In September, the Department of Teaching and Learning (DTAL) offered the opportunity for two instructional technology specialists (ITS) and two library media specialists (LMS) to expand their professional learning by applying for DTAL National Conference Grants.
Congratulations to the following elementary and secondary specialists who recently were surprised with the grant selection announcements at their respective schools:
- Cara Dibbs, library media specialist, Indian Lakes Elementary
- Bryan Dulmage, instructional technology specialist, Lynnhaven Middle
- Deana Hubbell, instructional technology specialist, Shelton Park Elementary and Bayside Sixth Grade Campus
- Wendy Nelson, library media specialist, First Colonial High
Each applicant had to respond to the following questions about why they should be chosen as the recipient of the scholarship grant.
- What do you have to gain from attending this conference?
- How will attending this conference help you to leverage technology to increase flexible learning opportunities for students?
- How will your conference attendance provide you with additional strategies to assist students in self assessing their learning and reflecting on this to help develop and guide their professional learning pathway?
- How will your conference attendance help you further coach and collaborate with teachers as they define, develop and implement effective and innovative teaching practices that maximize rigor and meaningful engagement for all students?
Once they return from their conferences, each grant recipient is expected to share what they learned with staff at their school as well as during a citywide ITS or LMS meeting. They are also tasked with planning and delivering a divisionwide Professional Learning Program (PLP) session based on the focus area they followed at their conference.
Dibbs and Nelson will attend the Association of School Librarians national conference in November. Hubbell will attend the Future of Education Technology annual conference in January, and Dulmage will attend the International Society for Technology in Education annual conference in June.
See photos below of the four surprise announcements.
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