My Summer as a Lea(R)n Fellow

Another exciting experience with our Lea(R)n Fellows has come to a close. This summer we were lucky enough to work with one of our returning fellows, Cori Odom. Cori is a Technology Teacher at Davis Drive Elementary School in Cary, NC. Read about her experience this summer, what she learned and how she contributed a valuable educator perspective to the Lea(R)n team in this blog post.

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Meet our 2017 Lea(R)n Fellow

The LearnPlatform was designed by, with and for educators. Two summers ago, we kicked off the Lea(R)n Fellowship program to take that collaboration to the next level. In its third year, the program received a record number of applications from educators across the state of North Carolina - great teacher leaders who want to help innovative schools and districts make results matter.

After the opportunity to interview a diverse pool of fantastic candidates, the Lea(R)n team is excited to announce our 2017 Lea(R)n Fellow, Melissa Stopa, Technology Specialist at Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools.

Also returning for her second fellowship, Cori Odom, IMT Teacher at Davis Drive Elementary School in Cary, NC.

Finding Something Special at ISTE 2017

Good karaoke relies on the perfect confluence of factors — the right singer, the right song, the right time of night, the right audience. So when Susan the librarian took the stage for the last song of the night at ISTE 2017’s EdTech Karaoke and absolutely rocked Proud Mary, we knew we were part of something special.

A conference like ISTE requires that same magic. With hundreds of events, thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees, figuring out what connections and conversations could lead to the perfect solution for your classroom, school or organization can feel overwhelming. My bad knees told me that three days was plenty, but finding the right tool for your students in the most expansive exhibition hall I’ve ever seen takes time and some pioneer adventurer spirit.

IMPACT: Producing Evidence that Meets ESSA Standards

Working together with educators, administrators, technologists, and researchers, we built LearnPlatform to help education organizations (e.g., schools, districts, states, and education networks) manage, measure, and improve their edtech efforts.  Education organizations across the country use the IMPACT function within LearnPlatform to generate reports that help them understand the costs of their edtech initiatives, the extent to which edtech products are being used, and the impact that the edtech products are having on education outcomes. IMPACT also generates the types of evidence that education organizations need to meet ESSA requirements.