The Instructional Practitioner
Students are gaining a reliance on technology and leading the transformation of our world. Technology is forcing teachers and administrators to rethink their approaches toward traditional teaching and learning. Over the last 5 years the Prince George’s County Public School System Title I Office has implemented a number of large scale digital learning initiatives. While some school districts are starting one-to-one initiatives, we have moved into the next stage of technology implementation and have learned many lessons along the way. This presentation is designed to provide examples of digital tools to enhance differentiated instruction, whether a school is rich or limited in technology. Educators will be introduced to a four-step framework that will highlight techniques and strategies to be used to prescribe individualized learning.
Hampton Conway is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Prince George's County Schools. He spent 10 years as primary and middle school teacher before going on to be a principal for 6 years. Hampton is passionate about closing the achievement and opportunity gaps that hinder children's success. He has taken on his current position in order to do just that by having a global impact on administrators, teachers, and students by addressing the "digital divide" and helping them learn to utilize technology efficiently and effectively. Hampton earned his Masters of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Terri Jefferson is a Title I Instructional Technology Specialist in the Department of State and Federal Programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools. As a former technology teacher and more than 20 years of teaching in elementary education, she is passionate about instruction and getting teachers and students excited about integrating technology into the daily curriculum. Terri has worked with teachers in all grade levels teaching them to use technology to engage students to be active learners. Her responsibilities in PGCPS include supporting technology integration in Title I schools. Terri manages the interactive technology program which helps in increasing usage and provides training on using interactive digital tools. She has conducted workshops and trainings on technology integration at the local, state, and national level. Terri is currently Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland College Park.
Christina Jerome is a Title I Instructional Technology Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Christina has over 10 years of experience as a math and science educator within PGCPS. She has a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel college and earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from University of Maryland. As an instructional coach she mentored and supported math and science teachers by planning and facilitating collaborative department meetings, providing observation based feedback on lesson design, delivery and assessment. Mrs. Jerome advanced the use of data analysis through continuous conversations and professional development which resulted in instructional based decision making.
Dr. Meri Robinson is the Title I Supervisor of Digital Learning for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Meri has over 17 years of experience with developing, implementing and facilitating systemic professional development workshops in computer literacy, computer-assisted instruction and computer software to principals, teachers, students, and parents. Many of the implementations that Meri has overseen have become model implementations and received national awards like Apple Distinguished Programs. As the Supervisor of Digital Learning, Meri Robinson is entrusted to ensure a smooth and successful implementation. To successfully bring together a cutting edge, fast changing, continually evolving technology into an established educational system already in progress on such a large scale requires patience, persistence, vision, discipline, dedication, and commitment. Meri has a dynamic, unique leadership style that showcases the creative talents of others and provides an opportunity for them to excel.