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Equity and eLearning Virtual Conference Recap

Equity and eLearning Virtual Conference Recap

The afternoon of May 1, 2020, our North Carolina and South Carolina Edmentum teams hosted their first ever entirely virtual conference. Bringing together school and district leaders from across the Carolinas, they engaged in rich learning and dialogue and shared best practices tied to distance and virtual learning. If you missed out, here’s your chance to get a quick recap of key sessions and watch the recordings for yourself.

Keynote from Dr. LaToya Dixon

The teams kicked things off with an inspiring message about learning equity from Dr. LaToya Dixon. Dr. Dixon has served as a state-level education leader in South Carolina as the Director of the Office of School Transformation. She currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Gifted Education in York School District One in South Carolina. In her presentation she discusses understanding access as more than inclusion, elevating fairness over consistency, ensuring quality and feedback take top billing in learning, and achieving equity in partnership with others.

Using Virtual Academies to Equalize Learning

This session, led by virtual learning experts at Edmentum, evaluates how to engage learners of all types across all content areas to maximize virtual interactions and impact using Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy. Discover how seasoned virtual implementations across the Carolinas have achieved impressive results on state tests, recaptured homeschool communities via virtual programming, and used virtual course delivery to maximize course offerings across diverse districts even in the face of teacher shortages. View curriculum offerings for North Carolina or South Carolina.

Help Students Cope with a Crisis Using Social-Emotional Learning

Jen Perry, Social-Emotional Learning Designer at Edmentum, uses her 30+ years in youth educational and community settings to deliver a rich presentation on how social-emotional learning best practices (and the brain science behind them) can help both teachers and students navigate through these uncertain times. Learn what you can do as an educator to help yourself cope and then in turn help your students, as we all continue navigating these uncharted waters together.

Staying on Track: Monitoring High School Students’ Progress Virtually

This session is led by Tiffany Brinkley, a seasoned virtual math teacher, and includes her best practices for engaging and monitoring students in a virtual environment. She reviews a number of tools to her success including student needs surveys, critical needs spreadsheets, Edmentum specific reports, and differentiated instructional meetings. Together, applying these strategies in your virtual classroom will not only help you keep track of student progress with more fidelity, but will also help you use your time more effectively.

Mitigating Gaps in Student Learning

Sherry Meador, Executive Director of Instructional Services for Pamlico County Schools, and Allyson Long, Assistant Principal from Cayce Elementary School, share their experiences successfully mitigating gaps in learning for North Carolina and South Carolina students. This session digs into how these exceptional educators are using a personalized approach in the traditional classroom and while students are at home to meet students where they are. Learn more about the Edmentum implementations at Pamlico County Schools and Cayce Elementary School.

Shift in Pedagogy: Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset Through Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Learn ways to incorporate synchronous and asynchronous instructional approaches with your students from Sarah Starr, and Edmentum Educational Consultant. Are you having difficulty as an educator transitioning to an eLearning instructional environment? We’ll help you uncover best practices that will work for you.

eLearning Plans at the District Level and Things to Consider

Hear from LaVonne McClain, Director of Central Services Director at Halifax County Schools, and Dr. Isti Sanga, Executive Director for Educational Technology at Kershaw County Schools, about their eLearning plans, as well as things to consider now and in the future. This session covers pre-planning, accessibility, sustainability, and lessons learned for a top to bottom look at developing and executing eLearning plans successfully.


Thank you to those who joined us to listen in and a special thank you to our terrific presenters! We hope you had as much fun attending as we did hosting this special virtual event and continue to learn and share the recordings found here. You can also find the entire playlist of all of these conference sessions for easy access as you need it.

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Madison Michell

Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.