Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for state leaders to engage in a dialogue regarding priority topics with fellow state leaders, partners, experts in the field and event guests.

Morning Breakouts – Supporting State Priorities 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Personalized Learning: Raising the Bar with Student Badges (link to presentation)
Facilitators: Ann Marie Mapes, Educational Technology Manager, Michigan Department of Education & Julia Green, Michigan Department of Education
Engage in a discussion regarding the value and implementation of student level digital badges to support personalized learning. Learn about initiatives in Michigan to recognize student out-of-school and afterschool programs via micro-credentials. Be ready to share and learn more about student badges for learning.

Accessible Materials for All Leaders & Learners (link to presentation)
Facilitators: Cynthia Curry, Director, AEM Center and Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, AEM Center
Over the last five years, the AEM Center at CAST has worked with a cohort of eight states to identify and disseminate best practices related to the availability and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies. In this session, AEM state and district leaders will share their insights, strategies and lessons learned for ensuring the smooth rollout of AEM and technology, including what potential partners can do to facilitate the process.

Change Leadership for Learning
Facilitators: Candice Dodson, Executive Director, SETDA & Jason Bailey, PhD, Senior Specialist of Workforce and Digital Learning, CETL
Join this session to explore what it takes to lead during this digital revolution. Engage in dialogue regarding the common characteristics of leaders that drive change to implement digital learning opportunities. From superintendents, principals, and teachers alike, great leaders ensure that technology is thoughtfully implemented. Review state level research on how leaders approached their digital initiative, and the practices employed to ensure that the technology is implemented effectively to positively impact learning experiences.

Broadband Implementation Part 1 of 2
Facilitators: Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA & Melinda Fiscus, Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Engage in the opportunity to discuss issues related to broadband access for learners both on and off campus.  The session will build on the recent State K12 Broadband Leadership and support the development of the Broadband Imperative III report. Part 2 of this session takes place in the afternoon from 3:15 – 5:00pm. Participants will be asked to continue to contribute to these resources over the next several months via online discussions and collaborative documents.

Interoperability for Learning 
Facilitator: Erin Mote, Executive Director, InnovateEDU
Join an interactive session to learn more about how states are providing leadership related to interoperability to support teaching and learning. Gain insight into the background and implementation of the new State Commitment to Interoperability and engage in dialogue regarding interoperability successes and lessons learned. State Presentation with Oklahoma – This session will share highlights from the interoperability work that Oklahoma has implemented leveraging A4L’s SIF data standard.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Afternoon Breakouts – Supporting State Priorities

Personalized Learning vs. Screen Time
Facilitator: Julie Evans, Executive Director, Project Tomorrow
Learn what education leaders need to know today to create community responsive messaging around digital learning. Participate in discussions with colleagues about successes and lessons learned regarding effective messaging regarding digital learning opportunities for all learners. 

Accessible Materials for All Leaders & Learners 
Facilitators: Cynthia Curry, Director, AEM Center & Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, AEM Center
Over the last five years, the AEM Center at CAST has worked with a cohort of eight states to identify and disseminate best practices related to the availability and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies. In this session, AEM state and district leaders will share their insights, strategies and lessons learned for ensuring the smooth rollout of AEM and technology, including what potential partners can do to facilitate the process.

Interoperability for Learning
Facilitator: Erin Mote, Executive Director, InnovateEDU
Join an interactive session to learn more about how states are providing leadership related to interoperability to support teaching and learning. Gain insight into the background and implementation of the new State Commitment to Interoperability and engage in dialogue regarding interoperability successes and lessons learned. State Presentation with Michigan – This session will share highlights from the interoperability work that Michigan has implemented leveraging the Ed-Fi data standard.

Broadband Implementation Session 2 of 2 (Ends at 5pm)
Facilitators: Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA & Melinda Fiscus, Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Continued from the morning session, continue the conversation related to broadband access for learners both on and off campus.  The session will build on the recent State K12 Broadband Leadership and support the development of the Broadband Imperative III report. Participants will be asked to continue to contribute to these resources over the next several months via online discussions and collaborative documents. Part 2 of this session takes place in the afternoon from 3:15 – 5:00pm.

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