NCDC19 SESSIONS


Click on the session titles in the lefthand column below for a description.

EmpowerFZ: Digital Convergence
Strategic Planning in a Small District

Presented By:
Sue Holmes, Falcon Zone Leader
Cheryl DeGeorge, Falcon High School Principal
Brian Smith, Firebird Nation Campus Executive Principal
Sheehan Freeman-Todd, Meridian Ranch Elementary School Principal
Michael Roth, Falcon Elementary School of Technology Principal

Success Indicators:
1, 11, 14, 16, 18, 22, 27, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 50


Session Abstract:
The first district in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado is climbing towards the summit of Digital Convergence. Join us to hear how our thoughtful, intentional, and personalized implementation of the Framework is making Digital Convergence a reality in our schools. Our journey has been unique, and we are excited to share our story from the very beginning along with how we have gained momentum to propel our empowered learners forward within new, innovative, modern learning environments. Through the challenges of adding several new members to our leadership team and battling the constant threat of never having enough time, explore our action steps that have brought great success during our first year and a half of hiking the peak toward Digital Convergence.

Driver: Leadership

Presented By Falcon Zone, District 49, CO

Presented By:
Heather Rollings
Chris Odom
Luanne Kokolis
Elissa Cox

Success Indicators:
6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 41, 1, 3, 4, 14, 17, 28

Session Abstract:
Explore the impact of going 1:1 without a supporting Instructional Model. While this was Rock Hill’s experience in 2011, today they are making tremendous strides to personalize learning for their students. Learn how this community has turned the tables from focusing on the technology alone to building a strong foundation and "why" for instructional technology. Through an unprecedented turnover in leadership and amid a teacher shortage, Rock Hill is using their Instructional Model, LEAP, to build culture, community, and purpose through a shared vision.

DRIVER: INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS

Presented By Rock Hill Schools, SC

Presented By:
Dr. Ann Chavez, Vice President, Growth & Innovation
Jeri Crispe, Vice President, Growth & Innovation

Success Indicators:
21, 22, 23, 42, 43, 60, 77
Community Stage 3
The district’s instructional model identifiers intentionally expand the boundaries of where learning can occur, both formally and informally.
Community Stage 5
The district considers creating programmatic options for students that include a full blended learning school and a full virtual school option.
Community Stage 6
The district has multiple options for students during their preK-12 experience including, but not limited to: brick and mortar options with some blended courses available, full blended school options, and full virtual options.

Session Abstract:
The Modern School District offers multiple pathways for students and teachers. Come learn about an innovative Blended School Model that offer students an innovative pathway with Virtual and Brick & Mortar experiences aligned to authentic learning experiences. Meeting the needs of all students today has become increasingly more difficult and challenging for school districts as students and families have more choices to leave traditional systems for alternative options. Blended Schools is a parallel path to accelerate innovation in a district that will expand the educational opportunities in your system to provide engaging curriculum focused on "Learning by Doing". Come join the conversation to bring back students and revenue to your systems.  

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Modern Teacher

Happiness: How a Modernized Curriculum
Aims to Develop Happy, Healthy Kids

Presented By:
Karen Minshew, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Ericka Smith, District Lead Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analysis

Success Indicators:
18, 60, 92

Session Abstract:
The story of how the Cajon Valley Union School District is reframing the idea of vision and connecting unique opportunities for student success beyond test scores. This session will introduce participants to elements of the modernized Cajon Valley curriculum including Social-Emotional Learning, Presentation Literacy, and WoW Career Development. Karen Minshew and Erika Smith will take participants through a journey of successes and learnings based on the Digital Convergence Framework, inviting others to evaluate their current resources and goals.

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Cajon Valley Union School District, CA

Leveraging Professional Learning: One District’s
Experiences in Transitioning to 21st Century Learning

Presented By:
Bruce Cox - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Marcus Berkshire - Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Dorsey Middaugh - Professional Development Specialist

Success Indicators:
1, 3, 6, 13, 14, 16, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, and the PL Builder

Session Abstract:
In May of 2017, the J.O. Combs Unified School District sent two administrators, who would be moving into the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment department starting in the 2017-2018 school year, to a Modern Teacher event in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon their return, the district prepared to embark on their journey forward. This presentation will focus on their work to begin #Forward and how the #RedforEd movement catalyzed their Professional Learning model to launch the initiative district-wide. The presentation will provide an insight to the district’s work with leadership and the systems necessary to engage in the change process, not only at the individual level, but district-wide. The #RedforEd movement in Arizona and the subsequent teacher walkouts and missed days of school will be examined in relation to the work that the district had been engaged in and how the district leveraged the additional staff development days that resulted to fast forward their launch plans and take those plans district-wide. Finally, the presentation will share the results of the launch as the 2018-2019 school year began and how the Professional Learning from the spring impacted the development and implementation of district-wide Professional Learning when teachers returned to school. This included the use of the Modern Teacher Professional Learning platform to create a district-wide PL Module reinforcing Professional Learning Communities and Understanding by Design through a blended learning format.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By J.O. Combs Unified School District

Building Teacher Proficiency Scales
Aligned to Modern Teacher PL

Presented By:
Jason Bletzinger, Strategy Officer
Lisette Casey, Strategy Officer
Mike Smith, Strategy Officer

Session Abstract:
This session will cover the purpose and process of creating teacher proficiency scales in order to assess teacher fluency within professional learning modules. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to create teacher proficiency scales aligned to the Modern Teacher module Architect a Learner-Centered Culture.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By Modern Teacher

Expanding the Networks of Students by Offering Anytime/Anywhere Learning

Presented By:
Julia Freeland Fisher

Success Indicators: Exploring the New Success indicators of the Community Driver

Session Abstract:
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. She leads a team that informs policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. In this session, you will explore some of her latest findings in her forthcoming book Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley: Jossey-Bass, 2018).

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Julia Freeland Fisher

Presented By:
Laura Janusek, Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher
Patti Barrett, Modern Teacher

Success Indicators:
The Entire Digital Convergence Framework

Session Abstract:
Come explore the features and functions of the Modern Teacher platform. The Framework and National Network are housed in a cloud-based Platform that connects administrators, principals and teachers with the strategy, know-how and metrics to effectively move a district toward its goals. District leaders monitor progress within the Framework while teachers collaborate and progress through a series of engaging simulations and professional learning experiences customized to your district.  

DRIVER: ALL

Presented By Modern Teacher


Click on the session titles in the lefthand column below for a description.

EmpowerFZ: Digital Convergence
Strategic Planning in a Small District

Presented By:
Sue Holmes, Falcon Zone Leader
Cheryl DeGeorge, Falcon High School Principal
Brian Smith, Firebird Nation Campus Executive Principal
Sheehan Freeman-Todd, Meridian Ranch Elementary School Principal
Michael Roth, Falcon Elementary School of Technology Principal

Success Indicators:
1, 11, 14, 16, 18, 22, 27, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 50


Session Abstract:
The first district in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado is climbing towards the summit of Digital Convergence. Join us to hear how our thoughtful, intentional, and personalized implementation of the Framework is making Digital Convergence a reality in our schools. Our journey has been unique, and we are excited to share our story from the very beginning along with how we have gained momentum to propel our empowered learners forward within new, innovative, modern learning environments. Through the challenges of adding several new members to our leadership team and battling the constant threat of never having enough time, explore our action steps that have brought great success during our first year and a half of hiking the peak toward Digital Convergence.

Driver: Leadership

Presented By Falcon Zone, District 49, CO

Presented By:
Heather Rollings
Chris Odom
Luanne Kokolis
Elissa Cox

Success Indicators:
6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 41, 1, 3, 4, 14, 17, 28

Session Abstract:
Explore the impact of going 1:1 without a supporting Instructional Model. While this was Rock Hill’s experience in 2011, today they are making tremendous strides to personalize learning for their students. Learn how this community has turned the tables from focusing on the technology alone to building a strong foundation and "why" for instructional technology. Through an unprecedented turnover in leadership and amid a teacher shortage, Rock Hill is using their Instructional Model, LEAP, to build culture, community, and purpose through a shared vision.

DRIVER: INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS

Presented By Rock Hill Schools, SC

Presented By:
Dr. Ann Chavez, Vice President, Growth & Innovation
Jeri Crispe, Vice President, Growth & Innovation

Success Indicators:
21, 22, 23, 42, 43, 60, 77
Community Stage 3
The district’s instructional model identifiers intentionally expand the boundaries of where learning can occur, both formally and informally.
Community Stage 5
The district considers creating programmatic options for students that include a full blended learning school and a full virtual school option.
Community Stage 6
The district has multiple options for students during their preK-12 experience including, but not limited to: brick and mortar options with some blended courses available, full blended school options, and full virtual options.

Session Abstract:
The Modern School District offers multiple pathways for students and teachers. Come learn about an innovative Blended School Model that offer students an innovative pathway with Virtual and Brick & Mortar experiences aligned to authentic learning experiences. Meeting the needs of all students today has become increasingly more difficult and challenging for school districts as students and families have more choices to leave traditional systems for alternative options. Blended Schools is a parallel path to accelerate innovation in a district that will expand the educational opportunities in your system to provide engaging curriculum focused on "Learning by Doing". Come join the conversation to bring back students and revenue to your systems.  

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Modern Teacher

Happiness: How a Modernized Curriculum
Aims to Develop Happy, Healthy Kids

Presented By:
Karen Minshew, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Ericka Smith, District Lead Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analysis

Success Indicators:
18, 60, 92

Session Abstract:
The story of how the Cajon Valley Union School District is reframing the idea of vision and connecting unique opportunities for student success beyond test scores. This session will introduce participants to elements of the modernized Cajon Valley curriculum including Social-Emotional Learning, Presentation Literacy, and WoW Career Development. Karen Minshew and Erika Smith will take participants through a journey of successes and learnings based on the Digital Convergence Framework, inviting others to evaluate their current resources and goals.

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Cajon Valley Union School District, CA

Leveraging Professional Learning: One District’s
Experiences in Transitioning to 21st Century Learning

Presented By:
Bruce Cox - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Marcus Berkshire - Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Dorsey Middaugh - Professional Development Specialist

Success Indicators:
1, 3, 6, 13, 14, 16, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, and the PL Builder

Session Abstract:
In May of 2017, the J.O. Combs Unified School District sent two administrators, who would be moving into the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment department starting in the 2017-2018 school year, to a Modern Teacher event in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon their return, the district prepared to embark on their journey forward. This presentation will focus on their work to begin #Forward and how the #RedforEd movement catalyzed their Professional Learning model to launch the initiative district-wide. The presentation will provide an insight to the district’s work with leadership and the systems necessary to engage in the change process, not only at the individual level, but district-wide. The #RedforEd movement in Arizona and the subsequent teacher walkouts and missed days of school will be examined in relation to the work that the district had been engaged in and how the district leveraged the additional staff development days that resulted to fast forward their launch plans and take those plans district-wide. Finally, the presentation will share the results of the launch as the 2018-2019 school year began and how the Professional Learning from the spring impacted the development and implementation of district-wide Professional Learning when teachers returned to school. This included the use of the Modern Teacher Professional Learning platform to create a district-wide PL Module reinforcing Professional Learning Communities and Understanding by Design through a blended learning format.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By J.O. Combs Unified School District

Building Teacher Proficiency Scales
Aligned to Modern Teacher PL

Presented By:
Jason Bletzinger, Strategy Officer
Lisette Casey, Strategy Officer
Mike Smith, Strategy Officer

Session Abstract:
This session will cover the purpose and process of creating teacher proficiency scales in order to assess teacher fluency within professional learning modules. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to create teacher proficiency scales aligned to the Modern Teacher module Architect a Learner-Centered Culture.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By Modern Teacher

Expanding the Networks of Students by Offering Anytime/Anywhere Learning

Presented By:
Julia Freeland Fisher

Success Indicators: Exploring the New Success indicators of the Community Driver

Session Abstract:
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. She leads a team that informs policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. In this session, you will explore some of her latest findings in her forthcoming book Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley: Jossey-Bass, 2018).

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Julia Freeland Fisher

Presented By:
Laura Janusek, Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher
Patti Barrett, Modern Teacher

Success Indicators:
The Entire Digital Convergence Framework

Session Abstract:
Come explore the features and functions of the Modern Teacher platform. The Framework and National Network are housed in a cloud-based Platform that connects administrators, principals and teachers with the strategy, know-how and metrics to effectively move a district toward its goals. District leaders monitor progress within the Framework while teachers collaborate and progress through a series of engaging simulations and professional learning experiences customized to your district.  

DRIVER: ALL

Presented By Modern Teacher


Click on the session titles in the lefthand column below for a description.

A United Voice: The Role of
Stakeholder Engagement in Strategic Transformation

Presented By:
Jeremy Mitchell, Principal
Allyson Walroth, Principal

Success Indicators:
3, 4, 17, 31

Session Abstract:
In this session, learn how Grand Blanc Community Schools deeply engaged all stakeholders to create a long-term strategic plan that aligned their vision for the modern learner with communication, professional learning, and resources to make it happen.

Driver: Leadership

Presented By Grand Blanc Community Schools, MI

Presented By:
Amy Williams, Curriculum Director

Success Indicators:
23, 42, 60, 76, 90

Session Abstract:
Berrien Springs Public Schools, a small, rural school district located in the southwestern part of Michigan, enrolls approximately 2000 K-12 children per year. While the majority of the students come from the rural community it serves, enrollment also includes students from different districts who have chosen Berrien Springs Public Schools as their “School of Choice." As rural school district enrollmemnt declines, the Berrien Springs School District has developed multiple learning options where students have a choice in their learning. Participants will learn how Berrien Springs leveraged student choice for learning to attract students to their school district through onsite, blended and virtual learning choices.

DRIVER: INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS &
MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Berrien Springs Public Schools, MI

Presented By:
Dr. kristen Brittingham, Chief Learning Officer
Sherry Kirkland, Strategy Officer
Shannon Blake, Strategy Officer

Session Abstract:
In this session, participants will engage in a discussion about Modern Curriculum. As a part of the session, participants will learn how to create a learning progression for a standard or group of standards. Participants will also learn how to align assessments, curricular resouces, and instruction to the learning progression at the appropriate level of rigor.  

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Modern Teacher

Changing your LMS in an
Interconnected Digital Ecosystem

Presented By:
Dr. Stefani Pautz, Coordinator of Blended Learning and Innovation
Mrs. Stacy Barry, Resource Teacher in Blended Teaching and Learning

Success Indicators:
10, 26, 28, 45, 61, 63, 79, 93, 101

Session Abstract:
Five years ago, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) architected a customized digital ecosystem, BCPS One, which offers all stakeholders one access point for a digital content repository, learning management system, student information system, and numerous analytic tools. When your digital ecosystem has become a multi-vendor, interconnected, and interactive tool, making a change in vendor for any one of those sub systems poses challenges, not just from a technical perspective, but also from a change management and training standpoint. In Spring 2018, BCPS had just four months to move from contract signature to launch for their new Learning Management System. They did so successfully thanks to a cross functional transition team and an investment in professional learning. In this session, participants will learn strategic planning strategies that can support such a transition.

DRIVER: Digital Ecosystem

Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

Building a Foundation for Readiness: Establishing Relevance and Awareness through Strategic Professional Development

Presented By:
Dr. Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer
Cindy Geddes, Director of Accountability and Technology
Angie Sigmon, Instructional Technology Facilitator

Success Indicators:
6, 37

Session Abstract:
This session focuses on priming your district for the work ahead by strategically blending best practices with Modern Teacher module components and resources into your professional development to engage stakeholders, develop a common language, and set the stage for addressing Digital Convergence.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By Newton-Conover City Schools, NC

Transforming Professional Learning
in the Conceptual Age

Presented By:
Dr. Todd Keruskin, Superintendent of Schools, Member of the National Council on Digital Convergence

Success Indicators:
SI 12, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 46, 47 and 48

Session Abstract:
What does Professional Development look like in the Conceptual Age? Has your school tried micro-credentials with no vision? Learn about Elizabeth Forward School District, 40 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA. Elizabeth Forward School District is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Apple has recognized them as a distinguished program. Learn how they implemented a Professional Learning Pathway - All teachers experiencing literacy of 4 modules in the first year, coaches will follow up with fluency. Learn how the School District is creating their own online modules to help wth OnBoarding and Scaling Personalized Learning in ALL Classrooms. Learn how the school district used Teacher Collaboration in the district to create online learning modules.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By Elizabeth Forward School District, PA

Closing the Gap:
Preparing Students for the World of Work

Presented By:
Ed Hidalgo, Chief Innovation and Education Officer

Success Indicators: Exploring the New Success indicators of the Community Driver

Session Abstract:
The World of Work Initiative tackles problems seen in the education system head-on. Every student who passes through the World of Work will be armed with career options which they have learned about, received hands-on experiences with, met a professional in the career, and have practiced skills needed in that career. This session presented by Ed Hidalgo will expose participants to a hands-on approach to understanding how the World of Work is an essential element of the Cajon Valley modernized curriculum. By using the RIASEC model to determine employment personalities, the World of Work not only gives every child a chance to learn about many careers, but also helps every child determine which career fits their personality, strengths, skills, and work values. Students involved in World of Work will not only know the "how and what," but they will understand "the why" to everything they are learning. With each lesson they have at school, children will see how the lessons involving everyday subjects relate to a new field and why it is important to learn those skills and values.

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Cajon Valley Union School District, CA

Building Collaborative Community Partnerships
Through Digital Convergence

Presented By:
Mat Rehkop, Director of Teaching and Learning
Hamilton Team: Principals and Coaches

Success Indicators: Exploring the New Success indicators of the Community Driver

Session Abstract:
In the winter of 2017, Hamilton Community Schools engaged in a strategic planning process that involved the Board of Education, School Staff, Students, Parents, and Community Members. What resulted was a plan focused on the future of learning in Hamilton Community Schools which involves enhancing 21st-century skill development and engagement with our community.
Hamilton Community Schools is committed to implementing innovative practices at all levels. This includes our teachers working with Project Based and Blended Learning in a variety of settings. Our students have multiple opportunities to engage with content outside the traditional classroom. We have focused on teaching in a nature-based setting, partnering with local business and industry, virtual learning, and connecting our students to higher educational opportunities. These experiences do not happen without ongoing collaborative partnerships with community organizations, both public and private. We have created an environment where our staff is expected to “fail forward” while trying new techniques in unique settings outside the four walls of the classroom.
In this session, participants will see examples of experiences we provide Hamilton students and how our work with Modern Teacher has aligned our practices and developed a common instructional model where each student will thrive.

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Hamilton Community Schools, MI

Presented By:
Laura Janusek, Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher
Patti Barrett, Modern Teacher

Success Indicators:
The Entire Digital Convergence Framework

Session Abstract:
Come explore the features and functions of the Modern Teacher platform. The Framework and National Network are housed in a cloud-based Platform that connects administrators, principals and teachers with the strategy, know-how and metrics to effectively move a district toward its goals. District leaders monitor progress within the Framework while teachers collaborate and progress through a series of engaging simulations and professional learning experiences customized to your district.  

DRIVER: ALL

Presented By Modern Teacher


Click on the session titles in the lefthand column below for a description.

A United Voice: The Role of
Stakeholder Engagement in Strategic Transformation

Presented By:
Jeremy Mitchell, Principal
Allyson Walroth, Principal

Success Indicators:
3, 4, 17, 31


Session Abstract:
In this session, learn how Grand Blanc Community Schools deeply engaged all stakeholders to create a long-term strategic plan that aligned their vision for the modern learner with communication, professional learning, and resources to make it happen.

Driver: Leadership

Presented By Grand Blanc Community Schools, MI

Presented By:
Amy Williams, Curriculum Director

Success Indicators:
23, 42, 60, 76, 90

Session Abstract:
Berrien Springs Public Schools, a small, rural school district located in the southwestern part of Michigan, enrolls approximately 2000 K-12 children per year. While the majority of the students come from the rural community it serves, enrollment also includes students from different districts who have chosen Berrien Springs Public Schools as their “School of Choice." As rural school district enrollmemnt declines, the Berrien Springs School District has developed multiple learning options where students have a choice in their learning. Participants will learn how Berrien Springs leveraged student choice for learning to attract students to their school district through onsite, blended and virtual learning choices.

DRIVER: INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS &
MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Berrien Springs Public Schools, MI

Presented By:
Dr. kristen Brittingham, Chief Learning Officer
Sherry Kirkland, Strategy Officer
Shannon Blake, Strategy Officer

Session Abstract:
In this session, participants will engage in a discussion about Modern Curriculum. As a part of the session, participants will learn how to create a learning progression for a standard or group of standards. Participants will also learn how to align assessments, curricular resouces, and instruction to the learning progression at the appropriate level of rigor.  

DRIVER: MODERN CURRICULUM

Presented By Modern Teacher

Changing your LMS in an
Interconnected Digital Ecosystem

Presented By:
Dr. Stefani Pautz, Coordinator of Blended Learning and Innovation
Mrs. Stacy Barry, Resource Teacher in Blended Teaching and Learning

Success Indicators:
10, 26, 28, 45, 61, 63, 79, 93, 101

Session Abstract:
Five years ago, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) architected a customized digital ecosystem, BCPS One, which offers all stakeholders one access point for a digital content repository, learning management system, student information system, and numerous analytic tools. When your digital ecosystem has become a multi-vendor, interconnected, and interactive tool, making a change in vendor for any one of those sub systems poses challenges, not just from a technical perspective, but also from a change management and training standpoint. In Spring 2018, BCPS had just four months to move from contract signature to launch for their new Learning Management System. They did so successfully thanks to a cross functional transition team and an investment in professional learning. In this session, participants will learn strategic planning strategies that can support such a transition.

DRIVER: Digital Ecosystem

Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

Transforming Professional Learning
in the Conceptual Age

Presented By:
Dr. Todd Keruskin, Superintendent of Schools, Member of the National Council on Digital Convergence

Success Indicators:
SI 12, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 46, 47 and 48

Session Abstract:
What does Professional Development look like in the Conceptual Age? Has your school tried micro-credentials with no vision? Learn about Elizabeth Forward School District, 40 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA. Elizabeth Forward School District is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Apple has recognized them as a distinguished program. Learn how they implemented a Professional Learning Pathway - All teachers experiencing literacy of 4 modules in the first year, coaches will follow up with fluency. Learn how the School District is creating their own online modules to help wth OnBoarding and Scaling Personalized Learning in ALL Classrooms. Learn how the school district used Teacher Collaboration in the district to create online learning modules.

DRIVER: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Presented By Elizabeth Forward School District, PA

Closing the Gap:
Preparing Students for the World of Work

Presented By:
Ed Hidalgo, Chief Innovation and Education Officer

Session Abstract:
The World of Work Initiative tackles problems seen in the education system head-on. Every student who passes through the World of Work will be armed with career options which they have learned about, received hands-on experiences with, met a professional in the career, and have practiced skills needed in that career. This session presented by Ed Hidalgo will expose participants to a hands-on approach to understanding how the World of Work is an essential element of the Cajon Valley modernized curriculum. By using the RIASEC model to determine employment personalities, the World of Work not only gives every child a chance to learn about many careers, but also helps every child determine which career fits their personality, strengths, skills, and work values. Students involved in World of Work will not only know the "how and what," but they will understand "the why" to everything they are learning. With each lesson they have at school, children will see how the lessons involving everyday subjects relate to a new field and why it is important to learn those skills and values.

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Cajon Valley Union School District, CA

Building Collaborative Community Partnerships
Through Digital Convergence

Presented By:
Mat Rehkop, Director of Teaching and Learning
Hamilton Team: Principals and Coaches

Success Indicators: Exploring the New Success indicators of the Community Driver

Session Abstract:
In the winter of 2017, Hamilton Community Schools engaged in a strategic planning process that involved the Board of Education, School Staff, Students, Parents, and Community Members. What resulted was a plan focused on the future of learning in Hamilton Community Schools which involves enhancing 21st-century skill development and engagement with our community.
Hamilton Community Schools is committed to implementing innovative practices at all levels. This includes our teachers working with Project Based and Blended Learning in a variety of settings. Our students have multiple opportunities to engage with content outside the traditional classroom. We have focused on teaching in a nature-based setting, partnering with local business and industry, virtual learning, and connecting our students to higher educational opportunities. These experiences do not happen without ongoing collaborative partnerships with community organizations, both public and private. We have created an environment where our staff is expected to “fail forward” while trying new techniques in unique settings outside the four walls of the classroom.
In this session, participants will see examples of experiences we provide Hamilton students and how our work with Modern Teacher has aligned our practices and developed a common instructional model where each student will thrive.

DRIVER: COMMUNITY

Presented By Hamilton Community Schools, MI

Presented By:
Laura Janusek, Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher
Patti Barrett, Modern Teacher

Success Indicators:
The Entire Digital Convergence Framework

Session Abstract:
Come explore the features and functions of the Modern Teacher platform. The Framework and National Network are housed in a cloud-based Platform that connects administrators, principals and teachers with the strategy, know-how and metrics to effectively move a district toward its goals. District leaders monitor progress within the Framework while teachers collaborate and progress through a series of engaging simulations and professional learning experiences customized to your district.  

DRIVER: ALL

Presented By Modern Teacher