NCCE is honored to have Dr. Darren Clay as a featured speaker for our annual conference this year! Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting this year’s featured speakers. This diverse group of educators provide attendees a broad range of experience and expertise in education. Mark your calendar for March 17th through the 20th for a virtual conference experience like no other!

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Darren ClayDarren 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.


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Dr. Darren Clay’s Workshops and Sessions at NCCE 2021

Thursday, March 18th

Microsoft TEAMs for Staff and PLCs
1:00 pm–2:30 pm, Workshop

Microsoft TEAMS enables administrators, educators and community members to collaborate seamlessly by integrating conversations, files and planning calendars. In this session, school and district leaders will explore TEAMs for creating rich collaborative spaces for PLC’s and Staff to stay connected and work together. Learn key aspects for creating an effective collaborative learning culture.

All the Way Live with PowerPoint Presenter Live
5:00 pm–5:50 pm

PowerPoint Presenter Live is new way to present remotely while engaging educators and students. With ‘Live’ Presentations in PowerPoint, audience members can see a presentation on their devices and read live subtitles in their preferred language while you speak. They can use “pinch to zoom” to see the slides more clearly on mobile devices, give feedback, send live reactions to the presenter, and navigate back to review previous slides.

Maximizing Efficiency with Microsoft Planner
6:00 pm–6:50 pm

Microsoft Planner is a simple, visual way to organize teamwork in Microsoft Teams. Planner is a great solution for facilitating group projects and multi-step curriculum activities. Planner makes it easy for you to organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress. In this session, we will get you started with creating planner tasks in Teams. We will discuss different scenarios to set up planner tasks with students and staff members.

Friday, March 19th

Leadership Summit featuring Dr. Darren Clay and Dr. Anthony Newbold

9:00 am–11:50 am

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Driving Instruction with Data in Forms and Sway for Communication
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

This workshop will show educators how they can use Microsoft Forms as an assessment tool. Create a form or quiz with questions, define settings, share your form and check the results—all in the Microsoft Teams environment. The second half of this workshop will take you into the world of Sway—a user-friendly tool used to create and share interactive reports, personal stories, presentations, and more!

Leading Schools of 2030
4:00 pm–4:50 pm

This session will provide insight into current and future educational environments based on several recent research studies. We will explore how to maximize these research findings into actionable change to benefit the learners of the future. Come for an introduction of the research findings, draw insight from these findings and walk away with practical ways to apply this learning in your school or district.

Saturday, March 20th

Designing a Remote Learning Community for School and District Leaders
8:00 am–9:30 am

Microsoft Teams enables administrators, educators and community members to collaborate seamlessly integrating conversations, files and planning calendars. In this session, school and district leaders will explore the layout and navigation of TEAMs in preparation for creating rich collaboration spaces for parents and community members to stay connected and work together.

Leaning into Digital Transformation and Mapping your Journey the Education Transformation Framework
11:00 am–11:50 am

Get ready to dive into Microsoft’s K-12 Education Transformation Framework (ETF)–a holistic and effective guide for education leaders to navigate the complexity of transformation, envision what’s possible, and develop a strategy to achieve it. During this session, we will explore the holistic approach, global best practice and undergirding research that make up the 4 Pillars of ETF: Leadership & Policy, Teaching & Learning, Intelligent Environments, and Student & School Success. Join us for a presentation to inform next steps for district and school leaders.

Supervising and Evaluating Online Learning in Class TEAMs
2:00 pm–2:50 pm

In this session, participants will explore the layout and navigation of Class TEAMs in preparation for what they will see teachers implementing with students. Administrators will also discover an approach to supervising instructional practices in Class TEAMs as well as explore multiple ways to evaluate online instruction in Class TEAMs.

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