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.

Carpooling is encouraged. Participants parking in the RICC garage may access coupons for a discounted parking rate of $12 at the Registration Center or Help Desk.

The Blended & Personalized Learning Conference –

Event Agenda
8:00am - 8:30am
9:30am - 4:00pm
Open All Day
9:45am - 10:10am
Practice Playground
Students Have Choice Over How or What They Learn - Rotunda
Danielle Lavoie, Providence Public School District, RI
9:45am - 10:10am
Sponsored Sessions
Re-energizing Your Literacy Centers Using Squiggle Park - 557
Sam Sproule, Squiggle Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Building Teacher Capacity Through Personalized Coaching - 550 AB
Laura Boothroyd, BetterLesson, Cambridge, MA
WONDERS- The Power of Connections in K-5 Literacy - 552A
Kristen Dalphond, McGraw-Hill Education, Columbus, OH
Make Learning Digital, Adaptive and Personalized with Redbird Mathematics and ALEKS - 552 B
Jill Olson, McGraw-Hill Education, Columbus, OH
Renaissance Star Custom: Customizable Formative Assessment - 554 AB
Diane Houle, Renaissance Learning, Mashpee, MA
Cortex – Using Data to Drive Instruction - 555 A
Tony Dong, InnovateEDU, Brooklyn, NY
Enabling Student Voice and Choice with Buncee - Ballroom BC
Eda Gimenez, Buncee, Calverton, New York
10:15am - 11:25am
Session 1
Blended Learning: A 2nd Grade Story - 550 AB
Heather Neil, Woonsocket Education Department, RI
Jessica Donato, Woonsocket Education Department, RI
Are Performance Tasks Right for Your Students? - 552A
Antonia Rudenstine, reDesign LLC, Boston, MA
Advanced Conversations: Exploring Successes & Challenges at the Classroom, School and District Levels - 553 A
Debbie Ramm, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Johnston Public Schools, Johnston, RI, Johnston, RI
Jessica Geremia, Chariho, Chariho Regional School District, Wood River Junction RI
Sarah M. Rich, Edtech and Blended Learning Consultant, Providence, RI
Personalization Lessons from The Met - 553 B
Joe Battaglia, The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, Providence, RI
Beccy Siddons, The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, Providence, RI
The (Im)possibility of Personalized Learning With(out) Structural Oppression - 555 B
Natalia Ortiz, Border Crossers, New York, NY
Keith Catone, Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE), RI
Using Learner Profiles to Inform Instruction - 556 AB
Jennifer Starr, Millis Public Schools, MA
Launching Your Blended Learning Revolution - 557
Carrie Vieira, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
Rachel Bennett, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
The Learning Accelerator’s Measurement Fellowship: New Knowledge for the Field - 558 AB
Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator, Austin, TX
Increasing Student Ownership and Agency – Mini-Sessions - Ballroom A
Erica DeVoe, Westerly Public Schools, RI
Heather Cowap Salemme, Groton Dunstable Regional School District, MA
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: K – 5th - Ballroom BC
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
Tools, Tactics & Rationale: Our Path to Personalization - 555 A
Kevin Croghan, Beacon Network Schools, Denver Public Schools, CO
Alex Magaña, Beacon Network Schools, Denver Public Schools, CO
10:20am - 10:45am
Practice Playground
Teachers Use Data to Inform Instruction - Rotunda
Jennifer Graham, East Providence Public Schools, RI
11:00am - 11:25am
Practice Playground
Students Engage in Work Requiring Higher Order Thinking Skills - Rotunda
Michael Klein, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
11:25am - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:55pm
Session 2
Implementation Strategies for PK-2 Students - 550 AB
Mary Ann Stinson, Truesdell Education Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools, DC
High School Classroom Simulation - 551 AB
Jordana Ruggeri, Central Falls School District, RI
Erica Prenda, Central Falls School District, RI
Using Playlists to Support Self-Directed Learning - 552A
Jason Appel, Barrington Public Schools, RI
Strategic Moves for Instructional Leaders - 552 B
Meghan Hooper, Ephrata Area School District, PA
Dan Mahlandt, Ephrata Area School District, PA
Lessons in Redesign: An Elementary School Prototype - 553 B
Lakya Washington, Summit Elementary, McComb School District, McComb School District, McComb, Mississippi
Stephen Johnson, McComb School District, Mississppi
Harnessing Data to Drive Learning in an Elementary Setting - 554 AB
Juliana Finegan, The Learning Accelerator, Seattle, WA
Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator, Los Angeles, CA
Trauma Informed Instruction: Leading Change in Learning Spaces - 555 B
Natalie Neris, Namaste Charter School, Chicago, IL
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: 6th-12th - 556 AB
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
Making Mastery Learning Manageable and Magnificent with EdTech! - 557
Tiffany Ott, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, OH
Increasing Relevance in the Classroom – Mini-Sessions - Ballroom A
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
11:45am - 12:10pm
Practice Playground
Students Provide Feedback on Their Learning Experiences - Rotunda
Christina Corser, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
12:30pm - 12:55pm
Practice Playground
Students Create a Product to Demonstrate Their Understanding - Rotunda
Mike Miele, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
1:00pm - 2:10pm
Lunch Break Activities
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
1:10pm – 2:00pm Shark Tank -
Watch the top 3 edtech startups battle on stage for the grand prize of $1,000!
1:35pm – 2:00 Practice Playground – Student Ownership - Rotunda
Dawn Manchester, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI
1:20pm - 2:10pm
Sponsored Sessions
StudySync Simulation - 551 AB
Sarah Daley, StudySync, Providence
Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, McGraw-Hill Education, Columbus, OH
Take Back Your Sundays! How to Make Student Data Work for YOU! - 555 A
Sean Casey, Ed-Fi, Alliance, Ed-Fi Alliance, Austin, TX
Imagineering the Next Generation of Teaching and Learning - 552A
David Andrade, CDWG, Shelton, CT
McGraw-Hill Education-21st Century Professional Development - 554 AB
Sarah Daley, StudySync, Providence
Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, McGraw-Hill Education, Columbus, OH
Using Research Projects to Teach Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship - 555 B
Tasha White, D'Abate & Charles Fortes Elementary Schools, Providence Public Schools, Providence, RI
Matt Croyle, Capstone, North Mankato, MN
One-Stop Shop for Blended Learning: Kiddom Academy - 557
Amanda Glover, Kiddom, Brooklyn, NY
Impact Math Achievement by Building Teacher Capacity and Predicting Student Outcomes - Ballroom BC
Kevin Utz, DreamBox Learning, Inc, Raleigh, NC
2:15pm - 3:25pm
Session 3
Personalized and Competency-Based Learning for Educators - 558 AB
Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions, Burlington, Vermont
Personalizing Learning for Younger Students - 550 AB
Felicia Thomas, Kennedy Early Childhood Center, McComb School District, MS
Elementary School Classroom Simulation - 551 AB
Claudia Jackvony, Providence Public Schools, RI
High School Redesign: Building the Right Model for Your School - 552A
Francisco Castillo-Fierro, Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, Diocese of San Jose, Cristo Rey, San Jose, CA
Crowd-Sourced Coaching Strategies - 552 B
Tim Marum, Portsmouth School District, RI
Scaling Change: Multiplying the Impact of a Model Classroom - 553 A
Dr. Patricia B. Gablinske, Central Elementary, Lincoln Public Schools, RI
Reza Sarkarati,
Dr. Caroline Frey, Lincoln Public Schools, RI
Using Restorative Practices to Guide Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution - 557
Alin Bennett, The Met School, Providence and Newport, RI
Meeting Leaners Where They Are: A Competency-Based Model - 554 AB
Dixie Tremblay, reDesign, New York, NY
Skills for Innovative Leadership - 555 A
Matthew X. Joseph Ed. D, Milford Public Schools, Milford Public Schools, Milford, MA
Beyond the Parent Portal: Engaging Families in Student Learning - 555 B
Meghan Wells, PowerMyLearning, New York, NY
Christina McNamee, The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx, NY
Creative Disruption: Making Meaningful, Customizable Experiences Out of Ordinary Lessons - 556 AB
Kris Mesler, Boise State University EdTech Dept (2012-2017), ID
Project-Based Learning Mini-Sessions - Ballroom A
Lexie Whipple, Downcity Design, Providence, RI
Adrianne Ryland, Falcon District 49, CO
Rebecca Henderson, Barrington School District, RI
Designing Rigorous Collaborative Work within the Station Rotation Model - Ballroom BC
Karen Fiedler, Columbus City Schools, OH
3:30pm - 4:00pm
BPLC18 Smackdown - West Pre-Function Stage