RANDOLPH, NJ- Superintendent David Browne and administrative team members hosted the district's first-ever "Virtual Learning" Summit for area school leaders Tuesday morning at Randolph High School.

The morning session, which began at 9 a.m. in the high school's A123 virtual classroom, enabled superintendents from neighboring school districts to work collaboratively with Randolph leaders to discuss how to support virtual learning for all students in a K-12 setting. The morning session also enabled district officials to outline Randolph's online snow make-up days for seniors and to share how the proposal will work (for more . 

"Anytime we can speak about virtual days and how they can positively impact student success, we will take that opportunity," Dr. Browne said. "Today's session allowed us to discuss innovative ideas and how to support them with infrastructure and collaboration among colleagues."

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To read visiting teacher Michelle Lampinen's take on the summit and tour of technology at RHS Tuesday, please visit this link, which lays out detailed information on Randolph's advanced systems.

The morning started with a welcome for the more than a dozen area school leaders, including representatives from Madison and Roxbury, and opening remarks by Dr. Browne and Ms. Jennifer Fano, the assistant superintendent. It included an overview of the district's BYOD program and how the high school has been approaching the online make-up day plans for seniors. 

Mrs. Debbie Iosso, the high school principal, was joined by the school's four instructional coaches, Mrs. Ruth Forest, Mrs. Julie Green, Mrs. Adriana Coppola and Mrs. Lena Wasylyk, and addressed several online opportunities and apps for teachers to use in the classroom. Mr. Jonathan Olsen, the humanities supervisor, also addressed a portion of a district presentation planned in May at the spring conference of the NJ Association of School Administrators in Atlantic City. Mr. Olsen shared online opportunities for teaching and learning. 

"Our hope is that moving forward we can create a network or, at the very least, an ongoing conversation among school leaders about the benefits of supporting and encouraging online learning environments," Dr. Browne said. "It is our obligation to support our students in not only the traditional educational environment, but additionally in a virtual one that supports their curiosity and interest in their own education."