This year’s iNACOL Symposium—“Driving the Transformation of Learning”—will be held on October 21-24, 2018, at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

iNACOL’s annual conference is a leading industry event shaping the future of K-12 education. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers and researchers gather and work to transform education.

We are thrilled that multiple Transcend team members and Yellow Hats will facilitate the sessions and workshops listed below. We hope to see you there!

How a District and Charter Partnership Accelerated System Learning for Students

With Jeff Wetzler, Andy Goldin, Diane Tavenner, Tom Rooney

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


In education, perceived differences create barriers to collaboration and partnership, particularly between charters and districts in different regulatory spaces. When Lindsay Unified School District and Summit Public Schools came together to build a shared set of personalized learning look fors, they realized that they had more in common than they imagined. Come learn about this partnership and how you might create one too to ensure you build solutions that meet needs of diverse learners.

Innodoption: How Next Gen Learning Can Grow -- Without Losing Its Soul

With Jeff Wetzler, Sujata Bhatt, Andrew Calkins

11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Learning models designed to enable deep development of agency-driven, 21st century competencies cannot take root through the use of rules-and-compliance-driven 20th century change processes or traditional notions of scaling and adoption. The contradiction is fatal. In this session, national leaders will explore the notion of "innodoption" -- approaches that provide a scaffold of research, tools, and models AND are designed to be driven, customized, and serially innovated by the adopters.

Increasing Quality Implementation of Personalized Learning, Research and Best Practices from Summit

With Jeff Wetzler, Cinnamon Scheufele, Ross Lipstein, Nikolaus Namba, Andy Goldin

8:30 am - 10:30 am


“Personalized Learning” is gaining momentum and yet, even experienced educators in this model are still looking for clarity as to what success looks like. What can educators do to elevate the quality of personalized learning in schools? Come learn about the work of Lindsay Unified School District, Summit Public Schools, and Transcend in building a set of learner, teacher and site leader actions to clarify what is quality personalized learning and try to adapt them to your system’s needs.

Four Blended Learning Design Challenges Inspired By Reality TV

With Beth Holland and Tim Wilhelmus

10:00 am - 12:15 pm


When confronted with the challenge of "blending" lessons, educators often rely on traditional instructional strategies. However, this often results in digitizing existing curriculum instead of changing the learning experience. In this fast-paced, hands-on, design session, participants will work in teams to "blend" four different lessons or activities with the express focus of leveraging the online environment for content delivery, instruction, personalization, and feedback. From Chopped to Fixer Upper and The Amazing Race to Cupcake Wars, this gauntlet of fast-paced activities forces participants to shift their focus of instructional design away from the predictable and toward the inspired.

Collaboration, not Competition: Education Innovation through Communities of Innovative Practice

With Jeanne Chang, Anirban Bhattacharyya, Nithi Thomas, Ellen Dorr, Chris Liang-Vergara

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Creating and implementing innovative school models is hard. The work is hard. We were all doing it alone.  The Community of Innovative Practice was established to provide a safe, honest space for practitioners of personalized learning models to discuss challenges in the work.  The CIP is an exclusive network of educators that are committed to sharing ideas, contributing resources, and collaborating on common challenges in order to enhance our ability to be effective leaders.

The Perfect Blend: Practices for Blended Learning

With Jin-Soo Huh, Amalia Lopez, Stephen Pham, Michael Fauteux

8:30 am - 10:30 am


Educators strive to make sure every child they teach is effectively and equitably engaged. Integrating technology with in-person instruction through blended learning can be a powerful mechanism for achieving this goal and personalizing for students in innovative ways. This interactive, learner-centered session offers expertise & tangible resources for leaders and educators seeking to shift their practice immediately through real-time data use, personalization, mastery-based progression, and much more.

Scaling and Evolving Next Gen Schools

With Jin-Soo Huh, Colleen Collins, Jane Szot, Jennifer Ferrari

10:00 am - 11:00 am


The early wave of schools implementing next gen models with personalized learning are now maturing. Distinctive Schools, part of this early wave, will share how they took time to reflect to plan their next stage of evolution. Members of the team will discuss what research and experiences informed their next steps and the process used to create a strategy to develop the model further. The team will share lessons learned, progress, next steps, and tools used and developed for this process.

Personalized Learning in the Context of a Person, Not a School

With Lauren Fine, Amy Anderson, Paola Ramirez

8:30 am - 10:30 am


The ReSchool Colorado team will lead participants in an interactive game that simulates the possibilities of a truly learner-centered system. Acting as “learner advocates,” participants will bundle learning resources around the needs of an individual young person who has a unique identity, interest and challenge. ReSchool will share its own Learner Advocate Network model, equipping participants with tools to explore how to integrate its principles and functions into their learning environments.

Personalized Learning Coast to Coast!

With Amy Anderson and Jill Gildea

11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Curious about Personalized Learning? Come hear how three districts, coast to coast, implement Personalized Learning in their K-12 settings. Explore personalized learning frameworks, examine emerging research, and see it in action customized to various grade levels and contexts. Bring your questions and leave with answers to innovate and scale personalized learning in your district.

In Search of Purpose: Helping high schoolers find their driving motivation

With Yutaka Tamura, Lisa Kiang, Amy Sandoz

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sense of purpose. We all want it but how do we seek it? Only 20% of America’s high school students have a sense of purpose, yet a sense of purpose is a key indicator of persistence and success in both high school and college. In this session, participants and presenters will engage in deep discussions on practical entry points, lessons learned from the field, and applicable research on how high schools and out-of-school-time programs can incorporate sense of purpose development in their programs.

Shaping the Future of American Public Education: What’s Next for Changemakers?

With Amy Anderson, Sunanna Chand, Katie King, Shania Trammel

10:00 am - 11:00 am


We face an urgent need to transform the education system. But are our collective efforts to make change supporting or undermining public education? Rapidly changing social expectations, alternative funding resources and increased policy flexibility are shifting how and why education changemakers are intervening to reshape the system. This session will explore trends and possible futures of education reform and feature insights from leaders on taking meaningful action in this unique moment.

Connected Cities: Creating Powerful Learning Experiences

With Nate McClennen, Phyllis Lockett, Connie Yowell, Tom Van Der Ark

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Some of the most powerful youth learning experiences today are happening outside the classroom walls. Project-based learning, digital content, work-based learning and community partnerships are bridging home, school, work, and community to form new learning ecosystems where your city becomes the school. Facilitators will discuss how any city can become a learning ecosystem and share examples from around the country in a virtual field trip.

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