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Schedule a 10 minute conversation to learn more about personalized learning and how we can support you, wherever you are in your journey.

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October 25-28, 2016 • San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Pre-conference

Are You Ready For Personalized Learning? How to Diagnose Your School or District’s Readiness To Launch PL 08:00 am - 11:00 am, Room 301C

Loudoun County Public Schools, VA | Yuma District One, AZ | Syracuse City School District, NY | Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN


• Cynthia Ambrose, Assistant Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA 
• Manami Tezuka, Supervisor of Library Media Services, Syracuse City School District, NY 
• Suzie Alka, Associate Superintendent, Yuma District One, AZ
• Ryan Russell, Assistant Superintendent, MSD Warren, IN 
• Justin de Leon, co-moderator Education Elements
• Mike Wolking, co-moderator Education Elements

Before you decide to launch personalized learning in your district it’s important to know your starting point. What are you already doing that you can build upon? What roadblocks might block you from a successful launch? This session will introduce you to Education Elements’ personalized learning diagnostic and provide you an opportunity to assess the strengths and areas of focus for your school or district in supporting personalized learning. In this session you will have the opportunity to complete your own personalized learning readiness assessment and create a plan for improving readiness in your school or district. Geared towards district and school leaders, this session requires a high degree of participation and will result in your own readiness report and action steps for improving your readiness to launch personalized learning. We encourage you to attend with more than one member of your district if possible.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Personalized Learning Take Two: How What I Learned The First Time Will Make it Even Better This Time 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm, Room 301B

Spring Branch ISD, TX | Loudoun County Public Schools, VA


(A Tale of Two Leaders and Four Districts)

• Scott Muri, District Superintendent, Spring Branch ISD, TX
• Cynthia Ambrose, Assistant Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA

Two district leaders share why they decided to do personalized learning not once, but twice, based on results they saw in their first districts.  Scott Muri of Spring Branch ISD (Fulton County Schools) and Cindy Ambrose of Loudoun County Public Schools (Horry County Schools) will explain how the lessons they learned helped them make different choices the second time.  This session will explore the impact of district demographics, political context and student needs on personalized learning.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Your How-To Guide For A Successful And Smart Virtual School10:00 am - 12:15 pm, Room 214A

Education Elements


• Lindsey Oh
• Raymond  Rozycki

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will be presented with a virtual schools implementation framework and learn about the key elements for a virtual school that enable success, as well as different staffing models that are designed to fit different and unique needs of virtual schools in K-12 education. Participants will be given an opportunity to assess the readiness of their own virtual school’s success, and to develop a staffing model that is most efficient for their own school.

Learning Through Lab Sites: One District’s Professional Development Journey to Inspire Teachers to Dive Into Blended Learning 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Room 213B

Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN


• Ryan Russell , Assistant Superintendent, MSD Warren, IN
• Kate Schwartz, Professional Learning Coordinator, MSD Warren, IN

This session is geared toward administrators, teachers, and instructional coaches in PreK-5. Attendees with knowledge of personalized professional development will gain knowledge of specific structures and tools used to inspire teachers. Attendees at the novice or beginner level will not only gain knowledge of the specific structures, but will also experience a rotational model. This session provides inspirational tools used to highlight classroom strengths and support teachers and coaches.

How to Make Personalized Learning Stick: Communicating Your PL Vision And Plan Effectively 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, 302A

Fulton County Schools | Yuma District One, AZ | Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN | Horry County Schools, SC


• Rindy Ward, Director of Learning Services, Yuma District One, AZ
• Kate Schwartz , Professional Learning Coordinator, MSD Warren, IN
• Edi Cox, Executive Director of Online Learning at Horry County Schools, SC
• Heather Van Looy, Instructional Technology Program Specialist, Fulton County Schools, GA
• Ashley Paschal, co-moderator, Education Elements
• Keara Duggan, co-moderator, Education Elements

Communicating a vision for personalized learning is incredibly important and often overlooked.  In this session participants will learn from the approaches of three districts: one focused on mass media (billboards, radio ads), one focused on social media (Twitter) and one which focused on the school-level community.  Participants will have a chance to learn from experts, each other and try out some new ideas.

More Powerful Together: A Consortia Approach to Personalized Learning 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Room 303B

Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, NY | Willamson Central School District, NY


Greg Macaluso, District Superintendent, Willamson Central School District, NY
Scott Bischoping, District Superintendent, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, NY
Bonnie Lindsay, Associate Superintendent of Instruction, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, NY
Angela Chubb  - moderator, Education Elements

A district’s capacity to successfully implement personalized learning hinges on its leadership, its team, its capacity and its funding.  During this session participants will explore how one NY BOCES (Wayne-Finger Lakes) formed a consortia to bring in national experts to build local capacity for personalized learning in a sustainable way.  The session will cover why, how and what success can look like.

Leadership: An Essential Component of Personalized Learning 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm, Room 301B

Howard-Suamico School District, WI | School District 197, MN | Freehold Township Schools, NJ | Corcoran Unified School District, CA |Enlarged City School of Middletown, NY| Lexington Institute, DC 


Dennis Krueger, Assistant Superintendent, Howard-Suamico School District, WI
Dr. Nancy Allen-Mastro, Superintendent, School District 197, MN
Ross Kasun, Superintendent for Freehold Township Schools, NJ
Rich Merlo, District Superintendent, Corcoran Unified School District, CA
Don Soifer, co-moderator,  Executive Vice President, Lexington Institute, DC
Amy Jenkins, co-moderator, Education Elements

Funding for personalized learning has recently increased dramatically with little attention focused on developing superintendents to manage this large scale change.  During this session hosted by Don Soifer of the Lexington Institute four superintendents will explore the role of leadership in personalized learning and the fellowship that supported their journey.  Participants will walk away with resources for thinking about how their role as leader will impact change in their community.