The theme of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this year is "Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success." This annual conference brings together leaders from K-12 competency-based education, blended and online learning. Educators, school and community leaders, policymakers and researchers will gather to discuss the future of learning. KnowledgeWorks is proud to be sending team to the conference to give a keynote address at a luncheon and to host four sessions over the four-day event.
Innovation for Equity + Redefining Student Success: Practitioner’s Perspectives
12:15 - 2:15, Wednesday, October 26
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, will speak with Darryl Adams, EdD, Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District, will speak about leading systemic, transformative change in K-12 education. Their talk, Innovation for Equity + Redefining Student Success: Practitioner’s Perspectives, will focus on redefining what success looks like through powerful, personalized learning environments designed to address equity and ultimately improve outcomes for all students.
Is it Policy to Practice or Practice to Policy?
10 - 12:10, Wednesday, October 26
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, joins this panel discussion about education policy. Participants in this session will learn how policies at the state, district and school levels can impact learning at the student level. But, lack of appropriate communication of policies often results in policies that have no significant impact on practice. Participants will learn how navigating the difficult cacophony of diverse community voices can result in sustainable practices supported by strong policy.
Closing the Equity Gap in All Neighborhoods through Personalized Learning
4:15 - 5:15, Wednesday, October 26
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, will present on personalized, competency learning and its effect on the equity gap. Hear about the struggle many learning communities have with implementing a highly personalized, competency ecosystem and how others have utilized their community partners, stakeholders and diverse voices to support this new learning paradigm. The personalized, competency learning vision can be a reality in any neighborhood and with all children.
Shifting the paradigm of teaching through competency education
10 - 11:00 Thursday, October 27
Jesse Moyer, Director of State Advocacy and Research for KnowledgeWorks, will join teachers in a discussion about the shift to personalized learning. This session will explore what personalized and competency education are and what do they look like in action in the classroom. The session will also examine what conditions that need to be in place to scale innovative practices in districts across the country. The session will also elevate the teacher voice looking at the drivers of a shifting paradigm of teaching. Lastly, presenters will focus on empowering teachers and aligning the system to support personalized learning at all levels.
Redesigning for Competency Education Begins With Strategic Communications
10 - 12:15, Thursday, October 27
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, joins Cris Charbonneau, Vice President of Communications at KnowledgeWorks, to talk about community engagement. When a learning community has made the commitment to provide a highly personalized, competency-based ecosystem, what needs to be considered when communicating and engaging stakeholders in the vision?
These former school district leaders will share their experiences and lessons in communications and outreach strategies, revitalizing school district brands to engage the community in dialogue and constructive collaboration and purposeful partnership with the community to build buy-in and trust.
ESSA 2.0: Building and Sustaining Personalized Learning Systems Under a New Presidential Administration
11:15 - 12:15, Thursday, October 27
Lillian Pace, Senior Director of National Policy at KnowledgeWorks, and Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal and State Policy at iNACOL, will talk about implications of the outcome of the upcoming election on personalized learning.
Transforming Education with Learners at the Center
2:30 - 3:30, Thursday, October 27
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, will join Gretchen Morgan from Education Reimagined in facilitating a discussion about the impact of the paradigms we hold and look through when making instructional decisions. The goal is that practitioners will learn about the important differences in implementing things like competency-based in learner-centered rather than school-centered paradigms. Understanding the impact of paradigm, we believe, is the first step on a path that leads people to transform their learning environments.
Structures and Strategies to Support Personalized Learning Coaches
2:30 - 3:30, Thursday, October 27
Robin Kanaan, Director of Teaching and Learning for KnowledgeWorks, will join Ashley Thompson and Heather MacLaughlin from Marysville Exempted School District in Marysville, Ohio, for this presentation on supporting personalized learning coaches.
How does a district support and empower its teachers when moving from a traditional system to a personalized learning / competency-based education model? Join a lively conversation as one district shares its strategies and structures around the design and intent of personalized learning coaches. School-based coaches are blazing new trails and redefining the definition of instructional coaching. Coaches will share and discuss their toolbox of strategies including redefined teacher roles and incorporating learner voice.