Program: T&L Live Boston 2017

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Come prepared to share your ideas and questions.

Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and the author of the award-winning book “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.” In his keynote, “Personalized Learning: The Vision and the Practice,” Michael will dive into the vision as well as the tactical workflow of personalized learning in a K-12 setting. He’ll discuss why it’s important for schools to be clear about their definition of personalized learning to help guide administrators, staff, and parent communities in realizing a vision that makes sense for each school environment. He’ll share stories about lessons learned from various K-12 personalized learning initiatives that will help attendees learn the practical steps their schools can take to create and sustain a personalized learning plan.
BREAKOUT #1: Blended/Personalized Learning: Part One
This panel, comprised of graduates from the Highlander Institute’s Fuse Fellowship program, share their insights on how to build district capacity in blended and personalized learning programs. The Fuse program strives to share, implement, evaluate, and scale blended learning by working with educators and districts across the state. PRESENTERS: Hilary Lundgren & William Black (Teacher & Principal, West Broadway Middle School, Providence Public School Department, RI); Jessica Geremia (District Technology Fellow, Chariho Regional School District, Wood River Junction , RI); and Jason Appel (Math Teacher, Fuse RI Fellow, Barrington High School, Barrington, RI). Moderator: David Ross (Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for 21st Century Learning)

BREAKOUT #2: A Look at the New Computer Science Standards
This session will explore the new Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards curriculum, professional development, and more. PRESENTERS: Jim Stanton (Executive Director, MassCAN at EDC), Joyce Malyn-Smith (Principal Investigator, Focusing on Strategic Initiatives in STEM Workforce & Human Development, EDC), Paul Foster (Chief Information Officer at Springfield Public Schools), and Laura S. Chesson (Assistant Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools, MA).

BREAKOUT #3: Demos
Attendees have the opportunity to test drive some of latest tools for K-12.

BREAKOUT #4: Leadership Track: Why #GoOpen?
This group discussion for school leaders will explore how to #GoOpen using openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning -- as well as ensuring those materials play nicely with your other systems. PRESENTERS: Leo Brehm (CIO, North/Southbourough, Southborough, MA), Andrew Marcinek (CIO, Worcester Academy, Brighton, MA), Mike Jamerson (Director of Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, IN); and Grace Magley, Director of Digital Learning (Natick Public Schools, MA).Click here to RSVP for this session.


These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics will be repeated at the 1:10 "anything goes" breakout session.

* Future Ready Librarians (Jonathan Werner, Library & Instructional Technology Specialist, Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

* Hyperdocs workshop (Rayna Freedman, Dedham, MA)

* Revamping Research Skills with Google Apps (Jessica Garbowski, District Instructional Technology Coordinator, Easton Public Schools, Easton, MA)

* How technology can impact and create a positive school culture (Alice Barr, Instructional Technology Integrator, Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, ME)

* Strategies and Tools to Support the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning (Rachel Discko, technology integration specialist, Manchester High School, Manchester, CT)

* Using G Suite Tools to collaborate better in your environment (Mike Arsenault, Instructional Technology Integrator, Yarmouth School Department, Yarmouth, ME)

* Educational Vlogging (Sarah Connell, Community Service Learning: the Media Literacy Lens, Auburn Public Schools, Auburn, MA)

* Gamification and Game Based Learning (Michele Haiken, Author and Educator, Rye Middle School & Manhattanville College, Rye , NY)

* Creating a Student led Digital Citizens Advisory Board (Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, Pottstown, PA)

* How to tie business to technology (Julie York, Career Preparation Department Chair, South Portland High School, South Portland, Maine)

*...and more

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics will be repeated from the 11:15 "anything goes" breakout session.

BREAKOUT #1: Blended/Personalized Learning: Part Two
These panelists from a variety of districts present best practices related to blended and personalized learning, including the use of technology to tailor instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each individual's unique needs--as well as how to combine these tools with teaching strategies that address core learning standards. PRESENTERS: Matthew Joseph (Director of Digital Learning, Informational Technology, and Innovation, Milford Public Schools, Milford, MA); Rachel Discko (Technology Integration Specialist, Manchester High School, Manchester, CT); and Anna Nolin (Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Natick Public Schools, MA).

BREAKOUT #2: Going Beyond the Hour of Code
This session will explore ways schools can integrate coding and other STEM programs into other areas of teaching and learning. PRESENTERS: Thomas Chestna (Director of Technology, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI) and Laurie Center (Director of STEM Education, Moses Brown School): Deborah Marshall (Department Chair, Career & Technical Education, Norfolk Public Schools, VA); Robyn McKenney (K-5 Technology Coordinator) and Whitney Wadecki (Teacher, Waterford Public Schoos, Quaker Hill, CT)

BREAKOUT #3: Demos
Attendees have the opportunity to test drive some of latest tools for K-12.

BREAKOUT #4: Leadership Track: Communicating Effectively with Your Community
How do you effectively use social media to tell your district story? What are some do’s and don’ts of effective communication? This session for school district leaders examines how districts can better tell their stories to their communities and the media. PRESENTERS: Christina Maryland (Grants Research and Communications Specialist, Natick Public Schools, MA); Paul Sanfrancesco (Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, Pottstown, PA); and Andrew Wallace (Director of Technology, South Portland Maine Schools). Moderator: Jean Tower (Director of Media and Digital Learning, Needham Public Schools, Needham, MA. Click here to RSVP for this session.




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T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!

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