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Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Creating, Sustaining, and Adapting a District Wide Approach to Digital Learning

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Participate and share : Poster

Lauren Rataj  
Dr. Angie White  

Learn how to build your instructional technology department from the ground up. This includes creating PLC opportunities like instructional coaching cycles, districtwide events, YouTube channels, podcasting, creating a technology plan and building an STLP. Speakers will include how to adapt your opportunities for teaching in remote and blended learning environments.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Any device that is has Internet capabilities to access our website and resources!
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the session is to share our journey and resources with other digital leaders who are passionate about igniting the digital learning movement within their school and/or district. Participants will understand how/and or be able to replicate and lead these initiatives on their own. Our success with this movement within our district can be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. There was no structure or existence to the instructional technology department prior to this. There were also no similar in-district opportunities for educators to grow their capacity and leadership with technology.

Supporting research

https://www.kentuckyteacher.org/features/2018/04/kygodigital-more-than-a-hashtag/ Phelps, R., & Graham, A. (2013). Technology Together: Whole School Professional Development for Capability and Confidence. Washington: International Society for Technology in Education.

Tucker, Catlin R. Power up Blended Learning: a Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change. Corwin, A SAGE Company, 2019.

Schaffhauser09/12/18, Dian. “Closing Digital Divide Requires Focused PD to Support Teachers.” THE Journal, 12 Sept. 2018, thejournal.com/articles/2018/09/12/closing-digital-divide-requires-focused-pd-to-support-teachers.aspx.

Knight, J. (2018). The impact cycle: What instructional coaches should do to foster powerful improvements in teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, A Sage Company.

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Presenters

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Lauren Rataj, Oldham County Schools

Lauren has experience as a Digital Learning Coach, Library Media Specialist, STC, and classroom teacher. As a current Digital Learning Coach within her district, she spends most of her time coaching teachers PreK-12 in the seamless integration of technology in their classroom instruction. In order to build teacher capacity, she also leads innovative professional learning opportunities for staff within her district, state, and globally. She is a current Empower Captain for GEG Kentucky and member of KySTE and ISTE. She is a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and Coach.

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Dr. Angie White, Oldham County Schools

Angie has experience as a Digital Learning Coach, Chief Information Officer, and Director of Technology in the K-12 environment, as well as experience as an adjunct professor in higher education. As the current Director of Instructional Technology she leads innovative professional learning opportunities for educators and provides real-world opportunities and experiences for students. Angie earned a Doctor of Education degree from Morehead State University; two Master of Education degrees, one from the University of Louisville in Instructional Technology and the other from Georgetown College in Elementary Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from the University of Kentucky.

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