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Symposium Video Recordings, Slides, and Resources

Access Symposium 2021 video recordings, slides, and other resources shared by presenters by clicking the links below.

Agenda at a Glance


October 25, 2021

  • 11:00-11:45 AM: Opening Keynote Plenary
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • A Journey – Lessons About Student Learning During COVID-19 and Implications for Current Practice
    • Aligning Systems Change in Three Urban Districts – Rethinking the District Role in Leading for Student Agency 
    • Centering Young People in Pathways Systems Change 
    • Personalizing State-Wide Transformation
    • Taking an Ecosystem Approach to Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners in Response to COVID-19 and Beyond
  • 1:15-2:15 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • Connections at the Center: Innovative Approaches to Relationship-Centered School Designs
    • Equity-Seeking Transformation as a Core COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
    • One Good Question: How Three New School Models Shifted from Redesign to COVID-19 Implementation 
    • Ready for the Challenge: How Student-Centered Schools Have Innovated, Adapted, and Gauged their Success in a Global Pandemic 
    • Reimagining Washington’s Education System Through Mastery-Based Learning and a Profile of a Graduate
    • The Future of Accountability: Learning Lessons from Local Accountability Pilots to Inform Transformational Change
    • Transformative Learning Experiences in Post-COVID-19 School: Lessons from an Alternative School on Re-Engaging Youth in their Learning
  • 2:30-3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • Designing a Personalized, Competency-Based Learning System of Professional Learning: Placing Collaboration, Flexibility, and a Bias Towards Action at the Core
    • Elevating Student Experiences to Build Equitable Learning Environments and Outcomes Together: Learn How to Utilize a Free Research-Based Survey to Highlight and Support 6th-12th Grade Student Voices
    • Equitable Access to Learning through Competency-Based School Choice Models 
    • From Standards-Based to Competency-Based Learning: One District’s PK-12 Story 
    • Our Journey to Equitable Community Engagement in Springfield 
    • Supporting All Teachers as Teachers of English Learners:  A Micro-Credential, Competency-Based Approach to Teacher Professional Learning
    • Upgrading Our Educators’ Job Descriptions for Student-Centered Success: Bringing the Portrait of a Future Educator to Life
    • Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging
  • 3:40-4:00 PM: Twenty-Minute Power Sessions and Programs to Watch
    • Colorado’s Graduation Guidelines: An Implementation Study
    • Diversifying the Teaching Profession through AmeriCorps Service: City Year’s Teacher Pathway Initiative
    • Leveraging Integrated and Holistic Learning Solutions to Support Literacy  
    • Leveraging Open System Leadership to Create Equitable Pathways with Authentic Shared Ownership – and Redefined Roles – Across K-12, Higher Education, Workforce, and Community Partners
    • Reimagining Civic Education Through Museum and Community-Based Learning 
    • #RethinkCurriculum: A Model That Increases Learners’ Engagement and Success with High-Quality, Culturally-Relevant, Competency-Based Learning Experiences
    • Shovel the Ramp Not the Stairs: Turning Inequality into Inclusive Instruction  
    • Speak Truth to Power: Action Research of Graduation Pathways
    • The Student Experience Survey: Actionable Data Connected to Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Whole-Child Design: How To Use The Science of Learning and Development to Redesign Classrooms, Schools, and Systems and Accelerate Healthy Development, Learning, and Thriving


October 26, 2021

  • 11:00-11:45 AM: Keynote Plenary
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • Combating the Idea of Learning Loss: Reframing Learning 
    • Demonstrating Evidence of Learning – Anytime, Anywhere – Spotlighting State Efforts to Leverage This Unprecedented Opportunity to Dismantle the Legacy of Seat-Time 
    • From Chaos to Sustained Innovation – Leveraging Partnerships to Rethink Barriers and Enable New Learning, Relevance, and Engagement
    • It’s Up to Us to Make Competency-Based Education Culturally Responsive and Sustaining
    • Possible, Practical, and Actionable: Breaking Down the Artificial Silos Between Education and Community
    • Schools Need a Success Coach for Every Learner
  • 1:15-2:15 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • 24/7 Professional Growth: How to Completely Flip Professional Learning with Component-Based Learning through Instructional Design
    • Ambitious Teaching and Learning 
    • Calling the Equitable Open System into Existence: How Colorado School Districts Partnered with their Students, Families, and Community Members to Create DEI Taskforces to Move from Talk… to Action
    • Competency-Based Education: Getting Started with Learner-Centered Practice and an Equity Lens
    • Empowering Online and Blended Programs to Customize Legally Sound Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities, Especially in a Post-COVID-19 World
    • Excellence through Micro-Credentials: Lessons from Juab Teacher Leadership 
    • Hearts, Hands, and Minds: Engaging Students in Performance-Based Assessments that Emphasize Social Justice and Social-Emotional Learning 
    • Shields Elementary: The Story of a District-Run Texas School that Used Community Redesign Process to Move Toward Personalized Learning 
    • Stopping Learning Loss in Deprived Communities by Treating Daily Toxic Stress: A Mental Health/Trauma-Informed Model 
    • The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative – A New Form of Apprenticing to Support Youth Entering the Trades
  • 2:30-2:40 PM: Ten-Minute Ignite Sessions
    • How Competency-Based Education Helps Address Some of the Inequities Baked into the K-12 Education System
    • How Schools Can Help Cultivate Learner Identity and Agency
    • Key Principles for Project-Based Learning
    • How States Are Redefining Success Using a Profile of a Graduate


October 27, 2021

  • 11:00-11:45 AM: Keynote Plenary
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
    • Cultivating Student Identity and Purpose through Connectedness: Innovative Approaches to Relationship-Centered School Designs 
    • Liberatory Co-Creation with Families, Learners, and Communities
    • Post-Pandemic Imperative: Living into a New Future that’s Equitable, Community-Based, and Learner-Centered
    • Prioritizing Learning Systems During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • The Reciprocity Project: Schools as the Missed Opportunity for Community Development
    • Connections Before Content: The Importance of Prioritizing Student Relationships
  • 1:15-1:35 PM: Twenty-Minute Power Sessions and Programs to Watch
    • Connect2Learn: Identifying Dimensions of Digital Inequity and Responding with a Multi-Layered Approach that Responds to Students’ Needs and Alters the Community’s Digital Ecosystem
    • Emerging Impact Data: Measuring Adult Development to Support Competency-Based Learning 
    • How Laboratory School Communities Can Power Human-Centered Design and Inclusive Innovation
    • Integrating Systems of Support: How To Design Equitable School Environments that Meet Students’ Individual Needs Through a Holistic Approach
    • Progress to Agency: Using Progressions to Create Learner-Centered Classrooms 
    • Students Speak: Aligning Employment Pathways to Graduate Profiles
    • What Will We Bring With Us? Practice Innovations towards Personalization and Equity during COVID-19
    • Young People: The Missing Voice for School Reopenings 
  • 1:45-2:45 PM: Closing Student Panel Keynote — The Time is Now: Students Take the Driver’s Seat to Share Reflections on the Past to Inform Innovative, Student-Centered Education Transformation for the Future

Please Note: All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.