Redbird Learning’s Personalized Learning Symposium 2015
On March 25th and 26th Redbird Advanced Learning hosted the second annual Personalized Learning Symposium at Stanford University. Nearly 100 district leaders attended the event. The two days were a great opportunity for district leaders to hear from expert practitioners, government leaders and academia and to exchange ideas on how to effectively scale personalized learning. An overview of the sessions and relevant presentations is included below.
Download the opening remarks presented by Redbird Advanced Learning's Eli Kennedy, Senior Vice President of School Programs.
SCALING PERSONALIZED LEARNING
Two esteemed public officials conducted a discussion about levers to scale personalized learning and how districts can pursue State and Federal funds to pilot and scale personalized learning efforts.
- Jack O’Connell / Former California State Superintendent of Education
- Tony Miller / Former Deputy Secretary and COO, U.S. Department of Education
BRIDGING THE GAP
Matthew Mugo Fields discussed how the foundational pillars of Silicon Valley (Stanford research and technology) support the pursuit of educational excellence and equity.
- Matthew Mugo Fields / Co-Founder of the Rocket Group and President of Redbird Advanced Learning
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Personalized and Blended Learning Trends in Higher Ed: What K-12 Needs to Know and Do
Drawing on his recently published book, Remaking College: The Changing Ecology Of Higher Education, which he coauthored, Dr. Kirst will discussed the trends and changes in personalized learning and technology at colleges and universities, how they mirror similar issues in K-12 schools and what educators can do to adequately prepare students to be 'college ready.'
- Michael Kirst / Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University; Twice and Current President of the California State Board of Education
BLENDED LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION
This workshop examined how to plan and implement Blended Learning effectively to help schools personalize learning and increase academic outcomes. Through the lenses of theory, research, and practice, this interactive workshop addressed some of the key challenges and opportunities of Blended Learning implementation including managing change, selecting models, and sustaining daily practice. Districts learned how Blended Learning can help accomplish instructional goals while leading to increased student engagement, teacher effectiveness, and sustainability.
- Tom Arnett / Education Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute
- Tiffany Della Vedova / The Mandell School
- Jason Green / Executive Director of Professional Development and Blended Learning at Redbird Advanced Learning
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DIGITAL CURRICULUM: MATHEMATICS
Participants took a deep dive into the key features of research-based digital curriculum for mathematics. Janet Pittock described the research underpinnings of the Redbird Mathematics K-7 course developed by Stanford University, with specific focus on how data on student progress allows the program to adapt in real time to create a unique personalized learning path for each student. Participants learned about the importance of providing acceleration, remediation, enrichment, and inspiration in addition to the foundation of rich and rigorous mathematics. Participants also shared challenges and ideas for improving blended learning mathematics solutions.
- Janet Pittock / Vice President of Curriculum, Mathematics at Redbird Advanced Learning
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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION®: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENT
Alan spoke about building a culture of collective teacher efficacy to drive student achievement, and discussed the importance of personalizing learning for each student and how to build a culture that supports personalized learning in schools.
- Alan Blankstein / Award-Winning Author and Former President of the HOPE Foundation
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DIGITAL CURRICULUM: LANGUAGE ARTS
Participants engaged in a deep dive into the key features of research-based digital curriculum for ELA. Dr. Flickinger described the research underpinnings of the Redbird Language Arts & Writing course developed by Stanford University, with specific focus on how collaborative research has led to creation of a program that understands and assesses student writing. Flickinger also provided an overview of features used in ELA digital curriculum will be presented, followed by a feedback session in which participants shared their experiences, challenges and ideas to improve blended learning solutions for ELA.
- Dan Flickinger / Senior Research Associate, CSLI at Stanford University
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LESSONS IN PERSONALIZATION FROM THE EDSURGE 50 STATES INITIATIVE | Lane/Lyons/LodatoA panel discussion highlighting the top stories from EdSurge’s recently completed The Fifty States Project, an initiative to showcase educators and their stories of supporting learning by using technology. We celebrate the art, knowledge and best practices shared by educators across urban, suburban, and rural communities, wielding technology to make a real difference for kids. Representatives from three states will be present and others will participate via Twitter feed. #edsurge50
- Mary Jo Madda / Associate Editor at EdSurge
- Roger Cook/Superintendent of Taylor County School District in Cambellsville, Kentucky
- Ricardo Elizalde/English Language Learner Teacher at San Francisco Unified School District
- Kerry Gallagher/Middle and High School History Teacher in Massachusetts
- Brandon Phenix/Director of Personalized Learning at ReNEW Schools in New Orleans
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EFFECTIVE TEACHER PREPARATION FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
This workshop was a conversation with Dr. Ball, one of the nation's leading scholars conducting research on educational linguistics, urban education and the preparation of teachers for generative and sustained change. Dr. Ball is currently leading a research team at Stanford University focused on understanding the key characteristics of professional development to prepare teachers for high-quality 21st century learning environments. The research is informing Redbird’s approach to professional development and the development of new teacher preparation tools. Attendees will get an inside look at the research process of Dr. Ball and her team and some of the key characteristics of highly effective, sustainable professional development.
- Dr. Arnetha Ball / Professor of Education at Stanford University in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education and Educational Linguistics
- Moderator: Jason Green / Executive Director of Professional Development and Blended Learning at Redbird Advanced Learning