Workshops

CoSN pre- and post-conference workshops enable you to get the most out of attending the CoSN Annual Conference. You will come away with tools, tips, and lessons learned from key leaders on the front line. Engage in 3-hour, in-depth professional development that dives in deeply on a major issue facing education technology leaders. An additional payment is required; however, if you select the Educator Enhanced plus Hotel Conference Registration Package, your registration fee includes 2 workshops of your choice.

Breakfast is provided at workshops that begin at 8:00 am; lunch is provided at workshops that begin at 12:00 pm.

Workshop 1: Developing and Refining Your Organization’s Roadmap for Implementing Effective Online Professional Development
Monday, April 3, 2017

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Kirsten Peterson, Director, eLearning Design
Joyce Malyn-Smith, Managing Project Director, Education Development Center

Looking to develop or refine your roadmap for planning, designing and implementing effective online professional development (PD)? This hands-on, interactive workshop will engage participants in exploration and discussion of online PD needs, appropriate uses, models and implementation strategies. As a concrete example, we will review the process of augmenting a successful face-to-face PD program for computer science teachers, with powerful online PD components to increase flexibility, scale, reach, and learning community connections among colleagues. We will discuss strategies for evaluating and creating online PD experiences, and we will complete activities in several different online PD courses to experience the variety of models and learning experiences that are possible in this environment. Participants will take away a roadmap of considerations for planning effective implementation of online PD to meet their local needs, and access to a variety of online PD examples for future reference and exploration.

Workshop 2: System-wide Planning for 21st Century Learning Environments
Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Christopher Harrington, President, eLearn Institute
Elizabeth LeBlanc, Curriculum & Data Coordinator, Taos Academy Charter School
Kent Sweigart, Director of Technology, Cocalico School District

This session engages participants in workshop activity and collaborative discussion regarding the design and implementation of school system policies, practices, procedures, and technology that foster 21st century learning. During the first part of this workshop, representatives from multiple school districts/systems will share specific examples of successful strategic planning and lessons learned in their journey to leverage technology to support online and hybrid learning. The second part of this workshop will allow participants to join small group discussions that will allow deeper discussion on critical topics related to advancing digital learning. The facilitators of these discussions will be the representatives of the presenting school districts/systems as well as nationally recognized experts who have experience guiding schools through the development and maintenance of effective digital learning environments.

Workshop 3: From Privacy to Trust
Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Linnette Attai, Privacy Project Director, CoSN

As schools increasingly leverage technology across their ecosystem, they are afforded new opportunities to increase administration and operation efficiencies, and offer rich, personalized learning experience for students.  However, with these possibilities come challenges, and as technology comes into schools, so does the need to raise the bar on existing data privacy compliance standards.  During this workshop, you’ll come away with an understanding of the fundamentals of data privacy requirements, and the key requirements you’ll need to develop or improve your school system compliance programs as outlined in CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Program.  We’ll also hear from recipients of the TLE Seal about how the program helped them reframe the privacy conversation within their communities to one of trust and transparency, and will leave you with an understanding of where you can start in shifting that conversation.

Workshop 4: Design Thinking in Action
Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Kelli Lane, Technology Integration Cordinator, Hover City Schools
Pete Just, Chief Technology Officer, MSD of Wayne Township
Suzan Brandt, Mountain Brook Junior High Technology Coordinator, Mountain Brook Schools

Design Thinking is revolutionizing classrooms, schools, and districts across the globe. The principles and processes of Design Thinking guide stakeholders to directly approach complex problems, innovate collaboratively, and create holistic, sustainable solutions with a human-centered focus. This session, led by school leaders who facilitate problem solving sessions for teachers, parents, students and community members using the Design Thinking process, will give participants a better understanding of this cutting-edge practice.  Participants will experience the Design Thinking process in action and leave with an action plan of ways to utilize Design Thinking in their school or district. Previous Design Thinking experience is not required.

Workshop 5: Framework for School System Success

Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Marie Bjerede, President,e-Mergents, LLC
Jean Tower, Director of Media and Digital Learning, Needham Public Schools 

Workshop 6: Designing the OER School System

Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Andrew Marcinek, Chief Information Officer, Worcester Academy

Digital conversion impacts all facets of school systems.  As teachers change their practice and students use new devices and applications in their learning, curriculum and educational resources change as well.  This participant-driven workshop will seek to share ideas and understandings of openly licensed educational resources in K-12 schools as a part of a new overall digital content district strategy. The workshop will focus on how transitioning to openly licensed educational resources in place of static, traditional textbooks will impact student learning, professional learning for educators, and digital systems and infrastructure. Participants will hear from school system technology/education leaders who have started or made this transition, learn from their examples and insight, and leave with a draft strategy to take action in their respective schools.

Workshop 7: Developing IT for Small Districts: A Workshop for Small Districts, Charter, Independent, and Parochial Schools
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Developing the necessary technology to operate both the institutional and instructional needs of a school district can be challenging. Add to that the concerns of being a small district with limited resources, a charter trying to get off the ground, or an independent or parochial school struggling with enrollment and the goal of being a successful IT leader almost seems out of reach. For 25 years, CoSN has provided leadership and guidance for all schools to meet these challenges head on to bring technology into every aspect of our schools. This workshop, presented by leaders from small, charter, independent, and parochial schools, will help you get organized and get the resources you need to meet  the unique challenges facing your school. You will receive an overview of all the CoSN resources available to help, review case studies with school just like yours, and make connections that will help you moving forward.

Workshop 8: Digital Equity through the Power of Community Collaboration
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Andrew Moore and Diane Doersch, Co-Chairs, CoSN Digital Equity Action Agenda
Jayne James, Director, Digital Equity Action Agenda
Student Digital Equity Video Challenge Winners

The CoSN Infrastructure Survey conducted in the fall of 2016 revealed 42 percent of school leaders surveyed addressed digital equity and lack of broadband access outside of school as a very high priority.  As education goes digital, access outside of school is becoming the Civil Rights issue of today. However, it’s often too big for school leaders to tackle alone.  During this workshop, take away tangible insight, ideas and a 30-60-90-day pathway customized for your school and community.  Facilitators will help you utilize the CoSN Digital Equity Toolkit, new, national community-based case studies, partner resources, and student videos, to create a path for moving a collaborative, community based, Digital Equity Action Agenda forward.

 

 

Breakfast is provided at workshops that begin at 8:00 am; lunch is provided at workshops that begin at 12:00 pm.