Personalized Learning—Morning Sessions
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.
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
Tracy Alloway, Ph.D., Author and Psychology Professor, University of North Florida
Room: 603, Student Center East Tower
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.
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
Beth Rabbitt, CEO, The Learning Accelerator
Juliana Finegan, Managing Partner, The Learning Accelerator
Room: 605, Student Center East Tower