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Fall Webinar Series

As prologue to the first virtual Aurora Institute Symposium, we’re offering a series of more than 20 webinars focused on salient issues from the field of personalized, competency-based education. Learn firsthand from system leaders, practitioners, researchers, and educators who are accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. This series includes a special set of research-focused webinars.

Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium

Held October 26-28, 2020, thousands of education innovators will gather for three days of learning, networking, inspiration, and challenges and solutions. Keynotes and sessions will immerse participants in topics ranging from COVID-19 and online and blended learning to global best practices and bright spots of innovation to educational equity, social-emotional learning, and trends driving the future of teaching and learning. True to tradition, we promise to keep students at the center of our time together. Please join us.

National Policy Forum

Courageous and visionary policy actions are needed to advance the transformation of teaching and learning in K-12 education. Each year, we convene state policymakers, advocates, funders, system and school leaders, and educators for an intensive exploration of education policy trends and possibilities. Together, we grapple with issues driving the entry into and deepening of student-centered learning models, learn from states leading the way, and make time for targeted connection among education decision-makers.

October 26, 2020

10:30 am – 11:00 am ET

Networking Groups: Coffee & Breakfast

11:00 am  – 11:50 am ET

Plenary: Future of Education: Leapfrogging in a Time of Crisis

  • Welcome and State of Field – Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute President & CEO
  • Beyond Reopening: A Leapfrog Moment to Transform Education
  • A National and Global Perspective on Equity
  • Pathways for Equitable Futures
  • Q&A

11:50 am – 12:30 pm ET

Networking Groups: Lunch and Birds of a Feather

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm ET

Plenary: Systems Change: Bright Spots in Key K-12 Education Initiatives

  • Future Workforce Now
  • 10 Big Ideas for Change in Education
  • Equity, Community, and Redefining Student Success
  • Diversity in the Educator Workforce
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Mastery-Based Transcripts

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm ET


2:00  – 3:00 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Break to Take Care of Needs at Work, Home, and Community

5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

Networking Groups: Drinks & Reception

October 27, 2020

10:30 am – 11:00 am ET

Networking Groups: Coffee & Breakfast

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Plenary: COVID-19: Lifting Up Best Practices for Quality Competency-Based Education, Online Learning, and Blended Learning

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Networking Groups: Lunch & Birds of a Feather

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Plenary: Remote Learning Bright Spots from Districts & Schools Across USA | TED-Style Talks

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Plenary: Student Panel

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm ET


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Networking Groups: Drinks & Reception

October 28, 2020

10:30 am – 11:00 am ET

Networking Groups: Coffee & Breakfast

11:30 am – 12:00 pm ET

Plenary: Student-Centered, Personalized Learning: Driving An Equitable Approach to the Future of Teaching and Learning | TED-Style Talks

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Networking Groups: Lunch and Birds of a Feather

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Plenary: Supporting Social-Emotional Learning for the COVID Era and Beyond

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Breakout Sessions: Social-Emotional Learning

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm ET

Closing: 10 Trends for the Future – A Path Forward & Equitable Futures

Why You Should Attend

Education innovation experts and professional educators make the Aurora Institute Symposium their annual conference of choice because they want to access the largest community of active practitioners, thought leaders, and policy leaders advancing powerful, personalized learning experiences and learner-centered innovative models. In the spirit of democratizing knowledge and a recognition of the opportunities and challenges brought by COVID-19, registration to the 2020 Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium is offered free of charge.

Join us if you seek to:

  • Sharpen your knowledge and skills on what’s possible in education and expand your professional network;
  • Build a deeper understanding of the latest trends in future-focused, student-centered learning;
  • Raise your visibility in the field and tap into the energy that is driving the future of teaching and learning;
  • Learn from other practitioners and leading educators about what works and find solutions to designing innovative new models in K-12 education; or
  • Push your school and community to leave the comfort zone of time-bound, centuries-old and inequitable practices.

2020 Aurora Institute Symposium

October 26 – 28, 2020

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