Keynote: Why Teachers are More Important than Ever in Contemporary Classrooms

This keynote focuses on the powerful roles teachers play to engage students in a personalized learning classroom. We explore what the expectations are of the world right now and how focusing on our interrelated roles of lead learner, facilitator, and coach can grow students capacity and future success. Participants will be introduced to the personalized learning sound board as an anchor for breakout sessions and further development.

Breakout Session #1: Personalizing Learning through a Strengths-Based Pedagogy

How do you work with students to design learning that is challenging, doable and worthy of the attempt? This breakout session focuses on how we build relationships with learners through the lens of the four filters: voice, co-creation, social construction and self-discovery.

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  • Getting to Know Your Students
  • Power of Storytelling through StoryCorps. Click here for instructions on how your students can participate; click here for great questions from StoryCorps to do a local version in your community
  • Model for Personalizing Instructional Plan, Grade 1
  • Model for Personalizing Instructional Plan, Research

Breakout Session #2: How Goal Setting with Students Helps Them Own their Learning Experience

What is expected of me as a student? How do I know that I am getting better over time? This session focuses on how to guide students through setting and monitoring goals through a review of concrete tools and examples.

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  • Clarification Tool that describe the range of each of the 7 elements from teacher generated to student generated
  • Reflection and Action Tool that poses questions about past and future practice that may help guide where to get started
  • Process Tool to grow student’s role in goal setting for Goals
  • Design Tool for students to use to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals (2 versions)
  • Article from Judy Willis (Psychology Today, March 2019)

Goal Setting Video Resource

Student Led-Conferences to Reflect on Past and Set Goals