ENGLISH: Family and Community Empowerment Monthly Virtual Networking Meeting
April 12 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pmFree
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Learning Technology Center, and other Illinois Educational Advocacy groups are hosting a new monthly virtual networking series for parents, caregivers, and community-facing personnel across the state. Meetings will focus on capacity building, networking, sharing best practices, and empowering attendees with the tools and skills needed to make an even greater impact in their communities.
Meetings in this series will be offered in both English and Spanish. English-speaking meetings will take place the second Tuesday of each month, from 3:15-4:15 pm CST. Spanish-speaking meetings will take place the second Thursday of each month, from 3:15-4:15 pm CST.
Colleen Kaplan serves as the LTC Digital Learning Outreach Specialist. In this role, Colleen leads the SPARK program (Supporting Parents and Remote Kids), which aims to provide support and resources created specifically for parents and caregivers during remote and hybrid learning. Additionally, Colleen is a self-proclaimed Microsoft evangelist and covers many of the Microsoft trainings the LTC offers.
Prior to joining the LTC in August 2020, Colleen spent 10 years in various roles, including a high school technology integration specialist, CTE, and English teacher. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Fellow, a Microsoft Certified Educator, and an ISTE Certified Educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in educational leadership. Colleen works with schools across the state but is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.