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April 26, 2017

Session 1 — Critical Thinking for the Information Age (8:30am - 11:30am)
Session 2 — An Introduction to Skills 21 (12:30pm - 2:30pm)

May 18, 2017 – Session 3

Session 3 — Leveraging Social Media to your Personalized learning Initiative (8:30am - 11:30am)

Location: TBD


CAPSS presents a Leadership and Learning Series:
Technology Tools that Leverage Student Centered Learning

Designed for leadership teams consisting of Superintendents, board members, and key
district/school leaders, this multiple session series will highlight the digital trends and tools that are transforming teaching and learning in support of student centered learning and 21st century skills.

Session 1: Critical Thinking for the Information Age

April 26, 2017  |  8:30am - 11:30am


Using The Field Guide to Lies by Daniel Leviston as a focal point (all registered participants will receive a copy), Jonathan will lead participants through an exploration of the
growing importance of critical thinking as a foundational survival skill of the information age and the looming danger to all who ignore its importance and impact. Most of the session will be dedicated to hands on practice with a teaching and learning design template, an assessment rubric, and planning for how to ensure that this skill is part of instruction across the K-12 curriculum in your district. Doug will conclude the session with practical guidance on policy and practice that supports scaling up the implementation of deep learning in the information age.


Jonathan Costa, Sr.
Executive Director Ed Advance and author of the Corwin Press release, Digital Learning For All, Now!

Doug Casey
Executive Director Commission for Education Technology andChief Administrator for Connecticut’s Policy and Advocacy for Education Technology.

Session 2: An Introduction to Skills21

April 26, 2017  |  12:30pm - 3:30pm


This session will address an in-depth look at how we teach and help students apply critical thinking and the tools available to monitor mastery of deep learning.

Celebrating its 15th year of teaching and learning 21st century skills in 2016/2017, Skills21 ( is a series of secondary level STEM and digital learning courses that help districts, schools, and teachers to scale innovative teaching and learning models in a blended learning setting. This session will include an in-depth look at how we teach critical thinking, how students apply deep learning and an overview of the Skills21 tools to support that practice. Teachers and students who use these tools every day will be there to answer questions and share their experiences. Among the tools to be reviewed are:

Skills21 Trackpad
providing real-time software to support academic events and competitions Skills21 Trackpad is a purpose-built assessment tool for challenge-based learning, academiccompetitions, and events. This web app can be used on any device and teachers can provide immediate feedback while assessing student projects. Skills21 Trackpad is easy to use, eliminates cumbersome record keeping, and generates live results for your event.

Skills21 Launchpad
ensuring success for challenge-based learning in and out of the classroom. Skills21 Launchpad is a digital-learning platform supporting student led innovation and design. Skills21 Launchpad provides seamless collaboration between teachers, students, and mentors as student teams complete innovation and design challenge projects.

Skills21 Expo Fest
presenting the ultimate showcase of inspired learning, creative design, & student solutions. The ultimate experience for students' hard work and innovation, the high-energy Expo Fest lets students showcase their innovative, cross-curricular products, services, community actions, digital media, and film programs.


Matt Mervis
Director, Skills21 at Ed Advance

Jonathan Costa, Sr.
Assistant Executive Director EdAdvance and author of the Corwin Press release, Digital Learning for All, Now!

Students and Teachers from Pomperaug Regional High School

Session 3: Leveraging Social Media in your Personalized Learning Initiative

May 18, 2017  |  8:30am - 11:30am


This session will help leaders to see how they can leverage social media to advance teaching and learning initiatives with student centered learning. Social media is ever present in our digitally connected world. In schools we have responsibilities of safety and relevancy to instruction that can seem to be at odds with the use of social media.

This session will look at why schools and school leaders are using social media for instruction, messaging, and ongoing connection with the broader education community. We will meet students and administrators who are engaged with social media for learning and messaging their initiatives. We will then take time to examine the policies, professional learning, classroom practices, public relation processes and effective uses that have helped support districts as they engage with Social Media.


Jeremiah Okal-Frink, PhD.
Dell Corporation


Member Fees:
$60 for each session/person
$120 for Sessions 1&2 /person
$150 for all three sessions/person

NON- Member Fees:
$90 for each session/person
$180 for Sessions 1&2 /person
$250 for all three sessions/person

Additional optional charge for lunch for those who register for the two sessions on April 26.

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Presenter Bios

Jeremiah Okal-Frink, PhD, is a veteran educator, leader and technology integrator. He has led change in teaching and learning through the catalyst of technology in rural, suburban and urban districts. He has been at the forefront of embedding technology initiatives into learning spaces including Web 2.0 and social media, online and blended learning, and more recently one computer per student.


Katrina Keene, Ed.D, is a National and International speaker and has spent the last 16 years in K-12 technology education. Her most recent experience as the Director of Innovation at a College Preparatory School, was dedicated to raising student achievement through technology integration. Katrina is a MIEExpert, Remind Connected Educator, founder of #tntechchat and #edcampleadtn, former teacher and can be found in several well-known EdTech publications, blogs, and podcasts.


Jonathan Costa Sr., is the Director of School and Program Services for EdAdvance, a regional education service center in Litchfield, CT. A former public and private school social studies teacher, educational consultant and businessman, Mr. Costa’s current responsibilities include supervision of over 30 direct service programs on behalf of EdAdvance throughout the tri-state area. Among the most visible of these efforts is the highly regarded Center for 21st Century Skills. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation program, the National Science Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Foundation, The Center for 21st Century Skills has been pioneering the use of 1:1 learning environments and challenge-based curricula since 2005.

Other Presenters

Matt Mervin

Douglas Casey
Executive Director Commission for Education Technology
Chief Administrator for Connecticut’s Policy and Advocacy for Education Technology

To lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders.



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