Western Insights: Lessons in Remote Learning

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Online (Zoom)



Check out this video to watch the Western Insights Lessons in Remote Learning.

Within the span of a few weeks, our entire educational system pivoted from a traditional classroom model to online. Teachers and students were asked to change how they taught and how they learned. The K-20 system stumbled into a new realm.

Fall is quickly approaching with K-20 educators looking at different delivery models designed to allow distancing while delivering a quality education – all with an eye on social emotional learning and equity. The obvious questions are: What have we learned from our sudden pivot in March, and what will this mean for September and for years to come?

The College of Business and Economics and Woodring College of Education invite you to join Western Insights in a discussion with Chris Reykdal, Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction; Matthew Miller, Ph.D., Program Director of Elementary Education in Western’s Woodring College of Education; and Justina Brown, M.Ed., Instructional Designer with Western’s Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment.

The discussion will be moderated by Dawna Drum, Ph.D., chair of the College of Business and Economics’ Information Technology Committee. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University and is also an Associate Professor of Accounting with the College. 

Western Insights is an online panel series created in response to COVID-19 to provide Western alumni, friends, students, and the broader region with access to information on current events drawing from the University’s nationally respected experts. This free series is offered entirely online and is open to everyone.

Brought to you in partnership with the College of Business and Economics, Woodring College of Education, and the Western Alumni Association.

Dawna Drum

Dawna Drum is an Associate Professor in the Accounting Department and has been at WWU since 2016. She has a background in Information Technology, and she specializes in Accounting Information Systems, Enterprise and ERP systems, Accounting Technology, and Analytics. She is Chair of the University Academic Technology Committee and the College of Business and Economics Academic Technology Committee.

Chris Reykdal

Superintendent Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system.  

Chris leads a team at OSPI that is dedicated to ensuring all students are provided equitable access to a high-quality public education.  

Since taking office in January 2017, Chris has led OSPI through a transformation of the state’s accountability and funding systems, a complete redesign of the way the agency shares data with the public, a rebuild of outdated rules to promote equity in student discipline, and an overhaul of the state’s graduation requirements so students can choose pathways that are aligned with their goals and interests. 

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from Washington State University, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy. 

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller is a Professor at WWU. His research focuses on literacy methods, science education, the arts-in-education, preservice teacher education, teacher education program design, video technologies in teacher education, and teacher mentoring. He received his PhD from University of Washington.

Justina Brown

Justina Brown is an instructional designer in Academic Technology and directs the Center for Instructional Innovation, WWU’s teaching and learning center. She leads faculty professional development efforts, creates online resources related to best practices and teaching excellence, and encourages faculty use of innovations in their teaching. Justina also teaches a first-year seminar, promotes free textbook alternatives, received WWU’s 2020 Professional Staff Award for Excellence, and has become central to supporting faculty during the monumental shift to remote teaching since last spring.