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DLAC 2022 is Here!

DLAC 2022 is Here!

The Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) is here! Each year in early February, educators, industry leaders, and experts safely come together for several days of learning and connection. Edmentum is a proud silver sponsor of this annual event. This year, we’re thrilled to join hundreds of educators in Atlanta, Georgia, to learn about the very best in hybrid, online, and blended learning. DLAC has a fantastic program set up featuring debates, talks, panel discussions, individual presentations, and a whole lot more.

Check out some of the sessions we’re most looking forward to this week below. These sessions cover a range of topics and feature industry experts, incredible educators, partners, and Edmentum thought leaders. Monday sessions were incredibly powerful and insightful, and as a proud Silver Sponsor of this year’s event, we couldn’t be more excited for what is still in store over the next couple of days.

Monday, February 7
Building High Quality Sustainable Virtual Programs

Time: 3:10 – 4:25 PM EST

Room: L508

Evidence can validate the efficacy of online learning. Research indicates that positive student outcomes can be achieved while serving diverse populations of learners.  We'll explore the components of a high-quality sustainable virtual program, explore data specific to key performance indicators of student success and share insights from stakeholder interviews that serve specific populations including students who are high achieving, at-risk, elementary-age and those in rural communities.

“The big take away from our research is that when you approach virtual learning with intentionality, when we design sustainable programs taking into account the needs of specific students, we achieve high academic outcomes for the students we’re serving.” - Dave Adams, Former Edmentum, Chief Academic Officer

Equity Reform: An Examination of Equitable Policies, Curriculum, and Access to Ensure All Students Have an Opportunity to Succeed

Time: 3:10 – 4:25 PM EST

Room: Main Stage – Marquis Ballroom

Providing a safe place for students to learn throughout the challenges of the pandemic and civil unrest has fueled an examination of equitable policies, curriculum, and considerations for how we ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. In this panel, we explore this conversation with district leaders and experts who share how they are pursuing real and lasting equitable transformation within their districts and communities to support the learning needs of all students. 

 

 

Tuesday, February 8
Future of School: How Has the Pandemic Become a Catalyst for Change?

Time: 11:00 – 12:15 PM EST

Room: Main Stage – Marquis Ballroom

COVID-19 was truly a learning experience for school districts, parents and students alike. The pandemic shined a spotlight on inequities and uncovered areas for improvement in technology standards and implementation. But out of the chaos and confusion, bright spots have emerged. What were problems a year ago have now become catalysts for sparking innovative changes in education. The traditional classroom model has been reimagined to better fit each student’s learning, and technology requirements have been refined to provide every child the tools they need. In this discussion, district leaders share how they have been able to establish thriving tech ecosystems that put students first and their advice for other districts to apply similar strategies.

“Families, students, and educators have seen what is possible...if we embrace it...I hope that we as a field, industry, and community of educators continue to be pushed to offer more access, more equity, more options, and more flexible options.” - Amanda Kocon, Edmentum Chief Strategy Officer

The Future of Digital Learning: Navigating a Path Forward

Time: 2:00 – 2:45 PM EST

Room: Main Stage – Marquis Ballroom

As we move into the next phase of pandemic life and school, K-12 education leaders share their perspective on what they believe will change, what will stay the same, and how the future of digital learning will look moving forward. With a heavy dose of optimism, we discuss the challenges districts have faced, how to equip teachers with the best tools, and how technology will continue to evolve to help to facilitate student learning now and into the future. 

 

Equity in Education: Are we at the Tipping Point of an Education Transformation

Time: 3:00 – 4:14 PM EST

Room: M101

With the large-scale shift to online learning, systemic inequities have become a glaring challenge for students and families -- one that districts need to overcome to ensure students have an opportunity to succeed. District leaders and experts agree that there has never been a better time to engage stakeholders, educators, staff, and communities in the effort to make real progress with equity solutions and break down systemic racism to advance initiatives that are inclusive of all students. In this conversation, leaders from across the country discuss the opportunity we have right now to rebuild our system through empowerment, co-creation, communication, effective PD, and “rebel leadership.”

 

Wednesday, February 9
Are We in a Mental Health Crisis? District Leaders and Experts Share Strategies to Help Students and Educators Cope with the Trauma of the Pandemic

Time: 9:00 – 10:15 AM EST

Room: M109

SEL has always been a priority, but if the pandemic revealed anything, it’s that social and emotional needs MUST be met before students can focus on academics. Students were asked to work from home—away from their friends, teachers and any sense of normalcy. These substantial demands, particularly for tweens and teenagers, could have a long-term impact on their mental health. District leaders and health experts discuss strategies for supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of students and educators and moving forward. 

 

You Launched a New Virtual School: Now What?

Time: 9:00 – 10:15 AM EST

Room: L508

Districts have always faced pressure from alternative, private and virtual schools that were dipping into their enrollment numbers. But the pandemic has presented a cascade of new enrollment challenges that have spurred renewed interest in creating virtual schools as part of a district’s offerings. Now that districts are attracting these new virtual students, how do we ensure the programs are effectively meeting student needs? Throughout this conversation, we explore how districts are creating new learning options to support dynamic student needs, the challenges these programs present, as well as recommendations for other leaders who are considering adopting or expanding their own districtwide virtual program. 

 

The Future of Assessments: What’s Changed and What to Expect Moving Forward

Time: 9:00 – 10:15 AM EST

Room: M103-105

There is no question the educational climate was already starting to shift the process for assessments and measuring student success, but the pandemic put those changes into overdrive. This conversation will shed light on what district leaders and educators can expect in terms of measuring student progress and academic standards moving forward. We gather the nation’s foremost experts and leading educators to share their perspective on what will undoubtedly be an informative discussion on the future of assessments. 

 

PD That Sticks: Cultivating Professional Learning that Connects and Empowers Teachers

Time: 10:30 – 11:45 AM EST

Room: M103-105

Professional development has never been more critical for educators. The long-term shift to adopt digital tools and resources throughout every aspect of the school day brings more flexibility and greater visibility into student progress, but it can also present a learning curve for educators. How are district leaders inspiring both excitement and creating opportunities for learning through their professional development programs? We explore what works and what doesn’t when it comes to PD and how some districts are able to strike just the right balance to empower and inspire teachers to embrace new digital options.

 

Build or Buy: How Should Schools and Educators Approach Online Curriculum?

Time: 10:30 – 11:45 AM EST

Room: M106-107

Should blended, online, and hybrid programs purchase their curriculum from commercial vendors? Or should they create their own curriculum that can be custom designed for their standards, their model, and the needs of their students? Come listen as vendors and educators debate the tradeoffs inherent in online curriculum decisions

 

It’s sure to be a great week. If you’re in Atlanta, stop by one of these fantastic sessions, and if you’re joining sessions virtually, we’ll “see” you there!

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Ashlee Tatum-Eckley

Ashlee Tatum-Eckley joined the Edmentum team in 2007 and currently leads the marketing organization. She studied business at Southern Methodist University and early childhood studies at the University of North Texas. Ashlee is a lifelong learner who is passionate about the power of education. She is truly inspired by the great work that teachers do every day and is committed to making a difference in the lives of all kids.