09/27/2017 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom Keynote

Leave No Child Offline Leave No Teacher or Parent Behind - Dr. Darryl Adams

 Keys to Transforming to a Digitalized 21st Century School Environment for All!

Digital equity and access in the 21st century are crucial to students being able to compete on a global level and teachers and parents must also be a part of the progress forward! There are few places in society where technology is not utilized or playing an important role. As a result, it’s more critical than ever that students graduate with the 21st-century literacy and technology skills they need to navigate and succeed in our increasingly interconnected, digital world. It is just as important that teachers and parents understand their role! Dr. Darryl Adams will share the story of how one of the poorest school districts in America helped to lead in the transformation of education in America by including students, teachers and parents in the process and the vision of educational equity for all! Future Ready because the Future is Now!


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Dr. Darryl Adams

The Rock & Roll, Hip Hop & Soul Superintendent

retired Superintendent of Coachella Valley

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Conway Lecture Hall

How To Set Your School on F.I.R.E.! - Buddy Berry

For those that haven't heard about the introduction to the School on F.I.R.E. philosophy (from last year's keynote), this session is for you! Dr. Buddy Berry will take us through his journey in reimagining Eminence Independent Schools to design a next generation “Dream School” rooted in personalized learning, and centered around innovation and creativity. The Eminence Independent school district has redesigned its instructional experience for kindergarten through 12th-grade students with its Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education model using online, blended and competency-based education in their quest to be the Disney World of Schools. Eminence has utilized technology as the main driver for their success combined with Yes, And thinking; Surprise and Delight; and starting to Think Differently about solutions..  


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Buddy Berry

Superintendent

Eminence Independent

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM White Oak Lecture Hall

A Team-Teaching Approach to Personalized Learning - Kate Sommerville

In a time of constant change and pressure, districts are faced with rethinking education to better meet the needs of the many diverse learners in their schools. Join Kate Sommerville, Professional Development Specialist for the Institute for Personalized Learning, as she shares one elementary school’s journey in creating, scaling, and implementing a personalized, blended learning model. Through team teaching, innovative spaces, and technology use, Swanson Elementary transformed from a legacy school environment to one that promotes collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and student voice and choice. As a former classroom team-teacher, Kate Sommerville will share her personal roadblocks, data results, and what a day is like for a teacher and an engaged student as part of TEAM Togetherness. She will also share the various technology tools she found most successful within her learning environment.


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Kate Sommerville

Professional Development Specialist

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: Deeper Dive for teachers

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Arkansas Ballroom

Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to CBL through PLCs - Jonathan Vander Els

Competency-based learning is gaining significant traction throughout the United States and the world.  Jonathan Vander Els has spent the past decade facilitating this change process as a building principal, and now supports educators throughout the nation in transitioning to a model of learning based upon what students know and are able to demonstrate.  In this session, participants will learn how the four questions of a professional learning community provide the foundation to transitioning to a competency-based model, and will provide the structure to reflect on your school's progress.
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Jonathan Vander Els

Director of Innovative Projects

New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Harris Lecture Hall

Assessment Literacy, Student Assessment Rights, and ESSA - Sarah McKenzie

Inspired and informed by work with the National Task Force on Assessment Education, work with schools across Arkansas and the nation, and the new flexibility provided by ESSA, Dr. Sarah McKenzie will offer insight on how assessment can support accountability and student learning, while honoring student and parent rights. Expect to expand and integrate your understanding of assessment literacy (including formative assessment), major shifts present in ESSA, and ways we can ensure students understand both where they are in their learning and what they need to do to grow their understanding.  
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Sarah McKenzie

Executive Director

Office for Education Policy

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Peck

Mentor Session - Ryan Krohn

Leadership for the Systematic Implementation of Personalized Learning Elements - Mentor Session
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These 30 minute sessions are one-on-one or small group meetings between presenters and attendees. Each meeting is limited to 10 participants.


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Ryan Krohn

Director

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Riverview

Leading Change Through Innovation - John Unger

Following the design set forth in John Kotter’s book Leading Change, our team will discuss the process of leading change using an innovative design. The presentation will guide you through Decatur Middle School’s change process and will discuss the three key principles necessary to drive change in schools: developing a sense of urgency, forming a guiding coalition, and promoting leadership over management.  We will also discuss the importance of having a vision and empowering action among the teachers.  You will leave the presentation with the foundational knowledge to build a positive culture through innovation, as well as, 10 innovative ideas for teachers to implement in and out of the classroom.  
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John Unger

Dean of Students

Decatur Middle School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Hoffman

If they Build it - they will Stay! Utilizing Flexible Learning Environments to Personalize Education - Mark Oesterle

Flexible learning environments and personalized education are front and center when it comes to innovation in the classroom. But simply creating flexible learning environments is not enough. Utilizing student voice to create the learning space is critical to establishing a successful program. Flexible learning environments must focus on supporting the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.  When schools involve students and focus on the right work innovation in the classroom soars!
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Mark Oesterle

Executive Director for Secondary Education

Fayetteville Public Schools

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Manning

Providing Students Access for Success - Matthew Swenson

Districts and schools are faced with a variety of challenges, inherently. To compound the issue, challenges, especially challenges that are difficult to overcome, are complex and often appear unsolvable. In this session, you will join the leaders of CCHS as they elaborate on their journey overcoming a challenge: building a college and career access program through the lens of implementing internships in a school located in a town with a population of 700. Challenge: rural location. Solution: 41 authentic, personalized virtual internships with professionals from 17 states and 2 countries. If you value personalized learning experiences, student engagement in professional mentorship, or if you have a challenge you are ready to overcome — this session is for you!
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Matthew Swenson

Assistant Principal; Director of C^3 (College x Career x Choice)

Cross County High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Marion

Mentor Session - Kenneth Grover

Mentor Session
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Kenneth Grover

Principal

Innovations Early College High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Peck

Mentor Session - Bryant Best

Mentor Session
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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


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Blue Lobster Ideas and How to Grow Them - Buddy Berry

Calling all World Changers! Blue Lobsters only occur in one out of every two million lobsters due to a rare genetic trait. What traits, habits, and dispositions can schools or teachers focus on to grow one in a million ideas. This session will be inspirational, humorous, and practical. Everyone will leave with ideas for immediate implementation
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Buddy Berry

Superintendent

Eminence Schools

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

Using ESSA to Advance Social-Emotional Learning at the local Level - Bob LaRocca

This session will introduce attendees to the topic of social-emotional learning (SEL), provide recent examples of SEL measurement in action, and explain how ESSA enables the advancement of SEL at the state and local levels. In particular, the session will address the following questions: What is SEL and why does it matter? How can SEL be assessed? What steps can local educators take to embed SEL measures in schools? What policies are states pursuing to incorporate SEL within their systems? How can SEL measures work to support all students and advance equity? 
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Bob LaRocca

Director of Policy and Communication

Transforming Education

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Riverview

Building Leadership Capacity While Implementing Flexible Scheduling - Courtney Jones

At the high school level, flexible scheduling opens up new doors for students and teachers and their learning journey. Such changes, however, also require leadership capacity school-wide. It is imperative to have building leaders, beyond administrators, for a solid and successful implementation of flexible scheduling. By building capacity as part of your flexible scheduling innovation, you will ensure ownership and support for one of your most valuable assets, your teachers. 
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Courtney Jones

Principal

Lincoln High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

Leveraging Online and Blended Learning to Innovate - Cary Stamas

How can schools work to meet the increasing need for alternatives, flexible environments, and provide service for long-term suspended, expelled or medically/psychologically fragile students? How can content be creatively embedded in advanced electives to provide flexibility for 9th and 10th grade students to explore or advance? Hear how a County-Wide ISD in Michigan has provided options and flexibility to hundreds of students and helped to keep students connected to their LEA and community by utilizing online content, blended learning environments and local community partnerships to provide alternatives to traditional brick and mortar classrooms. Parent feedback: "Thank you for having the courage to stand against the chaos eating away inside so many families these days!  Thank you for providing a place for the square-pegs-in-the-round-holes of the public school system-- not just to fit in -- but thrive!"
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Cary Stamas

Principal

MySchool@Kent, Kent ISD

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Hoffman

Micromessages + GIRLSwSTEAM; Inspiring Girls with Creative Innovation - Natalie Holliman

Micromessages allow students to obtain information about your dialogue.  In the STEM disciplines it's imperative that we seek language to motivate all students in these fields.  The focus of this workshop will be on Coding using Innovation with Micromessages that support all students, especially girls in the classroom. Taking a stance with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), we highlight the Principles to Actions -Access and Equity Guiding Principle in order to promote that all students have: access to a high-quality curriculum, effective teaching and learning, high expectations, and the support and resources needed to maximize their learning potential” 


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Natalie Holliman

Mathematics Instructional Faciliator

Little Rock School District

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Manning

State Policy Strategies Towards a Long-Range Vision for the Future of Education - Maria Worthen

What are the essential elements of a K-12 education system capable of preparing all students to succeed in higher education, flourish in a 21st century workplace and participate effectively as citizens? How can policymakers support a vision of transformation to personalized, competency-based education to help all students to succeed? Maria Worthen, Vice President of Federal and State Policy at iNACOL will provide a national overview of policy opportunities and trends, and engage participants in an interactive workshop to identify the issues that policymakers will need to tackle to make this vision a reality.


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Maria Worthen

Vice President of Federal and State Policy

iNACOL

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM Grand Ballroom Keynote

A New Era for Learners and Learning - Jim Rickabaugh

Keynote:
Today’s learners and educators are trapped in an education system that was designed to serve the needs of a by-gone era. We have spent decades pressuring people and demanding greater accountability. Yet, the problem we face is not one of effort and will not be solved through pressure; it is a problem with the design of the system itself. The time has come to rethink much of what we have assumed about teaching and learning. Our challenge is to develop high capacity, flexible learners, not just good students who are capable of being taught. This opening session will explore the drivers of this new era for learners and learning.

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Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 02:45 PM Peck

Mentor Session - Buddy Berry

This session will focus on how to implement a "best practice" approach to teaching through "next practice" systems. Highlights will include how to use technology to drive student engagement, blended classrooms, prescribed learning, student collaboration, critical thinking, and much more!
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Buddy Berry

Superintendent

Eminence Independent Schools

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Conversation with the Author - Jim Rickabaugh

This session will feature a brief introductory presentation on the history of the Institute for Personalized Learning and practical strategies on how to use Tapping to Power of Personalized Learning. The remaining time will feature an extended conversation about the issues, opportunities, skills and strategies associated with introducing and growing personalized learning. Bring your experiences, questions and insights.  


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Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Riverview

Assessment is More Than a Test - What does it mean to be innovative in assessment? - Hope Allen

Assessment is an integral part of effective teaching and learning.   Being innovative in assessment can move student performance to a whole new level.   Participants will see examples of innovative assessment from around the state and nation as well as learn about supports available from ADE.  
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Hope Allen

Director of Assessment, ADE

Arkansas Department of Education

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Manning

Creating a Collaborative Learning Culture through Student Voice - Blaine Alexander

 The dynamics of public schools traditionally reflect the model in which adult educators are assigned the responsibility of creating, designing and leading the educational journey for the students in the school.  Adults make the majority of decisions based on what is determined paramount through the adult perspective.  Traditionally, student views and opinions are discounted as having less legitimacy than the views of adults, but as attitudes toward students and young people change, different views have arisen associated with these changes (Manefield et al., 2007).  As student voice becomes defined, the meaning does not merely suggest that students have the opportunity to communicate ideas and opinions, but also have the power to influence change (West, 2004).  Fletcher (2005) describes student voice as “validating and authorizing students to represent their own ideas, opinions, knowledge and experiences throughout education in order to improve our schools” (p. 5).  Students become active participants in their education, including making decisions about what and how they learn and how their learning is assessed. Mitra (2009) defines these student-teacher partnerships as “relationships in which both youth and adults have the potential to contribute to decision making processes, to learn from one another, and to promote change.”  Mitra (2009, p. 409) suggests that “providing youth the opportunity to participate in school decision making that will shape their lives and the lives of their peers, and increasing student voice in schools offers a way to re-engage students in the school community.”  Increasing student voice in our public schools means there will be a cultural change where traditional, ineffective practices no longer exist.  The culture will be one of collaboration, trust, and mutual respect between teachers and students.  

This session will address how to build a collaborative learning culture between the adults and students by formalizing processes to create opportunities for increasing positive student-teacher relationships.  Participants will be introduced to research that shows a correlation between student voice and student engagement and student achievement.  

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Blaine Alexander

Program Leader - School Support and Organizational Development

Arkansas Leadership Academy

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 04:00 PM Arkansas Ballroom

Do They Really Know It? Why Performance Assessments Provide the Evidence - Jonathan Vander Els

Many traditional assessments rely on students' ability to memorize and regurgitate facts.  So how do collaborative teams develop performance assessments that actually measure students' competency, or ability to transfer their learning in and across subject areas.  Jonathan Vander Els led his own school in rethinking assessment practices and in developing performance assessments to help determine who was truly proficient.  Because of his district's success, they were one of the original four nation-wide granted a waiver by the USED to utilize teacher-created performance assessments as an integral component of their assessment and accountability model.
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Jonathan Vander Els

Director of Innovative Projects

New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 04:00 PM Hoffman

At the crossroads: Student Agency meets authentic community projects - Bud McMillion

Are your students partnering to tackle your community’s challenges?  Arkadelphia High School will present their award-winning micro-shelter project, developed for the Students Design for Change challenge through Arkansas Tech University.  Students will be joined by teachers and district officers, who will talk about the value of authentic community connections as a vital component of student engagement and the drivers for shifting instructional practices to ensure more learners are designers.
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Bud McMillion

Pre-Engineering Teacher

Arkadelphia High School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Personalized Learning For the Whole Child - Darryl Adams

"Personalized Learning For the Whole Child: Helping Them Find Their Passion in Life So They Never Have to Work A Day in Their Life!" 

 

Special education students have had Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for decades. It is way past time to allow all students to have the same specialized attention and program. Many school districts are changing the script and changing the game from a traditional 20th century education system to a truly 21st century personalized individualized education system based on student interest, talent and passion. I call it the “Help them find their passion in life and they never have to work a day in their life" system. Personalized learning  programs and plans, done correctly, prepare students to become who they want to be as opposed to what we want them to be! Dr. Adams will discuss and explore his experience with this innovation prospect for systemic change!  


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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: K-12


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 02:45 PM Marion

Mentor Session - Kate Sommerville

Team teaching; Personalized learning in an elementary setting; Assessment in elementary PL classroom
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These 30 minute sessions are one-on-one or small group meetings between presenters and attendees. Each meeting is limited to 10 participants.


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Kate Sommerville

Professional Development Specialist

Institute for Personalized Learning

Audience: Deeper Dive for teachers

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/27/2017 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities: Learning Transformation or Fad? - Ace Parsi

Is personalized learning a passing fad, or is it a legitimate means to provide educational excellence and equity for all students? The

answer to this question is still being written. This presentation will cover learning from two years of National Center for Learning

Disabilities' exploration of this question and will present findings on unique challenges and benefits personalized learning presents

for students with disabilities and actions local and state stakeholders can take to turn the challenges into benefits.


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Ace Parsi

Personalized Learning Partnership Manager

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM Marion

Mentor Session - Pam Hogue

21st Century Whole Child
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Pam Hogue

Principal

Weiner Elementary School

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/27/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Conway Lecture Hall

Designing The School of the Future . . . Today! - Buddy Berry

This session will focus on how to implement a "best practice" approach to teaching through "next practice" systems. Highlights will include how to use technology to drive student engagement, blended classrooms, prescribed learning, student collaboration, critical thinking, and much more. 

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Buddy Berry

Superintendent

Eminence Independent Schools

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/27/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Manning

Beyond the classroom: A Personalized Adventure Education - Stan Karber

The Lincoln Middle School has a very personalized educational approach that is based on adventure activities and getting our students "outside" of their comfort zones. We have an amazing resource in Lincoln, Lincoln Lake, a 130 acre recreational park that has rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and fishing. It's located just 6 miles from our campus and provides our district with an opportunity to take our students out of the classroom and incorporate core educational concepts with any of the available adventure activities. We have intertwined leadership skills, team building, academic integration and physical challenges to help further develop personal relationships with our students that we believe is vital to their success. Lincoln Personalized Adventure Education is enriching lives, developing relationships, and leaving memories that reach far beyond classroom walls.  Rethink the 4 walls of your school and learn some ways to build powerful and meaningful relationships with your students.
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Stan Karber

Asst. Principal

Lincoln Consolidated School District

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM Harris Lecture Hall

Flip, Snap, & Tweet! Become a digital tools superhero! - Anna Warriner

Want to add some super powers to your assignments, classroom, or professional learning community by adding a digital component?  Join us for this interactive workshop in which we explore how digital tools can increase engagement and allow for students to have voice and choice in responding and completing assignments. We will be diving into Flipgrid, Pic Collage, See Saw, Twitter, and Snapchat (Yes, really!).  In fact, you will learn how the #BookSnaps sensation is sweeping across the country.  Use your superhero technology skills to create a Twitter and Snapchat account before you come.


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Anna Warriner

K-12 Literacy Specialsit

South Central Service Educational Cooperative

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/27/2017 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM White Oak Lecture Hall

Personalized Learning ends: Powerful Outcomes-Innovations Story - Kenneth Grover

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! 


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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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