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Registration for the Aurora Institute Symposium 2023 is now open. Watch this page for updates to the program.

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


October 15, 2023

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Morning Pre-conference Workshops

Student-Centered Learning and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Sui-Lan Ho’okano, Enumclaw School District; Joy Nolan, New Learning Collaborative, LLC

An Introduction to Competency Frameworks for Students, Educators, and Leaders

Sandra Moumoutjis, Building 21

9:00 AM-4:00 PM: Full-Day Pre-conference Workshops

PBL Project Slice

Allie Wong, Cris Waldfogel, Sally Kingston, PBLWorks

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Afternoon Pre-conference Workshops

Beginning and Sustaining Your Competency-Based Learning Journey

Brian Stack, Jonathan Vander Els, V & S School Solutions

Researchers Roundtable: Informing and Improving Personalized, Competency-Based, Deeper Learning

Eliot Levine, Aurora Institute; Gregory Seaton, Rebecca Wolfe, KnowledgeWorks

If interested in participating in the Research Convening, please contact Eliot Levine at [email protected] for more information. 

Competency-Based Education Leadership Forum

Laurie Gagnon, Aurora Institute

If interested in participating in the Leadership Forum, please contact Laurie Gagnon at [email protected] for more information.

Bridging Competencies with Teaching and Evidence of Learning 

Alcine Mumby, Soraya Ramos, Envision Learning Partners


October 16, 2023

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM: Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

Location: Oasis 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Opening Plenary Keynote

Building Liberatory Assessment Systems: Performance Assessment as an Equity Strategy

Alcine Mumby, Envision Learning Partners

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Coffee in Exhibit Hall

Location: Oasis 1

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Workshops

Assessment as Revelation Not Destination

Kelly Niccolls, Cheney Public Schools; Abby Benedetto, Core Shifts

Examining and Unpacking Equity in Your School as a Key Design Principle in Creating a CBE Learning System

Claudette Trujillo, Cindy Davis, Amber Swieckowski, Janelle Statsny, Westminster Public Schools

Moving From Vision to Reality: What It Takes To Actually Transform Traditional Schools Into Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Organizations

Kathryn Wilson, 2Revolutions; Sandra Moumoutjis, Building 21

Place-Based Design: A Student Facilitated Project Simulation

Amelia Ferenczi, Abby Lyons, Maya Teft, Allison Downer, Stephanie Martinez, Grace Schaafsma, Nate Langel, Holly Postma, Grand Rapids Public Museum High School

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Book Clubs

The Change Team Experience: Building Purposeful Leadership Teams

Beth Hamilton, Joanne McEachen, The Learner First

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

Jonathan Vander Els, Brian Stack, V & S School Solutions

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Breakout Sessions

A New Era for Education: Transforming the Future of Learning and Assessment

David Sherer, Carnegie Foundation

Democratized Storytelling as an Equity-Seeking Practice in Education

Rita Harvey, Center for Innovation in Education; Soraya Ramos, Envision Learning Partners; Gary Chapin, Educating for Good

District Collaboration at State Scale: Virginia Leads Innovation Network (VALIN) in Year Five

Gena Keller, Commonwealth Learning Partnership; Yardley Farquharson, Greensville County Public Schools; Amy Griffin, Virginia Association of School Superintendents; Tinkhani White, Amos Fodchuk, Advanced Learning Partnerships; Pam Moran, Virginia School Consortium for Learning

Each One, Teach One: Diversifying the Educator Workforce by Supporting Paraprofessionals

Arryana Olavarria, Carlon Howard, Equity Institute; Aubrey Schabowsky, Rosemely Osorio, Central Falls District

Lindsay Unified School District’s Leadership Journey: Unlocking the Potential of Our Individual and Collective Leadership Through a Learner-Centered Leadership Lab Experience

Cinnamon Scheufele, Thomas Rooney, Chris McJunkin, Lindsay Unified School District; Nikolaus Namba, Transcend

Nothing About Us Without Us: Youth Leading Change

Lincoln Bacal, Natasha Loya, Bridgemakers

Prioritizing What Matters Most: Community-Based Design

Jenee Henry Wood, Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Transcend; Erin Swanson, Edgecombe County Public Schools; Lucy Weatherly, Intrinsic Schools

Redesigning With Students: The Power of Student Voice and Student Action in Rethinking Education

Abigail Quirk, Paige Hoffman, DC Public Schools; Alexander De Leon, Arthur Mola, Cardozo Education Campus; London Gray, Nubia Gerima, Dunbar High School

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Meet the Experts

Personalized Learning for School and Community Reciprocity

Dr. Sonn Sam, Big Picture Learning; Lisa Harmon-Martínez, Future Focused Education

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Bridging Divides in Connection and Community: Building Student Belonging in Virtual Learning

Beth Rabbitt, The Learning Accelerator; David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District; Jason Brooks,

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Book Clubs

How To Implement Anything Well Using the Practices From the New School Rules

Anthony Kim, Education Elements & Scholarus Learning

Book Talk – Redesigning Education and Reigniting Democracy with The Open System

Doannie Tran, The Open System Institute / Center for Innovation in Education

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

Building a Teacher-Led Quality Performance Learning and Assessment Consortium 

Ellen Hume-Howard, Kathleen White, Bari Boisvert, Sue Downer, New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI)

Building Blocks for Building Futures: Let Youth Lead the Way

Amy Spicer, Carly Schwab, Colorado Education Initiative; Brock Benton, Sienna Gallegos, Tom Hays, Sarah Ramirez, Alamosa School District

Building Towards Possible: The Freedom Dreams Lab

Lavada Berger, Transcend; Melissa Pintor Carnagey, Tyson Carnagey, Sex Positive Families; Marvin Pierre, Eight Million Stories, Inc.

Culture, Identity, and Voice: Student Perspectives on Learner Agency Through Formative Assessment

Larissa Peru, Kasie Betten, Sunnyside Unified School District; Yesenia Ayala, WestEd; Dominic Shoals, Kiara Paez, Alonso Lara Moreno, Ivan Angulo, Desert View High School

NCAA Updates: The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Catalyst for Change

Sarah Overpeck, Christa Palmer, NCAA Eligibility Center

Partnering With Youth To Lead Competency-Based Transformation

Loren Demeroutis, Big Picture Learning; Denae Rowe, Izaiah Jones, Tonasket Choice High School; Xitlally Medina, Isaiah Vargas, Big Picture Ukiah at South Valley

Trailblazers: Charting a New Path Toward Student-Centered School Quality Systems

Julianna Charles Brown, KnowledgeWorks; LaToya Beecham, Youth Expert and College Student; Caridad Lopez, Milford Public Schools; Jeff Broom, Chicago Public Schools; David Cook, Kentucky Department of Education; Dr. Sonn Sam, Big Picture Learning 

Whole-Child Learning Requires Whole-System Solutions: Integrating the Science of Learning, Instructional Practice, and School Design To Advance and Sustain Educational Equity

Jazmin Hernandez-Lavezzo, Gretchen Livesey, Center for Whole-Child Education; Bree Dusseault, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Lisa Wyatt, Next Education Workforce initiative at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Meet the Experts

Innovation Zones, A Path to Local Wisdom

Tony Monfiletto, Lisa Harmon-Martínez, Future Focused Education

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Equity Institute’s Root Cause Equity Analysis: Digging Deep to Uncover the Root Causes of Inequity

Carlon Howard, Katya Rodriguez Roman, Julian Bessinger, Equity Institute

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Workshops

Diversifying the Educator Workforce in New England: Disrupting the System by Design 

Glennys Sánchez, David Ruff, Dr. Carrie Young-McWilliams, Great Schools Partnership

From Theory to Practice: Building Competency-Based Learner-Centered Classrooms 

Christy Kingham, Springpoint Schools; Greg Zimdahl, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria; Jessica Waters, Nowell Leadership Academy

Next-Level Real World Learning

David Berg, Big Picture Learning; Students, San Diego Met High School 

Using Competency Portfolios To Replace Traditional Time-Based, Age-Based, and Course-Based Structures To Enable Anytime, Anywhere Learning and Unlock the Master Schedule

Sandra Moumoutjis, Thomas Gaffey, Building 21

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Keynote Plenary Luncheon

Lifting up Student Voices Around the Future of Learning

Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks and Students

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Book Clubs

ED-VOLUTION: Igniting Change Within Our Schools  

Brittanye Mohrbacher, Fairfax County Public Schools

Learning To Leave: How Real-World Learning Transforms Education 

Elliot Washor, Big Picture Learning

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Breakout Sessions

Adapting a School Timetable To Support Competency-Based Learning and Assessment

Jennifer Dousett, Chris Jacoby, Evan Hall, Collingwood School

Elevating Emotional Wellness in Adolescents 

Téa Washington, China Jones-Burgess, Milayo Olufemi, D.C. State Board of Education

How Can Schools Use the Accreditation Process to Fuel Their Journey to Personalized, Competency-Based Learning?

Susie Bell, Eddie Arteaga, Mastery Transcript Consortium; George Edwards, New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Innovative Learning Models and the Future of School

Joel Rose, New Classrooms; Jenee Henry Wood, Saya Taniguchi, Transcend

It Takes A Village: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating for Innovation

Brennan Barnard, Khan Schools Network; Chad Carlson, One Stone; Tyler Thigpen, The Forest School; Sandra Moumoutjis, Building 21; Kimberly Dow, Khan Lab School; Dr. Brandi B. Kenner, Choice Filled Lives

From Policy to Practice: Helping Districts Take Advantage of Innovative Policy – Moving from Transaction to Transformation

Ann Ellefson, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction; Jon Alfuth, Lori Phillips, KnowledgeWorks; Cory Steiner, Northern Cass School District; Pat Phillips, Bismarck Public Schools

Removing Silos: Bringing Together Student Services and Learning and Teaching To Serve the Whole Child

Kaline Sandven Marinello, Melissa Olson, Jackie Lawson, Spring Lake Park Public Schools

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Meet the Experts

Colorblind or Naw? A Deep Dive Into How Colorblindness Impacts School Culture

Jazminn Williams, Aurora Institute; Dr. Angelique Drakeford, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School

How Local, State, and National Policies Can Support CBE and Personalized Learning 

Dr. James Lane, PDK International

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Schools and Districts Need Radical Innovation, Now. Let’s Make It Happen.

Rachel Klein, Catalyst:Ed; Bree Dusseault, Center on Reinventing Public Education; David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshops

Developing Student Agency Through Formative Assessment: Instructional Practices That Support Agency and Equity

Yesenia Ayala, Chase Midyett, WestEd

From Poster to Practice: Key Practical Strategies To Activate Your Graduate Portrait From Four Trailblazing Districts and Schools

Andrew Calkins, Next Generation Learning Challenges; Nicole Allard, Leading for Transformation; Tom Klapp, Northern CASS School District; Thomas Rooney, Lindsay Unified School District; Michelle Rainey, Da Vinci Schools; Dr. Jesse Bacon, Dr. Adrienne Usher, Bullitt County Public Schools; Milissa Sutton, Da Vinci Connect; Dr. Matthew Wunder, Da Vinci Schools; Steve Wallis, Da Vinci Institute

The Role of Grading and Reporting in Transforming a System Toward an Equitable Mastery-Based or Competency-Based Model: Is Grading Where You Start or End?

Catherine Thorn, Rose Colby, 2Revolutions

Youth Civic Infrastructure Fund: Collaboration in Education Transformation and Philanthropic Innovation for Social Change

Moneka Stevens, Maria Rogahn, Lisa Harmon-Martínez, Future Focused Education

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM: Coffee in Exhibit Hall

Location: Oasis 1

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Book Clubs

How Enhancing Student Agency Can Empower All Learners and Help To Create a Healing and Resilience-Based Model of Schooling

Mike Ruyle, Marzano Resources; Bill Zima, Marzano Academies

Making the Shift to Equitable, Learner-Centered Education: Harnessing Mental Models, Motivations, and Moves

Andrea Stewart, Learning Couture, LLC

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

Beyond Silver Bullets: Sharing Innovative Learning Models

Ryan Hall, Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Transcend; Sara Carlson Striegel, Valor Collegiate Academies; Eva Wilson, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools; Michael Lamb, DCPS

Evaluation(s) of Large-Scale Personalized Competency-Based Education Implementation: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Gregory Seaton, Rebecca Wolfe, KnowledgeWorks

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms

Jeffrey Tooker, Ed.D, Placer Union High School District; Joe Feldman, Crescendo Education Group, LLC

Monitoring Implementation of PCBL at the District and School Level

Jeni Gotto, Brian Kosena, Pamela Swanson, Ken Ciancio, Westminster Public Schools; Roger Vadeen, Sunset Ridge PK-8; Brenda Martin, Colorado STEM Academy

Redefining the Student Role in Assessment and Learning: Creating System Wide Coherence, Policies, and Practices that Drive Learner Agency

Cali Kaminsky, WestEd; Pam Betten, Sunnyside Unified School District

The Impact on Students After a Decade of Competency-Based Learning Implementation in New Hampshire

Brian Stack, Jonathan Vander Els, Kathy White, Ellen Hume-Howard, New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI)

Using Your Profile of a Graduate To Create Pathways From K-12 to College and Career

Anh Nguyen, Global Online Academy; Cory Henwood, Iron County School District; Jennifer Horton, Western Placer Unified School District; Kacey Thorne, Western Governors University

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Meet the Experts

Sustaining Systems Transformation…Lindsay Unified 15 Years Into the Journey!

Tom Rooney, Cinnamon Scheufele, Lindsay Unified School District

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

How We Work Is the Work… So Let’s Change the Way We Work Together

Rita Harvey, Center for Innovation in Education

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Workshops

Architects for Authenticity: Evidence and Storytelling in Competency-Based Learning Communities

Aaron Schorn, Unrulr, Nalukai Foundation; Michael Peller, Chloe Scott, Hillbrook School; Christine (Chris) Egy Rose, Education Entrepreneur

From Vision to Victory: Creating a (Strategic) Plan for Community-Wide Innovation 

Nicole Assisi, Shelli Kurth, Thrive Public Schools; Courtney Ochi, Lemon Grove Academy Elementary

Harness AI and CBE in Your School To Help Your Students Change the World!

Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287; Avery Rueb, Vanier College

Using Universal Design for Learning To Foster Student Agency in Your Competency-Based School

Melissa Sanjeh, CAST; Sherann Jackson-Alkins, Action for Boston Community Development – ABCD University High School

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Book Clubs

Agency by Design – A Playbook for Educators

Derek Wenmoth, FutureMakers; Marsha Jones, Springdale School District (Retired); George Edwards, New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Dr. Annette Thompson, Inquire Innovation

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Breakout Sessions

Can State Level Intermediary Organizations Save Education? 

Doannie Tran, Rita Harvey, Center for Innovation in Education

Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning: Exploring the Necessary Shifts in the Mindsets and Practices of the Adults

Thomas Gaffey, Heather Harlen, Building 21

How Competency-Based STEM Increased Access to Advanced Courses for Inner City Youth

Marquita Jones, Andrea Apolinar, Andrea Guajardo, Journi Easter, Guidance Henderson, Ana Mihajilovic, Meghan Tristano, Phoenix STEM Military Academy- Chicago Public Schools District 299

Measuring Learning: The Celebration and Areas for Growth Between Competencies and Standards

Rebecca Midles,Getting Smart; Erin Whalen, Da Vinci RISE High School; Shameka Gerald, YELLOW; Claudette Trujillo, Westminster Public Schools; Dr. Keeanna Warren, Purdue Polytechnic High School

Innovative Schools Mix & Mingle with Transcend

Jenee Henry Wood, Ryan Hall, Sarah Akhtar, Transcend

New Urgency for Accountability Redesign in Colorado Policy and Practice

Rebecca Holmes, Colorado Education Initiative; Karen Quanbeck, Colorado Education Initiative

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Meet the Experts

Increasing BIPOC Voices at the Policy Table

Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto, Former State Superintendent, Hawaii ’21; Dr. Carmen I Ayala, Former State Superintendent, Illinois ’23, Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent, State of Nevada

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Networking Reception

Location: Oasis 1

7:15 PM - 9:45 PM: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

The First Class documentary follows the founding class of Crosstown High in Memphis, TN, one of the XQ schools that is redefining the future of learning.


October 17, 2023

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM: Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

Oasis 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Morning Plenary Keynote

Systems Change Success Stories: Lessons Learned from Future-Focused Leaders

Laurie Gagnon, CompetencyWorks, Aurora Institute (Facilitator); Cinnamon Scheufele, Robert Hurtado, Lindsay Unified School District; Claudette Trujillo, Dylan Shelofsky Westminster Public Schools (Panelists)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Coffee in Exhibit Hall

Location: Oasis 1

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Workshops

Early Learners Deserve Agency Too: K-2 Agency Research, Tools, and the Lindsay Implementation Story

Cinnamon Scheufele, Chris McJunkin, Cassandra Luna, Sheri Gonzalez, Lindsay Unified School District; Nikolaus Namba, Jane Bryson, Cynthia Leck, Transcend; Orly Friedman, Red Bridge School

Leading Change in Times of Change

Derek Wenmoth, FutureMakers

From Concept to Classroom: Tools To Support Multi-Level Planning and Instruction

Bridget Cahill Hagerman, Dylan Shelofsky, Olivia McCartney, Kao Nou Thao, Robin Proctor, Westminster Public Schools; Scott Bacon, Center for Competency-Based Education by Empower

Making Personalized Learning Efforts Sustainable Beyond Five Years in K-12

Kristen Watkins, Akiba Yavneh Academy

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Breakout Sessions

Building Customized Pathways for Student Agency, Belonging, and Connection Using the GRAD Partnership’s New Student Success Team Reflection Tool  

Jeri Crispe, Everyone Graduates Center Johns Hopkins University; Sheena Lall, Talent Development Secondary; Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil, Uniondale Union Free School District

Building the Future of Education: Creating Equitable Teacher Residencies for All

Sabrina Baptiste, InnovateEDU; Bryan Hassel, Public Impact/Opportunity Culture

Increasing Capacity and Support for Mastery-Based Learning (MBL) in Washington State Through the MBL Collaborative: Moving Practice to Policy

Alissa Muller, Seema Bahl, Washington State Board of Education; Joy Nolan, New Learning Collaborative, LLC; Kate Gardoqui, Great Schools Partnership; Michael Nguyen, Washington Professional Educator Standards Board; Eliot Levine, Aurora Institute

Kentucky’s Student Microcredentials: Innovating for Success in Algebra I

Robin Hyden, Kentucky Department of Education; Lauren Bierbaum, XQ; Kelly DeLong, Kentucky Center for Mathematics; Jon Alfuth, KnowledgeWorks

Meet the Learner-Centered Ecosystem Inventors

Alin Bennett, Education Reimagined; Steve Heath, FabX; Greg MacPherson, Big Thought; Kara Bobroff, Native American Community Academy and NACA Inspired Schools Network

Student Voice: Why Strength-Based IEPs Matter

Barbara Pape, Digital Promise; Stevie Mays, Reach Every Voice; Misha Nicholas, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

System Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?

Melissa Harris, Transcend; Tamara Willis, Susquehanna Township School District; Anibal Soler, Jr., Schenectady City Schools

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Partnering With Communities To Address Complex Student Needs

Malika Ali, Shawn Rubin, Throughline Learning

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Meet the Experts

Leadership Perspectives on Kindling a Competency-Based Mindset

Carissa Duran, Escondido Union High School District; Ashley Ferrara, Academy for Software Engineering

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Book Clubs

Moving Toward Instructional Coherence: How Four Popular Student-Centered Approaches Deepen Identity, Agency, Equity, and Community

Andrea Browning, Cali Kaminsky, WestEd

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

A Call for Development: The Needed Coordination Between the Federal Government, States, and School Communities To Create More Student-Centered Approaches

Michael Watson, New Classrooms; Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction; Nick Rodriquez, Delivery Associates; Chris Rush, Former Official, US Department of Education

CALIFORNIA: Developing a Strategy to Expand Competency-Based Education

Jon Alfuth, KnowledgeWorks; Nicole Allard, Leading for Transformation; David Lipkin, LiFT Learning; Tom Rooney, Lindsay Unified; Roman Stearns, Scaling Student Success

Centering Youth as Co-Designers of a Competency-Based Approach to Reimagining School

Rohan Menon, Adrienne Vitullo, reDesign; Salome Murcia-Gonzalez, Centennial Secondary, Coquitlam, BC; Ellah Wambach, Stony Point High School 

Developing Robust Adult Capacity-Building Models for Competency-Based Learning

Antonia Rudenstine, reDesign; Stephanie DiStasio, South Carolina Department of Education – Office of Personalized Learning; Sujata Bhatt, Incubate Learning; Teisha Holloway, Digital Arts and Technology Academy; Doris Korda, Korda Institute for Teaching; Christian Angel, Columbus Online Academy 9-12, Columbus City Schools

Going Big: Regional Approaches to Providing Access to Real World Learning

David Berg, Andrea Purcell, Big Picture Learning; Paige Boetefuer, YouthForce NOLA; Mike May, Future Focused Education; Emmy Berry, Park Hill School District

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Cooking Up Learner-Centered Strategies To Transform Education

Alan Young, Courtney Williams, Irma Bektic, Sarah Weedman, Maddie Shepard, Jefferson County Public Schools

The School Wellness Wheel: Amazing Results When Cloverdale Middle School Implemented CBE along with Trauma Responsive and Culturally Affirming Teaching

Mike Ruyle, Marzano Resources; Donterio Porter, Little Rock School District

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Meet the Experts

Reimagining and Reconceptualizing Assessment for the Future of Learning

Laurie Gagnon, Aurora Institute; Rita Harvey, Center for Innovation in Education; Soraya Ramos, Envision Learning Partners

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Hybrid Schools in Action: Student-Centered, Innovative, and Flexible Learning Models 

Kim Loomis, i3DigitalPD; Dan Mahlandt, Valor Preparatory Academy

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Workshops

Applying the Concept of Competency-Based Learning to Leadership Development: How Leaders Can Advance Their Own Professional Growth While Promoting Student Learning

Scott Laliberte, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Enacting the Portrait of a Learner (POL) Through Deeper Learning Competencies

Kathleen White, Ann Hadwen, New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI)

Leading Learner-Centered Education

Dria Setter, Brenda Vogds, Kate Sommerville, Zak Lenski, The Institute for Personalized Learning

The Magic in the Middle: Starting System-Wide Personalized Learning with Middle Schools

Rebecca Midles, Victoria Andrews, Getting Smart

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Keynote Plenary Luncheon

Re-Building the Black Teacher Pipeline: Attracting, Retaining, and Sustaining a More Inclusive Teacher Workforce for Today and Tomorrow

Sharif El-Mekki, Center for Black Educator Development

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Book Clubs

Hack Assessment and Enhance Our Student Ownership

Starr Sackstein, Mastery Portfolio

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Breakout Sessions

Achieving Competencies Through PBL (Project-Based Learning) During Intersessions & Seminars

JoAnn Groh, City Center for Collaborative Learning; Shandria Campbell, Hannah Louie, Zoey Jackson, Asa Madden, LJ Lang, JoJo Villa, Marcis Taylor, Griffin Jones-Hedrick, Paulo Freire Freedom School

Building Executive Functions To Supercharge Literacy Development

Gretchen Livesey, Jazmin Hernandez-Lavezzo, Center for Whole-Child Education

Competency-Based Teacher Certification: The ExcEL Pathway to Preparing All Teachers To Work Effectively With Multilingual Learners

Laureen Avery, Dr. Jason Cervone, UCLA Center X/ExcEL Leadership Academy; Michaela McCaughey, Matt Lim, The Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA); Jennifer Rousseau, Elisabeth Coco, Erika Vacher, Erin Putnam, Nashua School District

Creating Opportunities for All: High School Pathways to Success

Jennifer Echols, Marlo Loria, Vatricia Harris, Allison Seitz, Josh Henderson, Shaun Reedy, Mesa Public Schools

Elevating Learner-Centered Values Within High-Quality Competency Design

Sydney Schaef, Antonia Rudenstine, reDesign; Rebecca Midles, Getting Smart

Infusing Next Gen Learning Into Everyday Practice

Jill Loveall, Caree Heidenreich, ASU Preparatory Academy

Leveraging Student Surveys to Catalyze Learner-Centered Improvement

Devin Vodicka, Learner-Centered Collaborative; Rebecca Wolfe, Gregory Seaton, KnowledgeWorks

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Innovation and Justice for All: Redesigning Secondary Interventions To Disrupt Inequity

Carissa Duran, Mia Funk, Escondido Union High School District

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshops

Designing Culturally Responsive and Equitable Project-Based Learning Experiences for All Students

Tasia Chatman Ed.D., Springpoint

Equitable Engagement With Future-Ready Learning: Transforming the Education System Through Competency-Based Core and Career & Technical Education Pathways

Michelle Barry, Bernardo Nelson, Madison Thomas, Hannah Wendt, IGNITE Pathways, Woodbine Community School District; Andrea Stewart, Learning Couture, LLC

Kentucky Crafted: How Inclusive Design Shaped a New Vision for the Future of Education

David Cook, Sarah Snipes, Kentucky Department of Education

Remaking Middle School: Reimagining What Learning Will Look Like at Your School for Tweens

Nicole Assisi, Shelli Kurth, Thrive Public Schools, ; Courtney Ochi, Lemon Grove Academy Elementary

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM: Coffee in Exhibit Hall

Location: Oasis 1

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

CBE and Healing/Resilience-Centered Education: A New Model of Schooling to Empower All Stakeholders

Mike Ruyle, Marzano Resources; Awaachiáookaate’ (Jason Cummins, Ed. D.), Montana State University, Former Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans; Donterio Porter, Little Rock School District; Bill Zima, Marzano Academies

Driving Personalization and Instructional Innovation

Avery Balasbas, Modern Classrooms; Don Allen, KIPP Northstar; Melissa Stagg, NYC Department of Education

Identifying Your North Star, Compass, and Vessel: Successfully Navigating Your Voyage to PCBL

Jennifer Throndsen, Nathan Auck, Emily Berry, Rick Gaisford, Utah State Board of Education

From CD Burners to AI: Understanding How Today’s Students Are Defining the Future of Education Through the Lens of Twenty Years of Speak Up Research 

Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow

SXSW EDU Meet Up Session: Trends in Education and How We Can Connect With One-Another to Influence Change

Jayden Liberty, Auva Saghafi, SXSW EDU

Unbundling Learning: College and Career Pathways and Competency-Based Education

Jon Alfuth, KnowledgeWorks; Pat Phillips, Bismarck Public Schools; Brenda Vogds, representing Kettle Moraine School District; Ken Spencer, Lindsay Unified School District; Student

Why Not Us? Partnerships Accelerate Transformation of Learning Systems Across the Southwest Landscape Through the Arizona Personalized Learning Network 

Robin Kanaan, KnowledgeWorks; Peter Boyle, Center for the Future of Arizona; Lisa Anderson, Yuma Union High School District; Jennifer Echols, Mesa Public Schools; Stephen Schadler, Santa Cruz Valley 35 Unified School District; Julie Valenzuela, Tassi Call, Amphitheater Public Schools

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence To Generate Genuine Learning: A Problems of Practice Session To “Chat” About the Anxieties, Barriers, and Benefits 

Davina Sauthoff, Amber Wright, Melanie Durfee, Utah State Board of Education; Michael Hakkarinen, Modern Classrooms Project

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Workshops

Building Learner Agency: From Clarity to Competency

Dr. Jeanette Westfall, Liberty Public Schools, The Core Collaborative; Kara Vandas, The Core Collaborative

Closing the Social Capital Gap Through Real World Learning

Sonn Sam, Anthonette Peña, Big Picture Learning

Crafting a Competency-Based Instructional Vision

Luke Bauer, Ashley Davis, Springpoint

Student Self-Efficacy Through Digital Portfolios 

Robert Jankowski, Lucio Sanchez, Kassandra Ramirez, Heather Madrigal, Anelys Romo-Herrra, Emeli Garcia, Yuma Union High School District

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Breakout Sessions

Co-Designed Experiences for Authentic Learner-Centered Learning

Jessica Enderson, Transcend; Cory Steiner, Tom Klapp, Northern Cass School District

Increasing College Access: The Promise of SEL in Virtual Dual-Enrollment

Ashley Fellows, The Learning Accelerator; Leah Eggers, Jobs for the Future; Longkee Vang, Greater Twin Cities United Way; Corrin Pitluck, American Institutes for Research

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Pop Up Problems of Practice

Creating Easy-To-Use Learning Experiences That Increase CBE Buy-In

Avery Rueb, Vanier College; Sandra Moumoutjis, Building 21

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