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The Future of Learning [clear filter]
Tuesday, August 28

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.


Mimi Ito

Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California-Irvine


Sandra Abrevaya

President and Chief Impact Officer, Thrive Chicago

Sam Dyson

Deputy Director, Chicago Learning Exchange

Chris Liang-Vergara

Chief, Learning Innovation, LEAP Innovations

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.


Albert Bertani

Senior Advisor, LEAP Innovations

Brent Maddin

Executive Director, Educator Workforce Initiatives, Arizona State University

Robert Muller

Dean, National College of Education, National Louis University

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.


Stephanie Cardella

Director of Literacy, Distinctive Schools

Colleen Collins

School Director, Distinctive Schools

Jennifer Ferrari

Chief Schools Officer, Distinctive Schools

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.


Mark Atkinson

CEO, Mursion

Amber Brown

HR Program Manager, Chicago Public Schools

Christina Jordan

Executive Director, HR and Talent Management, Chicago Public Schools

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.


Tom Vander Ark

CEO, Getting Smart


Stacy Caldwell

Executive Director, Master Transcript Consortium

Alan Mather

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

Melissa Zaikos

Director, Intrinsic Schools

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


Jewel Diaz

Principal, Ashburn Community Elementary School

Lisa Epstein

Principal, Lee Elementary

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).


Kassie Davis

Executive Director, CME Group Foundation


Nithin Iyengar

Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Danielle Robinson

Regional Director Midwest, Phalen Leadership Academies

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