The Personalized Learning Conference on May 4, 2016 is an event that spotlights the importance of personalized learning and helps 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
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.
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.