BOSTON OCTOBER 2nd/3rd 2014


See Full Descriptions below of 70+ Sessions

from Independent Schools and Organizations.

The Program begins with Keynotes at 8.00 am on Thursday and Friday with Breakfast between 7.00-8.00 am. The Program finishes at 4.30 pm on Thursday and at 3.00 pm on Friday. There is a cocktail reception on Thursday till 6.00 p.m.


  1. John Chubb, President of NAIS

Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

Sessions at a Glance

Thursday Schedule at a Glance


Friday Schedule at a Glance

Full Descriptions of Presentations, Panels and Workshops

Code to Learn BEFORE Learning to Code! Crescerance This session will focus on key factors driving the “curriculum of code” in schools across the world in an exponentially expanding mobile world. We will discuss various initiatives that have been launched both in the U.S. and globally to enable children to learn and develop an interest in coding at an early age. We will also look at how the Crescerance MAD-Learn platform enables a broader base of students to create and launch their very own mobile app by developing and applying skills of entrepreneurialism, organization, development, and design.
Blended Collaboration Goes Global Cary Academy 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. Here 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.
Innovative and Non-Threatening Approaches to Student Data Graybeard Educators Inc and LQ Score This 3 part session and discussion offers the following: firstly, a survey of the landscape of data approaches including adaptive learning models and recent high profile initiatives; secondly an online and F2F professional development approach to building capacity for data utility; and thirdly, the introduction of an independent school driven pilot technology initiative called LQ Score for student data (centered around empowerment, homework and metacognition).
Too Much or Too Little: The Role of the Site Director in Online Education Global Online Academy In this presentation, we will discuss the role of the Site Director in the school community. What is the best away to offer support to independent students who are enrolled in online courses? How can the Site Director build interest in the broader student population? How can the Site Director best represent the students’ work to stakeholders? How do the online courses interface with the existing curriculum? How much support is too much — how much is too little? What are the best practices and support structures to put in place?
Using Blended Education to Drive Sustainability The Calverton School This presentation talks about 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 elective course 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.
Copyright and Fair Use in Online Learning (Part I Beginner) Yeshiva Flatbush This session will offer practical pointers, for school and teacher, on what to do – and stay away from – in offering or using online learning environments, from course management systems to blending learning to personal faculty websites. We will explore: who owns and may use contributions made by faculty, staff, or students; positioning your work to encourage only desired uses, by your students and others; how to decide if your use of another’s work is fair use, including the true meaning of the so-called “10% rule;” steps for avoiding infringement; responsibilities to protect the intellectual property of others, during and after the semester; and what training and policies a school should put in place. We will glean insights from the district court’s recent decision in Cambridge University Press v. Becker (N.D.Ga. 2012), the Georgia State educational fair use case.
Bringing Language Learning Online and in Blended Paradigms Middlebury Interactive Learning The horizons for language learning are vastly extended via online and blended learning paradigms. With access to a wealth of authentic materials, discover how blended and online learning can support immersive language learning environments, expand opportunities for aligning language learning with Common Core; and learn about successful online and blended classroom models that are opening up the world of language learning opportunities for K-12 students across the country.
A World-Class Education in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment Laurel Springs School 21st Century skills and technology have catapulted the need for globalization to be a topic of concern and opportunity for independent boarding and day schools. How can we, as educators, ensure all of our students are prepared to compete in a global marketplace with the right skillsets, cultural awareness, and language abilities? Come visit with Darby Carr to learn more about a multi-tiered approach to creating well versed global citizens that includes online initiatives to embrace a holistic approach to global education.
A Research-Based Comparison of Recruiting and Teacher Roles in Traditional, Blended and Online Environments Hybrid Learning Consortium Learn tools to support your institution’s need to hire and support teachers who will teach in blended environments and fully online.
What is Excellent Pedagogy in Online Learning? Eight Schools Assn. 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.
Cultivating Writers through Iterative Process with Digital Design Tabor Academy The teaching of writing process requires time, authentic emotional investment, and extensive feedback. Cultivating efficacious writers is a matter of routinizing the habits of drafting, feedback, and redrafting, and creating an authentic audience. I will present a framework for supporting a community of writers with an online component that enhances every aspect of instruction, feedback, and authentic student investment in the social dynamic required to cultivate the habits of process writing. This presentation will also demonstrate how this framework works across disciplines for any project that requires a process of iteration from citizen science projects to history and art projects.
The Value of the Synchronous Classroom in Online Learning Environments Malone School Online Network 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 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.
SPOCS — A Different Approach to Online Learning than MOOCS Hybrid Learning Consortium 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.
Being More Versus Doing More Online School for Girls 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.
Blended Implementation Challenges: A 10-Year Perspective Evergreen Education Evergreen Education has been at the forefront of blended learning implementation for public and independent schools for over 10 years. In this session, John Watson will examine the challenges in each of the important areas impacting implementation from content strategy to professional development and phasing.
The Language of Culture Change: Taking Control of an Emerging Lexicon Worcester Academy We are in the midst of a paradigm shift from the traditional industrial model of education to a model that promotes inquiry and connection to the world beyond school. Change can happen with us, because of us, or in spite of us; rather than allowing the system to reinvent itself around us, educators must take an active role in this change. In this session we examine the rhetoric of the traditional model of education and the emerging lexicon of the new paradigm. We discuss opportunities and pitfalls presented by the language of education, and invite attendees to join us in framing ways to convey new and renewed teaching and learning practices.
Walk Forward, Turn Right, and Try Again: The Hidden Benefits of Programming Episcopal School of Dallas Why should we teach programming? What good will this do for our students? How will this translate to life-long learning? The benefits of teaching programming do not just lie within computer science skills. Students also learn about habits of mind such as grit, resiliency, perseverance and thinking flexibly. Learn about the hidden benefits of teaching programming. Also learn how other subject area teachers can incorporate teaching programming. Computational thinking concepts contain a vocabulary that is transferrable to every discipline we teach in school. Why not start now?
Summer Extended Learning Opportunities The Woods Academy This presentation will focus on the path we took at The Woods Academy to extend learning opportunities into the summer months for our middle school students. Using a CMS and curriculum developed to apply learning, The Woods Academy created online and blended learning summer opportunities to stretch kids. Gone are the days of the summer workbook, our summer online program promotes applied learning that focuses on real life opportunities. The presentation will share how we developed the program, what we learned from this “start-up” endeavor and lead to a conversation with participants on the value of such a program.
Dream, Design, and Deploy: The ESA Online Education Initiative – Year 2 Eight Schools Assn 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.”
Gaining Student Buy-in: How to Engage Students Using an LMS WhippleHill From access to information and open lines of communication for students, parents, and faculty to creating a blended learning environment, there are many compelling reasons to fold an LMS into the classroom. But how do you gain student buy-in? How do you create an environment where the LMS truly enhances learning for students? Join us for a session that explores these questions and walk away with a deeper understanding of the benefits of an LMS; how an LMS helps to meet the learning needs of students; why it’s critical for teachers to embrace an LMS; and how to track student progress.
Let the Students Do the Talking – Student Panel The Virtual High School Transforming education requires reflection and opportunities to build understanding through the eyes and experiences of the students we serve. In this straightforward, student-driven conversation about online learning, students will share their online learning experiences through The Virtual High School and offer perspectives on how online learning has impacted their high school experience and career and college pathways. The students will discuss how key 21st Century skills such as collaboration, time management, independent learning, global perspectives, and problem solving have changed the way they learn online, interact with students and teachers, and participate in face-to-face educational environments.
Jumping on the Bandwidth: Determining Developmental Appropriateness for K-8 Online Learning Oak Meadow Don’t just “spray and pray” (spray technology throughout your school and pray that it is effective). Have your faculty and staff discern the why, what, and how before piloting tech tools with young children. Join Oak Meadow’s team as they share the framework they used in developing online opportunities that fit the philosophy and mission of their school. This workshop will explore: the essential questions to ask before launching a successful online program for K-8, the difference between education and preparation, and an honest dialogue around what is gained and what is lost when we “plug in” our youngest students.
Keeping Pace: The State of Online and Blended Learning Nationwide Evergreen Education Published by the Evergreen Education Group, the Keeping Pace report has become a nationally-respected source of data and current information on the state of K-12 online learning in the U.S. This presentation by Evergreen President and Founder John Watson will feature highlights of the 2013 report, including information about the range of programs and policies across the country, many of which are new and fast-changing. Keeping Pace keeps its fingers on the pulse of online learning in K-12 schools and districts including supplemental and fulltime schools, charter schools, and both synchronous and asynchronous programs. Copies of the 2013 report will be available for participants.
Leaving the Screen Behind: Online Spanish Class Promotes Face-to-Face Connections with the Local Spanish-Speaking Community Alexander Dawson School This session will present the findings of an online Spanish class, in which students immerse themselves in the language and cultures of Spanish speakers here in the United States. Without the artificial time and space constraints of a traditional classroom, students in an online class are free to experience the Spanish spoken in their local communities and make lasting connections with Spanish speakers. By examining a case study of such a course, participants will leave the session with ideas for successfully teaching an online class, connecting with local partners, and getting their students engaged in real-world learning.
Training your faculty to blend using blended learning- a one day PD model Graded- The American School of Sao Paulo All teachers, regardless of understanding/experience of blended learning, can leave a one-day PD workshop having both blended a component of their course and taken away a stronger theoretical framework of how they can use blended learning in their classrooms to improve student learning. Teachers new to blended learning will become more comfortable with techniques and understand the first steps in the transition. Teachers who have blended some of their courses will have the chance to further blend and fine tune the work they have already begun. This workshop will show you how to run this experience for your teachers.
The evolution of differentiated services and its effect on distance, flipped, and blended learning initiatives Nightingale-Bamford School & Newark Academy The hot topic in education is how do we extend learning outside the classroom? What elements do we put in place to maximize teaching and learning? How do we ensure we have tangible evidence that supports our online learning initiatives? In this workshop, the presenter will illustrate differentiated service models for addressing distance, flipped, and blended learning initiatives. The aim of this workshop is to be inclusive in an effort to build strategies that you can take back to your school that will promote further discussion.
What We Have Learned So Far Shattuck-St.Mary’s School Shattuck-St. Mary’s School has established a fully-integrated blended learning program. After developing courses in this model, the school conducted a two year pilot, during which juniors and seniors took the majority of their classes in the blended format. With this flexible schedule came the opportunity to complete an independent project outside of the traditional classroom environment. Students participated in twice weekly scheduled class meetings and complete online course components during the rest of the week with the support of their teachers. This session will provide an overview of the school’s experience, from early concept formation through program realization and evaluation.
How Are You Smart?: the role of words & labels in our work Denver Academy The words we use to describe the abilities and readiness levels of those students who learn differently are often done so through the misguided lens of “normal.” This session will provide a fresh perspective on how we can honor cognitive diversity using a strength-base, empowerment model. Specifically, this presentation will focus on the role differentiated instruction plays in creating successful learning environments for students 1. We will evaluate the role of “Story of Self” plays in the development of advocacy. 2. We will rewrite & reframe traditional definitions of LD. 3. We will examine 3 systems that can answer HAYS
Opportunities and Challenges in Transforming Human Resources to Meet the Emerging Needs of a Cloud Environment Blair Academy At Blair we completely restructured our technology office in the past year as a result of the school’s strategic initiative. The impetus of the staffing changes were made to support the decision to phase out our on-site servers, and to refocus the mission of the technology staff on helping users learn to use cloud-based software. In this presentation we will share the thinking behind the move, the opportunities and challenges we face.
Designing Highly Effective Online Professional Development Global Online Academy Online and blended professional development experiences can and should be designed to be personal and relevant. How might we reimagine professional development that leverages online and blended learning environments? What are some of the components that make online and blended professional development effective? Come learn the answers to these questions and the steps to start engaging in and/or developing your own online professional development today. In this workshop participants will learn about best practices in both online and blended professional development programs.
Make online learning more engaging with the latest tools and techniques Facing History and Ourselves Do you want to make your online learning experiences more engaging for your students? Do you want to go beyond simply posting readings, video links, and discussion forums? New online learning tools are being developed all the time and it’s hard to keep track of them. This workshop aims to explore the qualities of “engaging” online learning and then share experiences with specific tools that you can use in your teaching the next day. We will look at tools that can be added to online courses, to your class website, or any place your students are going online for learning.
Online Classes: How Do They Change the Environment of College Admissions? College Admissions Officers What value do college admissions offices place upon online courses on transcripts? How are prep schools incorporating online courses to help differentiate their students’ college applications? Learn from experienced college counselors and admissions representatives as they share insights on communication between college admissions counselors and campus admissions, representing online coursework on transcripts, building a strong reputation for online classes, and following NCAA accreditation compliance for online courses.
Selecting and Using Educational Apps in the Classroom Balefire Labs This hands-on workshop focuses on the use of mobile devices and educational apps in the classroom. We will address identifying your app needs, selecting apps that address those needs, and how to plan for using those apps with students. Participants should bring an iOS or Android mobile device with them and pre-load the following free apps on their devices: – Crazy Machines Golden Gears Lite – BioIQ Biology Picture Game – One app of the participant’s choice All other materials will be provided.
Working with Entrepreneurs and Technology Thought Leaders Ed Tech Panel Independent Schools are increasingly reaching out to edupreneurs within and outside their communities, participating in pilot programs and embracing technology opportunities for pedagogical leadership potential and even investment. In this Panel, you will hear from Eton College, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the world, who have formalized this opportunity with the backing of their Trustees and faculty into a venture called Eton Online Ventures. Also participating will be panelists from other schools engaging in such initiatives.
Building Digital Ecosystems In Schools American Heritage School/ ClassBook The National Educational Technology Plan (NEPT) presents a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. By exploring innovative approaches to teaching and learning educators will gain knowledge of how 21st century tools drive digital literacy, content literacy and information literacy to transform educational environments. These questions will be addressed: How can digital ecosystems transform the NEPT into instructional practice? What online tools can be used to improve teacher effectiveness? How can I use technology to drive literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking while promoting inquiry?
Global Collaborations for Blended Learning and Cultural Competency Worcester Academy Worcester Academy will share two case studies. We will compare the blended learning experience of middle school Spanish students and students in Medellin, Colombia with the exchange between upper school French students’ and students from a school in Haiti. We will discuss the design of global exchanges and share reflections about benefits and challenges of planning and implementing global collaboration projects. This session will focus on the following topics: 1.Establishing cross-time zone collaborative projects. 2. Fostering community in online learning environments. 3. Weighing the choice of synchronous vs. asynchronous communication 4. Determining checkpoints for world language learning and cultural competency.
Technology Department Restructuring for Cloud Computing Blair Academy At Blair we completely restructured our technology office in the past year as a result of the school’s strategic initiative. The impetus of the staffing changes were made to support the decision to phase out our on-site servers, and to refocus the mission of the technology staff on helping users learn to use cloud-based software. In this presentation we will share the thinking behind the move, the opportunities and challenges we face.
Teacher as Experience Designer Global Online Academy 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.
Blending in Action St. Luke’s School Description: St. Luke’s has transformed all of its level 1 language courses (French, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin) as well as others (Latin 4 Honors) to a blended format. This will be the second year that Jon and I are running blended classes and the first for the other teachers. We would like to share our first-hand experience in the classroom, especially regarding best practices, useful tools and programs/apps, and the benefits of switching to this method.
Is your head in the clouds? Carney, Sandoe and Associates A discussion of cloud services, managed applications, and hosted solutions for IT directors and systems managers. Focus on best management practices/strategy for determining what should be running on-premise vs “in the cloud”
Creating a New Community of Online Learners: The Continuing Education Program for Alumni & Parents at Newark Academy Newark Academy With the deployment of new, robust Learning Management System, Canvas, Newark Academy sought to expand its learning community and create a new educational market targeting parents and alumni. Learn about the evolution of Newark Academy’s Continuing Education Summer Program and discover the financial model, marketing, curriculum development, hardware requirements, teacher training, and more.
Making the Decision to Start an Online Program: Lessons to Be Learned The Kiski School 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.
Tech NOT for Tech’s sake Worcester Academy We do not want our school or our curriculum to be driven by or beholden to technology. Our values and belief systems must drive our use of tools. In this era of unprecedented technological evolution, it is challenging to honor that imperative. In this session, we share our efforts to balance continually advancing technologies with the culture-wide shift from a teacher-centered model of dissemination to a model of student agency. Worcester Academy’s Chief Information Officer, Dean of Faculty, and two academic department heads discuss how they work collaboratively to keep school mission, pedagogical vision, and technological innovation interlocked and moving together.
The Mechanics of Launching an Online Learning Initiative Cary Academy 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.
What’s Your Tech? Scheck Hillel Community Day School The teacher’s goal is student learning, not technology. In this session teachers will explore their learning goals and locate technology tools to assist them in meeting their goals.
Educating the Panther in an Online Learning Environment (Part II Advanced) Yeshiva Flatbush This session will provide more advanced treatments of select topics raised in Thursday’s “Taming the Panther” session, with a special emphasis on plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty. Participation in Thursday’s session is encouraged but not required. This is an invaluable opportunity to share fact patterns and questions from your own school for discussion with Rabbi Linfield and your colleagues. You may email those issues to Rabbi Linfield in advance at SLinfield@flatbush. org, for potential inclusion in the presentation.
How to Create an Interactive Math E-Book for Students with Learning Disabilities McLean School When students search the internet for math help, the results can be an information overload. Even the best query can fail to elicit the particular kinds of mathematical explanations they need. Add learning disabilities to the equation, and the challenge increases exponentially. Come take a look at an interactive math e-book under construction for the McLean School of Maryland that links students directly to the particular math explanations they need, customized for the way they learn best. Check out how to adapt our software template to meet your students’ needs, as well as how to supplement it with a crowdsourcing option.
Delivering Performing Arts Courses Online Connections Academy In this innovative session, participants will learn how collaboration between The Juilliard School and Connections Education led to groundbreaking online music courses and resources for K–12 educators and students. The session will guide attendees though the process of developing dynamic online music courses that adhere to the national standards of music education. Working alongside representatives from Juilliard’s noted faculty, Connections has created an exclusive online series of music courses which include a suite of virtual music tools that allow students to use their computer keyboard to create record and submit music. Participants will have the opportunity to witness the course firsthand and come away with fresh ideas for new collaborations and critical components for a successful partnership.
The GOA Student Experience Global Online Academy Understanding the student experience in an online course is a critical part of designing and offering the best possible online learning opportunities. Through data collection, interviews, and ongoing dialogue with teachers about their coursework, schools can paint a picture of how students learn online and then begin to determine best practices. This presentation will share and invite discussion about what GOA has discovered from our students and teachers about meaningful, memorable, and exciting online learning experiences.
Keeping It Real While Going Virtual Stanford Online High School 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.
Content Processing: Rapid Iterative Development of Curriculum GG Interactive GG Interactive, a game and curriculum development studio, will demonstrate techniques learned from development of large multi-platform video games and their application to curriculum development across multiple delivery platforms. By implementing these techniques, you will reduce overhead in updates, increase quality, and improve portability.
Building the Student Body: Admission in the Online Context Stanford Online High School What makes students the right “fit” for online learning—and how can educators identify those students and assess their readiness? Participants will hear how the Stanford Online High School identifies future students from a geographically boundless pool, educates them on ways the school may serve their needs, assesses their preparation for synchronous, interactive, and community-focused learning through a selective admission process, and shapes a student body. Join a conversation on the challenges and opportunities of recruiting for online learning, the markers administrators should seek, and the importance of fit to the type of interaction and standards of various online models.
Blended Learning in the Humanities Walnut Hill School for the Arts Blended learning allows English and history courses to combine core skills such as close reading with modern project-based education. This presentation will look beyond content delivery, sharing ways to enrich students’ processes and projects in a combination of online and face-to-face interactions. We will explore how to enhance thinking, writing, and collaboration in humanities courses through translation, collaborative writing, and experiments in digital humanities that can be shared beyond the walls of the classroom. In each example, technology is not only a means of information delivery, but also a powerful tool allowing students to create original work.
How Online Education Will Impact Schools of the Future Global Online Academy Online education is changing how teachers, students, and schools think about using time and space, which will open opportunities for schools to rethink everything from defining what an enrollment is to how to best use on-campus facilities. In this presentation we will explore the potential opportunities that will become available to schools as we embrace new ways of teaching, learning, and engaging with one another.
Why Don’t They Get It? How to Identify Threshold Concepts (i.e., the important stuff) that Baffle Your Students and Frustrate You, and How to Design Your Course to Overcome Their Resistance to Learning Cary Academy Threshold Concepts are those ideas that, once understood, transform students into practitioners of the discipline–”doing” science/history/literary analysis. But they are also the ideas to puzzle and even alienate students. Many students respond by resisting learning, whether you see it or not. They can mask this through rote learning, but they fight deeper learning. We’ll identify some common threshold concepts and why they are so difficult for both teacher and student; then we will learn how to engage students so that they overcome their resistance and master key understandings more efficiently, even in shortened blended classes.
K-8 Online Learning : A model for success in language instruction Avenues: the World School In this session you’ll learn how Avenues created summer distance classes to help students maintain their language skills and have smooth transitions in and out of school. Building on the school’s strength in immersion instruction, Avenues built a pilot program, conducted innovative research, and designed curriculum with age-appropriate technology tools for K-8 students. You’ll also see how online learning can be used as a tool to welcome new students and introduce them to school culture. The model can serve as a template for schools to build on their strengths and identify opportunities for emerging business.
Think Like a Start-Up Online School for Girls 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.
Using Online Learning for International Students Before, During and After their On-Campus Experience Barstow School Online learning provides unique opportunities to further globalize our schools and to provide specialized support options for international students. Whether a day or boarding school, online learning can support global education, prior to the arrival of international students on campus, for domestic students studying abroad, and to all students in creating deeper international learning experiences.
A Discussion with Heads of School Town Hall with John Chubb & Heads of School Panel Discussion on Innovation, Mission, Constituency Buy-In, Implementation and Execution.
90-Minute Think Tank Town Hall on College Readiness and Instruction Amherst and Stanford How important are collaborative skills, and what abilities are Colleges looking for from students that represent a departure from the past? How have College faculty gone about redesigning their courses for digital opportunities and a changing expectation of work readiness? Hear from a prestigious College that resisted the MOOC movement by rejecting edX but has its own ideas on online courses and collaboration. Hear from the Founder of Stanford University’s Online High School and Author of Bricks and Mortar: The Making of a Real Education at the Stanford Online High School.
The ESA Online Initiative: Future Models for Expansion Eight Schools Assn. Are there models for expansion of the ESA initiative? By spring 2015, the ESA will have launched six online courses, including a pilot for the hybrid Water & Humanity course. The ESA has ideas for future growth to share, but would like to benefit from the collective expertise of attendees. Should we continue to focus on courses that meet the specific needs of ESA students? Should we offer online courses to students outside the ESA? Should a third-party organization develop courses to ESA specifications? Join this town meeting where representatives from the ESA will challenge participants to think creatively.
Non Profit Data Consortium LQ Score Emerging Consortium on Data OESIS is putting together a non-profit initiative in the area of Student Data. Please join this if you are interested in participating as a pilot member.
Reaching Over the Walls to Imagine Learning Transformation Outside of Familiar Ecosystems United Nations International School UNIS will present on a pioneering summer program it is conducting in NY this summer with two groups of 10-12 teachers and 2-3 students working and learning together in two two-week sessions in July and August. The mission of the Summer Institutes is to foster new and effective ways to improve the personalization of learning and to inspire further innovation by connecting teachers with ed tech startups and developers.
From Virtual Soup to Nuts: Developing an Online Course  The Virtual High School Developing an online course combines face-to-face curricular development with online instructional design practices. This session will explore one approach to the process and tools employed to create high quality asynchronous, teacher-led, cohort-based online courses that engage students, foster a community of learners and align with course quality and content standards.


List of 120 Schools/Organizations Registered. Abiqua School, AISNE, Alexander Dawson School, Amherst College, Aspen Country Day School, Barstow School, Berkshire School, Belmont Hill School, Berkeley Carroll School, Blair Academy, Balefire Labs, Brewster Academy, Bryn Mawr School, Buckley School, Buffalo Seminary, Calverton School, Carney Sandoe and Associates, Cary Academy, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, Cheshire Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Columbus Academy, Commonwealth School, Classbook, Connections Academy, Crescerance, Culver Academies, Denver Academy, Derryfield School, Eight Schools’ Association, Educators’ Collaborative, Episcopal School of Dallas, Eton Online Ventures, Exploration School, Evergreen Education, Fairfield Country Day School, Facing History and Ourselves, Fort Worth Country Day School, Friends’ Central School, Friends’ School of Baltimore, George School, Getting Smart, Germantown Friends School, Gilman School, Global Online Academy, Graded- The American School of Sao Paulo, The Gunnery School, Hackley School, Hockaday School, Hopkins School, Hotchkiss School, Hybrid Learning Consortium, Interlochen Center for the Arts, International School of Boston, ISIS, Kehillah Schechter Academy & Hebrew College, Kingsley Montessori School, Kimball Union Academy, King Low Heywood Thomas School, Kingswood Oxford School, La Lumiere School, Laurel Springs School, Lowell School, LQ Score, Maret School, Malone Schools Online Network, McLean School of Maryland, Mt. St. Dominic Academy,  Middlebury Interactive Learning, NAIS, Nashoba Brooks School, NEASC, Newark Academy, Nightingale-Bamford School, Noble & Greenough School, North Shore Country Day School, Northfield Mount Hermon, Nueva School,  Kiski School, Oak Meadow School, Online School for Girls, Oldfields School, Oregon Episcopal School, Parks School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pingry School, Perkiomen School, Pomfret School, Rhoades School, SAIS,  St. Anne’s Belfield School, Saint Andrew’s School, St. Catherine’s School, St. George’s Independent School, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Luke’s School, St. Mark’s School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, School One, Severn School, Shorecrest Preparatory School, Shattuck-St.Mary’s School, Scheck Hillel Community Day School, Sonoma Country Day School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Stanford University Online High School, Tabor Academy, Teluride Mountain School, Trinity Preparatory School, United Nations International School, Virtual High School, Westminster School, Washington Market School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, WhippleHill, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Winsor School, Woods Academy, Worcester Academy, Yeshiva Flatbush.   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________