Create a customized conference experience by choosing one or more of these focus questions as your learning emphasis. You’ll find sessions related to each question as well as chats and other opportunities to learn and network.
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PRECONFERENCE: What Personalizing Learning Is, Why It Matters, and How to Grow It in Your School
Personalized learning is not an initiative that requires new tools, but rather a shift in learning mindset that requires redefining teacher and student roles. The very heart of personalized learning is personal — building relationships with your learners to better understand challenges they face, aspirations they imagine, prior experience they have as you develop learning designs with them that are challenging, meaningful, and worthy of the pursuit.
This pre-conference session will meet participants where they are as they grow their personalizing learning practice through exploration and practical examples from the five key elements of the VASCD pedagogy project:
Cultural Competence, The Pathway to Equity in Education
The world is changing, and we are challenged with doing more than ever to prepare students for an unpredictable future. Artificial Intelligence and globalization are altering the landscape and the future of work is shifting and potentially shrinking. Our individual identities will no longer be defined by what we know and do, but rather, by who we are socially, emotionally, and culturally. Consider how public education can cultivate life-long learners from all walks of life while creating leaders who will put us on a path to equity, equality and ultimately world peace.
Culturally Relevant Teaching: .Promising Practices, Programs and Principles
Culture plays an important role in the teaching and learning process for all students, and can maximize rather than dilute the teaching of content-based standards. Incorporating cultural referents into instructional practice positively impacts equity and makes the learning experience more relevant for students. Dr. Howard is one of the most influential scholars in the nation informing educational practice and policy, particularly in the areas of culture and race as they intersect with teaching and learning.
Engage Every Family: Relationships That Matter to Learning
Building academic socialization in families reaps huge learning dividends for all students, especially those that need them the most. This session will describe the process and practice of building necessary relationships that support better learning outcomes for all. With storytelling, humor and a knack for telling it like it is, Dr. Constantino will leave you both smiling and thinking, but most importantly, motivated to put into place practices that…Engage Every Family!
Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard
How do you help children living in poverty achieve more than they ever thought possible? In this keynote, turnaround principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman will share how to focus your passion, apply your skills, and lead your students down the path to a better future. Learn the key strategies she uses to shift a culture focused on adults to a culture focused on students. With steadfast leadership and clear principles, educators can make an impact and help kids overcome almost any challenge.