According to a Learning Counsel survey conducted in January, academic achievement has declined among 51% of students. The task now facing school leaders is figuring out how to assess students’ achievement gaps and how to adjust curriculum planning to address those shortcomings.
On April 22 at at [3:00] PM EST, teachers and educational leaders will learn best practices from Pulaski County SSD Deputy Superintendent Alesia Smith; Wenatchee Public Schools 246 Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon; and Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer for Lexia Learning, a Cambium company. The webinar will be moderated by Learning Counsel CEO and Founder LeiLani Cauthen.
The panel will discuss how thoughtful human response, combined with professional-grade quality technology and simple user experience, can accelerate student learning. The practices and insights that they will share can benefit the following types of schools:
- Traditional schools needing quality interventions for onsite students
- Hybrid schools needing asynchronous options
- Hybrid-simultaneous teaching schools needing to personalize live classroom and remote options
- Schools seeking equitable solutions for all students
Smith has been the Deputy Superintendent for learning services in Pulaski County SSD since 2017. Before that, she served as the school improvement officer for Pine Bluff SD, also in Arkansas, supervising more than 200 educators. In addition, Smith has been an elementary school principal, assistant principal and teacher in Cincinnati.
Dr. Gordon currently serves as the superintendent for the Wenatchee School District in Washington. His first superintendency was for a K-8 school district in the Western suburbs of Chicago. Prior to those experiences, Dr. Gordon served as the Chief Academic Officer in a large urban school district in Colorado, the director of professional development, a middle school principal, and as a teacher. He and two co-authors will be publishing a book through ASCD this December on becoming an inclusive school system.
Cauthen is an author and media personality with a research, marketing and sales background in the high tech, government and education sectors. She is also the founder of Knowstory, a social media hub for education. Before that, she served as publisher and vice president of sales for the Center for Digital Education from 2003 to 2013.
As Lexia’s Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Liz Brooke, CCC-SLP, guides the pedagogical approach and research strategy for the company’s personalized literacy and language programs. Dr. Brooke joined Lexia from the Florida Center for Reading Research in 2010, where she served as the Director of Interventions. Prior to FCRR, she worked as a Speech and Language pathologist evaluating students with learning disabilities, a Title I reading instructor and a first-grade classroom teacher.