Supporting Remote Learning and Working during the Pandemic

Leslie Garakani, Chief Technology Officer, Midlothian ISD
Becky Cook, Director, Instructional Technology, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

This moderated panel discussion will explore the lessons learned while supporting staff and students during this pandemic. Discussions will cover best practices for device management, network support, and best instructional practices for online teaching and learning.

Choosing Love: Fostering School Safety from the Inside Using Focused SEL Approach

Shae Owens, Counselor, Hillsboro ISD
Aleshia Fleming, Counselor, Hillsboro ISD
Stephanie Tucker, Principal, Hillsboro ISD
Robin Ralston, Principal, Hillsboro ISD

Social and emotional learning continues to be at the forefront of educational research as an integral part of a child’s life-long education. Hillsboro ISD embraces the FREE Jessie Lewis Choose Love For Schools to teach SEL skills combined with Character Education, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience. We will share how to positively impact your school culture and community with this focused approach to SEL using the universal message of “Choosing Love.”

First Aid for the Post-Pandemic Classroom: Helping Teachers Help Students

Molly Adams, Curriculum Coordinator, Royse City ISD
Taryne Dismuke, Executive Director, Cultural Development, Royse City ISD

Teachers now serve on a different “front line” — helping students recover from feeling disconnected and behind. How can leaders help teachers help kids better? In this workshop, leaders will develop tools to create safe conversation spaces and restore joy. Come create more thoughtful responses to this “new normal,” which is now just … normal.

Focusing on Opportunity over Adversity — Connecting and Impacting a Community

Mark Ruffin, Superintendent, Normangee ISD
Tera Phillips , Curriculum Director, Normangee ISD
Trae Davis, Principal, Normangee ISD

In the midst of school closures, Normangee ISD focused on using the opportunity to impact and connect with its community on a whole new level. A culture that is committed to optimistic thinking and building positive relationships helped drive decisions in reacting to COVID-19 in spring 2020.

Strategic Excellence

Deann Lee, Superintendent, Millsap ISD
John Briese, Technology Director, Millsap ISD
Edie Martin, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction, Millsap ISD

As discussed in The 4 Disciplines of Execution, don’t allow the whirlwind to distract from wildly important goals. The Learning Community is imperative for student success, particularly in a COVID world. Proactive communication helps prevent reaction and continuously seeking feedback is necessary for a growth mindset of improvement. The technology toolbox must be adjusted for multiple and fluid learning environments.