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Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, August 4

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by Pearson
501 Boylston Street, 9th Floor, Boston

Thursday, August 5

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome & Overview

Ken Wasch, President, SIIA

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Grand Challenge & Opportunity: Defining Personalization

Gene Wilhoit will outline the common mission and vision around personalized learning, and share the CCSSO Next Generation Learners initiative to systemically redesign education. Wilhoit will then moderate a panel of leading innovators Joel Rose and Wendy Battino, who will share their initiatives and introduce the morning's work of defining a shared view of personalized learning and its essential elements.


Wendy Battino, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition

Joel Rose, CEO, School of One, New York City Department of Education


Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Personalization in Context: Student Equity and the Whole Child

Gene Carter will help to put personalized learning in the context of serving the full range of student needs and providing equity of student outcomes. Carter will then further explore the intersection of these issues with two champions of student equity and support.


Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment

Ken Slentz, Associate Commissioner for District Services, New York State Education Department


Gene Carter, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, ASCD

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Defining Personalization (Breakout Group Discussions)

Attendees will divide into facilitated breakout groups to create a shared understanding of personalized learning, and identify the core common elements of an education system redesigned around each student's customized learning needs.

12:30 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunch & Keynote: Framing Education Redesign and Personalized Learning

Jane Feinberg will present the FrameWorks Institute's multi-method research aimed at understanding: What is the public appetite for reform of the education system? and How can education be reframed to evoke alternative policy choices? Discussion will focus on the implications for education redesign for personalized learning.


Jane Feinberg, Senior Associate, FrameWorks Institute

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Unbound: A Framework for Education Innovation

Education scholar and pundit Rick Hess will review the shortcomings of education reform and offer a new innovation framework: one built not on replication but on creating policy and systemic conditions where educators can implement personalized learning based on their unique local circumstances.


Federick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy , American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM

Specifications I: Policies and Systems

Leading education reformers will share the public policies, systemic structures and educational culture they have, and hope to, implement to support the redesign of education around personalized learning.


Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Education Policy, SIIA


Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

Susan Patrick, President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning

Roberta Selleck, Superintendent, Adams County School District 50 (CO)

3:40 PM - 3:55 AM


3:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Specifications I: Policies and Systems (Breakout Group Discussions)

Attendees will divide into breakout groups to identify the essential polices and systemic conditions needed to redesign education for personalized learning.

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM


5:15 PM - 6:30 PM


Friday, August 6

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Making the Turn: Day 2 Recap & Day 2 Overview

Symposium organizers will recap the previous day's efforts and outline the Day 2 agenda and goals.


Karen Billings, VP and Managing Director, ETIN, SIIA

Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director for Next Generation Learners, Council of Chief State Schools Officers

Judy Seltz, Deputy Executive Director, Constituent Services, ASCD

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Double Keynotes. Specifications II: Assessment, Data, Curriculum, Technology and Educator Support

Keynote speakers Sarah Brown Wessling and Karen Cator will introduce the breakout group topic on the tools and resources educators and students need to personalize learning. Wessling will discuss effective teaching practice and the implications for a change in teachers role, skills, training and support. Cator will focus on the necessary systems and applications, including many yet to be invented.


Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year and English Teacher, Johnston High School (IA)

Karen Cator, Director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Specifications II: Assessment, Data, Curriculum, Technology, and Educator Support (Breakout Group Discussions)

Attendees will divide into breakout groups to identify the enabling tools, resources and supports needed to enable personalized learning.

  • Educator Support: Massachusetts Room
  • Data: Aesculapian Room
  • Assessment: Saltonstall Room
  • Technology: Estabrooks Room
  • Curriculum: Bartlett Room

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch Panel: Personalized Learning, Take 2.0

Representatives from each of the major attendee stakeholder groups will synthesize the Symposium discussion, distill what was learned, identify what was missed, and examine how to nurture the growing momentum and multiple networks to redesign education for personalized learning.


Nick Donohue, President & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation


Todd Brekhus, President, Digital Solutions, Capstone Digital

Bruce Connolly, Director, Center for education Innovation and Regional Economic Development

Talmira Hill, Director, Association for High School Innovation

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Next Steps 'Birds of a Feather' Roundtables

Attendees will divide into discussion groups to work through a variety of issues needed to help advance the effort to redesign education for personalized learning. Topics will include scale-up, public understanding, R&D, policy, educator support, coordination and common platform, among others. Each will draft/outline a deliverable that would ultimately support the collective personalization movement.

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