Improving Education
for Every Learner




Winter Conference 2017

OhioASCD’s winter conference provided educators from across Ohio an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues, gathering both inspiration and practical insights to bring back to their schools. Educators gained a deeper understanding of personalized learning, gathered ideas for how to have an immediate impact on student learning, and benefited from an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Among the highlights:

  • Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, led a lively discussion about how educators in Ohio’s schools impact student learning and how the Ohio Department of Education can support those efforts
  • Keynote speaker Jill Thompson, CEO Edulum LLC and Director of Personalized Learning for North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, shared a rich picture of personalized learning along with six practical keys to making personalized learning happen in a classroom, school, or district
  • Attendees learned about how Ohio educators are implementing elements of personalized learning in six breakout sessions on topics including:
      • Rules of engagement for developing the whole child in an elementary school setting
      • Personalizing the STEM classroom through student voice and choice
      • A systematic approach to implementing personalized learning districtwide
      • Afterschool programs and learning communities for all interested students
      • Implementing the Positivity Project at an elementary school
      • Understanding and addressing the gifted indicator on Ohio’s report card

Did you attend and want to keep the great ideas coming? Not able to attend but interested in some inspiration? Check out some of these books recommended by our presenters (listed in no particular order)!

    • Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind by Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda
    • Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower your Students by Pernille Ripp
    • The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
    • Embracing a Culture of Joy: How Educators Can Bring Joy to Their Classrooms Each Day by Dean Shareski
    • Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter H. Johnston
    • Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
    • Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess
    • Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and AJ Juliani

 Amy Brennen, OhioASCD Board Member reporting

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