School Admins are needing to make decisions around issues that have not been experienced before and can therefore not rely on past experiences as a guide. They need to find a way to utilize both their expertise and their life experiences to critically think their way through the challenges and evaluate the trade-offs that exist in the decisions.

A draft of our simulation: Decision Making in a Pandemic will be utilized to share how this modality can enable the opportunity to practice some of the critical thinking and evaluating trade-offs challenges that school admins need to contend with to help to facilitate a way through this crisis.

Distributed Decision-Making in an Online World

When: 4/23 2 PM EST
Simulation: Decision Making in a Pandemic


Dr. Chandra Young Walker, Gwinnett County School District's Director of Human Resources Leadership Development will lead a discussion with Dr. Jan Miller and Mr. Erik Hanson.

Dr. Walker has 22 years experience in public education having served in various roles such as Director of HR Staffing, Principal, Assistant Principal, and School Counselor. Key outcomes of Dr. Walker's work include the design and implementation of comprehensive processes to identify, recruit, and retain school teachers and leaders that improve student learning, targeted training, coaching, and mentoring to develop the instructional capacity of leadership teams, and shaping a school-wide vision of high standards and success for each child.

Dr. Jan Miller- Dean, College of Education University of West Alabama

  • Former school leader for 18 years in Mississippi
  • Classroom teacher for 7 years in Mississippi
  • Grant Writer and Reviewer

Mr. Erik Hanson- Director of Appleton eSchool at Appleton Area School District

  • Over 10 years of experience with online and blended learning
  • Wisconsin eSchool Network Board of Director
  • President and Chair of Emerging Technologies committee