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Sneak Peek: Summer Learning Academy 2021!

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Michele Eaton  
Rhianon Gutierrez  
Liz Lee  
Tara Linney  

Hosted by ISTE Professional Development. Join the creators of the Summer Learning Academy 2021 to get a sneak peak of ISTE U's immersive, innovative PD program! This two-week course in August is only $35 and will help K-12 educators move from surviving to thriving with the intentional use of technology to meet the new realities of learning. Learn key takeaways on designing for inclusion, supporting student well-being, and accelerating student-driven learning. We'll also offer a discount to anyone who attends the sneak peek!

Audience: Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share exciting updates and a sneak peek of ISTE U's Summer Learning Academy in August 2021. Participants will hear from the ISTE U team and the 3 authors of the Summer Learning Academy content for key takeaways around designing for inclusion, supporting student well-being, and accelerating student-driven learning.


(10 mins) Summer Learning Academy introduction & overview
(5 mins) Sneak peek: Designing for Inclusion
(5 mins) Sneak peek: Supporting Student Well-Being
(5 mins) Sneak peek: Accelerating Student-Driven Learning
(5 mins) Closing & discount giveaway!

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Michele Eaton, MSD of Warren Township

Michele Eaton is the director of virtual and blended learning for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, and the author of The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Student-Centered Learning Experiences. At MSD of Wayne Township, she provides support for Achieve Virtual Education Academy teachers and students, overseeing online course design throughout the district, working on digital resource interoperability and training, and helping lead the district’s many online and blended learning options. It’s specifically through this course design work that Eaton developed expertise in eLearning design strategies that can be used within a traditional classroom or when teaching remotely. Eaton started her career in Wayne Township as a second grade teacher, and also taught online for Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in its Learning By Design Master’s program and the undergraduate education program. Eaton is a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) and was recently named a NextGeneration Leader by EdScoop and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and a Leader to Learn From by Education Week. She currently serves as past-president for ISTE’s Online and Blended Learning Network, and as conference chair for ISTE’s Indiana affiliate organization, Indiana Connected Educators. She earned ISTE’s Making IT Happen award in 2020 and ISTE’s President’s Volunteer Service award several years in a row. In addition to focusing on personalizing instruction through online learning, much of her work centers on transforming adult learning to showcase how technology and online learning can have a positive impact for all.

Rhianon Gutierrez, Boston Public Schools
Liz Lee, ISTE

Liz Lee is the Director of Online Learning at ISTE. She leads ISTE U, ISTE’s online professional learning initiative, to help educators build the confidence, tools and strategies to accelerate innovation in their schools through a variety of online courses. Liz has an EdM in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in anthropology from the University of Virginia. She is passionate about transforming K-12 education through technology to promote student equity and success.

Tara Linney, TL Specialists
ISTE Certified Educator

Tara is the Founder of TLSpecialists LLC, an organization created to provide edtech and SEL-infused training for schools in this new world of hybrid and remote learning environments, with a focus on equitable experiences, delivered by diverse trainers. She is an award-winning educator who has helped several schools across the world with launching and sustaining effective 1:1 programs over the course of the last decade. In 2018, Tara authored and published the book, Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding, as a guide for educators looking to make a more equitable learning environment for their students.

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