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Leading Administrator Transformation: Building Capacity in Administrators

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, November 30, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Carla Jefferson  
Diane Sigmon  
Johnathan Skaris  
Hanna Teal  

People's Choice winner. In today’s ever evolving educational environment it is important that school level administrators become instructional leaders to equip their students with 21st century learning skills. This session will focus on strategies to better assist school level administrators in better understanding ways to meet the ISTE Standards for Education Leaders.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The challenge addressed is the digital use divide by fostering school administrator transformation through hands on professional development and collaboration. Our administrator academies build leadership, understanding of effective technology usage and capacity. Participants will receive structures and strategies on ways they can effectively support their school level administrators. Participants will also be provided guidance in how to encourage administrators to rethink staff development, in addition to ways they can convey authenticity in commitment to technology. Administrator innovation examples will be given with evidence of the impacts within their schools.

Because of a focused design plan with our administrator academies, we have seen increased interest in administrators using digital tools and resources with their teachers; and in turn, an increase usage of these tools being used with students with content appropriateness.


10 minute panel introductions/networking
15 minute strategies for using resources/panel discussion
25 minute interactive QR code walk
10 minute audience Q & A

A digital interactive Q & A system will be used to engage, gather questions, and connect with the audience.

Supporting research

Harper, A. (2018, April 17). Administrators can help teachers grow more comfortable with technology. Retrieved from

Schrum & Levin, 2012, Evidence-Based Strategies for Leading 21st Century Schools

Thomas, S., Howard, N. R., & Schaffer, R. (2019). Closing the gap: digital equity strategies for the K-12 classroom. Portland, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

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Carla Jefferson, Darlington County School District

Carla Jefferson is an instructional technology coordinator for the Darlington County School District in South Carolina. A 22-year veteran educator, Jefferson has been a classroom teacher, curriculum facilitator and school- and district-level administrator. Her passion for technology and teaching has led her on a journey to assist her district in making a digital transformation. Jefferson works with administrators, teachers and classified staff on effectively integrating technology into their learning spaces. Jefferson and colleague Rhett Hughes co-host the #dcsdtransforms podcast where they spotlight innovative work in their district and share new and creative ways to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Certified Apple Learning Specialist, Google Certified Educator/Trainer/Innovator, Google CS First facilitator, Remind Connected Educator and a member of the Remind Advisory Board. Jefferson has been recognized as a 2010-2011 Darlington County School District Honor Roll Teacher and as the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for South Carolina. She currently serves as a member of the South Carolina ASCD board, is the chair for the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Instructional Technology Roundtable and is a member of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN. Jefferson is passionate about digital equity and helping people understand that it’s the blend of equity through access and opportunity that will change the game in our learning spaces.

Diane Sigmon, Diane Sigmon
Johnathan Skaris, Darlington County School District
Hanna Teal, Darlington County School District

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