Enduring Practices - Taking the Best of Virtual Learning to In-Person Learning

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Other presentations in this group:

Dr. Jennifer Burks  
Lana Nguyen  
Ken Wall  

Capitalizing on the momentum of the unprecedented shifts in education, this session offers best practices from virtual learning to support future-focused classrooms. Education has forever changed, and teaching practices must adapt to meet the needs of all students.

Audience: Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This past year, teachers have undoubtedly had unique teaching experiences and their mindsets about learning have been expanded. Participants will be able to take back several silver linings’ from these experiences that were compiled by Poway Unified teachers, professional learning leaders, administrators, and other stakeholders. The list of enduring practices include:
-Adaptive Learning
-Consistency of Canvas, District’s learning management system
-Alternatives to Instruction & Assessment
-Rethinking Structures and Pacing
-Personalizing Learning and Providing Voice & Choice
-Increased Cognitive Empathy & Emphasis on SEL/Relationships

Participants will also be able to take back resources and examples from the shared enduring practices that can be incorporated in their own teaching practices, or used for professional learning opportunities.


5 mins: Introductions, objectives, and sharing of “our why”
20 mins: Explanation of each enduring practice, resources, and example(s) though a slide deck with links
-Adaptive Learning
-Consistency of Canvas, District’s learning management system
-Alternatives to Instruction & Assessment
-Rethinking Structures and Pacing
-Personalizing Learning and Providing Voice & Choice
-Increased Cognitive Empathy & Emphasis on SEL/Relationships
5 mins: Final questions

Backchannel opportunity throughout presentation.

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Dr. Jennifer Burks, Poway Unified School District

Dr. Jennifer Burks is the Associate Superintendent of Technology & Innovation in the Poway Unified School District and was recently named the ACSA Technology Administrator of the Year for California. She has a passion for utilizing technology as a transformative tool and a willingness to disrupt outmoded thinking to develop new opportunities for learning. Dr. Burks received her doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC and serves on educational leadership panels. She believes that together we can usher in a new era to transform education for today’s modern learner. Some of her recent presentations include ISTE, FETC, CSBA, and ACSA.

Lana Nguyen, Poway Unified School District

Lana Nguyen is currently in her 5th year as the Director of Educational Technology for Poway Unified School District in San Diego. She is passionate about meaningful integration of technology and creating collaborative and student-centered learning spaces to support innovative learning experiences for all students. Lana and the PUSD Ed Tech team support K-12 teachers through professional learning sessions and in-class coaching to transform their pedagogy and instruction to support future ready practices. She has presented at many local and national conferences including CUE and ISTE. Follow her on Twitter at @ms_nguyen19.

Ken Wall, Poway Unified School District

Ken Wall serves as the Director of Information Technology at Poway Unified School District. He is a graduate of the CITE Certified CTO Mentor program and has presented at multiple conferences during his career in K-12 technology leadership. He aims to design and foster innovative technology environments while keeping student safety and security at the forefront.

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