OESIS London on March 24th/25th, 2015
|TUESDAY MARCH 24TH|
|7.30 am- 9.00 am||Registration & Continental Breakfast|
|9.00 am-10.00 am||Keynote-Mark Milliron,”Emerging Insights on Learning & the Road Ahead”.|
|10.15 am-10.45 am||Online & Blended Classes of the Future Expositions- Sessions A|
|A.1 Core Philosophies of Science & Humanities- Stanford Online High School (CA)|
|A.2 Sign Language- Barstow School and HLC (MO)|
|A.3 Performing Arts- Deerfield Academy (MA)|
|A.4 Medical Problem Solving- Global Online Academy (WA)|
|A.5 Physics- Cary Academy (NC)|
|10.45 am -11.15 am||Coffee Break|
|11.15 am -11.45 am||Online & Blended Classes of the Future Expositions- Sessions B|
|B.1 Biology- Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)|
|B.2 AP U.S. History – Barstow School at HLC (MO)|
|B.3 Humanities- St. Paul’s School (NH)|
|B.4 Game Based Middle School Classes- ACS International (UK)|
|B.5 Advance Environmental Science- Cary Academy (NC)|
|11.55 am -12.45 pm||Interactive Keynotes|
|C.1- Kevin Ruth, “Revolution or Evolution: Establishing an Appropriate Frame”|
|C.2- Town Hall with Milliron & Nachbar-”Future Ready Independent Schools”|
|1.00 pm -2.00 pm||Lunch|
|2.15 pm -3.05 pm||Panels|
|D.1 Heads of School Panel|
|D.2 Technology Directors Panel|
|D.3. Design Thinking, 21st Century Spaces and the Maker Movement Panel|
|D.4 The Changing World of Quality Assessment of Schools and Courses|
|3.15 pm -4.05 pm||Financial Sustainability|
|E.1 Tuition Models for Flex Online-Boarding and Flex Online-Day- EdMission Capital|
|E.2 Being More vs. Doing More- Online School for Girls & Hockaday School (TX)|
|E.3 Blending Education to Drive Sustainability- Calverton School (MD)|
|4.05 pm -4.30 pm||Tea Break|
|4.30 pm -5.20 pm||Independent School Entrepreneurship|
|F.1 The IS Shared EdStore for Apps, Tools & Textbook Content- OESIS/UCLA|
|F.2 Think like a Start Up- Online School for Girls|
|5.30 pm -6.30 pm||Cocktails|
|WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH|
|7.30 am- 9.00 am||Registration & Continental Breakfast|
|9.00 am-10.00 am||Keynote- Heather Staker, Christensen Institute- “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”|
|10.15 am-11.05 am||Pedagogy|
|G.1 The Value of the Synchronous Classroom in Online Environments- MSON|
|G.2 What is Excellent Pedagogy in Online Learning?- Eight Schools Association.|
|G.3 Teacher as Experience Designer -Global Online Academy|
|G.4 SPOCS- Small private online courses- Hybrid Learning Consortium|
|11.05 am -11.25 am||Coffee Break|
|11.25 am -12.20 am||Schools Launching Online Initiatives|
|H.1 Kiski School for Boys – Making the Decision to Start an Online Program|
|H.2 Oaks Christian- A Sustainable Blended and Fully-Online Christian School|
|H.3 Cary Academy- The Mechanics of Launching an Online Learning Initiative|
|12.30 pm -2.00 pm||Lunch or Workshop Lunch|
|90 minute Workshop by Heather Staker on Blended Learning Implementation|
|90 minute Workshop on Edupreneur-Teacher Collaboration-Emerge/Eton|
|2.10 pm -3.00 pm||Global Opportunities Online|
|J.1 Blended Collaboration Goes Global- Cary Academy|
|J.2 Online and Blended Opportunities and Partnerships in China- Barstow School|
|J.3 Global Online Learning: Pedagogy & Venture Philanthropy -Eton College|
|3.10 pm – 4.00 pm||Recruitment Training & Evaluation|
|K.1 Finding Faculty with Pedagogical Skills for the Digital Age- Carney Sandoe|
|K.2 Eight Years On-Training, Retention and Management of Online Faculty – SOHS|
|K.3 The Faculty Blended Learning Development Team- Cary Academy (NC)|
|4.05 pm -4.30 pm||Tea Break|
EXPOSITIONS of 21st CENTURY CLASSES & LEARNING MODELS
Thirty minute explanations from leading schools of the structure, pedagogy and curriculum behind new learning models including video or multi media demonstrations. Blended Classes- (More than flipped learning, Blended Classes offer a combination of on campus formal learning and informal learning online where the student has a degree of autonomy over where and when he completes part of the course.) Online Classes- ( These classes include real time seminars and self paced options) Design Thinking- (These classes use collaborative, problem based, empathy driven approaches to critical thinking and creativity) New Integrated Disciplines ( These classes cross the traditional Math/Science and Arts/Humanities boundaries and also incorporate technology rich disciplines) SPOCS (Small Private Online Classes emerging as an independent school alternative to MOOCs) Global Project Based ( highly collaborative project based classes across schools)
Head of School Cary Academy (North Carolina) Blended Collaboration Goes Global While fully online classes allow students to learn with others from around the world, a blended collaboration can extend that opportunity to faculty as well. Hear about the partnership of three schools in the United States, India, and Brazil to develop and teach a blended leadership class. The workshop will explore practical matters such as course content creation and scheduling, and it will include a dive into the course to examine how the blend plays out in the partner schools. The session will also look at how such collaborations can work within the context of existing online or blended projects within a school.
Choate Rosemary Hall Academic Tech Director(Connecticut) and Deerfield Academy Academic Dean (Mass) of Eight Schools Association. What is Excellent Pedagogy in Online Learning? Does great online pedagogy mimic great classroom pedagogy? Certainly online learning is different because we don’t have the comfort of a physical classroom in a scheduled time slot. In the K12 online world, how high is the bar for student engagement and self-directed learning? Can the tools that make online learning successful enhance the classroom setting as well? Can these same tools enhance the overall life of the student at an independent school? Join this town meeting where representatives from the ESA will ask some preliminary questions, and then expand the discussion to all in attendance.
Heads of School at Maret School (DC) and Fort Worth Country Day School (Texas) of the Malone School Online Network The Value of the Synchronous Classroom in Online Learning Environments The Malone School Online Network (MSON) is a consortium of schools committed to the idea that online learning provides more meaningful outcomes if it includes synchronous (real time) classroom meetings. In our “virtual Harkness table” model, students and teachers meet in class together twice week using high-definition teleconferencing equipment. This session will address the many benefits that accrue from coupling non-synchronous elements of the traditional online learning environment with the synchronous classroom. Panelists will address the possibilities inherent in such a model and explain how the synchronous components have enriched the online learning environment for students and teachers alike.
Founding Director, Global Online Academy (Washington state) Teacher as Experience Designer Teachers are under increasing pressure to harness the potential of the internet and educational technology, yet this focus on tools often obscures a larger issue: rethinking the role of the teacher. Teachers no longer need to think of themselves as the hub of all content and knowledge in their courses; rather, the modern learning landscape has empowered teachers to become designers of rich learning experiences that allow students to take ownership of their learning, engage the world around them, and discover new ways to express themselves. This presentation will focus on how to leverage principles like learner-centered design and tools like learning management systems, cloud-based technology, and mobile devices to create multifaceted experiences for students.
Founder of Stanford Online High School (California) Keeping It Real While Going Virtual The rise of online learning has forced independent schools to engage in a good deal of soul searching. Technology is transforming how they are teaching, what they are teaching, and even who is teaching. In the midst of it all it is easy to lose sight of the characteristics that have historically defined an independent school education. While content knowledge may be readily attained online, less well established is how one engenders the ways of thinking and habits of mind that are the hallmarks of the well-educated individual. These are attributes best acquired in small seminar settings that are too readily abandoned in the rush to move online. In this talk we look at ways that technology is being used to deliver this traditional high-quality instruction as well as ways that mission-driven institutions can incorporate such education without abandoning their core beliefs and values.
Head of School of Barstow School and Founding Director of Hybrid Learning Consortium (Both Missouri) SPOCS — A Different Approach to Online Learning than MOOCS With the rise of MOOCS in higher education, now comes the reverberation model in SPOCS (small, private, online courses) with research to show increased success for students. In many ways, see how SPOCS align with independent school approaches. However, can MOOCS and SPOCS coexist and be complementary in your school? Learn the difference of the two models, see research regarding both, and hear how different schools are using each model to differentiate and increase student opportunity.
President and Recruitment Director, Carney Sandoe & Associates (the largest US independent school placement firm) Tinkerers and Underwater Robots: Finding Faculty with Pedagogical Skills for the Digital Age Schools are increasingly looking for a different skill set from their instructors and leaders. Whether it is the increasing emphasis on project based learning, blended education, the “maker” movement, global affinities or high touch collaborative student pathways to learning through models like design thinking, the recruitment environment is changing. In this presentation, the leaders of a firm that has placed over 30,000 teachers over the last 30 plus years, will share with you what we are seeing and how you may need to rethink how you source, interview, evaluate and offer professional growth to candidates and current faculty. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
WHOLE SCHOOL STRATEGY PRESENTATIONS
Founding Director of Oaks Christian Online (California) Create a Sustainable Christian Independent School Using a Business Plan for Blended and Fully-online Learning How can a school give its families flexibility, expand and stay true to their school mission, entice new students and remain sustainable and competitive? Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) in California has formulated a five-year strategic plan to accomplish these tasks using blended and fully-online learning. OCO will share how it began in the fall of 2010, and now facilitates over 700 students taking online courses, including 600 on their main campus.
Head of School Hockaday School (Texas) and Founding Director of Online School for Girls (DC) Being More Versus Doing More Independent schools are constantly asked to do more: more global, more diverse, more affordable, more STEM-oriented, more languages. At the same time, staff at schools feel stretched thin: not enough time, not enough resources, not enough space. And, schools cannot continue to increase tuition to expand resources at the same rate as was common on the 90s and 00s. So, how can schools “be more” without “doing more” themselves? We’ll explore this question within the context of the financial realities faced by contemporary independent schools.
Head of School of the Calverton School (Maryland) Blending Education to Drive Sustainability This presentation looks at using blended education in high schools to expand offerings while creating a financially sustainable model for the school. The presentation will explore online classes as electives, the financial benefits to a school with online classes, and the possibility of leveraging alumni as adjunct faculty in an online environment. The presentation will use a recent example of a school that implemented an online course work using existing faculty, the challenges of doing so in a school culture that was not already a blended school, and finally the challenges the students had in moving to an online platform. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
NEW VENTURES PRESENTATIONS
Head of School and Director of Technology at the Kiski School for Boys.( Pennsylvania) Making the Decision to Start an Online Program: Lessons to Be Learned Since 2007, through multiple platforms and various directions, The Kiski School has been working to develop online components that serve the best interests of the school’s mission and characteristics. Because Independent Schools have traditionally been slower to adopt or consider the idea of online education, our presentation can offer insight on some of the successes and growing pains of entering into online education. This presentation includes what online platforms were used, what courses have been offered, and the multiple delivery mechanisms that we are currently using. Kiski has experience with synchronous and asynchronous instruction as well as blended models.
Head of School, Cary Academy (North Carolina) The Mechanics of Launching an Online Learning Initiative You think your school is ready to embrace some form of online learning options for students? Instead of building something from scratch, consider a collaborative. Hear tips from a head of school on how to approach evaluating and implementing an online program at your school. Areas covered will include: what to look for in a program, assessing why an online program is a good fit for your mission, making the case with the board, getting faculty involved, setting expectations with parents, and how the program looks and feels for students once it is up and running.
Choate Rosemary Hall Academic Tech Director (Connecticut) and Deerfield Academy Academic Dean (Mass) of Eight Schools Association. Dream, Design, and Deploy: The ESA Online Education Initiative – Year 2 A recent book by William G. Bowen projects that Higher Education in the Digital Age will be a transformative process for all but a few select schools. If one extends his model to independent schools, why does an elite group of boarding schools, whose mission it is to provide the highest quality face-to-face learning, leap into online education? In the online world, do we have the opportunity to further enhance what we do best in the face-to-face classroom? Join this panel discussion to hear the arguments for complementing tradition with innovation and transformation, “going forward with a backwards glance.”
Founding Director, Online School for Girls (Washington DC) Think Like a Start-Up Wired Magazine noted in March 2014: “Many successful education and innovation initiatives minimize expenses by pooling resources: faculty, research personnel, administrative services, coaching, labs, prototyping facilities, and more. Meanwhile, universities have become too bloated to properly allocate their own resources.” The same could be said of independent schools. And yet, by thinking like a start-up, schools can enhance teaching and learning, expand program and opportunity, and mitigate costs. This session will explore how that is possible. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PANELS & WORKSHOPS
Heads of Schools Panel In this Panel, eight Heads of School who have been at the leading edge of innovation in the US discuss the innovation drivers, the cultural barriers, the opportunities and challenges they embraced. Technology Directors Panel In this Panel led by Carney Sandoe, the leading placement firm for independent schools, we discuss the role of the Tech Director position. The discussion spans not only the entry skills but the emerging centraility of this position to the academic discussions, the need for pedagogical perspective and creativity as well as the hard skills managing an environment that is the prime utility of a school. What are the significant challenges facing such personnel. Hear from a Panel of experts. Design Thinking, 21st Century Spaces & the Maker Movement Panel Is the facilities conversation now more about technology, collaborative paradigms, and the changing world of content? What is the importance and impact of the maker movement and the growth in project-based learning on facilities? How does the highly collaborative world of design thinking work in practice within the curriculum? What are the ways to deploy and assess this new pedagogical approach? What kind of teacher skills are necessary?
Keynote, Heather Staker of Christensen Institute (California) Workshop on Pathways to Blended Learning Implementation In this 90 minute workshop, Heather Staker will offer granular advice and strategic pathways to implementing Blended Learning drawing on her recent book _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________