Leadership Practices to Support Online Instruction

The past 12 months have brought about many opportunities for us to think differently about how we lead and support educators. Educators have been pushed to act on innovative ideas, develop new skill sets, and transform instructional practices. During this summit, we welcome you to join us as we share lessons learned, introduce leadership strategies, and thought-partner on practices to support online instruction.

Join Principals, Darren Clay and Anthony Newbold as they lead an opportunity to discuss shared Problems of Practice with job-alike peers.

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Darren Clay, Ed.D.

Darren has been serving students from diverse backgrounds since 2011. As a 4th generation school leader, he has enjoyed serving in multiple educational leadership roles. In his current role as a Transformation Leadership Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education, Darren creates state-wide virtual professional development for principals in turnaround school settings. In Darren's former role, he was highly involved with technology integration efforts as a Technology Assistant Principal at a Microsoft Showcase School.

In 2016 and 2017, Darren has co-hosted the largest school-led Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference in U.S. history. As a regional technology team lead, Darren helps to drive technology innovation in over 20 schools. His passion for education has led to recognition within his district as the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year, 2013 Teacher of the Year, and Georgia State University Alumni’s Top 40 Under 40. Darren’s work has been nationally featured by Federal Government’s Office of Educational Technology and the U.S. Microsoft Education Team.

Darren currently holds advanced degrees in Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership. Darren earned his doctorate degree from the University of Georgia, where he implemented a case study action research with focus on integrating 21st Century Learning Skills. In addition to writing his dissertation, he co-authored an anthology featuring Rising Assistant Principals working in districts around the country. He was also recognized by his efforts outside of the classroom as a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Whitney M. Young Award for outstanding service to youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. His ultimate goal is to give stakeholders an adequate opportunity to succeed with proven practices within 21st century learning environments.

Anthony Newbold Ed.D.

“There’s nothing I can do for that kid now!” These nine words forever changed the life of Principal Anthony Newbold. When an educator uttered those words to him, he knew that it was up to him to make a difference in the lives of young people. Dr. Newbold is now a 19 year education veteran who is on the relentless search to improve outcomes for all children.

As a Teach for America educator, he held fast to the vision that “one day, all children in our nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education”. This has continued to push him. As a classroom teacher, he came to the realization that the more he could engage his students, the more they retained. Hands on technology rich activities did the trick. As Dr. Newbold moved up the ladder in education he made it his duty to provide these opportunities to all of those with whom he has worked. Educational technology became his passion.

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He led Bear Creek Middle School in becoming one of the first schools in the district to implement a fully 1:1 learning environment. He credits the preparation of his teachers in the school’s success. Bear Creek has also been recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School and has conducted the two largest Redefining Learning Conferences in the world. With over 2500 combined attendees receiving hours of quality instructional technology training, students for years to come will benefit greatly.

To build credibility with his staff, Dr. Newbold became a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), and a Surface Expert. He has been a featured speaker at multiple Microsoft events and he was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Learn What’s Next event in New York City. D. Newbold runs the largest Teach to One Math program in the United States as the principal at Bear Creek Middle School. Coupled with his belief in a growth mindset, this program has given him insight into what it takes to implement a blended personalized learning environment.

Dr. Newbold resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Wendy, daughters Kaylah and Kendall, and exchange student Yulin Wang (Ben).


8:00-8:30 Our Digital Transformation Story

8:30-8:45 Participant Activity

8:45-9:30 Reflections from 2020-21: Where do we go from here?

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:45 Problems of Practice & Roundtable Discussions

10:45-11:30 What needs to be planned for 2022?

What’s Next?

Join us on March 19th for this half day summit!

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