Come join the Christensen Institute at the iNACOL Symposium, October 21-24, as we engage in some of the most pertinent topics in education today: equity and personalized learning. Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education research, and Thomas Arnett, senior research fellow will take a deeper dive into their most recent research,  joining experts and attendees in contemplating the transformation of education. We’ll also be celebrating Julia’s new book, Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks at a Nashville networking party. We hope to see you there!

Featured Session: Helping ALL Learners Develop Social Capital through Real-World Learning

Who: Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education Research, Christensen Institute; Dave Lash, Principal, Dave Lash & Company; Grace Belfiore, Principal Consultant, Belfiore Education Consulting; Kim Merritt, Director of Da Vinci Extension, Da Vinci Schools.

What: Whatever your school model, this session provides research-based and practitioner tips for nurturing students’ relationship assets, as well as their capacity to use these in fulfilling learning, work, and life goals. Opportunity is firmly attached to social connections, so schools and communities can advance academic performance, equity, and economic mobility by helping learners grow their social capital. Success in today’s increasingly competitive and changing world depends upon it.

When: 4:00 PM–5:00 PM Oct 23, 2018

Where: Room 104ABC, Nashville Music City Center

Network in Nashville Book Party!

Who: Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education Research, Christensen Institute; Tom Vander Ark and Lydia Dobyns, authors of Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project-Based Learning; Anthony Kim, author of The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.

What: Spend an evening in Nashville with some of the top authors in education. Join us and enjoy great conversation and delicious southern food and drinks. The first 75 people through the door will receive a ticket for a free signed copy of a book of their choice while supplies last. Register now.

When: 6:30 PM–8:30 PM Oct 23, 2018

Where: Sambuca, 601 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Leveraging Innovative Staffing Models to Maximize the Power of Personalized Learning

Who: Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow, Christensen Institute; Bryan Hassel, Co-President, Public Impact

What: How can schools maximize the benefits of personalized learning? Public Impact and the Christensen Institute recently studied how a number of district, charter, and private schools are using non-traditional staffing and blended learning to achieve noteworthy results for their students. In this design workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn from this research and develop actionable ideas for staffing models to power personalized learning at their organizations.

When: 8:30 AM–10:30 AM Oct 24, 2018

Where: Room 106B, Nashville Music City Center


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