PL Summit 2018: 3 Days of Shaping the Future of Education
It is hard to make something better each year and yet, somehow, as I reflect on the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2018, it feels like we have done it. It’s five days since the Summit ended and I am still energized by the energy and passion of every one of the 750 people who attended. I am still excited about the ideas I heard and looking forward to talking more to the people I met. I am still amazed that we pulled it off. 750 people is a lot of people for a conference that four years ago had less than 150!
We started the PL Summit by sharing a few guiding principles and told participants that it would be:
- Inclusive: wide range of people and ideas shaping the future
- Interactive: all sessions are fully engaging for participants
- Personalized: authentic choice in how and what you learn
We also asked everyone to set an intention for the Summit, write it down and remember it, and to shout it out as a way to publicly hold themselves accountable for doing it. My sincere hope is that as a team Ed Elements was successful in designing an event that was inline with those principles, and that we helped each attendee achieve their intention
Forty-eight hours later, I closed out the PL Summit with a few reflections on what we accomplished in the time we spent together, and I wanted to share those here:
- We went on 16 tech tours to companies like Google, Twitter, IDEO, Stitchfix, Twitch, and Lyft where we saw what the future of the world and work will look like
- We listened to keynotes by George Couros and Sarah Jones where we were inspired to approach the work of shaping the future
- We went on runs and participated in a HIIT class where we made sure we’d be around for the future
- We played with giant Legos and LiteBrites, for some nostalgia and a blast from the past
- We dressed up in costumes and danced and forgot that in the future we had to get up for breakfast and sessions
- We had a book signing where people bought Anthony Kim’s new book, The NEW School Rules which would hopefully change how they approach their work in the future
- We participated in workshops, breakouts, roundtables, design challenges, simulations and coaching sessions where we mapped out a new future for educators and learners
My biggest hope coming out of the Summit is that even though the event is over officially, the discussions, learning, and collaboration continue. I hope that everyone who attended and took home ideas begins to implement them. I hope that everyone who made a new connection or friend sends that email or text, and keeps it going. I hope that the promises we made to students are ones that we keep, and that we stay strong on our commitment to work together, with each other, and with the students we serve, to shape the future.
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About Amy Jenkins
Amy Jenkins is the chief operating officer of Education Elements. Following a meandering path of teaching in Oakland, running an after-school program, working at NewSchools Venture Fund and being a strategy consultant she is thrilled to now focus on supporting districts to in their efforts to become more dynamic, responsive and outcomes-oriented. Amy splits her time at work between coaching district leaders and ensuring the health and happiness of everyone at Education Elements through creating an environment where everyone can thrive and grow. On the weekends she can be found chasing her kids around.