iLC 2018 - Breakout Session Detail


Learning Model Design

Discover resources available to support the transition to blended and personalized learning


Growth Mindset: Building a School Culture for Innovation and Positive Risk-Taking

Taos Academy Charter School is a blended learning school serving grades 5-12 in northern New Mexico. TA is recognized nationally as one of the best performing schools in a struggling state, seeing high achievement in traditionally underserved populations. Part of Taos Academy?s success stems from its commitment to fostering a "lab school mentality" in which experimentation and risk-taking are expected and supported, in students and in staff. The culture of growth mindset and continuous improvement for both ourselves and our students is evidenced by all of the many places where Taos Academy is innovating across its programming. From partnering with state entities to improve data practices, working with our edtech partners to improve their products? usability effectiveness for our students, to continually iterating on the high level of individualization in our curriculum, TA works to truly be a community of learners.

Speaker:  Elizabeth LeBlanc, Curriculum, Instruction, and Data Coordinator, Taos Academy Charter School

Introduction to Blended Learning

Educators will be exposed to several models of blended learning and how blended learning can support district and school goals/initiatives. Discussion will include defining blended learning, the "why", how BL addresses district and schools goals, and how it incorporates personalized, project-based, and competency-based learning. Virtual collaboration tools will be used in this session. Participants will engage in blended learning rotation and self-blend models. Participants can opt to continue in a blended PD course, Introduction to Blended Learning for PD clock hours or college credit.

Speaker:  Judy Perez, CEO, iLearn Collaborative

Transforming Schools Through Personalized Learning

Attendees will establish a common language and gain a basic understanding of what it means to personalize the learning for students in their school. Where are we in supporting our beliefs about student learning through instructional practices, structures and tools? Attendees will discuss the idea of change vs. transformation and perceived vs. real barriers in school redesign. Attendees will also have an opportunity to consider how they can incorporate aspects of personalized learning in their classrooms, even if their schools are not ready to transform. Attendees will discuss and identify technologies that will best meet the needs of their students and schools. Attendees will find out what happened when a school asked these very questions and then had the courage to implement them!

Speaker:  Kenneth Grover, Principal and Thought Partner, Innovations Early College High School, Salt Lake City School District

Moving from Vision to Reality: Strategic Design and Implementation of Personalized Learning Programs

Moving from Vision to Reality is an excellent way for teams from individual schools and districts to jump-start their blended learning program design or to re-imagine existing programs. Join EdSurge and the Institute for Teaching and Leading in this hands-on workshop. In Moving from Vision into Reality, schools articulate their goals for blended and personalized program design, then walk through activities to help them move that vision into reality. Using EdSurge's research-backed process to guide strategic technology selection, teams will leave with an action plan that furthers each school or district's highly unique mission, vision and instructional goals

Speakers:  Dr. Christopher Harrington, Founder and Director of Strategic Development, Institute for Teaching and Leading; Meg Hamel, Director of Research, EdSurge

Think Outside The Box

Too often secondary schools or districts purchase digital courseware for a singular purpose, typically as a credit recovery solution. One box, one solution. However, digital courseware can solve several problems and create numerous opportunities. Having access to digital content creates scenarios that you may have not even considered. Thinking outside the box allows us to see beyond the most obvious. Thinking outside the box opens doors to new prospects. Thinking outside the box forces us to be innovative. Join us as we discuss how to ensure teachers and schools have the tools, like the CIA of blended learning, the proper mindset, and well-crafted deployment designs to create high quality digital learning environments.

Speaker: Kim Loomis, Director of K-12 Online and Blended Learning, Clark County School District

Creating a Learner-Centered Culture through Personalized Learning

Learner-centered classrooms and trying to describe them reminds me a bit of someone trying to describe being gluten or sugar free. When I describe Learner Centered Classrooms (LCCs) one eyebrow goes slightly raised by a polite listening partner, nodding to physically show they are engaged, and thinking all the time "Well, I already do that, in fact I invented learner-centered classrooms while you were still in diapers." In this session, we'll explore commitments our school has made to creating a learner-centered environment. We'll learn about fostering a learner-centered mindset and I'll share tips, tricks, and technology tools to truly personalize learning in your classroom by putting learners at the center.

Speaker:  Leia Kraeuter, Principal, Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School

Let's Rethink Online Learning!

Research shows that most online learning schools today aren't improving outcomes for their students. Are there online learning environments that can actually help students flourish? If so, how might these environments differ from what we're currently doing? In this session, the authors of the "Let's Rethink Online Learning" article will share their findings and key practices to enable the growing online student population to succeed academically and in life.

Speakers:  Erika Twani, CEO, Learning One to One; Bryan Goodwin, President & CEO, McRel International

Better Together a Global Classroom

How can we create an opportunity for students to connect with their international peers that empowers global citizenship in an interconnected learning environment? An effective international partnership encourages students to develop a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the processes of collaboration, cooperation and communication. Not only do students learn to work cooperatively with their peers from other countries, they are empowered to bring about change as global citizens. Learn how three schools in Douglas County have partnered with Microsoft to create a Global Classroom. Utilizing Design Thinking, students locate and explore common ground by identifying a universal need and bringing a unique intercultural element to collaborative learning by designing solutions to address the universal need.

Speakers:   Mary Murphy, Innovation and Personalized Learning Specialist; Ashley Hulley, Language Arts Teacher, Mesa Middle School, Douglas County School District

Practical Research for Personalized Learning Programs:  Using Evidence for Evaluation

Education organizations across the country need practical, rigorous research to examine edtech efficacy. This session illustrates how one public charter district is using a rapid cycle evaluation (RCE) tool to collect and analyze data, and discusses the evidence district leaders are generating to inform decisions about edtech implementation, purchasing and evaluation. RCE is a scientifically sound method of generating timely and actionable evidence on educational interventions. This session will explore the knowledge and skills necessary for individuals to conceptualize and operationalize RCEs, and thereby develop the ability to collect and utilize evidence through the practical application of research. Presenters will discuss their experience with this process as it applies to actual, relevant decision-making. The session is designed for anyone who could benefit from making evidence-based decisions in educational settings, including educators, administrators, data and accountability staff, and technical/technology support staff.

Speakers:  Amanda Cadran, Customer Success Manager, Lea(R)n; Blair Mishleau, Director of Personalized Learning from the Western School of Science and Technology

Colorado Empowered Learning: Strategy, Planning, and Collaboration

Join 25 Colorado districts across the state-Colorado Empowered Learning has been charged with articulating the blended learning vision for Colorado. This session will update participants on the status of this work and ask participants to extend their voice in the conversation.  

Speakers:  Troy Lange, Project Director, Colorado Empowered Learning; Judy Perez, CEO, iLearn Collaborative