2021 Q-Up for K-12 Digital Quality Conference

Level Up Your Online Learning Quality

Join QM members and educators from the K-12 community to discuss strategies for improving the quality of online learning and meeting student needs.

Engage in curated sessions focused on improving the quality of online learning courses and programs. Join us as we interact with leaders who have years of experience in creating, teaching, and/or supervising online learning. We’ll explore strategies to coordinate and deploy a successful online learning environment. You’ll gain practical takeaways and helpful tips for the design and delivery of online courses at the elementary, secondary, and administrative levels. Find the hidden gems that will help you take learning to the next level.

 

Concurrent Sessions

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Attendees can choose one session from each time slot. Secure Zoom links will be emailed to registrants the day before the conference. Select the session name below to see presenter and description information.

12:20 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
  • 1. Five Tips for Equitable Practices in Elementary Virtual Classrooms

    Presented by Dr. Nichole Lemmon, LAUNCH

    Ensuring equity in virtual learning environments requires intentionality and strategic conversations focused on the needs of ALL (yes, all capitals ALL). Participants in this session will walk through five practical strategies to start the equity conversation in your program tomorrow. 

  • 2. Prioritizing SEL in an Online Environment: Tips for Administrators

    Presented by Kirsten Wilson, Virtual Arkansas

    Social Emotional Learning isn't just something that is designed and developed in a course. It takes active training and a set of skills with an online educator to know what "just-in-time" supports are needed for students. Learn how Virtual Arkansas has taken the course-embedded elements of SEL and brought them full circle through leveraging all forms of communication in their courses with their teachers' learner-centric approach and systematic steps to interact, invest, and maximize every opportunity to support and build capacity in students. This is where Virtual Arkansas takes the QM K-12 Rubric standards of 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 along with the NSQ for Online Teaching and Learning and implements with authenticity and fidelity.

  • 3. On the Outside Looking In: Student Equity and Accessibility Experiences in the Secondary Classroom

    Presented by Chris Smith, North Carolina Virtual Public School

    Education has seen an increase in the number of one-to-one initiatives in the past few years. As a result, many institutions have been replacing traditional printed textbooks with a variety of digital resources. Moving away from print options should have brought good news for individuals with different perceptual, motor, or cognitive abilities. Unfortunately, digital content developers have implemented new technologies without regard to persons with disabilities leaving many students on the outside looking in. Let's come together to discuss how we can welcome all students into the learning process!

  • 4. Building Success Relationships with Post-Secondary Institutions

    Presented by Rob Caldwell 

    Description coming soon!

1:05 - 1:45 p.m. Eastern
  • 1. Ensuring Equity in Middle and High School Online Learning Environments

    Presented by Candice McPherson, Virtual Arkansas

    Lionel Richie said, “Hello”, Adele said “Hello”, and Neil Diamond even said, “Hello Again”. Do you feel like communications not getting through or you are constantly repeating yourself to guardians as they are bombarded with updates? Learn some tools and strategies to get through in the media and communication overload.

  • 2. The Wh@t and the #ow of Parent Updates and Communication (Elementary Focus)

    Presented by Chris Conant & Erica Rogers, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance

    Lionel Richie said, “Hello”, Adele said “Hello”, and Neil Diamond even said, “Hello Again”. Do you feel like communication is not getting through or you are constantly repeating yourself to guardians as they are bombarded with updates? Learn some tools and strategies to get through in the media and communication overload.

  • 3. Access Denied: The Human Impact of Non-Accessible Content: What Administrators Need to Know

    Presented by Dr. Chris Smith, North Carolina Virtual Public School

    Originally confined within four walls, classes have expanded into a multitude of blended and online options that offer flexibility in terms of time and place. Advances in technology have changed the way we teach, communicate, and learn from each other. However, what happens when we don't account for various perceptual/motor/cognitive abilities when designing and procuring digital course content? Let's get together in this session to discuss the human impact and to create more accessible content.

2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Eastern
  • 1. Oh The Places We Can Go: When Elementary Course Content is Accessible! 

    Presented by Dr. Chris Smith, North Carolina Virtual Public School

    Imagine that you were sitting in on a class and you could not hear, view, interact with, and/or interpret the material being taught. Chances are, you might end up feeling disconnected, isolated, and more than anything, frustrated. The good news is that when we take time to specifically focus on accessibility when designing and deploying course content, we can break down those barriers and the possibilities are endless. Come join me on this accessibility adventure!

  • 2. Designing Engaging Online Lessons for Secondary Students (Secondary Focus)

    Presented by Jill Souza, Michigan Virtual & Krista Tomaselli

    Are you looking to make your online lessons more engaging? In this session, we will discuss what an engaging lesson for secondary learners might look like in the online environment. In addition, we will offer tips, strategies, and tools for developing online lessons that will captivate your learners.

  • 3. Hello, Are You There?: Connecting with Secondary Students in Virtual Environments (Secondary Focus)

    Presented by Dr. Nichole Lemmon, LAUNCH

    Hello? How are you? What do you need? How can we help? Anyone there? Do you feel like you are shouting into the abyss of the Internet and hoping your secondary students respond? This session will dive into unique ways educators can connect with virtual middle and high school learners. Tips for providing mental health supports, strategies for team building in live sessions and interventions for poor attendance will be discussed.

2:45 - 3:25 p.m. Eastern
Date: October 15, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern (convert time zone)
Fee: $25.00

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for this event. Depending on your school/district rules, this event could qualify for CEUs.


Agenda At-a-Glance

12:00 - 12:15 pm: Welcome & Orientation
12:20 - 1:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions
1:05 - 1:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions
1:45 - 2:00 pm: Break
2:00 - 2:40 pm: Concurrent Sessions
2:45 - 3:25 pm: Concurrent Sessions
3:30 - 4:00 pm: Closing & Wrap Up
 


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