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Collaboration is Key in the Effective Use of Technology - Taking the Next Logical Step
With the inexorable infusion of advanced electronics into today's learning environment, we must not rely on technological innovation alone. In order for students to benefit from the technology of the 21st century, the next logical step is to ensure that administrators are encouraging and empowering faculty to utilize technology to foster collaboration—and vice versa. This concerted effort should result in educational harmony between student, teacher, parent, and even the technology itself. Moreover, schools must make available to faculty a combination of technologies allowing teachers to explore and establish best practices for various teaching scenarios. Technological innovation should facilitate collaboration, and collaboration should spark further innovations in education. Dr. Helen Easterling-Williams will underscore the importance of collaboration in support of the 21st century classroom while unpacking strategies for promoting and incorporating best practices for school and home.
This talk was presented at:
2019 National ESEA Conference
February 2019 in Kansas City, MO
Helen Easterling Williams, EdD

Helen Easterling Williams, EdD, is the dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Williams, a lifelong educator, has served three decades in higher education leadership. Prior to assuming her role at GSEP in August 2014, Williams was the president of Health Education & Welfare International, a firm that provides consultative services designed to improve the health, education, and welfare of individuals, faith-based organizations, higher education institutions, and elementary and secondary educational organizations.


Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in speech correction with a minor in biology from Jersey City State College, a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Towson State University in Maryland, and a doctorate of education degree in educational leadership at the University of Delaware. She has written articles and presented on topics such as K-12 education, international education, technology, and technology integration for teacher candidates. She is an American Council on Education Fellow (2004-2005) and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.  She is also an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church serving presently at First A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California. Rev. Dr. Helen Easterling Williams is the mother of two daughters (Shawniqua T. Williams, MD and Camille Marie Evans, Esq.), the proud grandmother of Joseph, Joshua, and Joelle, and a beloved mentor to countless young men and women throughout the world.