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Education Beyond the Controller: Exploring the Educational Benefits of Esports

About the Session

Esports participation has exploded in high schools and colleges around the world. Schools are adding esports to their educational tool belts because it improves engagement and attendance and decreases chronic absenteeism and behavior issues. Creating purposeful play in schools by aligning videogame play to academic standards can be the magnet to not only attract students to school, but it can also give students a purpose for coming to school. Esports is creating a middle school to high school to college pipeline by offering scholarships that lead to majors and opportunities in technical career fields. Participants in this session will hear from educators who have implemented scholastic esports programs in their districts and the challenges and successes they have experienced.

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Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Kristy Custer

Kristy Custer

Generation Esports, President Educational Innovation
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Kristy Custer

Generation Esports, President Educational Innovation

Dr. Kristy Custer is the President of Educational Innovation for Generation Esports. She leads a team that writes curriculum which assists schools in integrating esports scholastically, socially, and competitively. Dr. Custer was an educator for 24 years and was named the 2018 Kansas Principal of the Year. As a teacher and administrator for at-risk students, she led her school to two National School of Character awards as well as the National Dropout Prevention Crystal Star Award. Dr. Custer has written several nationally and internationally recognized curriculum including a social emotional learning guide and a full-credit course for esports, Gaming Concepts.

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