The Blended & Personalized Learning Conference

Saturday, April 7th -
8:00am - 4:00pm

Our main conference event targets teachers, principals and district leaders with a focus on supporting & delivering personalized instruction. Participants with a range of interests and experience may build a personalized schedule that includes sessions, simulations, playgrounds, 1:1 consultation, networking and more.

Stay all day and enjoy free parking! Parking coupons for the RI Convention Center will be offered at the Help Desk for participants starting at 4pm.

Rhode Island Convention Center – 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI 02903

Event Agenda
8:00am - 8:30am
9:45am - 10:10am
Practice Playground
9:45am - 10:10am
Sponsored Sessions
10:15am - 11:25am
Session 1
Launching Your Blended Learning Revolution
Carrie Vieira, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
Rachel Bennett, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
Personalizing Learning for Younger Students
Felicia Thomas, Kennedy Early Childhood Center, McComb School District, MS
Tools, Tactics & Rationale: Our Path to Personalization
Kevin Croghan, Beacon Network Schools, Denver Public Schools, CO
Alex Magaña, Beacon Network Schools, Denver Public Schools, CO
The (Im)possibility of Personalized Learning With(out) Structural Oppression
Natalia Ortiz, Border Crossers, New York, NY
Keith Catone, Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE), RI
Increasing Student Ownership and Agency – Mini-Sessions
Erica DeVoe, Westerly Public Schools, RI
Heather Cowap Salemme, Groton Dunstable Regional School District, MA
The Learning Accelerator’s Measurement Fellowship: New Knowledge for the Field
Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator, Austin, TX
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: K – 5th
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
10:20am - 10:45am
Practice Playground
11:00am - 11:25am
Practice Playground
11:25am - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:55pm
Session 2
Strategic Moves for Instructional Leaders
Meghan Hooper, Ephrata Area School District, PA
Dan Mahlandt, Ephrata Area School District, PA
Using Playlists to Support Self-Directed Learning
Jason Appel, Barrington Public Schools, RI
Beyond the Parent Portal: Engaging Families in Student Learning
Meghan Wells, PowerMyLearning, New York, NY
Christina McNamee, The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx, NY
Lessons in Redesign: An Elementary School Prototype
Lakya Washington, Summit Elementary, McComb, MS
Stephen Johnson, McComb School District, MS
Best Practices from a BPL Trailblazer
Sally Schultz, Knox Middle School, Rowan Salisbury School System, NC
Implementation Strategies for PK-2 Students
Mary Ann Stinson, Truesdell Education Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools, DC
Identifying Promising Strategies for Diverse Learners
Jenna Shaw, Office of Special Education, Baltimore City Public Schools, MD
Increasing Relevance in the Classroom – Mini-Sessions
Michelle Sadrena Clark, Share Your Learning Campaign, High Tech High Graduate School of Education, San Diego, CA
Seth Kolker, Central Falls School District, RI
Rae Hughart, McLean District Unit 5, Bloomington, IL
Kellie Polando, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, Rhode Island
Making Mastery Learning Manageable and Magnificent with EdTech!
Tiffany Ott, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, OH
Platform Showcase
Come experience a variety of learning platforms
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: 6th-12th
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
11:45am - 12:10pm
Practice Playground
1:00pm - 2:10pm
Lunch Break Activities
1:10pm – 2:00pm Shark Tank
Watch the top 5 edtech startups duke it out for the top prize!
1:00pm – 2:10pm Network & Relax with Colleagues
Grab a table in Ballrooms BC or DE
1:20pm – 2:10pm Sponsored Sessions
Check out the list of great vendor-led sessions below
1:20pm - 2:10pm
Sponsored Sessions
2:15pm - 3:25pm
Session 3
Creative Disruption: Making Meaningful, Customizable Experiences Out of Ordinary Lessons
Kris Mesler, Boise State University EdTech Dept (2012-2017), ID
Skills for Innovative Leadership
Matthew X. Joseph Ed. D, Milford Public Schools, Milford Public Schools, Milford, MA
A Framework for Designing Rigorous Collaborative Work
Karen Fiedler, Columbus City Schools, OH
Learning Menus: Empowering Choice, Creation, Agency, and Rigor
AJ Bianco, Harrington Park School District, NJ
Blended Learning: A 2nd Grade Story
Heather Neil, Woonsocket Education Department, RI
Jessica Donato, Woonsocket Education Department, RI
Project-Based Learning Mini-Sessions
Lexie Whipple, Downcity Design, Providence, RI
Adrianne Ryland, Falcon District 49, CO
Rebecca Henderson, Barrington School District, RI
Crowd-Sourced Coaching Strategies
Tim Marum, Portsmouth School District, RI
Platform Showcase
Come experience a variety of learning platforms
High School Redesign: Building the Right Model for Your School
Francisco Castillo-Fierro, Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, San Jose, CA
3:30pm - 4:00pm