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Symposium Wrap-Up

On August 4-6, 2010, more than 150 invited education leaders convened in Boston around the need for the systemic redesign of our K-12 education system to one that is centered on the personalized learning needs of each student.  Below are both a report of findings and an archive of the presentations, including session summaries and videos, student videos, and attendee poll results. 

Education Leaders Identify Top 10 Components of Personalized Learning | PDF  Press Release (November, 2010)
  Outline Roadmap for Systemic Redesign of preK-12 Education to a Student-Centered Model

A Report from the Symposium - Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized LearningPDF Report
This paper provides a primer on personalized learning as informed by the Symposium, identifies the essential practices/policies/technologies, outlines a series of next steps, and provides additional resources.

Symposium Photo Album & Slideshow 

Session Summaries, Presentations & Videos

Attendee Questions & Poll Results

Perspectives from Attending Education Leaders

Student & Educator Perspectives Shared at Symposium

Personalized Learning Scenarios

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Attendee QuestionsPDF Poll Results
1. [Do you agree] . . . tweaking the teacher/classroom-centered model is not enough, and systemic redesign is needed?
2. If you were a part of an RttT or i3 grant proposal, to what degree did it include personalized learning as a key goal or activity?
3. How important is changing our seat-time/Carnegie unit policy to enabling personalized learning?
4. What are the top 5 essential elements of personalized learning?
5. What are the top 5 policy enablers of personalized learning?
6. How important is technology to personalized learning?
7. Which is your top priority we should carry out collectively moving forward?

Perspectives from Attending Education Leaders
- Personalized learning is . . . ? | Video Video
- What policies are needed to enable personalized learning? | Video Video
- What are the technologies, curricular resources, and educator supports needed to support personalized learning? | Video Video

Student & Educator Perspectives Shared at Symposium
- The Franklin Arts Academy: Designing Your Learning (courtesy of Nellie Mae Education Foundation - NMEF)
- Windham High School: Learning in the 21st Century (courtesy of NMEF)
- Learning was exciting when . . .  (courtesy of CCSSO)
- Forest Lake Elementary School; first 1:51 only (courtesy of Edutopia)  
- We call it Imagination (courtesy of NMEF)  
- Digital Students @ Analog Schools, first 3:15 only (courtesy of TeacherTube)

Personalized Learning Scenarios
- Elementary School Teacher | PDF
- High School Student | PDF

Session Summaries, Presentations & Videos

Summary of All Sessions | PDF

Welcome & Overview | Video Video
- Ken Wasch, President, SIIA    
- Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Education Policy, SIIA

Grand Challenge & Opportunity: Defining Personalization | PDF Summary
- Wendy Battino, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition | Video Video | PDF Slides
- Joel Rose, CEO, School of One, New York City Department of Education | Video Video | PDF Slides
- Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers | Video Discussion / Q&A

Personalization in Context: Student Equity and the Whole ChildPDF Summary
- Gene Carter, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, ASCD | Video Video | PDF Slides
- Ken Slentz, Associate Commissioner for District Services, New York State Education Department | Video Video
- Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment | Video Video

Keynote: Framing Education Redesign and Personalized Learning | Video VideoPDF Slides | PDF Summary
     Research findings on the public view of education reform.  
Jane Feinberg, Senior Associate, FrameWorks Institute

Education Unbound: A Framework for Education Innovation | Video Video | PDF Slides | PDF Summary
Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Policy & System Enablers |Video VideoPDF Summary
- Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Education Policy, SIIA
- Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education
- Susan Patrick, President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning
- Roberta Selleck, Superintendent, Adams County School District 50 (CO)

Making the Turn: Day 2 Recap & Day 2 Overview | Video Video
- Karen Billings, Vice President, Education Division, SIIA
- Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director for Next Generation Learners, Council of Chief State Schools Officers
- Judy Seltz, Deputy Executive Director, Constituent Services, ASCD

Double Keynote: Assessment, Data, Curriculum, Technology and Educator Support | Video Q & A | PDF Summary
- Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year and English Teacher, Johnston High School (IA) | Video Video
     Remarks on effective teaching practice and the implications for a change in teacher’s role, skills, training and support.
- Karen Cator, Director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education | Video Video
     Remarks on the technology systems and applications, including many yet to be invented.

Personalized Learning, Take 2.0 | Video Video | PDF Summary
     Discussants synthesized what was learned and identified next steps.
- Nick Donohue, President & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
- Todd Brekhus, President, Digital Solutions, Capstone Digital
- Bruce Connolly, Director, Center for Education Innovation and Regional Economic Development (WI)
- Talmira Hill, Director, Association for High School Innovation


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