Presented by: Dr. Michael Mills, Dr. Donna Wake, and Mrs. Jessica Herring Watson
July 29, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
Participants will learn and discuss the inequity present in our schools based on race and income level, with a specific focus on how digital learning has bridged opportunity gaps in one sense and deepened them in others. Participants will engage in a honest, thought-provoking session focused on what systemic barriers need to be removed in our schools and learn about specific instructional approaches to addressing inequity in the classroom.
This session is meant for teachers of all grades and of all subjects who want to learn more about how to address the deep inequities present in our schools. Participants will gain fresh insight into this pressing issue with compelling local data from Arkansas and leave with high-impact strategies for addressing inequities in classroom instruction.
About the presenters:
Dr. Michael Mills, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of mobile technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and has served on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@MichaelSMills).
Dr. Donna Wake currently serves as an Associate Professor for the University of Central Arkansas College of Education. Her research interests are critical literacy, teacher education reform, writing process, assessment, and technology in education. She holds degrees from Temple University, La Salle University, and Hendrix College.
Mrs. Jessica Herring Watson is a Clinical Instructor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, working with both graduate and undergraduate education students. She is a former middle school and high school English teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE Certified Educator, and Google Certified Educator. Jessica is fortunate to work with K-20 teachers and students in a variety of settings as a teacher and trainer. She has earned a Masters in Teacher Leadership and Instructional Facilitation and is currently a doctoral student studying Instructional Design and Technology. She was named Teacher of the Year for Benton Middle School in 2014, and in 2016, was an ISTE Technology in Action Award recipient for her work with coding in the literature classroom. As an ISTE, NCTE, AMLE, ILA, and SXSWedu presenter, Jessica’s primary focus is on creating meaningful relationships between technology-enabled learning and engaging pedagogy.