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We are thrilled to be hosting more than 500 attendees at our 2017 Personalized Learning Summit this May! We recognize that our attendees range from teachers to principals and district leaders, from folks just starting to think about personalized learning to those deeply implementing. We also know that teams want to learn how to support personalized learning through curriculum, communications, instructional models, and professional learning plans. To help you navigate our 40+ workshops we’ve created a few learning pathways that we hope will make the selection of workshops a bit easier.

Our 2017 learning pathways include:



  • Getting Started: for schools and districts planning for or just starting to implement PL
  • Developing: for schools and districts 1-3 years into implementing PL
  • Going Deep: for schools and districts 3+ years into implementing PL

Our workshops will also focus on a number of popular categories from our PL Implementation Framework, including:

  • Culture of Innovation
  • PL Instructional Models
  • Students As Self-Directed Learners
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • PL Professional Learning Plan
  • PL Communication Plan
  • Grading, Assessment, and Data Culture
  • And elementary and secondary-focused workshops

Here are just a few samples of the awesome workshops we’ll offer in each pathway:


 - Cross-Pollinating to Scale-Up Personalized Learning - Dr. Ross Kasun and Pam Haimer; Freehold Township Schools, NJ
- Personalized PD: Cause No One Digs a Muffin Top -  Stephanee Stephens, Kris McBride and Leigh Martin; iTeach-Kennesaw State University
- Breaking the Cycle of School Turnaround: Year 0 in Denver Public Schools - Landon Mascarenaz, Jack Becker and Joe Amundsen; Denver Public Schools, CO 



- Maybe It's Not Only About the Kids 
- Kevin Eakes, Lainie Berry, Emilie Woody and Beth Havens; Charleston County School District, SC
- Effective OER Planning & ImplementationMatthew Miller, Mentor Public Schools, OH
- PL Leads: The Missing Links in Developing Leaders and Implementing a Vision - Janna Perez and Rindy Ward; Yuma Elementary School District ONE, AZ



- The Droids You're Looking For: Teaching with Drones, Robots and More
Zach Zayner and Chris Sleat; Workbench Platform

- Target Small Group Instruction in the Secondary Classroom - Elizabeth Cox, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA
- From Traditional to Data Driven - One Urban Math Class' Blended Learning Journey - Ryan Piper, Racine Unified School District, WI

- Hartford Public Schools: The Personalized Learning Force Awakens
- Paul Griswold, Kevin Killeen and Christy Berry; Hartfor Public Schools, CT
- Mapping Mastery: Building Educator Capacity for Personalized Learning - Maia Merin and Deborah Levitzky; National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education, RI
- Latest Trends from the Blended Learning UniverseClifford Maxwell, Clayton Christensen Institute, CA

- Personalizing Professional Learning with Badges
Meaghan Quillen, Ebony Livingston and Stephanie Yancey; Horry County Schools, SC
- Leverage the Power of Personalization Using the Multi-Tiered System of Supports - Wendy Daniels, Jaraun Dennis and Tyler Jessup; Uinta County School District #1, WY 

- The Power of Playlists: Metacognition and Student Reflection in a High School ELA Classroom - Heather Starks,Noel Wilson and Lisa Miyamoto; MSD Warren Central High School, IN


- The Role of Collaborative Technology & Data Analytics in Networked Improvement Communities - Jojo Manai and Hiroyuki Yamada; The Carnegie Foundation for The Advancement of Teaching, CA
- A National & Global Perspective on Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education Systems - Susan Patrick and Natalie Abel; iNACOL 
- Rigorous Evaluation and Personalized Learning - Vincint Quan, MIT J-PAL North America

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Keynote Speakers

Kaya Henderson Former Chancellor of DC Public Schools

A lifelong educator, Kaya Henderson recently concluded her tenure as the Chancellor of DC Public Schools where she served from 2010-2016. Prior to DCPS, Kaya worked at the New Teacher Project, Teach for America and as a middle school Spanish teacher.

Kaya is actively involved in a number of community and professional organizations including: Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, College Board Board of Trustees, International Women’s Foundation, Chair of the Board of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), Pahara Aspen Fellowship, Surge Institute Board of Directors, EdNavigator Board of Directors, and Teach For All Global Advisory Council.

Brad Montague
Brad Montague Creator of Kid President

Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world.

As a writer, he has appeared in many publications including Time, Parent Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He and his work have been featured on CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the New York Times - just to name a few. Additionally, he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his work bringing positivity and diversity to children’s media.

Ray A. Owens, Ph.D. Pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Tulsa

Dr. Ray A. Owens is the Pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Tulsa, OK.  In addition to his parish work, Dr. Owens serves as the Affiliate Assistant Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at the Phillips Theological Seminary.  He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Met Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to facilitate the development of high performing schools in the north Tulsa community.


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Tech Company Tours

Autodesk is a 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company.  Through their apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android, they are making design technology accessible to professional designers and amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators — anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.

On this tour you will
- Explore the 3D design process
- Learn about sustainability design
- Learn about types of skillsets are necessary for future jobs

Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is an online dating website started by three sisters who wanted to “inspire singles to feel good about dating again.” Coffee Meets Bagel was featured on a 2015 episode of SharkTank.

On this tour you will learn about the Start-up mentality

GoodData delivers actionable insights at the point of work throughout the enterprise and ecosystem in order to drive better business outcomes. The company’s platform leverages predictive analytics and machine learning capabilities to enable enterprises to turn their data investments into Smart Business Applications that allow for the automation and enhancement of business decisions. These tools allow business users to focus on activities requiring thought and expertise, while also reducing the risk and expense of human error.

On this tour you will 
- Learn about data analytics platforms
- Preparing students for careers in data analytics

Google is a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

On this tour you will learn about
- Building a strong company culture
- Benefits of dynamic physical environments
- National and international efforts to bridge the education gap

IDEO, The Teachers Guild
The Teachers Guild is a nonprofit initiative of Plussed at Riverdale Country School, incubated by IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio. We are a member-led community of teachers who are committed to becoming a creative force in education, designing better solutions for students’ evolving needs and creating systemic change for and from their classrooms. 

On this tour you will
- Learn more about the design thinking process
- Explore a collaborative community of leaders and educators who work together to create solutions

Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding website with a mission to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life. Indiegogo aims to remove barriers that creators face in bringing their projects to life and to connect entrepreneurs to a global audience of passionate backers.

On this tour you will
- Hear how a company supports others’ passions
- Learn about how to empowering individuals to make ideas happen
- Learn how to engage projects early on prior to bringing it to the marketplace

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Their mission is to provide universal access to all knowledge. The Archive is also an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.

On this tour you will
- Learn more how this company has leveled the playing field for all users
- Learn how this organization managed to evolve over time

Lumosity is an online program with over 50 cognitive games created by scientists and game designers to improve memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving. Lumosity works with over 100 researchers and has over 70 million users across 180 countries. Their mission is to advance the understanding of human cognition.

On this tour you will
- Learn more about how this company designs with the cognitive skill in mind
- Learn how science has been used to design games to improve memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving

Lyft is a transportation network company with operations in 300 cities in the United States. Lyft develops, markets, and operates the Lyft software application, which allows consumers to request car transportation via the Lyft mobile app. Lyft drivers use their own personal cars.

On this tour will 
- Learn about scaling ideas across a large organization

Macy's is one of the largest US department store companies, operating over 700 stores. In operation since 1858, Macy’s is one of the oldest retail companies and one of the most enduring US brands.

On this tour you will learn about
- Adapting to changing environments
- Communicating across large organizations


Salesforce provides a cloud based comprehensive customer and collaboration relationships management service to businesses from industries and sizes all over the world.  A business “user” can come up with a great idea for improvement and Salesforce helps these business users remove the restraints and provides a sandbox to play in.

On this tour you will learn
- About the company’s innovative approach to advancing women in the workplace and closing the gender pay gap
- How an application can transform how a business is run

Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix is an online subscription and personal shopping service. Stitch Fix sends individually picked clothing and accessories items for a one-time styling fee. Customers fill out a survey online about their style preferences and a stylist selects five items to send to the customer. The customer can keep as many or as few items as they prefer, and send back the rest; they will only be charged for the items they keep.

On this tour you will learn about the power of personalization and choice

Twitter is a fast moving company who has built a platform where all voices can be heard. The company believes that differences make them stronger and inclusion makes them matter. 

On this tour you will
- Experience how to best communicate your voice
- Create a diverse culture

Valassis is a leader in selecting and synthesizing data to help companies engage and influence their consumers. They use multi-channel media solutions to reach their consumers as they plan to shop and buy. 

On this tour you will
- Create consistent, clear communication plans
- Think about how to engage with all your stakeholders

Visa’s innovative technology and products, include VisaNet, tokenization, mobile payments, and Visa Checkout.  Visa's new headquarters takes up two floors in San Francisco's One Market Plaza, holding 600 employees from all departments. Roughly 25 to 30 employees are dedicated to the lab. Their space is meant to foster collaboration and culture.

On this tour you will
- Learn more how a company fosters collaboration
- Check out green screens to mock-up real world experiences
- See how different rooms in a building are used to build tangible products and digital projects

WeWork provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small businesses. WeWork designs and builds physical and virtual communities in which entrepreneurs share space and office services and have the opportunity to work together. WeWork has over 160 office locations in 41 cities.

On this tour you will 
- Learn about benefits of dynamic and flexible work environments
- Discover working environment of jobs of the future



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