Blended Badges: Digital Content + Personal Experiences

Audiences: 9 - 12 Teachers , Teacher Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders , District Leaders
Levels: All Levels

Session Description

High quality online content could be the key to unlocking opportunity for ALL youth, especially those historically left out of opportunity. Powerful digital playlists coupled with experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and the community supports students in building a rich portfolio of skills for college and career, empowering the 21st century learner to co-design their future/education. Join practitioners and badging experts to learn how middle and high school educators are “blending” and personalizing in a new way with digital badges and classroom instruction. Attendees will also get the chance to build a playlist of their own.

District Information

Intrinsic is a 7th-12th grade charter school serving 1,000 students. Located in Chicago, our current population is 88% Latino, 83% Free/Reduced Lunch, 18% Diverse Learners and, 10% English Language Learners.

Melissa Zaikos

Melissa Zaikos has an extensive background in public education. She draws from a variety of experiences, having served as Chief of Elementary Schools for the Pershing network, Chief Area Officer for the AMP Schools, and most recently having founded Intrinsic Schools in 2013.

Zaikos is the current CEO of Intrinsic schools, an innovative, 7th-12th grade public charter school on the northwest side of Chicago. She designed the Intrinsic model to leverage technology and blended learning practices to personalize education for each student. The Intrinsic model is proving to be effective – attaining the highest rating for a CPS for the past 3 years. Under her leadership, Intrinsic Schools works to continuously refine and standardize the school model, collaborate with educational organizations across the nation, and ultimately demonstrate the model’s replicability.

Prior to her career in education, Zaikos was a business strategy consultant with a reputation for engaging stakeholders, building teams and applying rigorous analysis of data to complex, systems-wide challenges. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and was a member of the Broad Fellowship for Education Leaders in 2011 and the Broad Residency in Urban Education from 2003-2005.