DOWNTOWN AKRON – White Hat Management announces two of its administrators will be presenters at the Ohio Educators Connect for Success 2012 conference, which will take place June 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
The main presenter from the Alternative Education Academy, also known as the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA), will be Margaret Ford, Chief Academic Officer for White Hat Management, along with co-presenter Tim Spencer, Principal of OHDELA.
Ford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Walsh University and a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. She has worked in the classroom and as a school administrator in schools across the country and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in K-12 education, state and federal compliance, curriculum design and school improvement processes.
Spencer is in his second year as principal of OHDELA and began his career as a first-grade teacher. He became a technology learning strategist while working on his master’s degree in computer technology. He also earned a master’s degree in school administration and developed and implemented two Smart Labs in Colorado school districts.
The Ohio Educators Connect for Success Conference is designed to create a forum for educators to come together to interact, collaborate and learn. Ford and Spencer will speak about how 21st century learning prepares students for postsecondary work and educational opportunities. The Alternative Education Academy used the Race to the Top framework to transform its school from a traditional stand-and-deliver model to a true standards-based, project-based learning model. Intensive professional development, involvement of all stakeholders and a robust content-management system were critical to the success of this initiative.
“Tim and I will talk about transforming the school from a standards referenced to a standards-based school embracing 21st century project-based learning experience for students maximizing grant funds, and engaging all of our stakeholders to provide the best experience for our students,” said Ford.
For more information about the Ohio Educators Connect for Success Conference, visit www.BattelleforKids.org/Go/ConnectforSuccess.
If you’re interested learning more about the Alternative Education Academy, contact Maggie Ford at 330-252-8867.
The Distance & Electronic Learning Academy (DELA) is a tuition-free online school for students in grades K-12. DELA provides Internet-based, live learning sessions instructed by state-certified teachers for students in Ohio under the name of OHDELA. For more information, visit http://thinkdela.com.
About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 35 schools in three states under the auspices of three separate educational ventures. DELA (Distance & Electronic Learning Academies) schools are located in Pennsylvania and Ohio. They are state-wide, tuition-free and serve students in grades K-12. This program is a home-based distance learning model, which allows for flexible school day schedules to accommodate any student. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in grades K-8 throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills Centers are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.
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