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From Engagement to Empowerment: Redesigning the Classroom Landscape

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Participate and share : Poster

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

Anna Tressler  
Katie Marx  
Brittany Vernier  
Matt Barfield  

Learning will undoubtedly take many different shapes and forms in schools nationwide. It will have challenges for students, teachers, administrators, and parents, but it also provides an alternative to traditional in-classroom learning with new opportunities. Learn how to ace engagement and move on to the next lesson: student empowerment.

Audience: Coaches, 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
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
Additional detail: Spotlight on Solutions presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to ask questions to the panel about their how their handling teaching and learning during this time. Through examples and conversation, participants will leave the session with ideas to move beyond teaching remotely or in a hybrid environment to mastering this new way of teaching while engaging students.


Participants will be able to ask questions of a panel of former and current educators about how their engaging students during an unusual school year. Through examples and conversation, participants will leave the session with ideas to engage their students in new ways during in-classroom, remote, and hybrid learning.

Supporting research

National School District will provide research on their project.

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Anna Tressler, Promethean

Anna Tressler has been an Educational Consultant with Promethean for the past year and a half. Prior to working with Promethean, she worked as a Digital Learning Specialist and taught first grade for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD in Carrollton, TX. Anna is originally from Frederick, MD and has been living in Dallas, TX for eight years. She enjoys learning new ways to empower both teachers and students through technology.

Katie Marx

Katie Marx is a Promethean Education Consultant and resides in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former middle and high school teacher of ten years in a suburb just outside of Pittsburgh where she taught with Promethean hardware and software. She loves to share her love of Promethean with other teachers so they can see the benefits in their own classrooms!

Brittany Vernier, Promethean

I am a former Spanish Elementary Teacher turned EdTech Trainer based out of Minneapolis, MN. I love exploring new EdTech tools and training others how to use them! I am a Promethean Certified Teacher, Google Level 2 Certified, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Matt Barfield

Matt Barfield graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Elementary Education and worked nine years in a rural district in NC. After finding a love of working with teachers in his district, Matt ventured outside of his school district and began to work in the professional development field across the Carolinas. For eleven years, Matt has been working with Promethean, Inc. to help teachers integrate instructional technology in the classroom. Matt is a father, a husband, a teacher, an instructional technology integrator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a professional development guru for Promethean, Inc.

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