Edmentum, a global education leader and a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions, hosted its first Educator Summit, an in-person extension of the company’s recently created Educator Network, on November 8–9. The event, which was held at Edmentum’s Richardson, Texas, office, brought together 19 educators from across the country for 2 days of networking with professionals, learning from one another, and connecting with the company’s curriculum developers. Educators in attendance held a variety of roles within their respective organizations, including classroom teachers, building administrators, and district digital learning coordinators, spanning from the elementary grades through high school.
The Educator Summit opened with a day of presentations given by several of the attendees. Primary topics of discussion were social and emotional learning (SEL), student engagement, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and technology implementation, with presenters sharing stories and best practices from their own schools and classrooms. During the second day of the summit, participants had an opportunity to collaborate with the Edmentum Curriculum team and get a behind-the-scenes look at the curriculum development process. To conclude the event, participants took part in two different panel discussions with members of the Dallas-area education community and Edmentum employees.
“We are thrilled to have hosted this amazing group of educators and facilitated an opportunity for such meaningful discussions on the challenges and solutions educators around the country are working on,” said Christy Spivey, Edmentum’s VP of curriculum and assessment development. “The Educator Summit was an outstanding example of our commitment to putting the educator first in everything we do as a company.”
All activities through the Educator Summit utilized a “30-60-90-Day Takeaways” approach, with participants being given personal and group reflection time to consider how they could take their learnings back to their home schools or districts and apply them in a relevant manner. The 30-60-90 approach is focused on setting meaningful goals, creating actionable plans, and maintaining accountability for follow through. The educators who attended will also participate in several follow-up meetings to discuss their progress on 30-60-90 goals, problem solve challenges that have arisen as a group, and continue to strengthen the foundation of the professional community the group laid during the two days at the Educator Summit.
“I was so impressed with the insights shared by all of the educators at the summit and the connections they made with one another,” stated Winnie O’Leary, Edmentum’s curriculum manager for educator engagement. “I am excited to see how this group is able to take all of the great information we covered and put it into action, both to make positive impacts in schools and to further enhance individual special abilities and talents as educators.”
The Educator Summit is the latest event offered through Edmentum’s Educator Network, a professional community dedicated to bringing educators together, sharing big ideas in education, and making sure that educators’ voices are heard throughout the classroom technology development process. The Educator Network offers various virtual networking opportunities, including a Facebook group, monthly Twitter chats, and biweekly Web chats with Edmentum curriculum developers. The Educator Summit is the first of what will be an ongoing series of in-person professional development events hosted by the Educator Network.
About Edmentum, Inc.
Edmentum, Inc., is committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student through simple technology, high-quality content, and actionable data. Founded in innovation, Edmentum’s powerful learning programs blend technology with individual teaching approaches. Edmentum is committed to being educators' most trusted partner in creating successful student outcomes everywhere learning occurs. Edmentum programs currently support educators and students in more than 40,000 schools nationwide. For more information, visit edmentum.com.