In response to the pandemic, educators quickly created innovative virtual and hybrid learning environments. To prepare for a post-COVID world and take advantage of what we learned during the pandemic, we'll consider these questions: How can districts build back by leveraging what went well? How do we ensure we're preparing students for the opportunities of the future, while embedding social-emotional learning and human connection in the ecosystems we create? How can we create more equitable learning systems overall?
Welcome to the Leadership Exchange 21
Hear from a superintendent about what has worked this past year and where we need to dig in as we return to in-person learning in a post-pandemic world.
Join a group of education thought leaders as they share their expertise and consider how we can ensure equitable learning systems as we emerge from the pandemic. 30-minute conversation followed by a 10-minute Q&A. Moderated by ISTE Chief Learning Officer Joseph South.
From Emergency Remote Learning to Empowering Learners Anytime, Anywhere
An interactive workshop where participants will unpack emerging models and the tech tools used to support transformation and change.
Technology is shaping the future, but it will be HUMANOLOGY that determines how technology is used to transform the way we learn, work and live. To stay ahead of an increasingly digital and automated world, we need to start cultivating our most human abilities and put a premium on our uniquely human skills: judgement, vision, wisdom, creativity and resilience. There's nothing soft about these skills, and we can't afford to leave them to chance. Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology and psychology, Angela Maiers will share a framework for illustrating and understanding what’s possible when we blend our technology with our humanity and work together toward making the world a better place to be human, for us and for our children.
A Path Forward: How the Pandemic Made Us Smarter and Stronger
As education institutions look forward to life after the pandemic, they're eager to build on lessons learned. In this session, Fulton County Schools' CIO Emily E. Bell, Ed.D., will share the strategic steps the district is taking to reimagine education, while ensuring equity and inclusion.
Choose one of four "Horizon Chats," moderated conversations with educators and thought leaders around a specific theme. Each Horizon Chat is followed by a 20-minute "Discussion Circle" that provides time to discuss ideas and insights, and ask questions related to the conversation, while meeting fellow attendees.
Reforming Systemic Inequality
As districts leverage the moment to build back and prepare for the new school year, leaders are tackling systemic inequity from different angles. This session will consider questions like: How are leaders implementing "techquity" to create access and accelerate learning? How can antiracist leadership help staff move beyond buy-in to a community where authentic conversations happen between leaders and staff, and educators and students? How are districts implementing culturally responsive pedagogy to empower student voice and impact learning?
Horizon Chat Voices
Leveraging This Moment to Redesign Education
The pandemic has shown us the inequities and limitations of our existing learning models and, at same time, we've seen extensive innovation. Post-COVID, we have the opportunity to define K-12 learning that's more equitable, personalized and digitally advanced. This session will cover how leaders are: using tech to accelerate interrupted learning and create/continue innovative models; leveraging the opportunity to create transformational change that includes the voice of the school community; and using stimulus money to address opportunity gaps and continue or create innovative learning programs.
Horizon Chat Voices
Over the past year, districts have gathered new insights into teachers' and staff professional learning needs and made gains in providing technology-focused professional development. This session will unpack: how districts are deepening teacher technology expertise and use, and embedding their new expertise into in-person learning; how new professional learning infrastructure, processes or deployment will continue to evolve; how districts are supporting teachers in addressing interrupted learning; and how districts are training educators in trauma-informed learning.
Horizon Chat Voices
Reconnecting the School Community
As sites reopen, leaders are tasked with bringing the community back together, reconnecting students and teachers in a face-to-face environment, and supporting the collective well-being of the educational community. This session will unpack: how leaders are reinventing school in ways that center on relationships; how districts are preparing school sites and educators to support students' social-emotional needs and physical and mental health; and how districts are supporting families to ensure they play an integral role in the learning community.
Horizon Chat Voices
Over the past year, educators, schools, districts – the world – have survived in a state of ambiguity. As a leader, how do you plan for the future in an environment that's constantly shifting and is influenced by factors like technology, economics, racial justice, politics, social movements and health. Join us to think boldly about what's possible and bring imagination, critical thinking and empathy to learn at the intersection of futures thinking and design thinking. You may not be able to visit the future, but with the right tools, you can start to shape it.
Creating A New Culture Of Learning
How often are key decisions made based upon data? Habitual patterns? Influence of cliched jargon? Expanding on these questions how many learner experiences truly changed in a positive way as a result of these decisions. Perhaps it’s time for us to really examine many of our habits of mind and cultural norms and look at what the assets truly are and purge what leads to the predictability of learner outcomes/experiences. This brief talk will ideally serve as a catalyst for us to begin looking at the culture of our learning environments and seek ways to ensure more truly equitable experiences for all.
New Literacies for Leaders
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way we live, work and connect, reminding us that the decisions we make now as school system leaders will have a long-lasting effect. These moments remind us that we need to move beyond feeling prepared for the future, and instead be sure we're equipped to shape the futures of our communities. This means acting and thinking like futurists who leverage long-term thinking, contextual intelligence and multiple perspectives to envision, prototype and build toward possible and preferable futures.
Lessons Learned for Back to School With Napa Valley USD
With over 17,000 students and 28 schools, creating a back-to-school plan for traditional in-classroom learning was no small feat for Napa Valley Unified School District, one of the first California districts to open for in-person instruction this year across all of its TK-12 campuses. Join Assistant Superintendent Rob Mangewala as they share lessons learned from a year of remote and hybrid learning, and discuss how they're creating a safe environment that supports academic success and social-emotional well-being for students.
The work of the future will require a system of lifelong learning. Schools are under pressure to tackle the skill gaps between school and work, and shift to mindsets of adaptability, continuous learning, and human and technology collaboration. Learn how district leaders are creating educational opportunities for their students by connecting technology to pedagogy and aligning learning to the world of work.
Looking Toward the Future
As education returns to face-to-face instruction in the post-COVID world, how do we harness what we’ve learned over the past year to impact what education will look like as we move forward?
An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools
The pandemic has opened the door to changes in how we educate our students that are long overdue. It’s time to create a new culture that focuses on the whole child, where no learner is marginalized and education is future-driven. In addition, we must develop resources that accelerate learning, provide access to early learning, grow a diverse educator pipeline and create assessments that focus on social, emotional and cognitive growth.
Learn how district leaders are inspired by education tools from Kaltura to make an impact on teaching and learning.
Aligning K-12 to Work ... and the Future.
The work of the future will require a system of lifelong learning and require schools to shift to mindsets of adaptability, continuous learning and human and technology collaboration. This session will consider questions like: How are schools tackling the skill gaps between school and work, and aligning education to the world of work? How are districts creating educational opportunities for their students by connecting technology to pedagogy?
Reflect on some of the highlights and what you will take back from the Leadership Exchange. Hear how ISTE can support your next steps with learning opportunities for leaders and educators. Continue the learning with ISTELive 21 leadership strand extended sessions!
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