Capture Brilliance in a Bottle | NEXT 2016's Leadership Sessions

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Dylan Rodgers

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Capture Brilliance in a Bottle | NEXT 2016's Leadership Sessions

Posted in Schoology | May 11, 2016

Educators know that real change can only result from effective leadership. That’s why we're proud to have some of the Schoology Community's most-accomplished educational leaders share their insights and in the Leadership session track at Schoology NEXT, our annual user conference.

In these sessions, speakers will share their high-level strategies and personal experiences in meeting goals, overcoming obstacles, and measuring success. Session topics include: large-scale implementations, capacity building, professional development, and change management.

Below are the details for the Leadership sessions this year. The list is long, so check them out by using the links below to jump down and the links labled "Top ^" to jump back up.

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Top ^

Drink the School-Aid: Scaling Schoology Across Your Division

Presenters:

As the Assistant Director of Instructional Technology in the Henrico County Public Schools District, Kourtney Bostain is committed to building innovative learning environments. She is also responsible for the implementation of Schoology in her district.

John Gregori is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Henrico County Public Schools District. He loves working with both students and educators to discover the best ways to learn.

Session Description:

How do you support large-scale change across your organization? Learn how one K-12 school district (enrollment 50,000) created a shared vision, conducted a stakeholder analysis to guide a personalized approach to professional development, and supported change management to encourage all users to “Drink the School-Aid.”  Attendees will leave this session with specific strategies and ideas to support large-scale implementations.

What You'll Learn:

  • Tips for establishing a vision for implementation that supports long-range, measurable outcomes.
  • Strategies for building capacity throughout the implementation team and division.
  • Tips and strategies on how to use Schoology to deliver engaging professional development from day one of implementation.
  • Ideas for embedding change management principles throughout the implementation timeline.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Schoology as a Learning Management Tool for Workforce Development and Adult Learning

Presenter:

E. Christopher Cornell has been inspiring crowds with his colorful prose for the past 15 years. He is the Business Communications Instructor at Year Up, a poet, and a renowned event host.

Session Description:

Workforce development programs have always been at the forefront of finding innovative ways to prepare individuals for career readiness. In addition to robust training programs, Learning Management Systems provide an effective way to create a blended learning experience for students. In this session, we will share best business practices and insights from Year Up, a workforce development program that leverages Schoology to effectively train young adults and build a talent pipeline for them to be internship and career ready. These practices can be applied to any workforce, high school, or college structure through both online and classroom instruction.

"We have to recognize that all high school graduates will not be "College Ready" and still are looking for opportunities. Schoology has created a great platform for you to execute Professional Development courses and Career Ready Assignments. Come have fun with me, as we explore how to empower young adults through knowledge, skills, and experience. You are only limited by the limits of your creativity!" -E. Christopher Cornell

What You'll Learn:

  • Understand workforce development and how a LMS can assist in career readiness.
  • Identify transferable skills from the classroom to modeling a corporate or professional environment.
  • Create work/life simulations, including professional feedback for accountability and task management.
  • Utilize group work principles for project management.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Building A Multi-District Collaborative

Presenters:

Christopher Deis is the Chief Information Officer at the Marysville Exempted Village School District. He is a professional development expert on course design, blended learning, and 1:1 and has flipped classrooms for thousands of educators.

Jessica Fields began her career teaching English and as an assistant principal. She is currently the Instructional Technology Supervisor for Olentangy Local Schools. Her mission is to utilize blended learning to promote customized learning for all students.

Session Description:

In this session, attendees will learn how to build a culture that helps instructors teach in a blended environment. Steps include: improving internal educator capacity, identifying common methods and practices to design digital learning, pinpointing a process to evaluate content, and sharing a repository of aligned content.

What You'll Learn:

  • Begin to develop a framework which empowers educators to find, adapt, create, and share digital learning resources to support student-centered learning environments.
  • Discuss how to create efficiencies with open and flexible resources.
  • Strategize ways to make the current culture more collaborative.
  • Identify partnerships to help develop high quality, educator designed, and customizable blended learning courses.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Professional Learning on Demand: Adult Learning Theory in Action

Presenter:

An Online Professional Learning Specialist, Brian Green is the senior practitioner who pioneers fully virtual and blended learning opportunities for students, educators, and leaders in the Falcon School District.

Session Description:

Malcolm Knowles, a renowned adult learning theorist, suggests that adult learners are more likely to engage in learning if they can can exercise some control over what they learn and if they can relate what they are learning to real-life experiences. Professional learning on demand creates a forum for adult-centered learning that is meaningful and relevant. In this session, attendees will learn how to reach their educators in new ways and learn how to use Schoology to deliver on-demand professional learning.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn how adult-learning theories are applied in online professional learning.
  • Learn how to leverage Schoology to create and offer learning on demand for professional development.
  • Leave with templates to begin building their own professional learning on-demand library.
  • Experience learning on demand.  

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders


Top ^

An LMS is NOT Just for Students!

Presenters:

As Director of Elementary Schools in the Colonial School District, Peter Leida focuses on leadership development, support, and evaluation. He is also committed to working with educators to forge a path towards personalized learning.

Tom Gavin serves as a Lead Adjunct Instructor at Wilmington University and is a Schoology Ambassador. He earned his B.S. degree in Political Science at The University of Delaware and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Wilmington University.

Tara Amsterdam worked as an elementary educator for more than a decade before becoming the Instructional Technology Coach at the Colonial School District in Delaware. She has been recognized at the state level for her excellence in teaching, was voted the Schoology Educator of the Year in 2015, and is also a Schoology Ambassador.

Session Description:

An LMS is NOT Just for Students? ...That’s right!

Learn how the Colonial School District leveraged an LMS that has since transformed teaching, learning, and leadership within the school community. Stakeholders can connect, collaborate, deliver PD, and communicate with each other—all on the same platform. Attendees will get an overview of how this system is implemented and discuss innovative ways to bring those approaches to life in their own schools and districts.

"Wait…you got this thing called Schoology and you’re going to do ‘what’ with it? A Learning Management System is only supposed to be for students and teachers to deliver content and take assessments! You’re not supposed to use it with your teachers or your admin teams. Stop the madness!" -Peter Leida

What You'll Learn:

Learn how to leverage an LMS in a district that’s not just limited to students. Example uses include:

  • Content Repository/Unit Planning
  • Collaboration/Communication Tool
  • Digital Guide for an Evaluation System
  • Professional Learning Tool
  • Internal Social Media Platform

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Older Learners and Schoology—an Emerging Market!

Presenter:

Ariel Margolis joined Hebrew College in 2014 as the Director of Online Learning. She is also a special education instructor at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education.

Session Description:

For almost a decade, Hebrew College’s Me’ah (Hebrew for 100) program has helped hundreds of baby boomers and older students continue their learning in the greater Boston area. This year, the college piloted an online version of the program using Schoology to expand the program nationally and globally. In this session, attendees will learn how to pilot an online program to an atypical market segment as well as gain key insight into building a pilot, from conception to launch. Do you have a pilot that can involve Schoology? Come join, share, and collaborate in the discussion and learning!

"Even Grandma can do it! Come learn how to successfully market and engage an untapped segment of the learning population—the older generations. These “secrets” can be used for any new market segment you are trying to reach!" -Ariel Margolis

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn the process of launching a pilot program to a unique market segment.
  • Identify what steps are necessary in the design.
  • Share ideas and find opportunities to collaborate with peers from within your institution and others.
  • Identify what tools in Schoology are helpful to use with the unique market segment.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Managing Change and Expanding Collaboration

Presenter:

After teaching business and technology courses for 20 years, Kimberly Nidy is now a district leader who defines and implements new initiatives to support teaching and learning methods.

Session Description:

Defining a vision and establishing goals for systemic change is critical for success. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for leaders to have unrealistic expectations for other stakeholders to “catch on” or “get training” as implementation occurs. As the North Canton City Schools District quickly discovered, a better approach is to start with specific change management training for a group of leaders before implementation. In this session, attendees will learn how important collaboration is to sustaining project success and get suggestions for both internal and external structures that strengthen this process.

What You'll Learn:

  • Develop a structure for training leaders in change management.
  • Discuss Ideas for both internal and external ways to collaborate to better support change.
  • Learn tips for effectively managing a large-scale Schoology adoption.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Build a Team of Schoology Coaches

Presenter:

As the Academic Technology Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Christian School, Allison Petersen leads the implementation of Schoology and manages the Schoology coach program to support faculty.

Session Description:

Every team needs a coach—someone to guide the team and support each individual player during the game. In the same vein, Schoology coaches can support the team of educators at your school. One-on-one coaching is the most effective tool for educator professional development. Come learn how to leverage your early adopters as personal Schoology coaches for the rest of your educators. By having coaches in place, educators get the personalized support and attention they need to lead their Schoology initiative to success!

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn the benefit of using Schoology Coaches for personalized professional development.
  • Learn leadership strategies for how to coach a team of Schoology coaches.
  • Learn how to create a trailblazer team of Schoology coaches that innovates and creates new ideas for implementation and training.
  • Learn how to encourage your early adopters to take a leadership role in training others on Schoology.
  • Train Schoology coaches to create online blended learning modules for your instructors.
  • How to deploy Schoology coaches to best support your instructors.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, and Lead Instructors,


Top ^

Developing and Fostering a Partnership for Learning through Schoology

Presenter:

Chris Vincent has worked as an international educator for more than three decades. He is currently the Director of Educational Technology at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland.

Session Description:

In Visible Learning, the educational researcher John Hattie, brings attention to significant aspects of student learning, such as the major role parents play in their children’s education.

In this session, attendees will learn how the International School of Zug and Luzern uses Schoology to develop and foster the critical partnership between the school and parents. Schoology offers a window for parents to engage directly in the learning process, with features that allow them to participate in interest groups, access classroom posts, and view media albums and portfolios.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn how parents affect their children’s learning.
  • Learn how to use Schoology to engage parents in the learning process and build community.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrator, Organizational Leaders and Instructors


Top ^

Schoology: The Netflix for Education

Presenter:

As a project manager, Kristin Walsh move projects forward as a liaison and sounding board for systems development and clinical education at the Oncology Nursing Society.

Sara Stuever is a project manager at the Oncology Nursing Society, where she oversees instructional design, system process, and change management projects.

Session Description:

Imagine Netflix as a model for a learning ecosystem, where students can immediately access a course (just as easily as they can watch a film on Netflix!) With Schoology’s open API integration, course set-up functions and convenient design, any school can create a customized on-demand learning platform. In this session, attendees will learn the benefits and potential obstacles of implementing this type of learning ecosystem. We’ll also present a model to illustrate how to connect to Schoology’s open API.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn the benefits and impediments of implementing an on-demand ecosystem for courses in Schoology.
  • Learn the tools to jumpstart the initiation and planning phases, including: discovery, scope considerations, and stakeholders.
  • Examine models for using Schoology’s open API to integrate with other systems.
  • Create a key educational design checklist for creating a (or converting an existing) course to run without faculty.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrator, Organizational Leaders, and Curriculum Developers

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Those are the sessions in our Leadership category for NEXT. You can see all the sessions on our conference website. We'll also be posting sessions from our other tracks here on the blog soon.

 

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