Is your tech initiative meeting the needs of your entire student body? 

How SEL, data and technology can work together for more equitable outcomes.

An EdSurge Fusion Preview


Technology implementations and social emotional learning (SEL) initiatives are often thought of as separate strategic efforts. However, without thoughtful alignment, both will likely fall short. Increasingly schools and districts are thinking about strategies for integrating these ideas through the lens of the whole learner. In this EdSurge Fusion Conference teaser conversation, Betsy Corcoran, CEO of EdSurge, will interview three Fusion speakers: Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Superintendent of the McComb School District; Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah, Principal of Lucille Smith Elementary School in Lawndale, CA; and Derek Root, CTO of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District on how SEL, data and technology are working together within their districts. 


In this webinar we will discuss:


  • What is the intersection between technology and social-emotional learning?
  • How leadership can build a foundation for digital equity and meeting the social-emotional needs of learners. 
  • How do you build teacher capacity to keep up with the needs of students?


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Meet our Panelists

Founder & CEO, EdSurge

Betsy previously worked as Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media and an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post and Scientific American.

Host: Betsy Corcoran

Superintendent, McComb School District

Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Sr. is superintendent of the McComb School District. Prior to his current

position, he served as superintendent, director of schools, principal and teacher. Ellis was

recently one of three Mississippians to receive the National School Leadership Coach credential from the National Institute for School Leaders (NISL). He was recognized by the National Association of School Superintendents as the 2015 Superintendent of the Year Runner-Up. Ellis launched Mississippi’s only Student-Centered Teaching and Learning school, focusing on personalizing learning for every student.


Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Sr.

Principal, Lawndale Elementary

Rosa Isiah, Ed.D. is principal of Lucille Smith Elementary School in Lawndale, CA. Her experiences include 24 years in education as Teacher, Bilingual Specialist, Language Arts Specialist, Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Federal and State Programs, and Principal. As principal, Rosa has focused on supporting the development of a healthy school culture, professional learning communities, and meeting the needs of the whole child. Rosa is passionate about equity in education and closing opportunity gaps for historically underserved students. She believes in the power of relationships and leading with purpose and passion.

Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah



CTO, Charlotte Mecklenburg SD

Derek Root joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in 2017. He came to CMS from Washington County Public Schools in Maryland, where he was also CTO and was integral in the implementation of a comprehensive digital learning plan including the deployment of iPads to all students above the second grade. Prior to this position he served as the Director of Technology for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. FCPS services over 40,000 students in 65 schools. There he was responsible for the day to day operations and restructuring of the Technology Services group driven by a district desire to realign technology support capabilities with modern digital blended learning, 1:1 and Future Ready requirements.

Derek Root



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