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Identify unfinished learning: How to integrate data and instruction Newsela & NWEA Webinar

Date & Time
march 11, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pricing & Registration

Registration is free to attendees, but preregistration is required.


Upon registration, you will then receive a Zoom meeting invite to connect to the webinar prior to the event.  The session will be recorded and available for review for all registered attendees.


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Join NYSCATE Corporate Council members Newsela and NWEA at 11 am ET on March 11 for this engaging hour-long webinar to discuss strategies and best practices for leveraging data to inform instruction.

COVID-19 has changed the way we teach, interact with families, and measure student growth. It is crucial to have trustworthy, actionable data for teachers and administrators to navigate unfinished learning.

What will you learn?

  • Discover how insights from MAP® Growth™ can provide trustworthy data for instructional and operational decision-making
  • See how Newsela supports teacher and student voices to drive engagement and growth
  • Understand how NWEA and Newsela work together to bring actionable data to life


Join Whitney O’Connell, Curricular Solution Architect, Newsela, Jeannie Oliver, Strategic Account Manager, NWEA, and Dr. Mark Linton, Staff Development Specialist, Arkport Central School District, Arkport, NY, to learn more about this innovative partnership in this webinar designed for NYSCATE members.

Audience:  District and school leaders, curriculum and instruction directors, principals, assessment and accountability directors, literacy directors, and ELA teachers

Whitney O’Connell, Curricular Solution Architect, Newsela

Whitney is a Curricular Solutions Architect at Newsela where she dedicates her time to ensuring districts across the country are able to realize their curricular vision and goals. Whitney is a former K-2 teacher, and she worked primarily with English Language Learners. She is deeply invested in driving student engagement and has worked to develop STEM and social studies curriculum nationally and internationally that excites students.

Jeannie Oliver, Strategic Account Manager, NWEA

Jeannie Oliver has over 15 years’ experience in education, including teaching, curriculum design & alignment, and professional learning facilitation. Her passion for student engagement, improving effective teacher instruction, and student success in learning is what drives her collaborative process every day. Jeannie understands and has witnessed the impact MAP can have in helping schools and students experience academic growth. She is committed to fulfilling NWEA’s mission, partnering to help all kids learn.

Dr. Mark Linton, Staff Development Specialist, Arkport Central School District

Dr. Mark Linton received his undergraduate degree in K-6 elementary education and K-12 special education from SUNY Geneseo, his Master's degree in counseling and Administrative Certificate from SUNY Brockport, and his doctoral degree from St. John Fisher College. He brings a wealth of experience from working in rural and suburban school environments in varied roles, such as special education and general education teacher, and school counselor. Mark also served as a school superintendent and a building-level administrator. Since retiring in 2019, Mark has provided instructional and leadership coaching to educators in face-to-face and virtual formats and is currently serving as a Staff Development Specialist in the Arkport Central School District. Mark is driven by his belief in continuous learning and the importance of advocating for the educational and social-emotional needs of students.

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