What is a Boundless Classroom?

The Boundless Classroom

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In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff invites Dr. Nathan Lang-Reed and Dr. James Witty on the podcast to discuss their new book “The Boundless Classroom: Designing Purposeful Instruction for Any Learning Environment from ISTE Books.

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About our Guest

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dr. Nathan D. Lang-Raad is an educator, speaker, and author. He is the Vice President of Strategy at Savvas Learning. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, elementary administrator,  high school administrator, and university adjunct professor. He was the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, as well as education supervisor at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He was also the Chief Education Officer at WeVideo. He serves as the US State Ambassador for the Climate Action Project, a collaboration between the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, NASA, and the Jane Goodall Institute, and an advisor for TAG (Take Action Global).

Nathan is the author of Everyday Instructional Coaching, The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics co-authored with Dr. Robert Marzano, WeVideo Every Day, Mathematics Unit Planning in a PLC at Work, and The Teachers of Oz, co-authored with Herbie Raad.

Nathan received a bachelor of arts degree in general science-chemistry from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a master of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, and a doctorate of education degree in learning organizations and strategic change from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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James Witty

James Vince Witty, Ed.D., Esq. is a Tennessee native with 20 years of experience working for and on behalf of students and families. Dr. Witty currently serves as Executive Director of Schools within the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools district, leading and

supporting high schools. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Witty also received a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Tennessee and, most recently, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Nashville School of Law. At the national level, Witty is known for authoring Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education: Indicators of Quality Programming, published by the National Alternative Education Association. He has served students, teachers, and families as a teacher, an executive principal, an adjunct professor, a district leader, and a director for the Tennessee Department of Education. Witty is also the founding executive principal of MNPS Virtual School, Tennessee’s first public virtual school. In 2019, Witty was recognized as Principal of the Year for his school district. More recently, in his role as Executive Director of Schools, Witty is responsible for sustaining learning continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic by scaling remote, virtual, and blended learning options for students. | @DrJamesWitty

About “The Boundless Classroom”

The Boundless ClassroomA global pandemic hit our world, changing education forever. Teachers must now leverage technology to provide students with high-quality teaching and learning experiences that transcend a traditional classroom’s walls. This is a historic opportunity to reimagine instruction in ways that boost learning outcomes and prepare students for living and working in the digital age. This book offers guidance for creating and sustaining rigorous and engaging blended learning solutions. Opening with lessons learned from the pandemic, the book addresses impacts on lesson design and delivery, student engagement, assessment, and teacher training and professional development. The following chapters build on and address these experiences, with each chapter featuring strategies and examples of how to implement effective approaches to lesson design for blended and online instruction.

This book:

  • Explores seven different blended learning models, with strategies and suggestions for implementing each one.
  • Provides detailed guidance for planning a blended learning curriculum, from establishing a digital infrastructure to
  • integrating students into a learning management system (LMS) to mapping a course scope and sequence.
  • Features downloadable templates, checklists, and guided professional learning tasks in every chapter to help design
  • virtual and blended lessons.
  • Includes strategies for implementing authentic, student-led assessments.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is home to a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. ISTE inspires the creation of solutions and connections that improve opportunities for all learners by delivering: practical guidance, evidence-based professional learning, virtual networks, thought-provoking events and the ISTE Standards. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter or Facebook.


ISTE books and jump-start guides address both established and emerging industry topics, and are aligned with the ISTE Standards, providing clear, practical guidance to help educators meet the standards. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, librarian, district leader or teacher educator, ISTE books are your answer to effective districtwide PD and professional learning to meet your goals or tech initiatives.

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