Breakout Session Grid

Grand Hall

76 Room

Willow/Aspen

Swarm

 Thurs, July 7
Block 1

9:15-10:00

Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School and District
-James RickabaughSession Resources (.pdf)

 

Learner-Empowered Culture for Secondary Learners
-Amalia LopezSession Resources (.pptx)
Mass Customized Learning Pilot Elementary School in Titusville Area School District
-Lisa Royek and Karen JezSession Resources:
TEAMS (.docx)
Schedule Possibility (.docx)
Powerpoint (.pptx)
Efficiency and Effectiveness in Learning – With the Right Tools You Do It!
-Canvas

Session Resources (link)

Block 2

10:15-11:00

MCL and Design Thinking: How to use Design Thinking to Embed MCL Change in your School
-Tom Butler
Transitioning from Grades to Learner Feedback
-Travis Works, Lindsay Mahoney, and Hope HerrickSession Resources (link)
Building Rigorous Instruction
-Heather Rocha and Lana BrownSession Resources (link)
Transformational Solutions for Personal Competency Education
-Empower LearningSession Resources (.pdf)
Block 3

11:15-12:00

Learner Agency: The Ultimate Outcome for Customized Learning (Repeat)
-Julie Mathiesen and Jim ParrySession Resources (link)
Redefining the Classroom
-Greg Capoccioni and Anthony AquilioSession Resources (link)

Session Resources (.pdf)

Designing Learning Experiences That Include a Focus on Complex Reasoning, Habits of Mind, and Content Knowledge
-Susan Muzzy and Elizabeth FirnkesSession Resources (.pptx)
FlexTime Manager: Easy Customization of Part of Each School Day for Every Learner
-Eduspire
Block 4

1:30-2:15

Starter Steps for Mass Customized Learning
-Bea McGarvey
Confined, Confounded…Now Confident and Contemplative – Harrisburg High School’s Customized Learning
-Ryan Rollinger and Kevin Lein
Learner-Empowered Culture for K-6 Learners
-Melissa Hawkins and Yazmin MartinSession Resources (.pptx)
Competency-Based Learning Using Infinite Campus
-Infinite CampusSession Resources (link)
Block 5

2:30-3:15

When Just Getting Better Is Not Good Enough: Strategies for Thinking and Leading Beyond Incremental, Incidental Improvement
-James RickabaughSession Resources (.pdf)
A Small School’s Journey Toward Mass Customized Learning
-Jason Selchert, Jenny Rice, and Natalie SelchertSession Resources (.pdf)
Flexible Grouping and Re-Grouping Across Grade Levels
-Lindsay Mahoney and Hope HerrickSession Resources (link)
Learning Relationship Management (LRM): Rocket Fuel for Customized Learning (Repeat)
-Fidelis EducationSession Resources (.pdf)
Block 6

3:30-4:15

What does Customized Learning Feel Like?
-Josh SchmidtSession Resources (link)
MCL “ALL IN”
-Erik Orndorff and Administration
Building Capacity through Coaching and Collaboration
-Tammy Milligan and Leticia BradleySession Resources (link)
SCHedOOL: Scheduling Apart from the Bell Schedule (for Teams of Learning Facilitators and Learners)
-Eduspire
Fri, July 8
Block 7

8:30-9:15

What does a School Look Like with no Bells? Personalized Learning in a Successful School-Wide Implementation
-Kenneth Grover
MCL for the Young Learner (Repeat)
-Chuck Schwahn and Jessica EndersonSession Resources (.pptx)
Customizing Learning Through Team Teaching
-Krista AverillSession Resources (Prezi)
Competency-Based Learning Using Infinite Campus
-Infinite CampusSession Resources (link)
Block 8

9:30-10:15

Leading Transformational Change While Ensuring Systemic Alignment
-Lana Brown and Jaime RoblesSupervision for Alignment
Dive, Grow, and Evolve
-Michael Butts, Rosemary Hirtz, Jeffrey Trapp, Anita Bach, Kelly Royer, Tom Mattingly, and Scott WalkerSession Resources (.pptx)

Session Resources (.pdf)

Meeting Learners Where They’re At: A Session on Grouping and Regrouping in an Elementary Environment
-Ashlee Savage and Wendy Pastio
Learning Relationship Management (LRM): Rocket Fuel for Customized Learning (Repeat)
-Fidelis EducationSession Resources (.pdf)

 

Block 9

10:30-11:15

We CAN Move Beyond the Industrial Age Model. The Vision of Customized (Personalized) Learning CAN Happen in your School!
-Sherry Crofut and Lennie SymesSession Resources (link)
Replacing Industrial Age Practices: One Elementary School’s Journey
-Sara WeaverSession Resources (video link)
One District’s Personalized Path to Customization
-Barbara RuppSession Resources (link)
Standardize to Customize
-Canvas

Session Resources (link)

Block 10

1:00-1:45

The Leader’s Role in Creating a Culture of Empowerment
-Nik Namba
Habits of Mind: Teaching, Providing Feedback, and Creating Policy Language PK-12
-Elizabeth Firnkes, Heather Rockwell, and Amanda Gallant
MCL Strength Finder
-Patrick Crawford, Jay Scott, and Tom ButlerSession Resources (.pptx file)
Scheduling in the Personalized Learning Environment
-Robert Sorensen
Block 11

2:00-2:45

Shifting the Focus to Learning by Changing Traditional Practices & Developing a Culture that Supports High Levels of Critical Thinking
-Linda LaughlinSession Resources (pdf)
Grading and Feedback in MCL
-Amalia Lopez and Melissa HawkinsSession Resources (.pptx)
Tools to Bring Personalized (Customized) Learning to Your School
-Sherry Crofut and Lennie SymesSession Resources (link)
Managing Personal Competency at the Site and District Level
-Empower Learning
Block 12

3:00-3:45

Team Meeting Time MCL for the Young Learner
-Chuck Schwahn and Jessica EndersonSession Resources (.pptx)
Learner Agency: The Ultimate Outcome for Customized Learning (Repeat)
-Julie Mathiesen and Jim ParrySession Resources (link)
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness in Learning – With the Right Tools You Do It!
    Brian Grow and Marisa Burkhart, Canvas
    Swarm RoomCome see the cool things you can do with a little help from Canvas: fewer clicks for grading with Speedgrader, drag and drop calendaring syncs with your gradebook, and easy ways to access and share content! Communication between teacher and learner is critical, we will show you how with Canvas it’s on your terms! Reinvent and automate assessments, post assignments, send and receive notifications, facilitate discussions, integrate with Google, and sync with your district’s SIS! Check out the why and how. CanvasLMS.com
  • Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School & District
    James Rickabaugh – Director, Institute for Personalized Learning, WI
    Grand HallEducational leaders face near unrelenting pressure to improve the outcomes produced by today’s schools. Yet, despite a steady parade of reform initiatives and mandates spanning more than six decades, levels of student learning and performance lag behind the expectations of our society and demands of our economy. Fortunately, improvement in learning outcomes can be within our reach if we employ the right levers in the right way and in the right sequence. Tony Frontier and Jim Rickabaugh in their recent book, Five Levers to Improve Learning, provide answers to such vexing questions as, Why do some efforts make a greater difference in student learning than others? and How can you tell where to place effort and resources to make the greatest difference? This session will explore five key levers you can employ to do this work and provide a framework for creating maximum leverage advantage when it comes to improving student learning.
  • Learner-Empower Culture for Secondary Learners
    Amalia Lopez – Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    76 RoomIn a performance-based learning environment, learners thrive in a culture that empowers them to become agents for their own learning. This session will detail the goals behind creating a learner-empowered culture and how to implement it in a secondary environment for all learners with viable learning outcomes, customizing structures, motivating learning opportunities, quality instruction and transformational technology. Special attention will be paid to learner voice and choice, transparency of learning objectives, and how to empower all secondary learners, including English Learners and learners of poverty.
  • Mass Customized Learning Pilot Elementary School in TASD
    Lisa Royek – Principal, Hydetown Elementary School, and Karen Jez – Superintendent, Titusville Area School District, PA
    Willow/AspenPresenters from Hydetown Elementary School, a small elementary in rural Pennsylvania with high poverty and declining economic landscape, will share their story about MCL implementation planned for the coming school year. Their “recipe” is a mix of some very dedicated teachers who want to make a difference for their students by enhancing their cognitive skills and a measure of Professional Learning Community discussions centered around articles and books that support Mass Customized Learning. These key ingredients are combined in a supportive administrative atmosphere where educators may take risks and work to meet the needs of tech savvy clientele. Baking this mixture patiently over the next several years holds great potential for a changed school.
  • Building Rigorous Instruction
    Heather Rocha – Principal, and Lana Brown – Deputy Superintendent, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    Willow/AspenThis session will share detailed tools, strategies, and tips for creating an instructionally rigorous high school in the MCL setting.

     

  • MCL and Design Thinking: How to Use Design Thinking to Embed MCL Change in Your School
    Tom Butler, Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center
    Grand HallHow do you make MCL change “stick” in your school? How can you empower your staff to create the conditions for change? In this session you will learn about how to do that using Design Thinking. Design thinking is a contextual inquiry method that organically embeds change into an organization. Using Design Thinking empowers people to create solutions to important problems that affect their work. In this session, participants will learn the five stages of the Design Thinking process along with tips on how to conduct a Design Thinking workshop. Tom Butler has conducted Design Thinking workshops in K-12 and higher education settings for six years helping organizations solve real world problems and will share his insights into the process.

     

  • Transformational Solutions for Personal Competency Education
    Scott Bacon, Empower Learning, and Linda Laughlin, Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
    SwarmTranscripts, Honors, Class Rank, GPA & Eligibility: What does that look like in a competency based model of learning? Scott Bacon of Empower Learning and Linda Laughlin of Maine Cohort for Customized Learning will present key transformations to these traditional but critical traditions.

     

  • Transitioning from Grades to Learner Feedback
    Travis Works – Principal, Cornville Regional Charter School, Cornville, ME; and Lindsay Mahoney and Hope Herrick, Messalonskee Middle School, RSU 18, Oakland, ME
    76 RoomProviding learners with specific feedback on learning targets and where they are currently at helps them progress and take ownership of their learning. Two districts share their perspectives and experiences of switching from grades to learner feedback. Strategies for making the transition include use of clear learning scales, technology, frequent communication, personalized feedback on all three circles of the curriculum (content knowledge, habits of mind, complex reasoning), and educating the community about this shift. Each district has taken a slightly different approach and will share their process.
  • Designing Learning Experiences That Include a Focus on Complex Reasoning, Habits of Mind & Content Knowledge
    Susan Muzzy – Belgrade Central School, and Elizabeth Firnkes – Belgrade Park Avenue School, Auburn, ME
    Willow/AspenComplex reasoning is a cornerstone of effective instruction. In this session, we will share ways teachers in Maine are building units within three curriculum areas (Content Knowledge, Complex Reasoning and Habits of Mind) with a specific focus on Complex Reasoning. This session will include strategies for incorporating purposeful thinking skills in daily routines of upper elementary and middle level classrooms. Additionally, we will share examples of critical input experiences that will introduce these reasoning processes and scaffold understanding.

     

  • FlexTime Manager: Easy Customization of Part of Each School Day for Every Learner
    Nathan Hammond, Eduspire Solutions
    SwarmFlexTime Manager is a unique, innovative cloud-based software program that allows (near) 1:1 schools to offer all kinds of activities (remediation, acceleration, credit bearing seminars, clubs, etc.) every day to learners without any administrative headaches. Learners can make changes anytime, while attendance rosters update in realtime and SIS attendance data automatically indicates absent students. Administrators can manage mandatory and optional remediation seamlessly. This highly learner-centered approach helps further the paradigm shift towards MCL-based strategic principles. Flex Time Manager is being used by Central York in PA and Lindsay Unified in CA, among others. 
  • Learner Agency: The Ultimate Outcome for Customized Learning (Repeat)
    Julie Mathiesen and Jim Parry, Technology & Innovation in Education, SD
    Grand HallAt the core of customized learning is learner agency, that is, empowering learners with the mindset and know-how for a life-time of meaningful and successful learning. More than well-worn rhetoric of recent decades, TIE leaders offer a model with compelling descriptions of the three key components and associated characteristics of learner agency. A powerful piece of the model is a set of practical, performance-based indicators which produces profiles for each of the characteristics of learner agency. The profiles afford facilitators and learners opportunities to reflect and engage about the role and importance of learner agency. While still a work-in-progress, the model offers participants an opportunity to clarify and enhance their understanding of the most important outcome of their customized learning work. Participants will receive a copy of the current version of the model and learn about TIE’s plans for continued development and implementation. 
  • Redefining The Classroom
    Greg Capoccioni and Anthony Aquilio, Penn-Trafford School District, PA
    76 RoomWith an enrollment of 1300 students, Penn-Trafford High School is a rural public school offering dual enrollment and AP courses. Sixty-two percent of graduates pursue four year college degrees, twenty-five percent enroll at two-year colleges, two percent enter the military, and nine percent move directly into the workforce. With the increased college entrance rate, Penn-Trafford is adapting to the key role they play with preparing students appropriately for the 21st Century. Toward that end, the staff is changing their concept of teaching so it aligns with the reality of the digital age and its implications for schools and learners. Teachers are spending more time guiding and supporting learners rather than playing the more directed-role typical of traditional classrooms. Penn-Trafford’s new model involves rotations within different levels of education and core subjects. The model offer learners more flexibility and is changing how student success is coordinated and monitored as they gain essential knowledge and skills for post-secondary opportunities.
  • Competency-Based Learning Using Infinite Campus (Repeat)
    Charlie Kratsch, Infinite Campus
    SwarmIndividualized pace, differentiated instruction and student choice; all critical components of personalized learning. See a demonstration of how new competency-based features of Infinite Campus make personalization possible in your school. Discuss lessons learned with a teacher who has been using these tools for four years in the classroom.

     

  • Confined, Confounded…Now Confident and Contemplative – Harrisburg High School’s Customized Learning
    Ryan Rollinger – Assistant Principal, and Kevin Lein – Principal, Harrisburg High School, SD
    76 RoomNext May, the first Customized Learning graduating class in South Dakota will walk into history. The trials, travails and triumphs of the Harrisburg CL Class of 2017 along with student and staff testimonials, three-year trends and data, the historical path and vision for the next five years will be reviewed and revealed. 
  • Learner-Empowered Culture for Upper Elementary Learners
    Melissa Hawkins – Curriculum and Instruction Specialist and Yazmin Martin – Instructional Design and Delivery Specialist, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    Willow/AspenIn a performance-based learning environment, learners thrive in a culture that empowers them to become agents for their own learning. This session will detail the goals behind creating a learner-empowered culture and how to implement it for upper elementary and middle school learners with viable learning outcomes, customizing structures, motivating learning opportunities, quality instruction and transformational technology. Special attention will be paid to learner voice and choice, transparency of learning objectives, and how to empower all learners, including English Learners and learners of poverty. 
  • Starter Steps for Mass Customized Learning
    Bea McGarvey, McGarvey Educational Associates, ME
    Grand HallIt is time for a new vision for education…a vision that is intrinsically motivating to learners…a vision that replaces the present, severely outdated Industrial Age delivery system. Since the publication of Inevitable, educators around the country have begun the transformation to this compelling vision. During this session, Bea McGarvey shares a few lessons from the field: a set of Starter Steps to make Mass Customized Learning a reality. Audience: Educators just beginning the work.
  • A Small School’s Journey Toward Mass Customized Learning
    Jason Selchert, Jenny Rice & Natalie Selchert, Gayville-Volin School District, SD
    76 RoomDuring this session, a small school district perspective will be shared regarding the 7-12 journey toward mass customized learning. Implementation starting points, time frames, road blocks, and key insights will be shared from the view of an administrator, teacher and counselor. 
  • Flexible Grouping and Re-Grouping Across Grade Levels
    Lindsay Mahoney & Hope Herrick, Messalonskee Middle School, Oakland, ME
    Willow/AspenThere are a variety of different ways to group and re-group learners to enhance their learning and meet their unique needs. Two middle school teachers describe their experience with grouping and re-grouping across up to three grade levels. We will describe how we’ve grouped and re-grouped learners based on their needs, by specific measurement topics, by interest/choice, and as a way to create teacher “experts”/lessen the load. Groups are created using several different data points (proficiency dashboard, NWEA scores, Lexile levels, pre-assessments, etc.). Our experiences with grouping and re-grouping have allowed us to create a classroom environment where learners are able to move at their own pace, have voice and choice, and receive specific feedback that helps them grow as learners.
  • Learning Relationship Management (LRM): Rocket Fuel for Customized Learning (Repeat)
    David Cass, Fidelis Education
    SwarmTo accelerate customized learning to its maximum potential, it’s crucial to look at student’s learning outside of the classroom. We already know that students who are truly successful are the ones who have a personal and clear PURPOSE, a unique learning PATHWAY, and the right combination of PEOPLE guiding them on that journey. But how do you know which students have PURPOSE, PATHWAY, and PEOPLE? And how do you customize this for each student when you have so many? LRM.
  • When Just Getting Better Is Not Good Enough: Strategies for Thinking and Leading Beyond Incremental, Incidental Improvement
    James Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning, WI
    Grand HallContinuous improvement is important, but often is inadequate. We must be sure we are working on the right things, things that have the potential to make a real difference for learning and achievement. Getting better at the wrong thing – that will not deliver the results we need – is a waste of time, effort and resources. Innovation that represents transformation often must precede effective incremental improvement. This session will provide practical strategies for breakthrough thinking and operationalizing transformative approaches. The emergence of personalized learning as a transformative innovation will be used to explain and demonstrate the process of engaging in and leading transformative innovation.
  • Building Capacity Through Coaching and Collaboration
    Tammy Milligan – Principal, and Leticia Bradley – Learning Director, Lincoln Elementary Learning Community, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    Willow/AspenLearn about how one school is building teacher capacity by developing a culture focused on qualitative and quantitative results paired with personalized professional learning.

     

  • MCL “All In”
    Erik Orndorff and Administration, Pequea Valley School District, PA
    76 RoomWith the right attitude, school district leaders can transform the industrial model of educating students into an empowering learning environment for each learner. For example, in 2011, Pennsylvania’s Pequea Valley School District was labeled a low-functioning school which still implemented the industrialized model. While the district’s new leadership team did not have all of the answers, they created a collaborative environment with staff to change the system and get better results for their learners. Inevitable with its vision for Mass Customized Learning provided the direction. Now PVSD is all in with MCL and emphasizes that each learner counts. Notably, the district is a three-time Apple Distinguished School, STEM Regional School of the Year, and on its way to becoming Mass Customized. The presenters will share how a team of School Board members, teachers, administrators, and support staff motivated one another by encouraging innovation and problem solving. Because the district has taken risks, attendees will also learn about the trials and tribulations of their ongoing journey to transform their educational system. 
  • SCHedOOL: Scheduling Apart from the Bell Schedule (for Teams of Learning Facilitators & Learners)
    Nathan Hammond, Eduspire Solutions
    SwarmSCHedOOL allows a team of 3-5 learning facilitators who share the same learners to communicate sessions/seminars offered. These sessions can be different from day to day, free of any bell schedule, without constraints of start time, end time, or length of period. Learners are not required to fill their entire day, allowing them to create their own sessions when desired. The cloud-based software easily manages student selections/changes but allows teachers to override as needed. Full transparency, overview, and accountability is provided so that LFs and Admins know where all students are and what they are working on. SCHedOOL was designed and implemented to support a pilot program by Central York High School, PA. 
  • What Does Customized Learning Feel Like?
    Josh Schmidt, McCook Central, SD
    Grand HallJoshua Schmidt is a middle school Math teacher in Salem, SD. He’s been working to customize his classroom for the last six years, and he’s had many successes and challenges. In the past, he’s spoken to other teachers about what his classroom looks like while showing specific examples of his content. This year, he’s hoping to show exactly what it feels like to learners. Come see a customized classroom from the inside and put yourself in the position of a learner in Joshua’s classroom.
  • Competency-Based Learning Using Infinite Campus (Repeat)
    Charlie Kratsch, Infinite Campus
    SwarmIndividualized pace, differentiated instruction and student choice; all critical components of personalized learning. See a demonstration of how new competency-based features of Infinite Campus make personalization possible in your school. Discuss lessons learned with a teacher who has been using these tools for four years in the classroom. 
  • Customizing Learning Through Team Teaching
    Krista Averill – Teacher, McCook Central, SD
    Willow/AspenOver the last three years, Krista Averill has been team teaching lower middle school and upper elementary grades. This process has included flexible grouping and regrouping based on ability rather than grade level, aligning standards across grade levels, as well as using techniques such as menus and choice boards. Krista is excited to share the strengths and successes of this model as well as its challenges. She looks forward to answering questions from other educators as they search for ways to customize their classrooms or schools.
  • MCL for the Young Learner (Repeat)
    Chuck Schwahn – MCL Advocate, Schwahn Leadership Associates, and Jessica Enderson – Principal, Medary Elementary School, Brookings, SD
    76 RoomThe presenters are teaming with BUZZ to create a LMS that will make Chapter 11 of Inevitable, The Elementary MCL Vision, a reality. The BUZZ team values the MCL Vision as much as we do. This is the first time that we are working with an established tech team as an equal partner. We will describe our MCL LMS Vision, tell you what we are doing, why we are doing it, share examples of how we are doing it, and get you excited and wanting to be involved. This session will be helpful for learning facilitators and for school leaders in all positions.
  • What Does a School Look Like With No Bells? Personalized Learning in a Successful School-Wide Implementation
    Kenneth Grover – Principal, Innovations Early College High School, Salt Lake City, UT
    Grand HallWhat is this world we are stepping into?
    Barriers-perceived and real. How do you overcome them?
    Making sense of the technology.
  • Dive, Grow and Evolve
    Michael Butts, Rosemary Hirtz, Jeffrey Trapp, Anita Bach, Kelly Royer, Tom Mattingly & Scott Walker – Watertown HS, SD
    76 RoomAs we begin our third year of customized learning at Watertown High School, we share our story of diving into a flipped curriculum in our four core content areas, evolving continually and now growing explosively as our numbers will reach over 100 students grades 9-12. Our Middle College Arrow Academy customized learning program started as an opportunity for students to “complete some college courses in the middle” while still in high school. Our original plan was that participants could “go faster” through required courses providing time for dual credit. We work more accurately now under the motto of “different and deeper learning”. Through trials, teamwork and sometimes tears we are learning that students still need us as facilitators, but in a completely different approach to education.

     

  • Leading Transformational Change While Ensuring Systemic Alignment
    Lana Brown – Deputy Superintendent; and Jaime Robles – Executive Director of Human Resources, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    Grand HallThis session will detail the systemic leadership actions needed to transform teaching, learning, and leadership while ensuring alignment to a common vision for learners. Participants will leave the session with concrete (and proven) strategies and tools that can (and should) be implemented by any site or district embracing the vision of MCL. 
  • Learning Relationship Management (LRM): Rocket Fuel for Customized Learning (Repeat)
    David Cass, Fidelis Education
    SwarmTo accelerate customized learning to its maximum potential, it’s crucial to look at student’s learning outside the classroom. We already know that student’s who are truly successful are the one’s who have a personal and clear purpose, a unique learning pathway, and the right combination of people guiding them on that journey. But how do you know which students have purpose, pathway and people? And how do you customize this for each student when you have so many? LRM. 
  • Meeting Learners Where They’re At – a Session on Grouping & Regrouping in an Elementary Environment
    Ashlee Savage and Wendy Pastio, Cornville Regional Charter School, ME
    Willow/AspenThere are a variety of ways to group and regroup learners to enhance their learning and meet their unique needs. How can teachers specialize in a content area so that you leverage resources to offer learning opportunities across multiple age levels without creating barriers or limiting learning opportunities? Two elementary school teachers describe their experience with grouping and regrouping across ages 5-14 (K-8). In a single day, learners as young as 5 years are grouped and re-grouped by social/emotional needs, specific ELA/Math/Science/Social Studies learning goals, as well as by interests. Many different management tools and assessments help us meet learners where they are and empower us to leverage all facilitators within our building to guide and instruct. Learners work hard at knowing their learning goals, as well as understanding what they need to do to show proficiency. Our experiences with grouping and regrouping have allowed us to create a school wide environment where learners are able to move at their own pace, have choice and voice, and receive specific feedback that helps them grow as learners.
  • One District’s Personalized Path to Customization
    Barbara A. Rupp – Supt, South Western School District, PA
    Willow/AspenPennsylvania’s South Western School District’s learning adventure began with the board adopted vision: “Learners have a voice and choice for self-directed, customized learning supported by a caring and progressive network of educators.” That was two years ago. Since then, the district has been on a path towards customization. What started out as a vision is quickly becoming a reality throughout all levels of our district due to strong leadership, remarkable buy-in from our educators, and a willingness to explore and try innovative practices. Each level is discovering and planning its own pathway, supported by district leaders and the board of education. Session participants will learn what worked and what did not work. South Western’s experience and insights are offered as a resource for other districts starting on the journey to customization. 
  • Replacing Industrial Age Practices: One Elementary School’s Journey
    Sara Weaver – Principal, Eastside New Vision Charter School, Warren, AR
    76 RoomIn this session you will hear about our experiences, challenges, insights and next steps with personalized learning. Some of the concepts included will be: success breeds success, building a common language and learners grouped around similar goals. Join in the dialogue about our vision about MCL in our learning community.
  • Standardize to Customize
    Brian Grow and Marisa Burkhart, Canvas
    SwarmWe will show you how using Canvas you can simplify your life and build amazing resources to share and personalize for your students. Easily align to standards (yours or someone else’s). Reinvent and automate assessments, post assignments, send and receive notifications, facilitate discussions, integrate with Google, and sync with your district’s SIS! Check out the why and how. CanvasLMS.com
  • We CAN Move Beyond the Industrial Age Model. The Vision of Customized (Personalized) Learning CAN Happen in your School!
    Sherry Crofut and Lennie Symes, Technology & Innovation in Education
    Grand HallDon’t we all want a school that embraces learners progressing at their own pace to more challenging concepts based on their competency? Wouldn’t it be nice if learners were empowered with an active voice in their learning instead of continuing with the industrial age model? Our Customized Learning Series, a two-pronged approach of district planning and teacher professional growth, will help create learning opportunities that meet learners at their readiness level and learning style, engage learners with content of their interest, and motivate learners with intrinsically rewarding education. This session will examine the possibilities of bringing lasting change to student-centered learning by coordinating the district planning to rebuild weight-bearing walls that stand in the way, while at the same time, providing a varied and customized growth experience for teachers with the integration of the technology tools necessary to make this possible.
  • Habits of Mind: Teaching, Providing Feedback & Creating Policy Language PK-12
    Elizabeth Firnkes, Park Avenue Elementary School, Auburn, ME; Amanda Gallant, Cornville Regional Charter School, Cornville, ME; and Heather Rockwell, RSU 67, Lincoln, ME
    76 RoomAs a way to focus on more than just content, we will share how we have integrated Habits of Mind curriculum into the classroom and techniques for explicit instruction of the Habits of Mind. We will offer classroom artifacts spanning the K-12 curriculum. Additionally, we will share how our learners are self reflecting on their progress, and how learning facilitators are providing feedback. At the high school level, we will share one way a high school in Maine is using a Habits of Mind waiver as a method for learners to participate in extracurricular activities, even if they are not yet demonstrating proficiency in a content area standard. These are learners who are self reflective and demonstrating strong use of the Habits of Mind. We are excited to share how we are helping to mold our learners into great leaders and innovators of tomorrow. 
  • MCL Strength Finder
    Patrick Crawford, Jay Scott & Tom Butler, Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center
    Willow/AspenThis session will focus on effecting learner success through staff selection. Using a selection tool developed by Chuck Schwahn and Bea McGarvey, educational leaders can make selecting outstanding learning facilitators intentional, systematic, objective and bias-free. To ensure the learning community that those selected as learning facilitators:
    Have beliefs and values that are aligned with MCL,
    Understand the theory and research that underpins MCL,
    Have had successful experiences with customizing learning, and
    Have a vision of what MCL will look, and feel like, and be like in the future.
    PLDC will explain the selection tool and how learning communities can become trained in the use of the tool.
  • Scheduling in the Personalized Learning Environment
    Robert Sorensen, Personalized Learning Tools
    Swarm
    This session will cover the challenges which arise when trying to implement a Personalized Learning environment. We will also present a few of the options available to overcome these challenges.
  • The Leader’s Role in Creating a Culture of Empowerment
    Nik Namba – Principal of the Kennedy Elementary Learning Community, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    Grand HallAs a leader of a learning community trying to develop the ideal learning experience, all stakeholders will be looking for you to guide them in creating a culture of empowerment. Unfortunately, there is no three-step guidebook that tells you how to empower learners, learning facilitators, and other stakeholders. In this session you will hear true and unfiltered stories from a principal about strategies that have been used to create a culture of empowerment at a K-8 site in a performance-based model. We will talk about the good, the bad, and the lessons learned, in hopes to support your ability to immediately take steps towards increasing empowerment in your institution that leads to learning facilitators creating powerful learning for all learners.
  • Grading and Feedback in MCL
    Amalia Lopez and Melissa Hawkins, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
    76 RoomIn a mass customized learning environment, the structures of grading and feedback are paramount in transforming learning opportunities and achievement. In this session, participants will explore customized grading structures, the role of feedback between educators and learners, and how they foster a culture of transparency and accountability. An emphasis will be placed on the classroom application of these concepts for educators just beginning their customized learning journey.

     

  • Managing Personal Competency at the Site and District Level
    Scott Bacon & Nikolas Namba, Empower Learning
    SwarmScott Bacon of Empower and Nik Namba of Lindsay Unified School District will present key aspects of leading a personal competency learning environment, critical needs and innovative solutions. What are the new metrics of success, how do we measure growth, monitor progress and use data to ensure no child gets left behind. 
  • Shifting the Focus to Learning by Changing Traditional Practices & Developing a Culture that Supports High Levels of Critical Thinking
    Linda Laughin and Maine Cohort for Customized Learning Teachers
    Grand HallJoin us for a conversation about the traditional practices that challenge our ability to maintain a focus on learning. MCCL teachers have used strategies to shift the focus from activities and assignments to learning goals and at the same time, create a culture of growth mindset and critical thinking. We will share artifacts of our experiences at explicitly teaching critical thinking and growth mindset. 
  • Tools to Bring Personalized (Customized) Learning to Your School
    Sherry Crofut and Lennie Symes, Technology and Innovation in Education, SD
    Willow/AspenTIE has developed a series of tools to help schools move forward with personalized learning. While many of these tools have been developed for schools involved in a Bush Foundation grant, most are available to other schools via the web. Learn how you can make personalized learning a reality in your schools.
  • MCL for the Young Learner (Repeat)
    Chuck Schwahn – MCL Advocate, Schwahn Leadership Associates, and Jessica Enderson – Principal, Medary Elementary School, Brookings, SD
    Willow/AspenThe presenters are teaming with BUZZ to create a LMS that will make Chapter 11 of Inevitable, The Elementary MCL Vision, a reality. The BUZZ team values the MCL Vision as much as we do. This is the first time that we are working with an established tech team as an equal partner. We will describe our MCL LMS Vision, tell you what we are doing, why we are doing it, share examples of how we are doing it, and get you excited and wanting to be involved. This session will be helpful for learning facilitators and for school leaders in all positions.

     

  • Learner Agency: The Ultimate Outcome for Customized Learning (Repeat)
    Julie Mathiesen and Jim Parry, Technology & Innovation in Education, SD
    SwarmAt the core of customized learning is learner agency, that is, empowering learners with the mindset and know-how for a life-time of meaningful and successful learning. More than well-worn rhetoric of recent decades, TIE leaders offer a model with compelling descriptions of the three key components and associated characteristics of learner agency. A powerful piece of the model is a set of practical, performance-based indicators which produces profiles for each of the characteristics of learner agency. The profiles afford facilitators and learners opportunities to reflect and engage about the role and importance of learner agency. While still a work-in-progress, the model offers participants an opportunity to clarify and enhance their understanding of the most important outcome of their customized learning work. Participants will receive a copy of the current version of the model and learn about TIE’s plans for continued development and implementation. 
  • Team Meeting Time
    Grand HallOver the past two days, attendees participated in a host of sessions and interacted with others about the vision and implementation of customized learning. As the Summit wraps up, this session is offered as a venue for local teams to gather around tables in an informal setting for reflecting on the ideas, information, and insights gained. From the wealth of Summit experiences, the team is encouraged to note a couple of shared priorities and identify a few action steps which can serve as the start for further planning when they return to their respective schools/districts.