Monday, October 22nd

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School

10/22/18
9:30 – 10:00am CT

Session Description:
Located in the heart of the downtown Brooklyn Tech Triangle in New York City, LAB has a mission to prepare students with the academic foundation, digital literacy, and leadership skills to succeed in college and careers as they grow as ethical leaders. LAB is focused particularly on serving complex learners with diverse learning needs, who may not have found success in other learning environments. LAB implements a personalized learning model that includes regular small-group instruction in literacy and math for middle school students, collaborative co-teaching in most classrooms, and afterschool enrichment. To help meet the growing needs of students and staff, an in-house learning management and student information system was created — Cortex — by LAB’s nonprofit partner, InnovateEDU. Four years later, Cortex has developed into a platform that is used by over 25,000 students nationally, and LAB one of the highest performing networks nationwide when it comes to student growth.

Grade Levels:
6-10

Presenters:
Eric Ticker
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools
eric@brooklynlaboratoryschool.org

Building 21

10/22/18
10:15 – 10:45am CT

Session Description:
We seek to personalize pathways through school for all students by deconstructing time-base, age-based, and course-based structures and replace them with something more equitable. Our schools have all adopted the Learning What Matters competency framework as well as a commitment to change instruction. Our commitment to building strong relationships with students and families results in higher student retention and lower dropout rates. In our flagship school, the first class will be graduating so we look forward to tracking their progress through post-secondary experiences. By far our biggest challenge has been to overcomes fluency gaps in numeracy and literacy as well as performance apathy from our students.

Grade Levels:
K-12

Presenters:
Thomas Gaffey
Chief Instructional Technologist
Building 21
tom@b-21.org

Charles Linehan
Co-founder
Building 21
chip@b-21.org

Sandra Moumoutjis
Chief of Instructional Design
Building 21
sandra@b-21.org

Trigg County School District

10/22/18
11:00 – 11:30am CT

Session Description:
Trigg County Public Schools has prioritized implementing a competency based system that supports deeper, personalized learning for our students as evidenced in our five year strategic plan. Last year, we were accepted into the Kentucky Department of Education’s Competency Education and Assessment Pilot. Among our greatest successes are a district design team (students, teachers, administrators) to continually assess progress; pilot groups to launch implementation; study groups to review policy alignment to our vision/mission and propose recommendations to our BOE; visits to/networking with successful schools; students progressing at their own pace via personalized learning; student exhibitions; standards-based grading; and student-led conferences. Challenges include how to build continuity as students transition from grade to grade; expand the work through systemic implementation; navigate the intricacies of mastery and reporting of student progress; build community value for competencies beyond academic grades; and holding high expectations for quality work while supporting teachers through this cultural shift.

Grade Levels:
K-12

Presenters:
Travis Hamby
Superintendent
travis.hamby@trigg.kyschools.us

Amy Breckel
Principal
Trigg County Middle School
amy.breckel@trigg.kyschools.us

RSU #2 (Maine)

10/22/18
2:30 – 3:00pm CT

Session Description:
We have built our system around five tenets with the goal of creating learning environments that promote agency development and cultivate hope in all learners. Our learners continue to do well with an overall increase in NWEA scores, high marks on hope on the Gallup student poll, more participation in AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and more students to graduation.

Grade Levels:
PK-12

Presenters:
Bill Zima
Superintendent
RSU 2
bzima@kidsrsu.org

Waukesha STEM Academy (WI)

10/22/18
3:15 – 3:45pm CT

Session Description:
Our entire program model is a 100% Personalized Learning model, with our elementary campus housing a multi-age and Proficiency-Based framework, that centers around STEM-education and Project-Based Learning. Our middle school campus, STEM – Saratoga, is a full-blown Personalized Learning model, with Competency-Based education in action. While there are grade levels for the purpose of registration and reporting purposes [to the state], there is not a single class that is based on age or grade. Students come to us at different places and move at different paces, based on their own personal readiness-level.

Grade Levels:
K-12

Presenters:
James Murray
Principal
Waukesha STEM Academy
jmurray@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Eric Hill
Curriculum Design and Instructional Coach
Waukesha STEM Academy
ehill@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Fresno Unified School District (CA)

10/22/18
4:00 – 4:30pm CT

Session Description:
Personalized learning focused on improving student voice, choice and collaboration. Our challenges include how to scale the program with fidelity, especially in high schools. Microsoft Teams for Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt digital math adoptions, McGraw Hill Wonders (ELA), and other apps from Microsoft’s O365 suite, including Microsoft Forms for formative assessment.

Grade Levels:
1-12

Presenters:
Phil Neufeld
Executive Director of IT
Fresno Unified School District
Philip Neufeld <philip.neufeld@fresnounified.org>

Maria Langworthy
Director of Education Research
Microsoft Education
marila@microsoft.com

Tuesday, October 23nd

West Middle School (KY)

10/23/18
9:30 – 10:00am CT

Session Description:
Our district is in the 5th year of a transformation to PL. CBE has become a focus in the last year. Our schools began with various PL pilots driven by growing teacher leadership
capacities. The ROCK Academy at West Middle School was designed by a group of teachers after attending a Personalized Learning Conference in Wisconsin. Student agency is one of the most obvious changes in the short term and is most evident in the public exhibitions of learning the students host quarterly. A significant challenge was the need for a digital data dashboard to increase student control and teacher capacity to manage so many students at unique places in their learning. We have entered into a partnership with EMPOWER to address this challenge.

Grade Levels:
6-8

Presenters:
James Neihof
Superintendent
Shelby County Schools
james.neihof@shelby.kyschools.us

Donna Jones
Associate Principal
Shelby County Schools
donna.jones@shelby.kyschools.us

Intrinsic Schools (Chicago)

10/23/18
10:15 – 10:45am CT

Session Description:
Over the past five years, we have developed an innovative, personalized learning model that is yielding strong student outcomes defined by grades & standardized test data, and has earned a Level 1+ Rating (the highest rating from Chicago Public Schools) for the past three years. We continue to expand our definition of success to include essential skills that we know are critical for long-term postsecondary success. We have back-mapped from our graduate outcomes of THINK-SOLVE-COMMUNICATE-REFLECT & aligned to curriculum to our core values of Empathy-Perseverance-Independence-Curiosity (EPIC). We have seen a positive increase in our student’s independence and ability to advocate for themselves. Our greatest challenge is balancing time between moving through content and standards and taking time to address them in ways that reflects our graduate aims.

Grade Levels:
7-12

Presenters:
Director of Innovation and Collaboration
Intrinsic Schools
agandhi@intrinsicschools.org

Melissa Zaikos
CEO
Intrinsic Schools
mzaikos@intrinsicschools.org

Chugach School District (AK)

10/23/18
11:00 – 11:30am CT

Session Description:
Chugach School District’s Performance-Based system embraces student ownership of their education through guidance and support from teachers, staff, administrators, school board, and the local communities throughout Alaska. The CSD Performance-Based standards are the foundation for learning and proficiency expectations, regardless of where the education occurs (homeschool, local school, variable-term residential school, or outside of the school setting). For more than two decades, student learning and performance has changed from being a program that students are required to complete in order to graduate, to a holistic educational culture that is deeply embedded into the life of a Chugach student. Chugach Teachers and Administrators are invested in the lives of each individual student as they dedicate time and energy to find and utilize the best resources and tools to meet each student’s learning styles and needs. With change comes challenges: Those challenges are similar to other education systems including student population changes, funding, and federal and state education requirements. Despite the external pressures to mold and restrict the educational program to meet these demands, Chugach School District continues to focus on the power of student-centered, performance-based education, and the success of each individual student as they meet the challenges in life.

Grade Levels:
PK-12

Presenters:
Debbie Treece
Executive Director of Student Services
Chugach School District
dtreece@chugachschools.com

Mike Hanley
Superintendent
Chugach School District
mhanley@chugachschools.com

Place Network Schools

10/23/18
2:30 – 3:00pm CT

Session Description:
The Place Network learning model puts both the learner and local place at the center of the experience. Supporting the model is (1) personalized pathways to build strong capacity in literacy, mathematics, and technology skills, (2) Habits of Success where leadership, social-emotional, and self-awareness competencies play an equivalent role to other knowledge and skills competencies – the whole child matters, (3) project-based learning as the core integrating methodology to support community impact, and (4) mastery as a competency-based assessment system where advancement is based on demonstration of mastery rather than time period.

Grade Levels:
K-12

Presenters:
Nate McClennen
VP for Education and Innovation
Teton Science Schools/Place Network
nate.mcclennen@tetonscience.org

Ephrata Area School District (PA)

10/23/18
3:15 – 3:45pm CT

Session Description:
We see competency-based learning as a subset of personalized learning. We recognized that to fulfill our mission of having student reach their full potential that we must begin to change our “batch teaching/learning” process as it doesn’t allow for autonomy and co-planning between teachers and learners. This learning environment is only possible when competencies are identified and teachers work toward offering transferable skills for students to demonstrate. Changes: We have seen an increase in student engagement and our teachers are gaining experience through low-stakes risk taking and innovating teaching practices. Challenges: The challenges are in scaled implementation – i.e. what platform to choose for tracking, how to ensure all students have the opportunity to pick the work they will de instead of being told what to do.

Grade Levels:
7-12

Presenters:
Brian Troop
Superintendent
Ephrata Area School District
b_troop@easdpa.org

Dan Mahlandt
Coordinator of Virtual Learning
Ephrata Area School District
d_mahlandt@easdpa.org

McComb School District (MS)

10/23/18
4:00 – 4:30pm CT

Session Description:
McComb has entered Year 4 of the implementation of Student-Centered Learning, personalized learning with a blended learning approach. The program emphasizes the use of technology, data and best practices to personalize learning for each scholar K-8 so school is open 24/7/365.

Changes: Scholars have become advocates for their own learning and have a better understanding of how they learn. Discipline has decreased and attendance has increase at most each school SCL is implemented. Kindergarteners understand their progress through the learning cycle.

Challenges: Too many tech options for many teachers, data overload, teacher practitioners who fear relinquishing any power to a scholar.

Grade Levels:
K-8

Presenters:
Stephen Johnson
Education Strategies Specialist
Highlander Institute
sjohnson@highlanderinstitute.org

Dr. Cederick Ellis, Sr
Superintendent of Schools
McComb School District
ellisc@mccomb.k12.ms.us