Orlando, FL | November 8 – 10, 2015


David Ruff, Executive Director | 207.773.0505 |  druff@greatschoolspartnership.org
Mark Kostin, Associate Director | 207.773.0505 |  mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
Angela Hardy, Director of Coaching  | 207.773.0505 |  ahardy@greatschoolspartnership.org
Stephen Abbott, Director of Communications  | 207.773.0505 |  sabbott@greatschoolspartnership.org

Make Sure it Survives: Designing High-Impact, Forward-Thinking Policies for Sustaining Personalized Learning

When policies work, no one notices; but when they don’t, the results can be disastrous. Forward-thinking policies can promote and sustain successful practices in the event of leadership or staff turnover – a critical consideration for schools that have invested yrs in the development of new systems of teaching + learning. The New England Secondary School Consortium’s High Leverage Policy Framework demonstrates how educators can create and implement district policy to support and sustain change.


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Common (Measuring) Ends, Uncommon Means: The Key to Ensuring Equity and Rigor in Personalized Learning

How can teachers promote personalization and simultaneously develop assessments that can fairly judge a wide variety of different learning tasks? We have developed a process using task-neutral scoring criteria that can be used repeatedly on different evidence of student learning. We will share our approach to clarifying different levels of achievement in alignment with performance indicators. We will use a design guide, protocols, + examples to help educators create + refine scoring criteria.


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More than Messaging: The Role of Public Engagement in Educational Innovation

Innovation often comes under assault when school leaders translate reforms into a public campaign. Often overlooked is the fact that “communications†and “engagement† are two distinct strategies. One relies on coordinated messaging directed externally; the other embraces the those impacted by change, using civic involvement to increase input, ownership, and support. Participants will learn the essential elements of authentic engagement, and how they can be deployed to drive change in education.

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