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How COVID-19 Accelerated the Digital Transformation of Education

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Listen and learn : Panel

Friday, December 4, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Ivan Casanova  
Ciera Cueva-Leidheisl  
Hardeep Gulati  
Kimberly Nidy  
Dr. Donald Robertson  
Tracy Smith  
Dr. Akilah Willery  

PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati brings together some of the nation’s top education leaders to discuss how the pandemic has dramatically accelerated the digital transformation in education. Together, they’ll discuss how they are addressing challenges through these times and the path ahead as they navigate the current school year and beyond.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to the internet.
Twitter app and free account.
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.
Related exhibitors:
PowerSchool Group LLC

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In March, the COVID pandemic forced school buildings to close impacting learning for 55 million students in just the US alone. Overnight, hundreds of thousands of districts made the shift to distance learning, rapidly accelerating the digital transformation and adoption of technology in schools. While it has been a challenging time, educators have made inspiring and drastic shifts to support students in new ways, and parents, teachers and students have stepped up to keep the learning going in our homes. Panelists will discuss how the education community has come together to keep the learning going in these difficult times. Attendees will hear from educators including technology and district leaders how each are tackling challenges through these times, and how technology can help with the path ahead as we prepare for the upcoming school year and beyond.


Moderator Introduces himself, then panelists
Question 1
Audience Question
Question 2
Dream Big - how will education change for the better after COVID-19?
Audience Challenge - Closing Statements

Prior to the session and during its opening minutes participants will be encouraged to post questions and challenges to twitter using a unique hashtag. The moderator and those supporting him will review these to select the "Audience Question" and "Audience Challenge" topics for use in our livestream.

Panelists will be encouraged to prepare some thoughts ahead of time using the session description as the prompt.

Supporting research

As this session is a fast-paced Q&A-style panel, research to support the topics addressed will be added post-session to a dedicated website at and possibly other panelists' sites as well.

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Ivan Casanova, PowerSchool
Hardeep Gulati, PowerSchool
Kimberly Nidy, North Canton City Schools

After teaching business and technology for 20 years, Kimberly left the classroom and has served at the district level as an Innovation Specialist, Director of Instruction, and now Director of Technology. These roles have allowed her to work in the areas of defining and implementing innovative initiatives that support teaching and learning. In 2014, Kimberly conceptualized, co-authored, and won a $4.6 million Straight A Grant from the State of Ohio that supported active learning. Kimberly is married and has three children. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and is a board member for JA North Central Ohio.

Dr. Donald Robertson, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Tracy Smith, Parkland School District (Allentown, PA)

Experienced and effective educational leader focused on personalized learning opportunities that allow learners to reach their full potential. Tracy is a creative problem solver with a strong background in both instructional and information technologies. In 2019 she was awarded the Collaborative Leadership Award by the National School Development Council and in 2020 was named a Lehigh Valley Women of Influence for her work in raising awareness about equity issues including the digital divide and early childhood literacy.

Dr. Akilah Willery, Aldine ISD

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