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Navigating Decision-Making in Uncertain Times

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Friday, December 4, 1:45–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

LeAnn Fisher  
Ben Maynard  
Glen Zollman  

Decision-making in the classroom, school, or district can be tricky to navigate. Educators desire clear direction and confirmation that their efforts are on track and improving student outcomes. The challenges of 2020 have compounded this need, especially in terms of ensuring equity and access for all. Some districts, like Simpson County in Kentucky, had the right data at their fingertips, which they used to make decisions with confidence. In this session, Ben Maynard from Kentucky Department of Education and LeAnn Fisher from Simpson County School District will share their story and discuss how they leveraged their BrightBytes data.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The session is aimed at understanding how districts can benefit from BrightBytes and how they can take a data-driven approach towards embedding the ISTE Standards in the curriculum district-wide.


Introduction to ISTE - 10mins
Introduction to BrightBtyes - 10mins
Presentation from districts - 30 mins
Q&A - 10mins

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LeAnn Fisher, Simpson Co. Schools

LeAnn Fisher currently serves Simpson County Schools in Franklin, Kentucky as the Instructional Supervisor and District Assessment Coordinator. Before this role, she served schools as an elementary teacher, an elementary administrator, a middle school administrator, and as a curriculum/instruction/assessment specialist. In her current role, LeAnn supports teachers and students by aligning instructional and assessment practices to better prepare students for success.

Ben Maynard, Kentucky Department of Education
Glen Zollman, BrightBytes

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