Stories of Change from Innovative School Leaders

Audiences: 6 - 8 Teachers , 9 - 12 Teachers , Teacher Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders
Levels: All Levels

Session Description

Throughout the year, MAPLE Innovative School Leaders engage in active problem solving and change management as they work to build personalized learning models that fit the context of their schools and meet the needs of their students. In this session, three MISL design teams will share their stories. From planning and implementing their initial pilots to addressing equity gaps in their schools to problem solving and building buy-in to finally measuring and reporting their success, teams will share their experiences and participants will dig into the process and apply it to their context.

We will begin this session with a quick overview of our vision and beliefs. After setting the stage, each school team will provide a brief overview of their scope of work. Leveraging a station rotation model, participants will select two projects they want to learn more about, choosing between The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Claremont Academy in Worcester, and the MISL Professional Development Network.

Each school team will leverage a discussion protocol to dissect the project and help participants find application to their context. The session will end with reflection and resource sharing.

District Information

Claremont Academy (Worcester Public Schools)
- Angela Plant (Principal)
- Peter Weyler (Focused Instructional Coach)

The Springfield Renaissance School (Springfield Public Schools)
- Jenni Manfredi (Assistant Principal)
- Katrina Danby (Math ILS)
- Derek Wright (Math Teacher)

B.M.C. Durfee High School (Fall River Public Schools)
- Shayna Morgan (Director of Operations and Student Support)
- Adam Melville (Special Education/Math Teacher)

Ann Koufman-Frederick

Ann Koufman-Frederick is Chief Academic Officer at LearnLaunch, leading projects on personalized learning – including the MAPLE Consortium, MassNET Testbed, and Across Boundaries Conference. Ann also teaches in the Technology, Innovation, Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also devotes time to mentoring LearnLaunch edtech startups and is a Board member of the Harvard Alumni Association, and Massachusetts ASCD.
Ann is a former public school educator having worked in several Massachusetts positions, including Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning in Newton, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent in Watertown, and Director of Technology Initiatives at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. She began her teaching career as K-12 instructional technology specialist and professional development instructor in Brookline Public Schools. Additionally, Ann has coordinated and worked on state and national educational technology initiatives such as the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Consortium, WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts Leadership Initiatives in Teaching & Technology, and Collaboration for Reform at BBN Learning Systems & Technologies.
Ann received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College, a CAGS in Instructional Technology from Lesley University, and an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College.


André Morgan

André Morgan serves as the Deputy Academic Officer at the LearnLaunch Institute, supporting initiatives on personalized learning. A candidate in the Doctor of Education Leadership program at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, André is committed to helping practitioners develop hands-on solutions that will inspire substantial change in the U.S. education sector.

André’s research interests include: 1) equity challenges in education; 2) improving the design of education systems; 3) enhancing practices in and out of the classroom, 4) principal and teacher development and 5) education entrepreneurship.

André brings more than 14 years experience in education – including roles as teacher, principal, training and development director, and collegiate professor and dean. In these multi-varied experiences, he has worked with administrators, practitioners and students in culturally, racially and economically diverse contexts. He has also directed key reform initiatives and areas in the education sector, including: Service Learning Communities, School Culture, Turnaround Partnerships, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Virginia, a Master of Teaching Degree from the University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from American University.


Additional Resources

Attendees will be given access to the MAPLE Conference Website which will include the following:
– Presenter Slide Decks
– Resources and Artifacts shared by presenting team
– Research & Publications driving the work of the MISL Network