Professional Learning
Professional Learning

Educators are the lead learners in schools. If they are to enable powerful, authentic, deep learning among their students, they need to live that kind of learning and professional culture themselves. When everyone is part of that experiential through-line, that’s when next generation learning thrives.

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The NGLC community heads to the 2017 iNACOL Symposium in Orlando next week. Please join us at the following sessions so we can connect and learn together. We encourage you to follow #NGLCchat as well as #inacol17 to stay connected and share your ideas with the NGLC community.

Scary, Urgent, Passionate, Hopeful, Inspiring. Stories Worth Re-Telling! The Moth Comes to Next Gen Learning and iNACOL

  • Tuesday, 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon E4
  • Presenters: Andy Calkins with Alec Barron, Sujata Bhatt, Tom Gaffey, Jemar Lee, Kim Merritt, Matthew Riggan, Bryan Setser, and Eric Tucker
  • Beyond the data, the charts, the strategies, the schedules, the test scores, there are ... the stories. Education has always been a fertile garden for storytelling. This session will be built around the idea of a story slam -- like those popularized on NPR's The Moth radio hour. Participants will be given a way of submitting their story live, during the session; some will be chosen to tell their story. Lightning rounds of discussion will follow each of three story segments, organized around the Why, the What, and the How of next-gen learning.

Think Outside the Bubble: Reimagining Assessment

  • Tuesday, 2:15-3:15, Southern Hemisphere V
  • Presenters: Tony Siddall, with Ross Lescano Lipstein, Alec Barron, and Dr. Shannon King
  • Reimagining assessment is reimagining what's possible for learning. What if assessments empowered students to chart their own learning paths, gave teachers tools that respected and enhanced their professional judgement and embraced a richer, deeper definition of student success? Innovative educators from the Assessment for Learning Project will share their experiences doing just this, and will invite participants to identify opportunities in their own contexts to #rethinkassessment.

Measuring Social Emotional Learning Towards Building Student Agency

  • Tuesday, 4:00-5:00, Asia 3
  • Presenters: Tony Siddall, with Bob LaRocca and Akira Gutierrez
  • Our session will highlight measures and assessment approaches designed to promote positive student agency, including measures that focus on SEL skills and environmental conditions underlying student agency and processes that place students as the owners of their assessment and learning. TransformEd and NGLC will highlight promising practices where assessment develops agency. We will also address how policy can be leveraged to advance SEL and support formative assessments of agency.

Practicing What We Preach: An Immersion in High-Octane Next Gen Learning for Educators

  • Wednesday, 4:00-5:00, Northern Salon E3
  • Presenters: Andy Calkins, Jennifer Kabaker, Stephanie Krauss, and Shelli Kurth
  • 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 PD falls vastly short in filling this need. Attendees at this session 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.

Monday, October 23


Effectively Communicating about Personalized Learning

  • 8:00-11:00, Northern Salon E2
  • Ashley Ellis, Loudoun County Public Schools; Kira Keane, The Learning Accelerator; Natalie Woods, Education Elements

Using a Profile of a Graduate to Become a 21st Century District

  • 8:00-11:00, Northern Salon E4
  • Valerie Greenhill and Ken Kay, EdLeader21


Building Understanding of Competency Education and Changing Grading Practices

  • 1:00-4:00, Northern Salon E4
  • Thomas Gaffey and Sandra Moumoutis, Building 21

Tuesday, October 24


Sustaining a Breakthrough Model: Case Studies on How to Support Innovation That Lasts

  • 10:00-11:00, Oceanic 3
  • Scott Milam, Afton Partners LLC

Implementing Personalized Learning in the District Context: Lessons from the Next Generation Learning Challenges and Opportunity by Design Projects

  • 10:00-11:00, Oceanic 8
  • John Pane and Elizabeth Steiner, RAND Corporation

Reimagining your IT Department and its Role in Supporting Personalized, Competency-Based Education, Instructional Design and Next Generation IT

  • 10:00-11:00, Crescent Terrace
  • Albert Motley, Matchbook Learning, and Nithi Thomas, Techademics


Measuring What Matters: Creating a Data Dashboard with Social Emotional Indicators and Measures

  • 10:00-12:15, Northern Salon A3
  • Daniel Assisi, Nicole Assisi, Thiago Batista, and Shelli Kurth, Thrive Public Schools, and DJ Cervantes, Transforming Education

Supporting Competency-Based Learning Practices with Positive Youth Development

  • 10:00- 12:15, Southern Hemisphere II
  • Jenny Curtin, Barr Foundation; Sam Sherwood, Springpoint

Competency as the Leverage Point in School Redesign: Sustaining the Work Through Coherence and Alignment

  • 10:00-12:15, Northern Salon E1
  • Mo Nunez, Katie Thompson, and Mark Kostin, Great Schools Partnership

Adventures in Agency: Embracing Uncertainty in Learning Agency

  • 10:00-12:15, Asia 4
  • Laurie Gagnon and Gary Chapin, Center for Collaborative Education; Mary Earick, New Hampshire learning Initiative; Melissa Thomas and Jay Dockweiller, Henry County Schools

Personalize Student Learning – And Yours

  • 10:00-12:15, Northern Hemisphere D
  • Erin Figula and Tim Carnahan, LEAP Innovations

Your School or District’s Journey to Personalized Learning: Navigating Implementation and Scale

  • 10:00-12:15, Southern Hemisphere III
  • Lizzie Choi, Summit Public Schools

Collaboration, Not Competition: Education Innovation Through Communities of Innovative Practice (CIPs)

  • 10:00-12:15, Europe 11
  • Anirban Bhattacharyya. KIPP Foundation; Jeanne Chang, Summit Public Schools; Ellen Dorr, Renton School District; and Chris Liang-Vergara


Featured Session: Journeys to Personalized Learning: How 2 Districts and 1 School Are Leading the Change

  • 11:15-12:15, Northern Hemisphere BC
  • Colleen Collins, CICS West Belden; Aaryn Schmuhl, Henry County Schools; David Phillips, FSG; and Rebecca Midles, Mesa County School District

An Open Source Competency-Based Model V3.0

  • 11:15-12:15, Oceanic 6
  • Thomas Gaffey and Sydney Schaef, Building 21

District Strategies for Next-Generation Personalized Learning: Cultivating Teacher Readiness

  • 11:15-12:15, Asia 3
  • Michele Dawson, Compton Unified School District; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox Learning; Dr. Chris Marczak, Maury County Public Schools; Julie Young, ASU Prep Digital

Moving from Assessments to Evidence

  • 11:15 -12:15, Crescent Terrace
  • David Ruff, Great Schools Partnership

Chelsea Opportunity Academy: 5 Pillars to Support Off-Track High School Student Success

  • 11:15-12:15, Oceanic 5
  • Laurie Gagnon, Dan French, Michael Brownstein, and Emily Sienkiewicz, Center for Collaborative Education; Deirdre Collins and Linda Breau, Chelsea Public Schools

Leading with Problems of Practice: Teachers as Lead Researchers in Your Learning Organization

  • 11:15-12:15, Oceanic 3
  • Meilani Clay-Solomon, Sazan Ghafur, Katie Goddard, Alie Kelly, and Ross Lescano Lipstein, Summit Public Schools

Meeting Every Student Where They Are: Personalized Learning and Learning Differences

  • 11:15-12:15, Asia 1
  • Tonika Cheek Clayton, NewSchools Venture Fund; Maya Gat, Branching Minds; Lindsay Jones, National Center for Learning Disabilities; Erin Mote, InnovateEDU; and Stacy Parker-Fisher, Oak Foundation


Bridge Building: Engaging Regions Locally and in Context to Build a National Strategy to Support Blended and Personalized Learning Educators

  • 2:15-3:15, Southern Hemisphere III
  • Rafael Gallardo, DC Scholars; Scott Frauenheim, Distinctive Schools; Michael Fauteux, Leadership Public Schools; Juliana Finegan, The Learning Accelerator; Britt Neuhaus, Overdeck Family Foundation

A Blended Learning Journey

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Hemisphere D
  • Meagan Cox and Holly Jackson, Horry County Schools

How Districts Innovate: New Small Schools in Cleveland Metropolitan School District

  • 2:15 - 3:15, Northern Hemisphere BC
  • Tara Drouhard, Christine Fowler-Mack, Irene Javier, Kristen Kelly, and Darcel Williams, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Matthew Pilarski, Springpoint

Policy for Practitioners: Making the Shift to Competency Education

  • 2:15-3:15, Asia I
  • Erin Dukeshire and David Ruff, Great Schools Partnership

Getting to Deeper Learning Through Proficiency and Project-Based Learning

  • 2:15-3:15, Oceanic 2
  • Dan Liebert, Great Schools Partnership; Stacia Snow, New Tech Network

Taking Personalized Learning (PL) to Scale: How a Large, Urban School District Is Creating a Sustainable Model for PL Growth

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon A3
  • Kristen Watkins, Courtney Rogers, and Vanessa Rodriguez, Dallas Independent School District

Creating Schools and Classrooms That Are Future Ready

  • 2:15-3:15, Asia 3
  • Thomas Murray and Evo Popoff, Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education

What We’re Learning—Establishing the “Why” for Personalized Learning

  • 2:15-3:15, Southern Hemisphere I
  • Karin Breo, CICS Irving Park; Tim Carnahan, LEAP Innovations; Daniel Marlin, University of WI; Carrie Stewart, Afton Partners

Deep Dives (and Gasps) into Creating a Student-Centered Culture: How Boston Public Schools is Experimenting + How You Are

  • 2:15-3:15, Europe 10
  • Lauren Barry, Catherine Davis, Jennifer Nicol, and Sujata Bhatt, Boston Public Schools

Personalized Learning Scan Results

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon A2
  • Bethany Gross, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Susan Patrick, INACOL; and Kendra Rickerby, Revivify Learning Systems

Focus on the Learning: Simple Ideas That Can Change Everything

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon E1
  • Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks; Kelly Young, INACOL; and Connie Yowell, LRNG, Collective Shift

Tomorrow's Teachers – Developing and Supporting Educators Based on Changing Classroom Needs

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon A1
  • Hannah Dietsch, Louisiana Dept. of Education; John Glover, Alpha Public Schools; Randall Lahann, Nashville Residency Program; and Brent Maddin, Relay Graduate School of Education


It's Not About Pace: Using Competency to Deepen Learning

  • 4:00 PM-5:00, Southern Hemisphere II
  • Reed Dyer and Angela Hardy, Great Schools Partnership

3 Unconventional Ways to Personalize Professional Development and Pioneer a Change in Practice

  • 4:00-5:00, Europe 11
  • Missy Broker and David Hass, Lake County Schools

Building Student Relationships and Community in the Blended and Personalized Learning Space

  • 4:00-5:00, Europe 10
  • Laura Tota, Center for Collaborative Education; with Yeshi Gaskin and Keith Love, Boston Public Schools

Making a Good Match: Smart Selection of Technology to Personalize Learning

  • 4:00-5:00, Northern Salon E2
  • Chris Liang Vergara and Jaymes Hanna, LEAP Innovations; Bror Saxberg, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative; Anirban Bhattacharyya

Research and Insights from the First 2 Years of Summit Learning

  • 4:00-5:00, Oceanic 3
  • Lizzie Choi, Ross Lescano Lipstein, and Matt Wilka, Summit Public Schools

Student Agency: The Secret Sauce to Success

  • 4:00-5:00, Northern Salon A2
  • Nicole Assisi and Shelli Kurth, Thrive Public Schools

Featured Session: Listening to Learners: Unlocking Learner-Centered Education

  • 4:00-5:00, Northern Hemisphere BC
  • Kelly Young, INACOL

Wednesday, October 25


Convergence of Project-Based, Competency-Based, and Deeper Learning

  • 10:00-11:00, Oceanic 4
  • Jim Goodell, Senior Analyst at Quality Information Partners (moderator); Erin Mote, Brooklyn LAB; Michael Klein, Highlander Institute; Dave Lash and Grace Belfiore, for NGLC MyWays

Networks for Incubating and Spreading Personalized Learning

  • 10:00-11:00, Oceanic 3
  • Tim Carnahan, LEAP Innovations; Matt Wilka, FSG; Helayne Jones, Independent Education Consultant; Andy Calkins, NGLC

Building and Leveraging Networks for User-Centered School and Systems Redesign

  • 10:00-11:00, Asia 3
  • Christina Jean and Paul Beck, Colorado Education Initiative; Rebecca Midles, Mesa County School District; Jeri Crispe and Carmen Williams, Thompson School District; and Stacie Datteri, Weld County School District


Reframing Leadership, Reshaping Schools: Cultivating Your Organizational Capacities for Change

  • 10:00-12:15, Southern Hemisphere IV
  • Diana Lebeaux and Gary Chapin, Center for Collaborative Education

Creating Accountability Systems That Support Personalized Learning: Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment

  • 10:00-12:15, Southern Hemisphere V
  • Dan French and Laurie Gagnon, Center for Collaborative Education; Dianne Kelly, Revere Public Schools; Erik Fearing, Revere Teachers Association

Peer Feedback Tool: Enhance Student Ownership and Depth of Learning

  • 10:00-12:15, Northern Salon E1
  • Michael Fauteux, Leadership Public Schools

Designing and Iterating Blended Learning Classroom Structures

  • 10:00-12:15, Northern Salon E3
  • Kevin O’Neil, Tatum Schultz, Maureen Pfeiffer-Hoens, Brittany Winn, and Michael Yeung, Rocketship Education; Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator


Peeking Under the Hood: Taking a Close Look at the Tricky Details That Make the Mastery-Based Learning Engine Work

  • 11:15-12:15, Oceanic 8
  • Maquita Alexander, Washington Yu Ying PCS; Rui Bao, Caliber Schools; Scott Ellis, MasteryTrack

School Redesign: Fostering Equity for All Students

  • 11:15-12:15, Crescent Terrace
  • Caroline Hill

Featured Session: Innovative Human Capital Approaches in Personalized Learning Environments

  • 11:15-12:15, Northern Hemisphere BC
  • Jessica Ball, NewSchools Venture Fund and Eric Tucker, Brooklyn Lab School


There’s An Expert For That: Benefits, Challenges And Best Practices for Education Leaders In Engaging Consultants To Support Personalized Learning Initiatives

  • 2:15-3:15, Southern Hemisphere II
  • Cat Alexander, Cat Alexander Group; Leona Christy, Catalyst:Ed; Cary Matsuoka, Santa Barbara Unified School District; Beth Rabbitt, The Learning Accelerator; Bryan Setser, rpk GROUP

Beyond a Buzz Word: What Is – and Isn’t – Personalized Learning?

  • 2:15-3:15, Crescent Terrace
  • Chris Liang Vergara, LEAP Innovations

Supporting Success: How Districts and External Support Organizations Can Meaningfully Support Personalized Learning Efforts

  • 2:15-3:15, Oceanic 3
  • Ashley Bryan, Dallas Independent School District; Heather Chikoore, Colorado Education Initiative; Michael deArmond, Betheny Gross, Tricia Maas, and Colleen McCann, Center on Reinventing Public Education

The Dynamic Mindset: Developing an Innovative Way to Implement Personalized Learning in Today's Schools and Districts

  • 2:15-3:15, Europe 10
  • Scott Frauenheim, Distinctive Schools

StorySLAM: Teaching and Learning in New Ways

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Hemisphere BC
  • Victoria Crispin, Springpoint; Brian Brochetti, Lincoln-West School of Global Studies; LaKayla Eberhardt - Student, Lincoln-West School of Global Studies; Carlos Beato, International High School Langley Park; Yonatan Weldeberuk, International High School Langley Park, Sam Sherwood, Springpoint; Margarita Lopez, Urban Academy Maker Academy; Richard Rutherford, Urban Academy Maker Academy

Beyond Minutes: Leveraging Your Blended Learning Data to Determine Efficacy

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon E3
  • Kevin Hoffman, Aspire Public Schools; Jin-Soo Huh, Distinctive Schools; and Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator

Partnering to Personalize: Leveraging Partnerships to Advance Personalized Learning

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon A2
  • Kristen Watkins, Courtney Rogers, and Vanessa Rodriguez, Dallas Independent School District

Clarity, Credibility and Capacity in Personalizing Learning: A First Look at the Tool Lindsay Unified School District, Summit Learning and Transcend Education Are Creating Together

  • 2:15-3:15, Southern Hemisphere I
  • Jeff Wetzler, Transcend Education; Adam Carter, Summit Learning; Nik Namba, Lindsay Unified School District

Revolutionary Partnership for Interoperability in K-12

  • 2:15-3:15, Northern Salon E1
  • Mike Bauer, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; Karen Cator, Digital Promise; Erin Mote, InnovateEDU; and Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart


Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners

  • 4:00-5:00, Oceanic 6
  • Lauren Avery, Center X Northeast Region; Jaime Barraza and Mariela Spejh, Distinctive Schools; Carlos Beato, International High School at Langley Park; and Nat Truong, INACOL

An Expanded Definition of Student Success: The Future of Assessment in High School

  • 4:00-5:00, Southern Hemisphere V
  • Erin Mote, InnovateEDU; Anthony Barela, Vista Unified School District; and Stacy Kane, Washington Leadership Academy
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Amanda Avallone (she/her/hers)

Learning Officer (ret.), Next Generation Learning Challenges

Amanda retired from Next Generation Learning Challenges in 2022. As a Learning Officer for NGLC, she collaborated with pioneering educators and their communities to design authentic, powerful learning experiences for young people. She created educator professional learning experiences that exemplify the kind of learning we want for our students and she supported, connected, and celebrated, through storytelling, the educators who are already doing the challenging work of transforming learning every day.