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Pennsylvania Association
for Supervision and
Curriculum Development

Pennsylvania Association
for Supervision and
Curriculum Development

Dr. Samuel Mormando serves as the Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning for the Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of the award-winning education non-profit Edvative Learning. Dr. Mormando has propelled Garnet Valley into the national spotlight for its forward-thinking and cutting-edge innovation, including the use of open educational resources and a student- centered course design process that allows all K-12 classes to be taught in any format: traditional face-to-face, online, or blended. 

Under his guidance, Edvative Learning has been recognized with the prestigious Best in Educational Coaching award in 2023, a testament to the organization’s commitment to personalized education. Dr. Mormando's expertise in online learning was further acknowledged with the 2020 K–12 Innovation Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), solidifying his position as a leader in the field.

An accomplished author, Dr. Mormando's first book, "Effectively Designed Instruction," was an Amazon #1 new release. His timely book, “Navigating the AI Revolution in Our Schools,” was published in May 2024.

Through his innovative leadership, dedication to instructional coaching, and contributions as an author, Dr. Mormando has significantly enhanced student learning experiences nationwide. His influence on the landscape of modern education is profound, as he continues to shape effective teaching methodologies that directly impacting students in the classroom.

Concurrent Sessions:

AI as Your Administrative Assistant (Innovative Learning Strand)

Facilitators: Dr. Samuel Mormando, Dr. Kyle Brun

This session demystifies the integration of artificial intelligence at the central office level. By offering a roadmap for administrators to leverage AI tools for efficiency, this presentation highlights how AI can automate routine tasks, improve communication, and help support strategic change initiatives. Attendees will explore real-world examples of using custom-built AI tools (e.g., ChatGPT) in a school setting and have the opportunity to create their own. By the end of this session, attendees will leave feeling inspired to embrace AI as a transformative tool. They will be ready to implement strategies that streamline operations, improve outcomes, and foster a more innovative learning culture.

Cultivating Culture Through Opportunities of Innovation (Brave Leader Strand)

Facilitator: Dr. Marc Bertrando

This session is designed for school administrators who are interested in reshaping their school cultures through innovative practices. Participants will be introduced to three strategic approaches: adapting high school schedules based on adolescent sleep study research, developing an in-house online learning program that seamlessly integrates digital and traditional learning, and creating a curriculum writing process that empowers teachers by placing them at the center of the work. Together, these strategies help foster a thriving school culture that embraces innovation and prepares both students and staff for a successful future. 

Differentiation by Design (Passionate Practitioner Strand)

Facilitators: Dr. Samuel Mormando, Dr. Leslee Hutchinson, Mrs. Julie Devine

This session leverages the transformative Effectively Designed Instruction (EDI) framework to equip educators with the tools and strategies needed to thrive in any teaching setting, whether traditional, online, or blended. Participants will learn practical approaches to supporting teachers in personalized learning, fostering student engagement, and ensuring inclusivity. With a focus on hands-on application and real-world scenarios, this session provides actionable insights and resources for those working with teachers in any grade level or content area.

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