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Canvas Leadership Series

Build an equitable foundation for learning.

Series Overview


Canvas and The Fundamental Five

Dive deep to understand how the basic functionalities of Canvas support administrators and teachers in providing equitable access to learning both in and out of the classroom. This hands-on orientation introduces participants to the Fundamental Five, a framework for improving communication with students and parents.


The Canvas Quick Commit

Learn actionable steps and strategies for getting your Canvas implementation off the ground. This interactive session ensures school and district leaders can articulate and demonstrate how to begin using Canvas on a daily basis with The Canvas Quick Commit. Participants will be given a powerful framework to accelerate teacher buy-in and promote meaningful Canvas usage.


Make Learning Personal with a Culture of Success

Create and maintain a strong Canvas foundation you can grow into, rather than out of. This session will help school and district leaders rise above fleeting education trends and focus on what matters most, making learning personal for every student. Participants will develop an understanding of how they can use Canvas to connect with students and provide valuable feedback.


Create your P4C (Plan for Canvas)

Identify clear and actionable steps for supporting long-term Canvas usage. Upon the completion of this session and culmination of this series, you will be equipped with a Plan for Canvas that will be specific to the needs, culture, and initiatives of your school or district.


Virtual Institute
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Attend a Virtual Institute

Reserve your spot at this interactive professional development experience to collaborate with other K–12 instructional leaders from around the world.


$800 per seat for one day (Two 3-hour sessions)


  • January 21, 2021
  • February 18, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • June 17, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • September 16, 2021
  • October 21, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
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Virtual Workshop

Host a Virtual Workshop

Schedule an exclusive Canvas Leadership Institute at your own district to unite K–12 leaders and instructional coaches around a common goal.

Scheduling & Pricing

  • $7,500 for up to 25 participants
  • $250 for each additional participant
  • One Day (Two 3-hour sessions)
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Virtual Symposium

Schedule a Virtual Symposium

Attend a Virtual Leadership Symposium for an introduction to Canvas, how it provides equitable access to high-quality content and instruction, and what is needed to lead a successful implementation.

Current Symposiums

The “Why” of Canvas (1 Hour)

$1,250 for up to 25 participants
$75 per additional person for up to 50 participants
Provide your school and district administrators with an overview of Canvas and how it supports teaching and learning.  Attendees will be able to explain Canvas to their teams and articulate the importance of this implementation to every stakeholder within their school and/or district.

Virtual Learning Equity Indicator (2 Hours)

$2,500 for up to 25 participants
$75 per additional person for up to 50 participants

Learn key considerations and best practices for virtual learning.  This symposium assists schools in addressing equity gaps by providing a strategic plan to ensure the individual needs of every student are met.

Create Equitable Learning Experiences With The Fundamental Five (2 Hours)

$2,500 for up to 25 participants
$75 per additional person for up to 50 participants
Discover the key components of a high-quality Canvas course and how they align with The Fundamental Five, a framework for improving communication processes with students and parents.

Standards-Based, Mastery Driven (2 Hours)

$2,500 for up to 25 participants
$75 per additional person for up to 50 participants

Get tools and strategies to support your standards-based teaching and learning initiatives, including implementation methods, standard selection, prioritization, proficiency scaling, assessment, and intervention.

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Dr. Dean Wilson

Dean is from Roosevelt, UT, and currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services for Uintah Basin Technical College. He held many roles in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, but has a knack for improving student outcomes and building professional learning communities in every school he serves in. His ability to turn a highly impacted school into a high-performing school in only a year landed him the "Teacher of the Year" award in Duchesne County. Following this, under his leadership at Altamont High School, the school went from being an underperforming school to the 6th highest performing public school in the state of Utah within two years. As a lifelong learner himself, Dean holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming in Educational Leadership. He loves working with the fellow school and district leaders across the country to identify and implement strategies and best practices for both students and staff based on his experience and research in competency-based education. 

Todd Theobald

Todd is from Salt Lake City, UT, and is an award-winning educator and NAESP National Distinguished Principal. He’s proud to have served in a variety of leadership roles over his 20 years in education.  As principal of Majestic Elementary in West Jordan, Utah, he rallied his team to transform a failing school into a B-rated school in just one year by implementing mastery-based learning scales and collaborative PLCs. Known for his uncanny ability to bring people together to work toward a common goal and proven school transformation strategies, he now works closely with other educators worldwide who are striving to innovate assessment strategies, teaching practices, and collaboration in their schools and districts. Todd holds two M.Eds in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.

Nancy Brightwell

Nancy is from Charlotte, NC, and has recently come out of retirement as the Assistant Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg School District to serve as the Executive Director of a Turnaround Initiative and the Central 1 Learning Community. As a lifelong educator and learner, she has been sought after to serve as an advisor and thought leader for foundations and agencies such as the Wallace Foundation and the Turnaround Task Force for the US Department of Education. As an elementary administrator, her school, Beverly Woods, was recognized as a School of Excellence each of the five years she was there. Under her leadership at Ransom Middle, the school saw double-digit increases in proficiency. During her three years as a Principal at Mallard Creek High, the school increased its graduation rate to 94%. She holds a M.E.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration.

Shara Johnson

Shara is from Craig, NE and currently holds three positions in Educational Service Unit 2; she’s a Canvas Guru that supports 14 school districts in instructional design, technical support, and training, she’s a professional development consultant for technology integration and BlendED for 16 affiliated school districts, and an Education teacher to high school seniors and aspiring educators. Although she’s worn many hats in her time as an educator, her first 12 years were spent in the classroom teaching secondary math. She has helped several schools and districts successfully implement educational technology tools and knows what it takes to get both educators and students to use these tools in a meaningful way. Shara holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 School Administration.