Life's Too Short for Bad PD: Redesign Teacher Learning With ISTE U

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Location: MCCNO Room 391-2
Experience live: All-Access Package
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Jeff Kilner  
Liz Lee  
Christina Scheffel  

Come hear how Indian River School District partnered with ISTE to provide staff with professional learning opportunities that helped develop knowledge and skills in technology integration for increasingly flexible classrooms, and what the outcomes of that partnership were. You'll also get an opportunity to explore ISTE’s PD and think through its potential applications.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share one district’s strategy and impact of rolling out technology-focused professional development to support their teachers at a large scale. Participants will gain ideas for implementing similar supports to their colleagues at a time when technology training is needed more than ever. Participants will also be able to identify technology-related goals and find resources that support those goals.


(5 min) Introductions and agenda
(10 min) IRSD background information and goals
(10 min) About ISTE and ISTE U courses
(10 min) IRSD/ISTE partnership details
(15 min) Preview ISTE U course and align to district goals
(5 min) Wrap-up

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Jeff Kilner, Indian River School District

Jeffrey Kilner, M.Ed., is a technology integration specialist and coach for the Indian River School District in Delaware. He supports teachers by providing training, support and feedback on how to equitably and intentionally integrate technology into their teaching practice. Kilner earned a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s in biology education from Clarion University. He is a former Delaware STEM Educator of the Year, and was named both a fellow and later a leading fellow with Stanford University's Hollyhock Fellowship program. In addition to serving as an instructional technology specialist, Kilner has spent the past nine years as a head swim coach for the Sussex Central High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams. When not facilitating PD, coaching swimming or vetting technology tools, he can be found at the beach with his wife and two daughters.

Liz Lee, ISTE

Liz Miller 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.

Christina Scheffel, Indian River School District

C. Scheffel, M.Ed., is an instructional technology specialist and coach for the Indian River School District in Sussex County, Delaware. She also has 10 years of experience teaching secondary English language arts, and seven as a mentor in her district’s comprehensive induction program for new teachers. An early adopter of edtech in the classroom, Scheffel earned a master’s degree in applied educational technology from Wilmington University. Her passions include leveraging technology to accommodate diverse learners, and encouraging teachers to embrace technology as a tool for differentiation.

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