At the Learning Counsel Learning Logistics & Tech Tour event in Atlanta, GA, educational leaders gathered to explore the intersection of technology, teaching, and equity. Lisa Watkins, Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation at Gwinnett County Public Schools, delivered a compelling presentation highlighting the district's commitment to serving its diverse student population and promoting equitable access to education.

Lisa Watkins began her presentation by highlighting the diversity of Gwinnett County Public Schools, emphasizing that 55% of students are economically disadvantaged and represent 191 different countries. With a student body that speaks 98 languages, the district's focus on inclusivity and cultural competence grounds its approach to teaching and learning.

In discussing the role of technology in education, Watkins emphasized that Gwinnett County Public Schools prioritizes teaching and learning above all else. Rather than starting with technology, the district focuses on empowering educators to deliver high-quality instruction that meets the diverse needs of students. Technology serves as a tool to differentiate, accelerate, and extend learning opportunities for all learners.

A central theme of Watkins' presentation was the district's commitment to equity. She emphasized that equity in Gwinnett County Public Schools means providing each student with what they need, when they need it. Through a multi-tiered system of support and intentional learning resources, the district strives to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Watkins highlighted the importance of creating safe and secure learning environments where students feel a sense of belonging. The district's strategic priorities include fostering empathy and creating a supportive atmosphere for both students and faculty. By prioritizing social-emotional well-being, Gwinnett County Public Schools aims to create a conducive learning environment for all learners.

During the presentation, Watkins introduced members of her team who shared insights from their respective roles within the district. This collaborative approach to leadership underscores the district's commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. By leveraging the expertise of educators and instructional leaders, Gwinnett County Public Schools remains at the forefront of educational innovation.

Lisa and her team’s presentation at the Learning Counsel Learning Logistics & Tech Tour showcased Gwinnett County Public Schools' dedication to equity, inclusion, and excellence in education. Through a focus on teaching and learning, prioritization of equity and access, and commitment to fostering safe and inclusive learning environments, the district continues to empower students to thrive academically and socially in an ever-changing world.

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