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Planning for Growth in Digital Teaching and Learning

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 7/8

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Digital Learning Initiative Section Chief
NC Department of Public Instruction
Ashley McBride, Ed.D., is a digital learning leader for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.She has experience as a secondary English teacher, instructional technology facilitator and director of technology. McBride has led districtwide professional learning and statewide initiatives that help promote the effective and safe integration of technology for administrators, educators and students. In addition to her work with the state of North Carolina, McBride serves on the board of the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) and is also a COSN Certified Educational Technology Leader. She holds a doctorate in educational technology from Central Michigan University where she researched technology-related professional learning and educational technology coaching. Her experiences in K-12 education and her research in the field informed her 2021 ISTE-published book, The Edtech Coaching Primer: Supporting Teachers in the Digital Age Classroom.
Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant
NC Dept of Public Instruction
Brian is currently the Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant for the Piedmont Triad Region with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Previously he has worked as an instructional design coach, instructional technology facilitator, and science/STEM teacher in Rowan-Salisbury Schools for 21 years. The highlight of his teaching experience involved teaching Design Thinking / Challenge Based Learning at North Rowan High School. Brian has also taught previously with the North Carolina Virtual Public School and serves as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Catawba College. He also serves as the secretary of the NCTIES Board and as the social media manager for the NCSTA.

Session description

Whether you're a state, district or school leader, creating a road map for growth can be daunting. Join us to develop a customized handbook of resources, activities and ideas for creating and measuring your own vision and strategic plan built around relevant research, diverse sets of stakeholders and continuous growth.

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
learn how to identify and incorporate data that is relevant for their vision and digital learning plan,
discover ways to incorporate a diverse steak-holder group,
identify metrics to ensure that growth is measured within their organization.

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Introduction: A digital activity will be used to capture who is in the room and what their goals are for participation. (5-10 minutes)
Your Personalized Handbook: We will introduce participants to a digital document that they will be able to edit to create a personalized version of the handbook. This handbook includes activities, think sheets, protocols, and example documents that can be used to develop the vision and plan for any state, district, or school (10 minutes)
Creating Your Workgroup: Participants will look at how to create a workgroup of diverse stakeholders. We will review how we did this at the state-level and have participants work a similar process for identifying who they would need to include by grouping participants in like roles and having them collaborate to fully think through who might need to be involved in this process (15 minutes). We will then look at documentation items that are included in the handbook for getting potential workgroup members to apply for the opportunity, ways to evaluate and identify the best candidates for the workgroup, and identifying ways individuals who are interested in the work but did not make it onto the workgroup can contribute their voice to the process. Participants will be able to edit their materials and offer suggestions to the whole group as we go through these steps. (10 minutes).
Time Lining and Assigning Workgroup Activities: We will then look at how to backwards map the work and identify when milestones need to be completed. We will begin by going through the timeline we used in North Carolina when updating our digital learning plan. We will then utilize a protocol to get additional activities that might need to be included when creating these plans. We will then look at how to utilize choice and strengths of your team to identify which workgroup members would be best suited to the various identified tasks (15 minutes).
Gathering Feedback and Including Stakeholders: Participants will participate in a feedback protocol. Using this activity as a jumping off point we will discuss and identify ways to get the best possible feedback for their vision and digital learning plan draft and how to identify the best places to solicit this feedback. (15 minutes)
Evaluation and Follow Through: Participants will look at how North Carolina is evaluating growth and using a yearly update process to demonstrate the growth aligned to their digital learning plan. We will then utilize a table group to large group activity that will ask participants to consider what practices and procedures would be best to demonstrate their growth. (10 minutes)
Close: We will close out the session with a revisiting of the introduction activity. Participants will be asked to identify if their needs were met and be encouraged to share out networking information so they can share stories and lessons learned throughout their own process of creating their vision and plan. (5 minutes)

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Supporting research

North Carolina Digital Learning Plan:
Planning - The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning - SETDA:
Future Ready Framework:

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.