Making Sense of Our New Reality When Nothing Makes Sense

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Listen and learn : Panel

Dr. Sheryl Abshire  
Ryan Imbriale  
Mike Lawrence  

The comfortable reality of education has been disrupted. Leaders in every aspect of learning are grappling with how to make sense of this new reality. Join three seasoned edtech leaders as they share the journey to educational sensibility with strategies and resources to cope with this evolving, unpredictable environment.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Reimagining learning
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:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Despite decades of ‘technology integration,’ we had not seen significant widespread shifts in how we conduct business in K-12 classrooms until the education community was forced to adjust rapidly due to COVID-19. The purpose of this panel is help unpack the new evolving landscape and to encourage educators to step back and reflect on the rapid new learning and what it means moving forward.

As a result of attending the panel, participants will:

Acquaint themselves and understand new strategies they can use to cope with the evolving and unpredictable environment.
Explore and share resources that make the best use of available technology while still planning for the future.
Identify two to three topics for conversations to have with colleagues back at their sites.


1. Overview
A. Content: Overview of the panel purpose and objectives, introductions of presenters and participants, setting the stage.
B. Timeline: 10 minutes
C. Process: After introductions, presenters will have 30 seconds to identify the best use of technology they have seen during the pandemic and why it was so impactful.

2. Panelists Presentations
A. Content: Panelists will each have 5 minutes to share their own experience during the pandemic and how what they have seen both positive and negative could significantly alter the education landscape in the future.
B. Timeline: 15 minutes
C. Process: This part of the panel is each presenter sharing insights for 5 minutes.

3. Panel dialog with attendees including questions and resource and strategy sharing .
A. Content: This is an opportunity for questions, discussion and dialogue
B. Timeline: 25 minutes
C. Process: Panelists will share resources and engage in a back and forth discussion about the new reality they are all facing. Audience members will be able to ask questions of the panelists and engage in discussion and sharing their own resources and strategies.

4. Wrap-up
A. Content: Time for panelists to identify the discussions they suggest audience members need to take back to have at their own sites about life post-pandemic.
B. Timeline: 10 minutes
C. Process: share out from panelists.

Supporting research

COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change

COVID-19 and student performance, equity, and U.S. education policy

Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19

From the Field: Education Research During a Pandemic

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Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Formerly with Calcasieu Parish Sch Bd
ISTE Certified Educator
Ryan Imbriale, PowerSchool LLC
Mike Lawrence, California Student Media Festival

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