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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation


Wednesday, December 2, 3:45–4:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Nancye Blair Black  
Dr. Jennifer Burks  
Dominic Caguioa  
Amy Fousek  
Brenda Gillies  
Michael Gizzo  
Allison Jonas  
Fran Kompar  
Dr. Amy Korn  
Katherine Leatherman  
Jason Mammano  
Andi McNair  
Dr. Vanessa Monterosa  
Scott Silver-Bonito  
MARIA TOLEDO  
Brandie Wright  

Presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation.

Developing a Comprehensive PD Model for Secondary School Staff, Fran Kompar, Wilton Public Schools; Amy Korn, Wilton Public Schools; Scott Silver-Bonito, Wilton Public Schools
Innovative Professional Development in the Digital Age, Jennifer Burks, Poway Unified School District; Amy Fousek, Poway Unified School District; Brenda Gillies, Poway Unified School District; Michael Gizzo, Poway Unified School District
Painless Professional Development, Katherine Leatherman, Gaston County Schools; Jason Mammano, Gaston County Schools
Professional Learning #SelfCare for School & District Leaders, Nancye Blair Black, The Block Uncarved, LLC; Brandie Wright, Newport News Public Schools
Taking Genius Hour to the Next Level, Andi McNair, ESC Region 12
The LAUSD 2 + 1 Professional Development Model, Dominic Caguioa, Los Angeles Unified School District; Allison Jonas, Los Angeles Unified School District; MARIA TOLEDO, Los Angeles Unified School District

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.

Presenters

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Nancye Blair Black, The Block Uncarved, LLC
ISTE Certified Educator
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Dr. Jennifer Burks, Poway Unified School District

Dr. Jennifer Burks is the Associate Superintendent of Technology & Innovation in the Poway School District, recently named San Diego’s Exemplary District. She has a passion for utilizing technology as a transformative tool and a willingness to disrupt outmoded thinking to develop new opportunities of learning. Dr. Burks was an integral part of opening Orange County’s first Computer Science Magnet School. She is recognized for her consistent and stellar record as an educational leader and won the Golden Bell for an innovative research-based embedded coaching model. She believes that together we can usher a new era to transform education for today’s modern learner.

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Dominic Caguioa, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Amy Fousek, Poway Unified School District
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Brenda Gillies, Poway Unified School District
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Michael Gizzo, Poway Unified School District
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Allison Jonas, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Fran Kompar, Wilton Public Schools
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Dr. Amy Korn, Wilton Public Schools
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Katherine Leatherman, Gaston County Schools
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Jason Mammano, Gaston County Schools
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Andi McNair, ESC Region 12
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Dr. Vanessa Monterosa, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Scott Silver-Bonito, Wilton Public Schools
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MARIA TOLEDO, Los Angeles Unified School District

Maria Magnanimo-Toledo is a Readiness and Integration Specialist with L.os Angeles Unified, leading professional learning opportunities for educators, coaches, and education leaders across the District. She is an accomplished educator and champion for equity and access, skilled at supporting instruction for all student subgroups. Maria is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a comprehensive instructional background from various positions as a Literacy and ELD Instructional Coach, Mentor Teacher, Intervention Coordinator, Title 1 Coordinator, GATE Coordinator, and classroom teacher. Maria is a Google Level 1 & 2 Certified Educator, Common Sense Certified Educator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

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Brandie Wright, Newport News Public Schools

2020 has been the year of #TheREALCareerUpgrade for Brandie Wright. With over 22 years in the technology industry, Wright left her thriving career as a district technology coordinator to become a middle school teacher. Her passion for learning and natural risk-taking mindset during the pandemic created a perfect storm of opportunity to model for students how to harness your superpower. Wright has gained an expert understanding of dynamic learning and transformation. She’s committed to discovery, process improvement and innovation. As an inquisitive, persistent and innovative educator, Wright strives to connect others with the skills, information and resources required to achieve their personal and professional developmental goals. Building relationships and making connections is at the core of her work. All of these qualities are now being refined by the fire of virtual learning, middle school mayhem and professional growth overload. While at Newport News Public Schools, in partnership with other district personnel, Wright created and facilitated training events for district technology coaches, secretaries, food service staff and custodians. She has worked extensively with career and technical education teachers and specialists to craft authentic internship programs to support student career readiness. She recently worked with student tech leaders at a STEM-focused magnet high school to refurbish computers for their local community. She’s passionate about amplifying the voices of female educators and educators of color in the edtech field, and developing her portfolio and collaborating with leaders and experienced change-makers.

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