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The Power of Kindness Through Global Collaboration: Coldwater Canyon Elementary
and Carson Street STEAM Academy
By Maria Franco, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Coldwater Canyon Elementary School, Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools, Local District Northeast, Board District 6, and Michelle Swensson, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Carson Street Elementary School, Carson Community of Schools, Local District South, Board District 7

When many of the students returned to school after the pandemic, they had to re-learn how to connect with their peers. At Coldwater Canyon Elementary School and Carson Street STEAM Academy, we focused on our students’ social emotional well-being and the implications of how students interact with one another in person and online.
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Featuring up-to-date information on what's happening with instructional technology in L.A. Unified.
Association of California School Administrators Region 16 Awards
ITI Director named Technology Administrator of the Year
ITI Director, Sophia Mendoza, has been named the Technology Administrator of the Year for the second time in succession by ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Region 16. Mendoza is a leader in building the edtech leadership capacity of our educators and cultivating learners that are ready for our increasingly digital world.

ITI Program, Policy, & Partner Development Specialist named CTE Administrator of the Year
Congratulations to Program, Policy and Partnership Development Specialist, Francisco Canche, for being awarded the @ACSARegion16 Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year!

Click below to become an ACSA member today!
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Leading for Impact Podcast
In Episode 7 of the Leading for Impact Podcast, Dr.Shilby Sims, the Administrative Coordinator of Instruction for Black Student Achievement, shares lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology.

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Join a Computer Science (CS) Secondary Cohort
Applications are now open! Are you interested in bringing computer science to your school?
  • Grades 6-8 Computer Science Discoveries
  • Grades 9-12 Exploring Computer Science
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Join one of our secondary computer science cohorts by completing our CS Professional Learning interest form.
Professional Learning Interest Form
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort (ITPC) 2021 - 2022
June 13-15, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WWe 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 ILTs guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs.

While there is still space available, click the interest form to join our cohort sessions offered during off-track times.
ITPC Interest form
ISTE Certified Educator
The ITI ISTE Certification for Educators Program is a rigorous, competency-based, device-neutral certification designed for ambitious educators who want to use technology to catalyze learning. Designed to build competency with the ISTE Standards for Educators, the certification combines face-to-face and online pedagogy-focused professional development with a competency-based evaluation.

If interested please complete the form below:
ITI Teacher Leader Network
The ITI Teacher Leader Network (TLN) is now inviting interested teachers to join its cohort for the school year 2022-2023. Teacher Leaders participate in a series of learning sessions, guided by the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Educators (ISTE), to reflect upon and refine their practices in order to accomplish their self-selected goals.

If interested please complete the form below:
ITI Education Leader Network
ITI is encouraging interested principals to apply and become part of the ITI Education Leader Network (ELN). The ELN was created to support principals who share a common interest in cultivating their leadership skills around 21st century learning. Principals will receive the benefit of becoming part of a community of learners with in-depth professional learning sessions provided by ITI.

If interested please complete the form below:
ITI Computer Science Cadre
In efforts to expand computer science education (CSEd) in L.A. Unified, ITI will launch a Computer Science (CS) Cadre for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in taking your CSEd professional learning to the next level, this CS Cadre is for you! This quarterly weekend professional learning series will ground you with CS foundations around equity and access, CS instructional and assessment design, and CS leadership to bring inclusive, equitable, and rigorous CS instruction in your role and context.

If interested please complete the form below:
Recognizing L.A. Unified educators that have achieved certification in the areas of digital citizenship, computer science and instructional technology.
ISTE Certified Educators
Congratulations to the 9 ISTE Certified Educators of the 2022 cohort! Designed to build competency with the ISTE Standards for Educators, the certification combines face-to-face and online pedagogy-focused professional development with a competency-based evaluation. Christine Gayle Corpus, Sandra Cuautle-Herrera, Andrea Lugo, Stefanie Delgado, Heber Marquez, Jamie Galgana, Maria Magnanimo-Toledo, Michelle Touceda, Mia Young.
Common Sense
Education Recognition
We would like to celebrate our 80 new educators in L.A. Unified who have achieved Common Sense Education recognition for digital citizenship. Click on the directories and the map to the right to view all Common Sense Certified Education recognized educators and schools across the district:
Common Sense Educator Directory
Common Sense School Directory
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Google Certified Educator Program
Congratulations to our 12 new Level 1, and 5 new Level 2 Google Certified Educators! Click on the map to the left to view all Google Certified Educators across the district:
Google Certified Educator Directory
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Featuring recommended resources and tools for the classroom that have completed the District’s Unified Digital Instructional Procurement Plan (UDIPP) process. Check UDIPP approval here.
Google Jamboard
Have you tried Google Jamboard? Boost student collaboration and engagement with the Jamboard app — powered by Google Cloud. Student tablet users can access a suite of rich editing tools to collaborate with students or educators. You can even access it from a web browser too.
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Highlighting resources and opportunities that support implementation of instructional technology and 21st century education.
#CS4LAUSD Conference
June 4, 2022
Maywood Center for Enriched Studies
Would you like to empower students through access and equity to Computer Science? The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is launching the #CS4LAUSD conference to provide L.A. Unified educators, leaders, and practitioners a space to engage in promising practices to support the expansion of computer science education.

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Summer of CS
Computer Science for CA and the Sacramento County Office of Education invite K-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators to apply for professional development. Take advantage of one-day, multi-day, and weeklong workshops to learn CS content and teaching practices, inclusive guidance techniques, and equitable implementation strategies. All six workshops are offered at no cost and provide follow-up workshops during the 2022-2023 school year.

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ISTELive 22 Annual Conference
June 26-July 29, 2022
New Orleans Convention Center
| New Orleans
During 650+ sessions at ISTELive 22, you’ll discover strategies, activities and research-based practices that will change the way you educate. You’ll be learning from presenters who are just like you – global educators who love to share their experiences.

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CSTA 2022 Annual Conference
July 14 - July 17, 2022
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place | Chicago
Support students to become creative communicators through Computer Science. CSTA 2022 will provide you with the community of support you need to make connections locally and nationally. Join in-person to reconnect with your community of fellow K-12 computer science teachers. From affinity groups to local chapters and content-based meetups, you are certain to find your community of teachers.

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Code 'N Play - Summer Jam
July 15, 2022
Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 5:30-7 p.m. CT for a CS House Party where you'll have an opportunity to select from different themes to Code 'N Play with your colleagues. This will be a great way to take a break and have fun coding and building community!

Register here
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Conference 2022 - Learn On
July 21, 2022
EVERFI's 3rd annual LearnOn Educator Conference offers sessions grounded in teaching the whole child. This year's theme is Forward Together - we hope you'll join us to take a moment to celebrate, to collaborate, to connect, and to make more teacher magic.

Register here
Highlighting the latest research and promising practices in the field of instructional technology and 21st century education.
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Need a good read for your virtual book club? CSforCA members Jean Ryoo, an educational researcher and writer, and Jane Margolis, a UCLA educational researcher and author, recently published Power On!, a graphic novel about CS education equity.
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