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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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Explore next gen learning with NGLC partners, grantees, and friends in Nashville

Nashville is a center for the music industry and in just a few short weeks will become a center for next gen learning as well. As the NGLC community of grantees, partners and friends heads to this Tennessee city for the 2018 iNACOL Symposium, we invite you to jam with us at the following sessions. Follow #NGLCchat and #inacol18 and let’s see what kind of next gen learning “music” we can create together.


Assessment for Learning: From Principles, to Practices, to Action

Sunday Pre-Conference, 8:00-11:00 a.m. | Room 201A

Sarah Lench, Center for Innovation in Education, and Tony Siddall, NGLC

Join educators, administrators, and system leaders from across the country as we fundamentally rethink the role of assessment for learning and K-12 system improvement. Members of the Assessment for Learning Project community will lead participants through small group discussions rooted in problems of practice; multimedia presentations of student voices describing their experiences with innovative assessments; and processes to inform building-, district-, or network-wide action planning.


Equitable by Design: Centering Equity in Network Design

Monday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Room 103A

Xiomara Padamsee, Promise 54, Temple Lovelace, Duquesne University, Sarah Luchs, NGLC, and Sunanna Chand, Remake Learning

Diversity, equity and inclusion doesn’t just happen. It’s intentionally created by design. This is especially true in education ecosystems and learning networks. Despite their popularity for providing open, collaborative, and democratized structures, these qualities don’t guarantee diverse membership, inclusive culture, or equitable practice. In this session, we will explore places where networks have stumbled, and provide concrete examples and strategies to realize ‘equity by design.’


Professional Learning to Drive Transformation

Monday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Room 106A

Andy Calkins, NGLC, Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions, and Beth Rabbit, The Learning Accelerator

In this interactive knowledge sharing session, we get to rethink what educator learning should look like to support transformation. This will entail a deep dive into rethinking the how, why and what of professional learning, as well as the enabling conditions. Participants will then get introduced to and get the chance to engage with a rich array of free & open professional learning content produced by 2Rev, The Learning Accelerator and a broad set of partners (Center for Collaborative Education, EdSurge, Highlander Institute, High Tech High, Institute for Personalized Learning, Jobs for the Future, Next Generation Learning Challenges, reDesign, Southern New Hampshire University). The session will close with a facilitated action plan to support concrete next steps to moving you toward next generation learning through the vehicle of educator learning.


Walking the Talk: Using the Principles of Assessment for Learning to Support Professional Learning, Collaboration, and Shared Inquiry

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Room 104E

Sarah Lench, Center for Innovation in Education, and Tony Siddall, NGLC

The Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) is a national grant making and field building initiative inviting educators to fundamentally rethink the role of assessment for student learning and K-12 systems improvement. In this session, we’ll share insights from the ALP Learning Community about adult learning that leverages formative practices such as peer feedback and self reflection. We’ll also share information about how schools, districts, and CMOs can join the ALP Learning Community through a new micro-grant program.


Learnings of a Movement: Coming Together to Transform Education

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Room 102A

Elina Alayeva, Springpoint, Andy Calkins, NGLC, Kelly Young, Education Reimagined, and Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP Innovations

The opportunities and challenges of reinventing education are complex and daunting—yet truly inspiring. This panel features visionary leaders who know what it takes to innovate at a systems level, ignite conversations about educational transformation, and reimagine the purpose of “school.” Join them for an interactive conversation about promising practices, common obstacles, lessons learned, and ideas for ongoing collaboration and movement-building.


Innodoption: How Next Gen Learning Can Grow -- Without Losing Its Soul

Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Room 106B

Jeff Wetzler, Transcend Education, Andy Calkins, NGLC, and Sujata Bhatt, Transcend Education

Learning models designed to enable deep development of agency-driven, 21st century competencies cannot take root through the use of rules-and-compliance-driven 20th century change processes or traditional notions of scaling and adoption. The contradiction is fatal. In this session, national leaders will explore the notion of "innodoption" -- approaches that provide a scaffold of research, tools, and models AND are designed to be driven, customized, and serially innovated by the adopters.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

How Four States are Rethinking Assessment

Kim Dockery, Virginia Department of Education, Elliot Asp, Colorado Education Initiative, Ellen Hume-Howard, New Hampshire Learning Initiative, Amy Spicer, Colorado Education Initiative, Paul Leather, 4 State Performance Assessment Project, Shannon King, Fairfax County Public Schools, Roneeta Guha, Learning Policy Institute

Measuring What Matters: Using Assessment of Transferable Skills To Re-Imagine Learning in a Competency-Based System

Andrea Weisman Summers and Kate Gardoqui, Great Schools Partnership

Personalized Professional Development and Collaborative Teams: A Symbiotic Approach to Professional Learning

Laura Tota and Diana Lebeaux, Center for Collaborative Education

Leveraging Competency Education to Promote Equity for ALL Students by Prioritizing Academic and Personal Competencies Supported by Effective Leadership, Personalization, and PLCs

Ace Parsi, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Rose Colby, 2Revolutions, Brian Stack, Sanborn Regional High School, Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Talk the Talk: What to say to engage your stakeholders in support of personalized learning

Karla Phillips, ExcelinEd, Amy Jenkins, Education Elements, and Kira Keane, The Learning Accelerator

Every Voice Matters: Leading for Equity and Personalization Through Authentic Community Engagement

Christina Horner and David Ruff, Great Schools Partnership

Are Your Students Really Thinking? Creating Assessments of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Kathryn Mancino and Jeff Heyck-Williams, Two Rivers Public Charter School

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Empowering Teacher Leaders as Change Agents

Shawn Rubin, Meg Smallidge, and Maeve Murray, Highlander Institute

Why Innovate Alone: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning

Erin Mote, InnovateEDU, Lydia Dobyns, New Tech Network, and Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Model Providers: A Big Idea for Meeting the Demand for New Models

Stacey Childress and Scott Benson, NewSchools Venture Fund

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Driving Transformative Change through Change Models
Carrie Whittaker, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Kellie Ady, Schoology, and Scott Fuller, Colorado Springs School District 11

Creating Talent Systems to Support Innovative Learning Environments
Karen Perry, Henry County Schools, Saskia Levy Thompson, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Erin Mote, InnovateEDU, Beth Rabbit, The Learning Accelerator, and Nikolaus Namba, Lindsay Unified School District

Cutting through the Noise: Knowledge Sharing in the CBE Field

Angela Duffy, Springpoint, and Julianna Charles Brown, Center for Collaborative Education

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Formative Assessment: FOR Agency, FOR Equity

Kate Levitt, Amy Epstein, and Michael Fauteux, Leadership Public Schools; Robert Montgomery and Nancy Gerzon, WestEd; Linda Friedrich, National Writing Project

Elements of Effective Instruction that Drive the Transformation of Learning
Mark Kostin and Becky Wilusz, Great Schools Partnership

A Regional Approach: Creating the Conditions for Learner-Centered Transformation
Sujata Bhatt, Transcend Education, Christina Jean, formerly Colorado Education Initiative, Ulcca Joshi Hansen, Education Reimagined, Ryan Krohn, CESA 6, and Anne Olson, KnowledgeWorks

Pathways to Personalization: A Conversation Around Designing and Scaling Blended and Personalized Learning
Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute

Four Ways to Build A School Culture Of Transformation
Mark Hennes, Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Scaling Performance Assessment in Districts: Lessons from an Innovation Project in California
Esther Soliman, Los Angeles Unified School District, Justin Wells, Envision Learning Partners, and Roneeta Guha, Learning Policy Institute

K-12 Software Roundtable w/ CIP
Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP Innovations, Anirban Bhattacharyya, Transcend Education, Nyree Copeland-Whyte, Achievement First, Jonathan Tiongco, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Scaling Competency-Based Education: Equity-Focused Strategies for Policy and Practice
David Ruff, Great Schools Partnership, Michele Cahill, XQ Institute, Shatoya Ward, Purdue Polytechnic High School, and Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse, Getting Smart

The Shift to Personalized Learning: Decoding Data from National Educator and Student Surveys
Betheny Gross, CRPE, and Jake Williams and Jessica Smith, LEAP Innovations

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What’s In It For Me? Personalizing Through High-Quality Project-Based Learning
Bob Lenz, Buck Institute for Education, and Emily Liebtag, Getting Smart

Technology Reimagined: Enabling Strong Relationships and New Possibilities
Colleen Broderick, CommunityShare, Virgil Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks, Stephan Turnipseed, Pitsco Education, Kelly Young, Education Reimagined

Think Big! Start Small
Arielle Rittvo Kinder, NewSchools Venture Fund

Featured Session: How a District and Charter Partnership Accelerated System Learning for Students
Andy Goldin and Diane Tavenner, Summit Public Schools; Tom Rooney and Nikolaus Namba, Lindsay Unified School District; and Jeff Wetzler, Transcend Education

Supporting Practitioners in the Trenches: New Hampshire Reflections on Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System
Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Assessment as a Tool of Liberation
Brittney Sampson and Julianna Charles Brown, Center for Collaborative Education

Using Research & Evaluation to Inform Program Practice
Mickey Revenaugh, Connections Education, Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator, Tom Clark, Clark Consulting

Family Engagement: Moving from Reminders and Report Cards to Personalized Partnerships
Elisabeth Stock, PowerMyLearning, Bibb Hubbard, Learning Heroes, Beth Rabbit, The Learning Accelerator, and Ambika Kapur, Carnegie Corporation of New York

How I Know: A Data-Driven Approach to Designing Formative Assessment Practice and Advancing Learning in Urban Districts
Mary Ryerse, Getting Smart, Cheryl Niehaus, Dell Foundation, Martin Green, Tulsa Public Schools, Arlena Gaynor, Dallas Independent School District, and Katy Escandell, Austin Independent School District

Convergence of Project-Based, Competency-Based, and Deeper Learning
Mike Miele and Michael Klein, Highlander Institute; Grace Belfiore, Belfiore Education Consulting; Sheree Santos, Lucas Education Research; Jane Chadsey, Educurious; and Jim Goodell, QIP

Think Big! Start Small
Arielle Rittvo Kinder, NewSchools Venture Fund

Pursuing Transformation by Building Integrative, Innovative Community in Virginia Beach
Lisa Banicky and Donald Robertson, Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Rachel Lopkin, Todd Kern, and Kelly Ocasio, 2Revolutions

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Student-Led Conferences
Shannon King, Beth Blankenship, and Janine Gervais, Fairfax County Public Schools; and Antoinette Smith, Carolina Ruenes, and Jeff Heyck-Williams, Two Rivers Public Charter School

Building Understanding of Competency Education and Changing Grading Practices
Thomas Gaffey, Building 21

What Does Co-Design for Learning Look Like? New Hampshire’s Next Generation Assessment for Learning Project Tackles this Question Through Collaborative Learning Design.
Jeri Thompson, National Center for Assessment, Sarah Bond, Maple Street Magnet School, Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Privacy and Security and Ease of Use: Can We Have It All?
Bill Fitzgerald and Erin Mote, InnovateEDU; Cody Grindle, IDEA Public Schools; and Rachel Anderson, Data Quality Campaign

Featured Session: Connected Cities: Creating Powerful Learning Experiences
Phyllis Lockett, LEAP Innovations, Nate McClennen, Teton Science Schools, Connie Yowell, Collective Shift, and Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Scaling and Evolving Next Gen Schools
Colleen Collins, Jane Szot, Jennifer Ferrari, and Jin-Soo Huh, Distinctive Schools

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Leveraging Personalized Learning to Reimagine Urban Schools
LeViis Haney, Chicago International Charter Schools

Taking the Next Step: A Discussion on how School Networks, Districts and States Can Support innovative Teaching and Learning Through New Constructs of Assessment and Accountability
Gene Wilhoit and Paul Leather, Center for Innovation in Education

Tips for Launching a Personalized Learning Study Group
Kristina Catanese, Kentucky Department of Education, Denise McElroy, Shelby County Schools, Benny Lile, Metcalfe County Schools, Travis Hamby, Trigg County Schools, and Kayla Chadwell, Corbin Independent Schools

Learning out loud: 4 insights about embracing and measuring an expanded definition of student success
Stacey Childress and Jason Atwood, NewSchools Venture Fund

Using a competency based approach to broaden access to college credit through performance based assessments.
Alec Barron and Stephanie Nicolas Arellano, Escondido Union High School District; Gary Chapin, Center for Collaborative Education; Christina Jean, Think Tank Education, LLC; and Rebecca Bowers-Gentry, San Diego Miramar College

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

What Does Deeper Learning Mean for the Various Constituents in a School Community? A Look at One School in New Hampshire
Kathy Maddock, Kathy White, Zoe Garvey Sloane Facques, Rob Scully, and Charlie Swift, Souhegan High School; and Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Featured Session: Six Rules To Make Your District More Effective and Responsive
Anthony Kim, Education Elements

Lessons Learned from the First Four Years of Personalized Learning Implementation in Dallas ISD.
Kristen Watkins, Dallas Independent School District

Competency as a Foundational Equity Strategy
David Ruff, Great Schools Partnership

Validated Guidelines for Personalized Learning
Jessica Smith and Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP Innovations; and Edith Gummer, Arizona State University

Reimagining College Access: Using K-12 Performance Assessments in Higher Education Admissions, Placement and Advising
Peter Ross and Roneeta Guha, Learning Policy Institute

Sustaining a Breakthrough Model: Case studies on how to support innovation that lasts.
Scott Milam and Katie Morrison-Reed, Afton Partners

Advancing Personalized Learning in North Dakota: A Story of Policy and Practice
Erin Oban, North Dakota Senate; Virgil Hammonds and Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks; Nick Archuleta, North Dakota United, and Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Town Hall Conversation with our Keynote Learners
Jemar Lee and Kelly Young, Education Reimagined

Do Your Current Edtech Tools Support Personalized Learning?
Amy Peterson, Disney II Magnet School; Tania Figueroa, Henry Elementary School; and Erin Figula and Jessica Smith, LEAP Innovations

Creating Sustainable Innovation for Next Generation Learning Models
Bryan Setser, rpk Group

Featured Session: Helping ALL Learners Develop Social Capital through Real World Learning
Dave Lash, Dave Lash & Company, Julia Freeland Fisher, Clayton Christensen Institute, Grace Belfiore, Belfiore Education Consulting, and Kim Merritt, Da Vinci Schools

Building Assessment Systems from the Student Out: Portfolio Defense and Capstone Projects
Alcine Mumby, Envision Learning Partners; Beth Blankenship and Katie Hovanec, Fairfax County Public Schools; Amy Sandoz, Summit Public Schools; and Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Failing Forward Together: Using Lessons Learned in a Boston Public School to Grow Your Personalized Change Management Toolkit for Transitioning from Traditional to Learner-Centered Practices
Jennifer Nicol and Nora Vernazza, Boston Public Schools

Building Assessment Systems from the Student Out: Portfolio Defense & Capstone Projects
Alcine Mumby, Envision Learning Partners, Amy Sandoz, Summit Public Schools, and Jonathan Vander Els, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Perfecting One-Size-Fits-One for 157,000 Students: Accountability and Personalized Learning in Dallas Independent School District
Jake Schmitz, SchoolWorks, and Kristen Watkins, Dallas Independent School District

Collaboration, not Competition: Education Innovation through Communities of Innovative Practice (CIPs)
Nithi Thomas, The Learning Accelerator, Jeanne Chang, Summit Public Schools, Ellen Dorr, Renton School District, Anirban Bhattacharyya, Transcend Education, and Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP Innovations

NextGen Graduation Requirements With MyWays
Thomas Gaffey, Building 21

Lady Boss: Female Leaders in Ed Entrepreneurship
Margaret Roth, Yet Analytics, Inc., Margarita Florez, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Tom Clark, Clark Consulting, Erin Mote, InnovateEDU, and Beth Rabbit, The Learning Accelerator

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Using Video Study Groups to Support Teacher and Student Agency
Mary Montano and Samantha Choffin, Summit View Elementary School; Nancy Gerzon and Bob Montgomery, WestEd; and Pam Betten, Sunnyside Unified School District

The Perfect Blend: Practices for Blended Learning
Amalia Lopez, Lindsay Unified School District, Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator, Michael Fauteux, Leadership Public Schools, and Jin-Soo Huh, Distinctive Schools

Pathways to Personalization: A Framework Approach to Designing and Scaling Blended and Personalized Learning
Cathy Sanford and Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute

Walk the Talk: Personalized Competency-based Educator Learning Studio
Kristen Watkins, Dallas Independent School District; and Jim Stephens, Brigid Morriarty-Guerrero, and Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions

Creating a District Innovation Lab? Come Experience a Taste of the District of Columbia Public Schools' School Design Lab
Paige Hoffman, District of Columbia Public Schools, and Ben Rayer, 2Revolutions

Increasing Quality Implementation of Personalized Learning, Research and Best Practices from Summit Public Schools, Lindsay Unified School District, and Transcend Education
Stacey Wang and Jeff Wetzler, Transcend; Ross Lipstein and Andy Goldin, Summit Public Schools; and Nikolaus Namba and Cinnamon Scheufele, Lindsay Unified School District

Preparing Each Student for College, Career, and Life
Barbara Bray, Rethinking Learning, and Rose Colby, 2Revolutions

Virtual Reality in the Personalized Learning Classroom
Ashley Paschal and Anthony Kim, Education Elements; and Lance Key and Sam Brooks, Putnam County Schools

Delivering on the Promise for Diverse Learners: Ensuring High Expectations and Rigor for all within Blended and Personalized Learning
Juliana Finegan, The Learning Accelerator, and Ace Parsi, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Own your message: media, communications and parent engagement
Shelli Kurth and Nicole Assisi, Thrive Public Schools

Kristen Vogt

Knowledge Officer, NGLC

Kristen Vogt, knowledge management officer for NGLC, focuses on identifying lessons, strategies and outcomes from NGLC grantee projects and making them available to a wider audience.