Sep 20 08:00 AM

Rise Up: Education Excellence for Every Child

Throughout America’s history, education has served as a catalyst for social and economic mobility, especially for disadvantaged populations. But education change movements are not just in history books or museums. Ensuring quality education for all remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our day. And change is happening now.

Collective impact partnerships in communities across the country have shown that the hope for education equity can become reality. Communities are illuminating disparities, shifting student supports and testing ways to improve. Opportunity gaps are closing, education outcomes are improving and communities are changing. 

Let’s build on this momentum and sustain the movement. Join fellow change champions and equity advocates to get equipped, empowered and energized to continue changing systems in support of every student. 


Contact Kelly Robinson at robinsonk@strivetogether.org about the 2016 StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening. More information coming soon!


Oct 25 07:00 AM

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.

Keynote Plenary Luncheon by Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, and Darryl Adams, EdD, Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District

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.

Transforming Education with Learners at the Center

Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks, will join Gretchen Morgan from Education Reimagined in facilitaing 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

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.

Redesigning for Competency-Based Education Begins With Strategic Communications

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:

  1. Communications and outreach strategies
  2. Revitalizing school district brands to engage the community in dialogue
  3. 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

Lilian 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.

Learn more about the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium: Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success.

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