To prepare future-ready students, schools must integrate digital devices, global connections, and flexible, student-centered learning environments. In support of that effort, TASA is once again partnering with Alan November and November Learning to present the Digital Learning Design—Transforming Our School professional development series. Formerly called Leadership for the Digital Learning Age, the series has drawn nearly 800 participants representing approximately 120 Texas school districts.
The new three-part academy aligns with the visioning principles as set forth in TASA's Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas, and is designed for school district and campus leaders and other educators passionate about transforming Texas schools into centers for 21st century learning.
Teams or individuals may register for the entire three-session academy or for Session 2 and/or Session 3, which are stand-alone sessions.Session 1 – December 9: Digital Learning DesignParticipants in this first session of the full, three-part academy will select a question, issue, or project related to digital learning, such as:
Following Session 1 in December, and between subsequent sessions, participants may continue to focus on their selected issue or project.Participants will bring their favorite projects or assignments for a "makeover" that taps the full power of the digital learning environment.Participants will discover the significant opportunities during the first five days of school to set the tone for powerful, engaging, and self-directed learning.
- aligning technologies to standards
- building staff capacity
- improving communication among the faculty
- supporting pioneering educators (e.g., The Flip)
- globalizing the curriculum
- increasing participation of parents and community
- authentic and rigorous problem solving
- TEKS-aligned instructional design and delivery
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (lunch included)
Who Should Attend
The full, three-session academy is best for transformation teams of three-to-nine participants, who will work together throughout the academy; however, individuals are encouraged to attend as well.Participants can include teachers, librarians, tech and academic coaches, and campus and district leaders, with an option to bring students. Participants should be able to build further capacity with colleagues.Transformation teams can be district or campus-specific or may include a representative from various areas within an organization. Districts may opt to send multiple teams, and some districts have found success in sending a new team each school year.
All sessions will be held at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock.Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.
A room block has been set aside at:
Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Hotel room rates of $139.95 can be reserved for the night preceding each of the session dates using the links below or by calling Marriott Reservations at 800.266-9432 and requesting the "TASA Digital Learning Design" rate:
The full three-session academy offers up to 18 hours of Continuing Professional Education Credit. Session 2 and Session 3 each offer up to 6 hours of CPE Credit.View Certificate of Renewal and CPE Requirements for additional information.
For Session 2 and/or Session 3:
- $175 per person per session for individuals from districts that subscribe to TASA's School Transformation Network
- $200 per person per session for individuals from districts that do NOT subscribe to the network
November Learning—led by Alan November, an international leader in educational technology—equips teachers and administrators to motivate students to own their learning and make global connections by using effective technology and implementing rigorous assignments.
Academy Alumni Say ...
This academy has truly been a privilege to be part of and a growth experience for me. November made me think deeply about what I already know and consider it from multiple angles. And the other districts which participated shared amazing ideas. I am full of things I want to do and try to further improve educational practice among the already wonderful educators I know. — SK