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Los Angeles Unified School District & Pear Deck — A Student-Centered Partnership

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Instructl Leadership Support Coordinator
LAUSD, Instructional Tech Initiative
Dominic leads the LAUSD-Instructional Technology Initiative team in the design & delivery of professional learning & programs around the expansion of computer science (CS), digital citizenship, & ISTE Standards. He has been providing CS workshops in the US and abroad through the global non-profit, to increase participation of underrepresented students in CS & prepares’s facilitators in leading equity-minded CS workshops. He was a National Board Certified special ed teacher and received the 2021 ISTE Technology Coordinators Network Award. In his spare time, Dominic is building a social and learning enterprise in his home country, the Philippines.
Program & Policy Development Specialist
Los Angeles Unified School District
Change agent that establishes and maintains strategic partnerships with high profile companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and ISTE that help expand instructional technology opportunities for all students with Los Angeles Unified School District
Strategic Relationship Manager
Former Educator in K-8 classrooms and school librarian, Susan is the Strategic Relationship Manager for Go Guardian, specifically working with Los Angeles Unified and other large CA and NV school districts. Susan is a Pear Deck Legacy Account Executive where she collaborated, presented and trained school sites and districts on best practices for student engagement and teacher efficacy. She has been working with the ITI Team for 4 years since they first met at ISTE 2019! In addition to work, Susan is the proud mom of 4 fully launched children. She relaxes with hiking, yoga, golf, reading and she loves to travel!
Manager, Customer Marketing
Amber was a former educator for 11 years working in elementary school, STEM computer coding, and finished her teaching career as an Instructional Coaching. She also completed her principal license and became a Google Certified Trainer. Amber has a tremendous passion for educational technology and spent many years helping teachers implement it in their classrooms. Amber is now part of the GoGuardian/ Pear Deck team for the last two years and continues spreading the love of educational technology with teachers nationwide!

Session description

Discover how LAUSD partnered with Pear Deck to customize professional development and increase engagement, metacognition and active learning. Explore how together they built critical skills with students while supporting educators by equipping them with learning-science tools to improve efficacy. Specific lesson content and tools will be showcased.

Purpose & objective

Through this session, attendees will learn a variety of strategies toward cultivating an instructional district-wide partnership that provides the opportunity to deliver custom professional development to increase engagement, metacognition, and active learning for all students. The professional development sessions are grounded in research and founded on curriculum and practices developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
-Learn how a large, urban school district strategically approaches Partnerships and creates awareness and implementation. [ISTE Standard -Visionary Leadership]
-Ensure Equity and Access for Every LAUSD Student

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The content and activities for this session are as follows:
1. Presentation of the promising practices including the support of the vision, the Districts commitments, and the development of partnership that provides and leverages resources within our District to address equity and access to future ready instruction. (30 mins)
2. Sharing of Lessons Learned (10 minutes)
3. Question and Answer (10 minutes)
4. Reflect and Share (10 minutes)

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Supporting research

This session is in alignment with the following research and frameworks: L.A. Unified Task Force Recommendations, Leading with Instruction, The Presenters Fieldbook, Adaptive School; Foundation Seminar, Differentiated Coaching, Universal Design for Learning, Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement (ADKAR Model) ISTE Standards for Students and Substitution Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition (SAMR Model), Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms, Digital Future Guide

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Session specifications

Coaching & mentoring
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.