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Welcome Back!

The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) team under the direction of ITI Director, Sophia Mendoza, welcomes you to the 2021-2022 school year. We are honored that you are part of our amazing professional learning community. This issue will help start the new year and offer resources to support the implementation of instructional technology, digital citizenship, and computer science. We value your dedication to support all students and look forward to collaborating with you. Have an amazing school year and welcome back!

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ITI Professional Development Opportunities
ITI supports all schools district-wide with robust and rigorous professional learning by offering various models of support along a continuum to meet learners where they are. You can join our individual learning opportunities such as the Teacher Leader Network, ISTE Student Standards Suite; computer science sessions, or learn together as an Instructional Leadership Team through the Instructional Leadership Cohort. We invite you to join us in any of our learning sessions.  

More information about our Professional Learning Opportunities are coming soon and you will be able to register throug MyPLN.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the popularity of these sessions, waitlists have been added to each session. If the session you are interested in is full, you have the option to add yourself to its waitlist to be notified if a seat becomes available.

Practitioner Schools 6.0 Program

Congratulations to this year’s participating schools! The Practitioner Schools (PS) 6.0 Creative Communicator Program focuses on strategically and systematically ensuring that L.A. Unified students are granted intentional exposure to leveraging digital resources and to developing and integrating foundational 21st century practices within the K-12 classrooms. The goal is to create learning experiences that grant students opportunities to be interconnected and practice 21st century skills, computer science education, digital citizenship, and dispositions on a daily basis.

L.A. Unified Digital Citizenship Week
Virtual October 18-22, 2021
Digital Citizenship Week has been an ongoing District-wide celebration since 2014. Each year, ITI supports schools in showcasing their commitment to digital citizenship during the month of October.
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L.A. Unified Computer Science Week
Virtual December 6-12, 2021

Each year, the Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) celebrates Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) to amplify awareness of and expand access to CS courses for all students.
ITI Teacher Leader Network 2020-2021
The ITI Teacher Leader Network program focuses on strategically and systematically ensuring that L.A. Unified educators are granted intentional exposure to leveraging digital resources and to developing and integrating foundational 21st century practices within their K-12 classrooms. Teacher Leaders foundational 21st century practices within their K-12 classrooms. Teacher Leaders participate in a series of learning sessions to reflect upon and refine their practices to accomplish their self-selected goals.

Please sign up through the TLN Interest Form. Contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at 
Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science program must be a Title 1 Elementary School looking to bring computer science education to their school. Find out how your school can apply for the 2022-2023 school year.
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort (ITPC)
We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) to join us for a 3-day cohort to dialogue and develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners. This is a professional learning opportunity which provides school Instructional Leadership Teams guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs.

Dates: Day 1 November 22, 2021
   Day 2 November 23, 2021
   Day 3 November 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours
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ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom - Digital Citizen (Asynchronous Self-Paced)
This course is designed to support educators in preparing to engage with learners that need to be empowered to thrive in an increasingly evolving technological landscape. Through a variety of activities, this course will provide opportunities to learn L.A. Unified’s definition of Digital Citizenship, the District’s policies and best practices around engaging in digital learning environments, as well as provide a wealth of teaching and learning resources that educators can put into practice immediately. This course is offered through Schoology. The course can be completed at your discretion any time during the week since there will be no live webinar sessions conducted for this course.

Format: Ongoing Monthly - Asynchronous
Registration: (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
Congratulations: Digital Citizenship Certification
Check out the directory and map below to view all Common Sense Certified Educators and Schools across the District.

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Digital Citizenship Certified Educators 
Los Angeles Unified School District
as of August 2021

Common Sense Education Recognition Program

L.A. Unified and ITI recognize schools and educators who achieve Common Sense Certification. For the School Year 2020-2021, we continue our partnership with Common Sense Education to offer a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator
Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
Digital Citizenship Lessons for Teachers, By Teachers 
If you are interested in teaching Digital Citizenship lessons, here are practical and ready to implement lessons for the first ten days of school that span the range of building positive and safe online communities, cultivating digital citizens through social-emotional learning, to fostering inclusive online relationships.
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ITI Google Certified Educator Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize educators who achieve Google Certifications for Educators (Level 1 and/or Level 2), Coaches, Trainers, and Innovators. Learn more about the Google Certified Educator Recognition Program:
Google for Education Teacher Center: Certifications Overview
ITI Professional Learning Sessions for Google Certified Educator Program

ITI Google Certified Educator Program INTEREST FORM: We are seeking your feedback! Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the ITI Google Certified Educator Level 1 or Level 2 Program.
L.A. Unified Google Certifications

Click on the map to view all
Google Certified Educators across the District!
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with Jamboard

As we return to school SEL can help students and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals. In this video, you will learn how to support students by creating a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activity using Google Jamboard. Students will have the opportunity to use Emoticons to express their experiences with their class community. This will help to establish a learning environment where students feel and show empathy for others, and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.


L.A. Unified Supplemental Digital Learning Tools for 2021-2022
LA Unified will be providing supplemental digital learning tools for the 2021-2022 school year. These resources are in addition to the adopted digital core instructional applications available through Schoology. Click here

Vendors Technical Support and Help Desk 
This document contains a list of most vendors' technical support and help desk information to streamline how to obtain access and other assistance. Click here
L.A. Unified Educators Support Families During Back to School
Download the Return 
to Campus Guide here.
Descargue una copia de la Guía de 
regreso a clases para familias aquí.
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Readiness Resource Center
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) offers District-wide instructional resources to support schools’ completion of the readiness resource items in order to distribute digital tools to students. Please visit the ITI website Readiness Resource Center for more information

For more information, please contact Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator, at
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KQED Summer Workshops

June 2 - September 22, 2021

KQED offers a range of opportunities to learn media-making and media literacy skills. Their Summer Workshops are free and flexible, designed to give educators quality professional learning that fits in with vacation and summer school schedules. The KQED Media Academy offers a set of four free, instructor-led online professional Summer Facilitated Courses that prepare educators to effectively and meaningfully analyze, evaluate and make media with students to support curriculum goals. 
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Data Con LA 2021

September 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – September 19, 2021, 5:00 PM

Data Con LA features the most vibrant gathering of data and technology enthusiasts 
  in Los Angeles.
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ISTE Creative Constructor Lab

October 15-17, 2021 

Creative Constructor Lab Virtual brings together educators who want to experiment with digital tools and learn how to inspire creativity in every student.
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District Leaders Weigh In: Meeting School Needs with Edtech Partners
The mad dash for digital resources that we witnessed last spring may be over. But for K-12 district leaders, the edtech era has just begun. Blended learning will linger long after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with more students learning remotely during family vacations and illnesses — or simply out of personal preference. 
The Best Educational Game Websites for Elementary School Students
Give your students closure and highlight their accomplishments with these creative ideas.

Games are the undisputed queens of classroom fun, but they can also be exceptional tools for learning. Great educational games get students to think critically, create, and experiment with new ideas. The problem is, a lot of games that claim to be educational are little more than dressed-up quizzes that challenge students to recall facts, faster and faster. These games might hook students, but they don’t actually teach much, or lead to the kind of deeper, high-interest learning that helps students master content.
A Silver Lining Playbook for Turning Disruption Into Innovation
After more than a year of struggle and stress, many educators are hungry for a return to normal. But what are they really going back to?
Copious research shows that in education, what’s familiar and comfortable isn’t always the same as what’s equitable and effective.
We are always listening out for your story
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