“Increasing the use of personalized teaching methods, including the integration of technology for K-14 students to improve learning and outcomes,” has been identified by the Michigan State Board of Education as a priority.
With this in mind, Kent ISD has organized Michigan’s first Personalized Learning Conference (PLCON), which will be held on May 4, 2016, at the Kent ISD Educational Service Center. This event will spotlight the importance of personalized learning and help educators begin their journey towards personalizing education for every student. All educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning are welcome and encouraged to attend.
An Opportunity for Choice
An important component of personalized learning is choice in how something is learned. We want to share and model this for attendees of the Personalized Learning Conference. At this event, there will be over 35 unique sessions. Each of these sessions focuses on one (or more) of nine different personalized learning strands, which include:
- Blended Learning Implementation
- Individualized Instruction
- Assessment & Feedback
- Authentic Practice
- Promoting Transfer and Universal Design for Learning
- Active Learning (e.g. Problem-Based or Inquiry-Based Learning, Role-Playing, etc.)
- Mastery Learning
- Data-Driven Decision Making
- Project-Based Learning
Opportunity for Variety
Conference sessions will be presented in a variety of ways, which will allow attendees to quickly gather information and/or dive deeply into a topic of interest. There are three types of session formats:
35-minute Information Sessions
Information sessions are quick sessions that focus on one or two topics. They are designed so that attendees can quickly learn about new research, tools, and/or ideas. Presenters will share additional resources so that attendees can further explore the topics presented in these sessions.
35-minute Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable discussions are not presentations. They are opportunities for educators to discuss topics that are important to them. Each discussion will be facilitated by a moderator, who will help structure and guide conversations (as needed) so that all participants can gain common understandings and leave with actionable ideas.
80-minute Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions are meant for those who want to dive deeply into a specific topic. Many of these sessions will be hands-on and allow participants to explore new tools and/or ideas. Other sessions will provide detailed overviews of research and/or ideas along with steps to follow for utilizing this information in a classroom, school, and/or district.
Opportunity to Personalize
Ever attend a conference where there were multiple sessions you wanted to attend, but they were all offered at the same time?
We hope to fix this at the Personalized Learning Conference. Leading up to this event, registered attendees will be given the opportunity to rate their level of interest in each session. This information will be used to create a schedule personalized for conference attendees. Through this structure, we hope to provide all attendees with sessions that are of interest to them throughout the day, as well as reduce overlap of sessions that are of greatest interest to attendees.
Opportunity to Attend
Learn more about personalized learning and register for the Personalized Learning Conference at plcon.org.