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Empowering EdTech: Building Capacity at Your School Site

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Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Yasmin Vega  
Jonathan Carrasco  
Ashley Jordan  
ahmad mallard  
Kristen Mitchell  
Rohya Prudhomme  

Explore a model for using ISTE resources to identify your site’s instructional technology needs, and establish practices that help to build capacity and empower all stakeholders to be leaders in instructional technology.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Leadership
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
For Education Leaders:
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  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

At the end of the session, participants will have a model for utilizing ISTE resources to be able to identify their site’s instructional technology needs, and establish practices that help to build capacity and empower all stakeholders to be leaders in instructional technology. They will also leave the session having had the opportunity to plan around first steps for plan implementation for their specific school site.

Resources covered include: ISTE’s Essential Conditions, Leadership Look Fors & Ask Abouts, ISTE Standards eBooks. The purpose for this session is to provide a model for utilizing ISTE resources and the ISTE Standards to build capacity at your school site around instructional technology.

Presenters will draw from their experiences in utilizing these tools and practices in their work to build capacity at Samuel Gompers Middle School in South Los Angeles.

Supporting research

Ronfeldt, M., Owens, S., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. A. (2015). Teacher Collaboration in Instructional Teams and Student Achievement. American Educational Research Journal 52(3)

The findings listed in the article above indicate that the quality of teacher collaboration has a direct (and positive) correlation to student achievement. Additional findings also indicate that educator quality is improved when opportunities for high quality collaboration are implemented. This relates to our presentation, as the success of our work has been dependent upon our ability to create opportunities for educators and leaders to engage in high quality collaboration and in creating systems of support that allow for these practices to take place on a consistent basis.

Mills, A. D. (2016). Strategic school solutions: A capacity building framework for leaders accelerating 21st century teaching and learning (Order No. 10182306). Available from ProQuest Central Student. (1834104919).

This study investigates the methods in which schools can help to accelerate 21st century learning at school sites and the nature in which school leaders should approach this task. This also correlates with, and supports, our presentation topic as the study indicates that collaboration and distributed leadership (directly tied to the two ISTE Standards we discuss) are key factors in successful implementation of 21st century teaching and learning.

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Jonathan Carrasco, Los Angeles Unified School District

Jonathan has worked as a Social Studies educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 3 years, teaching 6th through 8th grade History classes at Samuel Gompers Middle School. He is passionate about Social Justice, Critical Media Literacy, and Restorative Justice. Jonathan is a Common Sense Educator as well as a member of the Technology Lead team at his school site.

Ashley Jordan, Samuel Gompers Middle School
ahmad mallard, Los Angeles Unified School District

Ahmad R. Mallard is an 8th year Physical Education instructor with LAUSD's inner city schools. He has a passion for incorporating technology into the physical education learning atmosphere. He believes the apps his students use to socialize can be used for learning.

Rohya Prudhomme, Los Angeles Unified School District

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