Day 1

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Why DLAC? Lessons from a high school classroom to around the world

  • John Watson, Evergreen Ed Group
  • Alexandra Griffith, Oshgosh School District
  • Heather Hiebsch, TeachUNITED

3:00PM - 3:10PM

State Accountability Frameworks: Do they Work for Online Schools?

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) significantly changed the requirements for state accountablity frameworks compared to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In 2017-18 every state debuted their new framework creating an interesting mix of requirements and measurements, especially for online schools. Come to this session and learn some of the more creative ways states have used their flexibility and some decisions that will leave you scratching your head trying to figure out why that state did that.

Speaker:

  • Matthew Wicks, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Get Primed for Innovation: Building NC's First Blended High School

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country B

Description: Crossroads Flex High School, located in the state's largest school system, opened its doors in 2016 to serve high school students whose outside interests and activities require considerable amounts of time during regular school hours. Come learn how this innovative school partnered with the North Carolina Virtual Public School to build a diverse, flexible, and thriving blended learning environment that offers students choice, opportunity, and options to meet their academic needs.

Speakers:

  • Eliz Colbert, North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Nartarshia Sharpe, Crossroads Flex High School-Wake County Public Schools

How to Bring Mastery Learning To Life At Scale: A Specific, Clear Example Using MasteryTrack

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A

Description: Schools across America are starting to implement “mastery learning.” They have connectivity, devices, and software. Now what? How does it actually work? Come see a specific, clear example of a mastery-based dashboard and the process that makes mastery learning come to life. We’ll discuss the 5 key elements required for effective implementation and how to make them happen at scale, and we’ll talk about the challenges of doing it within the existing K-12 system. Catch a glimpse of the future!

Speaker:

  • Scott Ellis, MasteryTrack

3:00pm-3:40pm

Thinking Outside the Box: Maximizing Courseware in Secondary Schools

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Thinking outside the box forces us to be innovative. Too often schools or districts purchase digital courseware for a singular purpose, typically as a credit recovery solution. One box, one solution. However, digital courseware can solve several problems and create numerous opportunities. Having courseware creates scenarios that you may have not even considered. Let’s talk about innovative ways to think outside the box, beyond the most obvious. 10+ designs for secondary schools will be shared.

Speaker:

  • Kim Loomis, Clark County School District

Implementing Digital Learning Into the Curriculum

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: This session will be focused on a discussion regarding the successful implementation of digital learning in the classroom. One of the biggest challenges for integrating digital learning into the classroom is when teachers are overwhelmed with trying to meet the TEKS and standards. Let's discuss examples of successes and challenges in order come up with solid solutions to effectively embed digital learning of all types into the daily curriculum.

Speaker:

  • Lea Castillo, Texas Education Telecommunications Network

3:00pm-4:20pm

Creating a low-cost, high-impact online learning program with heart

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: Particpants will hear how the Virtual School Network (ViSN) is operating as a low cost, scalable model of virtual learning. Key points of difference about this model will be shared, providing an insight into how to easily replicate these key aspects in other systems of online learning. Along with the many successes this program has enjoyed, there have been some key learnings so presenters are encouraging participants to come along and hear how thinking outside the box has worked for ViSN.

Speakers:

  • Meredith Roe, Catholic Education Western Australia
  • Cathy Cavanaugh, Microsoft

Disrupting the Tradition

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Texas I

Description: The Capital Area Online Learning Association(CAOLA) is a consortium of 117 districts/programs in PA offering a variety of online learning options. This session highlights how four public schools in CAOLA shattered traditional learning models. Each district will share how they uniquely addressed the teacher, learner, and retention challenges. This session highlights real practices in blended, acceleration, remediation, night school, and support for full time/part time online learners. The following areas will be discussed:

—Bermudian Springs SD: Using district employed teachers in a district-managed online learning program.

—Lower Dauphin SD: Addressing night school at-risk student needs through online learning options.

—Derry Township SD: Student voice/choice in blended learning

—Halifax Area SD: Social-emotional support of online learners

Speakers:

  • Holly Brzycki, Capital Area Online Learning Association/Capital Area Intermediate Unit
  • Holly Wallen, Bermudian Springs School District
  • Laura Wade, Derry Township School District
  • Rick Attivo, Lower Dauphin School District
  • Dave Hatfield, Halifax Area School District
  • Shelly Moore, Bermudian Springs School District
  • John Livelsberger, Bermudian Springs School District

Equity of Opportunity: Three Districts Share the Impact of Digital Learning on Equity and Inclusion to Drive Achievement and Ignite Student Potential

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Texas II

Description: Join three districts raising the bar in education for an interactive discussion on how to improve systemic culture, conditions and competencies to raise achievement for all students and create pathways for success. From using digital learning to transform the classroom to establishing consistent policies, including PD/training, district leaders discuss the impact of equity initiatives to effectively engage, encourage and empower young people, regardless of gender identity, race, class, or nationality.

Speakers:

  • Dondelayo White, Evanston Township High School
  • Erin Jones, Erin Jones, LLC
  • David Watkins, Broward County Public Schools

Connecting the Dots to Technology Integration

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Hill Country D

Description: From identifying and outlining key tech skills at each grade level; to embedding “Tech Connections” in the curriculum guide; to supporting teachers through purposeful coaching strategies, Joliet District 86 has spent the last few years connecting the dots of tech integration to set the stage for blended learning. Attend this session to hear about their technology integration journey and how they are introducing teachers to the blended learning model. This set of contributed talks will be divided into the following sections:

—Beginning our Journey- In collaboration with our high school district and its feeder districts we set out to develop a big picture technology plan and alignment guide to benefit all. Follow the alignment process from its inception to its current state.

—Resources & Curriculum- With an alignment guide in place, we now need to provide teachers with a variety of tools and resources to embed into lessons that will support student learning. See how we have begun to directly embed technology into our district curriculum maps.

—HACKing, SAMR, & Coaching- Now that we have developed a variety of tools and resources for our teachers, it’s time to the connect the dots to tech integration. Join us to see how we have integrated these instructional methods to coach our teachers to success.

—Support & Goals- Until today, our PD has been primarily in-person. Join us as we look to the future of supporting our teachers in a blended learning environment, including bootcamps tailored to their specific needs, on- and offline PD, and more.

Speakers:

  • Jill Young, Joliet Public School District 86
  • Erin Benaitis, Joliet Public School District 86
  • Lisa Lynch, Joliet Public School District 86

Principals' Proven Strategies for Teacher Care and Retention

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: Principals' Proven Strategies for Teacher Care and Retention is an interactive session that will equip administrators to effectively ensure a quality process to hire, train, motivate and retain online teachers, and promote a healthy culture. Join principals from Florida Virtual Global School and Fayetteville Virtual Academy where participants will benefit from proven best practices and most importantly lessons learned of what not to do when supervising virtual teachers.

Speakers:

  • Teresa King, FLVS Global
  • Carrie Alexander, FLVS Global

Future of School: Designing Conversations Around the Transformation of Teaching and Learning

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: Do you ever feel as though you are clearly expressing your passion for the future of teaching and learning but just aren't being heard? Welcome to our world. Join us to transform an initial expression of frustration into an ultimate expression of joy (Thanks, Marie Kondo!) as we discuss (and overcome!) the obstacles to discussing / sharing / explaining / demonstrating the future of school. Differentiation? Check. Technology? Check. CTE? Check. Achievement? Check. Community? Check. Awesome? Check!

Speakers:

  • Amy Valentine, Foundation for Blended and Online Learning
  • Jonathan Oglesby, skunkworksEDU
  • Robyn Bagley, *
  • Heather Staker, Ready to Blend
  • Micah Johnson, *

The Perfect Blend: Practices for Blended Learning

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: Educators strive to make sure every child they teach is effectively & equitably engaged. Integrating technology with in-person instruction through blended learning can be a powerful mechanism for achieving this goal & personalizing for students in innovative ways. This interactive, learner-centered session offers expertise & tangible resources for leaders and educators seeking to shift their practice immediately through real-time data use, personalization, mastery-based progression, & much more.

Speakers:

  • Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator
  • Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator

Failing Schools or Failing Metrics? A Virtual School Accountability Debate

Type: Debate

Location: Texas VI, VII

Description: Are K-12 virtual schools failing students, or are metrics failing virtual schools? Have flawed accountability frameworks painted an unjustly negative picture of fully online schools, or are current metrics valid? Join leading virtual education thought leaders and researchers as they debate academic performance and accountability issues relating to online schools. Policy proscriptions for virtual schools will round out this lively and timely debate on one of the nation’s hottest educational issues.

Speakers:

  • Rob Kremer, Pearson Online & Blended Learning
  • Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd)

Letting Teachers Take the Wheel: Professional Learning Powered by Teachers' Needs

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Hill Country C

Description: Teachers are tired of being told what they need to learn and are struggling with getting the support they need for what they need. In this 80-minute session, two professional learning journeys empowered by teachers will be shared in the following order: (1) From 3pm-3:40pm, Emily Stull Richardson from Crosslake Community Schools and Dr. Kathryn Kennedy will share a project that is encouraging teachers to use inquiry-based exploration to continuously make improvements in their own courses. (2) From 3:40pm-4:20pm, stories from an international collaborative opportunity known as Physics Around the World will be presented. This project focuses on teachers who are working with students in online and blended learning environments in remote locations, including those in Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Scotland, and the United States. Learning from each other's experiences, the teachers involved in this project are teaming up to help one another with the challenges and celebrate the triumphs as they continue to learn how to meaningfully teach Physics online.

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Kennedy, Kathryn Kennedy Consulting
  • Emily Stull Richardson, Crosslake Community Schools
  • Keryn Pratt, University of Otago

3:10pm-3:20pm

Thinking Like a Futurist

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Schools say they are preparing students for the future, but how are they arriving at an idea of the world students will be a part of in their future? This quick talk with take participants on a trip through the mind of a futurist to experience a whole new way of envisioning the future for which we are preparing our students.

Speaker:

  • Elaine Plybon, Keller ISD

3:20pm-3:30pm

Building a Safe, Reflective Online Classroom: It's All About Relationship

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: As much as an asynchronous online classroom may look like Mars from the perspective of a face-to-face teacher, there are some "universal truths" in teaching practices that apply to our entire educational (solar) system! Building relationships to foster an authentic community of learners is one such foundational practice. An online teacher's skill in building and nurturing relationships with, and among, students, is just as vital--and just as "doable"--online as in a brick-and-mortar school.

Speaker:

  • John Englander, The Virtual High School

3:20pm-3:40pm

Inspired Teaching and Inspired Learning

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country B

Description: As a former elected official, Kevin Chavous is a dynamic, energetic speaker who knows how to inspire and engage and audience. Kevin Chavous is a strong cheerleader for teachers and students believing that every child has the potential to succeed and deserves access to an education that inspires them regardless of their circumstances. The session will be designed for educational leaders, administrators, policymakers and teachers.

Speaker:

  • Kevin Chavous, K12 Inc.

Using Micro-credentialing and Learning Pathways to Motivate Adult Learners

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A

Description: Exploring the need for increased, web-based professional development across all levels of educational institutions, Georgia Virtual has created an online PD platform that modivates learners through microcredentialling and learning pathways. This session will focus on the benefits of badging and how this process leads to stackable, viewable, skills that progress along a flexible learning pathway. Examples of both badging and learning pathways will be displayed followed by discussion.

Speaker:

  • Jay Heap, Georgia Virtual

3:30pm-3:40pm

Standards-Based Virtual & Augmented Reality

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Visit Thomas Edison’s laboratory to discover what it took to persevere after failing over 1,000 times when testing a filament for the lightbulb. Then, head to Verona to witness the scene at the star-crossed lovers’ balcony meeting in Romeo and Juliet. ASU Prep Digital has partnered with a leading researcher to design standards-based virtual and augmented reality embedded within digital courses. We will highlight how to pair leading edge technology with standards-based content.

Speaker:

  • Betsy Fowler, ASU Prep Digital

3:40pm-4:00pm

Redefining Career Pathways-The Key to Retaining High-Quality Educators

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A

Description: More than 40 percent of all teachers leave the profession within their first 5 years and half of those who leave are among the most effective educators. A reason for this high attrition rate is the lack of opportunities for teachers to grow and lead. Learn how states & districts are redefining educator career pathways through micro-credentials. Leave with ideas on how to leverage mcs to redefine career pathways & teacher licensure in your org to support, grow, and retain high-quality educators.

Speaker:

  • Allison Powell, BloomBoard

3:40pm-4:20pm

Texas Digital Learning Champions: Go Big or Go Home!

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country B

Description: “Go big or go home,” say Texas educators, architects of some of the nation’s largest digital learning programs. Debbie Vincent of Alief ISD discusses serving students statewide with supplemental online courses. Rising student demand –and success– have spurred Alief’s enrollments to an all-time high. Texas Connections Academy@Houston’s Lea Ann Lockard chronicles her school’s growth since it opened almost a decade ago. Both offer best practices for building sustainable, scalable digital learning models.

Speaker:

  • Debbie Vincent, Alief Independent School District/Texas Virtual School Network, Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

A Framework for Coaching for Online Teachers

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Only 5% of teachers apply in practice knowledge from a traditional sit-and-get professional development (PD). However, when PD is coupled with and supported by on going coaching the transfer of knowledge to practice is 95% (Joyce & Showers 2002). This session will have participants learn about how Fulton Virtual School was able to couple PD with on-going coaching and teacher strategic support to improve online teacher practice leading to higher quality experiences in online learning.

Speakers:

  • Marcus Vu, Fulton County Schools
  • Tim Maley, Fulton County Schools

Can I have your attention please? Increasing Student Interaction and Engagement

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: Developing engaging and interactive courses can help to keep students engaged with the content, their peers, and their instructors. We can often find ways to create opportunities for student-to-peer and student-to-instructor interaction but can struggle to find ways to truly engage the student with the content. In this session, we will demonstrate some instructional strategies and free or low-cost tools, such as H5P and Powtoons, to increase student-to-content engagement.

Speaker:

  • Tara Bladow, Michigan Virtual

3:50pm-4:00pm

Personalization through Online and Blended Learning

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Personalized learning tailors learning to each student’s strengths, needs and interests. Students have “voice and choice” in determining what, how, when and where the learning occurs. Teachers provide the flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible. There are many ways to implement personalized learning, and online and blended learning models can be uniquely equipped to foster personalization of learning for students.

Speaker:

  • Bruce Friend, iNACOL

4:00pm-4:10pm

End in Mind: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Backward Design

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: If you’re in the education space, you’ve probably heard of backward design. Come hear one teacher-turned-instructional-designer-turned-interactive-learning-designer talk about her experiences implementing and refining the backward design process for curriculum ranging from math to science to interior design.

Speaker:

  • Alexandria Wiltjer, StrongMind

4:00pm-4:20pm

The Digital Teacher Everyday Carry (ECD): Constructing a Toolset to be a Digital Teacher Ninja

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A

Description: Just like the face-to-face classroom, the blended and distance learning classroom environment rewards student and teacher preparedness, which mean having a software and hardware toolset ready to be responsive and effective. This session will talk about a minimum everyday carry: the hardware and software every digital teacher needs for success.

Speakers:

  • Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy
  • Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy

4:10pm-4:20pm

Let's Get Personalized!

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Step inside this elementary teacher's urban classroom as he weaves a visual story behind his inaugural journey into the world of personalized learning. His first-hand experiences in addressing tough questions with an unwavering commitment to transform teaching and learning in this country will inspire you to walk away with one key question: "What can I do to advance equity for all of my scholars?"

Speaker:

  • Aaron Penton, Pasadena ISD

4:30pm-6:30pm

The Intersection of Personalization, Technology, and Leadership: Research into Customized Learning

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This Infographic session presents our research findings into the growing movement across the nation towards personalized and customized learning programs. i4tl researchers discuss their process and findings: What are the characteristics of customized learning? What successes and challenges are schools and districts doing this work experiencing? Where are the areas of innovation and where are we lagging? Take-away postcards allow participants to reflect upon implications for their own learning models.

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth LeBlanc, Institute for Teaching and Leading
  • Christopher Harrington, Institute for Teaching and Leading

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in the K-12 Online Learning Environment

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support are the norm in brick and mortar schools but is your virtual school executing both behavioral and academic interventions effectively? Attend to learn more about how Florida Virtual School utilizes creative intervention approaches for students in part-time, full-time, and blended learning programs that lead to higher levels of student engagement and success.

Speakers:

  • Olivia Burns, Florida Virtual School
  • Katherine Santana, Florida Virtual School

Effective Online Instruction: Aligning Learner-centered Attributes to Lesson Activities

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: We will explore the foundations of effective online instruction, including principles of learner-centeredness, qualities of successful implementation and preparation for teaching online. You will learn how to evaluate courses for effective online principles and learner-centered attributes. You may become an active participant by creating a lesson plan and aligning the activities to the learner-centered attributes that can be delivered completely or partially online.

Speakers:

  • Vicky Smith, TEAMS
  • Wendy Oliver, Partners for Digital Learning

From Simple Gamification to Game-Based Learning

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: In this session, learn what it means to gamify learning experiences. The question is posed, “How might game qualities be integrated into curriculum?” Examples show the difference between gamified learning and game-based learning. A set of step-by-step instructions of how to apply a storyline and determine activities that can be gamified will be shown. The essential elements of gamification will be covered and explained.

Speaker:

  • Alexandria Wiltjer, StrongMind

Personalize Learning through Teacher-Led Professional Development

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: By the end of this session, participants will:

—Learn what research says about teacher-led professional development

—Understand the model that FuelEd Instruction uses to collect submissions, review and present sessions, and collect participant feedback Visual of the cycle plus examples

—Learn best practices in online delivery of professional development Tips for what makes an effective PD using online tools

—See how FuelEd Instruction PD is designed to personalize learning

Almost all PD is self selected.

Speaker:

  • Gila Tuchman, Fuel Education Instructional Services Team

A comparison of K-12 virtual schools to matched brick and mortar schools, highlighting the types of students who attend and the role of mobility

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Dr. Alyssa Walters presents new research that challenges previous claims about low performance of full-time virtual schools. The study aimed first to determine which types of students are most likely to seek out the virtual school option and then, after accounting for those specific factors, determine if the virtual school option can serve these students as well as, or better than, other public school options.

Speaker:

  • Alyssa Walters, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

The Eleventh Hour Rally for College Readiness

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This infographic will convey the problem of underprepared math high school students not meeting college readiness benchmarks on the ACT mathematics test. This retrospective study explored the association between the delivery method of 12th grade transitional interventions to the college readiness achievement on 3 college readiness tests with particular focus on the ACT. Blended learning intervention was associated with greatest increase in college readiness achievement rates.

Speaker:

  • Darlene Spurlock

Ch-Ch-Changes. Creating Change by Fostering a Growth Mindset

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Are you, as a lifelong learner, growing? Are your students growing? Do you believe abilities are limited or do you believe the sky is the limit? This session will provide a brief overview of Growth Mindset, and how mindset can support student motivation, engagement, and growth. Participants will be provided an opportunity to discuss application of the Growth Mindset within their school and classroom. Participants will brainstorm in small groups and share back their ideas with the whole group.

Speakers:

  • Sherawn Reberry, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
  • Jeff Simmons, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance

Integrated Reading and Writing Experiences - 3 Ways to Provide Rich Content with NROC English

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This poster session is an opportunity to learn how NROC and our member community collaborated to create an English program that integrates and reinforces reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, and grammar skills to fuly prepare students for college level courses. We will explore the 3 ways that the program can be used to support a variety of delivery methods, curricular needs, pacing and data requirements.

Speaker:

  • Bryan Arvison, The NROC Project

NC Virtual Public School Occupational Course of Study Learning Program: A Pathway Leading to Graduation

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: The NC Virtual Public School Occupational Course of Study Co-Teaching Model is unique in design and delivery. Through partnerships with schools, content and EC expertise is provided to ensure that every student’s needs are met. We will explore critical program components: defining roles of the content certified teacher and the EC certified teacher, reviewing communication efforts that lead to optimal student success, and providing strategies for personalized learning and implementation.

Speaker:

  • Catrina Parker, North Carolina Virtual Public School

Just When I Needed You Most: Just-in-Time Teaching Notes to Develop New Teaching Competencies for Effective Virtual School Instruction

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Good teaching requires content and pedagogical knowledge and the amalgam of the two, all put into action. Virtual instruction ups the ante. Research highlights the need for other competencies related to online integration, data practices, personalization, and online interactions. We will present an approach to adding just-in-time teaching notes to a fully-online curriculum in order to educate instructors and support them in delivering student-centered instruction with virtual-appropriate practices.

Speaker:

  • David Kanter, Calvert Education

Resources for Supporting Online Students: Role-Specific Guides for Students, Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and School Board Members

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Come explore a suite of free, vendor-agnostic resources written by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. These guides provide research-based information and insight about digital learning and what should be considered and understood by specific stakeholders, including students, parents, mentors/coaches, teachers, administrators, and school board members.

Speaker:

  • Joe Friedhoff, Michigan Virtual

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: The US Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights defines accessibility as" those with a disability are able to acquire the same information and engage in the same interactions, and within the same time frame, as those without disabilities.” Do digital learning programs really know about that definition or what it means programmatically? There are 7 common findings from hundreds of letters of finding that can be a guide for all digital learning programs. And, we know how to ensure compliance.

Speaker:

  • Raymond Rose, Rose & Smith Associates

Online Teacher Training

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: The audience will have the opportunity for an interactive discussion ranging from the nuts and bolts of building an online faculty to the requistie knowledge and skills of professional online instructors. The moderator will help search for universals of quality online learning as well as the different models employed by these programs. Finally, the audience will be offered resources including free training modules and multiple inducton process models. Presenters from: WVS, VHS, IDLA, MTDA, and Virtual Arkansas.

Speaker:

  • Rich Copeland, Georgia Virtual, GaDOE

Predicting Student Performance when Prior Performance is Unknown: An Artifact of High Mobility in Virtual Schools

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Scott McPherson will present the results of applying predictive analytic techniques to forecast end-of-year student performance before the school year begins, even for highly mobile populations that typically don't have prior performance data. In this project, a wholistic approach was implemented that relied primarily on non-performance factors to make initial predictions and then added performance measures as additional predictors as they became available during the semester.

Speaker:

  • Scott McPherson, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

Understanding Teacher's Jobs to be Done

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Most school improvement initiatives are top-down. Rarely do they consider the goals and challenges of teachers in their daily work with their students. Using the Jobs to Be Done Framework, a new study by the Clayton Christensen Institute uncovers what intrinsically motivates teachers to change their instructional practices. This infographic will explain the Jobs to be Done Theory, share the research findings, and show program leaders how to foster organic adoption of online or blended programs.

Speaker:

  • Thomas Arnett, Clayton Christensen Institute

Day 2

8:30am-8:50AM

OER Passport: A Guide to Finding, Using and Creating OER

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Open Education Resources (OER) have transformed the face of education as we know it, but many educators don't know what it is, how to access or create it, and what the benefits of open, personalizable resources can mean to their students, from the high-performing students to those who struggle the most. In this well-honed professional development experience, learn all about OER and walk out with your own version of the OER Passport to implement in your own institution next week.

Speakers:

  • DeLaina Tonks, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Sarah Weston, Mountain Heights Academy

Blending: One Size Does Not Fit all

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: Are experiencing an increase in student applications due to anxiety, stress, truancy issues or mental health and emotional reasons? Many times while these students were overwhelmed by attending a full school day at a traditional school, yet are not quite ready for the independence of a fully online program. Learn how creating distinct Pathways or tiers of blending within your school can help you serve more students as well as support the ones you already have more effectively.

Speaker:

  • Carrie Bisgard, Placentia-Yorba Linda USD

You’re So Distracted… You Probably (Don’t) Think This Presentation is About You

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Distance learning teachers and students utilize digital devices for nearly all of their interaction. While our modern device toolset is empowering and engaging, even revolutionary, their constant use can distract from and diminish from meaningful interaction. We'll discuss planning around balance and meaningful digital interaction including strategies around planning online instruction for digitally distracted teens and adolescents.

Speaker:

  • Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy

Strong Bridges: Creating Effective Community Partnerships to Serve Your Students, Families, School, and Professional Brand

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas III

Description: Schools serve as not only an internal repository for data-based best practices and resources, but as a bridge connecting your school to external resources/programming. These digital and non-virtual opportunities allows students to directly access research, expertise, "person power," and critically engaging topics. Examplees: grants, virtual guest speakers, self-guided service learning, residencies, sponsors, certification programs, non-profit and governmental organizations, and virtual meet ups.

Speaker:

  • Emily Vizzo, Vanguard Leadership Academy

8:30am-9:10AM

Here's my #, So Call Me Maybe? How to Increase Peer to Peer Communication

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: Being able to communicate effectively and poignantly with peers is a requirement of life, especially in the post-graduate world. However, trying to get virtual students to engage with each other is an ongoing challenge. Virtual students tend to fall into a comfort zone of isolation and often times are not required to comment, interact or engage with their peers. Bring your solutions, suggestions as well as frustrations to this table talk so that we collectively might discover a solution.

Speaker:

  • Holly Brzycki, Capital Area Online Learning Association/Capital Area Intermediate Unit

New VLLA/QM Online Learning Standards: Veteran Virtual School Principal Weighs In

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance and Quality Matters are revising the current iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Learning. Most agree it’s a good idea to update the decades-old Standards. But what impact will new Standards have on virtual schools nationwide? Melissa Gould, Minnesota Connections Academy principal, shares her perspective on how new Standards impact every aspect of online schools: accountability frameworks; school programs; teacher training; and course development.

Speaker:

  • Melissa Gould, Minnesota Connections Academy

8:30am-9:50AM

Gamification of Professional Development: How the Transformation to Student-Centered Learning Is Getting Crazy Fun

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: This session explores two big ideas that are changing professional development: Micro-Credentials for Teachers and Leaders and Gamification of PD. Heather Staker will kick off the session with an overview of student-centered learning. Allison Powell is up next to talk about micro-credentialing. Allan Staker will then immerse participants in a real-life game to seek a buried treasure while mastering basic principles of student-centered learning.

Speakers:

  • Allan Staker, Brain Chase Productions
  • Heather Staker, Ready to Blend
  • Allison Powell, BloomBoard

Course access programs: wins, struggles, challenges and the future outlook of student choice

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Texas I

Description: With a common goal of expanding student choice, course access programs have been instituted in over a dozen states with varying degrees of success and acceptance. We will explore various course access models and the challenges and solutions being applied to impact the scale first envisioned for these programs. Panelists from three course access states will share their policy and funding models and a brief analysis of program status, including enrollment data and barriers to increasing access.

Speakers:

  • Cindy Hamblin, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance
  • Cory Kanth, Utah State Board of Education
  • Joe Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual
  • Ronda Eshleman, Indiana Online
  • Sandra Eggers, Florida Department of Education
  • Kate Loughrey, Texas Education Agency/ Texas Virtual School Network

Implementing Online Learning Opportunities: reflections at the state, regional, and building-level

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Explore how initiatives in Colorado are addressing student needs through digital learning at the state, regional, and school level. Hear how districts are utilizing a highly successful and affordable statewide program to expand curricular options for students. Learn about how a regional online secondary school meets the diverse needs of its students. Contrast these with a principal’s experience moving a staff towards blended learning and differentiating curricula through digital applications.

Speakers:

  • Tod Lokey, Bayfield School District
  • Dan Morris, Colorado Digital Learning Solutions
  • Mike Freeburn, Southwest Colorado eSchool

Earning "A"s in Personalized Learning

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: Preparing a personalized learning path for every student in your class is a huge undetaking; while technology promises to make this process easier and more data-driven, it can also introduce its own headaches. In this session we will use the station rotation model to dive into four steps (Assess, Adapt, Assign, Analyze) of the personalization process for your classroom. Each station will give you an opportunity to discuss successes and pain points with peers and industry experts.

Speakers:

  • Ian Templin, Glynlyon/Odysseyware Suite of Solutions
  • Joanna Hadlock, Glynlyon/Odysseyware Suite of Solutions
  • Dana Laursen, Glynlyon/Odysseyware Suite of Solutions
  • Josey Borman, Glynlyon/Odysseyware Suite of Solutions
  • Kurt Dronebarger, White County Schools
  • Beverly Dronebarger, White County Schools
  • LaSynge Guyton, Henry County Schools
  • Michelle Block, Henry County Schools

Exploring and workshopping design tensions for system leaders with scaling innovation

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: School systems strive to not only innovate but also scale best practices. In doing so, leaders grapple with important design tensions: Centralize or decentralize? Prioritize need or readiness? Purchase externally or build internally? Explore 7 key questions in this workshop, helping leaders navigate competing approaches to system-wide change. The Learning Accelerator will guide leaders through its Look Both Ways framework to help leaders create actionable steps for their school systems.

Speakers:

  • Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator
  • Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator

Step Right Up: Empowering DareDevils, Ring Masters, and Sideshow Performers in Your District

Type: Workshop

Location: Texas II

Description: Explore how the Austin Independent School District is building teacher capacity for blended learning design and personalized learning. AISD's Leadership Pathways program awards micro credentials for teachers to develop their expertise in designing for transformative blended learning. Hear facilitators share their insights after the first year and a half of implementation while also experiencing a personalized pathway for exploring resources, interacting with content, and connecting with others.

Speakers:

  • Amber Rinehart, Austin Independent School District
  • Sarah Dille, Austin Independent School District
  • Laura Browder, Austin Independent School District

Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Leadership Perspectives from Canada’s Online and Blended Learning Programs

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: Join a panel of Canadian leaders as they share research, successful models, and issues about the future of personalized and flexible learning in Canada in this Canadian e-Learning Roundup. Some provinces in Canada boast the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and blended programs of any jurisdiction in the world. Highlights of the annual State of the Nation research will be shared. Specific programs and e-learning organizational models, including emerging education consortia, will be featured and discussed. Delegates will be challenged to consider testing the adoption of one of the highlighted strategies in their own practice. Four 20-minute sections will be provided:

— Canadian research overview

— Canadian e-Learning Models

— Leadership Perspectives

— Discussion and Synopsis of research, models, and the future of personalized and flexible learning

Speakers:

  • Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network
  • Michael Barbour, Touro University California
  • Michael Canuel, LEARN

8:50am-9:10AM

Edgenuity UpSmart: A Great Tool for Grade-Level Students

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas III

Description: UpSmart from Edgenuity is a fantastic alternative for helping grade-level students soar and improve their performance on MAP test scores as well as improve understanding and increase motivation in the classroom. Using this program promotes productive struggle and independence in learning. In this session you will hear a middle school teacher talk about successes (and failures) when piloting this program last year in a blended learned environment in her class and the results that followed.

Speakers:

  • Valerie Wirth, Cross Middle School, Amphitheater Public Schools, AZ
  • Adam Percival, Edgenuity, Inc

Unlocking teacher motivation by understanding their Jobs to be Done

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Nearly all school improvement initiatives are top-down. Rarely do they consider the goals and challenges of teachers in their daily work with their students. Using the Jobs to Be Done Framework, a new study by the Clayton Christensen Institute uncovers what intrinsically motivates teachers to change their instructional practices. This session will explain the Jobs to be Done Theory, share the research findings, and show program leaders how to foster organic adoption of online or blended programs.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Arnett, Clayton Christensen Institute
  • Ben Kutylo, Fremont Street Fund

Road Schooling: Escaping the Boxed Life

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: Bionca Smith is an author, life coach, motivational speaker, and single mom. Bionca overcame a challenging childhood, transforming her life by furthering her education. A year ago, living a comfortable life, yet feeling stressed out and ‘boxed in,’ Smith traded a traditional home for a vintage van, and now “road schools” her son, thanks to online public school. Smith’s story reflects the growing number of today’s parents looking ‘outside the box’ for educational pathways for their children.

Speaker:

  • Bionca Smith

OER: The Long Road to Creation and Adoption

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: In Minnesota, for six years, there has been a grassroots effort that has grown to over 200 school districts and organizations. In this session, I will be discussing our OER collaborative efforts; barriers to adoption; what adoption looks like for my district; maintenance, improvements and curation; and just how much money can you really save when you adopt OER?

Speaker:

  • Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287

9:10AM-9:30AM

Using Digital Courses in an Online or Blended Environment to Meet Your Career and Technical Education Goals: Preparing Students to Become Career Ready

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Experience how you can successfully implement a blended learning program in your Career and Technical Education (CTE) program utilizing digital curriculum. Utilizing digital curriculum within CTE courses will extend the reach of your CTE teachers. This session will examine how to partner digital curriculum with innovative teaching approaches to expand your CTE catalog and positioning your students for successful careers and college readiness.

Speakers:

  • Kathaleen McCormick, eDynamic Learning
  • Kim Loomis, eDynamic Learning

Keeping Them in School: Online Alternatives for Dropout Prevention

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: Texas public school district, Keller ISD, has successfully implemented an alternative to traditional school on three of its high school campuses. Each high school has its unique approach and provides students who are at severe risk of dropping out of school an alternative that puts them on a path to graduation and their future. This session will provide an overview of the models being used in Keller ISD, what we've learned, and what we wish we hadn't done as we implemented these opportunities.

Speaker:

  • Elaine Plybon, Keller ISD

Retaining online students and quality online instructors

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: 40% of online students leave the online education (https://projects.jsonline.com/news/2018/11/5/online-schools-popular-but-40-percent-students-dont-stay.html) How to we develop quality online instructors who connect with their students in such a way that will encourage stability in the online education world?

Speaker:

  • Janean Ranis, CAVE-Cameron School District

9:10AM-9:50AM

Finding Rockstar Blended Learning Teachers: Cautionary Tales to Learn From

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: With an influx of blended and online schools being created across the country and significant teacher shortages emerging, how do we ensure that we are hire rockstar teachers in our modern schools? Are the traditional ways we have hired teachers producing quality teachers in our online in blended world? Let’s explore the unexpected pitfalls in hiring and determine best practices to our finding rockstar teachers. We have a few tricks to share from our experiences at Springs Studio.

Speaker:

  • David Knoche, Springs Studies for Academic Excellence

Edgenuity Solutions for State Educational Needs

Type: Workshop

Location: Texas III

Description: Edgenuity has high quality online learning solutions for almost every individualized student instructional need. Whether you need a solution to increase college and/or career readiness, to close achievement gaps, or to provide high quality instruction beyond the school walls and school hours, Edgenuity has a solution to increase student outcomes!

Speaker:

  • Darlene Spurlock, Edgenuity

Bridging the Gap: K12 and Higher Ed Online Learning

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: The objective would be to get people talking about K12 versus Higher Ed online teaching and learning. There are myriad of differences in the ways programs are being created and implemented, and almost as many different student performance outcomes. Topics such as asynchronous versus synchronous, Academic Integrity, Responsiveness and Feedback, Grading, Due Dates, etc. would be interesting topics to discuss.

Speaker:

  • Jodi Marshall, K12, Inc

9:30AM-9:50AM

Innovation is in the Integration

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: Arizona State University has created a new online model, ASU Prep Digital, which allows students to start college while in high school. This fully integrated model allows students to begin college majors alongside their high school courses through our full-time, part-time, and school partnership models. In our session, we will provide an overview of the university pathways and facilitate a discussion of what problems we are solving for with this university embedded program.

Speakers:

  • Julie Young, ASU Prep Digital
  • Amy McGrath, ASU Prep Digital
  • Amanda Newlin, Smart Sparrow

Breaking Down Barriers through a Co-Teaching Model: How NCVPS Helps Districts Conquer Gatekeeper Math Courses

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: NC Math 1 (Algebra I) has been a barrier to graduation and post-secondary school success for some students. Understanding not all students learn in the same way, NCVPS has developed a co-teaching model that offers an intentional and intensive instructional option so that all learners have the opportunity to be successful. This engaging, interactive session will provide participants with an in-depth and hands-on view of how NCVPS utilizes this model to assist districts in breaking down barriers.

Speakers:

  • Catrina Parker, North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Robert Taylor, Bladen County Schools

Online Learning with Diversity in Mind

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Albany High School in Albany, NY has gone from a 50% graduation rate to 72% over a ten-year period with many successes due to the implementation of Online Learning programs, specifically those focused on remediation, credit recovery, and original credit online electives. This session will share the story of how this urban school developed programming to suit the needs of all learners. We will focus on programming and systems development, highlighting the importance of the human component.

Speaker:

  • Thomas Vacanti, Albany City Schools

10:45am-11:05am

Elementary Excellence in Virtual Education

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: This session will provide an overview of the elementary instruction delivered by Florida Virtual School. The focus will be on how to meet the needs of individual students in a digital learning environment. Attendees will gain knowledge of ways to deliver elementary instruction, thus providing for authentic learning in the non-traditional learning environment. Participants can expect to leave this session with ideas and strategies for effective instruction in an elementary virtual format.

Speakers:

  • Sara Glover, FLVS
  • Lisa Berry, FLVS

Funding and Resourcing of Digital Learning in Canada

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas III

Description: In 2017, British Columbia began a review of the model that it uses to fund K-12 digital learning. This session explores how digital learning funding across Canada. Two of the three models overlap with common US models (i.e., supplement per fee courses & FTEs). However, the third model – direct funding and/or resourcing district-based digital learning. This session will explore these three models, with a specific focus on the strengths – and challenges to implementing – this third model.

Speaker:

  • Michael Barbour, Touro University California

VR Gets Real: Bio Pilot Highlights Potential of Virtual Reality for Student Learning

Type: Shark Tank

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: The promise of virtual reality (VR) to improve student engagement and raise learning outcomes has been largely untested in K-12 education – even in virtual schools. Until now. It’s still early, but Mickey Revenaugh of Pearson unveils a new VR biology pilot program, “World of Cells,” implemented across five schools and serving 800 students. The VR module, delivered on a smartphone with a cardboard headset, has produced strong early results that offer a roadmap for all digital learning advocates.

Speaker:

  • Mickey Revenaugh, Pearson

10:45am-11:25am

Tonka Online: Innovations to Create Quality Online Learning

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: This session will detail and highlight the progression of Tonka Online from an innovative idea for helping fit math courses into student's busy schedules into a developing online program offering high quality AP, core, and elective courses. This session will share stories of program success in addition to outlining the quality metrics that are used to help instuctors continue to develop and deliver their own online course material.

Speakers:

  • Nate Gibbs, Tonka Online - Minnetonka Public Schools
  • Ben Stanerson, Tonka Online - Minnetonka Public Schools

Redesigning professional learning to be competency-based and personalized

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: If we want students to have authentic, personalized instruction, we need to ensure educators also have access to the same type of learning. In this discussion, we will explore how to rethink professional learning in schools to make it personalized and competency-based for adult learners. Through open dialogue and sharing of valuable resources, participants will brainstorm, collaborate, and imagine personalized professional learning experiences to support educators in ongoing development.

Speakers:

  • Stephen Pham, The Learning Accelerator
  • Nithi Thomas, The Learning Accelerator

Learning Analytics for Continuous Improvement and Program Research: Insights for Complex Decisions

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: When making decisons on complex questions, consulting more data leads to better decisions. Education is complex. How can education decision makers optimize the breadth of data they consider, while minimizing time for making decisions that influence a student's life? This is the role of education analytics. This table talk focuses on stories of education leaders who use analytics to significantly improve student learning and wellbeing, and on ways data dashboards and analytics can support action.

Speaker:

  • Cathy Cavanaugh, Microsoft Education

10:45am-12:05Pm

The Future of the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching, and Programs

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Want to see the future? Quality Matters (QM) and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) have teamed up to provide the K-12 online and blended learning community with an updated set of openly licensed standards to help evaluate and improve online courses, teaching and programs, building upon the work started by iNACOL. We will introduce one set of standards, including the revision process, during each 20 min block in the following order:

— National Standards for Quality Online Programs

— National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

— National Standards for Quality Online Courses

— Discuss use cases and ways in which the sets complement one another

Speakers:

  • Cindy Hamblin, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance
  • Christine Voelker, Quality Matters

Is funding an issue for you? Learn how 12 traditional and charter schools created innovative virtual/blended learning centers to serve and solve it!

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Texas I

Description: Making the transition from an entirely traditional school district or charter to having an innovative virtual blended learning center - why schools partnered with SuccessVLC and how it works so you can replicate it. This ensures the needed opportunity for your students while providing addional funding to help your district with more revenue to enhance educational options district wide. If you choose not to be involved in virtual/blended options, the district next to you will, and serve your kids.

Speakers:

  • Dallas Bell, Success Virtual Learning Centers
  • Travis Gostlinger, Landmark Academy
  • Douglas McNeil, McNeil Law
  • Anita Bell, Success Virtual Learning Centers

Using Transactional Distance to Identify Problems in Practice for PLCs for Online Teachers

Type: Workshop

Location: Texas II

Description: Many online teachers leave teacher preparation programs unprepared for online teaching, so identifying problems in practice can be a challenge for them. This session will help teachers and teacher leaders use transactional distance theory (Moore 1993) and its key tenets to identify problems in practice for PLC. Participants will receive materials and go through activities to identify problems in practice in their organizations so that they can go back and lead effective PLCs for online teachers.

Speakers:

  • Marcus Vu, Fulton County Schools
  • Tim Maley, Fulton County Schools

Get it Together!: Fostering Collaboration in the Online Humanities Classroom

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: This organized session of contributed talks will explore our experiences in fostering strong collaborative relationships among students by focusing on designing and facilitating synchronous group discussion activities, asynchronous Writer's Workshops, and group assignments/projects. In each segment, we will discuss tools and differentiation strategies that encourage students to collaborate effectively despite distance and learning differences. The final segment will be open for questions and discussion. Each segment will discuss a different aspect of collaboration in the online humanities classroom in the following order:

— Engaging students with synchronous discussion activities

— Ensuring student success and participation with group assignments/projects

— Encouraging student ownership through synchronous and asynchronous writer's workshop strategies

— This segment is left open for discussion and questions with all three presenters

Speakers:

  • Carly Ghantous, Davidson Academy Online
  • Tracy Sangster, Davidson Academy Online
  • Amanda Mawson, Davidson Academy Online
  • Erica Shumaker, Davidson Academy Online

One Bold Vision: Launching Statewide Course Access

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: A student’s opportunity shouldn’t be limited by their zip code. In this session, learn about Springfield Public Schools’ collaborative approach to providing inclusive learning experiences. The Launch virtual school reaches 300,000 students in 120 partner districts across the state of Missouri. In this workshop, participants will learn about the bold vision that created Launch and work with the facilitator to develop their own strategies to engage with as many students as possible.

Speaker:

  • Nichole Lemmon, Springfield Public Schools

Issues in Access and Accessibility for All in Digital Learning

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is a major technology issue. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The Office for Civil Rights and U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure all students have full access to learning.

Speaker:

  • Raymond Rose, Rose & Smith Associates

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing Schools Change

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: Explore the critical components school leaders need as they make the transition to personalized and digital learning with a focus on vision, culture, professional learning, and empowering teachers and students. Dive into how technology and digital learning can support this transition while ensuring that the focus is on teaching and learning to meet the needs of all students. Learn readily applicable strategies and activities to use immediately.

Speakers:

  • Theresa Gibson, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Nancy Magnum, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Mary Ann Wolf, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

11:05am-11:25am

Building a Quality, "High Touch" Blended Learning Program for Student Success

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: How do you navigate the ever-changing digital world while maintaining quality and keeping students and success the priority? Learn the basics of achieving that goal, and take away practical examples from an experienced virtual public school learning provider. Explore equity and access; accountability and integrity; curriculum and content management. Walk away with a clear picture of how blended learning with online teachers is successfully meeting the needs of students across an entire state.

Speakers:

  • Kirsten Wilson, Virtual Arkansas
  • Candice McPherson, Virtual Arkansas

Digital Recordings to Teach Writing

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas III

Description: I will begin by explaining why I decided to try using digital recordings and how this method changed the way I assess writing and the impact it has had on my students in both their writing skills and in their confidence as writers. I will then teach participants how to implement this method of assessment by demonstrating the process of making and utilizing the digital recordings, step by step. I will end by sharing how I used this method both as a classroom and independent learning teacher.

Speaker:

  • Ann Brooke, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Alternative Education

Seeing Their Way: Helping high school students become part of a university

Type: Shark Tank

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: Discover how ASU is blurring the lines between high school and college by embedding the university within its high school offering. We’ll demonstrate the supports we have put in place to help students see themselves as college students and begin to take college level material. Then we’ll ask for your input on how we can make the program even better and capable of serving even more students.

Speakers:

  • Betsy Fowler, ASU Digital Prep
  • Jill Rogier, ASU Digital Prep

11:25am-11:45am

The Digital Research-Practice Divide: Where are we, How did we get here, Where should we be going?

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: This session will begin by asking participants how wide, in their experience, the research-practice divide is in educational innovation. This will be followed by a discussion guided by the following questions:

—What is the most pressing problem you face in your work that can be solved by evidence?

—If you could have any research resources (tools, capacity, funds, time for research, etc), what would they be?

—What is the most important question you wish we had the evidence-based answer to today?

Speaker:

  • Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator

Beyond the Bounds of the Bell Schedule: Taking Advantage of the Online Model’s Flexibility

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Without many of the time-consuming obligations in the brick-and-mortar environment, such as classroom management issues, teachers in full-time online environments can establish more intimate student relationships. Hear from California Connections Academy Executive Director Richard Savage on how his team leverages these relationships into academic success, and how to reap the most benefits of flexibility, from expanded course offerings, to improving intervention strategies.

Speaker:

  • Richard Savage, California Connections Academy

Online Readiness for Post High School? Badging? Let's do this!

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: In the context of online leanring in the mainstream, it can be challenging to communicate the "value add" of being successful in an online course before graduating high school. Come learn about how a badge/credential on offical high school transcripts is not only helping students in their post high school readiness, but communicating skills to higher education and employers. Let's take a look together at one post high school readiness badge and scaling it to influence for online learners everywhere.

Speaker:

  • Erik Hanson, Appleton Area School District

It’s Happening Now: Where Adaptive Learning Meets Artificial Intelligence

Type: Shark Tank

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: The time is now. The complex algorithms behind artificial intelligence are finally being married with adaptive learning to transform education. Join this session to learn about AI and adaptive learning, see an example of curriculum that uses these integrated technologies, and voice your opinion about how it would or would not work well in your classroom.

Speaker:

  • Renae Abboud, Fuel Education

11:25am-12:05pm

Differentiated Digital Learning for Newcomers

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Texas III

Description: Panelists and attendees will discuss the implementation of digital learning tools and blended learning in various ESL program models, as well as successful student outcomes outside of standardized test scores. Participants will discuss instructional strategies used in the digital forum to address the language domains, with an emphasis on vocabulary and building background knowledge. Panelists and attendees will address obstacles faced by teachers and students in meeting academic expectations.

Speakers:

  • Erin Sivek, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Theresa Goodlett, Fuel Education
  • Barbara English, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Vanessa Ramirez, Milwaukee Public Schools

Online Programs: Scaling up from a startup

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: This sesson will discuss how our online program has grown and the process of moving from a startup to a more structured larger organized school. Our program has grown over 300% in the last 5 years and we have had to adjust our systems to reflect the growth. The systems that in place for a startup while successful may not be relevant or applicable as a school grows. The addition of staff and change in culture are growth points that affect the overall program success and continued growth.

Speaker:

  • David VanDenBoom, Intermediate School District #287

11:45am-12:05pm

The Silent Screen: Introverted Students in the Online Classroom

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Many parents and teachers assume that an online classroom is an ideal environment for introverted students. In reality, though online learning offers a lot of benefits to introverts, it also poses many new challenges. In this presentation I will examine some of the barriers introverts face in actively engaging with online learning, both in written forums and in live sessions. I will offer strategies to help introverted students overcome these barriers, both through class design and management.

Speaker:

  • Tracy Sangster, Davidson Academy Online

What K-12 can learn from higher ed

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Today, higher education has fully embraced online and blended learning. In 1999 however, high-quality internet leveraged learning was still merely an idea of the future and to some seemed more like science fiction. Now as K-12 moves more towards online and blended learning, we can study the ups and downs of the last nearly twenty years to avoid the pitfalls and create opportunity for students.

Speakers:

  • Kenneth Chapman
  • Jeremy Auger
  • Brendan Desetti, D2L

How can the Digital Learning Collaborative help schools?

Type: Shark Tank

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: The Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) is a membership group exploring, producing, and disseminating data, news, and best practices. Members include school districts, public agencies, NGOs, and companies. As we move into our second year, we are continuing to explore the question of how can the DLC serve the needs of school districts? We will use this session to briefly explain our ideas and then hear from you: what is most interesting and compelling? Come lend your voice to this effort!

Speaker:

  • John Watson, Evergreen Education Group

Not Your Grandfather’s Theoretical Framework: Applying the NRC’s "How People Learn" Framework to Virtual School Curriculum for the Modern World

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Theoretical frameworks are a dime a dozen. What matters is how they are applied. The NRC’s “How People Learn” provides a framework to design learning environments well suited for virtual school student success. However, how best to apply the framework to a virtual school curriculum is not obvious. We will present curriculum elements and design principles— project-based learning, active learning, formative assessment, and summative mastery assessment— we have used to successfully bring HPL to virtual schools.

Speaker:

  • David Kanter, Calvert Education

2:30Pm-2:40pm

Can Creativity be Taught?

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Teaching Creativity: Three Methods

— Bending is taking an original concept and evolving it in a way that its original form is still recognizable yet somewhat twisted.

— Breaking is the exercise of taking a whole and breaking it apart, so its fragments can be used in a new and inventive way.

— Blending is the methodology of taking two or more different concepts and blending them together in an imaginative way.

— These are just three of many frameworks for teaching creativity skills to students.

Speaker:

  • Alicia Fremling, StrongMind

2:30Pm-2:50pm

K-5 online course solutions for Virtual and Blended program. Shared experiences and successes

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: This session will share the K-5 online course solutions offered by Accelerate Education. Conversation will include our 2017 completion and pass rates when students used Accelerate Education coures and instructors. Additionally, Capital Area Intermediate Unit will share their experience using our K-5 courses. If you are looking for a K-5 online course catalog that is engaging, provides online and offline activities, is flexible, may be modified, please join us for this session.

Speakers:

  • Kim Shurig, Accelerate Education
  • Holly Brzycki, CAOLA

Culture Trumps Innovation: Ya'll Need Norms for Adults in Order to Serve Students

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: How's your culture? Technology & innovative education practices are only as good as the adult capacity and behaviors in your organization. "Adulting" is hard. "Common sense" isn't so common. Vision & Mission Statements don't govern how people interact with each other day-to-day. High-performaning organizations are impeccable in how they 1) solve problems, and 2) make decisions. You will be introduced to (and apply) 10 norms that will improve site/team culture, problem solving & decision making.

Speaker:

  • Dean Heus, Wauwatosa School District

Google-sites: The Digital Trifecta!

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas III

Description: I will start by providing a framework to develop, deploy, and scale the use of Google-sites for blended learning and for professional development. I will explain, in detail, how I developed the site for my English curriculum, used the site with students, collected feedback from the students, dynamically revised the site and practices, and scaled the practice by sharing the site and processes with other teachers. I will also explain how I use Google-sites to share curriculum with my colleagues.

Speaker:

  • Ann Brooke, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Alternative Education

Digital Curriculum and the Digital Divide: Providing Equal Access in an Era of Online Curriculum Delivery

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: This session will highlight important features of an accessible Learning Management System (LMS) and some things you can do right away to make them more accessible. Much of what you need to get most of the way there is simple and supports all learners regardless of ability.

Speaker:

  • Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287

2:30Pm-3:10pm

Improving Online Outcomes through Innovative Professional Development

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Presenters will share local professional learning as part of the CAOLA consortium, and facilitate file share of ideas for planning, discussing the role of innovation, followed by immediate application in a collaboration with another participant's file share to suggest ways to expand professional development to ensure sustainability and growth efforts for online professionals. Participants will share contact information, social media links and professional profiles for continued networking.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Gurski, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
  • Bethann Dudley-McCain, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

Online, Blended and Distance Education Building Successful School Programs

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: In conceiving this book, editors Tom Clark and Michael Barbour asked, what can North American educators learn from international K-12 educators, and vice versa, about building successful online and blended learning programs? They then found people who could help them answer these questions. The book features chapters by experts in the field on key program components. It also features case studies by experienced practitioners who profile a wide variety of programs in the US and five other nations.

Speakers:

  • Michael Barbour, Touro University California
  • Tom Clark, Tom Clark Consulting

2:30Pm-3:50pm

Designing and Implementing Successful K - 12 Innovative Blended Models to Transform Instruction

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Texas I

Description: Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) is an award-winning full-time online school in the 13th largest district in the nation, Gwinnett County Public Schools. GOC is recognized as an expert in the field of blended and online learning, GOC’s leadership team will share lessons learned through the development of a methodology to design and implement innovative blended models and the creation of full digital content for grades 4 – 12. Effective blended models will be presented along with evidence of strong success.

During the first 40-minute session, participants will work through various scenarios to experience the necessary steps to build successful blended models of instruction. The second 40-minute session will focus on an overview of successful blended models which are currently being implemented through Gwinnett Online Campus.

Speakers:

  • Christopher Ray, Gwinnett Online Campus
  • Christine Austin, Gwinnett Online Campus
  • Ginger O'Neal, Gwinnett Online Campus

Constructing a Course Access Program Beneficial to all Stakeholders –Significant Foundational Elements

Type: Workshop

Location: Texas II

Description: Course access can implement sustainable funding, completion and content-based payment. Leveraging secure data systems creates economies of scale. Administrative and instructional practices, pedagogical standards and engagement incentives foster success as states mitigate risk and safeguard student, access to key courses and digital opportunities, assisting rural/disadvantaged students and promoting equity and student success. Share insights of veteran practitioners in these areas.

Speakers:

  • Cory Kanth, Utah State Board of Education
  • Laura Belnap, Utah Online School; Utah State Board of Education; Utah State Charter School Board
  • DeLaina Tonks, Mountain Heights Academy; Utah State Charter School Board

Partnering Together to Maximize the Benefits of Online Schools

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: This session will focus on successful partnerships to maximize the bThis session will focus on successful partnerships to maximize the benefits of online schools for all parties. The presenters will discuss the pros and cons of online schools, some of the challenges that face teachers and administrations, authorizers and parents and how working together can maximize the benefits for students. Participants will hear from each presenter's perspective and role. The last portion will be a panel discussion. The 20 minute blocks will be organized in the following manner:

—Research on “Reasons for Enrolling, Benefits & Challenges of Oklahoma's Virtual Charter Schools” and an overview of two of Oklahoma virtual charter schools

—An authorizer’s viewpoint of partnering with schools and boards and the importance of parents being involved in the process

—Panel Discussion Part 1

—Panel Discussion Part 2

Speakers:

  • Colleen Cook, National Coalition for Public School Options
  • Rebecca Wilkinson,Statewide Virtual Charter School Board
  • Sheryl Tatum, Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy
  • Lenny Schafer, Ohio Council of Community Schools

2:30Pm-4:30pm

Understanding Personalized Learning and Interactive Classroom Design

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: Personalized Learning and Interactive Classroom Curriculum & Tools have peaked the interest of many educators across the US. If you are interested in exploring personalized learning and the use of interactive classroom tools, come explore how PL can add more engagement to your lessons. The Future Ready VITAL program, along with our partners Education Elements, SHMOOP, and ??? will help you design personalized learning lessons that will make your classroom the envy of your district.

Speakers:

  • Anthony Kim, Education Elements
  • Sam Brooks, Putnam County Schools (TN)
  • Kelsey Olson, SHMOOP Inc.
  • Lance Key, Putnam County Schools (TN)

Meeting Students Where They Are: Exploring Learner-Centered Approaches for Successful Transitions to College and Career

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: Let's explore how innovative educators are using new teaching modalities and supporting technologies to develop "Future Ready" learners. We will consider implementation details, support, and partnerships that are making a positive difference, especially in underserved and rural communities. We invite you to bring an idea you are incubating and discover specific strategies to improve the outcomes, scalability, and sustainability of your student-success and college-readiness initiatives.

Speakers:

  • Ryan Schrenk, Montana Digital Academy
  • Robert Currie, Montana Digital Academy
  • Dani Pedrotti, The NROC Project
  • Sherawn Reberry, Idaho Digital Learning
  • Cheryl Charlton, Idaho Digital Learning

The Smartest Person is the Room: Collaboration and Creative Problem-Solving through Communities of Practice

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: This session moves quickly from theory to practice as participants explore protocols for creating and sustaining a Community of Practice. Participants will self-select into groups focused on one of four tracks (Leadership, Professional Learning, Curriculum & Instruction, or Technology Integration). After identifying common challenges, we will use the i4tl Communities of Practice protocol to share best practices, new ideas, and lessons learned in our own personalized learning programs.

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth LeBlanc, Institute for Teaching and Leading
  • Christopher Harrington, Institute for Teaching and Leading

2:40Pm-2:50pm

Academic Integrity – Risks and Rewards

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Donald McCabe, Rutgers Business School professor, has been studying cheating for 20 years. His research shows that the student definition of cheating is changing. Join us to explore ways to instill a culture of honesty, while recognizing that academic integrity is a choice. What are the risks that make students cheat in the first place? What are the rewards for honesty? When it comes to academic integrity infractions, learn strategies to prevent them and combat them once they occur.

Speakers:

  • Crystal Howard, FLVS Global
  • Virginia Gesler, FLVS Global

2:50PM-3:00PM

A Narrative of the Classroom Experience: From a Refugee Camp to a Metropolis

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Presenters will discuss the stories of three newcomer refugee English Learners (ELs) and their educational journeys. Stories begin in makeshift classrooms in refugee camps and schools created by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), and lead to highly digital classrooms in Milwaukee Public Schools. Presenters -- through the words of these students --- will share how students view the changes in their education, and the effect that digital learning has had on them

Speakers:

  • Erin Sivek, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Theresa Goodlett, Fuel Education
  • Barbara English, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Vanessa Ramirez, Milwaukee Public Schools

2:50PM-3:10PM

Strategies to Increase Student Engagement, Retention and Completion Rates

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: The Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA) in conjunction with Genius SIS asks the question; how do you identify the struggling student in an online setting? Being able to detect when a student is struggling is a critical step that allows you to intervene and provide help before that student becomes too frustrated or falls too far behind. Presenters will share strategies that we use to determine if a student is struggling and how to re-engage these students.

Speakers:

  • Bryan Guerrisi, CAOLA/ Capital Area Intermediate Unit
  • Kristen Gross, CAOLA
  • Beny Lederman, Genius SIS
  • Daniel Conway, CAOLA/ Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Increasing Accessibility for All Learners in a Blended Learning Environment

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Blended learning presents some unique challenges for all learners. This session will introduce you to a number of accessibility features and extensions that can benefit all learners. By utilizing assistive technology, students can increase their success in a blended learning environment where they do not always have access to teacher support. Bring your mobile device and load up on resources to support learning for all your students.

Speakers:

  • Burt Lo, Stanislaus County Office of Eduation
  • Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Office of Eduation

Supporting Virtual Teacher Growth Using the Framework for Teaching

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: In this presentation we will discuss how the Danielson Framework for Teaching applies to virtual and blended learning classrooms to enhance learning, improve teacher effectiveness and promote growth. The framework defines good teaching and easily applies to virtual learning environments. This session will discuss the process of collecting evidence in virtual classrooms and provoking rich, professional and thoughtful conversations around practice that engages teacher in reflection and growth.

Speaker:

  • Cheryl Giles-Rudawski, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15

2:50PM-3:50Pm

How to adjust the adjusted cohort policy & measure true graduation impact

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Texas III

Description: Hear real solutions to address crude graduation rate metrics from a school administrator, a former head of a state authorizing agency, and an online school accountability expert. How can states, districts, and authorizers use ESSA to improve their graduate rate measure and identify schools in need of comprehensive support versus graduation impact? See how different approaches result in different impacts on graduation rates for online schools and their brick and mortar feeder schools.

Speakers:

  • Yovhane Metcalfe, StrongMind
  • Tracy Quarnstrom, TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School
  • Ashley Berg, Educational Options Foundation

3:00Pm-3:10pm

Community as Classroom

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: As a fully online school, our "classroom" can extend far beyond the walls of a traditional school environment, yet many of us are still defining our school community as a campus. This session will explore how to utilize people, places, and experiences within a much larger community to capture and develop student interests, abilities and social-emotional intelligence. Case studies from online schools that use multi-generational, multi-experiential methods of connection will be explored.

Speaker:

  • Heather Ridge, Boulder Valley School District

3:10Pm-3:20pm

Impact of Internet Connectivity in Online Learning

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Davidson Academy students are surveyed each semester about their perceptions of course content in the learning management system, quality of their synchronous live sessions, and their instructors, all of which are factors within the control of the school. This data was evaluated for correlations to the speed of the student's home Internet connection, a variable that is oustide the control of the school. This session will share important correlations and considerations for online course providers.

Speaker:

  • Stacy Hawthorne, Davidson Academy

3:10Pm-3:30Pm

Improving Student Writing

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: This session will explore practices to improve student writing, particularly in online environments. It will focus on writing strategies for ELAR classes, but it could also be helpful for other courses that require writing. The presenters will share successful techniques such as one-on-one writing conferences, the revision process, and interactive feedback using Google Docs comment feature, FlipGrid, and more. We will discuss helpful strategies and tools that could be implemented immediately.

Speaker:

  • Tina Crowder, Virtual Learning Academy

The Future of Student Data Privacy

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: States are moving fast and furious on laws that aim to protect student data privacy. This legislative session, especially, there have been some new ideas up for discussion. From creating a study group to determine the value of data in monetary value to the idea of data dividends, come to this talk to see how states (and we won't leave DC out) are working to address this issue in new ways.

Speaker:

  • Susan Gentz, BSG Strategies

3:10PM-3:50pm

Your questions answered about why to start an online program and what you risk if you don't - your kids will find options, lets have it be YOU!

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: Why should a traditional school district be involved in virtual/blended learning? What are the benefits? What does Success look like? How can I afford to start a program? If I don't get involved what does that mean to my future enrollment projections? Students will seek out options as evidenced by the growing enrollment in online learning - learn how you can be part of it, and not be left behind. Can I succeed? Ask us all these questions and more!

Speakers:

  • Dallas Bell, Success Virtual Learning Centers
  • David Schmidt, Vality
  • Anita Bell, Success Virtual Learning Centers
  • Douglas McNeil, McNeil Law
  • Travis Gostinger, Landmark Academy

To Synchronize or Asynchronize? That is the Question!

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: To synchronize or asynchronize? That is the question. How do you engage in project based learning online with a self-paced, asynchronous, rolling enrollment? We want students to practice key “soft skills” and tie this deeply into the content while maintaining the complete flexibility to move at their own pace. We will facilitate what works, best practices, and create new ideas and solutions to improve online education. Participants will collaborate to share ideas and create new solutions.

Speakers:

  • Betsy Fowler, ASU Prep Digital
  • Jill Rogier, ASU Prep Digital

Roles of Virtual Education: Understanding the multiple stakeholders and perspectives

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Students, Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Technical Support, Public Relations, and Guidance Counselors all must work together to bring the educational life of our students to fruition. As teachers, we are one part (or sometimes more than one part) of the interactive organism that creates the environment for our students. By understanding the multiple roles that support the online education dynamic, we can increase our impact and efficiency with our students while impacting our community.

Speaker:

  • Janean Ranis, CAVE-Cameron School District

3:20Pm-3:30pm

Everything you need to know about equitable, effective blended practices in under 7 minutes

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: This session will provide an overview of the state of research in k-12 blended learning today. It will cover 10 main topics, with 1 image providing a basic "fact" supported by current evidence, and a 2nd providing an application or implication of the finding for practice. These facts will be drawn from The Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, research conducted by TLA's Measurement Fellows, and relevant research studies published in 2018 & 2019 at the time of the conference.

Speaker:

  • Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator

3:30Pm-3:50pm

The CIA of Blended Learning (Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment): A Framework for Changing Teacher Mindset & Adopting Blended Personalized Learning

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Blended personalized learning requires a new framework for curriculum, instruction, and assessment (CIA). Understanding the relationship and balance of the CIA in the blended classroom will change teacher's mindset for instructional pedagogy. Come examine the unique qualifiers for the CIA of blended learning and explore key components that guide the adoption of CIA to build capacity for personalized learning via blended pedagogy in your classroom, school, or district.

Speaker:

  • Kim Loomis, Clark County School District

Data use culture at Montana Digital Academy

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: This session focuses on internal data that is collected by MTDA to drive program and decision making. Join Mike Agostinelli, MTDA's Instructional Program Manager, as he shares data collection tools and evaluation methods to maintain a quality learning experience for Montana students. This session will also demonstrate the use of Google Data Studio for big data analysis and reporting.

Speakers:

  • Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy
  • Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy

3:40Pm-3:50pm

The state of digital learning 2019 in under seven minutes

Type: PechaKucha

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: What does the U.S. online, blended, and digital learning landscape look like in 2019? Can we explain it in six minutes and 40 seconds? Probably not, but it will be fun to try--and even more fun to watch. Join us as we share the findings of the first annual Digital Learning Collaborative/Keeping Pace annual report, looking at online schools, hybrid schools, district digital learning activity, and key policy issues.

Speaker:

  • John Watson, Evergreen Education Group

4:30Pm-6:30pm

Quality, "High Touch" Blended Learning

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This infographic will map a pathway from survival to success in terms of equity and access; accountability and integrity; curriculum and content management. Discover how to navigate the ever-changing digital world while maintaining quality and keeping students and success the priority. Learn from our experiences and walk away with a clear picture of how blended learning with online teachers is successfully meeting the needs of students across an entire state.

Speakers:

  • Kirsten Wilson, Virtual Arkansas
  • Candice McPherson, Virtual Arkansas

Refreshing the National Standards for Quality Online Programs

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: What is needed to implement and maintain a quality online program? The National Standards for Quality Online Programs were reexamined and refreshed this year. Come learn what changes were made, how the standards can be utilized by district and organizational leaders to guide and monitor online program operations. We will share the process for how the standards were refreshed and highlight the new changes. Join us for this poster session to learn more!

Speakers:

  • Cindy Hamblin, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance
  • Christine Voelker, Quality Matters

Ninja Tutoring: Responsive Instruction Using Online Course Data

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: In its pilot year, the FuelEd Instruction Ninja Tutoring program is designed to use course level data to identify students struggling on specific assignments. Students are invited to a small group, focused, online remediation session, giving them the opportunity to master lesson objectives. The key is in the swift response – identify, invite, remediate.

Speakers:

  • Janice Williamson, Fuel Ed Instructional Division
  • Jerri Jackson, Fuel Ed Instructional Division

Innovation & Best Practices of a Franchise Model in a State Virtual School

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This session will illustrate the unique state policies, components, and value that Florida Virtual School, a state virtual school, provides to their district stakeholders to meet individual student needs.

Speakers:

  • Holly Sagues, Florida Virtual School
  • Larry Banks, Florida Virtual School
  • Stefanie Steele, Florida Virtual School

Collaborative Support for Student Success

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This Infographic Session will highlight the support model IDLA puts in place to drive student success. The infographic will highlight the multiple roles that are involved in facilitating and supporting each course at IDLA. These roles include multiple individuals at both IDLA and each school we serve. The session will show the importance of each role in developing a model for student success, what each individual member of the team is responsible for, and how they work together.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Simmons, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
  • Sherawn Reberry, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance

Refreshing the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: What skills does an online teacher need to be successful? The National Standards for Quality Online Teaching were refreshed this year. Come learn what changes were made, how you can use these standards for both professional development and evaluating and providing feedback to your online teaching. We will share why we refreshed the standards, the process for how they were refreshed, and will highlight the new changes. Join us in this poster session to learn more!

Speakers:

  • Allison Powell, BloomBoard
  • Wendy Oliver, Partners for Digital Learning

The LMS Disrupted: Ensuring Authentic Learning Experiences Meet Standards

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Under ESSA, and many state plans approved by the United States Department of Education, education leaders are looking to find ways to create authentic learning experiences for students that move away from the summative end of the year assessment. This means that an LMS can no longer look the same, and must be built for a shift in pedagogy. This session is intended for leaders interested in providing innovative assessments and experiences for students without sacrificing accountability.

Speaker:

  • Susan Gentz, BSG Strategies

Quality Online Learning Powered by Research and Data Analysis

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Discover how a collaborative involving a state virtual school and a consortium of schools including virtual charters are improving the quality of their programs by applying research they participated in to: 1) determine what professional learning teachers need to support learners, 2) identifying online student engagement patterns that lead to success, 3) implementing an online student orientation course, and 4) supporting schools with quality planning strategies and resources such as case studies.

Speakers:

  • Dawn Nordine, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Michele Nickels, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • John Jacobs, Wisconsin eSchool Network
  • Annette Walaszek, Wisconsin Virtual School

Predicting Student Math Course Performance using Learning Analytics via Student-Reported and Clickstream Participation in the Virtual Classroom.

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: She will present new research that sought to predict student performance in online K-12 schools by using student self-reported participation/preparation for their Math course, as well as clickstream data in the learning management system. A discussion of how this research can drive timelier and data-driven instructional support for virtual students and teachers (i.e. dashboards). The findings will be of interest to all educators seeking evidence-based practices to improve student performance.

Speaker:

  • Gina Ricker, Pearson Online and Blended Learning

Active Learning Environments with GooseChase

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: In today's rapidly shifting digital age, techniques to engage students in and outside the classrooms are in high demand. With this evolving landscape, teachers must consider high impact practices that allow students to be actively engaged as they create new knowledge. During this poster session, participants will be able to explore GooseChase as an application to engage students while facilitating the content learning.

Speaker:

  • Diana Benner, TCEA

Comprehend a New Way to Teach Online

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Comprehend is leading the way with innovative implementation strategies for online curriculum. Comprehend has found a unique model that partners parents with teachers and school districts to increase student completion rates and boost student engagement. The data has shown tremendous success and could be replicated in any school with struggling students or advanced learners. We can show you how to implement the program in your school to achieve similar outcomes.

Speaker:

  • Laura Creach, Comprehend

A Statewide Analysis of Digital Learning: Michigan's K-12 Online Learning Effectiveness Report 2017-18

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute recently released its annual report on the effectiveness of K-12 digital learning in Michigan. This session will share how the state tracks virtual learning performance, highlight key findings from the report, and discuss implications from this year's data. The session will provide leaders with an example of how digital learning data can be put to good use to help policy makers evaluate programs and school leaders benchmark their performance.

Speaker:

  • Joe Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual

The Benefits of an Accelerated Program for Students Who Want to Catch-Up or Graduate Early

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Recent data analysis into the different pacing options at Connection Academy schools in the 2017-18 school year (Traditional, Extended & Accelerated) has shown that many online students are interested in an Accelerated program. These students are either off-cohort students who want to catch up on credits or on-cohort students who wish to graduate early. Our data indicates that the Accelerated program helps both groups reach these objectives well above and beyond the other pacing programs.

Speaker:

  • Mateusz Koziarski, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: This panel examines K-12 online learning in Canada based on the 2018 edition of this on-going study. The session will begin with a brief description of the policies that govern and the level of activity of K-12 online learning in all thirteen provinces and territories, along with the various models that have developed across the country. Then the panel will outline some of the issues still facing K-12 online learning in Canada from the perspective of their individual programs.

Speaker:

  • Michael Barbour, Touro University California

Going Global with Digital Learning

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: Explore digital learning outside the U.S. Which countries are jumping onboard, and where are the outliers? As digital learning grows globally, interesting implications arise for foreign students who want to study abroad and gain international immersion experiences. Likewise, the opportunities for students to collaborate on global sustainability issues are real and full of potential. The world needs game changers - is digital learning part of the answer?

Speakers:

  • Cecilia Lopez, ASU Prep Digital
  • Amy McGrath, ASU Prep Digital

Key Implementation Factors of Success in Ubiquitous Technology Programs

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: We'll share the seven Key Implementation Factors identified when Project Red researchers examined highly effective schools employing a ubiquitous technology program. All schools can learn from these high performing schools to have an immediate impact on teaching and learning when implementing or re-visioning a technology initiative.

Speaker:

  • Sarah Hanawald, One to One Institute

The Blended Learning Toolkit

Type: Poster

Location: Zilker Foyer

Description: The Blended Learning Toolkit is a great place to start your exploration of what Blended Learning is (and isn't) and how it fits in the bigger discussion of innovation in education. This poster session is your dashboard to blended and personalized learning resources, visual model breakdowns, and "getting ready to blend" considerations. Take the opportunity browse some of the top books on the subject before buying on Amazon. Leave with a set of tools to start your own blended learning toolkit!

Speaker:

  • Tracy Mulligan, Tracy Mulligan Education Consulting

Day 3

8:30AM-8:50AM

Culturally Responsive Digital Learning for Newcomers

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description:: Milwaukee Public Schools serves a large number of newcomer refugee English Learners. These students have limited/interrupted formal education, and arrive to school with minimal English language skills. In order to support English acquisition, teachers must first create welcoming environments and foster strong relationships with students, starting with students' funds of knowledge. Participants will discuss how to accomplish this through using culturally responsive online curricula.

Speakers:

  • Erin Sivek, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Theresa Goodlett, Fuel Education
  • Barbara English, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Vanessa Ramirez, Milwaukee Public Schools

Innovative Professional Learning Models

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: Adopt a new professional learning model and transform adult learning experiences! In this participatory session, explore the value of each model and discover what it takes to implement innovative professional learning.

Speaker:

  • Diana Benner, TCEA

Online Learning is Personal and Touches Students Lives in Many Ways

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: This session will focus on a discussion of how to create advisor models in online settings. What does personalized and student focused look like in a trama informed online setting? Research has shown time and time again that all students can be successful in online and hybrid settings if the schools they enroll in prioritize advisor models and placing strategic caring adults in their lives. This session will show some successful models that have been in place since 2002 at a charter school in MN.

Speaker:

  • Tracy Quarnstrom, TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School

8:30AM-9:10AM

2019: Is Mainstream Ready for Online Learning?

Type: Debate

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Is mainstream ready for online learning? It is 2019 & online courses are not yet a common standard offering in districts across the country. In a world where "online" is a major part of the global economy, does the culture of online learning in education match the acceptance of online in our modern lives? Is online learning part of what we do for students or is it an alternative? Join us for an exciting moderated conversation to challenge the idea of mainstream around the culture of online learning.

Speakers:

  • Erik Hanson, Appleton Area School District
  • Heather Staker, Ready To Blend
  • Thomas Arnett, Clayton Christensen Institute
  • Rob Abel, IMS Global

Parlez-vous français? A journey in re-imagining online world language courses

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: What do you think it takes to learn a new language? Maybe you think of hours spent memorizing vocabulary lists, or "listen and repeat" exercises, or memorizing verb conjugation charts. Some traditional approaches to learning a language can be overwhelming, intimidating, boring, and ineffective. Our new French and German courses take an active and engaging approach to language learning, so students learn to understand and speak the language instead of just memorizing rules and lists.

Speaker:

  • Tara Bladow, Michigan Virtual

Beyond Badging; Professional Learning Pathways

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Georgia Virtual (GaV) has issuing digital badges to instructors for 5 years. in the past year, GaV is creating a professional learning ecosystem that provides stackable skills, offers tracks towards credentials, and most importantly gives agency to teachers to define and design their own learning journey. Idaho Digital Learning has developed a comprehensive badging system for CTE students. This table talk will explore digital credential for both adult learners and K12.

Speaker:

  • Rich Copeland, Georgia Virtual, GaDOE

8:30AM-9:50AM

Expanding online and blended learning to address equitable access in rural communities

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: From one-room schoolhouses in Montana to dozens of other states, rural schools face pressing issues and obstacles in their effort to provide quality, comprehensive educational programs to their students. This workshop will discuss many of the challenges faced by rural schools, provide examples of how innovative, smaller communities are providing greater access for rural students, and engage session attendees in roundtable discussions with state and district educators.

Speakers:

  • Robert Currie, Montana Digital Academy
  • Cindy Hamblin, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance
  • Andrea Connolly, Nevada Learning Academy
  • Eliz Colbert, North Carolina Virtual Public School

All Hands on Deck: Working together to Learn at and for Scale

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: This session, based on the School Reform Initiative Consultancy Protocol, focuses on the question: How do we balance the stated desire for an evidence base with apparent unwillingness to invest all that's required to build it?

—10m: Introduction & Question Overview

—10m: (participants) Clarifying & probing questions

—40m: (participants only) Discussion framed by questions like What did we hear?/What assumptions seem to be operating?/What do we think about the dilemma?

—10m: Reflection

—10m: Final thoughts

Speaker:

  • Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator

Build-a-Badge Workshop

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: During this hands-on BYOD session, attendees will create a digital badge. This process includes determining the learning outcomes that will demonstrate mastery of a micro-credential, designing the graphics for a digital badge, and culminate with an exploration of some educational badging platforms.Participants will experience the possibilities of badging, as a student. Then they will be guided through the process of setting up a digital badge for their own classrooms.

Speaker:

  • Burt Lo, Stanislaus County Office of Eduation

8:50AM-9:10AM

Reviewers to the Rescue: Leaping Quality Challenges in a Single Bound

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Deep in the Hall of Quality, you’ll find a special group of educators. Bitten by poorly designed courses, their powers have awakened. The QM Certification Mark shines as a beacon for them to convene. Armed with the QM K-12 Rubrics and their experience, they give feedback for continuous improvement. Join us as we explore their back stories and take you into an epic battle of good and evil. Learn how you can join this heroic group and help save the world of online learning, one course at a time!

Speaker:

  • Christine Voelker, Quality Matters

Are your students reading your emails? Engaging students via preferred communication modalities

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: This session will present data collected from numerous virtual schools regarding what types of communication motivated students to engage with the online curriculum, log in, submit assignments, improve achievement, etc. Teachers tracked communication modes (i.e. texting, phone calls, emails) and were asked to note correlations with student achievement. The session will explore if there is a correlation.

Speaker:

  • Aaron Scholl, Uplift California Charter Schools

8:50AM-9:50AM

Revisiting Accountability in Online Learning

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: This panel - Revisiting Accountability in Online Learning - is based on a follow up study from research done in 2015-16 that focused on accountability in course choice states, specifically Utah, Michigan, Louisiana, and Michigan. Thel features four panelists (representing online programs, schools, districts, and states) who share their stories, including what they did wrong as well as the major shifts they made to their improve their processes after experiencing those initial bumps in the road.

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Kennedy, Kathryn Kennedy Consulting
  • Leanna Archambault (Virtual), Arizona State University
  • Dawn Nordine, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Joe Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual
  • Kate Loughrey, Texas Education Agency/ Texas Virtual School Network

9:10AM-9:30AM

Exploring Careers in Middle Grades: Letting Student Curiosity Flourish

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Middle school students are curious about the world around them. Over and over again, they are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The possibilities are endless, but without an opportunity to examine and explore numerous career options, it can be unsettling. Digital curriculum can help expose students to the world of possibilities and open doors that were previously unknow. Join us as we consider how to let curiosity flourish for middle grade students.

Speakers:

  • Kathaleen McCormick, eDynamic Learning
  • Kim Loomis, Clark County School District

Ensuring Success in Personalized Learning Implementations: The Top 5 Reasons Personalized Learning Fails & How to Fix Them

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: Levering the impact of Zia's recently released white paper and over 15 years of successful personalized learning implementations, Ms. Gonzales will help participants gain valuable insight into the context for the various pitfalls that may occur when personalized learning is unleashed on schools without proper planning and a clear framework. Participants will exit with valuable and proven strategies to address these problems and ensure a successful personalized learning program.

Speakers:

  • Hope Dugan, Zia Learning
  • Robin Gonzales, Zia Learning

Multiple Measures for a Growth Model

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: Standardized assessments provide schools with a snapshot of students’ skills. Many online and small schools struggle to find accurate measures of students growth. Find out how one school uses multiple measures to track student data including local assessments, grades, credit production and attendance. These measures include a unique contrast of student performance against their own prior performance in other settings as well as growth after placement at the school.

Speaker:

  • Carrie Bisgard, Placentia-Yorba Linda USD

9:10AM-9:50AM

Alternatives to Traditional Professional Learning: Digital Book Studies and Micro Courses

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Wisconsin Virtual School's professional learning survey showed educators identifying alternatives to traditional professional learning (book studies, active research, Google Plus, micro courses etc.) as preferred methods to meet their learning goals. Let's discuss how you are using alternative methods to engage and meet the needs of educators and share best practices and resources to adapt to our own situations. We will be prepared to share our experiences with Google Plus and digital book studies.

Speakers:

  • Annette Walaszek, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Michele Nickels, Wisconsin Virtual School

Is Agency the Antidote to Learned Helplessness for Students & Staff?

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: Agency is the capacity and propensity to take purposeful initiative—the opposite of helplessness.1” So, how might we promote such capacity in our learners? How do we increase student progress and process ownership, while providing both the right level of support and challenge? Participants will gain exposure to student agency research and strategies in action and engage in a thinking protocol prompting the consideration of both existing practices and next steps through the lens of agency.

Speaker:

  • Tracy Clark, CA Group

Meaningless No More: Blueprint for Integrating Tests that Matter

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: How do online schools get meaningful assessment data? Hear how JJ’s network of schools managed to reduce the number of tests they were giving while increasing the number of students with standards mastery and growth data. Yovhane will discuss how schools can delicately balance curriculum, instruction, and high quality assessments to capture better benchmark data that can be incorporated as formative tools by schools and teachers like JJ’s. Since tests are only one data point, ensure it counts!

Speakers:

  • Yovhane Metcalfe, StrongMind
  • J.J. Lewis, Compass Charter Schools

  • Tracy Clark, CA Group

9:30AM-9:50AM

Extending Your Electives Catalog Digitally: How Digital Content Opens Doors for Student

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Electives are a step towards college and career readiness. Students need opportunities to explore various fields of interest to find a possible pathway to college and future careers. Digital content can extend your elective catalogs, offering students exposure to areas to consider as hobbies, career options, or college course of study. Join us as we examine how to open doors for students.

Speakers:

  • Kathaleen McCormick, eDynamic Learning
  • Kim Loomis, eDynamic Learning

Pathways to Student Success

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: What does success look like for an online student? This question and our ability to validate success is central to our work. We have identified two measures of student success to explore in greater depth: student development of self-regulation through online learning and student success in future course sequences post online experience. This session provides a data-driven roadmap along with additional questions to ask leading to deeper understanding.

Speakers:

  • Chris Bigenho, Virtual Learning Academy- Lewisville Independent School District
  • Donna Henry, Virtual Learning Academy- Lewisville Independent School District

Developing Infrastructure For Blended And Digital Learning In Rural Districts

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: John will share his experience bringing digital learning to Vail School District. Since 2006, the district’s digital offerings have evolved into a unique, blended community that treats each student individually. John’s experiences and insight can provide guidance and advice for other districts adapting to digital learning. He will speak to: developing a technological infrastructure; professionally developing educators and training them in best practices; and curriculum revision development.

Speaker:

  • John Roberts, Vail Unified School District

10:00am-10:20am

Growing Quality Online Courses: Joining Forces to Create Better Blooms: Findings from the Field

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Ever wonder how online courses do when put under a rigourous review by your peers? Together we are making a difference in the quality of online courses. We'll examine trends from three years worth of Quality Matters K-12 Official Course Reviews. Looking at data from both home-grown district developed courses and third-party courses, we'll see which areas of course design schools, districts, and providers have worked to continuously improve, and which areas have shown the most growth.

Speaker:

  • Christine Voelker, Quality Matters

Synchronicity in Online Learning

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: Davidson Academy Online requires online students to attend regular, live syncronous sessions each week. During these live sessions, students and the instructor use audio and video to connect and discuss content. These live sessions are designed to extend the content delivered asynchronously in the learning management system. This session will describe the structure of the live sessions and, more importantly, delve into the academic and social benefits of adding synchroncity to online learning.

Speaker:

  • Stacy Hawthorne, Davidson Academy

10:00am-10:40am

Learner-Centered Relationship Building's Impact on K-12 Online Learning

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: Research shows that relationship building between teacher and student can have a correlation, overall, with student outcomes (Cornelius-White 2007). This relationship building is that much more critical when teacher and student are separated by space and time in an online program. This session will introduce participants to effective practices in relationship buildings that lead to success in an online program in the Southeast.

Speakers:

  • Cortney Denman, Northeastern University
  • Marcus Vu, Fulton County Schools

Add civility and tone to digital communications

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: Civil digital communication with appropriate tone can be taught and reinforced through learning management system tools such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis or Twitter-like features. This Table Talk will discuss how to teach, gauge, monitor and provide instructional feedback for civil discourse in asychronous online environments.

Speakers:

  • Jon Oestreich, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Kirsten Wilson, Virtual Arkansas
  • Candice McPherson, Virtual Arkansas
  • John Englander, Virtual High School

10:00am-11:20am

Chat with the Researchers

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Hill Country A/B

Description: The first K-12 online learning programs at the K-12 began in the early 1990s. Unlike online learning in general, much less is known about virtual schooling – even less is based on systematic research. Regardless, the practice of virtual schooling has far out-paced the production of reliable and valid research. This session brings together a panel of researchers involved in the field for significant periods of time. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about that research

Speakers:

  • Michael Barbour, Touro University California
  • Tom Clark, Tom Clark Consulting

Where the School Bus Can’t Go: Hacking STEAM Education via the Online Classroom

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills I

Description: Goals of this interactive workshop align with the USDE call for widespread, equitable access STEAM education. Participants will: participate in a range of teacher-led STEAM activities for their online classrooms, observe a drone-enabled field trip that teaches scientific inquiry, and develop strategies for teaching online students to make art in ways that reinforce NGSS.

Speakers:

  • Aaron Scholl, Uplift California Charter Schools
  • Damian Jenkins, A3 Education
  • Sean McManus, A3 Education

The Power of Rapport – Works of the Heart

Type: Organized Session of Talks

Location: Hill Country C/D

Description: The magic of any successful digital program is the relationship teachers foster with students and families. The Power of Rapport – Works of the Heart is an interactive session where FLVS Global teachers share the secrets behind their students’ success. While many digital courses are assisting teachers in providing a technology-based education, no program can be successful without relationships. Participants will leave the session inspired and full of magic.

—The art of building relationships

—The tools for communicating

—The words to encourage

—The methods of engaging

Speakers:

  • Courtney Calfee, FLVS Global
  • Carrie Alexander,FLVS Global
  • Crystal Howard, FLVS Global
  • Sarah Latimer, FLVS Global

Applying and sustaining quality in online and blended learning programs

Type: Workshop

Location: Foot Hills II

Description: This workshop looks at ways to apply the National Standards for Quality (NSQ) Online Learning in a meaningful way – regardless of your type or size of program. The NSQ provide a benchmark for online programs of all shapes, sizes and levels of sophistication a tool to explore quality in their online courses, teaching and program. But how do schools, districts, and statewide programs start thinking about and defining actionable steps in assessing and maintaining quality over time? Come find out.

Speakers:

  • John Jacobs,Wisconsin eSchool Network
  • Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual
  • Dawn Nordine,Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Cindy Hamblin, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

Unlocking Success for Struggling Students

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Big Bend C/D

Description: The average student who starts below grade level has a one in four chance of catching up. Districts are grappling with how to meet the needs of this growing nymber of struggling students, which can impact on-time graduation rates, passing and proficiency rates for high-stakes exams and students falling below grade level. Join three district leaders for an exploration into how to recognize and support unique learning needs, including ELL, students with learning gaps and below proficient readers.

Speakers:

  • Kim Loomis,Clark County School District
  • Jerald Wilson, Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Global H-TECH at Richland College
  • Dondelayo White, Evanston Township High School
  • Martina Beach-Hedges, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Increase Student Engagement with Interactive Design

Type: Workshop

Location: Private Dining Room

Description: Interactive design creates meaningful relationships between students and activities, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond. Here’s your chance to learn some of the best uses of G Suite for Education and explore beneficial Chrome apps and extensions. Tools to be featured include Google Draw, Google Slides, Book Creator, Screencastify, and many more. Come examine how educators can make the most of these tools to increase student engagement and depth of knowledge.

Speakers:

  • Sam Brooks, Putnam County VITAL
  • Lance Key, Putnam County VITAL

10:20am-10:40am

Virtually Blended: What to do during Face-to-Face Sessions

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: Big Bend A/B

Description: This session will showcase the development of a Middle School Blended Learning Enrichment Program and how it met the needs of students. This presentation will take you through what can be uncovered from the eyes of the student. Look for ideas to take away to create a positive culture in the blended learning model.

Speakers:

  • Tracy Keckler, Kenosha eSchool
  • Patricia Clements, Kenosha eSchool

The Silent Screen: Introverted Students in the Online Classroom

Type: Contributed Talk

Location: TEXAS V, VI, VII

Description: Many parents and teachers assume that an online classroom is an ideal environment for introverted students. In reality, though online learning offers a lot of benefits to introverts, it also poses many new challenges. In this presentation I will examine some of the barriers introverts face in actively engaging with online learning, both in written forums and in live sessions. I will offer strategies to help introverted students overcome these barriers, both through class design and management.

Speaker:

  • Tracy Sangster, Davidson Academy Online

10:40am-11:20am

Ensuring Excellence amid Exponential Growth: Course Development in a Rapidly Growing Virtual School

Type: Table Talk

Location: Big Bend Lawn

Description: In less than two years, the Launch Virtual School in Missouri has grown from 22 to over 120 partner school districts and developed dozens of new courses. How can an online school ensure quality courses in a fast-growing environment? In this facilitated discussion, two members of the Launch team describe adaptations they made to their course development process. The facilitators will listen to participants, answer questions, and compile a list of takeaway strategies for the audience

Speakers:

  • Linda Ayers, Springfield Public Schools
  • Meghan Roe, Springfield Public Schools

Starting and Sustaining A Successful Online Program

Type: Panel Discussion

Location: Texas V, VI, VII

Description: Bridging the gap between the idea of designing an online learning program and launching one is an exciting and challenging journey. The four panelists will bring hands-on experiences from starting large district, state and regional online programs across the U.S. Participants will gain knowledge on the key components of successful and sustainable online programs and leave with checklists and strategies for implementation.

Speakers:

  • Hope Dugan, Zia Learning
  • Robin Gonzales, Zia Learning

Blending Assessment: Shifting Pen & Paper to the Digital World

Type: Table Talk

Location: Portion of Patio

Description: What are the issues and challenges faced when digital technology replaces traditional pen and paper evaluation? Assessment is central to learning, yet while shaping the learning experience assessment is a critical and time-consuming function for teachers. Technology promises us a solution to improve efficiencies while reducing teacher time. But does it? This research-based session will discuss technology-based assessment practices in the context of its impact on learning.

Speaker:

  • Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network
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