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City Mouse, Country Mouse: Addressing Urban/Rural Education Challenges

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, December 1, 12:15–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sean Arnold  
Dr. Shawna BuShell  
Clint Carlson  
Alicia Duell  
Cammie Kannekens  
Jennifer Maracle-Westgate  
Allison Thompson  
Dr. Mary Townsend  
Dr. Jan VanGilder  

There’s a growing divide between urban and rural communities, not just in America, but around the world. And these differences are reflected in our schools. Urban, suburban and rural educators explore the difficult challenges they face and solutions that work in their communities and may help bridge the gap.

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
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Docs/Drive, Flipgrid
Topic: Educational policy
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Systems Designer
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The growing divide between urban, rural, and suburban communities, not just in America, but around the world. And these differences are reflected in our schools. Urban, suburban, and rural educators explore the difficult challenges they are facing and solutions that work in their communities and may help bridge the gap.


Throughout the audience will be participating via a polling platform to gauge their experiences as well
More detailed information and resources can be found on the agenda at
:00 Welcome and introduction of panelists
:02 Overview of panel purpose and sharing personal successes and challenges in the different communities. We are also providing a platform for the audience to share their knowledge & experiences.
:10 We explore research data on the major issues of class size, school closings, the achievement gap, equity, cultural sensitivity, accessibility, community engagement, school funding, professional development, and teacher retention.
:20 Panel Discussion-We will answer a number of important questions on issues mentioned above. Education leaders from urban, rural, and suburban areas will answer about the specific circumstances in their communities that have led to the best outcomes.
:40 We will share how examples of partnerships between urban and rural communities to the benefits of both. That includes examples from the NYC Schools Tech program, NYSCATE, and BOCES partnerships that have trained and certified 1000s of NYC educators across dozens of EdTech platforms while maintaining the DOE’s stringent ethical guidelines.
:50 Audience questions-We will allow time for audience questions via digital platforms (or live if the presentation space is conducive to it).
:55 We will provide resources for participants to continue their learning and participation in related professional development

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Sean Arnold, NYC Dept. of Education

Sean Arnold has won multiple awards for his work with diverse students with disabilities in New York City’s District 75 certified in a wide variety of educational technology. He has helped develop successful programs at a class and district level to address the major challenges facing instruction in a diverse but highly segregated city including the award-winning NYC Schools Tech program.

Dr. Shawna BuShell, City Colleges of Chicago/Malcolm X
Clint Carlson, University of Colorado

Program Manager of Digital Education @ Colorado University. Passionate about tech that provides purpose for life-long learning & altruism. AR/VR. Veg. Gym rat.

Alicia Duell, Wheeling CCSD21
ISTE Certified Educator
Cammie Kannekens,
Jennifer Maracle-Westgate, Indigenous Services Canada

I am a Mohawk woman and the Principal of Quinte Mohawk School which is located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in Ontario, Canada. We are a K-8 Indigenous Federal School. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2019. By the end of this year, we will finally be a one-to-one school. I believe that technology and education are not separate entities and if used effectively can enhance student achievement. During these recent times, the effective use of technology has been paramount in our student’s education.

Allison Thompson, St. Gerard School

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. Jan VanGilder, Southwest Center for Educational Excelle
ISTE Certified Educator

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