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The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment


Ken Halla, Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair, Hayfield Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)
Patrick Ledesma, Director of Educator Engagement, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Terri Duggan Schwartzbeck, Senior Policy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education

As schools continue to work to meet learning demands required of today, it is increasing important that they shift to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology that provides a more personalized, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment for each student. Teachers must be empowered to take on new professional roles required through job-embedded and meaningful professional learning opportunities, including enhanced teacher training, collaboration and mentoring opportunities, and other supports.

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar on July 26 which built on the Alliance’s recently released report,Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, and focused on what this learner-centered environment looks like and how teachers can be supported in these roles. The webinar featured video clips of Barnett Berry, founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality, with expanded live discussion from Patrick Ledesma of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Ken Halla, social studies teacher and department chair at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

This webinar is made possible with support from
the Carnegie Corporation of New York
and the AT&T Foundation.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

Categories: Digital Learning Series, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning

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