OIE's Inaugural Education Innovation Summit
September 29th, 2015
Heifer Village, Little Rock, AR

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Up to six hours of PD credit available
There will only be a limited amount of registrations available at the door.



The Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) was established to support new thinking, investigate new practices, and connect innovators, educators and diverse education stakeholders to promote effective, personalized instruction for all students. Our mission is to enhance Arkansas's capacity for research, implementation, and evaluation of educational innovations, promising practices, and programs with a high likelihood of improving outcomes for students.

About the Innovation Summit

The Office of Innovation for Education is working with the Arkansas Department of Education to host a one-day Education Innovation Summit on September 29, 2015. It is designed with you in mind. The objective of the summit is for you to learn more about innovative practices, learn a framework for personalizing learning, hear from others who are doing it, and leave with your own next steps for innovating.


Heifer Village

1 World Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72202

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Theme: FOCUS, CONNECT, ACT

You can select sessions from one of two themes, or mix and match across themes.

Innovation Exploration

Build your knowledge about innovative programs and strategies

Innovation Design

Build your skills for planning a School of Innovation



Program & Agenda

We are planning two paths to meet your needs:

Innovation Exploration: Are you wondering what or if to innovate? If so, follow the Exploration path. Meet and learn from those who are deep in innovation. We are bringing innovators from across the country and from within Arkansas to a central location so you can explore your innovation interests. The explore sessions are further categorized as:

Explore Path 1: A Framework for Innovation:
Innovation is more than just changing what you do, it is about changing your mindset. Learn more about this shift in mindset and practice.

Explore Path 2: Special Topics:
Everyone seems to be doing it or talking about it: project-based learning, competency-based learning, and standards-based learning.


Innovation Design: Do you want help with designing innovative strategies or programs for your school? Are you wondering where or how to target and focus your efforts? Are you ready to start on an application for a School of Innovation? Then follow the Design path.

The afternoon is designed for you to hear more specifics about innovative programs. What does learning look like in these schools? What do the teachers and leaders have to share that can make innovation more concrete for you?



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  • Breakfast and Welcome

    Dr. Debbie Jones (Assistant Commissioner, Learning Services, ADE)

    Dr. Denise Airola (Director, OIE)

  • Opening Keynote -What is a school without bells?

    Kenneth Grover (Principal, Innovations Early College High School. SLC, UT)

    Innovation is about more than what and how -it is a mindset.
    This session will set the stage for gaining and sharing an innovation mindset.

  • Personalized Learning

    Kenneth Grover (Principal, Innovations Early College High School. SLC, UT)

    Explore Path 1

    What is it, really? How is it different from prior initiatives?
    This session will provide attendees with an in depth overview of the current pedagogical shift of education. Attendees will establish a common language and gain a basic understanding of what it means to personalize the learning for students in their school.

    Bringing Standards to Life

    Cheryl Dobbertin (Program Director, Teacher Potential Project)

    Explore Path 2

    Can standards and innovation live together in the same classrooms?
    The teachers and leaders of the Expeditionary Learning network resoundingly say "yes!" In this session we will explore the relationship between rigor and joyous learning -- they are not as dichotomous as you might think. Participants will analyze examples of lessons and student work that show that academic challenge and intellectual "fun" can lead to mastery of knowledge and skills, the development of character, and the capacity to create high-quality work. This session will also highlight a grant-funded opportunity to work with Expeditionary Learning through their Teacher Potential Project.

    Facilitating a Council of Innovation [9:40-11:00]

    Matt Coleman (Director of Magnet Programs, Texarkana Arkansas School District)

    Design Path

    How can you get the most from your Council of Innovation and use the process to clarify and simplify your planning and design for innovation?
    Whether you want to brainstorm areas of innovation to explore or narrow the focus of your innovation efforts, facilitation tools can make the process of working with your Council of Innovation manageable and productive. This session will introduce you to several facilitation tools to develop and enhance your skills for leading your Council of Innovation. Participants in this session will learn how to move from exploring innovation to determining a focus to connect to their plan action steps.

  • Barriers: perceived and real

    Kenneth Grover (Principal, Innovations Early College High School. SLC, UT)

    Explore Path 1

    How do you overcome them?
    This session will serve as an overview of how to get started. Learn about the do's and don'ts as you begin to transform your classroom and school. 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.

    Project-Based Learning

    Kelly Chaney (Master Teacher, UALR Teach, Little Rock)

    Sandra Leiterman (Master Teacher, UALR Teach, Little Rock)

    Explore Path 2

    PBL seems to be all the rage. Just what is PBL and how can it be used to meet the state standards and the needs of your students?
    PBL is being used along a continuum from microscale in classrooms to macroscale across schools and districts. Participants in this session will learn the differences between Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning, key components for designing effective Project Based Units, and how to implement PBL if you are the 'lone wolf' trying it in your building.

    Facilitating a Council of Innovation [9:40-11:00] Contd..

    Matt Coleman (Director of Magnet Programs, Texarkana Arkansas School District)

    Design Path

    How can you get the most from your Council of Innovation and use the process to clarify and simplify your planning and design for innovation?
    Whether you want to brainstorm areas of innovation to explore or narrow the focus of your innovation efforts, facilitation tools can make the process of working with your Council of Innovation manageable and productive. This session will introduce you to several facilitation tools to develop and enhance your skills for leading your Council of Innovation. Participants in this session will learn how to move from exploring innovation to determining a focus to connect to their plan action steps.

  • Making Sense of Technology

    Kenneth Grover (Principal, Innovations Early College High School. SLC, UT)

    Explore Path 1

    LMS, Learning Analytics, devices, contracts and content, collaboration tools. what are the differences and what difference does it make
    This session will discuss the different technologies used to personalize any school. Attendees will discuss and identify technologies that will best meet the needs of their students and schools. If you are confused about all the terminology out there, this session will help you gain some clarity.

    Santhosh and Kyle will talk about OIE's efforts to reach out to teachers for better understanding on how teachers are adopting technology in the classroom and the challenges they face. Learn how you can be part of OIE's Teacher Focus Group Meetings and what steps we are taking to address challenges faced in the classroom regarding technology integration.

    Competency-based Learning

    Dr. Don Siviski (School Change Coach, Center for Secondary School Redesign)

    Explore Path 2

    What does competency-based mean? Why are so many people talking about it? What could it mean for my classroom, school, or district?
    This session will focus on the growing competency-based learning movement. What are the characteristics of competency-based learning? What are some of the advantages of using competency-based learning strategies? How is this new movement different from other forms of it in the past? What are barriers to it and what are some factors that can help you make it happen?

    Schools of Innovation Application Process

    Cindy Hogue (Director of Educational Options, ADE)

    Dr. Denise Airola (Director, OIE)

    Design Path

    What are the characteristics of a strong application?
    Participants will receive the latest information on the 2016-17 School of Innovation Application Process, as well as tips on how to strengthen your proposal based on lessons learned in the first two rounds of applications. Learn more about how ADE and the OIE can help you based on where you are in the application process.

  • Lunch and Keynote

    Kenneth Grover (Principal, Innovations Early College High School. SLC, UT)

    The bottom line -Why is innovation worth it?
    Learn how personalizing learning has improved results for students, and how success at Innovations Early College High School has led to more options for students in other schools in the district.

  • Creating the 21st Century Learner Through Innovation: Career-Focused Programs and Flex-Mod Schedules

    Jon Laffoon (Principal, Pea Ridge High School)

    Joe Rollins (Principal, Springdale School of Innovation)

    What does it look like in Arkansas for big and small school systems?
    These Arkansas leaders share how their districts are innovating career-focused programs and traditional high school schedules to personalize learning for students. You will learn about the features of these programs, how they innovated, and how 'school' has changed as a result of the process. Also, you will see what a day in the life of students looks like in these programs. Learn how these leaders developed relationships with business/industry partners for their career-focused programs and how this helps students connect their learning to real, potential careers.

    Should You Buy Fish?

    Cheryl Dobbertin (Program Director, Teacher Potential Project)

    In this session participants will put on their "student hats" to explore the relationship between rigorous work and intellectual fun. In particular, participants will enjoy reading to learn in a simulated investigation into sustainable seafood, focusing on strategies for reading complex texts. This session will model many of the strategies Expeditionary Learning schools use in their innovative classrooms. Come prepared to learn more than you thought possible!

    What does a personalized environment look like?

    Kenneth Grover and George Philhower, Indiana SD

    What does it look when you create this?
    This session will include leaders from outside Arkansas, from big and small systems, to show how it can be done in different places with different laws, rules, and resources.

    If your students could design their school, what would it look like? If you could design a school, what would it look like? Attendees will find out what happened when a school asked these very questions and then had the courage to implement them!

    Come and learn what works and what doesn't when implementing personalized learning from one of the national leaders in educational transformation. We will provide an overview of the innovative structure of and outcomes from Innovations Early College High School, Salt Lake City, Utah and Lincoln High School, Cambridge City, Indiana.

    Now, What in the World Does Student-Driven Learning Look Like?

    Dr. Don Siviski (School Change Coach, Center for Secondary School Redesign)

    Dr. Megan Witonski (Associate Superintendent, Springdale School District)

    Now, What in the World Does Student-Driven Learning Look Like?

    Dr. Don Siviski and Dr. Megan Witonski will help attendees discover what student agency and student-driven learning looks like in the classroom. How do educators embrace student choice and student voice? Student led conferences provide students with the opportunity to allow students to know, drive, and share their learning outcomes with their guardian. How do administrators and teachers implement student led conferences to be successful in any setting? These models of learning showcase students and their work encouraging increased family and community support.

  • Q and A, Consortium/Network-building/Next steps

    OIE staff and Ken Grover

    Q and A: Ask the questions that are still lingering in your mind about personalized learning and transforming schools.

    Consortium/Network-Building: Join OIE staff and Ken Grover to meet briefly with other attendees who want to continue the learning and conversation to shape next steps. We envision follow up regional summits to provide deeper information and/or planning support. This will be an interactive, personalized session designed to meet your needs in a comfortable setting.

  • Feedback

    Give us feedback to help us evaluate the summit and guide us in how we can provide personalized support in the future.


Speakers

Cheryl Dobbertin

Program Director, Teacher Potential Project

Cheryl Dobbertin is the program director for Expeditionary Learning's Teacher Potential Project. She also serves as co-director of Expeditionary Learning's work to develop and provide implementation support for Common Core-aligned ELA curriculum in grades 3-8. Prior to her current position, Cheryl was Expeditionary Learning's Director of Professional Development, an associate regional director, and school coach. Before joining EL, she was an urban middle school building administrator, literacy coach, and high school English teacher at a rural district in Western NY.

She teaches differentiation and Methods for Secondary English at Nazareth College of Rochester. Cheryl is a co-author of Expeditionary Learning's latest book, Transformational Literacy. She is also the author of Common Core Unit by Unit, published by Heinemann in 2013. Her work has also been published in ASCD's Differentiation in Practice: 9-12, Rachel Billmeyer's Strategic Reading in the Content Areas, ASCD's Education Leadership and EdWeek.


Kenneth Grover, M.Ed

Principal, Innovations Early College High School.
SLC, UT

Three years ago Kenneth Grover and his staff created a comprehensive and fully reimagined educational experience for 21st Century high school students. Innovations High was created from the ground up with anytime, anywhere learning; full instructional integration with the local community college; career-path support; mastery-based education; college & career readiness; real-time progress monitoring for students and parents; and self-directed learning.

Kenneth has trained educators from around the country to understand and implement scalable personalized learning in their schools. His mission is to provide a student centered, personalized educational pedagogical approach that can be implemented in schools through by placing the needs of the student first.

Description: The mission of Innovations High School is to provide a robust, personalized learning environment. Through this unique pedagogy, students are taught in a blended learning classroom, which is a form of instruction that uses face-to-face traditional instruction, along with self-paced, individualized digital content. A strong mentoring program enhances the personalization of each student. As such, students have control of the time, path, pace, and place for their learning.

Outline: Providing a Personalized Learning Environment within a traditional urban school district is possible and with tremendous outcomes. The following will be presented and discussed with the group.

  • Learn how to provide an individualized, self-paced, personalized student-learning environment.
  • Remove controls of the traditional high school that may stifle a student's ability to thrive, grow, and develop self-awareness about his or her education and future.
  • Remove the confining structure of the traditional school day and provide opportunity for students to attend school in a more flexible, open, and relaxed environment.
  • Challenge students with rigorous content, and provide teachers with the opportunity to really know their students and the ability to act as facilitators of learning rather than as the "sage on the stage."
  • Provide advanced educational opportunities to ALL students through dual enrollment for high school and college credit.
  • Provide a differentiated and pliable learning environment.
  • Provide a model that is scalable in the traditional comprehensive high schools across the country.
  • Learn how to effectively remove constraints of traditional classrooms and barriers to educational innovation.
  • Utilize the power and scalability of technology to customize education where students through multiple measures, both cognitive and non-cognitive, will have significant increases in academic achievement.
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George Philhower

Assistant Superintendent, Western Wayne Schools.

George has been an administrator at Western Wayne Schools for 7 years, and prior to that he was a special education teacher. George is passionate about the need to create school environments that are flexible enough to adapt to and meet the unique needs of all learners, and he is excited about the steps being taken in his school district to accomplish this goal.




Matt Coleman

Director of Magnet Programs, Texarkana Arkansas School District

Matt Coleman is currently the Director of Magnet Programs at Texarkana Arkansas School District in Texarkana, AR. He previously had nine classroom years, during which he taught English and writing at every level from seventh grade to graduate level college courses. Following that, Matt spent seven years facilitating adult learning for K-12 teachers for both the Texarkana school district and around the state of Arkansas.

Dr. Don Siviski

School Change Coach, Center for Secondary School Redesign
Educator 44 years
Teacher 12 years, Principal 14 years, Superintendent 13 years, State Superintendent of Instruction (Deputy Commissioner level) 3 years, Center for Secondary School Redesign 2 years
Married 42 years (my anchor for culture change), 3 adult children (greatest professors of my life) and 6 grandchildren (my passion for student centered education)
Education: Civil Eng UMO '69, BS Math/Physics UMF '72. MS Admin UMO '77, CAS Admin UMO '92, graduate studies at Harvard University and Bowdoin College
Brief

During my public education experience, I had many questions about "why?" we do what we do in school. My children taught me that a "one-size-fits-all" compliance oriented experience simply doesn't work for the majority of students. In 2011, I joined Commissioner Bowen to marshal an educational culture change in Maine towards a student centered experience that was proficiency-based for deeper learning and embedded with student voice and choice of evidence. In 2011, a Democratic led bipartisan Education Committee established a strategic plan for Maine districts LD 949 and in 2012, a Republican led bipartisan Education Committee solidified LD 1422 for a proficiency-based diploma by 2017.

Mr Siviski will address: Competency-based education

Why is such a shift necessary and how insightful were educators and legislators about the need for 21st Century skills? Where are we now and how can each community ensure that graduates have "learned how to learn" and are prepared for the necessitated level of innovation, creativity and collaborative problem solving their future will demand? An education standard established in 1892 doesn't work today. It's time to meet the needs of every child with a personalized anytime everywhere educational experience.

Dr. Deborah Jones

Assistant Commissioner, Learning Services

An educator for 20 years, Dr. Jones specializes in curriculum and instructional design and implementation. As assistant commissioner of Learning Services, a role she began July 1, 2014, Jones oversees the largest ADE division. She has a background in district strategic planning, budgeting and implementation of Response to Intervention programs, intervention models, data analysis and school improvement. She previously served as assistant superintendent in Bryant, principal at Bryant High School, director of secondary education at the Pulaski County Special School District, and principal at Robinson Middle School and Jacksonville Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a Master of Arts in Secondary Administration from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is from Charleston, AR.

Kelly Chaney

Master Teacher, UALR Teach, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Kelly has been the Master Teacher for UALRTeach since it began in 2012. UALRTeach introduces science and mathematics majors to the teaching profession through early field experiences which focus on inquiry education. UALRTeach students use project based instruction extensively as they develop lessons which integrate math and science and tie concepts to real world learning.

Kelly taught in the public school for 25 years, first at Holly Grove, then England High School and finally at Cabot. She is a National Board Certified teacher in AYA Science and received a Master of Science Education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Library and Information Science at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and is pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in school administration at UALR. She currently serves on the editorial advisory boards for Science Scope and Knowledge Quest and is a book reviewer for NSTA Recommends.

Sandra Leiterman

Master Teacher, UALR Teach, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Prior to joining UALR, she taught middle school math and science in both the Pulaski County Special School District and the Little Rock School District. She wrote a state approved STEM curriculum for a an elective course at Fuller Middle School and helped to implement a number of extra curricular project based competition teams which eventually led to FMS being recognized as a STEM School of Excellence by the International STEM Education Association in 2013. She received a bachelor's degree in Middle School Education, Math Science Specialty, as well as a graduate certificate in K-12 Gifted Education from University Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master's Degree in Digital Teaching and Learning from Kansas State University.

Sandra currently teaches Project Based Instruction, Knowing and Learning in Math and Science, and STEP 2 (Inquiry Based Lesson Design). She continues to mentor an all girls robotics team at Mills High School, and is increasing efforts to expand the Technology Student Association (TSA) in Arkansas.

Dr. Megan Witonski

Associate Superintendent, Springdale School District

Dr. Megan Witonski began her career as a teacher and principal in Arkansas. She was superintendent for Wickes and Elkins School District. Her passion is assisting students to think beyond current possibilities as they earn a high school diploma and ultimately to their college or career pathway. Innovative approaches to education and how students access knowledge is the cornerstone of the future of learning for students. She was awarded the 2013 Arkansas Rural Education Superintendent of the Year. Megan was appointed to Assistant Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education and now serves as Associate Superintendent for Springdale School District. She currently serves on the March of Dimes board and the Springdale Leadership Council.

Dr. Denise Airola

Director, OIE

Denise Tobin Airola is the Director of the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Airola's work focuses on enabling and accelerating innovation to address barriers to educational progress, building capacity for improving instruction and leadership practices, and informing policy at the school, district and state levels. She has consulted with several state education agencies on the use of educational data to drive instructional systems change. Prior to her work as an educational statistician and research methodologist, Dr. Airola worked for 18 years in the K-12 public education system. Her education experience includes classroom teaching at the elementary, middle and secondary levels, designing and conducting professional development, curriculum, instruction and assessment alignment, as well as implementing and evaluating K-12 reform efforts.


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The Office of Innovation for Education is working with the Arkansas Department of Education to host a one-day Education Innovation Summit on September 29, 2015. It is designed with you in mind. The innovation summit will bring innovators from across the country and from within Arkansas to a central location so you can explore your innovation interests. As an attendee, you will have access to all sessions, meet the experts, and network with leaders and innovators.We want to make sure we bring together a valuable experience for you and your team.


Rates & Deadlines

Pricing: $75

  • Registrations are open till September 29. Attendees registering at the venue are not guaranteed breakfast and lunch.
  • All cancellations should be before September 1.
  • Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Venue

Heifer Village

1 World Ave. Little Rock, AR 72202
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Courtyard Little Rock Downtown
521 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 USA
Phone: 1-501-975-9800
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