iLC 2018 - Breakout Session Detail


Educator Development

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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 Somanader, 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

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

Rural School Focus - Infusing Energy, PD, & Purpose Into Our Rural Communities!

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 TeachUNITED 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, TeachUNITED 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

Beginning Blended Learning within the Mathematics Classroom K - 8

Our seminar will contain a summary of blended learning implementation within the K-8 mathematics classrooms at University Schools. The seminar will begin with a definition of blended learning followed with University Schools current vision for implementing blended learning. Multiple mathematical blended learning resources, both free and paid, are analyzed for pros and cons, along with University Schools chosen criteria for the mathematical blended learning resource will be shared. Finally, our beginning implementation of the chosen mathematical blended learning resource (Dreambox) will be shared with specifics in regards to collecting data, forming student groups, etc.

Angela Vanderbloom, 6th Grade Math Teacher; Jamie Schneider, 2nd Grade Math Teacher, University Schools