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Partnerships to Power Professional Learning: Big Apple Style

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 204C

Streaming Session
Recorded Session
Listen and learn : Panel


Ed Tech Program Implementation Manager
Laura is a NYC Public Schools alumna and educator with 20+ years of experience as a teacher of Career and Technical Education, Art, and English. As an Ed Tech Teacher Team Leader in the Division of Instructional and Information Technology for the past five school years, Laura is involved in multiple ed tech initiatives supporting Ed Tech Model Teachers and school leaders to build capacity. Laura has a background in media production and media literacy, and collaborates with global educators through knowledge exchanges and intervisitations.
Educator | SPOC | Nerd
NYC Department of Education
As a high school special educator, RJ Circle Keeper, certified Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher through YMTP2 and Reiki Practitioner, along with holder of a multitude of digital certifications, Robyn is an advocate for the use of technology in education along with mindfulness in schools. She is a recipient of the #NYCSchoolsTech Award, Brooklyn HS Superintendents Champion Award for Digital Innovation in the Classroom, and Excellence in Remote Learning. She hosts the NYC Google Educator Group through #NYCSchoolsTech Meetups, is an Edcamp organizer, and leads her school’s Ed Tech team.
Program Manager
Google for Education
JoJo Farrell is an experienced educator who worked for NYC Public Schools for 13 years as a teacher, EdTech Coach, and district leader. He currently teaches aspiring teachers in Brooklyn College's School of Education. He's now on Google's education team, where he supports districts in the northeast using Google. Before becoming an educator, JoJo worked as a journalist and radio reporter in Oakland, California and as a program director for Global Exchange where he led programs in Latin America. JoJo and his wife have three children and they live in Brooklyn, NY.
Founder & CEO
Project Recess Inc
After moonlighting as a DJ in New York, Santi went on to help start a school, launch a digital portfolio app, and create Project Recess, an ed tech consultancy focused on supporting schools in using new and emerging technologies. Santi is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Our Voice Academy fellow.
STEM/Computer Science Teacher
Kerry McGarvey is a STEM & Technology teacher at PS24Q in New York City. Kerry also provides technical support to students, families, and teachers. In addition to her work in her school she also works as a #NYCSchools tech trainer to help run Apple After Hours, the Apple Teacher Certification, and other events. As a result of this work she was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and her school was named an Apple Distinguished School.
Deputy Director of Inst/Enterprise Tech
Jose began his career as a Special Education Teacher with expertise in instructional technology. After 6 years in the classroom, Jose held positions as a school based instructional technology coach and an instructional technology Coordinator for NYC Magnet Schools Assistance Program. In February 2020, he joined DIIT as an Ed Tech Implementation Manager charged with supporting schools citywide with the integration of technology with instruction. In September 2021, Jose transitioned to the Instructional Enterprise Technology team as a Deputy Director of Instructional & Enterprise Technology Team. Jose’s focus is teacher engagement around Enterprise tools and professional development.

Session description

From introducing new technology in individual schools to offering districtwide micro-certifications and citywide edtech meetups, leveraging partnerships with edtech companies can provide innovative professional learning opportunities and create niche professional learning communities.
Grade level: Not applicable
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

Session participants will be able to:
Understand how collaborating with educational technology companies can enhance their professional learning communities
Dig into resources to find, create or enhance professional learning communities
Construct a, "what to do next" plan to get engaged in or level up a professional learning community
Understand how to use the unconference style to provide participants with a choose your own adventure style of professional learning
See how providing collaborative PLCs benefits both the person in education and learner outcomes.

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- Background and introductions, stated outcomes

What are PLCs
- We will explore the research behind the power of professional learning communities and the outcomes they provide for the educators and learners

Panel Chat
- Panelists will explain the type of PLCs they host/are involved in and give an overview of their meetup styles
- Panelists will talk about how the partnerships began
- Panelists will discuss how the partnerships have evolved, including going from fully in-person meetups, to fully online during remote learning and hybrid meetups
-Panelists will speak to improving and creating new partnerships
-Panelists will share presentations that give visuals as to the PLCs they have hosted/participated in recently

Audience Immersion
-Participants are given choice stations to chat with EdTech Partners in groups, learn about their work, network and create relationships
-This setup will be "choose your own adventure" style

Audience Questions
- We will answer questions participants have

Conclusion/Call to Action
- We will go through next steps, and how to take what we have learned here back with us.

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Supporting research

4 Benefits of an Active Professional Learning Community,learning%20and%20drive%20student%20achievement.

Professional Learning Communities Can ‘Unleash the Learning!’

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Session specifications

Professional learning
Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Evaluate the impact of professional learning and continually make improvements in order to meet the schoolwide vision for using technology for high-impact teaching and learning.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

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