Overcoming Adversity With Resilience and Hope for the Future

Webinar Archive for Digital Learning Day 2021

Future Ready’s Tom Murray kicks off #DLDay2021, on February 25, 2021 with a message of how educators are overcoming adversity with resilience and a renewed hope for the future.

Ten years ago, the policy landscape for digital learning was uncertain. Only a decade ago, many educators and the public had yet to realize the potential that access to and the effective use of technology can have to close equity gaps and personalize instruction for students.

During #DLDay2021, we reflected on many of the changes from the past twelve months. We visited classrooms, schools, and districts around the country (virtually of course) and witness the power that comes when educators combine a growth mindset with perseverance, innovation, and collaborative leadership.

Closing the Homework Gap: Addressing the Digital Divide

One in three African American, Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native families do not have high-speed home internet. Learn what federal and local leaders are doing to ensure all children have the technology needed to engage in learning during the pandemic and beyond. More important, learn how you can have your voice heard as policy makers consider new investments to close the Homework Gap. Speakers will include Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission; Mayor Steven Reed (Montgomery, Alabama); Dr. Michael Conner, Superintendent of Middletown Public Schools (Connecticut), and Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools (Washington).

Where are They Now? Celebrating Districts from #DLDay Past

First highlighted in 2012, Klein ISD in Texas, was recently named the National District of the Year by District Administration. The district finds itself at the forefront of innovation in education by empowering students to own their learning and solve real-world problems, through meaningful community action, encouraging multi-grade level collaboration, and immersing students in the design-thinking process.

First highlighted in 2013, Cajon Valley School District in California, continues to lead the way and be nationally recognized for their innovative practices, community solutions, and preparing students for the work of work through its unique programming. During the pandemic, as other districts retreated, they went all in to increase programs and other opportunities to keep their students and community safe.

Teaching with Perseverance and Resilience

Perhaps the most significant takeaways of 2020 were that learner-centered teaching has no location and digital learning has limitless possibilities. Future Ready Teachers Melanie R. James (3rd Grade, Farm Hill Elementary, Middletown Public Schools, CT), Kyle Parido (8th Grade American History, Middletown Middle School, Middletown City Public Schools, OH), and Zayra Rivera (AP Spanish & Cultures, Saddlebrook High School, Santa Ana Unified, CA) share their stories of resolve, resiliency, and reimagined learning with Future Ready’s Brianna Hodges.

Leading with Perseverance and Resilience

The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought uncertainty for educators at every turn. Opening this school year created significant anxiety and a loss of sleep for all educators, regardless of position. Future Ready Advisors, Julie Mitchell (Superintendent, Rowland Unified, CA), Henry Turner (Principal, Newton Public Schools, MA), and Nyree Clark (Curriculum Program Specialist, Colton Joint Unified, CA), will join Future Ready’s Thomas C. Murray, to discuss how they are leading in the midst of such adversity, and how prioritizing equity in their districts, is a non-negotiable.