Strategic Moves for Instructional Leaders


Higher Targets, Better Tools, and Informed Techniques. We will share lessons learned along Ephrata’s path toward personalized learning, from alignment to implementation. We are a work in progress, and yet with our Life-Ready Graduate profile in place we are able to focus on aligning our tools and techniques to match our new targets.

Participants will pick a path for resource sharing and group dialogue in order to explore how to infuse one or more of these elements into their own unique system and culture:

    • Targets: development, adoption, and implementation of a Life-Ready Graduate (LRG) profile
    • Tools: book studies, synchronous and asynchronous PD, design challenges, 1:1 technology, collaboration tools
    • Techniques: administrative site visits, cohorts, guiding coalition, synchronous and asynchronous whole group and small group PD developed and supported by teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators

Ephrata Area School District is a K-12 public school of about 4300 students situated in Lancaster, PA. We have 4 elementary schools, 1 intermediate, 1 middle, and 1 high school. We are approximately 45% free/reduced lunch.



@MrsMeghanHooper taught high school Physics for nine years prior to moving to her role of K-12 Technology Integrator in the Ephrata Area School District. Her goals as a classroom teacher and as an instructional coach are one and the same: to make learning more meaningful and memorable for all students. She works to help teachers use technology and project-based learning to support personalization and foster creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Meghan has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education (Physics and Mathematics) from Penn State University, a Masters of Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University, and an Online Instruction Endorsement from Millersville University.


@DanMahlandt has worked as the Coordinator of Virtual Learning in the Ephrata Area School District in Ephrata, PA for the past eight years. He received his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Drexel University. Through Drexel, Dan has also studied the fields of Creativity and Innovation and Project Management. Before his current position, he was a Spanish Teacher for 18 years and Alternative Education teacher. The Ephrata Virtual Academy works for students in the District grades K-12 in both full-time cyber, hybrid, and lab settings. The responsibilities of his job include working as Principal for an online/onsite program for high school students, overseeing the use and growth of virtual programs, and creating new opportunities to leverage online learning for greater personalization.