May 25, 2023: Don’t miss tomorrow’s Free Friday Webinar + check out these upcoming national conference sessions

Happy Thursday, USDLA friends! We are just two months from the start of the USDLA National Conference in July, and today we want to share three more presentations you won’t want to miss!

  • Behind the Scenes: A Look at My Approach to Storyboarding for Gamification with Mallori Steele, Growductive Consulting
  • Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Family Engagement with Yazmin Guevara Alvarez, Founder, Alvarez Consulting & Advocacy
  • Raising equity through multiple means of expression while naturally combatting AI usage with Page Durham, Instructional Support Services and Terri Milroy, Curriculum Designer – Workforce Programs, Germanna Community College, and Alan Manley, Director of Sales, Harmonize

Tomorrow: Don’t miss our webinar on the Sound of Conversation in 5 Steps with Pecha Kucha with Kelli Erwin, Director of Education, Learning.com. See details below, and click here to register.

If you still need to book your spot at the 2023 USDLA National Conference in Orlando, FL, from July 17-20: Click here to join us!

We’ll talk again on Tuesday! — Valary Oleinik, chair, USDLA National Conference 2023


USDLA FREE FRIDAY WEBINAR — May 26, 1-2 pm Eastern: Sound of Conversation in 5 Steps with Pecha Kucha

Presenter: Kelli Erwin, Director of Education, Learning.com

Session: Pecha Kucha is the sound of conversation. Learn how to use this storytelling tool to help share information or communicate ideas. Pecha Kucha, Mini Pecha Kucha, and Ignite can all be used to get the message across in an organized and succinct way. Each type serves a purpose in delivering a message, sharing a story, and helping an audience to understand. Learn how to create each and experience the value of Pecha Kucha for teaching, learning, and communicating. Participants will be introduced to the three different styles related to Pecha Kucha and how to use these with different audiences. A template to follow will be shared to help guide participants through creating their own Pecha Kucha. In small groups, participants will work together to create then share out their Pecha Kucha. Resources will be provided to help you implement tomorrow.

With more than 20 years in education as a classroom (K-2), tech apps (K-5) and GT (K-5) teacher, district administrator for instructional technology (K-12), professional development trainer, instructional design manager, and product owner, Kelli has a passion for understanding how we learn, Dr. Erwin keeps her focus on the science behind learning, best practices for pedagogy and andragogy and best practices for delivering virtual and in-person learning opportunities. Her current focus is in the K-12 learning space.

Click here to register for the May 26 webinar!


Behind the Scenes: A Look at My Approach to Storyboarding for Gamification

Presenter: Mallori Steele, Growductive Consulting

Session: Take an exclusive peek into Mallori’s approach to storyboarding for gamification as she reveals her strategy for crafting a storyboard for an engaging and immersive gamified experience. Deep dive into her creative process, you’ll gain valuable insights on how to keep storyboards coherent and well-structured while discovering effective techniques for using them to build captivating gameplay experiences. By the end of this session, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to leverage the power of storyboarding to enhance your game design skills and create more dynamic and entertaining learning experiences. So, if you’re ready to level up your game design expertise, join Mallori and unlock the secrets of successful gamification with storyboarding.


Raising equity through multiple means of expression while naturally combatting AI usage

Presenters: Page Durham, Instructional Support Services and Terri Milroy, Curriculum Designer – Workforce Programs, Germanna Community College, and Alan Manley, Director of Sales, Harmonize

Session: Hear how Germanna Community College is focused on encouraging different modes of expression in music and Government courses to make their students more comfortable engaging with the content and getting their ideas out without worrying as much about grammar anxiety and being judged for their writing skills. A more recent benefit of this structured open expression is that it naturally sidesteps the worry about AI writing in the classroom.


Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Family Engagement

Presenter: Yazmin Guevara Alvarez, Founder, Alvarez Consulting & Advocacy

Session: Participants will explore implicit bias and how it can affect family engagement. Participants will explore the importance of family engagement and awareness of expectations. Participants will learn strategies to counter implicit bias and way to build sustaining relationships with families. The goal is to become aware and to challenge individual assumptions.

We’ll see you in Orlando in July!