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September 17, 2020

Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 Is Going Virtual

An update on this neo-liberal conference.

We have made the decision to shift our in-person Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 to a virtual convening.

We were encouraged by more than 500+ colleagues across the field to continue with hosting a virtual conference, and we wanted to share the details on planning this year’s Aurora Institute Symposium 2020.

We are going to make this happen.

The 2020 Symposium will have two elements:

  • The virtual Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 will be held on the original dates of October 26-28, 2020 (save-the-dates)
  • An “All Fall” webinar series is being offered with conference presenters delivering online sessions from August to November.

Virtual Symposium: October 26-28, 2020

We will hold our flagship “Symposium” event virtually October 26-28, 2020, with plenary sessions, spotlights on promising practices and programs, birds-of-a-feather lunches, breakout sessions, networking events, and book clubs with authors.

An at-a-glance agenda provides an overview of the program, including:

  • Day 1 – October 26: Opportunities and Inspiration: Leveraging the Crisis to Leapfrog & Advance Systems Change
  • Day 2 – October 27: Competency-Based, Personalized, Anytime, Anywhere Learning Best Practices
  • Day 3 – October 28: Personalized, Competency-Based Education Designed for Equity and Focused on Whole Child/Social-Emotional Learning.

We’ve designed the event to offer multiple networking opportunities and foster hands-on engagement in a variety of sessions. The Symposium Networking Event will occur on October 27, 2020, at 5 pm ET.

Virtual Symposium Webinars: All Fall

We’ve launched a series of webinars running throughout the fall, leading up to and culminating in the main event on October 26-28, 2020. The schedule for the “All Fall” series is below and on the upcoming webinar events page of our website. All virtual sessions will be archived and available on the past events page of our website. Register for the “All Fall” webinars now!

Here’s what we are learning together during the “All Fall” webinar series:

September

  • We’re Still Working! (Virtual) High School Internships in the Time of COVID-19 (register here) for September 14, 2020, at 1 pm ET
  • Measuring Personalized Professional Learning: A Three-Year Study of What Works Best, For Whom, Under What Conditions, and Why (register here) for September 15, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Strengthening the Learning Relationships Between Teachers Families and Students: Our Framework, Interventions and Evaluation Efforts (register here) for September 16, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Assessing Field-level Change: Lessons from the Evaluation of the Assessment for Learning Project I (register here) for September 17, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Integrating Project-Based Learning in Online and Blended Courses in Indiana (register here) for September 21, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Putting Data to Work: Formative Evaluation and Continuous Improvement in Transformative Education Efforts (register here) for September 22, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • NCAA Review Process: Why and How…and What’s Different During COVID-19? (register here) for September 24, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Increasing Capacity for Mastery-Based Learning in Washington State (register here) for September 28, 2020, at 2 pm ET
  • Science of Motivation: 5 Barriers to Student Motivation and How to Fix Them (register here) September 29, 2020, at 2:30 pm ET

October

  • Impact of Personalized Learning Through Interest-Based Internships (register here) for October 6, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Implementing Student-Centered Learning: Lessons Learned from Leaders in the Arena (register here) for October 13, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Choice in Learning: Examination of Students’ Use of Flex Time in High School (register here) for October 22, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET

November

  • Competency-Based Education Systems: Performance Assessment Using Proficiency Scales (register here) for November 5, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Deeper Competency-Based Learning: Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable Shifts (register here) November 10, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Designing Engaging, Purposeful, Rigorous Tasks for Remote and In-Person Learning (register here) November 12, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET

Past “All Fall” Webinars Are Archived.

  • Shifting to Online Bite-Sized Professional Learning (archived webinar here) with Dallas ISD from September 10, 2020
  • Transitioning to Remote Learning: Free Online Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers with Michigan Virtual (archived webinar here) from September 9, 2020
  • Using Research & Development to Redesign: Immediately Implementable Methods and Practices to Accelerate Learning and Results for ALL Kids with Transcend (archived webinar here) from September 8, 2020
  • Learning Models for Difference Making in Communities with Tom Vander Ark (archived webinar here) from September 3, 2020
  • When Access Isn’t Equal: How the Pandemic Amplified Our Nation’s Equity Gaps (archived webinar here) from September 2, 2020
  • Elevating Student Experience to Build Equitable Learning Environments and Outcomes (archived webinar here) from September 1, 2020
  • Taking an Equity-Based Approach to Advancing a Research and Learning Agenda with City Year (archive webinar here) from August 18, 2020

Stay tuned! And, join us by engaging with us on social media with @Aurora_Inst and #Aurora2020

P.S. – COVID-19 has impacted our schedule in notifying presenters on acceptance. If you submitted a proposal during the open RFP earlier this Spring, we apologize that we have not notified all submitters of the status of their proposals. As we are still developing the program, COVID-19 has upended the process. We are in communication with presenters to ensure they can deliver a virtual presentation session at specific dates and times. Please bear with us. We will be notifying you soon and are currently finalizing the program in its entirety. Thank you for your patience.

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May 5, 2020

Act Now: Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 Early-Bird Registration Savings Ending Soon

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Register Now for Early-Bird Pricing

Register to attend the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 today. Early-bird registration discounts end September 9, 2020.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts before the end of your school or district’s fiscal year to save on the cost of attending the Aurora Institute Symposium October 25-28, 2020 in San Antonio. Attendee registration is now open.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

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April 30, 2020

Reminder: Request For Presentation Proposals Is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

Note that this call for proposals is due tomorrow.

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Time Is Running Out
To Submit Your Proposal

Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals in 9 strands for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@aurora-institute.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

New Symposium Strand

As a result of the current shift in education caused by COVID-19, we have added another strand to the Symposium sessions and workshops to reflect the Continuity of Learning efforts currently underway. By introducing the “Anytime/Anywhere Learning” strand, presenters can provide insight on strategies and resources on implementing remote learning opportunities, share lessons learned, and showcase best practices.

View Our RFP Webinar


Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process. Our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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You don’t want to miss an opportunity to present at #Aurora20, Oct 25-28 in San Antonio. @Aurora_Inst is now accepting requests for presentation proposals until 5/1. Submit your proposal today: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49
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Aurora Institute is now accepting presentation proposals for #Aurora20 held on Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio. Be sure to submit your proposal before 5/1: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49 @Aurora_Inst
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About Us

The mission of the Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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The Aurora Institute Symposium was formerly the iNACOL Symposium.
This email was sent by: Aurora Institute
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA, 22182-4040 United States

April 29, 2020

Reminder: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

And from the neo-liberals.

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Time Is Running Out
To Submit Your Proposal

Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals in 9 strands for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@aurora-institute.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

New Symposium Strand

As a result of the current shift in education caused by COVID-19, we have added another strand to the Symposium sessions and workshops to reflect the Continuity of Learning efforts currently underway. By introducing the “Anytime/Anywhere Learning” strand, presenters can provide insight on strategies and resources on implementing remote learning opportunities, share lessons learned, and showcase best practices.

View Our RFP Webinar


Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process. Our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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Share With Your Colleagues on Twitter

View our #webinar on submitting proposals for the #Aurora2020 Symposium to learn some pointers on presenting: http://ow.ly/c7hn30quK5v @Aurora_Inst
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You don’t want to miss an opportunity to present at #Aurora20, Oct 25-28 in San Antonio. @Aurora_Inst is now accepting requests for presentation proposals until 5/1. Submit your proposal today: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49
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Aurora Institute is now accepting presentation proposals for #Aurora20 held on Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio. Be sure to submit your proposal before 5/1: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49 @Aurora_Inst
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About Us

The mission of the Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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The Aurora Institute Symposium was formerly the iNACOL Symposium.
This email was sent by: Aurora Institute
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA, 22182-4040 United States

April 25, 2020

Reminder: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

A note from the neo-liberals to end the week.

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Time Is Running Out
To Submit Your Proposal

Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals in 9 strands for the Aurora Institute Symposium.Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@aurora-institute.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

New Symposium Strand

As a result of the current shift in education caused by COVID-19, we have added another strand to the Symposium sessions and workshops to reflect the Continuity of Learning efforts currently underway. By introducing the “Anytime/Anywhere Learning” strand, presenters can provide insight on strategies and resources on implementing remote learning opportunities, share lessons learned, and showcase best practices.

View Our RFP Webinar


Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process. Our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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Share With Your Colleagues on Twitter

View our #webinar on submitting proposals for the #Aurora2020 Symposium to learn some pointers on presenting: http://ow.ly/c7hn30quK5v @Aurora_Inst
Tweet
You don’t want to miss an opportunity to present at #Aurora20, Oct 25-28 in San Antonio. @Aurora_Inst is now accepting requests for presentation proposals until 5/1. Submit your proposal today: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49
Tweet
Aurora Institute is now accepting presentation proposals for #Aurora20 held on Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio. Be sure to submit your proposal before 5/1: http://ow.ly/5kOg30qpD49 @Aurora_Inst
Tweet

About Us

The mission of the Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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Twitter
YouTube
The Aurora Institute Symposium was formerly the iNACOL Symposium.
This email was sent by: Aurora Institute
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA, 22182-4040 United States
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