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Tuesday, August 28
 

7:30am CDT

Registration & Breakfast
Tuesday August 28, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am CDT
Regency Ballroom

8:30am CDT

Welcome Remarks, Opening Keynote: Charles Best, CEO and Founder DonorsChoose.org
Speakers
avatar for Charles Best

Charles Best

Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Regency Ballroom

9:45am CDT

Designing for Equity in Next Gen Learning
As the nation moves toward designing next generation learning models, how do we create learning environments that are equitable for all students? Join us for a fireside chat with national innovators to discuss key design components necessary for building truly equitable learning environments.

Speakers
AJ

Atalie Jacobs

Promise 54
SL

Sarah Luchs

K-12 Program Officer, Educause


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Grant Park A

9:45am CDT

“Do Nothing About Me Without Me": Families and Students Creating Equitable Change in Education
Authentic student, family, and community engagement is crucial to student and school success. Through knowledge building, organizing, and leadership development, schools and organizations alike are partnering with stakeholders to end educational inequity. Hear about inspirational work taking place across the country to give students and families the tools to define, demand, and lead systemic change to transform our country's schools.

Speakers
KB

Kenya Bradshaw

Vice President, Community Engagement & Policy, The New Teacher Project


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Hyde Park B

9:45am CDT

Amplifying Student Voices with TED
What happens when educators and students around the world share their best ideas with each other? The TED-Ed team will host an interactive session to explore the elements of a great idea and dive into the process of building a narrative that will reach and inspire others. Learn how TED-Ed’s presentation literacy program helps educators and students discover and tell their best story in the form of short, TED-style Talks and how to amplify the voices of fellow educators and students everywhere.

Speakers
MA

Marisa Aubin

Associate Program Manager, TED


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Burnham C

9:45am CDT

A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States
iNACOL, CRPE, NORC, and LEAP Innovations partnered to conduct two national surveys to better understand how personalized learning is emerging nationwide. A new report summarizes findings and provides insights on key trends. Join this session for a conversation with report authors about key findings.

Speakers
NA

Natalie Abel

Director of Development, iNACOL
BF

Bruce Friend

Chief Operating Officer, iNACOL
ST

Sivan Tuchman

Research Analyst, Center for Reinventing Public Education


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Grant Park B

9:45am CDT

The What and How of Personalized Learning
The idea of a personalized learning experience for each and every student sounds great in theory, but what does personalized learning really entail, and how do we make it work in real classrooms, with real students? Join LEAP innovations for an introduction to personalized learning and the LEAP Learning Framework.

Speakers
AD

Annie Dillon

Professional Learning Coordinator, LEAP Innovations
JS

Jen Stack

Professional Learning Manager, LEAP Innovations


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Field A & B

9:45am CDT

Realizing the Vision: Charting the Pathways and Approaches to Connect Learning In and Out of School
For the past decade, Chicago organizations have led efforts to scale connected learning in our city. Participants will learn how organizations approach the work, exploring the long-term vision for a connected learning ecosystem that allows all learners to thrive.

Moderators
MI

Mimi Ito

Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California-Irvine

Speakers
SA

Sandra Abrevaya

President and Chief Impact Officer, Thrive Chicago
SD

Sam Dyson

Deputy Director, Chicago Learning Exchange
CL

Chris Liang-Vergara

Chief, Learning Innovation, LEAP Innovations
NP

Nichole Pinkard

Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Jackson Park C

9:45am CDT

Rethinking School for Educators
Are existing teacher programs effective in training the next generations of educators? Come learn about natonal and regional programs that are rethinking the way educators learn to teach.

Speakers
AB

Albert Bertani

Senior Advisor, LEAP Innovations
BM

Brent Maddin

Executive Director, Educator Workforce Initiatives, Arizona State University
RM

Robert Muller

Dean, National College of Education, National Louis University
AS

Aneesh Sohoni

Executive Director, Teach For America Chicago


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Jackson Park D

9:45am CDT

Scaling Next Generation Learning
The early wave of next generation schools is maturing, with schools looking to spread and evolve. Distinctive Schools will share how they reflected on their progress and planned for their next stage, discussing the research and experiences that informed their next steps and the strategy they created to develop the model.

Speakers
SC

Stephanie Cardella

Director of Literacy, Distinctive Schools
CC

Colleen Collins

School Director, Distinctive Schools
JF

Jennifer Ferrari

Chief Schools Officer, Distinctive Schools
JH

Jin-Soo Huh

Executive Director, Personalized Learning, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Jackson Park B

9:45am CDT

Using Virtual Reality to Reinvent How Professionals Hone Their Craft
School districts across the country are using virtual reality to give educators practice with avatars before they into head into the workplace. Virtual reality provides a safe space for learners to build their skills by making mistakes and learn from them, without harming themselves or others. In this session, you’ll see a live, interactive simulation and learn how VR can be leveraged to create a safe practice space for teachers and school leaders to practice challenging interactions they face in K-12 settings each day. You will also see examples of work in simulation being done today with school district leaders at multiple districts. Come see how educators are using virtual reality to master their toughest on the job moments.

Speakers
MA

Mark Atkinson

CEO, Mursion
AB

Amber Brown

HR Program Manager, Chicago Public Schools
CJ

Christina Jordan

Executive Director, HR and Talent Management, Chicago Public Schools
CS

Carrie Straub

Executive Director of Ed Programs, Mursion


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Grant Park D

9:45am CDT

What's in a Transcript? Redefining How We Measure Learning
The high school transcript aims to document a student’s learning, but it is an outdated instrument that no longer serves students, teachers or the world outside our school walls. Come learn about a national effort to change the way we capture students’ readiness for college and career by retooling the transcript. The road to preparing high school students for post-secondary success will require updated learning goals, better assessments and new signaling mechanisms. Come hear from leaders in the work and join the national conversation on retooling the way we capture student competencies and profiles.

Moderators
TV

Tom Vander Ark

CEO, Getting Smart

Speakers
SC

Stacy Caldwell

Executive Director, Master Transcript Consortium
AM

Alan Mather

Chief Officer, Office of College and Career Success, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
President of Golden Apple
MZ

Melissa Zaikos

Director, Intrinsic Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Burnham A & B

9:45am CDT

Building A Diverse NextGen Talent Pipeline
According to LinkedIn’s 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report, nearly 65% of today’s elementary students will ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist.* How do we prepare every learner to succeed in this changing world? A diverse panel of leaders will discuss models and approaches that are driving the paradigm shift necessary to create conditions for all learners to thrive.

Moderators
ES

Erin Steva

Midwest Director, Young Invincibles

Speakers
MD

Matt Doyle

Assistant Superintendent, Innovation, Vista Unified School District
EB

Eric B. Lugo

Executive Vice Chancellor, Institutional Advancement,, City Colleges of Chicago
MJ

Mary Jo Madda

Creative Strategy Manager, Pipeline + Integration, Google


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Clark A & B

9:45am CDT

Employer Engagement in the Classroom Through Problem-Based Learning, Research and Inquiry, and E-Mentoring
Participants in this session will come away with best practices and lessons learned from ISTI programs, ideas about ways they might advance industry engagement in the classroom, and teaching techniques around problem-based learning.

Speakers
EC

Emily Cooper

Director of Programs, Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI)
EN

Emma Niendorf

Program Manager, Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI)


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Grant Park C

9:45am CDT

Learn about IBM's P-TECH Education Model
Over the course of their six years at P-TECH, a public school, students attain a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree aligned to jobs in a high-growth industry. Participants will learn about the thinking that drives the model, as well as the benefits it can bring.

Speakers
KB

Kateland Beals

Corporate Citizenship Manager, IBM


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:40am CDT
Dusable A & B

9:45am CDT

Harnessing the Power of Neuroscience and Community to Meet the Needs of Every Learner
Modern research offers valuable insights into social and emotional learning. The power of these insights coupled with family and community involvement can uplift an entire school ecosystem. Join leaders from Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwest Housing Association and Belmont-Cragin Elementary School to learn about a holistic approach to school transformation.

Speakers
MB

Mimi Bandera

Education Organizer, Northwest Community Housing Center
CC

Caryn Curry, M.A.

Mental Health Consultant, Center for Childhood Resilience, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
SS

Stacey Stewart

Principal, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:50am CDT
Jackson Park A

9:45am CDT

Beyond SEL: How a Comprehensive Human Development (CHD) Model Transformed a School into a Beacon of Wholeheartedness
Valor Collegiate, an intentionally-diverse, top 1% school, has pioneered a Comprehensive Human Development model, called The Compass, that has gained international acclaim. Learn about this model and engage in a simple transformative practice of affirming interactions in this interactive session.

Speakers
TC

Travis Commons

Director of Sharing and Learning, Valor College Prep


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:15am CDT
Clark C

9:45am CDT

Edtech Showcase
Come explore the edtech tools helping teachers bring learning to life in their classrooms. Endorsed by the LEAP Curation Panel, these are the products at the forefront of the movement to transform the learning experience.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Adler

9:45am CDT

Flexible Learning Studio
Tour the innovative furniture showcase, brought to you by 3 Oaks Resource Group International. From swivel chairs to ball chairs, from standing desks to cluster tables - stop in and explore the latest creative ideas to make your classroom more personalized for your learners!

Exhibitors
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3 Oaks Resource Group Intl

Flexible Learning StudioTour the innovative furniture showcase, brought to you by Three Oaks Resource Group. From smart boards to tack boards, beakers to benches, desks to cluster tables, there will be a wide range of ideas for you to explore.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Prairie A

9:45am CDT

Learning Innovation Gallery
Visit the Learning Innovation Gallery to learn how some of the region’s most innovative educators engage and inspire their students. Connect with programs, resources and tools that empower both educators and learners.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Prairie B

9:45am CDT

Morning Sessions and Workshops
Tracks include:
  • Personalized Learning and Policy
  • The Future of Work
  • The Future of Learning
  • Research and Learning Science
  • Equity in Education
Interactive Exhibits
  • Learning Innovation Gallery
  • Edtech Showcase
  • Flexible Learning Studio -  an innovative furniture showcase sponsored by 3 Oaks Resource Group

Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Various

10:50am CDT

A District-Wide Model for Connecting K-12 Teachers and Students to the World of Work
Participants will gain an understanding of the development and deployment of the CVUSD World of Work Initiative, a systemic career development framework and process that ensures students experience a minimum of 54 careers between kindergarten and eighth grade to develop a vision for their future possible selves.

Speakers
EH

Ed Hidalgo

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District
CM

Christian Mackey

Senior Vice President, CPP Innovation Labs
DM

David Miyashiro

Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School Services, Cajon Valley Union School District


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:15am CDT
Dusable C

10:50am CDT

Let's Get Efficacy Right for the Sake of Our Students
Efficacy matters! Join members of Dreambox, Lexia and Newsela as they consider what's missing from edtech efficacy measurements as they're presented today. Help inform how companies and educators collaborate to make efficacy an informative, accurate data point for teachers and schools.

Moderators
JG

Jordan Gutterman

Research Analyst, LEAP Innovations

Speakers
DC

Dan Cogan-Drew

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Newsela
SK

Stefani Kauppila

Manager of Adult Learning Design, DreamBox Learning
SW

Shani Wilkes

Senior Research Manager, Lexia Learning


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Jackson Park C

10:50am CDT

Measuring Personalized Learning
The education world is abuzz about personalized learning, but what does the research have to say? In this session, leading education researchers will discuss the challenges as well as the potential of national efforts to measure personalized learning's impact, going over the progress that's been made so far.

Moderators
EG

Edith Gummer

Executive Director, Data Strategy, LF Teacher College, Arizona State University

Speakers
JP

John Pane

Senior Scientist, RAND Education
BS

Barbara Schneider

Professor in the College of Education, Michigan State University
JW

Jake Williams

Manager of Data and Research, LEAP Innovations


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Hyde Park A

10:50am CDT

The Promise of Personalized Learning: A Partnership Model Driving Real Change for Learners
Over the past four years, many of LEAP's Pilot Network schools have adopted LEAP's professional development services while simultaneously implementing Lexia Reading Core5 in elementary classrooms. The combination of professional development focused on personalizing instruction, strong implementation of a highly adaptive reading program and leadership and determination from school instructional teams has led to very large reading gains in LEAP schools. Share in the success and reflect on what's yet to come as team members from LEAP, Lexia and Chicago-area schools tell their stories of innovation and student growth.

Speakers
AA

Amira Aljabar

Customer Implementation Manager, Lexia Learning
KC

Kelly Campbell

Reading Specialist and Pilot Lead, Jane Addams Elementary School
AG

Ashley Gibson

Teacher and Pilot Lead, Hampton Elementary School
KH

Kristen Howell

Director of Growth and Partnerships, LEAP Innovations
BM

Bob McCabe

Vice President of Education and Outreach, Lexia Learning


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Hyde Park B

10:50am CDT

Working Memory and Learning
A good working memory is crucial to becoming a successful learner—what is the theory behind the concept, and how does it inform teacher practice? This session will explore ways to address working memory in an educational setting. It will review the linkage between working memory skills and key areas of learning and offer solutions for supporting children with working memory deficits.

Speakers
TA

Tracy Alloway

Professor, University of North Florida


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Field A & B

10:50am CDT

How to Use DonorsChoose.org to Drive Personalized Learning in Your Classroom
DonorsChoose.org staff will go through the ins and outs of their award-winning crowdfunding platform. Teachers will learn how to secure new materials and learning opportunities for their students, maximizing the platform’s immense potential.

Speakers
KS

Kirk Smiley

Principal Director, Advocacy and Public Partnerships, DonorsChoose.org


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Jackson Park B

10:50am CDT

Improving the Education Odds for African-American Male Youth
African-American male youth face a litany of challenges on the road to college, career and life success. Is their trajectory pre-determined? Join leading researchers and educators for a discussion on the tools, resources and interventions that are reversing trends and improving life prospects for young African-American males.

Speakers
NB

Nicole Beechum

Senior Research Analyst, University of Chicago
PC

Phillip Cusic

BAM Program Manager, Youth Guidance
SE

Shayne Evans

Managing Partner, The Academy Group
TK

Tim King

CEO, Urban Prep Academies


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Grant Park D

10:50am CDT

Changing Education Policy to Spur Innovation
Join us as we explore the ways that smart policymaking can create the conditions for personalized learning to thrive across the country. Our panel of national and local policy experts will look at cutting-edge state policies that are bringing classrooms into the 21st century, analyze the obstacles that sometimes prevent forward-thinking education policies from catching on, and discuss opportunities for lawmakers at the national, state, and local levels to enable a new era of teaching and learning.

Moderators
BW

Ben Wallerstein

CEO and Co-Founder, Whiteboard Advisors

Speakers
SM

Sharmila Mann

K12 Lead, Education Commission of the States
MM

Myles Mendoza

Executive Director, One Chance Illinois
HS

Hanna Skandera

Former Secretary of Education, New Mexico


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Clark A & B

10:50am CDT

Who You Know: Learner Connected Innovations that Expand Students' Networks
Learn about the emerging innovations and new technologies that are increasing students' access to diverse and caring networks of adults, mentors and industry experts. Participants will explore the outcomes these innovations stand to produce, in terms of both learning and connecting.

Speakers
JF

Julia Freeland Fisher

Director of Education Research, Clayton Christensen Institute


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Grant Park B

10:50am CDT

Leaders to Learn From: How to Set, Build and Sustain Transformative Learning Environments
Leaders are foundational to the work of scaling innovative teaching and learning practices across schools. Strong leaders enable educators to learn, fail and reiterate. Hear from a panel of local principal leaders as they share their school's transformation journey including how they navigate the change management process, create an environment for innovation, empower, educators as leaders and engage the broader school community along the process.

Moderators
Speakers
JD

Jewel Diaz

Principal, Ashburn Community Elementary School
LE

Lisa Epstein

Principal, Lee Elementary
JO

Juan Ocon

Principal, Juarez High School


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Dusable A & B

10:50am CDT

The Innovation Zone Model and Its Impact Across the Country
Learn about Bridgespan’s research on the innovation zone model, what makes it different and the impact it is having across the country in different contexts. Hear from leaders from schools in innovation zones and how this model has changed their ability to make an impact (the benefits and the challenges).

Moderators
KD

Kassie Davis

Executive Director, CME Group Foundation

Speakers
NI

Nithin Iyengar

Partner, The Bridgespan Group
DR

Danielle Robinson

Regional Director Midwest, Phalen Leadership Academies
CR

CJ Rodgers

Associate Director of Advisory Services and Former Principal, Dewey School of Excellence


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Burnham A & B

10:50am CDT

Are You Ready to Party Like it's 2032!?
This year's kindergartners will graduate from high school in 2032. Are we preparing them for 2032? You may have crossed the digital divide, but you may be up against the second-level digital divide. You have technology, but are you prepared to use it?

Speakers
BP

Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager, Google

Sponsors

Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Jackson Park A

10:50am CDT

Modernizing Teacher Preparation for Next Generation Learning Models
Eliciting ideas about personalizing adult learning and developing personalized learning-specific competencies among pre-service learners, we'll use the LEAP Learning Framework to explore how the Relay Teaching Residency blends theory and practice, fueling a pipeline of teachers uniquely prepared for new school models. *This session requires devices (a laptop or tablet is preferred)

Speakers
JH

Jin-Soo Huh

Executive Director, Personalized Learning, Distinctive Schools
MS

Mindy Sjoblom

Dean of Relay GSE Chicago, Relay Graduate School of Education
JS

Jeffrey Starr

Director of Personalized Learning, Relay Graduate School of Education


Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:50am - 11:45am CDT
Jackson Park D

11:00am CDT

Benefits of Bilingualism in a Personalized Learning Space
Explore the benefits of bilingualism while laying the groundwork for how the foundations of language acquisition and personalized learning intertwine. This session includes action steps organizations can take to improve their culturally and linguistically responsive practices.

Speakers
JB

Jaime Barraza

Director of Biliteracy, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

11:00am CDT

Data-Informed Personalized Instruction
The use of data allows for meaningful opportunities for personalized learning. This session will go through what data from Summit Basecamp looks like, then how the data is used for small group instruction. The session will include how the small group instruction is prepared for.

Speakers
CC

Constance Campe

Teacher, Disney II Magnet School
AD

Amy Dollarhite

Teacher, Disney II Magnet High School
AP

Amy Peterson

Instructional Coach, Disney II Magnet High School


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

11:00am CDT

Deep Learning with our Youngest Learners
Young learners are capable of thinking big thoughts, ideas, and questions. Explore strategies and approaches that foster deeper learning outcomes that empower young students within a personalized learning environment. Explore ways to document learning on the Kdg. Individual Development Survey.

Speakers
SC

Stephanie Cardella

Director of Literacy, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

11:00am CDT

Empathy Activities: The Beginning of Student (and Teacher) Centered Design
Participants will explore the necessary elements in creating empathy activities to kick start a design, redesign or change process within their school community. They will engage in designing questions to find root cause and hear from first hand experience how transformative the process can be.

Speakers
JK

JW Kuebler

Director, CICS Irving Park, Distinctive Schools
CN

Claire Nolan

Instructional Coach, CICS Irving Park, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

11:00am CDT

Living History - Bringing History to Life through Oral History
This session will explore the use of Oral History to Personalize Learning while making students Published Authors. Oral History Projects from 1st grade through high school engage students who reach peak learning through interviews and research. The Holocaust and the Vietnam War are two topics.

Speakers
TM

Thomas Murray

Professional Educator - Ph. D, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

11:00am CDT

Music as a Platform: Planning Arts-Integrated Units
Learn how to incorporate music & the arts to create multi-layered immersive lessons that will both challenge and engage your learners. Using research-backed methods we will look at examples in multiple subjects, discuss practical application, and brainstorm ways to apply these in your own classroom.

Speakers
FC

Frank Cademartori

Professional Educator, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Prairie B

12:00pm CDT

12:30pm CDT

America to Me Teaser with Student Remarks + Awards
About America to Me


Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School’s (OPRF) student population encompasses a racial, economic and cultural mix that reflects the nation as a whole. Located in a mostly affluent, progressive suburb, the school attracts families of all races and means, many of whom make great sacrifices to secure their children a place there. But even in this diverse and liberal community, ensuring an educational experience that equally benefits all students poses challenges for the school’s dedicated and well-meaning teachers, administrators and parents. 


In the multipart unscripted documentary series “America to Me,” Academy Awardnominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and his team follow a diverse selection of the school’s 3,400 students, including artists, athletes, scholars, underachievers and iconocla iconoclasts, to present an indelible account of their dreams, fears, triumphs and aspirations. 


Join us for a preview of the trailer and panel discussion about the new documentary as the film participants talk about highlights from the docuseries and approaches and innovations that ensure an equitable learning experience for all students. 


Opening Remarks: Phyllis Lockett, CEO of LEAP Innovations
Moderator: LeeAndra Khan, CEO, Civitas EducationPanelists: 
Rebecca Parrish, Segment Director and  Cinematographer Dr. Jackie Moore, President, Oak Park and River Forest High School Board of Education Jada Buford, Former Oak Park and River Forest High School Student

Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:15pm CDT
Regency Ballroom

1:30pm CDT

Afternoon Keynote: Heath Slawner - Start with Why, Igniter
Start with Why
Heath Slawner, Start with Why, Igniter

Speakers
avatar for Heath Slawner

Heath Slawner

Igniter, Start with Why
Heath Slawner believes that when we meaningfully connect with and inspire one another, we rise well beyond what we could do alone. Specializing in strategic communication and leadership, Heath is fascinated by human behavior and has built a career learning and sharing his insights... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Hyde Park A & B

1:30pm CDT

Afternoon Keynote: Liz Dozier - Justice Through Disruption
Justice Through Disruption
Liz Dozier, CEO and Founder, Chicago Beyond

Speakers
avatar for Liz Dozier

Liz Dozier

Founder and CEO, Chicago Beyond


Tuesday August 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Jackson Park C & D

1:30pm CDT

Afternoon Keynote: Pamela Cantor, M.D. - The Power of Whole Child Personalization: Connecting Science, Learning and Human Potential
The Power of Whole Child Personalization: Connecting Science, Learning and Human Potential
Pamela Cantor M.D. Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children
Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children, practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded the education nonprofit Turnaround for Children after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York City schoolchildren. Turnaround connects the dots between science,adver... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Jackson Park A & B

2:45pm CDT

It's Always Sunny! Simple Strategies to Cultivate a Positive Culture within Innovative School Communities
Though it’s often overlooked, the most important aspect of implementing any education innovation is organizational culture. Our interactive lecture will showcase how your team can successfully cultivate a culture where innovation thrives.

Speakers
KB

Karin Breo

Executive Director of Partnerships, Distinctive Schools
JH

Jin-Soo Huh

Executive Director, Personalized Learning, Distinctive Schools
KP

Keith Palz

Executive Director of School Transformation, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park D

2:45pm CDT

Data Driven Decision Making for Your Afterschool Program
Data can--and should--be an important part of your Afterschool Program, both internally and externally. Having data that provides a clear overview of your Afterschool Program’s performance is increasingly important when gathering community support or raising funds. Additionally, access to data can build capacity, and inform program design and decision-making. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of why data is useful for their Afterschool Programs, and how they can begin to take steps to develop a data framework specific to their organization.

Speakers
VM

Vinay Mullick

Regional Executive Director, UpMetrics
BR

Bryant Rosenwinkel

Associate Director of Analytic Development, Conversant


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Hyde Park A

2:45pm CDT

Unpack It: Differentiating within a Standard by Unpacking Skills
For too long, struggling students have been sent down "learning paths" that are far below grade level. In this session, we'll look at how Edgenuity UpSmart allows for personalization at grade level to ensure that all middle school students can meet standards in math and ELA.

Speakers
DR

Deborah Rayow

Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, Edgenuity


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field B

2:45pm CDT

America To Me: Real Talk about Race and Education
For students of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential academically and socially, we can no longer avoid discussions about race and education. The America To Me Discussion Guide was created to help facilitate these conversations - in the classroom, the faculty room and parent group meetings. You're invited to understand how to navigte these conversations and the immediate positive impact they can have on your school culture.

Speakers
LH

Lorraine Hanley

Educator Consultant, Glasgow Group
Middle and High School Foreign Language Teacher Classroom Teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Hyde Park B

2:45pm CDT

Utilizing Student Profiles to Increase Engagement and Vary Assessment
Teachers will have the opportunity to design learner-led and learner-centered activities that help increase student engagement. Join this session to learn how to develop learner profiles, explore ways to assess mastery and make time for learners to collaborate.

Speakers
SM

Steve McWade

Teacher, Lovett Elementary School, CPS
MM

Melissa Moody

Teacher, Lovett Elementary School, CPS


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Jackson Park A

2:45pm CDT

Learner Pathways and Beyond: Empowering Your Learners by Integrating the LEAP Framework.
Using the LEAP Learning Framework, presenters will share best practices for building learner pathways and how they are supported. The session will align with the Framework’s key themes so that attendees can drive greater impact in the classroom.

Speakers
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Carlene DiMaggio

4th Grade Personalized Learning Teacher, Fremont School District 79
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Melissa Lesser

4th Grade Personalized Learning Teacher, Fremont School District 79


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

2:45pm CDT

Teach kids how to Be Internet Awesome through Google's digital citizenship and online safety program
Learn how to teach your students to #BeInternetAwesome. Be Internet Awesome is a FREE multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. The program is available in English and Spanish and consists of an ISTE standards aligned curriculum, ready-made Pear Decks for each lesson, Interland - an adventure-packed online game about digital safety and citizenship, and plenty of resources for educators and parents.

Speakers
JC

Jessica Covarrubias

Be Internet Awesome Lead, Google
JD

Jeffery Dunn

Outreach and Education Manager, Google
BP

Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager, Google

Sponsors

Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Burnham C

2:45pm CDT

Entrepreneurship Pathways: Creating Personalized Learning in Team-based Environments
Experience firsthand how authentic entrepreneurship programs can foster personalized learning while also teaching vital teamwork and SEL skills. Explore the entrepreneurship pathways that bring these experiences to your schools.

Speakers
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Jessi Chartier

Director of Programs, Uncharted Learning, NFP
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Stacy Sniegowski

Director of Member Experience, Uncharted Learning, NFP


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Clark A

2:45pm CDT

Building and Sustaining Competency Based Models and Approaches
Transitioning away from seat time and moving toward a model that lets students progress as they demonstrate mastery is crucial to creating personalized learning environments. Whether you're just starting to implement competency-based approaches or you've been at it for a while, come explore the keys to building and sustaining these approaches in ways that help your students reach their learning and life goals.

Moderators
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Mark Kostin

Associate Director, Great Schools Partnership

Speakers
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Kenneth Lee

Principal, KIPP One Academy
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Juan Ocon

Principal, Juarez High School
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Mary Reynolds

Executive Director Innovation, Illinois State Board of Education


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Burnham A

2:45pm CDT

Mentoring: Systems and Structures to Increase Student and Staff Motivation
Mentoring can increase motivation and help students become self-directed learners. Participants will learn how Lee Elementary explored systems and structures involving teacher-to-student as well as teacher-to-teacher mentoring models, gathering strategies for doing the same in their own educational environments.

Speakers
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Kathleen Bourret

ELA 8th Personalized Learning Teacher, Lee Elementary
LE

Lisa Epstein

Principal, Lee Elementary
MF

Mary Farrell

Personalized Learning Lead, Lee Elementary
SV

Salvador Velasco

Assistant Principal, Lee Elementary


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Burnham B

2:45pm CDT

The Power You Carry: How to Become a Brain Builder to Help All Children Thrive
Using real-world examples that are grounded in the science of adversity, trauma and brain development, this session will offer strategies for educators to build classrooms that truly personalize learning for all students. Participants will draw on their own experiences and take new practices into the school year.

Speakers
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Michael Lamb

Executive Director, Washington DC, Turnaround for Children


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Jackson Park B

2:45pm CDT

Creating Strong Writers Through Personalized Learning
This panel will focus on the lessons learned and next steps to support student informational writing at the elementary school level. Teachers, administrators, and the ThinkCERCA school support manager will share qualitative and quantitative evidence as well as share their best practices.

Speakers
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Susan Bohman

4th Grade Teacher, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
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Elva Guzman

6th Grade Teacher, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
LJ

Lynette Johnson

School Success Manager, ThinkCERCA
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Jessica Kertz

Assistant Principal, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
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Barbara Wade

Breakthrough for Struggling Writers


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Clark C

2:45pm CDT

Building Data Dashboards in Google Data Studio - without Coding!
With a little bit of practice and grit, you can lead your team team from compiling and tracking data to analyzing it and using it to make decisions. Folks will need a growth mindset, a laptop, G Suite for Education and a spreadsheet data source for this hands-on workshop.


Speakers
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Marcos Alcozer

Program Director for the Data Viz Starter Pack, InnovateEDU
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Anthony Claypool

Director of Curricular Programs and Data, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Clark B

2:45pm CDT

Measurement for Improvement
This 90-minute workshop will guide participants in effectively developing and using measurement and data to improve their systems. Improvement approaches are grounded in the effective use of
data, and yet many educators rely on conventional measures that are not designed to guide
improvement efforts. In this workshop, participants will get an overview of how measurement for
improvement departs from the typical uses of measurement in education, which stem from
accountability or research paradigms. Participants will also learn how to link their theory of
practice improvement to a system of measures that they can track and utilize to understand if
and how their system is improving.

Speakers
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Manuelito Biag

Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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Patrice Dawkins-Jackson

Networked Improvement Science Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Dusable C

2:45pm CDT

Are Your Students Success Bound?
Success Bound prepares middle schoolers for high school and beyond. This work begins in 6th grade, with a focus on keeping middle-grade students on track, helping them prepare for and enroll in high school. Participants will hear from our partners and leave with tangible ideas for implementation.


Speakers
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Rachel Graham

Director of Program, Success Bound / Lefkofsky Family Foundation
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Elly Lehman

Coach, Success Bound
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CJ Rodgers

Associate Director of Advisory Services and Former Principal, Dewey School of Excellence


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Dusable B

2:45pm CDT

When Students Teach Their Families: How Mobile Playlists Support Student-Teacher-Family Learning Relationships
Get hands-on experience with Family Playlists, an innovative tool that transcends language and technology barriers to strengthen learning relationships and foster powerful, student-centered learning experiences. Participants will leave with concrete ideas for bringing the Learner Connected component to life.

Speakers
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Emily Amick

Personalized Learning Specialist, PowerMyLearning


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Jackson Park C

2:45pm CDT

Design60: Rapid-Fire Project Creation Competition
Experience project-based learning from the perspective of teacher as designer. In this interactive session, participants will work from academic standards to rapidly generate unique, rigorous projects. They will compete against other educators in pursuit of high-quality project-based learning for all.

Speakers
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Wesley Davidson

English Teacher, Chicago Tech Academy
JD

Josh Dresser

Music Teacher, Chicago Tech Academy


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Grant Park A

2:45pm CDT

Groupwork: How to Build Rigorous and Authentic Student Collaboration
Working collaboratively is one of the most powerful ways for students of any age to learn. How, though, do you build a culture of groupwork that avoids common pitfalls and promotes learning that is equitable, authentic and rigorous for all students? Our workshop will dive into the theory and practice of group-based learning, uncovering the keys to designing collaborative tasks and practicing strategies that bolster groupwork skills in students.

Speakers
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Kristin Eng

Personalized Learning Manager, LEAP Innovations
Former Assistant Principal
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Brian Johnson

Senior Manager, School Supports, LEAP Innovations
Former Middle and High School Science Teacher


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Jackson Park D

2:45pm CDT

Creating and Implementing Personalized Learning Paths in a Middle School Math Room
Using sample profiles, attendees will build a personalized learning path for middle school math students, exploring through a playlist the ways the objectives are delivered and assessed.

Speakers
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Kathryn Cauhorn

Instructional Coach, Esmeraldo Santiago
EK

Erin Keen

Assistant Principal, Esmeralda Santiago


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Dusable A

2:45pm CDT

Design Thinking and Blueprinting and How it Applies to Personalized and Project-Based Learning
This is a hands-on workshop focused on planning for a private, personal, and/or shared vision. Participants will work on their own to create a prototype, share and present their plans through small group discussion, a gallery walk, and identify ways to collaborate cross curricularly.

Speakers
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Melissa Gerleve

Teacher, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, CPS
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Alexander Sutphen

Teacher, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, CPS


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Field A

2:45pm CDT

Foundations of Restorative Justice
Participants will engage in an experiential workshop that discusses Restorative Justice as a mindset, theory and practical approach. Diving into concepts like self-awareness and adult-accountability, the session will examine Restorative Justice’s school-based application.

Speakers
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Kristin McKay

Director of Restorative Justice, Umoja Student Development Corporation


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Field C

2:45pm CDT

Interest-Driven Learning in Action: Stories from FUSE Studios
Learn about the research behind FUSE Studios, a project-based STEAM environment from Northwestern University. Explore how kids in FUSE discover new interests, new skills and new identities, as well as how teachers and administrators adapt to the challenges of choice-based learning.

Speakers
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Henry Mann

FUSE Program Director, Northwestern University
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Peter Meyerhoff

PhD Candidate, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
KR

Kay Ramey

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Northwestern University
RS

Reed Stevens

Professor of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

2:45pm CDT

Afternoon Sessions and Workshops
Tracks include:
  • Learner Led
  • Learner Focused
  • Learner Demonstrated
  • Learner Connected
  • Innovation at Large
​Interactive Exhibits
  • Learning Innovation Gallery
  • Edtech Showcase
  • Flexible Learning Studio -  an innovative furniture showcase sponsored by 3 Oaks Resource Group

Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Various

2:45pm CDT

Edtech Showcase
Come explore the edtech tools helping teachers bring learning to life in their classrooms. Endorsed by the LEAP Curation Panel, these are the products at the forefront of the movement to transform the learning experience.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Adler

2:45pm CDT

Flexible Learning Studio
Tour the innovative furniture showcase, brought to you by 3 Oaks Resource Group International. From swivel chairs to ball chairs, from standing desks to cluster tables - stop in and explore the latest creative ideas to make your classroom more personalized for your learners!

Exhibitors
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3 Oaks Resource Group Intl

Flexible Learning StudioTour the innovative furniture showcase, brought to you by Three Oaks Resource Group. From smart boards to tack boards, beakers to benches, desks to cluster tables, there will be a wide range of ideas for you to explore.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Prairie A

2:45pm CDT

Learning Innovation Gallery
Visit the Learning Innovation Gallery to learn how some of the region’s most innovative educators engage and inspire their students. Connect with programs, resources and tools that empower both educators and learners.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Prairie B

3:45pm CDT

A Personalized Learning Pathway to Build Better Digital Citizens through the LEAP Framework
This workshop will support educators who are working to bring the LEAP Learning Framework from the conceptual realm to practical reality. Using BrainPOP's FREE Digital Citizenship Subscription, we'll explore a host of personalized learning strategies that align with the LEAP Learning Framework.

Speakers
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Kari Stubbs, PhD

Vice President, Learning & Innovation, BrainPOP


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hyde Park A

3:45pm CDT

Mapping your City to Connect Learning Across Boundaries
The design and purpose of this hands-on workshop is to identify the assets and resources available in your city, which can help you create a connected learning ecosystem. At the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX), we know that no one organization alone can transform teaching and learning to better serve today’s young people. With this in mind, we work with a growing community of over 200 youth-serving organizations, schools, cultural institutions, city agencies, corporations, foundations and universities to learn, coordinate and reduce duplication. Learn how you can do the same in your community.

Speakers
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Sana Jafri

Program Officer, Chicago Learning Exchange
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Sybil Madison-Boyd

Director, Chicago City of Learning


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Grant Park D

3:45pm CDT

AppSmashing for Supercharged Literacy Differentiation
Energize your lesson plan (and students) with a fresh take on your literacy tools. Strategize daily differentiation while leveraging the power of your digital devices. Participants will learn how to apply add-ons and extensions to literacy tools like Newsela and Read&Write.

Speakers
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Nicole Boyle

Director of Training and Professional Development, Newsela
JJ

JJ Janikis

Team Lead of Educator Communities, Newsela


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

3:45pm CDT

Using Learning Science to Personalize Learning in Mathematics
Most students and adults experience math as a spectator sport, where they "sit and get" someone else's ideas. Learning science, however, makes it clear that no one can be given an understanding. Session participants will engage in research-based techniques that make math personal for students, letting them make sense of ideas for themselves.

Speakers
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Stefani Kauppila

Manager of Adult Learning Design, DreamBox Learning


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Field B

3:45pm CDT

Creating a Learner Focused Classroom Through Digital Literacy and Choice
You be a student! Step inside myON's classroom for a hands-on experience through a personalized, cross-curricular lesson. Participants will have the opportunity to explore myON's library, demonstrate visual thinking with literacy tools and utilize built-in scaffolds to personalize their own learning.

Speakers
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Steve McWade

Teacher, Lovett Elementary School, CPS
HP

Haygood Poundstone

Regional Vice President, Renaissance myON


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Jackson Park A

3:45pm CDT

Using Learner Profiles to Match Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Texts to Your Students
Learner profiles help build meaningful relationships, strengthen the learning community and provide a sense of belonging with and among students. Participants will explore learner profile components that reveal students’ language, culture and experiences, using these insights to design a personalized classroom library.

Speakers
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Jaime Barraza

Director of Biliteracy, Distinctive Schools
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Stephanie Cardella

Director of Literacy, Distinctive Schools


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hyde Park B

4:00pm CDT

Hiring for PL Success: Considerations and Strategies to Build Strong Teams
The old mantra "hire hard, manage easy" still applies, but how do we tailor the hiring process to ensure personalized learning is a success? In this session, participants will learn and share best practices for supporting recruitment and hiring in a personalized learning setting.

Speakers
avatar for Dr.Olimpia Bahena

Dr.Olimpia Bahena

Principal, Talcott
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Jessica Kertz

Assistant Principal, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Jackson Park B

4:30pm CDT

Closing Reception and Drawing
Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Prairie B