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How to Start an Esports Program at your School

May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


You’ve heard about it in the news. Your students have been begging for it. Now it’s time to finally pick up the controller and hit “start” on your district’s esports program. But what are you supposed to do if you’re starting at Level 1?

Join the LTC’s Holly Kelly and Eric Santos for a primer on kickstarting an esports program in your district. This 1-hour session will focus in on the background knowledge needed to start a successful esports program, including: current trends in esports, hardware/software needs and recommendations, game and league options, coaching tips, potential costs, and more! This session will cover information relevant to elementary, middle, and high school program, too, so all teachers and administrators curious about esports in education are encouraged to attend.

After this webinar you will be able to:
* Explain the value of esports to all stakeholders in your district and build a case for starting a program;
* Determine the best platform, game(s), format, and partners for your esports program;
* Develop plans to successfully launch and manage an esports initiative

Illinois educators who attend live can earn 1.0 PD credit.

Holly Kelly

Holly Kelly is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center, serving the east central region. She facilitates professional learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and technology staff that support digital teaching and learning. Holly also provides onsite and remote workshops and networking events at an ROE or a school district, including Professional Development workshops for in-service days.

Holly is passionate about helping educators feel more confident, creative in their instruction, and motivated and excited to use technology with their students. Holly is a 15-year veteran of the education field, which has included stints as a secondary-level English teacher and a high school library media specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI, a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and certified teacher and counselor credentials. She holds further professional certifications, including as a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator.


May 19
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Online / Statewide