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MORNING SESSIONS

10:50 a.m. 

60-minute sessions

Unions Leading The Skills Revolution for Today's Learners    

As advanced technologies and automation disrupt the workforce, the need for high-quality, highly skilled workers remains. With an aging workforce and increasing job growth, today’s economy presents many exciting opportunities for young people. Students in low-income and minority communities, however, despite high rates of unemployment, have little to no preparation with trade-specific or otherwise skilled work. Without improvements, the gap between workforce needs and talented workers will widen.

 

How can century-old trade unions help revolutionize education and counter America’s growing skills gap? Join this session to learn how to ensure high school students are prepared to succeed in a skill-based economy.

Session Outcomes

  • Highlight local work to connect the elementary and high school leaders to employers

  • Understand the value that these types of programs have on students and their schools

  • Discuss the need to prepare the pipeline of next generation of workers within and rapidly evolving world of work

  • Inspire leaders in the work by sharing examples of national partners and leaders    

 

Speaker:

Myles Mendoza, President, Empower Illinois

Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership 

Jason Gaulden, Vice President of Partnerships, America Succeeds

Location:

White Oak, 3rd Floor Conference Center

Future of Work

The Power You Carry: How to Become a Brain Builder to Help All Children Thrive    

Schools can be designed to become supportive, trustful environments for children—places where they develop the skills and mindsets required for success in school, work and life. Research has shown that supportive, buffering relationships with adults can prevent and even reverse the negative effects of traumatic experiences.

 

Using real-world examples grounded in brain science, this session will offer strategies for educators to build equitable classrooms that truly personalize learning for all students. Focusing on the power educators have to help children get back on the pathway to healthy development, participants will draw on their own experiences and leave with a concrete next step they can try in their classrooms.

Session Outcomes

  •  Review the latest knowledge about trauma and its impact on the brain

  • Discuss 2-3 ways educators can apply the science of learning to help learners who have been impacted by trauma heal

 

Speaker:

Amy Nicholson, Director, Integrated Program Strategy, Turnaround for Children

Location:

Room 302, Student Center Tower East

Social and Emotional Learning 

Strengths to Superpowers: How Harnessing the Abilities of Diverse Learners Helps Them Thrive

Many students with a learning disability have a unique working memory profile. This unique profile can be a strength. For example, did you know that children with dyslexia have strengths in visual-spatial working memory? This skill means that they are great at remembering things they see, like landmarks and images. Explore how to turn the abilities of diverse learners into superpowers, leveraging these strengths to help each unique student succeed.

Session Outcomes:

  • Identify their strengths: Find out the memory strength of students with dyslexia, ADHD, and autism

  • Maximize their strengths: Learn research-based strategies for using each student’s memory strengths in the classroom

Speaker:

Tracy Alloway, Ph.D., Author and Psychology Professor, University of North Florida

Personalized Learning 

Equity

Making Sense of Curriculum in a Personalized World

As teachers seek to make learning more personalized, they need access to high-quality instructional resources that are adaptable to student contexts, needs and interests. In a world where most resources aren't designed to work in more innovative teaching and learning environments (e.g. intended to be used full class, full course, with minimal modification), what are strategies educators and leaders can put in place to give students the right curriculum for the right purposes at the right time? In this session we'll explore the ways curricular needs differ between traditional and non-traditional environments before we explore strategies for supporting teachers in vetting materials and making modifications.

 

Session Outcomes

  • Explore the ways curricular needs differ between traditional and personalized learning approaches

  • Get guidance on and real-world strategies for how to vet, curate for and modify material approaches depending on student needs and interests

  • Access and take away "playlists" of real-world examples and resources to bring back into work with students and teams 

  • Leave with an action plan for their own school or district

 

Speakers:

Beth Rabbitt, CEO, The Learning Accelerator

Juliana Finegan, Managing Partner, The Learning Accelerator
 

Location:

Room 605, Student Center East Tower

Personalized Learning

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

Competency-based learning is about restructuring power in the education system. Schools have made progress empowering students in classrooms, but often exclude families and community members. How can sharing power with families and community members result in personalized, equitable learning for students? How do traditional engagement practices reinforce systemic inequities? Participants will develop skills and approaches to reimagine their engagement work to support all students.

 

Session Outcomes

  • Understand the connection between equity and community engagement

  • Develop a deeper understanding and rationale for why community engagement needs to be centered in the life of a school community

  • Unpack and take action on key elements of community engagement

Speakers:

Christina Horner, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Mark Kostin, Associate Director, Great Schools Partnership

Location:

Room 713, Student Center East Tower

Equity

Transformation Science: How Next Gen Learning Can Grow—Without Losing Its Soul

Personalized 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 through traditional notions of scaling and adoption. The contradiction is fatal. In this session, national leaders will explore the notion of “transformation science,” examining why transforming learning and student outcomes requires that districts, CMOs and schools become the change they seek for students. 

Session Outcomes

  • Explore reasons why personalized, student-centered learning is antithetical to most of K-12 education’s traditional suite of scaling, spread and adoption strategies

  • Learn about the emerging practice of transformation science—approaches in which the organizational change processes reflect the central, agency-driven nature of the student learning model and goal-setting

  • Discuss how elements of these approaches might work (or not work) in your own contexts

Speakers:

Andy Calkins, Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Scott Frauenheim, CEO, Distinctive Schools

Colleen Collins, Director, CICS West Belden 

 

Location:

Room 613, Student Center East Tower

Education Innovation

Tech is Changing the World: What Does That Mean for K-12 Education?

Technological advancements continue to shape our world and global economy. What are these technologies, and how are developments in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and automation shaping the jobs of the future? Beyond that, how does the changing nature of our tech-based society impact how we prepare learners for the future? Join this panel to hear from leaders in the field on the changing landscape of tech and what it means for you.

Session Outcomes

  • Explore the burgeoning role of new technologies—such as artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, performance enhancing technologies—in the classroom

  • Discuss the ways technology can support and bolster innovative learning, while also highlighting potential areas of concern with tech implementation

  • Learn how the evolution of tech impacts the way we prepare learners to succeed

Speakers

Jennie Magiera, Chief Program Officer, EdTech Team

Joe Ignatius, Education Account Executive, Microsoft
Adam Wisniewski, CEO, EX3 Labs

 

Location: 

Cardinal Room, 3rd Floor Conference Center

Future of Work

INTERACTIVE LUNCHEON PROGRAM

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

Personalized Learning Pop Up Fair featuring the Flexible Furniture Gallery

Table Talks

Classroom of the Future

Office Hours

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Block A: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.              Block B: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Each session will run twice, with a 15-minute break in between. 

Personalized Learning 101

The first step in bringing personalized learning to life for students is honing your foundation in the approach. What are the different ways learning can be personalized? What does it look like when you deliver on this? In this session, members of LEAP’s professional learning team will give an introduction to personalized learning through the LEAP Learning Framework, which provides the conceptual underpinning for all of LEAP’s work. Though some actionable strategies will be covered, the focus of the session will be the different dimensions of a whole-child, personalized approach to instruction—why they matter, how they differ and what it looks like when they’re all working together to drive the learning experience.

 

Session Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the four core components that compose the LEAP Learning Framework: Learner Focused, Learner Demonstrated, Learner Led and Learner Connected!

  • Understand why the shift to personalized learning is critical to developing the next generation of leaders

 

Speakers:

Jen Stack, Senior Manager, Professional Learning, LEAP Innovations

Annie Dillon, Professional Learning Manager, LEAP Innovations

Location

Room 605, Student Center East Tower

Personalized Learning

What's in Your Personalized Learning Toolkit? Everyday Strategies to Get Started!

During this breakout session, teachers will quickly introduce you to personalized learning and guide you through the practical steps of personalizing your classroom instruction. You'll walk away with an understanding of the basic tools that all educators should have in their personalized learning toolkits. Examples of innovative practices and approaches that will be shared include student interest surveys, learner profiles, flexible seating, seminars, innovative literacy blocks and strategies for building student agency.

Session Outcomes:

  • Understand what personalized learning is and is not

  • Explore the building blocks of personalized learning instruction

  • Examine real-life implementations by Chicago educators

Speakers:

Keviyona Ray, Assistant Principal, Randolph Elementary School

Keisha Wheat, Instructional Coach, Randolph Elementary School

Tia Hanna, kindergarten teacher, St. Genevieve Catholic School

Location:

Illinois Room C, 3rd Floor Conference Center

Personalized Learning

Equity in Action: Empowering Diverse and English Language Learners in the Classroom

For all learners to thrive, we must meet their individual learning needs. In this session, you will discover opportunities and strategies to empower diverse learners and English Language Learners so that they are able to assess, monitor and reflect on their own progress.

Session Outcomes:

  • Identify three classroom strategies to implement that will help better meet the needs of diverse learners and English Language Learners

  • Explore tools and resources that can be adapted to fit the needs of our diverse learners and English Language Learners

Speakers:

Geraldo Tobon, diverse learner teacher, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

Brenda Jimenez, dual language teacher, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

Location:

Cardinal Room, 3rd Floor Conference Center

Learner Led

Equity

Prove It To Me! How to Embed Mathematical Discourse into Everyday Problem Solving

Who says math learning can't be fun and collaborative? If you're looking for ways to improve the math learning experience this school year, join this session. Come explore how to foster connection between your learners with a deep-dive into the current research surrounding discourse in math classrooms. Knowing that learning and meaning-making is social, you will discover how discourse can have a positive impact on problem-solving skills and the overall learning experience.

Session Outcomes:

  • Examine current research around discourse in mathematics, and why tools for conveying and defending mathematical ideas can be so powerful for students’ learning

  • Discover and unpack strategies for embedding mathematical discourse into instruction

  • Explore protocols and resources that can be adopted for future classroom use

Speakers:

Danielle Vargas, 2nd-grade teacher,  Lee Elementary School

Jordan Ebbott, 4th-grade math teacher, Disney II Magnet School

Location

Room 613, Student Center East Tower

Learning Innovation

Spoiler Alert: Standards and Personalized Learning Can Co-Exist

In the education world today there is much debate about the role of standards in a personalized learning context. Are the two really at odds? In this session, you’ll be invited to consider how standards can be used to create a personalized learning experience for your students.  Learn how it's being done by reviewing case examples from educators who are effectively aligning standards in a personalized learning environment.

Session Outcomes:

  • Apply components of personalized learning planning to standards-based instruction, bolstering the personalized experience for students

Speakers:

Ashley Jarrell, 7th & 8th grade teacher, English Language Arts Stagg School of Excellence

Emily Karl, 8th-grade math teacher, Fremont Middle School

Location

Room 713, Student Center East Tower

Learner Demonstrated

Learner Focused

Assessment Is More Than a Grade: Take Steps to Reimagine Traditional Grading Practices

Why do you give grades, and how are those grades interpreted by students? Immerse yourself in a session where teachers will examine current grading practices and reflect on how they currently use quizzes. After unpacking current grading methods, an alternative model will be presented for how formatives and feedback can be used to inform and structure future learning experiences.

Session Outcomes:

  • Reevaluate the “traditional” practice of quizzes and weekly grades in order to create more aligned formatives and summatives to inform students and provide feedback

  • Challenge your current grading practices and be able to answer the following questions: Why do you give grades? How are those grades interpreted by students?

Speakers:

Amy Bergeson, 3rd-grade teacher,  Jonathan Burr Elementary School

Sarah Mongoven, 6th-grade teacher, ACERO Fuentes Middle School

Location

Room 302, Student Center East Tower

Learner Demonstrated

How to Develop Sustainable Instructional Leadership Teams

In this panel discussion, principals from across Chicago will share their insights on why distributive leadership matters, and how they specifically think about talent cultivation and sustainability for their school staff. Attendees will examine and reflect on their current process for building successful leadership teams and consider where—as well as why—they’ve seen success.

Session Outcomes:

  • Learn best practices on how to set up distributive leadership

  • Acquire new tools and resources to enact with your own Instructional Leadership Team

Speakers:

Carolyn Eggert, Principal, Devry University Advantage Academy

Olimpia Bahena, Principal, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy

Charles Smith, Principal, Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School

Location

Room 603, Student Center East Tower

Leadership

Evolving Your In-School Professional Development

While our schools are on this journey of personalizing learning for our students, we should also consider how we are personalizing professional learning for teachers. How can you leverage teacher-leaders or school leaders to support teachers on their own journeys? How can you as an educator advocate for professional learning that meets your evolving individual needs? Join us to find out!

Session Outcomes:

  • Understand the benefits of personalizing professional development for teachers and staff

  • Review exemplar models and identify key components

  • Develop effective ways to advocate for personalized professional development for staff

Speaker:

Heather Morrison, Instruction and Curriculum Coach/Diverse Learners Department Chair, Disney II Magnet School

Location

Room 611, Student Center East Tower

Personalized Learning

Make the success of every child personal!

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