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Day 1 Opening Keynote Plenary

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM ET

Igniting a Vision for Education Systems
Transformation: Future Directions in Policy and
Practice

What would it take to transform education systems such that each child has what they need to develop their full academic, social, and personal capacity? At the Aurora Institute, we believe the time is long past due to fundamentally rethink our nation’s education system. Incremental change is not enough.

To transform education, we must reimagine every aspect of the education system. From time and place to path and space, we must examine the world of possibilities where learning is unbounded, anytime, anywhere, and personalized for each student. What does this look like around the globe and nation post-pandemic? How do we get started in charting a course for rethinking our education systems from the ground up?

Join this keynote for a national and global perspective on how to achieve the change our students need, including a call to action to:

  • Redesign for next generation teaching and learning;
  • Recognize learning that happens anytime, anywhere;
  • Reimagine assessments to be meaningful to students;
  • Redefine the purpose and vision of education toward human flourishing for each and every student, especially the most underserved;
  • Reframe the narrative around what is possible for real change from a systems perspective;
  • Research education innovations from national and global best practices; and
  • Rethink accountability to empower youth and communities to drive meaningful change from the ground up.
Headshot of Susan Patrick. She smiles in front of a green background.

Susan Patrick, President and CEO, Aurora Institute
Susan Patrick is the President and CEO of Aurora Institute and co-founder of CompetencyWorks, providing policy advocacy, publishing research, developing quality standards, and driving the transformation to personalized, competency-based education forward. She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and served as legislative liaison for Governor Hull from Arizona. She served as legislative staff on Capitol Hill. Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College. She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and an USA Eisenhower Fellow in 2016.

Day 1 Sessions

12:00-1:00 PM ET – Breakout Sessions

A Personalized Approach to Professional Learning: Clear, Consistent, Cohesive, Not One More Thing!

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Tracy Huelsman | Dr. Jennifer Cox | Kelly Hudson | Lauren Siegel | Morgan Seely | LaPorsha West

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A Student, a Community Member, and a Superintendent Walk Into a Room…Lessons on Transforming Systems Through Inclusive Co-Creation

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:
Doannie Tran | Audrey Gilbert | Kathleen “Penny” Christian

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Awareness is Key: Why All Change Efforts Should Start Here

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Stephanie Garcia

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Empowering and Elevating Student Voice in Policy Development and Discussions in a Post-COVID-19 System

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Liv Birnstad | China Jones-Burgess

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From the State House to the Classroom: Competency-Centered System Design Catalyzes Equitable, Rigorous, and Engaged Learning

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:
Sydney Schaef | Stephanie DiStasio | Mary Roueche | Jennifer Gibbons | David Consalvi | Apryl Henry

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Students as Agents in Their Learning: The What, Why, and How

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Cheryl Lemke

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Teachers of Color: District Pilots Designed to Increase Recruitment and Retention

October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Kimberly Smith | Marlon Styles | Rocio del Castillo | Scott Rowe | Evelyn Gonzalez

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1:15-2:15 PM ET – Breakout Sessions

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Fake-quity? Our District’s Journey Towards True Educational Equity

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Christina Horner | Jean Haeger | Clarissa Fish | Jill Bartash | Tom Danylik | Ryan Casey | Jamaica Ford | Kasey Flagg | Cheryl Gurney

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Creating Equitable, Community-Based, Learner-Centered Ecosystems: Where Learning Lives Everywhere

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Alin Bennett | Miguel Gonzalez | Steve Heath | Danny Murphy | Autumn Walker | Hazel Lindsley

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Enacting Equity-Seeking Habits While Redesigning Assessment and Accountability From Local Communities Up to the SEA in Kentucky

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Gretchen Morgan | Paul Leather | David Cook | Sarah Snipes

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Partnering on the Path: Spring Lake Park Public Schools (MN) and LiFT Learning, a Journey to a Competency-Based Education System

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Melissa Olson | Joey Lee

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Reimagining School in Rural America: The Transcend Rural Schools Design Community

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Taina Torres | Jenny O’Meara | Cederick Ellis | Jeremiah Johnson | Lillian Edwards | Andrew Wolff

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The National Partnership for Student Success: Leveraging Federal Resources to Implement Holistic, Evidence-Based, People-Powered Student Supports

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Erin Mote | AnnMaura Connolly | Tim Wills | Stephanie Wu

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You’ve Designed Your Graduate Profile. What’s Next? Learners Bringing it to Life

October 24, 2022, 1:15-2:15 PM ET

Presenters:

Susan Bell | Gwyneth Connell | Cory Steiner | Tom Klapp

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2:30-3:30 PM ET – Breakout Sessions

Achieving Diversity and Equity: Pathways to College Success and the Teaching Profession

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Pam Herrup | Casel Walker | Kathleen Moran

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Apapacho, The Story of a Teacher-Leader Network Supporting a Capstone Graduation Assessment, Defined by a Community-Developed Graduate Profile

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Lisa Harmon-Martínez | Eduardo Garcia | Julie Jaynes | Kristen LaVolpa | Laurie Smith-Small Waisted Bear (Oceti Sakowin) | Miguel Angel Acosta Muñoz | Minea Armijo | Emma Jones | Ronnie Reynolds | Sienna Burkett

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Building a Professional Learning Program to Promote the Use of Performance Assessments at the Local Level

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenter:

John Lane | Edward Roeber | Jennifer Spohn | Phoebe Gohs | Sara Belvedere

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Demonstrating the Vision of the Graduate Through Capstone and Personal Interest Projects: What do the Students Say?

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Elizabeth Radday | Matt Mervis | Marin Mahoney | Tess Briggs

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Designing a Process for Inclusive Innovation: A Radical Commitment to Equity

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Viki Young | Kimberly Smith

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Measuring Progress and Growth in a Competency-Based Model

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Thomas Gaffey | Sandra Moumoutjis

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Strategies to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Implementation at the District Level: Lessons Learned From Three States

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Mark Duffy | Angie Rye | Eric Brooks | Greg Dobitz

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Inclusive Environments, Enhanced Ownership of Learning, and Personalized, Competency-Based Pathways Have Transformed Our Education

October 24, 2022, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Joshua Korb | Matt Fried | Nicole Curcio

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3:30-4:30 PM ET – Book Clubs

Becoming Einstein’s Teacher: Six Steps to Awaken the Genius in Your Students

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Erika Twani

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Define Your WHY: So You Can Live and Learn on Purpose

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Barbara Bray

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Developing an Evidence Base for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Instruction

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Malika Ali

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Meet the Free Agent Learners: Changing School From the Outside In

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Julie Evans

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Redefining Student Success

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Ken Kay | Suzie Boss

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Unpacking the Competency-Based Classroom: Equitable, Individualized Learning in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work

October 24, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Brian Stack | Jonathan Vander Els

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