Large District Track

Large District Forum

Wednesday, April 5, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

While digital transformations are occurring in school districts of all sizes, large districts face specific challenges such as scaling of projects, communications, and silo departmental structures. The Large District Forum is an opportunity to share information with your colleagues, identify ways to overcome these challenges, maximize your investment in technology, and achieve success in transforming learning.

Featuring: Instruction and Technology: Finding a Common Language
Shahryar Khazei, Chief Information Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District

Come watch the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) talk about their teams’ roles and responsibilities in supporting teacher and student use of technology in the classroom. In this lighthearted session that delves into some heavy topics, the CAO and CIO will “translate” each other’s terms, acronyms, and theories into words that everyone in the audience can understand. Although instructional staff and IT staff may at times speak different languages, they share the same goal of providing teachers and students with the best tools possible for 21st century learning. Successful implementation of educational technology at a school district requires authentic collaboration and a united vision and strategy between Instructional and IT teams, so learning how to “speak” to each other is one of the first keys for Instructional and IT teams to unlock the potential of educational technology.

Breakout Sessions

Improving Student Learning Outcomes Through the Use of Research and Analysis
Doug Renfro, Executive Director of Learning Technology and Library Services, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Tuesday, April 4, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Doug Renfro from Metro Nashville Public Schools and learn how they are leveraging an open-source, research-based framework called “CASE – Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment” which helps leaders link technology use to student learning outcomes. Doug will discuss the large challenge that school leaders face today in moving from simply “digitizing 20th century practice” towards embracing entirely new learning outcomes only possible through the thoughtful integration of technology. The discussion will cover the how MNPS is empowering their schools through illuminating gains and areas of opportunity, targeting PD for teachers and staff, evaluating programs that are having the most/least impact on student learning, and ensuring that all areas are focused on 21st Century Learners and Teachers relative to the 4Cs of Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity and Collaboration.

Coupling Technology and Content for Seamless Access
Sean Smith, COO & CIO, JASON Learning

Tuesday, April 4, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In order to achieve STEM access for all students, a district must coordinate great content and online access. This access for all is the way to increase student achievement. Panelists from JASON Learning, a large district such as Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, will discuss efforts to increase access for traditionally under-served populations by coupling great content with carefully-selected technology solutions. The implementation of JASON has increased science test-scores at the 8th grade level, but most importantly the leveraging of personalized learning has increased the number of students focusing on STEM at home and at school. In short, a focus on STEM delivered online with a “platform agnostic” approach making the vision of equity and access a reality.

Disrupting Yesterday
Cleon Franklin, Director of Virtual Learning, Shelby County Schools

Tuesday, April 4, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This session will explore how current technologies coupled with innovative software can immediately affect student morale and academic achievement in math and science. Join Cleon L. Franklin, Director of Virtual Learning for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN for a discussion around current issues that affect urban schools such as absenteeism, suspensions, and below grade performance and solutions that any district can implement with the correct tools.