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DigCitSummit: Civic Readiness

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Join us for our specifically designed #DigCitSummit around the NY State Civic Readiness for All Students Initiative

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Why You Should Join Us

Our Civic Readiness #DigCitSummit will be an opportunity to experience both the new digital citizenship pillars, as well as the New York State Education Department's Civic Readiness domains. Using this lens, we'll explore ways our K-12 students can make a positive difference in local, global, and digital communities.

Our virtual event will spotlight school communities who #UseTech4Good as we explore the Digital Citizenship pillars and the new Civic Readiness competencies. The day is designed specifically for NY educators, but is open to all.

Our School Community Showcase will kick off the day at 9 am EST as we highlight the Lake Shore Central School District (LSCSD) and the commitment they made to digital citizenship four years ago. LSCSD embraced an intergenerational approach to learning at school, home, play, and continued to add layers to their school community learning together.

Sessions throughout the day will include educators throughout the state of New York, as well as invited speakers who will encourage conversation and action around digital citizenship, civic education, and what the Seal of Civic Readiness can look like in K-12 classrooms next year. Presenters who piloted the Civic Readiness program this year will also share their experiences, lessons learned, and plans moving forward.

Beyond the conversations, the day has been planned to meet you, K-12 educators where you are and help move you forward. This personalized approach towards professional learning is intended to help you embed both the Digital Citizenship and Civic Readiness skills and competencies through a variety of topics including: student agency, immersive technologies, digital wellness, balance and mental health, social/emotional learning (SEL), storytelling, digital literacy, media literacy, global education, Global Goals and SDGs, eSports and gaming, project and passion based learning, and ultimately how to #UseTech4Good.

We have planned this event to help plan what the Seal of Civic Readiness will look like in your classroom, school, and community. CTLE will be available and for anyone who would like to dig deeper over the summer, we are hosting a free Global IMPACTOR Summer Academy.

Our plan is to continue to support BOCES centers during the 2022-2023 academic year and we'll host a live student showcase in June 2023 to celebrate Civic Readiness projects happening throughout the state of New York. We look forward to this year-long learning journey with you.

What is a DigCitSummit?

We held the first Digital Citizenship Summit (2015) was the first conference to carve out space and time to host the very first all digital citizenship conference. Since that time, we have hosted our #DigCitSummit around the world modeling a proactive approach towards digital citizenship.

A #DigCitSummit is a gathering of digital citizenship enthusiasts and influencers who are committed to becoming a force for good online. Our ​#DigCitSummit builds connections among four critical stakeholders namely, students, educators, parents/caregivers, and community thought leaders. This multiple stakeholders approach provides an opportunity to address the positive ways to actively use social media and technology.

Civic Ready students use civic knowledge, skills and mindsets to make decisions and take actions for themselves, their communities, and public good as members of a culturally diverse, democratic society. Schools, therefore, must provide students meaningful opportunities to develop specific civic knowledge, skills, and mindsets—and to participate in authentic actions and experiences—that are necessary for them to function as productive civic participants within their schools, communities, states, our country and the world.

Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Ai is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an education enrichment company to help teens and young adults become career- and life-ready. Dr. Ai is also an Adobe Insider, Adobe Education Leader, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. Dr. Ai’s work has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Inside Higher Education, Katie Couric Media, Pearson Education, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, & others. Additionally, Dr. Ai hosts a popular weekly live streaming show, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, such as Seth Godin, Dr. Esther Wojcicki, and Guy Kawasaki. Dr. Ai frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences including TEDx, Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Adobe Education Summit, etc.

Aimee Bloom is a Coordinator for Instructional Technologies for Erie 1 BOCES, Aimee brings to us over 15 years of experience in education. Aimee’s career began as a PreK-8th grade art and computer teacher, where her role quickly expanded into assisting educators with educational technology, Website design, and data management.

Empowered with a strong desire to maximize her impact on students and adult learners, Mrs. Bloom obtained her second Master's in Educational Leadership with a minor in Emerging Media and Educational Technology. She has served in various leadership roles throughout her career, such as an Integration Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Technology Coordinator. She also has experience as a Staff Development Specialist for the Model Schools Co-Service for instructional technology at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

As an individual who believes that one should never stop learning, Mrs. Bloom continues to grow as a professional by obtaining certifications from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is a Google Certified Trainer. Passionate about improving education, Mrs. Bloom has participated on committees where she co-authored the New York State Computer Science Standards and the Diocese of Buffalo Computer Technology Curriculum. She is also a part of several professional organizations.

Mary Lynn Bieron is an Instructional Support Specialist for K-12 Social Studies for the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District outside Buffalo, NY. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Ken-Ton Staff Development Center Policy Board and champions professional development for the school district. Mary Lynn is also a member of the Niagara Frontier Council for Social Studies and the NYSCSS where she has served on panels for the NYS Seal of Civic Readiness, sharing the Ken-Ton SCR Program.

Amanda Breheny has been a World Language teacher for 20 years. She has worked as an instructional support technologist in her district for the past 9 years. Amanda studied at VENUSA College in Merida, Venezuela as well as the University of North London, England. Amanda earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and elementary education from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Amanda Breheny was featured in “Meet the educators that saved a pandemic school year” in Time Magazine. The pandemic transformed her classroom into an international learning space. Her students learn about the lack of access to safe drinking water around the world. Her 8th grade students collaborate with Pure Water for the World, a non-profit organization with locations in Vermont, Honduras and Haiti. Students raise awareness and funds to provide biosand filters for families in developing countries. Her students become DigCit Global Impactors by contributing to our global community.

Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of AR and VR in the classroom.

Michael Drezek is a Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD in Angola, New York and has been teaching for 17 years. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and an Apple Teacher.

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a trainer with NYSCATE. She is the Capital Region Director for NYSCATE and a part of their social media team and their Volunteer Hall of Fame. She is a chapter co-author of Professional Development is a Plan, Not a Fix in the book What teacher educators should have learned from 2020. Laurie was named CoSN’s NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders in 2020 and earned the Spotlight Award at BOCES. Laurie was part of the NYSED authoring committee for the Computer Science and Digital Fluency standards and is a member of the NYSED CAP for those standards. Laurie was a mentor for the DigCit Institute Global Impactor Program. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Cloud Certified, Google Certified Educator, and Trainer. Laurie is a Common Sense Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador and Educator, Seesaw Ambassador and Pioneer, Nearpod PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, Kami Hero, BreakoutEDU Authorized Trainer, Genially Ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, 3D Bear Ambassador, IORAD Ambassador, Osmo Ambassador, and a Screencastify Master Screencaster. She has presented at many conferences and taught workshops at Skidmore College and the Greater Capital District Teacher Center to integrate technology in literacy. Laurie is an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh, where she teaches Digital Age Learning in the SBL program.

Philip Jarosz is an Instructional Innovation Support Specialist for the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District outside Buffalo, NY. In his current role, Phil helps teachers K-12 with engaging and innovating learning with technology. Phil is the WNY Regional Director on the Board of Directors for NYSCATE, an ISTE Certified Educator, and a Canvas Certified Educator. Phil is the 2022 recipient of the Town of Tonawanda's Joseph Allen Jr. Service to Youth Award.

Victoria Lowe is serving as a Peer Collaborative Teacher/ELA Teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She has taught in the NYCDOE for 20+ years and is presently working toward certification as a School Librarian at SUNY Albany. She holds the following certifications: Nearpod Certified Educator, Flipgrid Certified Educator, Kami Certified Educator, Mote Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Apple Teacher, NewsELA Certified Educator and Teacher Trainer, Common Sense Educator, KQED Media Literacy Innovator, and Google Digital Skills Ambassador. She connects with other educators using the Twitter handle @vlowe144. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and globally on instructional strategies to support student learning. She is a member of AMLE (Association Middle Level Educators) serving as chairperson of the Membership Committee and a member of the CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) as a program reviewer.

Lisa Meade is a principal in upstate, NY. She has previously served as an assistant superintendent, PPS Director, and special education Leader. Lisa is a mom, educator, leader, and learner with nearly 30 years of experience in schools. Lisa was NASSP's/SAANYS 2015 Principal of the Year.

Rachel Murat has been an educator at Maine-Endwell High School for 26 years and is the 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year. Throughout those years she has taught classes in grades 9-12, including AP Government and Politics, Digital Citizenship, Digital Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Global History, US History, GSuite, Sociology and Psychology. She earned her Bachelor’s from Ohio University in 1995 and her Master’s from Binghamton University in 2001. She is a contributing author of DigCitKids: Lessons Learning Side-by-Side, to Empower Others Around the World. She is very active on social media and views it as a way to break down the traditional limitations of professional development and a means to connect both her students and classroom to the world. She believes strongly that community service and civic education need to once again be priorities in education. She is the Founder and President of M-EALS and Leadership, a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit district food pantry system that feeds over 100 district families with weekly home deliveries of food. She is also a 2021 NEA Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She was a spring 2021 TEDx speaker.

An early adopter and true leader in the digital citizenship space, Murat created the district's "Digital Citizenship" course in 2013, which helps students successfully navigate the internet and social-media channels at a time when a wayward post can harm future job and college prospects. Murat also brought a student-led DigCitSummit to Maine-Endwell and created Positively Social, a documentary to highlight the positive use of technology.

Deann Poleon is in her 4th year as a Technology Integrator for the Lake Shore CSD in Angola, New York. Prior to her TI role, she taught in the secondary ELA classroom for 18 years. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Nearpod Pionear, Merge Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador, Wakelet Community Leader, Flipgrid Certified Educator, and Seesaw Ambassador. Deann supports students and teachers from K-12th grade with integrating and using technology in meaningful, collaborative, engaging ways.

Steve Sostak is the director of Inspire Citizens and the lead writer and designer of the Master Educator Endorsement, he works around the world, collaborating on strategic initiatives, student projects, and learning design for a range of diverse school communities, global cohorts, and future-focused organizations.

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in Chicago, Lima, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing, Steve co-founded Inspire Citizens in order to embed sustainability, civic readiness, ecology, and engaged global citizenship into whole school communities, classrooms, and student-centered learning experiences.

Steve is known for Empathy to Impact -- a heart, head, and hands approach to teaching and learning that empowers educators and students in living through greater compassion, connection, understanding, and action in shaping a happier and healthier self, society, and planet.

Jason R. Van Fossen has spent the past twenty-five years in education as a teacher, principal and now, for the past ten years, as the Superintendent of the Maine-Endwell Central School District.

Mr. Van Fossen has earned a master’s degree in Business Economics and bachelor’s degree in economics with a dual major in secondary education. He earned his Certificate of Advanced Studies in 2003 and has been a school building and district leader ever since.

Currently, Mr. Van Fossen serves on the Broome County Workforce Development K-12 Education and serves as co-chair. the SUNY Broome Pathways Strategic Planning Committee, serving as co-chair of the Healthcare Pathways team, and will begin serving as district superintendent representative for the Regional Technology Advisory Group and Executive Board effective July 1

Mr. Van Fossen has been an early adopter of reshaping school-university partnerships. His work with developing and growing student teachers to create more authentic opportunities has been highlighted in the book Rethinking School-University Partnerships: A New Way Forward (Chandler & Barron).

The Maine-Endwell Central School District has grown exponentially because of the talented faculty and staff that serve the district. Mr. Van Fossen believes the greatest gift school leadership can provide to those they serve is a willingness to listen and support innovative thinking and creativity.

Jennifer Wolfe, 2022 NEA California Casualty Awardee for Teaching Excellence, 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year, has been teaching social studies for 26 years. The last 25 at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, NY. Currently she teaches Pre-AP World History to 9th graders, AP Human Geography and Government to seniors. She is the first teacher in the district to earn National Board Certification. Wolfe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Earlham College in 1991, a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1996 and an honorary doctorate in 2000 from Clarkson University. Wolfe was named the NYS Council for Social Studies HS Teacher of the Year in 2005, received Fulbright-Hays Scholarships in 2000 and 2004, and was selected for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in 2004. Wolfe attended the 2015 US Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Boston Summit where she and a team of administrators and teachers, worked together to create a program that used the Teaching Channel platform and National Board Certified Teachers to support untenured teachers. Ms. Wolfe has always used technology in her classroom, and enjoys being an early adopter of using technology to enhance the learning in her classroom. Mom of two active daughters, when she has free time, she spends some of it making sure every elected official has a teacher's number in their cell phone and uses it when they are writing educational policy.

Ivy Yan is a consultant, educational designer and facilitator. Advocating for happiness and wellbeing of human and nature as a whole, she works with schools and businesses on strategic consulting, leadership retreat, competency building, student-facing experiential programs and coaching.

She believes in holistic and progressive education through the heart, hands and head that is rooted in self care, care for others and care for nature. A natural cross-pollinator who draws inspirations from her diverse trainings and experiences, she integrates deep ecology, traditional wisdom with design and innovation, futures thinking, and media studies in her work.​

Meet our Organizing Team

Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is Internationally recognized as a digital citizenship pioneer. Dr. Curran is an author, consultant, and speaker who is the global connector behind the Digital Citizenship Institute, Digital Citizenship Summit, and DigCitKids. With her son, she co-authored DigCitKids: Lessons Learning Side-by-Side to Empower Others Around the World.

Committed to Human-Centered Design, Dr. Curran leads by hand, heart, and mind as she models how to make a positive impact in local, global, and digital communities. Dr. Curran has served as an associate professor, a middle school principal, and middle school teacher. As a connected educator, her work current with school communities around the world has created positive and powerful shifts in how we engage and learn online.

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a trainer with NYSCATE. She is the Capital Region Director for NYSCATE and a part of their social media team and their Volunteer Hall of Fame. She is a chapter co-author of Professional Development is a Plan, Not a Fix in the book What teacher educators should have learned from 2020. Laurie was named CoSN’s NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders in 2020 and earned the Spotlight Award at BOCES. Laurie was part of the NYSED authoring committee for the Computer Science and Digital Fluency standards and is a member of the NYSED CAP for those standards. Laurie was a mentor for the DigCit Institute Global Impactor Program. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Cloud Certified, Google Certified Educator, and Trainer. Laurie is a Common Sense Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador and Educator, Seesaw Ambassador and Pioneer, Nearpod PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, Kami Hero, BreakoutEDU Authorized Trainer, Genially Ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, 3D Bear Ambassador, IORAD Ambassador, Osmo Ambassador, and a Screencastify Master Screencaster. She has presented at many conferences and taught workshops at Skidmore College and the Greater Capital District Teacher Center to integrate technology in literacy. Laurie is an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh, where she teaches Digital Age Learning in the SBL program.

Katie McNamara serves as a teacher librarian at North High School in Bakersfield, California; director of the Teacher Librarian Program at Fresno Pacific University; and president of the California School Library Association (2020-2021). She is a Google Certified Innovator and AASL Tech Troubadour. She enjoys learning, empowering teachers to inspire student learning, and frequently sharing her expertise as a national and global presenter. Create. Inspire. Empower. Repeat. She is also a proud boymom.

Eugenia Tamez is passionate about educational technology and digital citizenship. Founder of Eduktech, Social Media Manager, Consultant and adviser in the implementation of educational technology and digital citizenship in different educational institutions. #DigCitSummitMX and #DigCitSummit LATAM organizer. Researcher and writer, collaborations, English - Spanish translations in different printed and electronic media on topics of technology, education and digital citizenship. She is also the proud mom of three teenage girls.

More Resources

More information about Civic Readiness can be found here: nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/civic-readiness-initiative

Learn more about the standards here: http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/computer-science-and-digital-fluency-learning-standards

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Continue to Learn With Us This Summer

➡️ Join our Global IMPACTOR Summer Academy to dive deeper around Digital Citizenship and the Civic Readiness competencies.

➡️ Join our organizational partners, Inspire Citizens for a Eco-Media learning experience in July.

Eco-Media is a set of hybrid learning opportunities for students everywhere to explore and produce meaningful media for the critical and compassionate exchange of ideas.

The programs and publications blend the studies and application of deep ecology, social cohesion, civil discourse, well-being, and critical media literacy to engage students in unpacking a complex technological landscape while creating media for a healthier, happier, and more sustainable world.

All of our learning experiences follow Empathy to Impact, our HEART, HEAD, HANDS approach to teaching and learning that is built for engaged global citizenship: Compassion, connection, understanding, and action.

Schools, educators and students can customize experiences with our Inspire Citizens’ team around launching Eco-Media programs, co-designing learning experiences, embedding humane media and technology literacies into practices and school communities, and empowering learners to design purposeful publications for local and global digital exhibitions and our own Inspire Citizens archives.

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