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Does your leadership empower stakeholders to pull towards a collective vision?

Our expertise and experience helps you grow your leadership to match your mission.
PD Alignment and Refinement Planning

One Day Workshop

PD Alignment and Refinement CycleUsing an inquiry approach participants will refine and clarify their district or school purpose and vision by creating a Mission Question. Using this approach leaders will develop a deeper understanding of what leaders and all community stakeholders need to know and do in order to meet this challenge. With clarity around the Mission/Purpose and Vision participants will begin the alignment of their PD Actions with tools and processes to critique and revise where necessary. Participants will leave with a school or district professional development plan that includes teachers voice and is sustainable .

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Building Learning Leadership in Schools through the ISTE Standards

 One Day Workshop

What does it mean to be a learning leader in modern schools? Digital content, mass communication, evolving student needs, and shifting role of teachers means that administrators need be at the forefront of learning in their schools. In this session, we use the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Administrator standards to focus in on the skills, attitudes, and actions needed to be a learning leader. We cover both the standards based theory and actual application within schools and districts. This session is design for existing or emerging leaders looking to hone their leadership skills and actions within a technology infused learning environment we find in most schools today.

Takeaway – Methods and metrics for using the ISTE standards to evaluate and develop school or district leadership.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Homegrown PD: Identifying and Leveraging Expertise Within the School

 One Day Workshop

Can you think of a school that doesn’t struggle with professional development? How much should we budget, where do we find resources, how do we find the time, is it effective? Despite our common troubles, we often overlook our greatest resource for learning in our schools: our own teachers. In this session, we will identify ways of using current staff expertise to benefit the growth of the overall faculty. We talk about strategies for identifying knowledge and potential professional development, means of capturing and delivering that knowledge that doesn’t put undue stress on the teacher, assessment criteria, and methods for archival and resource collection. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of leveraging professional development from within the school and how to use these conclusions for integrating the system into schools’ existing professional development plans.

Takeaway – Resources, processes, and platforms from using internal knowledge for overall staff development

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Parenting in the Digital World

 One Day Workshop

A Curriculum for Teaching Parents about Cybersafety, Digital Citizenship, and Effective Computer Use.

For years, parents and teachers have been asking for help guiding students through the dark forest of access to Internet. In that time, we have seen many “truths,” resources, and best practices become available from a variety of experts. Drawing upon those resources and nearly 10 years of experience giving Digital Age parenting workshops, presenters will discuss content and strategies for helping teachers and parents teach cybersafety. Participants will identify the key concepts and questions asked by parents, develop a set of answers, receive an organized set of resources, learn ways to facilitate critical discussions among parents, strategies to ease their worries, and come away with a Powerpoint slide deck that has been used to give in these workshops.

Takeaway – A full presentation and focal points for delivering a digital citizenship presentation for parents.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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What does it take to be an EdTech Leader?

One Day Workshop

Drawing upon what I call the Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership, we delve deep into the skills and competencies EdTech leaders need to be success in site based or district level leadership. We will talk about Leadership, Management, Information Technology, Educational Technology, System Thinking, and Professional Learner as the basis of our investigation of EdTech Leadership. This workshop is intended for a) those interested in becoming EdTech leaders, b) those already in positions of leadership, and c) administrators in schools and districts looking to evaluate or improve their EdTech leaders.

Takeaway – An understanding of the tenets of educational technology leadership useful for emerging leaders, existing leaders, or schools looking to hire or develop staff. A self assessment is included for participants to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Digital Branding as a Means of Professional Learning for Educators

One Day Workshop

Educators are not good at self promotion. We have people around the world doing amazing work with students and colleagues, but few know about it. Often we highlight the work of our students rather than the amazing things being done in our classrooms. In this session, we will discuss the ways in which educators can promote their work through creating a digital brand. This digital branding is not intended self aggrandizing or monetary development, but growth of an educator’s global professional learning network. By engaging in the online conversations available and offering expertise to those discussions, educators will experience immense professional learning that can directly impact their practice, their schools, and their students. We discuss the tools and approaches need to create and sustain a digital brand that gets educators into the important conversations.

Takeaway – A set of resources and processes for developing a professional social media presence for all educators.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Technology Integration into International Baccalaureate

One Day Workshop

International_Baccalaureate_logoHighlight best practices for technology innovation and program support for each of the three programs in the IB Continuum (PYP, MYP, DP) . We will start with technology infused inquiry in the PYP and finish with content centric learning with technology in the DP. All strategies and suggestions, will be based in the ISTE standards. Takeaway – Talk about the major leverage points within IB programs for utilizing technology to improve teaching and learning *This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), who in February, 2015, sat on a committee working directly with the IB in The Hague on mapping technology skills, curriculum, and standards with all three programs of the IB Continuum (PYP, MYP, DP).

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Change Management and Knowledge Retention in Schools

One Day Workshop

We will look change management techniques that focus on identifying and documenting the critical information, personnel, and processes needed to ensure continued success in school. This will help participants focus on the three key elements of programmatic knowledge:

  • Essential information
  • Resources and connections
  • Experience

We will draw upon change theory and school leadership practice as a means of identifying procedures for all members of staff. These procedures will contextualize and operationalize educational change management theory into knowledge retention practices that can be implemented at all levels of a school from individual teachers to senior leadership. Participants will engage in small group reflection on key concepts and work collaboratively to plan knowledge retention programs in their own class/school/team.

Takeaway – Clear process and resources needed to develop an in-house knowledge retention program.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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What can students learn in 1:1 student laptop programs?

One Day Workshop

Ubiquitous access to personal learning has a profound effect on the learning experiences for teachers and students. In this session, we’ll examine what students can learn in these programs from content specific learning to non-academic learning to learning at home and at school. We’ll look discuss some case studies examples and talk about the “ideal” conditions needed to attain this learning as it is not guaranteed. Participants will leave with a list of student learning outcomes that can be used to design, improve, or assess one-to-one programs.

Takeaway – A list of potential learning outcomes for 1:1 laptops programs that can used in program design or assessment.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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BYOD with an international twist

One Day Workshop

BYOD has inherent challenges tied to its non-standardized platforms and student owned machines that have to be considered in everything from pedagogy to budgeting to program administration. At an international school, these challenges are only the beginning. For example, the German European School in Singapore has children from over 40 nations, speaking a number of languages, involved in one of two national/international curricula, and covering up to 4 different mother tongue language programs. We must think about challenges related to location, language, culture, and much more. In this workshop, you’ll discuss these challenges in the global context and tie them back to BYOD in single nations or regions.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Global School: A Video Conferencing/Online Hybrid Classroom

One Day Workshop

In this session, we will investigate a case study of a blended classroom environment where students in two SE Asia countries attend classes using video conferencing and online learning. This Global School project has extended high school level instruction to a remote part of Thailand where students sit in classes, take exams, and interact with teachers and peers as if they were in the room with them. We’ll look at the technical set up, the evolution of the project, and the pedagogy and curriculum of teaching a real-time blended classroom. From here, participants will learn about the programs projected growth and its opportunities for expanding access to real time synchronized learning all over the world.

Takeaway – A reproducible video conferencing program that could be implemented at a school or district level

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Ubiquitous Computing & the Educational Digital Divide

One Day Workshop

One-to-one laptop programs have the potential reduce the Educational Digital Divide beyond merely providing greater access to technology. In this session, we will look at the three elements of the divide – access, usage, and long implications – and discuss how one-to-one programs can be tailored to have impactful outcomes for low SES students and their families. These conclusions and recommendations are drawn from doctoral level research into learning in laptop programs and the student learning outcomes that directly effect low SES students. Participants will engage in a discussion about strategy, assessment, and sustainability of these programs.

Takeaway – An understanding of the avenues where 1:1 devices can improve the Educational Digital Divide at a local or school level.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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