Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

“Personalized learning is intended to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists may employ a wide variety of educational methods, from intentionally cultivating strong and trusting student-adult relationships to modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.” (Glossary of Education Reform, 5/14/15)

On May 3rd, Kent ISD will host The Personalized Learning Conference (PLCON). This conference is beneficial to all educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning.

Leaders in education have a unique opportunity to create organizational priorities and values that support personalized learning for every student.  Administrators can maximize time and teachers to create student success!

Top 5 Sessions for Administrators

  1. A National Perspective on Innovation for Equity through Personalized Learning and Competency Education
    This is the keynote. The presenter, Virgel Hammonds, is nationally known for his knowledge and experience with personalized learning and competency-based education. He will share what personalized learning looks like across the nation, as well as what leaders can do to make this a reality in their districts.
  2. MDE Personalized Learning Update
    Gregg Dionne from MDE is going to give an update on what MDE is doing to allow and promote personalized learning in Michigan. He is also going to answer questions that leaders have around policy flexibility and implementation of personalized learning. This session will include the presentation of new information related to Personalized Learning at the state level and will include opportunities for questions related to policy flexibility and implementation.
  3. Life on Neptune; Reconciling Traditional Scope & Sequence with Personalized Learning Pathways
    Ben Rimes , the Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology at Mattawan Consolidated School District, is going to lead a discussion around the struggles leaders face with implementing personalized learning in a traditional classroom. Do you feel like you’re on another planet when it comes to wrestling with traditional curricular Scope and Sequence with Personalized Learning pathways and student development plans? Maybe your district has already figured out how to reconcile traditional cohort based education with a push for more personalized and self-paced learning and you’d like to share? Please attend this session for a conversation about what curriculum alignment looks like in the future.
  4. Achieving 1.5 years growth in Reading and Math while Conquering Poverty
    This session is specifically for building administrators and focuses on two high-interest areas: math and reading.  School leaders are charged with the difficult task to meet state and local mandates, increase scores on state assessments, engage families and community partners all while successfully operating the school. The reality of most inner city schools include a high-poverty population of students entering school two or three years behind grade level. The added weight of teachers struggling to deliver culturally relevant teaching makes the role of school leader seem impossible.
  5. Global Ready Students
    Ben Gilpin is a phenomenal educator and leader. He will discuss how he has personalized learning for students at his school in order to make students “global ready”. Sara, Candice and Ben will share how students at Warner Elementary are thriving in differentiated environments that meet them where they are. This session will focus on innovative opportunities, advocating for ALL students and making it a priority to scaffold skills to increase self-esteem and help each child succeed.

All educators are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. If you are not already enrolled, click here to reserve your seat for PLCON 2017 today!

This blog post was written by Andrew Steinman, Education Technology Consultant for Kent ISD  and Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD.

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