eQUIP Online Learning Conference
Best practices for equity and engagement in online and digital learning.
August 16-17, 2021
Cost: $100
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The eQUIP Online Learning Conference is a virtual learning experience aimed at providing administrators, support personnel, and teachers with best practices that can be implemented immediately for online and digital learning. 
Each participant gains access to the full two-day conference, as well as access to four additional special topic sessions spaced throughout the year. Each session will include a free resource kit centered around the topic.


This conference is designed for practitioners including:

  • Teachers searching for best practices and student engagement strategies
  • Administrators looking to create an equitable learning experience for all students.
  • Support personnel seeking to motivate and retain students in their online learning programs.


Mr. Shomari Jones
Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement, Bellevue School District

Shomari Jones is the Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement. Throughout his time in the Bellevue School District (BSD), Shomari has established himself as an influential leader and advocate within the system and surrounding region. Between working to lead staff in thoughtful exploration of institutionalized racism and its impact on student learning or his work with students who come to see him as “an amazing role model and inspiration,” Shomari’s long term impact within BSD has been deep and broad. He serves as a powerful advocate for and witness to the experiences of students of color, helping district leaders identify, confront, and dismantle structures that limit the potential of those often underserved. Working within and between the fraught social, emotional, and political fault lines of equity work in public schools, Shomari designs and facilitates thoughtful district professional development that nurtures impactful conversations around racial inequity, inequality, and the over-arching impact institutional racism has on our youth of color. His persistent efforts have instigated a community-wide conversation about the struggles students of color face in, and his tireless collaboration with district leadership and School Board has resulted in a bold and ambitious equity policy that stands to fundamentally change the way the district confronts and disrupts racial and socio-economic injustice.
Simone C. O. Conceição, Ph.D
Professor of Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Conceição is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her doctorate in Adult and Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include distance education, adult learning, the impact of technology on teaching and learning, instructional design, and staff development and training. Dr. Conceição is the Editor-in-Chief of eLearn Magazine. She is the editor of Teaching Strategies in the Online Environment (2007). She co-authored the books Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners (2010). Managing Online Instructor Workload: Strategies for Finding Balance and Success (2011) and Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies that Work (2014). Most recently, she published Designing the Online Learning Experience: Evidence-Based Principles and Strategies (2021). She was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2018.


  • Digital Learning and Special Education
  • Career and Technical Education Online
  • Using Digital Learning for Credit Recovery
  • Equity and Engagement: A Year in Review
Highlighted Sessions

Problems of Practice: Mentoring in Online Learning Programs
Andrew Freas, Principal - myCyber Campus
Southern Tioga School District
Cyber competition versus other cyber programs is a daunting business model. Changing our model is imperative to offering learning opportunities and mentoring.

Build Student Engagement with Google Jamboard
Dr. Lynn Hummell, Associate Profession - Instructional Design, Technology, & Leadership
Bloomsburg University
Google Jamboard is a hidden gem in the field of educational technology! Jamboard is a smart virtual whiteboard with advanced functionality which can be used to enhance online learning experiences. Brainstorm ideas on how this tool can be utilized for student engagement and collaboration purposes.

Monday, August 16  
12:00  Welcome
12:15  General Session
1:00  Roundtable 1
2:00  Best Practices 1
2:30  Best Practices 2
 3:00  Closing Session
Tuesday, August 17  
9:00 Welcome
9:15 General Session
10:00 Roundtable 2
11:00 Best Practices 3
11:30 Best Practices 4
12:00 Best Practices 5
12:30 Closing Session
Special Topic Sessions  
October 21 Digital Learning and Special Education
January 20 Career and Technical Education Online
March 17 Using Digital Learning for Credit Recovery
June 23 Equity and Engagement: A Year in Review