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Guest ContributorMay 22, 2020 9:35:00 PM1 min read

Education Today: Interview with Dr. Wendy Oliver

In this episode of Education Today, Dr. Rod Berger interviews Dr. Wendy Oliver and Jeff McCoy to uncover strategies that support online learning at the individual and district levels.

First, Oliver shares her subject matter expertise on online learning (0:30). Dr. Oliver is the Chief Learning Officer for EdisonLearning and author of Not Your Mama's Education: What You Need to Know As A Parent About Your Child's Digital Education. In the discussion, she talks about bridging the gap between educators, parents, and students in a virtual learning setting;  how to bring together parents and educators into one conversation about supporting remote learning; and how to plan for success leading through the 2020-21 school year. 

Berger then speaks with McCoy, Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools, the largest district in South Carolina (16:03). In Greenville, McCoy has demonstrated his commitment to student achievement through leadership of numerous initiatives around instructional technology, CTE pathways, and academic interventions. He describes how his district is navigating school closures, including how they provide connectivity hot spots via Wi-Fi buses; how the district is planning ahead for 2020-21; an initiative called "Focus School Support" that has improved student achievement across the district by double digits over the past three years; and more.

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