09/26/2017 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Marion

Mentor Session - Don Siviski

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Don Siviski

School Change Coach

Center for Secondary School Redesign

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Grand Ballroom Keynote

(Keynote) LAUNCH Into Design Thinking - John Spencer

Despite the myth of “digital natives,” most of my students have very little experience using technology as anything more than a consumer device. It doesn’t have to be this way. By using a design thinking framework, teachers can foster creative thinking in every content area and help students develop a maker mindset.  

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John Spencer

Professor of Instructional Technology

George Fox University

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 03:00 PM Arkansas Ballroom

Leading Personalized Learning: Enhancing and Empowering Professional Development - Ryan Krohn

Most professional development for teachers now misses out on a chance to create an embedded model of professional development that is centered on the acquisition of skills and the application of these practices into every classroom. The key to developing a flexible PD model begins with a willingness to break some rules. Be it new teacher development, district priorities, or personalized PD, it is the role of leadership to change the equation to create organizational learning systems that support the primary outcome: learning. Come to this session to challenge yourself, and our system, to create a new equation that resulted in learning for students and professionals.

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Ryan Krohn

Director

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 03:00 PM Hoffman

Introducing Your Classroom, School or District To Blended Learning - Judy Perez

 Educators will become blended learners.  Participants will engage in blended learning via rotation and self-blend models.  Presenters will lead discussion defining blended & personalized learning using virtual collaboration tools. Participants will experience learning via a rotation model model and will cover session topics: the "WHY", BL models, case studies of various implementations of blended learning, and  education leader, teacher, and student perspectives.  Participants can opt to continue access to a professional learning mini course via a self-blend model.  read more..


Judy Perez

CEO

iLearn Collaborative

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 02:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Creating and Managing School-Based FIRST LEGO League Programs - Richard Cassady

FIRST is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of STEM education and careers thru competitive robotics activities. FIRST operates four K-12 robotics programs including FIRST LEGO League Jr. (ages 6-10), FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14), FIRST Tech Challenge (junior high and high school), and FIRST Robotics Competition (high school). FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. both emphasize the FIRST ideal of #morethanrobots. In both programs, students conduct a scientific research project and build a robot using a LEGO Education platform (WeDo and/or MINDSTORMS in FIRST LEGO League Jr. and MINDSTORMS in FIRST LEGO League). Both programs also require students to present and defend their research and robotics work to a panel of judges/reviewers. Therefore, these programs develop students' skills in mechanical design, computer programming, research, and communication. In addition, FIRST is the only robotics organization that has developed materials for K-12 educators that are mapped to national education standards. In this session, I will provide an overview of FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League. This overview will include a summary of what takes place during each season and a description of what materials are required to manage an in-class or after-school program. I will also describe the ways in which I provide training for and support teachers as they become coaches and coordinators within these programs. read more..


Richard Cassady

Regional Co-Partner

FIRST LEGO League Arkansas

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 02:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

The Five Tenets of CBE and the What Why and How of Implementation - Don Siviski

1)      Participants will investigate the five components of Competency Based Education (mastery of standards, meaningful assessments, kid friendly language, customized pedagogy and deeper learning DOK and executive skills) and explore the “What Why and How” of culture change. Each participant will gain a personal interpretation of CBE based upon CCSSO and iNACOL definition and understand how student voice and choice and agency can strategically evolve into the culture of a district. Each participant will be provided an opportunity to share and develop their own interpretation as well as share/assess those realities with colleagues.

 

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Don Siviski

School Change Coach

Center for Secondary School Redesign

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 03:00 PM Manning

PBL @ the Campus Level - Rachel Scott

Leadership for project based learning (PBL) happens across a continuum of support.  A key component for taking PBL to scale is creating building level capacity. This workshop will focus on processes for implementing, supporting and sustaining PBL at the campus level.   Participants will leave with practitioner tools for PBL capacity building including protocols, processes and timelines that can be modified for your setting.  They will be shared from the context of the ongoing College Hill Academy of Design PBL story.

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Rachel Scott

Magnet Coordinator

College Hill Academy of Design, Texarkana Arkansas School District

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 01:15 PM - 02:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

What does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like? - Darryl Adams

A 21st Century administrator effectively models digital-age skills and leadership to communicate and interact digitally with their constituents. These administrators always redefine ways to infuse technology for inspiring staff and students in the transformation of school culture and learning environments. Administrators in school districts all over America are learning to leverage and integrate multiple forms of digital tools and media and are role models and game changers in school transformation! 21st Century Administrators are also utilizing many skills and strategies such as visionary leadership and servant leadership to create a culture and vision that leads to boundless innovation. Dr. Adams will share his experiences and techniques that has led him to being one of the most influential 21st Century leaders in America! 

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Darryl Adams

The Rock & Roll, Hip Hop & Soul Superintendent

retired Superintendent of Coachella Valley

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

Genius by Design - John Spencer

Genius Hour (or 20% Time) has become a popular initiative within some of the most innovative companies in the world. But how do we actually pull this off in the classroom? What does it look like for standards alignment and assessment? What types of structures do we need to create to facilitate meaningful student inquiry? How do we organize it? What changes do we need to make in procedures and classroom management? In this workshop, we explore the nitty gritty details of Genius Hour through design thinking. 

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John Spencer

Professor of Instructional Technology

George Fox University

Audience: Deeper Dive for teachers

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Leading a Culture of Change - Jon Laffoon

Change is a high-reward, high-risk proposition. Creating an innovation culture requires a different approach to leadership, a different way of thinking about yourself, and a different way of being mindful of your school culture.  This session is a predecessor to creating innovative change. Learn from an experienced educator about what can make change "stick".  Jon will create a roadmap for change with concrete steps for leading successful innovation. He will share his experiences in leading two different cultures of change from two different communities. 

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Jon Laffoon

Superintendent

Star City School District

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 02:15 PM - 02:45 PM Marion

Mentor Session - Kenneth Grover

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Kenneth Grover

Principal

Innovations Early College High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/26/2017 02:15 PM - 02:45 PM Peck

Mentor Session - Darryl Adams

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Darryl Adams

The Rock & Roll, Hip Hop & Soul Superintendent

retired Superintendent of Coachella Valley

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/26/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

Rites of Passage: How Teachers and School Leaders Can Advance Educational Equity - Bryant Best

Access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities should be a rite of passage for all American children. Instead, we see varied and disparate gaps not only in academic achievement across our nation’s public education system, but gaps in life outcomes as well. This session will leverage educational equity documents produced by national organizations such as the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) in order to help teachers, school leaders, and district leaders create a common ground about what is and what isn’t educational equity as well as how we can advance it in a way that benefits all children. 

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Bryant Best

Program Associate

Council of Chief State Officers

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 05:00 PM Manning

CBE: Assessing where you are and how to decide next steps - Don Siviski

1)      Participants will dive deeper into CBE and the 48 components of the “Tradition Transition and Transformational Instrument”. Participants will complete the TTT survey instrument, which will provide each participant with a starting point for their school’s journey towards CBE. Change Cycle and Leadership responsibilities, which include: influence, persistence and moral imperative will be shared throughout the presentation. Each participant will reflect upon the complexity of educational systems change and develop a personal strategic plan to engage the community and ensure collegial understanding, acceptance and support as well as a sensitivity of culture change and the “unlearning process”. Each participant will be provided an opportunity the Tradition, Transition, Transformation Survey instrument and collectively critique rough draft strategic plans.

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Don Siviski

School Change Coach

Center for Secondary School Redesign

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 05:00 PM Hoffman

Effective PD: Classroom Learning Labs (Part 1) and Effective PD: Classroom Learning Labs and Cohort Groups (Part 2) - Cary Stamas

Classroom Learning Labs (Part 1): Teacher to Teacher Professional Development

 

Teachers have so much collective wisdom to share; in opening the doors of the classroom All become leaders of learning! This session will focus on what a Learning Lab is, and how you can structure them to fit every unique circumstance you have. It is a structure that allows teachers to learn directly from other teachers through the use of structured protocols. A focus on data collection and sustainability of practice will also be discussed. Come to discuss how a dedicated group of individuals can lead their own professional development.

 

Classroom Learning Labs and Cohort groups (Part 2): Teachers to Teachers yearlong professional development

Classroom Learning Labs help teachers to see and understand great learning practices; but to sustain and grow the learned practices a small community can support the learning. Come and learn about the system we have in place to deepen learning and community; then dream about possibilities that will allow you to grow your own collaborative communities. We will discuss the components of successful implementation district wide.

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Cary Stamas

Principal

MySchool@Kent, Kent ISD

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Why and How of Personalized Learning in Elementary - Mindy Bowlin

We will discuss the why and how of implementing personalized learning in the elementary setting. For many years, personalization has occurred at the secondary level and by personalizing at the elementary level, educators are able to meet all learners needs and progress students appropriately.
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Mindy Bowlin

Master Teacher

Pea Ridge Primary

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Riverview

Team Digital-Helping Build the Foundation for Student-focused Education - Rachel Schell

Arkansas has a team of digital learning support specialists (Team Digital) to assist schools with student-focused learning. The session will include introductions to Team Digital members, areas of the state we cover, and services we provide.  This session also includes a brainstorming activity centered around student-focused learning. In turn, this will provide topics for discussion pertaining to specific guidance areas provided by Team Digital Specialist. Schools can share their dream with the audience and then be provided feedback regarding the steps for achieving that dream. The purpose of the activity is to assist and explore building a foundation for their vision of the future. Team Digital will provide resources and next steps for planning and implementing student-focused learning in their district.

Participants will be able to identify the building blocks for implementing student-focused learning. Participants will be able to describe their vision of the future for personalized learning at their school. Participants will be able to utilize the resources provided and begin discussions to develop a plan for implementation.Participants will be able to arrange a personalized envisioning meeting for their district to begin building their remixed school of the future.
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Rachel Schell

Digital Learning Specialist

Team Digital

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Hoffman

Diamonds Designed & Defined; Engage Student Success - Lori Lamb

Research clearly demonstrates the value and need for skills that promote successful engagement.  CASEL, NDPN, ASCD, etc. continue to publish relevant articles, research and information concerning the whole child and developing coordinated efforts to promote success.  AR Personal Competency Initiative through the development of Goal # 3, has innovative work occurring around the topic.  Connections with competency-based and student focused personalized learning systems will be demonstrated.  Survey results, guiding principles, resources, practices within AR and so much more.

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Lori Lamb

Alternative Education Director

Arkansas Department of Education

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 03:45 PM Marion

Mentor Session - Rachel Scott

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Rachel Scott

Magnet Coordinator

College Hill Academy of Design, Texarkana Arkansas School District

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 03:45 PM Peck

Mentor Session - Jim Rickabaugh

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Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

How Student Voice and Choice Drives our Innovation - Crystal Beshears

Student Panel - Moderated by Crystal M. Beshears, Ph.D.

Join Pangburn and Newport High Schools, two pioneering Schools of Innovation from Arkansas, for a heartfelt conversation on the impact of student focused learning. Both schools put students at the center-encouraging students to use their voice and increasingly make choices about their learning, with the support of encouraging adults. These schools allow learners to co-design their learning, breaking the mold that high schoolers are expected to simply comply with the directions and expectations of adults. Learners at both schools are taking greater ownership of their learning, finding greater meaning and purpose, and are becoming increasingly independent in their learning skills.

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Crystal Beshears

School of Innovation Liaison

Office of Innovation for Education

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

The Learner: A Resource We Can Count on! - Ryan Krohn

Join Dr. Ryan Krohn, Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning, for an interactive conversation centered around the relationship between function and design.  Explore how improvement and efficiency efforts, instead of core purpose, contributed to the decline, and even extinction, of major companies/organizations. Connect the why behind personalized learning to an intentional how. Participants will learn about how schools and districts across the nation are building an infrastructure for the learner. Leave the session with practical strategies for re-framing your personalized learning vision and for shifting your organization's paradigm.

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Ryan Krohn

Director

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/26/2017 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

Hitting the “RESET” Button: The 21st Century Whole Child School - Pam Hogue

The 21st Century Whole Child “RESET” transforms a student’s inward and outward vision of themselves and their future by focusing on world cultures, acquisition of a second language, technology for learning and sharing, development of soft skills, community service, and creative problem based learning. This RESET, and our SOI, believes that each child deserves the opportunity to live the life they choose --not a life determined by their circumstances.

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Pam Hogue

Principal

Weiner Elementary School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/26/2017 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

You can have it all: The importance of teacher leadership and adult learning in sustaining innovation - Michael Davis

This session explores the role of teacher leaders in sustaining innovation.  Join Blytheville School District, Blytheville High School and Blytheville Middle School leaders to learn how they assessed their approach to teacher leadership then built a system that nurtures and engages teacher leaders and supports adult learning.

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Michael Davis

Math Teacher

Blytheville High School

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/26/2017 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

What is Personalized Learning? - Kenneth Grover

Overview of the current pedagogical shift in 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.

 

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 and school wide.

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Kenneth Grover

Principal

Innovations Early College High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


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