It goes without saying, it’s a hectic time. As district leaders, educators and parents, we know you’re faced with a lot of uncertainty. 

When faced with a lot of change, we find it helps to come together and listen to the advice of experts. Supporting our community has been a top priority for us at Xello. 

So, to provide relevant information and a sense of togetherness for the community during this time, we’re kicking off Xello Remote Roundtables! 

Join us at 3pm ET bi-weekly, where we’ll have various subject matter experts, who will speak about their experience on each remote roundtable topic. Our expert panelists will strive to provide guidance to educators on how to navigate their way during this uncertain time. 

Every other week, we will have a different set of panelists who will discuss a specific topic and you, as the audience, can ask them questions towards the end of the remote roundtable discussion. 

Here’s the schedule for our upcoming remote roundtable:

Empower Students to Have Agency in the College Application Process

To be held on: Sept 24, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who are the panelists?

Tonni Grant, Postsecondary Success Coordinator at Fort Worth Independent School District

Amanda Nolasco, School Counselor Specialist at Arizona Department of Education

Tom Ehlers, President & Founder at Method Test Prep

Dan Epstein, UX Researcher at Xello

Register here.

Missed our previous roundtables? You can still catch up & watch these on demand:

Remote Curriculum Development: How to create online programs that will educate and engage students during a disruption

Date held: April 2, 2020, 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Lindsey Howe, Virtual Educator at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

Russell Driesen, Curriculum Manager at Florida Virtual School

Erica Birkmeier, Career & College Advisor at Chesaning High School

Watch the recording here.

What About College: Helping students navigate the end of the school year and college decisions during this uncertain time

Date held: April 16, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Amanda Nolasco, School Counselor Specialist at Arizona’s Department of Education.

Tom Ehlers, President & Founder at Method Test Prep

Mindy Willard, School Counseling & Transitions Coordinator at Madison Metropolitan School District

Rebecca Hickert, Business, Information and Technology Academy Principal (Interim), and Coordinator of Post-Secondary Programs at Junction City High School, Geary County Schools – USD 475

Watch recording here.

Preparing Students for Success: The value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) to ensure students stay on track, and how to create them during a disruption

Date held: April 30, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Scott V. Solberg, Professor, Counseling and Applied Human Development, Boston University School of Education

Katie Siewert, Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education, Vancouver School District, WA

Onna Holland, School Counseling Fellow, Office of College and Career Readiness, Rhode Island Department of Education

Watch recording here.

Partnering with Parents: Working with parents during the COVID-19 disruption to help keep continuity in education and strengthen the student network

Date held: May 14, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Will Dible, Director of School Improvement, Spencer Community Schools

Rebekah Swaim, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Therapist, Grand Prairie Independent School District, TX

Watch recording here.

Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health: Ensuring students build essential skills and maintain their mental health even if they’re out of the classroom

Date held: May 28, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Kate McKenzie, School Counselor at Maddux Elementary School from Forest Hills School District

Theresa Fightmaster, K-12 Counselor Coordinator, Poudre School District

Ceresa Schaffer, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Unified School District No. 232

Watch recording here.

Evaluating your Budget: How to navigate spending during a disruption and advice for the upcoming school-year

Date held: June 11, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Stacy Smith, Assistant Director – IPS, CTE at Kansas State Department of Education

Mark Wreath, Director of CTE at Vancouver Public Schools

Suzanne K. Jones, Special Advisor for Learning Services at Arkansas Department of Education

Watch recording here.

Planning for the Upcoming School Year: Preparing students for transitions to the next grade and how to catch up due to COVID-19 disruption

Date held: June 30, 2020 at 4:45pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Ophelia King, Manager II, School Counseling at Milwaukee Public Schools

Mindy Willard, School Counseling and Transitions Coordinator at Madison Metropolitan School District

Rebekah Swaim, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Therapist at Grand Prairie Independent School District

Watch recording here.

District Communications: How to manage communications to ensure information is shared across your district

Date held: Aug 6, 2020 at 3pm ET

Who were the panelists?

Theresa Fightmaster, K-12 Counselor Coordinator at Poudre School District

Anthony Cook, District Coordinator of College and Career Counseling at Osceola County School District

Leah Corey, Program Manager at Saint Paul Public Schools

Watch recording here.

Are you interested in participating as a panelist for any of our future roundtables? Do you have suggestions on what kind of topics you’d like us to cover for future roundtables? Send us an email at marketing@xello.world. We’d love to hear from you!

Xello Team
ABOUT XELLO

Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work. With over 20 years of experience in EdTech, our team has helped educators across America implement Xello to prepare students for college and career success.