My bags are packed and I’m headed to the warm California sunshine for Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit in just over a month. It’s one of the highlights of my spring: the chance to engage with and get inspired by hundreds of personalized learning leaders from across the country! This year we’re back and ready to deliver an event that will give you the latest and greatest resources to help make personalized learning stick no matter where you are in your journey.
District and school leaders know that conferences are a fantastic way to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping up with the rapidly changing education landscape. You also know that not all conferences are created equal. And the Personalized Learning Summit is going to be amazing because when we plan a conference we think about how learners learn best, and structure the days we have together to be meaningful, dynamic and fun. The gathering at the PL Summit will be incredibly valuable for learning what other school districts are doing, how they did it and what they’re aiming to do next. We’ve locked in phenomenal keynote speakers for the conference. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi will make you laugh, think, and believe in “making small changes that in return give us big gains.” Our closing keynote will be by Michael Horn, the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and board member of Education Elements. He’ll share his expertise on disruptive innovation and why it matters to our education systems. Plus some new ideas because, you know, you are a special group.
This year, Education Elements will offer a variety of workshops and - new this year - maker spaces. Chad Littlefield will share his secrets around communication strategies as he takes you through a deeper learning experience. Emily Diehl from Mindset Works will share her secrets on growth mindset strategies for students, educators and families. You might want to to bring a team with diverse interests to divide and conquer the sessions within the two days. You will leave the conference with sticky ideas that will help you continue or start to create your vision for personalized learning. Be sure to bring your school district team along for the ride!
With your help, we are going to have a great time touring and exploring tech savvy companies in San Francisco. No matter your area of expertise or skill level, we’ll get the chance to learn alongside companies like Yahoo!, Pinterest, Square, and many more companies. What better way than to learn how innovation has evolved over the years?
Kelly is on the Design and Implementation Team. Kelly is a former science blended learning teacher from Charlotte, NC. She began to recognize the parallels between her life as a struggling reader in elementary school and her work on education’s front lines. Kelly knew she loved collaboration, camaraderie, and the pursuit of a common goal, but hadn’t drawn the connection between those passions and the career she now counts among them. Outside of work you can find Kelly relaxing on a yoga mat or spending time with family and friends.