Sharing Approaches to Teacher Professional Development, Jan. 26, 2021 | MIT J-WEL

Sharing Approaches to Teacher Professional Development, Jan. 26, 2021

This session is part of our new Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series, where J-WEL members and the MIT community will come together to share their approaches to professional development for teachers.

Check the series page for more information on this and other sessions.


Sharing Approaches to Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

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Webinar Description: 
Professional Development at Davidson Academy Online is as personalized and differentiated as the curriculum offered to their students. Administrators at Davidson Academy Online are able to utilize educational technology to revolutionize and personalize observations and course reviews, and the transparent nature of virtual classrooms allows for a more collaborative and teacher-led experience. Throughout this webinar, we will describe our PD processes and offer suggestions for adaptation and implementation of our techniques.

This webinar is free and open to the public. 


Event Speakers


Dr. Stacy Hawthorne

Director of Online Learning
The Davidson Academy


As the Director of Online Learning, Stacy Hawthorne led the design of Davidson Academy Online programs, which now include a la carte courses and a full-time online high school for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the U.S. Hawthorne was awarded a 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award in the Teaching and Learning category for the unique and personalized model of online education used at the Davidson Academy.

Hawthorne has extensive experience as an educational strategist having implemented blended and online learning programs in public, parochial and independent schools in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Georgia. Dr. Hawthorne began her educational consulting career as a member of Evergreen Education Group. She has keynoted at blended and online learning events across the US, including delivering an opening Ignite session in Atlanta in 2014.

Before beginning her research and consulting career, Dr. Hawthorne was a technology coordinator for a public school district in Ohio. Dr. Hawthorne also has several years of teaching experience in gifted education.

Hawthorne earned her doctoral degree in education technology from Boise State University, with a dissertation in the field of online learning with an emphasis in gifted education. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Georgia. She has been a licensed educator and administrator in Ohio and Oregon and currently holds licenses in mathematics, social studies, gifted and talented, and school administration in Nevada.


Dr. Jessica Potts

Online Curriculum Coordinator
Humanities Instructor
The Davidson Academy


  Jessica Potts holds a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on gifted education and online learning. Her MA is in English Literature, with an emphasis on the English Renaissance. She has spent most of her teaching career at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, both at the Reno and online campuses.

Currently, she teaches online courses for the Davidson Academy, develops online content, and previously taught graduate courses on gifted education at UNR. Her research is focused mainly on furthering the burgeoning field of online learning for gifted students. She has been published in Gifted Child Today, Gifted Child Quarterly, Education Week, and has contributed chapters to books on gifted students. Jessica and her husband live in the Czech Republic with their three sons.

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00