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October 12, 2018

Announcing Keynote Presentations And Track Highlights For The iNACOL Symposium

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is proud to announce the esteemed lineup of iNACOL Symposium keynote presentations. These leaders will inform, inspire and propel thinking around powerful, personalized learning. Register to attend today.

Morning Keynote for Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Leading the Transformation of Education Systems; Dedicated to High-Quality Learning for All
Carlos Moreno, Big Picture Learning 
Phyllis Lockett, LEAP Innovations
Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education

Afternoon Keynote for Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
The Evolution of Equity in Rethinking High School
Russlynn Ali, Emerson Collective and XQ Institute

Morning Keynote for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
An International Perspective on Innovation and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Reflections on a Decade of OECD Insights and Research 
David IstanceOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), retired; Brookings Institution; University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Student Panel for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
We Are the Evidence: Young People on Education Transformation 
Jemar Lee, Education Reimagined and EdRevision, moderator
Angel Velez, High School Senior
Kesia Turner, High School Junior
Mason Power, Fourth-Grade Learner
Kaiden Thiers Terrel, Seventh-Grade Learner

Closing Keynote for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
The Power of Whole Child Personalization: Connecting Science, Learning and Human Potential 
Pamela Cantor, M.D.Turnaround for Children

Attend the iNACOL Symposium to experience these inspirational keynote presentations and join 200+ workshops and sessions, which are categorized by track to guide attendees toward customized topics of their choice. This year, the iNACOL Symposium is offering 28 unique tracks, including:

  • Personalized Learning
  • Competency Education
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Professional Development and more

The School Redesign breakout sessions and programming track have been made possible through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation.

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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October 6, 2018

iNACOL Symposium | A Word From our Keynote Carlos Moreno

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

In practice, we at Big Picture Learning work directly with communities and schools across the country (and really, around the world) who wish to implement a more student-centered learning design – one which is grounded in real-world learning and has the learner’s interests, talents and passions at the heart of their experience.

But beyond that, we at Big Picture Learning proudly, and confidently, assert that our real job is as activists. We are activists in so much as we are constantly and relentlessly seeking out public platforms – like the one which iNACOL is so graciously providing – that allow us to share our message of education equity.  Many times it is my voice on these stages – a responsibility that I am honored and humbled by and one, which I take very seriously. But, whenever I can, I look for places where I am able to step aside and create a wake for those voices that don’t always get the spotlight, those of Black and Brown students who themselves have borne witness to the positive impacts of an educational experience that has placed trust in them. That has asked them what they want to learn. What they are interested in seeing in the world and in themselves. What problems are they passionate about solving. The simple act of stepping aside can have an extraordinary impact.

I think we’re finally coming out of an era in which standardization in education rules the day. Please believe, I get the impulse of policymakers to standardize aspects of education. The so-called “achievement gap” has persisted for decades and if any students have been left behind, it is those in traditionally underserved communities and those historically kept furthest from opportunity. Standardization was a failed attempt to close that gap. Every new movement in education seems to forget the most important thing about education:Relationships matter. Knowing our students’ communities matter. Knowing our learners’ stories matter!

I often tell the story of my early experience as principal, and a student of mine, Andy. Andy pushed on me harder than any other student I’ve ever had. And I failed to see this pushing as pulling; as reaching out. For an act that I won’t name here, Andy was expelled from my school and part of me was relieved. This pains me. After his expulsion, Andy was the victim of a targeted homicide inside a barbershop. I don’t know if I could have stopped this, but I do know I could have done more. For many of our students – even our most challenging ones – school is a sanctuary, a lifeline. Standardization doesn’t recognize that “real-world” learning means different things for different populations. Standardization doesn’t recognize that vulnerability is an essential part of pedagogy.

I keep Andy’s story at the center of my work. The Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship, which Big Picture Learning co-directs along with our partners, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, is all about identifying emerging leaders in the education equity space and giving them the tools to foster inclusive education practices in their own communities. Again, the goal isn’t to empower these leaders (or their students). We believe, that these folks and these communities are already empowered – this is not something we can bestow on them. But we can turn the spotlight on them and increase the volume by which their voices can be heard.

Again, I am humbled to have found myself being recognized as an important voice in my field. With that recognition has come invitations to speak into microphones previously silenced and keys that open doors that have previously been locked. But, believe that before this rocket runs out of fuel…I’m going to grab as many other people as I can for the ride! #wheelsup!


A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. He is a Co-Executive Director for Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit organization that, since 1995, has developed more than 150 such schools in the United States and throughout the world. 

Please join us at this year’s iNACOL Symposium where Carlos will keynote along with Phyllis Lockett and Tony Monfiletto on Leading the Transformation of Education Systems; Dedicated to High-Quality Learning for All. 

About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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October 4, 2018

Pamela Cantor, M.D. To Keynote iNACOL Symposium On October 24, 2018

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce our closing day keynote speaker. Please join usto hear from Pamela Cantor, M.D., Founder and Senior Science Advisor of Turnaround for Children.

                                    
The theme of this address is “The Power of Whole Child Personalization: Connecting Science, Learning and Human Potential.” Every day, students arrive at school with a backpack full of experiences that impact how they behave and learn. Many of those experiences are positive, but others are stressful, even traumatizing. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, almost half of our children have experienced at least one type of serious trauma. Traumatic experiences get under the skin, with implications for a child’s development and ability to learn and thrive. Fortunately, emerging scientific research on how children learn and develop points to strategies for educators to unlock the potential in each student.

Dr. Cantor will introduce Turnaround’s Building Blocks for Learning: A Framework for Comprehensive Student Development and share insights from two papers she recently co-authored in the journal Applied Developmental Science, which synthesize research from multiple disciplines into a set of scientific principles that can be applied to enable more children to achieve and thrive. Dr. Cantor will use these principles to address the interconnected relationships between school system design, adult mindsets and skills and the intentional support of successful learners – translating this complex body of work for practical use in schools.

The goal: whole child personalized learning and the use of developmental principles that can and should be applied today to support innovations in school design and practice. Dr. Cantor will demonstrate how we can harness this scientific knowledge to design educational environments that promote the development of the brain, accelerate learning and drive holistic student development so that all children achieve to the fullest expression of their potential.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to learn from these esteemed speakers, more than 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 21-24, 2018 in Nashville. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Driving the Transformation of Learning.”

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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September 29, 2018

Jemar Lee To Facilitate Student Panel At iNACOL Symposium on October 23, 2018

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce our student panel on October 23. Please join usto hear from Jemar Lee, founder of EdRevision, current fellow with Education Reimagined and recent graduate from Iowa BIG. If you attended our 2017 Symposium, you will remember Jemar as a student panelist who gave a gripping and intimate look into his personal educational journey. Jemar will facilitate conversation with four insightful learners from across the country experiencing learner-centered education in action.

                                   
The theme of this address is “We Are the Evidence: Young People on Education Transformation.” These students will share their first-hand experiences of how transforming education has transformed their lives — shaping who they are, the contributions they are making to their communities and where they see their future leading. In a provocative, unfiltered and honest conversation, they will inspire you to consider what you can do to start and embolden your communities’ shift toward learner-centered education.

Be ready to walk away with one key question: “As we work together to drive the transformation of learning in this country, what can I do to ensure young learners are at the forefront?”

Send your questions to this panel of learners through Twitter using #iNACOL18.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to learn from these esteemed speakers, more than 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 21-24, 2018 in Nashville. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Driving the Transformation of Learning.”

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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September 27, 2018

Introducing The All-New Innovation Corner At The 2018 iNACOL Symposium

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL’s mission is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. In keeping with this mission, and in our effort to continually improve Symposium attendees’ experiences each year, we are moving away from a traditional vendor exhibit hall and instead offering a new approach, the Innovation Corner — an innovative space for school models to showcase their personalized, competency-based models and tools in action. Our goal is to align our work (mission, vision and values) with the experience attendees have in the Innovation Corner’s showcase. The Innovation Corner will be in the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center with a grand opening during the President’s Reception on Sunday evening, October 21 – Tuesday, October 23. Specific areas of the Innovation Corner include:

School Showcase
Learn firsthand from schools and school district practitioners who are successfully implementing personalized and competency-based learning models.

Tools Showcase
Interact directly with tools that foster personalized, competency-based learning.

Student Showcases
Let the students themselves speak to you through these two student-based exhibitions, a chronicle of their experiences.

TNTP STUDENT GALLERY
What Can 4,000 Students Teach Us about School? An Interactive Look At TNTP’s Next National Report

What would students tell us about how they experience school if we were to ask them? For TNTP’s sixth national report, we asked 4,000 students to invite us into their classrooms. After spending a year in schools around the country, we observed 1,000+ hours of instruction, reviewed 5,500+ assignments and collected 28,000 in-the-moment student surveys. This data provided us with a unique opportunity to understand what goals students were setting for themselves, what kind of lives they wanted to lead, and how school was preparing them to live those lives — or letting them down. Come experience the report in this interactive session that will showcase how students are experiencing school and what we can do to improve their daily learning experiences.

ALP Student Voices Gallery: Assessment for Learning 
Assessment for learning is about helping classrooms, schools and systems become more student-centered. Educators are using assessment as a tool, at least in part, to listen more closely to what students are saying about their learning and about themselves. At the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP), this work inspires and challenges us to do the same. If we are to fuel an assessment for learning movement that is truly transformative, student voice must be at the core of it. We invite you to explore the ALP Student Voices Gallery, using your smartphone and headphones, to listen and learn how 50 students from across the country are experiencing assessment for learning and how those assessment practices are impacting their learning, agency and sense of belonging.

Meeting and Gathering Places
The Innovation Corner abounds with spaces conducive for spontaneous conversations or planned gatherings. Some spaces, like the lounges, are labeled by topic to assist you in finding colleagues with similar interests, while others are a convenient place to settle down to continue an impromptu discussion about what you are learning or ideas the Symposium has sparked for you.

Voices Hub
Let your own voice be heard through the Voices Hub, an interactive center for capturing your Symposium experiences, thoughts, telling your story, sharing ideas and learning from each other.

iNACOL thanks our sponsors for their generous support of the new Innovation Corner. We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville.Register here todaybook your hotel here and contact us with any questions.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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