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Recovering from COVID-19: Looking Ahead on Education Policy in 2021

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Tuesday, December 1, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jon Bernstein  
Manuel Contreras  
David Deschryver  
Ji Soo Song  

*Note: Information shared at this session is considered off the record. As schools conclude the first semester of a unique ‘20-’21 school year, what must the new Congress and Presidential administration prioritize, particularly when it comes to digital learning and teacher capacity building, in order to effectively and equitably help schools plan for the year ahead? Join Jon Bernstein, President of the Bernstein Strategy Group, David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President of Whiteboard Advisors, and Congressional education staffers in a discussion about what federal education leaders can prioritize going into 2021.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Educational policy
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Advocate for policies, procedures, programs and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines.
For Educators:
Leader
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

*Note: Information shared at this session is considered off the record.

COVID-19 caused a nationwide disruption to schools as the pandemic forced a rapid transition to online and remote learning. As schools conclude the first semester of the ‘20-’21 school year, which instructional models worked and which didn’t? What must the new Congress and Presidential administration prioritize, particularly when it comes to digital learning and teacher capacity building, in order to effectively and equitably help schools plan for the year ahead? Join Jon Bernstein, President of the Bernstein Strategy Group, David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President of Whiteboard Advisors, and Congressional education staffers in a discussion about what federal education leaders can prioritize going into 2021 to make digital learning more effective and equitable.

Outline

Introduction: Impact of COVID-19 on Educators and Students in 2020

Overview of New Congress and Presidential Administration:
- How has the composition changed?
- What are the major implications for education policy, not only on items related to digital learning, but also assessment, accountability, and other related matters?

Panel Discussion with Federal Education Leaders:
- What are some remaining gaps in teacher capacity when it comes to effective technology use?
- What were some initial steps taken in 2020 to help schools navigate the transition to online and remote learning?
- With the new Congress and Presidential administration, what’s next on the table? What are some immediate next steps being considered?
- Using what we’ve learned in 2020, what must federal leaders prioritize going into 2021 to make digital learning more effective and equitable?

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Presenters

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Jon Bernstein, Bernstein Strategy Group
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David Deschryver, Whiteboard Advisors
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Ji Soo Song, ISTE

Ji Soo Song is an advocate committed to promoting educational equity. As the senior policy advisor at ISTE, he leads the research, analysis, and communication of federal, state, and local policy issues related to digital learning standards, educator credentialing systems, and professional development funding streams. Ji Soo also serves as a member of the Title IV-A Coalition's Board of Directors. Prior to ISTE, Ji Soo served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in the District of Columbia and a fellow at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology.

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