Saturday Symposium

Saturday, April 6th -
7:30am - 4:00pm

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

Event Agenda
7:30am - 8:30am
8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom A
Welcome Program
9:30am - 4:00pm
Open All Day
West Stage
Practice Playground
Ready-to-implement resources and individual coaching around high impact personalized learning practices
Jennifer Graham, East Providence Public Schools, RI

Exhibitor Floor
Explore, test, and learn about the newest personalized learning products
Terrace Cafe
A student-led mini Maker Faire for educators interested in making, coding, robotics, 3D printing, and more
9:45am - 11:00am
Session 1
Room 550
Building The Modern Classroom
Blended, self-paced, mastery-based practices for student-centered instruction (All)
Kareem Farah, The Modern Classrooms Project, Washington DC

Room 555 B
The Secret to School Improvement: Making Practice Public
Create a culture of meaningful school-wide improvement with public practice (All)
Michael Fauteux, Leadership Public Schools, Oakland, CA

Ballroom A
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: K – 5th
Exploring the instructional shifts surrounding personalized learning (K - 5th)
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI

Room 558
Advanced Conversations for K – 5 Teachers
An EdCamp-style session focused on networking and crowd sourcing for elementary teachers (ES)
Ballroom B
3rd Grade Classroom Simulation
Classroom systems for building student agency & ownership (K - 8)
Robin Ryan, Lincoln Central Elementary School, Lincoln , Lincoln, RI

Room 551
Blended Breakouts for Every Learner
Using the 4C's by integrating educational technology (3rd - 8th)
Nicole Youmans, Kennesaw State University, Henry County, KSU iTeach, McDonough, Ga

Creating a vision and plan for personalized and blended learning
Sponsored by Edgenuity (2-8) -
Keri MacLean, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown, CT

Room 554
Student Agency in 3 Steps: A School Framework for Student-Driven Learning
Lead your school toward student-driven learning in concrete steps (ES, MS, HS)
Pamela Burgess, Henry County Middle School, Henry County Schools, McDonough, Georgia

Room 557
Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE): They Can Learn Quickly in Any Classroom
Effective Strategies to Use With English Language Learners
Julie A. Motta, Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Providence Public School District, RI

Room 556
Apollo: Not Your Father’s Education
A Simulation Exploring a MS / HS Project-Based Learning Model (6th- 12th)
Gregory Wimmer, Central York High School, York, PA

Room 555 A
Culturally Relevant Humanities Curriculum
Dig deep into rigorous humanities units focused on the Latin@ experience (6th - 12th)
Evan Gutierrez, Summit Learning Program, Chicago, IL

Room 553
It’s My Education! How Student Ownership Can Increase Equity
Students share their experiences of truly student-centered learning (6th - 12th)
Beccy Siddons, The Met, The Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center, Providence, RI

Room 552 A
Supporting Schools on a Continuum to Personalization
Systems and actions that help establish and grow personalized learning (Leaders)
Kristen Watkins, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, Texas

Ballroom C
Is AI the most important thing happening on planet earth?
A leadership workshop on how prepare for Artificial Intelligence (All)
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart, Federal Way, WA

Room 552 B
Deepening District Wide Personalized Learning through Sprints
Learn how Syracuse sustains and deepen personalized learning through sprints
Manami Tezuka, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, NY

11:00am - 11:20am
Refreshment Break
11:20am - 12:35pm
Session 2
Room 552 B
Instructional Coaches and Personalized Learning
Insights and Reflections on Facilitating Coaching Conversations (Coaches, Leaders)
Andrew Easton, Westside Community Schools, Omaha, NE

Room 555 B
Blended Learning and LGBT+ Learners
Building knowledge to increase LGBT inclusivity and accessibility (All)
Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (She/Her), Columbus, OH

Room 554
Addressing Trauma in the Classroom
Exploring Childhood Trauma and Its Impact on the Developing Brain (All)
Kyle Quadros, TILO, Pawtucket RI

Room 555 A
A Renaissance Star Sharp Tank
Sponsored by Renaissance Learning
Diane Houle, Renaissance Learning, Mashpee, MA

Room 557
Personalizing Learning in Early Elementary Classrooms
PL 101: Explore flexible learning environments, choice, and goal setting (K - 3)
Keona Roberts, CICS Prairie, Distinctive Schools, Chicago, IL

Room 551
App Smashing: Design Challenges for Building Powerful Lessons
Leverage multiple apps and strategies to design creative and rigorous lessons (K - 8th)
Tyrone Jefferson, Kennesaw, GA

Delivering on the Promise for Diverse Learners: Ensuring High Expectations and Rigor for all
Exploring instruction planning, high expectations and classroom staffing (K-12)
Juliana Finegan, The Learning Accelerator,

Ballroom B
7th Grade Classroom Simulation
Come observe a middle school classroom in action (3rd - 8th)
Amy Richards, Tiverton Middle School, Tiverton School District, Tiverton, RI

Room 556
Personalized Learning, Participatory Culture, and Teaching for Global Citizenship
Designing learning environments around social & ecological justice (3rd - 12th)
Matt Hamilton, Saline High School, Saline, MI

Room 550
Is Race Really Real? & Other Questions for Math and Science Class
Culturally Responsive and Anti-Racist Lessons in Middle & High School Science (6th-12th)
Angela Koine Flynn, The Gordon School, East Providence, RI

Ballroom A
Getting Started with Personalized Learning: 6th-12th
Exploring the instructional shifts surrounding personalized learning (6th - 12th)
Kara O’Connell, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI

Room 558
Advanced Conversations for 6 – 12 Teachers
An EdCamp-style session focused on networking and crowd sourcing for secondary teachers (MS,HS)
Room 553
Blended Badges: Digital Content + Personal Experiences
Combining playlists and experiential learning for equitable, powerful lessons (9th - 12th)
Melissa Zaikos, Intrinsic Schools, Chicago Illinois

Room 552 A
What’s Working: Measuring Impact in Support of Scale
How to measure impact and leverage results to bring your initiative to scale (Leaders)
Courtney Rogers, Dallas ISD, TX

Ballroom C
Building an Unlearning Culture to Support Innovation
Sponsored by McGraw Hill Education (All)
Barbara Treacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA

12:40pm - 1:10pm
Lunch Break
1:15pm - 1:50pm
Room 555 B
Center Time: Boston Public School’s Kindergarten Curriculum
Exploring Student Choice, Purposeful Engagement and Feedback (K-1)
Diane Girard & Colleen O’Brien, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island

Room 556
Building Student Capacity to Carry the Cognitive Load
Come learn strategies for sharing the cognitive load, a key piece of culturally responsive pedagogy.
Malika Ali, Highlander Institute, Providence, RI

Room 552 A
PBS LearningMedia: A Blended Approach to STEM
PBS digital media resources to engage and motivate all learners (K - 8th)
Deb Ramm, Johnston Public Schools, RI

Room 557
Hop on the Hyperdoc Express
Bring the passion back to teaching and learning (3rd - 12th)
Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary, Mansfield, MA

Room 554
Designing Dynamic Learning in the Digital Age
Bring a lesson plan that you would like to take to the next level (3rd - 12th)
Jeremy Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO

Room 551
Let’s Talk about Math using Flipgrid!
Think, Solve, Talk, Connect using Social Learning (3rd - 12th)
Jennifer Saarinen, Kickemuit Middle School, Bristol Warren Regional School District, RI

Room 552 B
A Diagnostic Station Approach to Writer’s Workshop
Use blended learning stations to facilitate productive student revision (6th-12th)
Alysia D’Urso, Paul Cuffee Charter School, Providence, RI

Ballroom A
Giving Students Voice and Choice in Tech-based Literacy Instruction
Student voices are the loudest in our redesigned ELA classroom (6th - 12th)
Heather Esposito, Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Room 553
Every Class Should Use Social Media
Staying current and building networks across subject areas (6th - 12th)
Nate Green, Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA

Room 558
How I’m Blending & Personalizing My… [Library/Studio/Gym]
Share and swap B/PL strategies and resources with role-alike educator specialists
Darshell Silva, Quidnessett Elementary School, North Kingstown, RI

Room 555 A
Skills for Innovative Leadership
Explore the new roles of innovative leaders (Leaders)
Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, MA Public Schools, MA

Ballroom C
Design for Real-World Learning
Leadership Strategies for Authentic Learning Opportunities (Leaders)
Tom Driscoll, Bristol Warren Regional School District, RI

Room 550
Coaching with a Language Lens
Bring an equity-based language lens to instructional coaching (Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Leaders)
Sarah Ottow, Confianza LLC, Cumberland, RI

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Session 3
Project-Based Learning as a Strategy for Equity
All students, no matter where they live or what their background, deserve access to high quality Project Based Learning.
Dinah Becton-Consuegra, PBLWorks, Oakland, CA

Room 550
Putting the Person Back in Personalization: Getting Technology Integration Right
Encouraging students to turn towards peers in technology-rich classrooms (All)
Paul France, Latin School of Chicago, IL

Room 555 B
Understanding Competency Education & Evolving Grading Practices
Rethinking standards, grading, and assessment from a district perspective (All)
Thomas Gaffey, Building 21, Philadelphia, PA

Room 552 A
What Gets Measured? Data Practices for Equitable, Student-Centered Schools
Creating transparency & making data consumable to inspire action (All)
Nate Kellogg, Orleans Parish, ReNEW Schools, New Orleans, LA

Room 557
Strategies and Tools for the Early Elementary Classroom
Leveraging strategies and tools to boost creativity, rigor, and agency (K - 2)
Amy Bluem, Porter Elementary School, Syracuse, NY

Room 551
Conferencing: The Secret Sauce to Student Success
Cultivate student voice, improve relationships and increase investment in learning (K - 8th)
Brittney Martin, Summit Elementary School, McComb, MI

Ballroom C
25 Ways to Drive Student Agency Using Goal Setting
Explore our best strategies and crowdsource the best in the room (All)
Jamie Stewart, AltSchool, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Room 556
Blended Learning Strategies, Resources, and Solutions for Improving the Student Experience
An interactive session on playlists, tools, and troubleshooting (3rd - 8th)
Sally Schultz, Knox Middle School, Rowan Salisbury Schools, NC

Room 554
Beyond Station Rotation: Next Steps To Enhance Learning In Your Classroom
Redesigns, hacks, and next steps to better adapt stations to your classroom (3rd - 12th)
Sarah Rich, Providence, RI

Room 555 A
Implementing Equity-Based Literacy through Blended and Personalized Learning
Sponsored by Newsela
Christian Hartjes, Worcester, Massachusetts

Room 553
Leveraging Game Design to inform Student-Centered Practices
Select a principle of game design to re-boot a lesson or activity (6th - 12th)
Francis Patrick Pina, Charlestown High School, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

Room 552 B
Dictator to Facilitator: Student-Led Classrooms
Designing student-led routines, systems, tasks, and lessons (9th - 12th)
Kate Rapnicki, Lincoln-West Science and Health High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District , Cleveland, OH

Ballroom A
Stories of Change from Innovative School Leaders
Dive into the journeys of three urban schools using a station model (Leaders)
Ann Koufman-Frederick, LearnLaunch, Boston, MA

Room 558
Advanced Conversations for Leaders
An EdCamp-style session focused on networking and crowd sourcing for leaders (Leaders)
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Project Based Learning Exhibit
Enhance your knowledge of PBL through discussions, shared resources and project exploration
West Stage
Shark Tank
Watch as one budding entrepreneur walks away with the grand prize