Wednesday, October 25th

Select a time slot to view workshops and sessions.

Note: Session dates and times are subject to change.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Northern Hemisphere BC

What does the Trump Administration’s reversal of previous federal policy on transgender student accommodations mean for K-12 educators in 2017? Is there a roadmap for educators seeking to navigate between current federal guidelines and individual state regulations on transgender student rights? Panelists will share best practices for creating transgender-sensitive policies and procedures across all areas of K-12 education. A transgender student will add a first-hand perspective to the panel.

Crescent Terrace 

Being really ready is about more than just getting a diploma. Today’s students need to be great communicators and critical thinkers who tackle novel problems. Districts are looking to provide all students – at-risk, struggling, and accelerated – with the skills they need to succeed in college, work and life. Join Tom Vander Ark for an interactive discussion about new outcome frameworks, measuring what matters and using personalized, project-based learning to prepare students for the future.

Asia 3

How might we best leverage the power of networks to accelerate improvement and foster innovation at a systems level? Three districts in Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Education Initiative, have embarked on a project to answer that question. Leveraging research into human-centered design and networked improvement communities, we’re engaging in systems transformation work in order to meet the needs of our users—students, educators, families, and communities. 

Oceanic 4

This session will challenge the mindset that project-based, performance-based, competency-based, and deeper learning are mutually exclusive models for teaching and learning. Frameworks like Next Generation Learning Challenges’ MyWays and emerging interoperable tools make possible personalized learning experiences that bring together the best of these approaches. Expert panelists will engage in a lively dialog with attendees.

Oceanic 1

How can principals effectively inspire and support educators to personalize learning for students? Learn how the Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) Future Ready Admin project has built principal capacity to transform learning experiences. As a Future Ready district, VPS began with the question, “What is a Future Ready Administrator?” Explore how this district program aligns with the new national Future Ready Schools initiative and strengthens principals as coaches, supervisors and leaders to support digital transformation. Come learn how Vancouver conceived, designed and implemented this project. Review topics and strategies which have resonated with principals and engage in this hands-on workshop where participants will travel through a blended learning Future Ready Experience.

Oceanic 8 

With the growing importance of buy-in from all stakeholders in personalized learning, there are many opportunities for schools, districts and communities to better inform all stakeholders about the value and impact of personalized learning on educators, students and parents. But how can you convey the value of personalized learning to audiences who don’t always speak the same language? And how do you communicate this value to ensure your message is reaching the right people in an impactful way?

Oceanic 6

In this session, participants will take a look at how Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) can provide a framework to personalize learning in a competency classroom. Through a step-by-step protocol, participants will deconstruct competencies to gain a deeper understanding of what students should know and be able to do, including learning targets, assessment, feedback, reflection and ownership. Participants will walk away with a learning plan and resources that can be used immediately.

Europe 10

Interested in how student agency can catapult best practices into a dynamic personalized learning environment? This session is for you. In this interactive session, participants will walk away with a knowledge and understanding of practical strategies to transition their classroom to one in which students take ownership through engaging data talks, meaningful goal setting, purposeful choices and powerful reflection. Join us as we explore strategies to build capacity for personalized learning.

Oceanic 3

FSG will moderate a panel based on research with the Gates Foundation into the emerging role of networks in incubating and spreading personalized learning. Topics will include why networks matter for spreading innovation; what types of networks are forming around personalized learning; and lessons for strengthening network approaches. This panel will draw from extensive research, a convening of 60+ network leaders, and perspectives of individuals who are leading personalized learning networks.

Asia 1  

What will it take to build education systems that prepare every student for success in college, career, and civic life? State policymakers can start by engaging diverse stakeholders to redefine success around what graduates need to know and be able to do. As states respond to new flexibility in the Every Student Succeeds Act, a shared vision for student success can be a powerful driver of system coherence and equity. In this seminar, learn how states are using “profiles of a graduate” to align next gen accountability to student-centered learning.

Europe 11

Open education resources (OER) are the essence of what teaching is: sharing. It is sharing knowledge, sharing content, sharing curriculum, and sharing resources — without cost or copyright. With over 65 developed OER courses, Mountain Heights Academy has fine-tuned the process of identifying, structuring and creating dynamic curriculum using OER. This session will focus on best practices in OER and providing educators with essential steps and use-case examples on using OER in their classrooms.

Oceanic 5

Sam Brooks, along with his panel of experts, will discuss Putnam County VITAL’s district-wide efforts to personalize teaching and learning through technology integration to create college and career ready students. Participants will discuss how to create personalized learning opportunities for students, how to push these opportunities out in your district or school, and how to build high school credit offerings for middle school students in a technology enhanced classroom.

Asia 2

While many schools have initiated programs targeting STEM, most programs do not cater to students with special needs and lack scalability. This session explores the approach of the Acellus STEM Robotics Lab, which is optimized to cater to students with special needs, especially those classified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Assessment and core instruction are online so the program can be scaled up quickly. This is blended with a hands-on environment where students use coding to program real robots as they begin, as early as Elementary school, to prepare for STEM related careers.

Oceanic 2

The district collaborative model is actively demonstrating remarkable success for learners, educators and school systems in several regions of the U.S. today. This discussion will focus on how the vision for open, flexible data exchange among systems at scale in a collaborative can power learning, give educators critical insights for learner success and fuel a host of teaching and learning tools. The Ed-Fi Alliance and a panel of participants will share benefits, considerations and lessons.

10:00 AM – 12:15 PM

America’s Seminar Room

Embed yourself in an Applied Learning Opportunity. You will learn about the ‘why’ of personalized learning, and learn about the ‘how’ using tools to direct your learning while tracking your progress. We will also have live interactions with classrooms of Regional School Unit 2 (RSU2) via Skype, where you can further your knowledge of ‘what it looks like.’ We will give you an overview of the RSU2 model, which we call W2AL. We discuss how we ensure the mastery of math and literacy skills through our workshop classes.

Northern Salon A2

Through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) outreach, New Mexicans created a vision for public education in their state. Videos, reports, toolkits and dialogues supported the community-led recommendations to improve standards, assessments and accountability. Experience aspects of our engagement strategy, including deep listening and reflecting on home-grown assets, to inform your local work encouraging local and state education agencies to be responsive to students, families and educators.

Southern Hemisphere V

Participants will consider why new accountability systems at the school, district and state levels are critical to support the growth of personalized learning, and identify components of a personalized learning accountability system. You will learn one consortium’s efforts to create a new accountability system that supports and measures student learning and school quality. Participants will discuss benefits and challenges of creating similar initiatives in their schools, districts and states.

Northern Salon E3

Already on-board to start blended learning, but want some strategies on how to design your classroom? Join this collaborative workshop to gain key strategies and resources for planning, reflecting and iterating on blended learning classroom designs. We’ll share how we’ve approached blended learning across our schools and break into groups to discuss various strategies with building up quality systems and routines for blended and personalized learning.

Southern Hemisphere III

This session will focus on how to implement a “best practice” approach to teaching through “next practice” systems. Highlights include how to use technology to drive personalized learning, student engagement, blended classrooms, prescribed learning, student collaboration, critical thinking and much more. Buddy will be assisted by his 14-year-old daughter in driving home what it looks like through the first-hand perspective of a student. Bring your tough questions and be ready to dream together.

Northern Salon A3

As a follow-up to last year’s well received workshop, a team of experienced administrators and special education attorneys will utilize an engaging format to discuss the latest topics and cases relevant to the challenges and opportunities associated with educating students with disabilities in online and blended programs. There will be specific emphasis on empowering teams by providing a framework and tools to help customize legally sound plans for students with disabilities.

Southern Hemisphere II

After initial framing, participants will investigate self-paced and multi-modal learning centers, circulating to 5 different centers in the room based on interest and needs, each organized around specific learning targets for understanding, practicing and applying competency-based instruction. Participants will then use a set of prompts, templates and tools to engage in “redesign” of different aspects of classroom instruction, followed by synthesis, reflection, implications and next steps.

Asia 4

In collaboration with more than 100 organizations, the Buck Institute for Education is leading an effort to develop High-Quality Project Based Learning (PBL) Guidelines for Practice to ensure consistency and quality in how educators understand and use PBL. Attend this interactive session to review the guidelines and provide input. Leave with specific ideas for your own practice and next steps for continued involvement in this global project.

Northern Hemisphere D

Scaling blended best practices can be daunting, with limited opportunities to develop coaches beyond taking experienced teachers out of the classroom. Highlander Institute’s Fuse Fellowship strives to implement and scale blended learning by capitalizing on the collaborative coaching power of educators across the state. In this session, participants will learn more about the fellowship, experience components of blended models and receive tools to extend the impact of their own early adopters.

Northern Salon E1

Leadership Public Schools created the Collective Feedback Tool to drive student ownership and depth of learning by leveraging the power of feedback. The prototype tool allows students to calibrate rubric use against teacher expectations and anonymously give and receive peer feedback with their classmates. Learn the instructional practices enabled by this technology, reach a beginner level of proficiency with the tool, and leave with a draft plan for implementation in your own context.

Northern Salon A1

Join CompetencyWorks co-founders and an experienced leader in competency-based education, Virgel Hammonds, for rapid-fire discussions on problems of practice (or policy). Between us, we’ve visited over 100 competency-based schools and districts. We’ll start by one of us challenging the others with a problem of practice. Each speaker gets 2 minutes to unpack the problem. Then attendees pop up with their own perspectives and solutions. You can challenge also — so bring your own problems.

Northern Salon E4

So what does it take to earn the handshake at high school graduation? Honestly, we need to understand the unique talents and competencies of each of our learners. Participants will explore how the fundamental redesign of traditional learning systems leads to shifts in both instruction and learning. Participants will formulate and take away an approach to customize the K-12 learning experience so every student who crosses the stage at graduation is prepared for college, career and life.

Southern Hemisphere IV

In a highly interactive session, we’ll engage with a framework for how best to cultivate a school’s collective, adaptive capacities. Drawing from the Center for Collaborative Education’s (CCE) 20 years of school change work, we’ll explore the power of reframing to authentically engage diverse stakeholders in the process of school (re)design. Leave the session prepared to collaborate, navigate challenges and leverage their teams’ strengths to bring about sustainable school transformation.

Southern Hemisphere I

Get ready to make the shift from an instructional paradigm to a learning paradigm. This session will explore the why, what and how behind the Institute’s Honeycomb Model of personalized learning and lead participants through activities to make intentional connections between personalized learning practices. In addition, participants will be introduced to a design that incorporates complex leadership processes and drives transformational leadership action. Leave the session with a plan for how to launch and lead the implementation of personalized learning in your school or district.

Northern Salon E2

Brian and Mary will provide a brief overview of the Infinity approach to draw out and improve each student’s unique web of interactions surrounding their learning. Participants will then see the approach in schools in Salinas, California. Participants will then draw their own web of interactions surrounding their learning, analyze their webs with colleagues and consider change goals to improve their learning situations. Participants will finish with time to design trials for their students.

Northern Salon A4

Virtual reality (VR) has peaked the interest of many educators recently. If you are among those who are interested in exploring the use of VR headsets in classrooms, come interact and explore with us about how VR can be used educationally, can be used to personalize instruction, can be used in a blended learning rotation, and more. We will expose you to some VR applications, and allow you to design a blended lesson that integrates VR.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Northern Hemisphere BC

With limited resources, schools need innovative ways of staffing learning environments. Yet, these approaches are not without their challenges. This interactive session will challenge participants’ assumptions about using adults other than teachers in schools in creative ways to increase achievement and improve learning, by offering myriad examples from school leaders around the country.  We’ll share what works, best practices in developing “other” adults and new ways of staffing your school.

Oceanic 3 

This session will reflect on Plano Independent School District’s journey to blended learning and how it has positively impacted student voice, equity, social emotional learning and student learning. Participants will have the chance to connect with one another in this engaging session as we explore the transformational power of blended learning.

Asia 1

Starting — and sustaining — education innovation is complex and hard work. It requires many diverse stakeholders and a true ecosystem of efforts. This session showcases Rhode Island’s ecosystem of efforts, catalyzed through the local Education Innovation Cluster, EduvateRI. Through this session, participants will learn what it takes to drive successful cluster work, pitfalls to avoid, and how they can go about starting a cluster in their own geography through the lens of one case study. Expect an interactive and candid conversation!

Europe 11

Bullis School’s student tutoring program features a successful virtual tutoring initiative. Virtual tutoring permits the creation of easy-to-make educational videos by students via online platforms. Our student-led presentation allows attendees to directly interact with our experienced virtual tutors on creating content and expanding a teacher’s tool kit in the age of the Internet. After 3 years, our program continues to achieve many milestones: 62,000+ views and viewed in 160+ countries.

Oceanic 1

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a discussion with members of the leadership team from Myrtle Beach High School, Horry County School District, South Carolina as they share thoughts, insights, and strategies as to how they approached implementing personalized learning by way of developing and encouraging a positive school culture of innovation for equity and creativity, all the while working to minimize stress and fear of failure for teachers.

Asia 3

Organizations are moving to new ways of working, with flexible hours, multiple communication tools and dynamic office setups. School systems are constrained and rigid. How organizations think about teams, decision-making, planning, learning, roles and sharing information will result in organizations more responsive to change. We’ll share excerpts from a new book by Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales Black from IDEO about future school designs and how they can be successful in a digital world.

Oceanic 6

As a non 1:1 urban district, the transition from traditional textbooks to open education resources (OER) in middle school English language arts classrooms couldn’t be one-size fits all. Presenters will share what the transition looks like in each classroom and how instructional shifts and standards alignment are still consistent. The presenters will articulate their processes on teacher buy-in, creation and curation of materials, integration with their learning management system, professional learning and future plans.

Europe 10

Blended learning maps or menus serve to facilitate student voice and choice within the classroom. This session will showcase blended learning map templates which allow students to select the path and pace of their learning. Maps are built to scaffold students into higher depths of knowledge, utilizing differentiated learning targets and activities. In addition to showcasing templates, participants will be provided tools to manage the learning process and develop student agency.

Oceanic 8

How do we actually bring mastery-based learning to life? The details are very tricky. Come take a detailed look at actual classroom implementations and the data “engine” that makes mastery-based learning work. Educators will share how the students, teachers, software and data interact in their classrooms so that mastery-based learning happens in a way that is scalable nationwide. Many schools now have teachers ready to blend. What happens next and how exactly does it work? Come find out.

Oceanic 4

Blended/personalized learning requires the collection of student data in order to drive personalized instruction. There are possibilities for student privacy to be compromised in this process. Privacy is necessary to agency, and is necessary for real student ownership of learning. This session invites participants to analyze privacy concerns and develop strategies for protecting privacy while also utilizing student data to create data-driven instruction and foster student ownership of learning.

Oceanic 5

With every aspect of society changing rapidly, why are schools so antiquated? How can we support bold school models and system practices that prepare students for the 21st century? Chiefs for Change will share findings from its superintendent network on the innovations and interventions needed to transform schools and systems, and share examples of new school models. Knowing one size does not fit all, we will also discuss strategies to promote equity through diverse models and alongside choice.

Oceanic 2

Replicating success of effective practices like competency-based education is a key challenge to scaling education innovation. This session provides practitioners with the tools necessary to guide changes in practices from classroom to school and district levels. This seminar presents research findings from a study of competency education funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation which examined student experiences and outcomes and teacher self-reported practices in 6 key domains.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Northern Hemisphere BC

Students, teachers and principals of competency-based high schools share their experiences in an interactive StorySLAM format used in The Moth’s storytelling show. Focused on the theme of “Teaching and Learning in New Ways,” stories will illuminate the challenges and possibilities of designing competency-based, personalized learning environments. Attendees are welcome to share stories as well. Springpoint, a national organization supporting innovative high schools, will moderate.

Northern Salon E4

Hear from middle school students about their transition from a legacy model to a personalized learning model and the skills that are necessary to develop in this learning context. Also hear from principal James Murray, and Christina Sprader, Associate Director of the Institute, as they share their journey of continuous development around expanding personalized learning practices throughout a school. Leave with stories, ideas and a plan to transform the learning experience for your learners.

Oceanic 8

Get ready to discover accessibility as you have never seen it before through the eyes of a learner. This session will focus on the truths and myths around accessibility in digital learning, address accessibility from a true measure of the population, and review the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We will also discuss Florida Virtual School’s journey to accessibility for all learners and offer detailed tools and methods to support choosing accessible OER or publisher material.

Crescent Terrace 

The idea of a personalized learning experience for each and every student sounds great in theory. But what is personalized learning, really? What does it look like? And how do you make it work in real classrooms, with real students?

Have your questions answered by personalized learning expert Chris Liang-Vergara, Director of Learning Innovation for LEAP Innovations, and co-author of their LEAP Learning Framework for Personalized Learning. He’ll dig deep into what personalized learning actually is – and isn’t – and share real-world personalized learning practices and pitfalls.

Northern Salon E3

Blended and personalized learning software programs provide the potential for incredibly granular analyses of how students are progressing through relevant content. However, making good on this opportunity often presents a challenge. With technology-facilitated audience participation, we will discuss our successes and challenges in analyzing, visualizing and communicating blended learning data in our attempt to determine the efficacy of these software programs.

Asia 1

Interest is spreading rapidly across the country to both catalyze and support personalized and competency-based education. At this session, you will hear from two leading policy experts who are traveling across the country to help state leaders craft unique policy paths for their states. Learn from their lessons and brainstorm solutions for some of the most vexing policy barriers innovative educators encounter.

Southern Hemisphere I

Lindsay Unified, Summit Learning, Transcend Education, and the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership have partnered together in a Bill & Melinda Gates grant to help build clarity, credibility and capacity around personalizing learning. We are developing a tool to support educators trying to personalize learning and this is your chance to get a first look at our draft. Come take part in discussions and ask questions about our lessons learned and where we see in the future.

Northern Salon A1

Together, competency-based education (CBE) and culturally responsive education (CRE) empower students to be active learners with increased agency, metacognition, belonging and a sense that all can succeed. Come see how CRE and CBE create powerful and effective learning through transparency (the path to success is clear), learning outcomes are relevant, classroom practices refocus roles of students and teachers to empower learners, and positive learning identities are fostered through growth mindset and affirming students’ identities.

Southern Hemisphere V

Experienced competency education practitioners, let’s come together to survey competency-based grading policies from across the country. Please bring your state, district or school grading policy to the session. Together, we will identify critical decision points in crafting competency-based grading policies and consider implications of various choices at those points. We intend for this session to create shared understanding of competency-based grading practices and policies for the field.

Oceanic 2

The Arkansas Department of Education is transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education. Arkansas has paved the way for schools to design new student-focused learning environments by creating a landscape of flexibility. There was new policy to create, old policy to throw out, new pathways to enable, support to provide, and new schools to design. Participants will gain insight into steps taken to pave the way and how public schools rose to the challenge.

Europe 11

How did a group of secondary schools raise graduation rates by 20% and increase minority student college access by 70%? They implemented personalized learning plans, put in place rigorous, monitored interventions, increased college ready transcripts (from 37% to 56%), taught social-emotional learning and engaged parents. Join this team (principals, policy advocates, community and foundation partners) to design and improve your own personalized, equity-focused readiness processes.

Northern Salon A4

Are K-12 virtual schools failing students, or is research failing virtual schools? Have flawed study methodologies painted an unjustly negative picture of fully online schools, or are current metrics valid? Join leading virtual education thought leaders and researchers as they debate academic performance and accountability issues relating to online schools. Policy prescriptions for virtual schools will round out this lively and timely debate on one of the nation’s hottest educational issues.

Southern Hemisphere IV

This session is designed as a mini-hackathon. Small groups will each receive a video of an English Language Learner (ELL) from one of our schools and a design challenge question. The questions revolve around topics such as policy, curriculum, instruction and school support structures. We will tailor the questions based on the expertise of the participants in the room. Participants will then work together to design a proposed solution that will be shared with the group at the end of the session.

Asia 3

Implementing project-based learning (PBL) across an entire school district or school takes careful planning, learning and ongoing communication. Join 3 exceptional leaders as they share lessons learned while leading the implementation of PBL in their setting. This fast-paced discussion will include “lightening round reflections,” audience participation through an online back-channel, and case studies about each site to provide key background information and helpful suggestions for leaders.

Northern Salon E2

In this open discussion, participants will learn about the Niswonger Foundation and how they work with a consortium of 18 school systems from northeast Tennessee to advance rural education. Through this partnership, the foundation has been able to provide rigorous online courses to rural students, giving choices that could never be offered within their small school. The alliance has created an atmosphere of collaboration among systems, all advancing the quality of education in the region.

Oceanic 1

Designing personalized learning environments and providing students with multiple pathways to master core learning objectives are critical to preparing each child for success. Join this fireside chat with the 2016 iNACOL Teacher of the Year to engage in a deep discussion around altering perceptions of learning and providing students with multiple opportunities to master skills and content to compete in today’s global society.

Southern Hemisphere III

Massachusetts has 526 local education agencies, a history of local control and a resistance to top-down directives. It has also consistently scored at or near the top at various national and international tests, such as NAEP and PISA. But state education leaders are not satisfied with the status quo. In this session, learn how educators in this high performing state consider personalizing learning the cutting edge of practice, and how we are organizing to learn, share and spread promising practices and approaches.

Oceanic 4

Colorado Digital Learning Solutions (CDLS) works with 80+ Colorado school districts to develop blended and personalized solutions for online supplemental learning. Using an online teacher, a site-based facilitator, and CDLS support, online courses have been offered for an entire class, small student groups (including IEP support) and individual students. In this session, meet Colorado school districts utilizing CDLS and leave with multiple models of successful online supplemental implementation.

Asia 4

Engage in a lively discussion by Michigan’s education professional associations on the function, value, implementation and policy concerns around micro-credentials and professional learning. Join 3 professional associations that deal with all levels of educators, from teachers to superintendents, to discuss their experiences in shifting mindsets from seat time to competency, the value of micro-credentials to their members and the future of professional learning in Michigan.

Northern Salon A2

It takes a village to implement personalized learning (PL). In this session, participants will consider how they might leverage current or potential partnerships with external entities to advance PL at their school or district. Participants will learn how Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has approached partnerships and will also be supported to create their own community asset map and practice communicating their work to an external audience in a way that persuades and inspires action.

Oceanic 5 

The Consortium for School Networking has developed a new matrix to assist school districts as they convert to a digital and blended learning environment. Ed Tech leaders need guidance to advance their technology goals — and overcome both the unexpected and expected challenges. Session participants will use the Digital Leap Success Matrix to gain guidance and identify skills needed to be successful in their digital and blended leaning efforts.

Northern Salon E1

The education sector has yet to fulfill the promise of technology and data. Through data interoperability, schools can unlock the potential of personalized learning and empower teachers with access to valuable data. Learn about the movement of districts and charters demanding solutions from education technology vendors to prioritize the secure, seamless exchange of data. Explore a vision that brings together uncommon allies together to change the trajectory of how data is used in education.

Oceanic 6

This session highlights strategies for teaching instructional and content-specific vocabulary. Attendees learn how to contextualize language instruction as an approach for enhancing academic vocabulary and move students from word level, to sentence, to paragraph. We’ll create lessons that align objectives, adapt curricular materials and implement creative outputs for all proficiency levels to put students at the center of their own learning.

Northern Hemisphere D

Are you questioning how public schools can deliver responsive, relevant and equitable blended learning? Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Educational Options is erasing the traditional school day and blurring the boundaries of the school year. From planning to full-scale implementation, this session provides strategies to disrupt conventional thinking while sharing tips on addressing student needs, building staff capacity, maintaining the infrastructure of equity, and marketing change.

Asia 2

This session will address 3 aspects of supporting English Language Learners (ELL): goals, practice and evaluation. The goals section will highlight themes from research literature that serves as an organizing framework for effective blended learning. The practice section will provide concrete examples of how digital learning and classroom materials can complement one another. The evaluation section will address standards of evidence for program evaluation and research in the K-12 ELL classroom.

Oceanic 3

Many personalized learning (PL) schools have found that external support is essential to their success. Some of these external supports come from school district central offices but others come from outside organizations, such as consultants and education non-profits. This panel of researchers, practitioners and funders will draw on data from a multi-year research initiative of NGSI and Next Generation Learning Challenges grantees to explore key external supports that help educators to implement personalized learning.

Europe 10

The transition to personalized learning is a major shift in our habits as teachers and learners. The degree of innovation involved touches every area of a school, from instructional practices to operations to routines. In this session, we will reflect and strategize on why it is essential for teachers and staff to commit to a dynamic mindset, as well as discover roadblocks, collaborate on solutions, and, ultimately, uncover how we grow students through personalized learning.

Southern Hemisphere II

Transforming schools is no easy task. Given this, education leaders are increasingly turning to external consultants to support their personalized learning (PL) initiatives. But how can leaders identify the right expert for a specific need? How can they set up projects for success? And who’s building the PL expertise of consultants? We’ll tackle these questions in a dialogue between a seasoned PL district leader, 2 professional service providers and an entrepreneur helping connect them.

Northern Salon 3

Hear from a Vermont school leader how her district and others are creating true learner-centric systems as they transition from Carnegie units to a competency-based graduation framework. Discuss a range of common challenges faced during transitions to personalized, competency-based learning, such as: educator buy-in, redesigning content curriculum in a competency framework, defining competency, establishing benchmarks, accommodating self-paced learning and strategies to communicate redesign.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Northern Hemisphere BC

Despite efforts to reform our education system, we have a long way to go to ensure that all young people learn and thrive. The Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network launched in 2016 to merge improvement science, the science of learning and development, and equity in school redesign. In this session, BELE Network Learning Partners will share about this innovative approach and how organizations in the network are leveraging research to advance equity in the schools they support.

Europe 11

We continue to assign value to whole-child learning, but often fall short on our ability to assess these important skills and habits. In this session, we will lead with 10 strategies we use at AltSchool to assess our character habits, and then turn it over to the group to meet the challenge of generating 40 more ideas through a “hackathon” to take back to your classrooms and schools to try. We’ll discuss ways to establish milestones, set goals and develop student agency.

Northern Salon E4

The first step toward improving student academic gains is getting the kids to show up. We will discuss how to tackle chronic absenteeism through personalized learning by meeting students’ needs at all levels, and building a school culture in which students take charge of their own learning. Motivated students who are excited about school take ownership of the learning process. We will also identify barriers to attendance in the online school and creative ways to implement positive attendance.

Southern Hemisphere V

Assessment can offer us keen insight and help our students drive their own learning. Hear from 3 XQ Super Schools about the future of assessment in high school, from new measures for AP to understanding the new SAT, to driving change with a unified set of competencies called the XQ Learner Goals. Assessment can only work when it serves, informs and enhances instruction, and these award winning leaders will share their vision for what’s next.

Asia 3

The Speak Up Research Project finds that education leaders are more interested in new classroom models than ever before, but still struggle with real world implementation strategies. In this session, we will share a new report on how innovative leaders are approaching these challenges, and learn from a panel of leaders about the lessons learned from their experiences leveraging blended, flipped and virtual models to personalize learning for students across a wide spectrum of needs.

Northern Salon E1

Are new technologies just big words or do they represent far-reaching changes to how we learn? Technology leaders have a responsibility to their institutions to find out. The CIO of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will lead an interactive discussion among participants. Together, we will evaluate the basic principles of specific emerging technologies, consider how they will impact our institutions and learn how to apply the same evaluation process as we consider other innovations.

Northern Salon A1

The transition to a personalized, competency-based system is no small undertaking. Both state and school leaders must be prepared with thoughtful messages and communications strategies to gain buy-in and overcome myths and negative messages. The session will be interactive and include real-life examples and discuss effective strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to craft their own unique visions and practice answering tough questions.

Oceanic 1

In this session, participants will discuss the ways that competency-based education (CBE) calls into question and effectively reclaims the purpose of schooling. Through interactive dialogue, we will explore how CBE helps to foster student agency and empower student identities. Among marginalized youth, is CBE a benefit or a burden?  

Oceanic 5

Four states in the Midwest have been working with a collaboration of federally-funded support centers to advance competency-based education (CBE). Representatives of Great Lakes and Midwest Regional Comprehensive Centers and partners will host an interactive discussion that presents state perspectives on advancing CBE. Attendees will pose questions to panelists and receive a CBE Action Framework and worksheet they can use to gauge their current and potential CBE implementation actions.

Northern Salon A2

Who students know — their access to networks — is a powerful ingredient to gaining advice, guidance and opportunities. But schools tend to remain highly enclosed and isolated communities. Against that backdrop, a small but growing number of entrepreneurs are working to build technology tools that expand students’ access to social capital beyond the 4 walls of school. Participants will learn about new approaches to expanding students’ networks and discuss how schools can leverage these tools.

Asia 4

Personalized learning (PL) and competency-based education (CBE) are fast becoming an expectation of educators, yet the majority have never experienced what that means in their own learning experience. Learn how one district is immersing their educators in PL and CBE while reflecting on how they might align resources and processes to meet their goals. A pre-conference template will be shared and attendees will participate in a real time survey and targeted unconference-style action planning.

Northern Salon E4

Digital content programs can have tremendous instructional value for both teachers and students. However, the strategies and supports a school district adopts to implement these programs can significantly impact their success in schools. This session will allow district leaders to apply D.C. Public School’s best practices framework for embedding digital content into their district’s curricula to maximize the potential of their digital resources.

Oceanic 4

The Inclusive Teacher Residency Program (ITRP) aims to bridge the theory to practice gap for preservice teachers, specifically in inclusive, learner-centered, personalized environments. The ITRP places preservice teachers in their last 2 semesters by matching them with local districts in a year-long residency. Carroll University and its partners, including Kettle Moraine School District, have combined efforts, resources and expertise to build a teaching force to meet the needs of all students.

Asia 2

What are the favorite education technology products in K-12? Join us for the 5th annual K-12 Software Roundtable at iNACOL for honest, collaborative conversations among teachers, administrators, and education technology developers. It will be a highly interactive sharing of effective tools along with best practices for evaluating products by experienced experts in the field.

Southern Hemisphere II

Beginning with a pilot at one school in 2008, Westminster Public Schools (WPS) has created a district-wide competency-based system which works to meet the needs of every student. A key player in the work has been the District’s Board of Education. From the initial planning and policy development, to the much needed support and communication, the Board plays an important role in the success of an innovative school district. Learn from WPS Board members as they share their journey and experiences.

Southern Hemisphere III

Explore and learn more about Lindsay Unified School District’s strategic steps to create a personalized professional development opportunity for our faculty. Lindsay Unified has a very strategic and aligned approach for the future of professional development and you will be exposed to our plan. This session will also give participants an opportunity to collaborate and share signature practices around designing and delivering professional development to your district or school site.

Southern Hemisphere IV

Are you looking to create, expand or sustain an online learning program in your district? Meet with district professionals who have been in your shoes. Learn to automate systems within your program to be sure students are getting what they need. Collaborate with others to examine the needs within your own district and create automated systems to support your work. Strengthen your communication with stakeholders to create momentum with your program resulting in expansion and support.

Southern Hemisphere I

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates practitioners and innovators for their great work in advancing personalized, competency-based education. Join this session to meet the winners of the 2017 iNACOL Innovator Awards and hear how they are advancing equity, access and quality for all students.

Oceanic 6

English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing student group in the U.S. and our education system needs to adapt and improve to meet the learning needs of these and all students. This session seeks to highlight the promising practices and trends in new designs to advance learning for ELL students by sharing the case studies and best practices in teaching ELLs. Participants will hear from education leaders and experts using personalized, competency based education for ELLs from International High School in Langley Park, Project ExcEL schools, and Distinctive Schools. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with leaders from these schools and dig into resources and examples of teaching, learning, and designing learning environments for ELL students.

Oceanic 3

We often hear of a finite number of schools implementing innovative personalized learning (PL) models specific to their student community. But what if you had a resource to filter schools across the country and read their PL stories? We analyzed journalistic data to determine how schools characterize PL and what implementation looks like. Test-drive our interactive, web-based tool to search for peer schools’ stories and refine stories by preloaded PL characteristics and strategies.

Northern Salon E3

Next generation learning requires a different kind of pedagogy with new roles for educators and students. It demands that teachers embrace a new mindset and use different skills. But formal preparation for next gen teaching and learning is nascent and traditional professional development falls short in filling this need. Attendees will discuss and apply professional competencies required of next gen educators in an immersive experience from the brave new world of next gen professional learning.

Asia 1

As many schools shift to competency-based, blended and online learning models, it is more important than ever to ensure that research on how people learn is used to inform these changes. But academic research findings are often inaccessible or difficult to apply. Panelists will discuss their work translating and disseminating educational research and building bridges between academic researchers and education practitioners, and will share resources for educators to continue exploring research.

Europe 10

Personalized learning has the ability to meet students where they are, engage them and empower them to own their education. To move beyond the hype, these models require educators to take their instruction to the next level. Join us to dive deeper into TNTP’s Blended Core Instructional Rubric, a student-centered instructional feedback tool. Leave this session with a tool to evaluate your personalized learning implementation and an action plan to provide job-embedded feedback to teachers.

Northern Salon E2

News literacy is an essential 21st century skill set for meaningful civic engagement and The News Literacy Project’s checkology® virtual classroom provides authentic, innovative and timely blended learning experiences that deepen and extend learning. Participants will interact with specific learning modules and explore how the checkology® virtual classroom engages students 1-to-1 using examples from today’s information landscape and fosters meaningful discussion about what is fact or fiction.

Oceanic 8

The national high school graduation rate of 81% is at an all-time high, yet for many students of color, particularly those with special needs or from low-income families, the graduation rate is far lower than the national average. This difference has significant and measurable societal impacts. This session will highlight economic impact data and how participants may engage with their local communities to create action that will ensure all students graduate ready for success in life.

Oceanic 2

A partnership model requires multiple stakeholders to work together for collective impact. Texas Tech University has worked with school districts, non-profit groups, administrators and teachers to develop professional development that is personalized to the needs of specific blended and personalized learning schools and teachers. Partners work as equals to create professional development. This session invites participants to analyze the Texas Tech University case study, and then develop their own strategies for utilizing the partnership model of professional development in their own schools.

Northern Hemisphere D

Blended Learning Communities Ready (BLCReady) was created by the New York City Department of Education to support facilitators of professional learning (PL) to integrate blended learning to extend and enhance educators’ learning. Participants will learn how facilitators are being supported to use online and blended communities to foster community and personalize learning for educators by implementing specific instructional strategies, setting clear goals and outcomes and planning effectively.

Northern Salon A3

The VirtualSC Franchise Program, a program under the Department of Education, has been able to provide equal access and opportunity education to students in the state of South Carolina through virtual courses. This session will discuss how the VirtualSC Franchise Program helps to provide virtual courses to districts to address growing needs in schools. Participants will learn how the program has been successful, and evaluate the need for developing a virtual program within their own districts.

Crescent Terrace 

In June 2017, 100 leaders gathered to discuss challenging and emerging issues in the field of competency education. The focus of the conversation was on how to ensure that the states, districts and schools replacing the traditional education structure with a competency-based one lives up to its promise of greater educational equity with deep dives into the issues of quality, meeting students where they are and system design for long-term sustainability. Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick, co-founders of CompetencyWorks, will share highlights from the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education and their own personal reflections on future directions for competency education.