Lewisville ISD (LISD) hosted its third annual online Social Media Town Hall May 15 on www.lisd.net. The event was moderated by Jolene DeVito Yarbrough, former on-air TV personality, LISD community member and parent.
Similar to the way LISD students are learning in the 21st century classroom today, the popular program allowed parents, students and community members to participate in an online, virtual question-and-answer forum via LISD social media platforms.
This year’s Town Hall showcased LISD’s 1:X initiative, project-based learning, and citizenship. Viewers heard directly from students, teachers, principals and LISD Superintendent Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, who answered questions live about the initiatives. In addition, two panelists joined the discussion: Phillip Bankhead, Chairman of Urban Land Institute of North Texas and the Senior Vice President/Senior Director for NorthMarq Capital; and Lynn Mortensen, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) advocate and volunteer, who, after spending 30 years in the aerospace and defense industry, is recently retired from the Raytheon Company where she was Vice President of Engineering. While at Raytheon, she held many positions within the company in program management, product development and engineering management.
LISD opened its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to receive questions from parents, students and community members about the initiatives, using the hashtag: #LISDTownHall14. Questions were also emailed prior to the event.