Breaking with Tradition - Personalizing Learning for Students

Breaking with Tradition

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | Grappone Center, Concord

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Discuss and study practical instructional techniques to implement project-based learning (PBL). PBL is a catalyst to teach students critical skills for success through personalized instruction. A morning keynote address will focus on tenants of competency education, 21st century skills, and evolving instructional and assessment practices. Breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon will follow the keynote and cover:

  • Blended Basics: Using Technology and Data to Personalize Learning
  • Centers-based Instruction (K-12)
  • Project-based Learning and Instruction (K-6);
  • Next Steps Design (K-6)
  • Next Steps Design (Gr. 7-12)

 

Schedule:

8:00-8:20 a.m. - Registration & Coffee
8:20-8:30 a.m. - Welcome
8:30-10:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Vander Els. & Brian Stack
10:15 a.m.-12:00 noon - 4 Breakout Sessions
12:00–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00–2:45 p.m. - 4 Breakout Sessions

Grappone Conference Center, Concord NH | Tuesday, Dec 5 | 0.5 CEUs | $220    

                                                                

What You Will Learn:

Keynote Session

Breaking with Tradition

Our traditional educational system, a factory model of education, has been in place for decades. However, does this model properly prepare our learners for the world they will enter after school?  Many of the jobs they will have after graduation do not even exist today. During this session, we will focus on the tenets of competency education and consider how both instructional and assessment practices are evolving to meet the changing needs of learners in our schools. The session will explore project-based learning as a catalyst for developing those deeper learning competencies that are critical for success in college, career, and civic life.

Participants will understand:

A. Overview of competency education
B. Successful instructional shifts necessary to support student learning.
C. How project-based learning meets learners’ needs.

Keynote Presenters: Brian Stack and Jonathan Vander Els

Breakout Sessions - Choose one for the morning and one for the afternoon

Next Steps Design Session  (Elementary)

AM Session ONLY
Traditional school structures, those that have served generations of America’s youth, have left today’s educators with tough questions to grapple with. Does your school have effective structures in place to prepare today’s students for the unknown needs of tomorrow’s society? Is your school flexible enough to provide personalized pathways for all, with a student-centered approach? A traditional educational model no longer properly prepares learners for the world they will enter, and this has resulted in the need for schools to break from tradition to adopt a more student-centered, personalized structure known as competency-based learning. In this breakout session, Jon will help educators and school teams determine their current reality through self-evaluation utilizing the competency-based learning school design rubric from their book, Breaking with Tradition. Jon will then help teams prioritize their needs and determine their “next steps” through a design session, allowing individuals and teams to leave this session with concrete realistic next steps towards developing their own competency learning system in information their schools. Presenter: Jonathan Vander Els

Centers-based Instruction (Primary, Elementary, & HS Levels)

Repeated AM and PM Sessions
Does differentiating instruction seem overwhelming? Discover how competency-based learning centers allow for personalization, natural differentiation, and quality instruction for all learners. Amanda Tozier, a fourth grade teacher, and Jill Lizier curriculum coordinator and former first grade teacher, Crystal Bonin, high school English teacher present an overview on learning centers through both a panel discussion and level-focused groups. Come discover how to create an environment where all students, regardless of ability, are provided with a learning pathway that fits their needs and brings them to competency. Instructors: Crystal Bonin, Jill Lizier, & Amanda Tozier

Project-based Learning and Instruction (Elementary Level)

Repeated AM and PM Sessions
Five years into our practice of teaching students through Project Based Learning, we have traveled down the road of too complicated, too lengthy, too hard to assess and more. We have also discovered great tools to help plan, implement, and assess PBL in our classrooms through our many successful projects. Join us as we share with you the ups and downs of teaching PBL, how we collaborate to create engaging, meaningful projects with and for our students, and how we document student learning, all the while aligning with our competencies. If you are struggling with how to let go of the traditional reins of classroom control and embrace education through facilitation of PBL, we will support you through the process of understanding what that looks like, sounds like and feels like. You will leave this breakout session with planning tools, ideas, resources, and confidence as you work to implement PBL to its fullest in your classroom. Instructors: Sarah Bond, & Sara Cantrell, Monique Temple-Boudreau
 

Blended Basics: Using Technology and Data to Personalize Learning

Repeated AM and PM Sessions
At Highlander Institute, we believe that if mastery is the goal and personalization is the challenge, then blended learning is our solution. In this session, participants will articulate their own “whys” for blended learning, and experience elements of blended and personalized learning models, including opportunities to work in small groups and to progress through learning tasks at their own pace. As part of the discussion, participants will receive open-source resources that they can use to support blended learning implementations in their own schools and classrooms, as well as information and realistic next steps towards developing their own competency based learning system in their schools.
Presenters: Maeve Murray and Maureen Sigler

Next Steps Design Session  (Secondary)

PM Session ONLY
Traditional school structures, those that have served generations of America’s youth, have left today’s educators with tough questions to grapple with. Does your school have effective structures in place to prepare today’s students for the unknown needs of tomorrow’s society? Is your school flexible enough to provide personalized pathways for all, with a student-centered approach? A traditional educational model no longer properly prepares learners for the world they will enter, and this has resulted in the need for schools to break from tradition to adopt a more student-centered, personalized structure known as competency-based learning. In this breakout session, Brian will help educators and school teams determine their current reality through self-evaluation utilizing the competency-based learning school design rubric from their book, Breaking with Tradition. Brian will then help teams prioritize their needs and determine their “next steps” through a design session, allowing individuals and teams to leave this session with concrete based and realistic next steps towards developing their own competency learning system in information their schools. Presenter: Brian Stack

 

Travel & Site Information:

Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 225-0303

Directions

From Concord:
North Main Street to 393/202 east to a right on South Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn left onto Constitution Avenue. Courtyard by Marriott is on your right.

From the North:
I-93 South to exit 15W. Turn right at stop sign and proceed to flashing yellow light. Turn right at flashing yellow light onto Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn right, continuing on Commercial Street, and turn right into Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond.

From the South:
I-93 North to exit 15W (393/202 West). Turn right at flashing yellow light onto Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn right, continuing on Commercial Street and turn right into Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond.

From the West:
I-89 to I-93 North to exit 15W (393/202 West). Turn right at flashing yellow light onto Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn right, continuing on Commercial Street, and turn right into Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond.

From the East:
393/202 West (cross over I-93) to right at flashing yellow light onto Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn right, continuing on Commercial Street, and turn right into Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond.

From Maine:
I-95 South to Exit 2 (Hampton Beach/Exeter). Proceed on NH 101 W (towards Manchester) to I-93N to exit 15W (393/202 West). Turn right at flashing yellow light onto Commercial Street. Proceed to stop sign and turn right, continuing on Commercial Street and turn right into Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond.

 

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