Transforming Our State of Classrooms

Personalized learning

Session Descriptions for Personalized Learning

Keynote #1

9:15 – 10:15

Keynote: Why Personalize Learning?
Dr. Jim Rickabaugh

Nationally acclaimed educator and speaker Dr. Jim Rickabaugh explains why it’s imperative that we “Get Learning Right the First Time ‚Äì Every Time.” Dr. Rickabaugh is the executive director of The Institute @ CESA #1, which is implementing a regional network approach dedicated to creating a personalized, student-centered public education system.

Dr. James Rickabaugh is currently Director of the Institute @ CESA #1, the largest consortium of personalized learning districts in the nation. Dr. Rickabaugh is the former Superintendent of the Whitefish Bay Schools and previously served as Midwest Regional President for Voyager Expanded Learning of Dallas, Texas. He also served as Superintendent of Schools for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Burnsville, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Dr. Rickabaugh has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions throughout Illinois and Wisconsin during his career. He was Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2008 and Minnesota Superintendent of the Year in 1996 and received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2005 from the University Council for Educational Administration.

Keynote #2

10:30 – 11:15

Keynote: What Teachers Can Learn from Video Games
Prof. Kurt Squire, UW-Madison School of Education and the Games + Learning + Society group

What makes students who appear apathetic in school become tenacious, dedicated learners when they play video games? More important, how can educators harness the techniques used by video game designers to create learning experiences that are just as engaging?

Kurt Squire is a Professor in the School of Education and is a co-director of the Games+Learning+Society center. Squire’s research investigates the potential of video game-based technologies to drive systemic change in education. His work integrates research and theory on digital media (particularly games) with theories of situated cognition in order to understand how to design educational environments in a digital age. Squire was a co-founder of, and is the author/editor of three books and over 75 scholarly publications on learning with technology.

Morning Sessions

11:30 – 12:15

Title Facilitator Description
Augmented Learning Amy Klubertanz Learn how Augmented Reality can help lessons come alive and keep all students – even the most reluctant – engaged and excited to learn.
What to bring: Bring an iPad, if possible, with the Aurasma, Chromville, and ColAR apps installed.
Shifting Away from the Teacher Mindset of “Getting through My Curriculum” and “How Do I Grade This” Frank Devereaux Transform your classroom into a learning center where the focus is on true learning, not just content delivery. During this session we’ll discuss how to find quality content resources online that give students a say in how they fulfill learning requirements. Course also includes a discussion of how feedback loops can help drive proficiency models of grading.
What to bring: One Content Standard covered in your curricular area.
InRoads: Pathways to Personalized Learning Wendy Dzurick and Mike Dicks After an overview of Franklin Public Schools’ InRoads program, this session will highlight the development of integrated design component that goes into making InRoads a program to ensure a common connected experience.
Putting the Passion into Personalized Learning Velvet Holmes Have you ever asked your students what their passion is or what they’re curious about? Google now allows their employees to use 20% of their work time to embrace their passion. What are the benefits of this approach – and how can we give that opportunity to our students and still cover curricular standards? This session will allow you time to discuss – and plan – how “genius hour” might work for you!
What to bring: A mobile device (prior experience with the device is highly recommended)
How to Get Started with Personalized Learning Jim Rickabaugh During this one-hour breakout session we’ll guide you through the practical steps of personalizing your instruction by using the change strategies developed by The Institute @ CESA #1.

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 – 1:45

Title Facilitator Description
Personalized Learning in 4th Grade Alex Uhlmann, Amy Schleinz, Steph Knutson, Cindi Hedstrom Learn from four experienced educators about the steps they took to introduce 4th graders to personalized learning. Course includes discussions about seminar, math block and literacy block.
Brave New Virtual World: Games as a Literary Experience Jon Spike Who ever said that great literature can only be found in a book or film? Video games present an engaging medium to spur discussion, make text-to-text connections and allow students to walk in another’s shoes. Join this session to learn effective strategies to find, implement and integrate the power of video games into your curriculum as a literary text or experiential learning.
Multidisciplinary Project-Based Learning Nic Manogue and Jonathan Woloshin Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that helps students gain knowledge and skills by investigating a real world question or problem. PBL is one of the fastest growing educational models across all grade levels and subject areas nationwide. Join the advisors of TAGOS Leadership Academy and Dr. Steven Rippe of the Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network for tools to help implement PBL in your classroom.
Meaningful Student Blogging Pernille Ripp Student blogging is becoming the preferred way for classrooms to reach out and connect with others around the world. This presentation covers a 14-step program that discusses why and how to safely create blogs that are meaningful for all participants.
Flexible Pacing in your Classroom Bruce Nelson Students should play a critical role in the pace of their learning. In this session we’ll brainstorm ideas on how to help students effectively set the pace and when it’s appropriate to increase or decrease it. We’ll discuss critical topics like what do to with kids who finish early and how to provide opportunities for kids who have fallen behind. Come prepared to take a new look at the role of pacing in your classroom.
Personalized Learning Design Workshop for Teams (Part 1 of a double session) Jean Garrity During this workshop session, teachers will work in teams to create a personalized unit. You’ll leave with a solid plan for implementing a personalized unit in the fall; please bring a unit you want to revise. To get the most out of this class, we encourage participants to sign up as a team.

2:00 – 3:00

Title Facilitator Description
Personalized Learning Plans to Drive Student Ownership and Engagement (FULL) Nic Manogue and Jonathan Woloshin Join the staff of TAGOS Leadership Academy and Dr. Steven Rippe of Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network to explore Personal Learning Plans (PLP). The PLP is a constructivist tool that encourages, records and celebrates transformation while promoting a school culture of democracy and community through student- led conferences, 1-on-1 rounding and portfolios.
Getting Kids Passionate About Projects Bruce Nelson Do you have students who have a hard time coming up with project topics? During this seminar you‚Äôll learn how to lead your students to topics they’re passionate about by learning to explore your own passions using a variety of online resources.
Journey to Personalized Learning Dawna Wright Two years ago, Terra Cotta 1 teachers started the journey to personalized learning for 75 of their students. Learn what did – and didn’t – work for their team and strategies that might help personalize your own classroom.
Changing the “Culture” of Learning (FULL) Pam Sengos, Lori Klein, Lisa Eiche, Holly Carpenter David Truss, at the Inquiry Hub, is a nationally recognized leader in personalized learning. During this session, four third-grade teachers will share their journey to personalized learning based on Truss’s work and discuss how to integrate this framework into any unit of study.
Personalized Learning Design Workshop for Teams (Part 2 of a double session) Jean Garrity If you’re ready to integrate personalized learning into your classroom, this session is for you. You’ll leave with a solid plan for implementing a personalized unit this fall; please bring a unit that you want to revise. To get the most out of this session, we encourage attendees to sign up as a team.
What to bring: Bring a unit that you currently teach and want to make more personalized.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Oregon High School
456 N Perry Pkwy, Oregon, WI 53575

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  • 8:30 - 8:55 Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
  • 9:15 - 10:15 Keynote: Dr. Jim Rickabaugh
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 11:15 Keynote: Kurt Squire
  • 11:30 - 12:15 Morning Sessions
  • 12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 Afternoon Sessions
  • 3:00 - 3:30 Closing, Survey, Networking

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