What are the roadblocks standing in the way of ensuring and measuring remote learner attendance, and what are the most effective ways to overcome them? The fear, of course, is that students will be left behind academically if there is no viable way of tracking attendance or assigning accountability to students for their participation within a remote learning environment. Attendance disparities result in a widening of learning gaps for many students and a negative impact on their social and emotional well-being. It is also important that school leaders pivot their focus on what teachers need to be successful within the realm of education's "new normal" to support positive student outcomes.

Join Us for a live discussion on best practices and effective methods that can help drive student attendance during remote learning. You'll meet Dr. Lisa Downey, Assistant Principal at Mineola High School on Long Island, New York, who will share how her school's innovative approaches to engage students with technology pre-pandemic was leveraged during the spring of 2020 to support an online learning ecosystem that has successfully transcended into this new school year. Also joining the discussion to provide insight on the challenges facing teachers this new academic year is Abigail Parks, NYS certified teacher with 20 years experience as an educator both in the traditional classroom and virtual environment. We'll explore her strategies for student rapport-building within the virtual setting.   

Tuesday, November 17th

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

11:30 a.m. PT | 1:30 p.m. CT


About the Moderator

Hayley Spira-Bauer, MST

NYS Certified Educator | Director of Education Services, iTutor.com

Hayley began her career in education immediately after graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 through an alternative certification program called Teach for America. She obtained her Master's degree in 2008 from Pace University. During her time in the Corps, Hayley taught for two years in the South Bronx at a public school, and then transitioned to a charter school, Harlem Village Academies, located in Harlem, New York where she spent most of her education career. While there, Hayley served many roles including Teacher, Dean of Students and Academic Director. She was also fortunate to have the opportunity to found one of the Harlem network's schools. Hayley is proud to be a part of the iTutor team as the Director of Academics overseeing all education services and Educators in order to ensure high-quality instruction on behalf of every student iTutor serves. 


Guest Speakers:

Lisa Downey Ed.D.  

Assistant Principal, Mineola High School, NY

Dr. Lisa Downey is an Assistant Principal at Mineola High School on Long Island, NY. Dr. Downey received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Hofstra University; a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Hofstra University; an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Hofstra University; and a Doctoral Degree in Teaching and Learning from Hofstra University. Prior to being an Assistant Principal, Dr. Downey was a High School Mathematics Teacher. During this time, Dr. Downey’s dedication to building student’s mathematical skills as well as her relationship with each student encouraged her students to achieve success and gain a deeper appreciation for mathematics. In her role as Assistant Principal, she has helped implement innovative programs which have led Mineola High School to being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. Dr. Downey also continues to share her knowledge of innovative learning and teaching as a presenter at the Long Island Technology and Educational Summit, Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET) Technology Conference; Nassau County Math Teachers Association's Make Math Count Conference and at Mineola High School’s EdCamp. Dr. Downey is a certified Apple Teacher, edpuzzle Coach, and certified Flipgrid Educator.


Abigail A. Parks, B.S.Ed, M.Ed.

                 NYS Certified Educator | iTutor Educator

Abigail Parks has a New York State certification in Biology (7-12), and General Science (5-12), and holds a Bachelor of Science and Education from Potsdam State University, and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Potsdam State University, With 21 years of experience working in education, Abigail spent the first 14 years teaching middle school Science, Living Environment and Academic Intervention Services for Science in Lisbon, New York. She has served as a middle school teacher, high school teacher, STEM teacher, Lego Robotics coach, and a Teacher of Peers within St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Supervisory District. Abigail has also served as a guest researcher at Clarkson University, exploring different levels of ethanol derived from the fermentation of recycled paper as an alternative additive to gasoline in lieu of corn. Abigail joined iTutor.com in 2014, where she has since been an active online educator, mentor to fellow certified educators, and a content curator. At iTutor, Abigail conducts 1:1 and small group online instruction for homebound students. She is an adjunct employee at Educaide software, aligning study materials to the New York State Standards for their Problem-Attic software program. Abigail is additionally certified in Canada for Home and Consumer Sciences, Adult Computing 1, Intermediate Science, Biology and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Queens University, in Ontario, Canada.


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