Two weeks ago, I attended an event called “The Convening” where recipients of the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative Grants (DLI) shared the work that they have been doing this past year. I was totally blown away by the incredible work that so many of our PSUs are doing. As I reflect on what the PSUs shared, I noted a couple of commonalities and best practices that we can use going forward. Earlier in the day, Dr. David Stegall, the Deputy State Superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, shared that the “legacy that the DLI is creating is a gift” for future generations. His words really resonated with me throughout The Convening as I saw amazing ideas put into action and innovative practices being implemented. Here are some of the key takeaways that I noted:
Based on my experience, I see much value emerging from the DLI grants. Many best practices are being developed. Recipients are pushing their teachers and educators to change paradigms by investing in personalized professional learning and creating a culture where innovation is valued by stakeholders. We must continue to share the lessons learned from these grants and replicate them moving forward. This is the legacy that Dr. Stegall referenced as we continue to create learning opportunities that inspire teaching leadership, innovation, and student success.
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