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NAMTC Newsletter
  June, 2020  


NAMTC Newsletter
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Best Wishes to Valerie Taylor Hill

NAMTC Communications Chair to Retire June 30th
    In every organization there is somebody who tirelessly works behind the scenes. Valerie Taylor Hill Public Information Specialist for Grant Wood AEA (IA) has served as the Communications Chair for NAMTC for over 5 years. While you may not have ever met Valerie, her work has been integral part of our Shared Conversations, Leadership Summit programs, flyers, etc. Valerie and her staff have consistently put together professionally looking brochures, programs, graphics for our organization.

She was the recipient of the Brasleman Award in 2016 for her efforts and service to the organization. She will be missed, but plans to continue to participate in NAMTC as she is able to during retirement.

Congratulations Valerie!


NAMTC By-Laws Revised

At-Large Members to replace Regional and other changes
by NAMTC Executive Board
Recently the NAMTC Board reviewed and approved changes to the NAMTC By-Laws. Basically these changes will eliminate regional board representatives which traditionally were difficult to fill for some regions in favor of "at-large" representatives.

In addition, retired members can now serve elected offices in addition to being appointed to committees, etc.

As technology and education continues to make changes, these changes will help continue to keep our organization relevant. If you are interested in serving on the NAMTC board, please contact Geoff Craven.

Thanks for your continued support!


Moving Forward: Opening Doors, Doing New Things, Getting Better

2020 NAMTC Leadership Summit (AESA Pre-Con)
by Dec 2nd, 2020 Hilton Orlando, Orlando FL
Once again the National Association of Media & Technology Centers (NAMTC) will hold it's Leadership Summit at the Hilton Orlando, Orlando FL on Dec 2nd as a pre-con to the AESA Conference. This year's theme "Moving Forward" will focus on leadership during these challenging times for our schools and communities.

On Tuesday afternoon Dec 1st, there will be optional tours at the Symmetry Lab, a partnership between the Florida High Tech Corridor, K12 schools and universities, followed by an informal get-together that evening.

Wednesday December 2nd - Speakers include:
Florida High Tech Corridor - STEM Connects Program
NASA/SpaceX - (Invited)

Our corporate partner will once again "brave" the NAMTC "Shark tank" where you will have the opportunity to learn a brief overview of their product/service, as well as revenue sharing opportunities. Always a fun, informative and engaging activity - it's a great opportunity to build relationships and partnerships with our members. (included with our Corporate Packages)

Hope to see you there in December!

For corporate sponsorship and registration, please contact Geoff Craven at the NAMTC Office. geoff.c@craventech.com


Congratulations to Molly Aschoff (NE)

President-Elect 2020-2021
  Congratulations to Molly Aschoff (NE) for accepting the nomination and being elected to the office of President Elect for 2020-2021. In her 22nd year in Education, she is currently the Digital Learning Coordinator and Media Specialist at ESU 8 in Neligh, NE. Formerly an Elementary and Special Education teacher, she is responsible for supporting instructional design and strategies for distance learning courses. A long time supporter of NAMTC Molly also serves on the following national and statewide organizations:
NDLA (Nebraska Digital Learning Association - President Elect), NAMTC (National Association of Media and Technology Centers - Secretary) and TLT (Teaching & Learning with Technology, NE affiliate).
As schools contemplate using distance learning again for the start of school in the fall, her experience and leadership skills will be valuable not only for the districts she supports, but her counterparts across Nebraska and throughout the country. Thank you Molly for stepping up and leading our organization.
Congratulations to Molly Aschoff (NE) 


New School Rules in a Pandemic World

Archive of our Shared Conversation Now Available Online
by NAMTC Board of Directors
Back in March, nobody could've predicted that COVID-19 would disrupt our schools, work, and even our daily lives. Schools had to ramp up online learning with no prep time, many students lacking devices or broadband at home. Needless to say it created enormous challenges for all of us, and we had to think differently. Gabrielle Hewitt, contributor to the best selling book "The New School Rules", joined us for a Shared Conversation in May to talk about the stages of returning to normal, and strategies schools should think of adopting. This conversation was very popular and the archived version of this Shared Conversation can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/2RFTChOCjrM

As schools prepare for the return of students for the fall, this information is very timely for ESAs as well as school districts.

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