum writing, and training. Edmond specializes in working with educators, students, at-risk youth, and the community at large. Her approach is compassionate and experiential. She has worked directly with many school districts and community organizations.

SEL Coach, Student Leadership and Well-Being at North East Independent School District | + posts

Rebekah Kmieciak (rkmiec@neisd.net) is a passionate educator with experience spanning from elementary afterschool programming to high school special education instructor and volleyball coach, to her current position as a district social-emotional learning coach. Now in her 14th year in public education, she uses her experience and expertise to model work that is founded on principles of equitable practices and supportive teaching structures.

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