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ISTE Equity Action Forum Ignite Presentation

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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation

Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Brenda Bass  
JoyAnn Boudreau  
Keisa Carr Hudson  
April Chamberlain  
Nyree Clark  
Tony Clemmons  
Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy  
Dr. Krisztina Domjan  
Charlotte Dungan  
Leslie Fagin  
Shaina Glass  
Dr. Steven Gregor  
Jennifer Hall  
Matt Hamilton  
Matthew Hiefield  
Renee Isom  
Julie Jaeger  
Jean Kiekel  
Dr. Doug Koch  
Dee Lanier  
Natalia LeMoyne Hernandez  
Jennie Magiera  
Michelle McCall  
Dr. Erin McDonnell-Jones  
Dr. Michael Mills  
Gwynn Moore  
Dr. Toutoule Ntoya  
Dr. Tunde Onitiri  
Victor Powell  
Sabia Prescott  
Julianne Ross-Kleinmann  
Dr. Sherrill Sellers  
Emily Smith-Buster  
Dr. Mary Townsend  
Dr. Joyce Valenza  
Nancy Watson  
Annaliesja Webb  
Orven Williams  
Coral Zayas  

20 teams formed at the ISTE19 Equity Action Forum and identified year-long projects they would launch in their environments to help activate change around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in education. At this event, 11 teams will each present five-minute Ignite-style sessions describing their project, process and outcomes.

Higher Education Transparency and Inclusive Pedagogy: Krisztina Domjan, American University ELTA; Erin McDonnell-Jones, Bellevue University; Tony Clemmons, Red Clay Schools

Tech Misuse and Disproportionate Discipline Based on Race: Steven Gregor, Washington Township Public Schools; Matthew Hiefield, Westview High School; Mary Townsend, Henry Sibley Senior High School

Leadership 4 All: Leslie Fagin, Griffin Spalding County Schools; Coral Zayas, Leander ISD

Accessibility For All Learners: Bridging the Homework Gap: Keisa Carr Hudson, Hartsville Middle School/Darlington; Victor Powell, Alexandria City Public Schools

Removing Barriers to Learning: Brenda Bass, BootUp PD; April Chamberlain, Trussville City Schools; Annaliesja Webb, Aldine ISD

Growing ME: A Mentoring Program Designed to Engage and Empower: Jean Kiekel, University of St. Thomas - Houston; Natalia LeMoyne Hernández, Guilderland Central School District

Growing ME: A Mentoring Program Designed to Engage and Empower: Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Director of Technology, Gulfport School District; Jean Kiekel, University of St. Thomas - Houston

EduPrideAlliance #TeachPride: Nancy Jo Lambert, Reedy High School Frisco ISD; Jennifer Hall, Atlanta Public Schools

Equity in Professional Development: A Hero’s Journey; Dr. Douglas Koch, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Sherrill Sellers, Miami University

Equity in CS: Shaina Glass, Aldine ISD; Gwynn Moore, Instructional Technology Teacher, Aurora Frontier P-8; Charlotte Dungan, AI Program Architect, NC School of Science and Mathematics

Moving from Talk to Action: Nyree Clark, ColtonJUSD; Toutoule Ntoya, Pivot-ED; Tunde Onitiri, Camden Dream Center Technology Training; Emily Smith-Buster, Austin Independent School District

#infoequity: Renee Isom, Fishers High School; Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: N/A at this time
Topic: Equity & inclusion
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:
  • 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 access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Additional detail: Student presentation
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

To provide examples and inspire educators about how they can work to advance equity and inclusion in education


We’ll begin by describing the purpose and goals of ISTE's Equity Action Forum at 2019, then representatives from 10 action teams will present Ignite-style presentations sharing outcomes of the projects they launched in their environments to activate change around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in education.

Supporting research

Will build out this list over time. For starters..
-White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo
-One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories by Kevin Jennings
-Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom by Sarah Thomas, Nicol R. Howard and Regina Schaffer
-Dive Into UDL by Kendra Grant & Luis Perez
-Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms by Richard Milner

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Brenda Bass, BootUp PD

Brenda Bass works for BootUp as a Professional Development Facilitator partnering with school districts across the US to train/support elementary teachers to implement coding in their classroom. She is a retired teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, most recently as the STEAM Lab Teacher in Texas where she taught K-5 coding, STEAM challenges and physical computing to support science standards. She was also the robotics sponsor. Prior to the Lab, she was a Digital Learning Specialist supporting multiple campuses with technology integration, facilitating Professional Development and supporting coding clubs. Brenda has presented at TCEA and ISTE.

JoyAnn Boudreau, HSE Intermediate/Junior High

JoyAnn is a middle school librarian, a co-founder of EduPride Alliance, a member of the ISTE Librarian PLN, and the recipient of the Outstanding New School Librarian in 2019 from the Indiana Library Federation.

Keisa Carr Hudson, Clarendon 2 School District
April Chamberlain, Trussville City Schools

April Chamberlain started in education in 1996 as an elementary teacher. She is currently the Technology and School Library Coordinator at Trussville City Schools. She works with students, teachers, administrators and district leaders to develop their skills through facilitating EnRICh classes in elementary schools, coaching teachers, co-teaching in classes, and individual and group professional learning opportunities. She is passionate about how technology can support ALL learners which lead her to expand her network to learn how to use tools she already had in a different way and connect with other teacher and student makers.

Nyree Clark, ColtonJUSD
Tony Clemmons, Red Clay Schools
Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Gulfport School District

Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy is the Director of Technology for Gulfport School District, Future Ready Tech Leader Advisor, Immediate Past President of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association, member of the Mississippi Department of Education's Technology Advisory Committee and many other civic and community organizations. Dr. Hardy champions causes and movements within her affiliated organizations that promote and encourage equity for women, people of color, and others who are disenfranchised and/or under represented.

Dr. Krisztina Domjan, American University
Charlotte Dungan, NC School of Science and Mathematics
Leslie Fagin, Griffin Spalding County Schools
Shaina Glass, CSTA (CS Teachers Association)

Shaina Glass is currently the Program Director of Technology Applications & STEM in Aldine Independent School District. She has been in education for the last 16 years, educating students and teachers alike. Her goal has always been to share her knowledge and love of learning in new, innovative ways with ALL Learners (young and older).

Dr. Steven Gregor, Washington Township Public Schools
Jennifer Hall, Atlanta Public Schools
Matt Hamilton, Saline High School
Matthew Hiefield, Beaverton School District

Matt Hiefield (MAT) has 25 years of experience teaching high school Social Studies and is currently a digital curator and Social Studies TOSA for the Beaverton School District. He facilitates the District Equity Team and is passionate about digital divide issues and how the lack of home broadband internet access affects both teaching and learning. He currently serves as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Digital Equity PLN President, an ISTE Digital Equity PLN Editor, and as a CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) Digital Equity Advisory Council Member.

Renee Isom, Fishers High School
Julie Jaeger, Minot, ND

Julie Jaeger, PD Coach/Consultant and veteran Elem and MS educator, technology integrator, and gifted instructor, enjoys bringing "a-ha" moments and higher order thinking via Technology Integration, Differentiated Instruction, Digital StoryTelling, and Curriculum Enrichment using Higher Order Thinking, Problem Solving and Questioning Strategies. Authored "I-imagine Dares Students to be Their Best Selves" (ISTE Learning and Leading, June/July 2013) and received the 2016 Digital StoryTelling Creativity Leadership Award.  Serves as Outgoing Chair for ISTE's Digital StoryTelling Network [DSN] , Board of ND Association for Gifted Children. Holds an MS in Education with Technology Integration and a Credential in GT.

Jean Kiekel, University of St. Thomas - Houston
Dr. Doug Koch, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Douglas J. Koch, EdD is the Academic Development Coordinator at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he supports academic departments in their teaching and learning through the use of educational technologies. He holds positions of Co-Chair of the LGBTQIA+ Council and Co-Chair of Wellness Committee and has research interests in the areas of online learning, diversity, and higher education. Dr. Koch is also an At-Large Board Member of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Distance Learning Association.

Dee Lanier, Lanier Learning
Jennie Magiera, Google

Jennie Magiera is Google’s Global Head of Education Impact, bestselling author of Courageous Edventures, and founder of the education equity nonprofit Our Voice Alliance. A lifelong educator, Jennie taught for over a decade and has also been an instructional coach, building leader, and district administrator. She served on the TWG for the US Dept of Education’s National EdTech Plan, and has been featured on programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education, TEDx, and NPR.

Michelle McCall, Darlington County School District
Dr. Erin McDonnell-Jones, Bellevue University
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Michael Mills, University of Central Arkansas
Gwynn Moore, Aurora Frontier P-8
ISTE Certified Educator

Gwynn Moore, Chair of the Digital StoryTelling Network and 2020 Digital Storytelling Creativity Storytelling Award Winner, is the Instructional Media/Technology Teacher at Aurora Frontier P-8 in Aurora Colorado and an educator for 28 years. In 2019 she became an ISTE Certified educator which supported her desire to integrate technology across the curriculum. She shares her passion for technology through classroom instruction in diverse classrooms which include Second Language and refugee students. She ignites this passion for technology integration in others as she continues to provide professional development earning her recognition and training certifications.

Dr. Toutoule Ntoya, Pivot-ED
Dr. Tunde Onitiri, Camden Dream Center Technology Training
Victor Powell, Alexandria City Public Schools
Sabia Prescott, New America
Julianne Ross-Kleinmann, Ulster BOCES
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Sherrill Sellers, Miami University
Emily Smith-Buster, Austin Independent School District

I am a high school social studies teacher and digital peer coach from Minnesota. I have a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in educational technology.

Dr. Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University
Nancy Watson, Region 10 ESC
ISTE Certified Educator
Annaliesja Webb, Aldine ISD
Orven Williams, Hensderson State University STEM Center

Gene Williams (he/him/his) is a @edpridealliance and #TeachPride co-founder for the ISTE Equity Action Forum LGBTQ Group. He is a retired public school educator currently working as a STEM Specialist at The STEM Center at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Gene is part of a team that created the Reddie Virtual STEAM Academy and has worked in STEM education for most of his career. He holds a B.S.E. in Elementary Education, an M.S.E. in Educational Leadership. Gene spends his time camping, hiking, backpacking, and paddling in America’s National Parks outside of school.

Coral Zayas, Leander ISD/Self Employed

Hi, my name is Coral Zayas I am a bilingual educator, instructional designer, education technology trainer, and an education policy fellow. I have over a decade of experience within K-16. I teach middle school dual language social studies and STEM for Leander ISD and am a lecturer for the University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education program for educators. I am currently organizing an affinity group to support, recruit and retain the best educators of color in the Austin area through our group called Austin Avanza through my Teach Plus Texas Ready to Lead Fellowship.

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