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This panel targets the specific implementation challenge of continuity of learning, within the state of Texas, as schools moved to online-only teaching during the COVID pandemic. The panel invites members from urban and rural school districts, the state agency (TEA), and state-sponsored support groups to discuss both the specific challenges and successes of moving to online-only education as a group of schools that were already committed to and practicing blended and personalized learning methods.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Engage in a broad discussion and debate around both the challenges and opportunities of leveraging blended and personalized learning habits of teaching and learning during the move to online-only instruction.
  2. Perform a diagnostic for your own context for technology-rich versus blended, personalized learning.
  3. Engage in a Challenge-Solution focus as they plan for future-oriented practices in their districts.


  • Andrew Hodge, Blended Learning Grant Project Manager, Texas Education Agency | @teainfo
  • Kristen Watkins, Director, Personalized Learning, Dallas Independent School District | @k10watkins
  • Kathy Horner, Director, Blended and Personalized Learning, Winters Independent School District | @wintersisd
  • Kellie Wilks, Chief Technology Officer, Ector County Independent School District | @EctorCountyISD
  • Lauren Tavarez, Blended Learning Coordinator, Ector County Independent School District | @LTavarezECISD
  • Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer, Chair of Graduate Studies in Blended and Personalized Learning, Texas Tech University | @TexasTech