iLC 2018 - Breakout Session Detail
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Transitioning Towards Competency Based Learning
In this session, participants will use a readiness guide to assess the current state of their classroom or school and determine what concrete steps they want to take to shift towards Competency Based Learning. Using the model, they will determine one to two high leverage areas through which they can act to begin the transition in the short-term, while also having a larger understanding of all the shifts that will be required to fully shift to competency based learning over the course of a few years.
Speakers: Sarah Peterson & Mark Somanade, Competency Based Learning Specialists, Denver Public Schools
Implementing Blended Learning in a Traditional School Setting
Technology has enhanced the learning environment considerably by providing practitioners with a plethora of applications and programs to support student learning. This advancement has challenged traditional pedagogical strategies as well as the traditional classroom model. The blended learning model (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode learning) is one such model that challenges the traditional classroom model and utilizes technology to individualize student learning. Utilizing current research in Blended Learning as well as the experiences of a Blended Learning School in Nassau, Bahamas, this presentation will highlight the four models of blended learning, the process of implementing a Blended Learning program, and the challenges and lessons learned in implementing this model in a traditional educational environment. A plan for implementing a blended learning model will also be presented.
Speakers: Noel Knowles, Director of Academic Affairs, Melody Hanna, Principal, Genesis Academy, Nassau, Bahamas
Core Components of Blended Learning
The session will highlight core components of blended learning (personalization, data use, mastery-based progression) and the impact each can have on education outcomes. Audience members will then select playlists based on the topic of interest, choosing resources that seem most relevant to them. The presenter will circulate asking questions to prompt deeper thinking and provide individualized support.
Speaker: Daniel Owens, Partner, The Learning Accelerator
Playlists: Purposeful and Practical Personalized Learning
Practice creating playlists to plan and promote purposeful and practical personalized learning! Understand elements of playlist instructional design framework. Consider relevance of playlist framework with respect to personalized learning, project-based learning, competency-based learning, backwards lesson design, student ownership of learning, etc. Consider the potential of playlists to support aspects of personalized learning such as pacing, collaboration, authentic learning experiences, student ownership and choice, etc. Explore the role of playlists and personalized learning in individual teaching contexts, and brainstorm/begin planning a playlist to support personalized learning.
Speakers: Sarah Woodard, English Language Arts Teacher; Martha Gustafson Principal, Collegiate Prep Academy, Denver Public Schools
Use Flipgrid & Hyperdocs to Plan & Provide Personalized PD for Teachers
Learn how to design and offer edtech trainings that are effective and engaging. Using Google apps and Flipgrid, edtech training sessions for educators can be tailor made and personalized for all learning levels and styles. This differentiated professional development will provide teachers with classroom instructional strategies that promote student focused learning.
Speaker: Eileen Belastock, Director of Academic Technology, Mount Greylock Regional School District
CMAS Growth Through Targeted Small Group Instruction
This session will highlight how Brentwood IB Middle School in Greeley, CO went from Priority improvement to Performance on state rankings in 3 years through teacher stories of implementing small group instruction in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to address their own needs and how targeted small group instruction could address the needs within their school or classroom.
Speaker: Laura Sizemore-Williams, Teacher, Brentwood Middle School
Gettin' Griddy With It- Become the Student in a Mastery Learning Adventure
Participants will learn by doing in this interactive, BYOD session. Mastery learning with EdTech integration is the goal, The Grid Method is the tool we will use to get there. Student-paced, mastery-based, engaging learning is at the core of this new method.
Speaker: Tiffany Ott, Gifted Intervention Specialist, Cleveland-University Heights Schools
Designing Innovative Solutions for Global Teacher Crisis
Rural schools around the world face a teaching crisis - not enough trained teachers to fill high needs positions. Explore how we can use innovative PD + technology to connect teachers to high quality training and global PLCs. Infuse energy and purpose back into isolated teaching teams, and learn how TabLab connects courageous educators with the right coaches and resources around the world. Examples will be presented from blended learning programs in USA (Colorado), Costa Rica, and Tanzania.
Speaker: Heather Hiebsch, Executive Director; Kate Stevens, Educator Development Coordinator; TabLab Education
Teacher Panel Lunch: Teacher Voices
What do teachers think about transforming education towards blended and personalized learning environments? The teacher panel features teachers who are implementing blended learning in their classrooms. Teachers come from various schools with diverse backgrounds. In a provocative, unfiltered and honest conversation teachers will provide first-hand accounts of their experiences, why they began the journey towards blended learning, and pros & cons. This is your chance to ask questions of teachers driving forward blended learning models. Send your questions to teachers through Twitter using #iLC2018
Speakers: TBD, Moderator: Jill Pellegrini, Director of Professional Development, iLearn Collaborative