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Friday, September 29

10:45am AKDT

1:30pm AKDT

Putting the Pieces Together for Educational Leaders

Our objective for the afternoon is to provide leaders with ideas of what needs to be considered when implementing “big” change at the school or district level. Participants will look at ways leaders can advocate at the state level by seeing examples of how other states have approached change initiatives, and then bring it specifically to Alaska.  Leaders can see how the pieces fit together and identify actions that can be taken to support school improvement.

Part 1:    1:30-2:30 
Presenter - Scott Johns, Education Elements
Topic:  Scott Johns will discuss practices to consider when leading a shift or implement change in a school or district toward personalized learning. Participants will engage in a personalized model as they identify specific strategies to apply in their own settings. 

Part 2: 2:45-3:45 
Presenter - Jim Lewis, Silverback Learning/Milepost
Topic:  Dr. Jim Lewis will explain how a small idea about individualizing instruction became a district and regional effort prior to developing into both an in-state and multi-state movement of personalized learning. Both Idaho and Montana created legislation to help fund this concept and it continues to grow across the Intermountain Region and most recently into Alaska. At the same time, a simple solution to provide on-line classes for students on an international ski team in his district emerged as a co-concept to provide personalized learning for students on the road. See how it has become an intra-state success story of quality on-line instruction for students as well as professional development for educators. It is now ready to expand into a multi-state offering with all secondary classes from 6-12. 

Part 3:  3:45- 4:30
Presenter:  Bob Williams, AK DEED
Topic-  Bob Williams will provide an overview of the strategic planning work of Governor Walker’s Alaska Education Challenge which is being led by Commissioner Johnson and the State Board of Education. Bob will also share the work of the Division of Educator and School Excellence and the strong need for teacher leaders to increase capacity, build trust, and improve the quality of public education for all Alaska students.

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Scott Johns

Associate Partner, Education Elements
I work with inspiring educators in schools and districts across the country to consider new approaches to teaching and learning.

Jim Lewis

Silverback Learning/Milepost

Bob Williams

Alaska Department of Education

Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm AKDT
Lathrop 203
Saturday, September 30

1:15pm AKDT

CORE LEADERSHIP- Supporting Teacher Excellence
This is a half day course that provides leaders with insight into the structure and pedagogy of foundational mathematical teaching practices, and a vision for classroom implementation.  Participants will learn what to look for during classroom observations to assess instruction on the processes outlined in their state standards; as well as ways to support teachers as they incorporate standards and best practices into their classrooms.

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Cheryl Johnson

Consultant, Math Solutions
I am your partner in math professional development. I represent a team of math professionals that can help transform teaching and learning in the mathematics classroom. We are excited to support you in any way we can. We often discuss the connection of the 8 mathematical practices... Read More →

Saturday September 30, 2017 1:15pm - 4:15pm AKDT
Ryan 210
Sunday, October 1

9:00am AKDT

How to Influence Change in Your PLC, School, District, or State
Come play the Making Change Happen or the Change game.  This research based game draws upon the Concerns Based Adoption Model, the Everett Rogers innovation diffusion research, and DESSI study.  After the game, we will take time to debrief what this means as a leader of change and how the game relates to the Concerns Based Adoption Model.

Here's how the Network, Inc. describes the Making Change Happen game:
"The foundation of the Change Leadership Series, Making Change Happen™, aka "The Change Game", introduces participants to the concepts of change for individuals.  Based on three streams of empirical research (the Concerns-Based adoption model – CBAM, Everett Rogers innovation diffusion research, and the DESSI Study). The engaging and thought-provoking learning experience leads to an understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of improvement efforts, establishes a shared vocabulary about essential change steps, an appreciation of the differing perspectives of others, and challenges long-standing assumptions.  Used extensively throughout the United States and abroad, thousands of individuals have marveled at its ability to “make concrete and real” the ambiguous task of bringing about change in schools and organizations of all types"

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Samantha Wuttig

Teacher, FNSBSD
Passionate about seeing that ALL students have the opportunity to see the beauty and creativity in math. Loves listening and sharing ideas about changing how we do education so that we are engaging ALL students in learning.

Sunday October 1, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm AKDT
Lathrop 105