Remote and Hybrid Learning
Successes and Challenges
The panel will share successful strategies that they implemented to drive remote and hybrid learning in their school organizations. Even in the midst of the pandemic with the need to pivot quickly, there have been some highlights around teaching and learning successes with technology. Panelists will be asked what changes they hope to maintain and to talk about remaining questions and challenges.
Director of Media and Digital Learning
Needham Public Schools
Jean Tower currently serves as the Director of Media and Digital Learning for Needham Public Schools in Massachusetts. Jean’s primary interest is in effective integration of technology in the curriculum and in creating the essential conditions to enable that to happen. Before working in the public schools, she worked in information technology in the private sector, as well as in higher education. Ms. Tower has 30 years of experience in K-12 educational technology, a BS in Computer Science, a Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking, and a CAGS in Educational Administration from Boston University. Jean is the Past Chair of CoSN, Current VP and Past President of the Board of the Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association.
Dr. Lee McCanne
Director of Technology and School Libraries
Weston Public Schools and the Town of Weston
Lee was born and raised in Colorado but has been in the Boston area since 1993. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Colorado State University-Pueblo, he taught middle school music for the Fountain-Fort Carson Public Schools near Colorado Springs. In 1993 he moved to Weston Massachusetts and began graduate coursework at Boston University in the field of Educational Media and Technology. While completing his doctoral coursework he taught undergraduate and graduate coursework in for the Boston University School of Education. Lee has been with the Technology Coordinator in Wilmington, Belmont, and has been with the Weston Public Schools since 2008.
Manager of Instructional Technology and Digital Learning
Worcester Public Schools
Sarah is a passionate educator who believes in empowering others to creatively lead outside the box by never saying “no”, but by asking “how can we?”. In her role as the Manager of Instructional Technology & Digital Learning for the Worcester Public Schools, she works daily with district and school leadership to leverage technology and innovation to meet the needs of all learners. She has spent two decades coaching educators and leaders in using technology for meaningful learning, professional development, engagement, collaboration, communication, district efficiency, board meeting facilitation and workflow and presents on these topics locally and nationally.
Sarah was named the MassCue Administrator of the Year in 2019 and is an appointed member of the MA DESE Digital Learning Advisory Council and a member of the Google for Education K-12 North American Advisory Board. She is a Google Certified Trainer, and ISTE certified educator and a member of ISTE, METTA, ASCD and MassCue.
Sarah is in her dissertation phase of her EdD at Northeastern University with a focus on how district digital learning offices support principals and schools to improve student learning.
Digital Learning Coach
DLCS Middle School Teacher
DLCS Middle School Teacher
Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School
Audra Kaplan is a passionate educator who enjoys sharing her love of technology and computer science with students of all ages. She holds teaching certifications in her home state of Connecticut as well as Massachusetts where she currently teaches Digital Literacy and Computer Science courses at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School.
Outside of the classroom, Audra spends time doing volunteer work as Co-President of the Computer Science Teachers Association Greater Boston Chapter, Girl Scouts, and presenting at any technology conference she can. In her work as the Co-President of the CSTA Greater Boston chapter Audra has organized two New England regional conferences including a remote conference in the fall of 2020. In addition, she teaches online graduate technology courses and workshops for teachers as part of the Ed Technology Specialists team, MassCUE, and CSTA Greater Boston.
Audra has a master’s degree from Lesley University in Educational Technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University.
Audra was recognized as one of 100 teachers nationally by NCWIT and the NSF thanks to her efforts to support Computer Science education during which time honorees were invited to the White