Instructional Technology Initiative
  • Leading Edge EdTech Summit
  • The Leading Edge EdTech Summit or LEETS is the premier professional learning experience geared toward building the bridge between educational technology research, policy, and practice; and the synergy between edtech thought leaders, experts, and LAUSD practitioners.

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Date:
Saturday, March 2, 2024
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
 
Location:
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
 
 
Theme:
“EdTech for Global Citizenship: Connecting Purpose, Planet, and People"

In the era of interconnected classrooms and digital innovation, the Leading Edge EdTech Summit or LEETS24 will explore how education technology serves as a catalyst for global citizenship, fostering connections to purpose, the planet, and people. The theme is inspired by the collective desire of educators and students worldwide to engage in meaningful, purpose-driven learning experiences.
 
 

LEETS 2023

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Established in 2019, the Leading Edge EdTech Summit or LEETS is the Instructional Technology Initiative’s (ITI) signature event geared toward building the bridge between educational technology research, policy, and practice; and the synergy between edtech thought leaders, experts, and LAUSD practitioners. LEETS features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops led by PK12 and edtech experts. Previous guest speakers include Dr. Mitchel Resnick, Founder of Scratch and Director of Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT’s Media Lab; Dena Simmons, activist, educator, and founder of LiberatED; Vikas Gupta, CEO and Founder of Wonder Workshop; and Dr. Jennifer Williams, Founder of #TeachSDGs and Take Action Global; among many others.

This year’s theme is “Leading At The Edge” with instructional technology to ignite dreams, unlock potential, stay curious about the world, and strive to achieve the impossible to design a better future for self and others. In celebration of ITI’s 10-year anniversary, LEETS23 will celebrate and honor champions, advocates, and models of digital transformation in LAUSD, and will look to the future to design more inclusive and equitable learning experiences for student and adult learners through the power of edtech.

LEETS23 Program
Saturday, March 11, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

7:30 a.m.
Registration: Sign-in and Breakfast
8:20 a.m.
Great Hall and Grand Ballroom
 
Registration, Welcome Breakfast and Networking 
8:20 a.m.
Morning Plenary: Welcome Reception & Keynote Session
9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
 
ITI Welcome: Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director

LAUSD Leadership Spotlight:
Board Member Scott Schmerelson, Board of Education Vice President

LAUSD Partner Spotlight:
Nery Paiz, AALA President
Alex Orozco, UTLA Treasurer
Lisa Dachs-Ornelas, ACSA President

Welcome Keynote: Dr. Victor Rios, Author and Professor

LEETS23 Partner Spotlight:
Amy DeLair, Canva for Education
Marco Antonio Torres, Apple Education

LEETS23 Overview: Dominic Caguioa, ITI Coordinator

10:00 a.m.
Spark Sessions - Round 1
10:40 a.m.
Breakout Rooms
 
Book Signing with Dr. Rios
Grand Ballroom
Dr. Victor Rios, Author and Professor
Join Dr. Rios for an informal meet & greet immediately following his welcome keynote where he will be signing copies of his book “Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D.”


Discovery Education’s Transformative Tools for Teaching and Learning
Producer’s Room
Toni Robinson and Sarah Johangiry, Discovery Education
Discovery Education Experience encourages students to engage in high-quality, multimodal content, follow their curiosity, and explore their rapidly changing world. In this hands-on, interactive session, participants will explore engaging and practical ways to use Discovery Education’s digital resources to create engaging and dynamic learning environments that promote student agency and foster wellness and STEM for all learners.


BrainPOP Playground for All Learners
Writer-Director’s Room
Maria M-Toledo and Lisa Burnette, LAUSD;
Marley Zeno and Michele Robinson, BrainPOP
What are you teaching next week? Looking for new activities to engage your students? Come explore easy ways to integrate BrainPOP learning activities into your upcoming lessons or units. Choose your own learning adventure by selecting from activities that develop academic vocabulary, build background knowledge, check for understanding, and easily facilitate differentiated instruction. Experience interactive BrainPOP activities and strategies to support all learners in this fun and flexible professional learning experience!


Boost Student Engagement with Pear Deck
Studio I
Renee Sanchez and Jennifer Schwartz, LAUSD; Amber Trout, GoGuardian
Learn and explore how PearDeck is being utilized throughout LA Unified to enhance instruction and engage every stakeholder!


Engaging the Whole Child: Sensory Maze
Studio II
Maria Franco and Vilma Olmedo, LAUSD
Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good citizen. Through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) our students engage in the SEL core competencies as they build their self-efficacy, increase social-awareness, improve self management, and adopt a growth mindset. Through the use of a sensory maze you can engage the whole child in a social, emotional, physical and mental experience to promote wellness. The sensory maze used in this presentation is designed using an algorithm coded in Scratch 3.0 that is connected to a circuit board called a Makey Makey.


What’s New and Cool with Apple and Learning : An Overview of How Apple is Helping Today’s Teachers
Studio III
Dr. George Cheung, Apple Education
This session will focus on the global lessons learned from the pandemic, our current social and economic context and what that means for educators and learners today. We will share what we learned and how the power of creativity in learning is affecting digital citizenship, redefining computer sciences, accelerating future-ready teaching, and revolutionizing learning & leadership.


Your One-stop Shop for an Engaging, Interactive, and Fun Instructional Platform
Studio IV
Dr. David Franklin, Nearpod
Getting Started With Nearpod - Your One-stop Shop for an Engaging, Interactive, and Fun Instructional Platform


Unlocking Student Voice with Soundtrap: Beginner to Advanced CS Integration Using Audio
Terrace A
Jamie Galgana and Matthew Piwowarczyk, LAUSD; Jostin Grimes, Soundtrap for Education
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioner of Soundtrap, this differentiated session will spark your interest by providing resources and time to apply new learning through hands-on practice. It is recommended to have headphones and a microphone to optimize this creative experience.


Disrupting CS: Elevating Culturally Responsive CS Education
Terrace B
Dr. Christine Gayle Corpus, Sandra Cuautle-Herrera, and Rohya Prudhomme, LAUSD
Grounded in Kapor Center’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining CS Education framework, educators will be able to identify actionable steps to intentionally reform the full pathway of access, engagement, and achievement for all of their students and close equity gaps in computer science. Participants will express their commitment to “Disrupting CS” by creating a digital poster using the graphic design platform, Canva.


Getting Started with Canva for Education
Terrace C
Amy DeLair, Canva for Education
New to Canva for Education? Come learn more about how you and your students can use Canva to design a better future! Participants will walk away with the basic knowledge of how to use Canva in the classroom.
 
LEGO Building Confidence… Building Futures (10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)
Terrace D
 
Juan Gutierrez, Cecilia Reyes, Michelle Touceda, Angela Yamagata, and Eduardo Zurita, LAUSD; Paulette Donnellon, LEGO Education
From “Play Well” to “Learn Well,” Research has shown that through play, children flex and find their way. Instead of noting down rigid facts and figures, they hone ways of thinking, creating, working together and testing ideas. These are crucial skills they’ll need to thrive throughout their lives. In this session we will explore “Purposeful Play” that helps students make connections to content standards, hone their engineering skills, and increase their ability to collaborate to solve a problem.
10:40 a.m.
Spark Sessions - Round 2
11:20 a.m.
Breakout Rooms
 
 
Creating Ecosystems of Cariño via Prosperity-Based Education
Grand Ballroom
Dr. Victor Rios
Go behind the inspirational keynote by unpacking Dr. Rios’ book “From Risk to Promise: A School Leader’s Guide to Professional Learning in Prosperity-Based Education” for administrators and education leaders.


Bring Literacy Alive with 5 in 35!
Producer’s Room
Toni Robinson and Sarah Johangiry, Discovery Education
Discover meaningful, effective, and innovative ways to bring learning alive using digital resources that foster student collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. In this hands-on, interactive session, participants will explore research-based instructional strategies and multimodal resources to create robust and engaging lessons that promote student agency and support accelerated learning for all students.


BrainPOP Playground for All Learners
Writer-Director’s Room
Maria M-Toledo and Lisa Burnette, LAUSD; Marley Zeno and Michele Robinson, BrainPOP
What are you teaching next week? Looking for new activities to engage your students? Come explore easy ways to integrate BrainPOP learning activities into your upcoming lessons or units. Choose your own learning adventure by selecting from activities that develop academic vocabulary, build background knowledge, check for understanding, and easily facilitate differentiated instruction. Experience interactive BrainPOP activities and strategies to support all learners in this fun and flexible professional learning experience!


Boost Student Engagement with Pear Deck
Studio I
Renee Sanchez and Jennifer Schwartz, LAUSD; Amber Trout, GoGuardian
Learn and explore how PearDeck is being utilized throughout LA Unified to enhance instruction and engage every stakeholder!


Engaging the Whole Child: Sensory Maze
Studio II
Maria Franco and Vilma Olmedo, LAUSD
Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good citizen. Through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) our students engage in the SEL core competencies as they build their self-efficacy, increase social-awareness, improve self management, and adopt a growth mindset. Through the use of a sensory maze you can engage the whole child in a social, emotional, physical and mental experience to promote wellness. The sensory maze used in this presentation is designed using an algorithm coded in Scratch 3.0 that is connected to a circuit board called a Makey Makey.


What’s New and Cool with Apple and Learning : An Overview of How Apple is Helping Today’s Teachers
Studio III
Dr. George Cheung, Apple Education
This session will focus on the global lessons learned from the pandemic, our current social and economic context and what that means for educators and learners today. We will share what we learned and how the power of creativity in learning is affecting digital citizenship, redefining computer sciences, accelerating future-ready teaching, and revolutionizing learning & leadership.


Engaging Learning with Flocabulary: A Hands-On Learning Session and Live-Demo for Educators
Studio IV
Jamie Galgana, LAUSD; Dr. David Franklin, Dr. Mervin Jenkins, and Tracy Quinn, Nearpod+Flocabulary
This professional learning session will introduce you to Flocabulary, outlining the benefits of this powerful tool to boost engagement in the classroom and sharing resources that can be used immediately. Through an interactive activity, participants will engage in learning through a rigor, rhythm and repetition activity showcasing Flocabulary in action.


The Schoology Shuffle: Dancing Through Digital Applications
Terrace A
Nicole Allison, Beto Cedeńo, and Antonio Hernandez, LAUSD
This presentation explores Schoology's digital content integration, app types, and installing apps using the LMS App Center. Participants will learn about Performance Matters, a progress monitoring tool integrated with Schoology. Best practices for AMS and digital content, including upcoming features, will also be shared. Get ready to shuffle through Schoology's digital applications and dance your way to digital success!


Disrupting CS: Elevating Culturally Responsive CS Education
Terrace B
Dr. Christine Gayle Corpus, Sandra Cuautle-Herrera, and Rohya Prudhomme, LAUSD
Grounded in Kapor Center’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining CS Education framework, educators will be able to identify actionable steps to intentionally reform the full pathway of access, engagement, and achievement for all of their students and close equity gaps in computer science. Participants will express their commitment to “Disrupting CS” by creating a digital poster using the graphic design platform, Canva.


Getting Started with Canva for Education
Terrace C
Amy DeLair, Canva for Education
New to Canva for Education? Come learn more about how you and your students can use Canva to design a better future! Participants will walk away with the basic knowledge of how to use Canva in the classroom.


11:20 a.m.
Lunch
12:10 p.m.
Ballroom Circle - Outdoor Patio
 
 
12:10 p.m.
Recognition Program
1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 
Presented by Nearpod+Flocabulary, the Instructional Technology Initiative shines the spotlight on LAUSD’s champions, advocates, leaders, and partners who cultivate inclusive and equitable learning experiences through instructional technology.

Partner Spotlight: Nearpod+Flocabulary:
Dr. Mervin Jenkins, Senior Manager, Nearpod+Flocabulary


ITI Through the Years:
Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director


Recognition Categories:
Digital Citizenship Advocate - Student
Digital Citizenship Advocate - Educator
Digital Citizenship Advocate - Administrator
Computer Science Champion - Student
Computer Science Champion - Educator
Computer Science Champion - Administrator
Parent and Family Advocate
Teacher Leader
Impact Team
Future Ready Implementation
Leading for Impact
Community Partner
1:00 p.m.
Spark Sessions - Round 3
1:40 p.m.
Breakout Rooms
 
 
Discovery Education’s Transformative Tools for Teaching and Learning
Producer’s Room
Toni Robinson and Sarah Johangiry, Discovery Education
Discovery Education Experience encourages students to engage in high-quality, multimodal content, follow their curiosity, and explore their rapidly changing world. In this hands-on, interactive session, participants will explore engaging and practical ways to use Discovery Education’s digital resources to create engaging and dynamic learning environments that promote student agency and foster wellness and STEM for all learners.


Supporting EL Students in Science and Social Studies
Writer-Director’s Room
Michele Robinson and Marley Zeno, BrainPOP
Looking for strategies to support English language learners in your class? Join us to learn how to use BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. to support your ELL students as they engage with science and social studies content.


How to Create Engagement with Any Lesson!
Studio I
Amber Trout, GoGuardian
Join me to transform a plain Google Slides lesson into something engaging and interactive in a matter of minutes! We will learn how to add Pear Deck interactivity to any lesson to create an assignment that will be sure to engage any audience!


Accessibility for All
Studio II
Andrea Lugo and Velia Casilias, LAUSD
Accessibility for All provides a look at simple tools that support inclusion and equity. Accessibility tools that are easily included in all devices can be used for every student; removing any stigma and providing support to all students. In this engaging session, come learn about tools such as Immersive Reader for Website, Google Translate, and Voice In to make classrooms more inclusive by promoting these tools as tools for all!


The Power of Creativity in Learning Today
Studio III
Marco Torres, Apple Education
This session is a resource session overview of new and exciting programs and the professional learning support for teachers. Apple’s accessibility and commitment to inclusive design is integrated into the operating system to better address the learning needs of all students. We also will share initiatives, classroom stories that Apple is leading and supporting to help nurture the love of learning for everyone.


Your One-stop Shop for an Engaging, Interactive, and Fun Instructional Platform
Studio IV
Dr. David Franklin, Nearpod
Getting Started With Nearpod - Your One-stop Shop for an Engaging, Interactive, and Fun Instructional Platform


Unlocking Student Voice with Soundtrap: Beginner to Advanced CS Integration Using Audio
Terrace A
Jamie Galgana and Matthew Piwowarczyk, LAUSD; Jostin Grimes, Soundtrap for Education
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioner of Soundtrap, this differentiated session will spark your interest by providing resources and time to apply new learning through hands-on practice. It is recommended to have headphones and a microphone to optimize this creative experience.


Accelerate Learning with Micro-Bits
Terrace B
Gohar Hamo and Brian Iraheta, LAUSD
Create, explore, and get active with physical computing using Micro-bits. Join our session to create a pedometer and get active with data collection.


Capturing Student Learning in Canva
Terrace C
Amy DeLair, Canva for Education
Unlock student creativity and design potential in Canva for Education. This session will showcase the myriad of ways students can utilize Canva to make their thinking and learning visible to others across a variety of mediums.


Curious About the World: Learning Through Play (1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.)
Terrace D
 
Juan Gutierrez, Cecilia Reyes, Michelle Touceda, Angela Yamagata, and Eduardo Zurita, LAUSD; Paulette Donnellon, LEGO Education
Participants will work with a partner through a series of LEGO builds while addressing computer science competencies of computational thinking, collaborating around computing, creativity, ideation, and design. These are crucial skills they’ll need to be ready for the world. In this session, we will leverage Lego to spark curiosity and to make connections to literacy, numeracy, and SEL goals.
1:40 p.m.
Spark Sessions - Round 4
2:20 p.m.
Breakout Rooms
 
 
Empowering English Learners with Discovery Education
Producer’s Room
Pedro Manuel Barajas, LAUSD; Sarah Johangiry, Discovery Education
Please join us to learn how to engage and inspire students while strengthening their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Walk away with a variety of ready-to-use lessons and resources designed to spark a sense of wonder, uncover understanding, and help learners investigate the amazing world around them.


Growing Vocabulary Through Coding
Writer-Director’s Room
Michele Robinson and Marley Zeno, BrainPOP
Let’s deepen students’ understanding of key vocabulary by putting that knowledge to use. Explore easy-to-use BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. coding projects designed to apply academic vocabulary in context…a perfect addition to your next unit or project!


How to Differentiate Instruction Using GoGuardian Teacher
Studio I
Amber Trout, GoGuardian
In this session, we will discuss differentiating with scenes and best practices when using them within GoGuardian Teacher. We will break down how to create scenes to use them with different student groups for varying ability levels and content. Some workshop time will be incorporated to help make sure everyone has some time to start building a scene to best fit their classroom.


Accessibility for All
Studio II
Andrea Lugo and Velia Casilias, LAUSD
Accessibility for All provides a look at simple tools that support inclusion and equity. Accessibility tools that are easily included in all devices can be used for every student; removing any stigma and providing support to all students. In this engaging session, come learn about tools such as Immersive Reader for Website, Google Translate, and Voice In to make classrooms more inclusive by promoting these tools as tools for all!


The Power of Creativity in Learning Today
Studio III
Marco Torres, Apple Education
This session is a resource session overview of new and exciting programs and the professional learning support for teachers. Apple’s accessibility and commitment to inclusive design is integrated into the operating system to better address the learning needs of all students. We also will share initiatives, classroom stories that Apple is leading and supporting to help nurture the love of learning for everyone.


Engaging Learning with Flocabulary: A Hands-On Learning Session and Live-Demo for Educators
Studio IV
Jamie Galgana, LAUSD; Dr. David Franklin, Dr. Mervin Jenkins, and Tracy Quinn, Nearpod+Flocabulary
This professional learning session will introduce you to Flocabulary, outlining the benefits of this powerful tool to boost engagement in the classroom and sharing resources that can be used immediately. Through an interactive activity, participants will engage in learning through a rigor, rhythm and repetition activity showcasing Flocabulary in action.


The Schoology Shuffle: Dancing Through Digital Applications
Terrace A
Nicole Allison, Beto Cedeńo, and Antonio Hernandez, LAUSD
This presentation explores Schoology's digital content integration, app types, and installing apps using the LMS App Center. Participants will learn about Performance Matters, a progress monitoring tool integrated with Schoology. Best practices for AMS and digital content, including upcoming features, will also be shared. Get ready to shuffle through Schoology's digital applications and dance your way to digital success!


Accelerate Learning with Micro-Bits
Terrace B
Gohar Hamo and Brian Iraheta, LAUSD
Create, explore, and get active with physical computing using Micro-bits. Join our session to create a pedometer and get active with data collection.


Capturing Student Learning in Canva
Terrace C
Amy DeLair, Canva for Education
Unlock student creativity and design potential in Canva for Education. This session will showcase the myriad of ways students can utilize Canva to make their thinking and learning visible to others across a variety of mediums.


2:20 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary: Keynote & Closing Session
3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 
Closing Keynote: Jackie Smalls, Vice President for Social Impact Coalitions, Discovery Education

LEETS23 Partner Spotlight:
Shauna McLoughlin, BrainPop

Closing Remarks: Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director
3:00 p.m.
World Cafe Reception: Extended Networking (Optional)
4:00 p.m.
Ballroom Circle - Outdoor Patio
Presented by BrainPOP and Discovery Education, the Instructional Technology Initiative provides this optional and informal setting for the LAUSD edtech community to network and collaborate to further ignite their passion for future ready teaching, learning and leadership with instructional technology.

LEETS23 is made possible in collaboration with

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LEETS 2022

The Leading Edge EdTech Summit or LEETS is L.A. Unified’s premier educational technology conference, powered by the Division of Instruction’s Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI). Now in its fourth year, LEETS is transitioning back into an in-person edtech summit.

This year’s theme is “Humanizing EdTech: People First, Technology Second” to emphasize the impact and power of instructional technology to promote discourse and dialogue, foster relationships and connections, and cultivate collaboration, reflection, and a sense of community. Make your mark, share your learning, and stay inspired using #LEETS22.

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LEETS22 Program
Saturday, April 23, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
333 Universal Hollywood Dr,
Universal City, CA 91608

8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Registration: Sign-in and Breakfast
Great Hall and Grand Ballroom
9:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Morning Plenary: Welcome Reception, Keynote and Mainstage Session
Grand Ballroom

Welcome Remarks
Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director
Alberto M. Carvalho, L.A. Unified Superintendent
Scott Schmerelson, L.A. Unified Board District 3 Board Member
Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, L.A. Unified Chief Academic Officer
Nery Paiz, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles President
Lisa Dachs-Ornelas, Association of California School Administrators-Region 16 President
Darrell Stewart, Intel Corp Education Development Manager

Keynote Speaker: Blair Imani
Blair lmani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer. Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

Blair will be signing her book in the Grand Ballroom right after the Morning Plenary.

10:40 a.m.
11:25 a.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions
Breakout Rooms

Leadership Workshop with Blair Imani
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker Blair Imani will complement her inspirational keynote message with a small group intimate workshop and conversation to explore how her work may be applied in teaching and learning, and digital leadership.

Cultivating Connections with Nearpod
Director/Writers’ Room
Presented by Marcela Labrador and Dr. Mervin Jenkins, Nearpod Senior Brand Ambassadors
Struggling with student engagement? Need ready made content across all content areas? Nearpod’s got you! Whether you’re in person or teaching remotely, teaching live or assigning a student-paced lesson, Nearpod cultivates connections with your students and audience through interactive and engaging content and activities. From Digital Citizenship & Literacy, Social Emotional Learning, and English Learner content, learn how Nearpod serves as the technological vehicle for creating meaningful human connections in your classroom and beyond.

Pear Deck for Instructional Practice and Beyond
Terrace A
Presented by Amber Trout, Pear Deck Advocates Lead
Pear Deck is a great engagement tool for not just the classroom! You can use it to present professional development, gather feedback from staff, and engage your audience! Let's learn all the ways you can utilize this robust tool.

Beyond the Essay: Prioritizing Student Choice and Elevating Engagement
Terrace B
Presented by Dana Antillon and Natalie Neal-Peters, Teacher Leaders
Offering students different ways to show what they know after, or instead of, the traditional culminating task essay leads to increased student engagement and improved learner outcomes. Not to mention, they are a lot more fun to grade! Participants will see a sample culminating task from start to finish and walk through how to present 30+ choices to students as well as tips for consistently scoring and providing feedback.

Embodiment and Education in the Metaverse
Terrace C
Presented by James Emley and Maria Franco, Instructional Technology Facilitators
In the Metaverse, a vision for merging the virtual world with the real world, makes it possible for transactions in the Metaverse to actually apply to decisions and actions carried out in real-time. The expansion of the Metaverse could mean limitless applications for how people carry out their everyday tasks, activity, and lifestyles with increased access Today, we will explore what Education and Embodiment may look like in a hybrid classroom.

Humanizing EdTech Through SEL
Terrace D
Presented by Gohar Hamo, Andrea Lugo, and Astrid Martinez, EdTech Coaches and Teacher Leaders
Participants will work with partners through a series of EdTech challenges while addressing SEL competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Goal Directed Behavior, Personal Responsibility, Decision Making, and Optimistic Thinking.

11:35 a.m.
11:55 a.m.
Morning Affinity Groups and Networking
Breakout Rooms
Prompt: How might you collaborate with peers and colleagues to scale promising instructional technology practices in your Local District and CoS?

Local District Northeast and Local District Northwest
Terrace A
Facilitated by Renee Sanchez, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

Local District South and Local District West
Terrace B
Facilitated by Jamie Galgana, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

Local District East and Local District Central
Terrace C
Facilitated by Eduardo Zurita, Readiness and Integration Specialist

Central Offices, Virtual Academy, and Open to All
Terrace D
Facilitated by Maria Magnanimo-Toledo, Readiness and Integration Specialist

12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Roundtable Luncheon: Lunch Reception and Impact Sessions
Grand Ballroom

Partnerships Panel: Better Together
Moderated by Francisco Canche, Program and Policy Development Specialist

Impact Talk: Digital Futures Guide
Presented by Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director

Impact Talk: Leadership Strategies for Change - Embracing Computer Science Education in L.A. Unified
Presented by Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator

Impact Talk: Demystifying Computer Science - Calling All Educators
Presented by Maria Magnanimo-Toledo, Readiness and Integration Specialist

Impact Talk: From Personalized Learning and Teaching to Digital Citizenship
Presented by Eduardo Zurita, Readiness and Integration Specialist

Impact Talk: Taking IT to the Summit - Certification in EdTech
Presented by Jamie Galgana, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

1:10 p.m.
1:55 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Breakout Rooms

Strategies for Activating SEL in Project Based Learning
Grand Ballroom
Presented by Jorge Valenzuela, Author and Expert
In classrooms, social and emotional learning (SEL) is used to improve academic learning and help students improve their emotional intelligence (EQ) skills. This session assists educators in considering their own SEL, along with a helpful framework and actionable steps we can take for equitable implementation for all students in project based learning.

Music Connecting Communities by Flocabulary
Director/Writers’ Room
Presented by Marcela Labrador and Dr. Mervin Jenkins, Nearpod Senior Brand Ambassadors
Let’s Flo! Music is a universal language that brings people together. Flocabulary combines powerful standards-aligned hip-hop videos and activities that increase vocabulary, improve comprehension and spark creativity and community in your classroom. Learn about Flocabulary’s newest features and experience the magic of music combined with literacy strategies that create community in the classroom! Join this session for a special treat–there may or may not be an opportunity to step up and show us your “flo” too!

ISTE Certification for Educators, Standards, and Membership
Terrace A
Presented by Carolyn Sykora, Carmalita Seitz, Heidi Ellis, ISTE Directors
Stretch your practice with ISTE! Come learn how you can grow and strengthen your practice using technology for learning. Advancing student learning outcomes across content is the hallmark of the ISTE Standards and the foundation for all of ISTE’s work. The ISTE Team invites you to explore amazing opportunities with ISTE made possible by your LA Unified leaders!

Teachers Supporting Teachers: Global Collaboration in Action
Terrace B
Presented by Michelle Touceda and Mia Young-Adeyeba, Instructional Technology Facilitator and Instructional Coach
At the onset of the pandemic, two L.A. Unified English teachers came together to create the Facebook group: Distance Learning Educators. Within six months there were more than 25,000 teachers from all arouond the world coming together to share resources and provide springboards for ideas in navigating a changing learning landscape.

Awakening the Dreamer: Visualizing our Dreams Through Digital Multimedia
Terrace C
Presented by Dr. Christine Gayle Corpus and Sandra Cuautle-Herrera, Instructional Technology Facilitators
Inspired by Dr. Ginwright’s work on Healing Centered Engagement, participants will have the opportunity to connect with self and others by visualizing and sharing their personal/professional dreams using digital multimedia tools.

Interviewing for Empathy with EdTech
Terrace D
Presented by Matthew Piwowarczyk and Genaro Ulloa, Instructional Technology Facilitators
How can you know the learning experiences you’re designing reflect the values and perspectives of your students or colleagues? As part of the Design Thinking Process, participants will use instructional technology to conduct empathy interviews to discover new insights about the needs of their audience.

2:05 p.m.
2:25 p.m.
Afternoon Affinity Groups and Networking
Breakout Rooms
Prompt: How might these instructional technology practices promote inclusive, equitable, and rigorous learning for both student and adult learners?

Taking IT to the Summit: Certifications in EdTech
Terrace A
Facilitated by Jamie Galgana and Eduardo Zurita, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist and Readiness and Integration Specialist

Digital Leadership for Leaders and Administrators
Terrace B
Facilitated by Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator

Computer Science
Terrace C
Facilitated by Maria Magnanimo-Toledo, Readiness and Integration Specialist

Digital Citizenship
Terrace D
Facilitated by Renee Sanchez, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary: Ignite Talks, Keynote and Closing Session
Grand Ballroom

Partner Remarks
Alyssa Wing, Nearpod Senior Customer Success Manager
Susan Casey, Pear Deck Strategic Accounts Executive
Carolyn Sykora, Senior Director of ISTE Standards Program
Carmalita Seitz, Director of ISTE Certification
Heidi Ellis, Senior Director of ISTE Membership and District Strategy

Impact Talk: Professional Learning on the Edge
Presented by Dominic Caguioa, Instructional Leadership Support Coordinator

Impact Talk: Always Learning - Collaboration for Success
Presented by Renee Sanchez, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

Ignite Talk: Fremont Reads: Engaging Readers Through Podcasting
Presented by Michelle Touceda, Instructional Technology Facilitator

Ignite Talk: The Human Behind the Technology
Presented by Andrea Lugo, Verizon Innovative Learning School/VILS Coach

Keynote Speaker: Brandon Tory
Brandon Tory is an artist and the founder at FORMLESS, a Web3 music technology company. He was a former Staff Engineer in Machine Intelligence at Google and a former Senior Apple Engineer. He created "Multi Dream Theory," with the mentorship of Timbaland, as a metaphor for switching between the music and technology dreams in his life. He is a self-taught coder, starting at the age of 13, a proud Brockton, Massachusetts native, and a believer that all things are possible.

Closing Remarks
Sophia Mendoza, ITI Director

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
World Cafe Reception: Closing and Extended Networking Session (RSVP Required)
Ballroom Circle - Outdoor Patio

LEETS 2021

Scroll down to preview the flyer and the clickable program for each day of LEETSFest21,
including keynote and breakout session times.

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 7, 2021

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Welcome and Keynote

  • Welcome and Keynote
    • Ken Shelton (3:40 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.)
    • Vikas Gupta and Dr. Daniela Schmeinck (4:20 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.)

LEETSFest21 begins with leading speakers and thinkers in the field of educational technology with Ken Shelton, education technologist and global keynote speaker, as opening keynote speaker highlighting equity and inclusion; along with Vikas Gupta, Wonder Workshop Founder and CEO, and Dr. Schmeinck, professor and researcher specializing in robotics in the elementary grades.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Developing Programming Skills: Wonder Workshop:
    Amy Adams and Mabel Lung, Instructional Technology Facilitators

    Participants will understand the value of providing all students access to computer science education. Educators will learn how to leverage Wonder Dash robots and Wonder Class Connect to successfully integrate coding and robotics. Educators will explore resources and the Wonder Workshop curriculum.

  • Teaching Computer Science in Distance Education - Dash’s Neighborhood and Class Connect
    Bryan L. Miller - Sr Director Global Strategic Outreach - Wonder Workshop

    Wonder Workshop brings you its virtual platforms to continue engaging students in computational thinking and computer science concepts in remote and distance learning environments.

Day 2 - Thursday, April 8, 2021

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - WELCOME AND KEYNOTE

  • Welcome and Keynote
    • Dr. Jennifer Williams

Day 2 of LEETSFest21 encompasses collaboration beyond the classroom, incorporating the ISTE Standards for Students, specifically Digital Citizen and Global Collaborator, with keynote from Dr. Jennifer Williams highlighting her work around UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global collaboration, and using EdTech for good.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Digital Citizenship Through Nearpod and Flocabulary
    Amy Adams, Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Debbie Bermeo, VILS Coach

    Participants will develop Digital Citizenship practices that will inspire their students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators can leverage Nearpod and Flocabulary to model safe, legal and ethical explorations of Digital Citizenship themes, scenarios and discussions.

  • Developing Student English Language Through Engaging Google Slides/Nearpod
    Renee Sanchez, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist
    Jeannette Tarin, Teacher, El Dorado Ave ES
    Adan Martinez, Principal, El Dorado Ave ES

    Participants will develop an engaging Google slide deck with Nearpod add ons to further their students’ English Language Development (ELD) skills in vocabulary development, writing, and speaking. Facilitators will take participants through the whole process of creating a 5 slides presentation that can be implemented the next day in the classrooms using the process of ‘I Do, You Do, We Do’.

  • Engaging Diverse Learners Through Nearpod
    Gohar Hamo, Instructional Technology Facilitator
    AJ Lugo, Resource Specialist Teacher, Sylmar Leadership Academy

    Engage diverse learners with Nearpod multi modal learning features that allow all students to access content. During this learning session teachers and leaders will gain a better understanding of using Nearpod to enhance student engagement specific to the content standards. Educators and leaders will explore features such as Note Taking, Drawing, Virtual Reality, Immersive Reader, Audio/Video responses, as well as participating in game-based learning. This session will empower participants to use Nearpod to accommodate different learners.

  • Nearpod 101
    Michelle Singh, Nearpod PD Facilitator

    Discover teaching with Nearpod while experiencing an interactive lesson. Then learn how to log into your account, explore the Nearpod Library of lessons, find, edit and launch lessons in both LIVE and Student-Paced mode. Examine information available in reports to monitor student learning. Participants are eligible to begin the Nearpod Certified Educator (NCE) process after this session.

  • Elevating English Learners with Nearpod (4:35 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
    Alyssa Navarette, Nearpod PD Facilitator

    Learn how to use Nearpod to provide your students access to rigorous academic content with interactive EL strategies and scaffolds.

  • Elevating English Learners with Nearpod (5:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    Alyssa Navarette, Nearpod PD Facilitator

    Learn how to use Nearpod to provide your students access to rigorous academic content with interactive EL strategies and scaffolds.

  • A Pedagogical Approach to Nearpod (4:35 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
    David Franklin, Nearpod PD Facilitator

    Learn how to use Nearpod to create lessons that incorporate the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) model into your instruction.

  • A Pedagogical Approach to Nearpod (5:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    David Franklin, Nearpod PD Facilitator

    Learn how to use Nearpod to create lessons that incorporate the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) model into your instruction.

  • Flocabulary: Building Academic Vocabulary for All Learners (4:35 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
    Ike Ramos and Mervin Jenkins, Nearpod PD Facilitators

    Learn about Flocabulary’s engaging videos and interactive, inspirational vocabulary development lessons. In this introductory session, we will explore the Flocabulary site and discover lesson features and grade-level content.

  • Flocabulary: Building Academic Vocabulary for All Learners (5:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    Ike Ramos, Nearpod PD Facilitators and Mervin Jenkins, Nearpod PD Facilitators

    Learn about Flocabulary’s engaging videos and interactive, inspirational vocabulary development lessons. In this introductory session, we will explore the Flocabulary site and discover lesson features and grade-level content.

Day 3 - Friday, April 9, 2021

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - WELCOME AND KEYNOTE

  • Welcome and Keynote
    • Dr. Sharla Berry (3:40 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.)
    • Stephen Reid (4:20 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.)

Day 3 of LEETSFest21 brings you the convergence of inclusive and engaging online learning that supports diverse students and the principles of game design to the learning process, beginning with keynote speeches from Dr. Sharla Berry, researcher, professor, and practitioner, along with Stephen Reid, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, as they underscore relevant, meaningful, impactful, and real-world learning through online and game-based learning; followed by hands-on workshops leveraging Minecraft: Education Edition.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Enhancing Instruction with Game-Based Learning & Minecraft Education Edition
    Sandra Cuautle Herrera and Rohya Prudhomme, Instructional Technology Facilitators

    During this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore game-based learning with Minecraft: Education Edition. Join us to learn how you can use Minecraft: Education Edition to foster student engagement, build community, and help your students develop problem solving skills in any content area. If planning to attend, please make sure to download Minecraft Education Edition prior to the learning session.

  • Demonstrating Mastery Through Game-Based Learning
    AJ Lugo, Resource Specialist Teacher, Sylmar Leadership Academy
    Maria Muniz, CTE Teacher, Sylmar Leadership Academy

    The intent of “Demonstrating Mastery Through Game-Based Learning” is to help educators and leaders learn how to assess students’ mastery through Minecraft: Education Edition. Participants will learn about game-based learning by engaging in hands-on experiences and exploration. Educators and education leaders will leave with a basic understanding of how to incorporate Minecraft EDU in the classroom by making the connections to the ISTE standards. **If planning to attend, please make sure to download Minecraft Education Edition prior to the learning session.

  • Code Across the Curriculum with Minecraft Education
    Haronid Moncivais and Afeez Bello, M:EE PD Facilitators

    Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time with over 50% of US children having played the game. Learning coding and computer science through Minecraft Education increases student access to these skills, using an immersive, creative platform that is both familiar and engaging. Students learn to code, collaborate and solve problems through play and projects that matter to them. Minecraft Education’s curriculum is easy to follow, empowering teachers of all backgrounds to deliver coding across the curriculum. With over 150 hours of curriculum, students can learn block (visual) programming and advance to Python and JavaScript (text-based languages). In this session, you will be guided by Minecraft Education’s lead developer through different in-game coding experiences and see how easy it is to incorporate coding and computer science into your classes. Please make sure to download Minecraft Education Edition prior to the learning s ession.

  • Minecraft: Education Edition: A New Opportunity for Esports in Education
    Aria Azizi and Laylah Bulman, M:EE PD Facilitators

    Minecraft: Education Edition contains special features for immersive and connected learning, from specialized blocks to enhanced multiplayer and a camera and portfolio for assessment. As a competitive esports title, its strength is that it gives students the opportunity to design, create, build, and code their own game experiences. With over 99% of students having played one competitive video game in the last year, it’s nearly certain that esports is a part of your students’ lives. If you are interested in scholastic esports but not sure where to start, we offer thirteen brand new Minecraft worlds, build challenge examples and an evidence-based scholastic esports framework, to support competitive play in the classroom. Meet students where they’re at with Minecraft Education Esports. An overview and live demo of the worlds, build challenges and framework will be presented. Please make sure to download Minecraft Education Edition prior to the learning session.

Day 4 - Saturday, April 10, 2021

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - WELCOME AND KEYNOTE

  • Welcome and Keynote
    • Dr. Mitchel Resnick (9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

LEETSFest21 will conclude with sessions highlighting creative and playful learning beginning with keynote speaker Dr. Mitchel Resnick, MIT Professor and Founder and Creator of Scratch, sharing about the Four P’s (Projects, Peers, Passion, and Play) to develop creative thinkers. To complement this keynote, breakout sessions will showcase how to bring creative learning and computational thinking in the classroom through digital storytelling, creative computing and programming, as well as virtual and simulated robotics and makerspaces.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Creative Solutions with Scratch and LEGO WeDo 2.0
    Amy Adams, Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Jamie Galgana, Instructional Leadership Support Specialist

    In this LEETSFest session, participants will make connections to their role and engage in a unique experience converging digital platforms, virtual environments, and hands-on makerspaces. Participants will understand the role of creative play, find opportunities for computational thinking and engage in hands-on learning.

  • Eliciting the Innovative Designer Through Digital Storytelling
    Maria Franco, Instrctional Technology Facilitator and
    Elizabeth Lester, Assistant Principal at Madison MS

    Participants will be developing their skills as a facilitator as they learn how to plan digital storytelling activities that will use a design process and computational thinking strategies (Facilitator). As a result, they will learn how to engage their students as innovative designers with this design process and a variety of tools to create original digital stories explaining a solution to a problem / content topic (innovative Designer). Participants will in turn learn how to develop their students’ creative communicator skills as they use a variety of digital platforms and tools to express themselves creatively (Creative Communicator). By targeting a specific audience for their digital stories, the students will be diving into their ability to customize their message for an intended audience engaging the students in complex thinking. Through learning how to use block coding, participants will be able to engage their students in computational thinking strategies as they use algorithmic thinking to code their stories.

  • Engage Students Through Playful Learning to Think Critically and Solve Complex Problems
    Paulette Donellon, Enterprise Account Manager LEGO Education
    Betty Justus, LEGO Education Solutions Architect

    Engage students regardless of their learning level in thinking critically, analyzing data and solving complex problems with real-world relevance.  In this session we will learn about LEGO Education’s newest solution SPIKE Prime! The SPIKE Prime solution brings together LEGO bricks, a programmable, multi-port Hub, coding language based on Scratch and STEAM learning units to help  students of all learning levels build confidence and critical thinking skills. Join us for some fun and engaging tricks and tips you can take back to your classroom.

  • Building Confidence in Your Learners with LEGO Education
    Paulette Donellon, Enterprise Account Manager LEGO Education

    STEAM learning is all about building confidence in learners. Join us for a look at current data around confidence in STEAM learning and ways to build confidence amongst teachers and students through using LEGO Bricks for hands-on activities. In this session, we will share with you LEGO® Education materials to experience how easy entry lessons can lead to limitless creative designs. LEGO® Education engages students in thinking critically, analyzing data and solving complex problems through working through real-world, relevant challenges. Educators will walk away thinking about how building confidence in students early and often will lead to pathways of success in building 21st century skills and preparing for college and careers.

  • Inspiration on How to Develop Data Literacy in Elementary and Middle School Students
    Bettly Justus, LEGO Education Solutions Architect

    This engaging session will provide a sneak peek and a chance to meet the newest hands-on STEAM solution from LEGO Education that encourages students to discover physical science in action! LEGO® Education BricQ Motion engages elementary and middle-school students in STEAM learning as they experiment with forces, motion and interactions in the context of sports. BricQ Motion provides easy, hands-on learning experiences that spark cool “aha” moments, as students set LEGO bricks in motion without the need for technology.

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