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Personalized Learning Summit 2018
Shaping The Future Together

May 2-4, 2018 | Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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PL Summit 2018 Was Amazing,
and It Was All Because of  YOU! 

The 4th annual Personalized Learning Summit was full of powerful professional development, inspiration, idea-sharing, story-telling and friends.

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About the PL Summit 2018

In May 2018, the fourth annual Personalized Learning Summit brought together about 750 attendees in San Francisco to shape the future of education through personalized learning.

The event was structured as a three-day in-person event full of professional development opportunities, dynamic and engaging sessions, networking events, inspiring and insightful keynotes, and tours of some of the most innovative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about the program and sessions, check out the PL Summit 2018 program

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PL Summit 2019

Join a community of over 700 personalized learning leaders at the 5th Annual Personalized Learning Summit.

  • Nationally recognized speakers
  • Various sessions: workshops, design challenges, and one-on-one coaching
  • Networking with education leaders from across the nation
  • And more surprises

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PL Summit 2018 Highlights & Fun Facts

  • 4th annual NATIONAL Personalized Learning Summit
  • Went from 150 attendees in 2015 (in San Jose) to around 250 in 2016 to more than 500 in 2017, to around 750 attendees this year.
  • Attendees came from 39 states and 5 countries outside of the US (Brazil, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, Australia)
  • NY and CA tied for being the largest audience in attendance.  
  • 75% of attendees work in a school district
  • 54% of attendees are new Education Elements friends
  • 49% of attendees hold leadership roles in their school or district
  • 74 Sessions including workshops, breakouts, roundtables, design challenges, simulations and coaching sessions.
  • 16 Tech tours



Shaping Knowledge: Breakouts

75 minute interactive workshops focused on topics related to our theme, Shaping the Future.

Shaping Knowledge: Simulations

75 minute simulations where you can experience a personalized learning classroom as an elementary or secondary student.

Shaping Your Future: Coaching Sessions

20 minute coaching sessions to help solve your specific school and district challenges 1-on-1.

Shaping Your Conversations: Small Group Roundtables

75 minute roundtable conversations hosted by practitioners on specific problems of practice.

Shaping Knowledge: Panel Presentations

90 minute panels with thought leaders sharing insights about transforming schools and districts

Shaping Solutions: Big Thoughts

75 minute sessions during which leaders share big ideas from inside and outside the field of education.

Shaping Solutions: Design Challenges

90 minute energetic, creative, and collaborative design sessions focused on common challenges.



Three districts received awards:

  • Commitment to Diverse Learning Environments Award  - Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Passion for Personalized Learning Award - School Districts 197
  • Moving Beyond the Technology Award - Putnam County School district
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Four districts got recognized for their amazing work:

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Tech Companies We Are Grateful To

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Where it all happened

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hotel: Hilton San Francisco, Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rates: Discounted rates are available for PL Summit attendees.

We Work Hard... and Play Hard Too!

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Thank you to everyone who submitted amazing stories about the Role of Leadership in Personalized Learning!

Our grand prize winner is John Schlender, Principal of Mayville Middle School! Principal Schlender’s post is all about asking the questions we always hope education leaders will ask themselves and their teams, and you can read it here. He and one other leader from Mayville School District, WI, will receive roundtrip flights, hotel stay for the duration of the Summit, and free registration and access to all Summit activities!

In addition to the grand prize winner, we chose five runners-up who will receive copies of the new book from Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzalez-Black, The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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