2018 Review


BPLC18 Presentations


  • BPLC18 attracted more than 1,100 attendees in 2018, which is an increase of over 100 people from 2017!
  • Attendees came from 31 states and 3 countries outside of the USA (India, Nigeria, Canada)
  • 70 percent of attendees came from RI, 11 percent from MA, and 3 percent from NY and CA, respectively


Who attended BPLC18?

  • Most attendees were teachers, with more than 47 percent of attendees identifying themselves as elementary, middle, and/or high school teachers
  • The majority of teachers were PK-5, at almost 14 percent
  • Building administrators (10 percent), district administrators (8 percent), and district administrators & teachers (from grades9-12) (8 percent each) make up the next three largest attendee groups


Feedback from all stakeholders has encouraged the BPLC team to expand program opportunities for BPLC19.

In the News - Attendee Blog Posts

Takeaways from the Advanced Practitioner Summit. Ask the Experts: Crowdsourced Solutions to 4 Problems of Blended Practice, Jenny White, Christensen Institute

“I’m really lucky to live in a place where we have a great organization like the Highlander Institute working to improve teaching practice and further the cause of blended learning.  I still feel like I have so much to learn, and it is great to see what is possible by having teachers share what is working in their classrooms. Thank you for a great conference!”

Blog Post from a participant

“Without individual experiences, there can be no collective story. The more we share our individual experiences, the more our collective story grows, and the less alone we feel in the work. This is not the typical take away from a conference on blended and personalized learning, but The Blended & Personalized Learning Conference held in Providence, Rhode Island was not your typical conference.Schools opened their doors and shared their work, sessions had us mapping and storyboarding our PL journeys. Table discussions were transformed through Jeffersonian Lunch Conversations, while conference sessions engaged us through Consultancies, and Pecha Kuchas on failing forward.”

Blog Post from a presenter

“Huge thanks to all the folks @HighlanderInst @LearningAccel @ChristensenInst for #BPLC18. It’s the most thoughtful, accessible, student-voice-infused, educator-led conference around. Wonderful people and inspirational learning.”

Tweet from a presenter

“Unlike many conferences I attended this year, this event was a chance for educators and leaders to discuss blended learning in action with people who are already doing it. Topics included the day-to-day implementation of blended learning, strategies and systems that have effectively supported replication, and how to scale blended and personalized learning across schools and districts. I have already cleared my calendar for BPLC19 next April.”

Blog Post from a presenter

In a unique partnership, Eduporium teamed up with the Highlander Institute to help teachers in five Rhode Island schools bring innovative STEM technologies into their classrooms. For six weeks, students, who ranged from second to fifth grade, worked with these tech tools and collaborated in designing projects to present to attendees at BPLC18…

Blog Post from a vendor

“I loved the opportunity to interact with well-informed, respected educators in the field at the Pre-Conference Summit, and appreciated the focus on discussion versus presentation.”

"The energy, enthusiasm and expertise in the room on Friday was incredible. I learned as much from informal conversations as I did in the sessions.”

"I enjoyed the wide range of presenters on Saturday, and the focus on hands-on, interactive workshops that modeled elements of personalized learning.”

"The Learn-It Lounge was fantastic.  I had great one-on-one conversations with Highlander staff and other experts about my specific context.”

"The entire day was VERY professionally run.  The sessions were great, the extra events were engaging, the environment was high energy and there was plenty of choice.”

"The site visits we took to local classrooms were a highlight.  I learned so much by observing classroom experts and debriefing with the educators who were with me.”