“Connecting the Community,” the third installment of our ongoing Global EdTech Academy series exploring race and culture in education featured a special panel discussion with moderator, Ken Shelton and panelists Jennifer Hall, Dr. Sawsan Jaber, and Felisa Ford.

“The need to hear from more voices, more experiences, more expertise has always been there. Now is the time to listen and learn,” Ken Shelton remarks. View the recording here:

About the Panelists

Felisa Ford is a veteran educator with over 27 years of classroom and leadership experience as a high school administrator and a K-12 Curriculum Coordinator. Currently, a Digital Learning Specialist with Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, GA, Felisa provides technology training and support for educators in her district and throughout the nation. Felisa has earned many distinctions and certifications in the instructional technology world some of which include: Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Master Trainer, Buncee Ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, Flipgrid Certified Educator, and Adobe Creative Educator to name a few. Felisa is a proud member of Our Voice Academy. She has presented at many conferences both locally and nationally. Felisa is a Co-Author of the Microsoft Infused Classroom: A Guidebook to Making Thinking Visible and Amplifying Student Voice.

Dr. Sawsan Jaber is currently a high school English teacher and a district Equity and Justice Team leader at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL. She is the founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting and one of the founders of the Arab American Education Network (AAEN). Sawsan is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance (OVA) charged with amplifying the voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color. She recently completed her Ph.D. with a focus on inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities. Additionally, Sawsan is a member of ISTE’s Leadership Network Team and National Board Certification candidate. She is an educational leader of twenty plus years with experience in a variety of settings in the U.S. and abroad. She offers the experience of being a member of a minority group as the daughter of refugees. Dr. Sawsan has been featured in several conferences and podcasts. Sawsan is a lifelong learner in an ever-changing world.

Jennifer Hall has been an educator for more than twenty-three years and serves as an Educational Technology Specialist (ETS) for Atlanta Public Schools. As a National Board Certified Teacher, she has seventeen years of middle school classroom experience, including nine years in gifted education. Her expertise includes technology tools, digital resources, project-based learning, curriculum writing, video production, and professional development. As an ETS, Jen collaborates with teachers, works with students, and provides school-based training, as well as district-wide professional development.

Jen is a 2019 winner of the RJ Stangherlin Award from the Discovery Education Community as well as a 2018 DENny Award for Expertise and has served on the Discovery Education Leadership Council for the last four years. Jen is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Jen is passionate about all things #edtech and loves working with teachers to enhance instruction and engage students.

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