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Planning Forward: Supporting Hybrid Learning in K-12 Schools

1 hour

Dr. John Malloy
Karen Flello
Dr. Jordan Tinney
Mike Cusack
Howie Bender


With the unprecedented disruption to education caused by COVID-19, parents and students are yearning for a return to normalcy. In this uncertainty, there is a clear need to redesign our systems of learning for resiliency. Join us for a 1-hour panel-style webinar where we will hear from education leaders on how they are building the best possible teaching and learning experience in their K-12 schools and school districts during the 2020-2021 school year. They will discuss their current and evolving plans as well as how their efforts to enable staff to be able to leverage blended and online learning models if they can’t go back to the classroom…

John Malloy

Director of Education joined the Toronto District School Board on January 4, 2016.

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John Malloy

Director of Education joined the Toronto District School Board on January 4, 2016

Dr. Malloy believes strongly in the importance of working collaboratively with all partners to improve student achievement and well-being by holding high expectations, building trust, sharing leadership and supporting staff. His priority is to provide equitable access and opportunity to learning environments that improve student outcomes. This priority includes creating the conditions where staff challenge their own bias and where systemic barriers are confronted and removed. Dr. Malloy supports the transformation of student learning where students enhance their global competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Prior to joining the TDSB, he was Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Education in the Hamilton-Wentworth District Schools Board. In a career spanning over 30 years, Dr. Malloy’s love for learning, willingness to lead change and commitment to staff and students has been the foundation of his work.

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Dr. Jordan Tinney

Superintendent/CEO in Surrey, British Columbia’s largest school district and one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Canada

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Dr. Jordan Tinney

Superintendent/CEO in Surrey

Dr. Jordan Tinney is Superintendent/CEO in Surrey which is British Columbia’s largest school district and one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Canada. Surrey has over 130 schools, 74,000 students and approximately 11,000 staff. Surrey is a rapidly changing and diverse multicultural city where approximately 520,000 people speak over 180 languages and our city is currently growing by 1000 people per month. As a result of our growth, we currently have 14 school construction projects underway.

Jordan began his career in Electronics Engineering Technology in the field of Oceanography but then moved to education where he holds a master’s degree in administration and a doctorate in curriculum with specific research in educational change and technology. Jordan has taught K-12 and at post-secondary and as CEO, his current responsibilities are to directly oversee all aspects of the district.

An active Board member on a range of organizations, Jordan currently is Director of the Metro Vancouver Superintendents Association and also serves on the Board of BC Council for International Education. He is also deeply involved in work at the provincial level through several Ministry of Education Committees that range from overall system performance to managing our province-wide student information system. At the national level, Jordan is a leading member representing British Columbia on the C21 CEO Academy and a Board Member of a pan-Canadian partnership between business and public education through The Learning Partnership which is based in Toronto.

A frequent presenter at conferences on a range of topics, Jordan enjoys engaging people in the work that matters most which is the success of all children. Jordan’s passion is for organizational culture and change in a complex world.

On any given summer, you’ll find Jordan and his family somewhere in their RV trying to escape while exploring our vast and diverse lands.

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Karen Flello

Principal of the South Island Distance Education School in Saanich, BC

President of the BC Distributed Learning Administrator’s Association

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Karen Flello

Principal of the South Island Distance Education School, a K – 12 public online school located in Saanich, British Columbia

Karen also serves as the President of the BC Distributed Learning Administrator’s Association

Karen has been a DL educator/administrator for 15 years. She delights in providing students with opportunities to learn and grow and in ensuring that teaching and assessment practices are aligned to meet students where they are and to help them reach their potential. Most recently, Karen’s focus has been on supporting staff in the development of courses, resources and best practice that honours equity and inclusion in education.

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Mike Cusack

Learning Specialist: Online Learning and Cooperative Education

New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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Mike Cusack

Learning Specialist: Online Learning and Cooperative Education
New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

KAt EECD, Mike promotes the belief that all students benefit from participating in online learning experiences. Working with schools across the province, he leads the distance program to provide access to over 50 high school courses, including in two First Nations languages. Working with industry, post-secondary and community partners, he seeks to combine benefits of online and experiential learning for students and teachers. Programs like Mentorship Virtual Coop connect students remotely with experts across the province, and Centres of Excellence capture the expertise of key sectors, including cybersecurity and business, to share with schools.

Before joining EECD, Mike worked as a Model School Coordinator – promoting project-based learning and other innovative practices with teachers. His teaching experience covers a wide range of courses with a strength in technology, a passion for music, and a background in humanities.

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Howie Bender

VP K-12 at D2L

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Howie Bender

VP K-12 at D2L

Howie is a natural collaborator and seasoned strategic leader in education and is a firm believer in the power of education to transform lives, communities and societies. In his role as VP K-12 at D2L, he leads the K-12 segment in their efforts to help educators and schools across North America use Brightspace to deliver an excellent and inclusive education.

Prior to his time at D2L, Howie spent close to a decade in government, was the executive director of a non-profit, and provided policy advice to senior executives in the broader public sector. He is a former Chief of Staff to different Education and Higher Education Ministers and to the Deputy Premier in Canada’s largest province. He also served as the Chief of staff to Canada’s first Digital Government Minister and was a member of the Digital Government Board.

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