Microsoft at ASCD Conference, March 21-23, 2015

Join Microsoft at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference and Exhibit, March 21-23, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Mark your calendar and join for these Microsoft sessions:

Nothing is Impossible! HiTECH No Matter Where You Are!

  • Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Location: Level 3, Room 370A

  • Presenter: Wendell Sumter, Principal of Great Falls Elementary School, Great Falls, SC

Looking for ways to improve your technology skills or those of your staff? Interested in partnering with other schools across the world? In this session the presenters will share their experience in the implementation of global access to technology and the importance of vision articulation from the bottom up. They will discuss how the creation of a culture of learning with technology creates an atmosphere for social, economic, and academic success.

Microsoft OneNote – Teachers and Staff Efficiency, Organization, and Collaboration

  • Sign-up required: This is a Lunch and Learn Session *Attendees must sign up at here  for this session.
  • Sunday, March 22, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3, Room 360CF

  • Presenter: Ari Schorr

Learn how a Microsoft Office program that you probably already have, Microsoft OneNote, can be used in new and innovative ways to save teachers and staff time, become better organized, and collaborate more effectively. OneNote is not just for notes! We'll cover scenarios ranging from interactive lessons, digital curriculum, and project-based learning to running more effective faculty meetings. OneNote is available and free on all platforms at, this talk applies to everyone!

The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow, (S.T.A.T.), Initiative: Preparing Globally Competitive Students

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Location: Level 3, Room 370A

  • Presenter: S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools, (BCPS), is the 25th largest school district in the United States with over 110,000 students and over 18,000 employees including 8,792 teachers. For this current year, fiscal year 2015, the budget for the school district is $1.6 billion. In June of 2013, the Board of Education adopted our five year strategic plan, Blueprint 2.0. Part of the plan is our Theory of Action, which is based on equity and access for all students: To equip every student with the critical 21st century skills needed to be globally competitive, BCPS must ensure that every school has an equitable, effective digital learning environment, and every student has equitable access to learning and developing proficiency in a second language .

For this discussion, Dr. Dance will focus on the S.T.A.T. Initiative by outlining how the BCPS started with the development of digital curriculum before choosing a device. This has been critical in keeping the focus on instruction, professional development, and the creating of collaborative and engaged learning environments for students and teachers. Dr. Dance thinks that initiatives such as this and their second language acquisition are critical to preparing their students to be globally competitive.

As a teacher, principal, and now superintendent, in school districts where they initiated 1:1 devices, included in his presentation is the strategic plan they have developed in transforming teaching and learning through the use of 1:1 devices, the challenges faced, and how to gain support for a new initiative that is costly, but essential for 21st century learning.

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