From April 2-4, 2020 the Personalization 2020 Conference will showcase the best classroom, school, and district implementers from across the nation at the RI Convention Center in Providence, RI.
Over the past eight years, the focus of the conference has evolved from centering on new technologies to prioritizing student-centered learning. In planning for Personalization 2020, our team reflected on lessons learned and has a bit more clarity (perhaps 20/20 clarity is overstating, but if the year fits!) on important components shaping our vision for classrooms.
For instructional sessions, we are looking for content and strategies that align to key instructional practices. For an overview of the practices we feel are important, please see our Priority Practices Tool. In general, we are looking for sessions that explore student leadership, culturally relevant instruction, methods for building strong classroom culture and relationships, choice, agency, reflection, goal setting, rigor, and productive struggle.
For change management sessions, we are looking for content and strategies that demonstrate a personalized approach to change, modeling instructional priorities at the systems level. In general, we are looking for sessions that explore innovative and personalized professional learning models, empowering teachers, personalizing curriculum, aligning personalization and policy, engaging students and families in the change process, offering teachers choice, continuous improvement, and measures that matter.
We are also interested in what you value. If your topic doesn’t appear above, we encourage you to make the case that it belongs in our program!
We are recruiting the nation’s best practitioners to present at Personalization 2020. All lead presenters must be current teachers, building leaders, or district leaders. Non-practitioners are encouraged to apply as co-presenters if they can partner with a current practitioner to be the lead.
Potential presenters may select among the following session types:
Half Day Workshop (Friday, April 3rd)
This three hour session type allows 75-100 participants to engage in an in-depth investigation of a particular topic, strategy, approach or model. The session should include a mix of hands-on training, practice, collaborative design, and planning. Participants should leave with new expertise and artifacts or prototypes to support immediate implementation. Preview materials are encouraged and should be made available prior to the conference. Half Day session presenters receive free tickets to all conference events for up to two presenters (50% tickets for additional presenters) and a $500 stipend to use toward hotel and/or travel (for presenters residing more than 40 miles from the conference venue).
Change Management Session (Saturday, April 4th)
This 75 minute session type targets leaders at the classroom, building, and district levels with a focus on tactics and strategies related to change management, policies, leadership roles, professional learning, etc. Sessions should include active opportunities for participants to reflect, explore, discuss, and plan. Participants should leave with resources and implementation details to support replication. The lead presenter in this session type receives free tickets to all conference events and a $200 stipend to use toward hotel and/or travel (for presenters residing more than 40 miles from the conference venue). Co-presenters receive a 50% discount.
Instructional Session (Saturday, April 4th)
This 75 minute session type focuses on tactics and strategies related to supporting and/or delivering high quality blended and personalized instruction. Sessions of this type target teachers and instructional leaders. Proposals should identify the specific learning outcomes participants will master, as well as how session information will be delivered to encourage active participation. Participants should leave with resources and implementation details to support replication. The lead presenter in this session type receives free tickets to all conference events and a $200 stipend to use toward hotel and/or travel (for presenters residing more than 40 miles from the conference venue). Co-presenters receive a 50% discount.
Strategy Mini-Session (Saturday, April 4th)
This 30 minute session type focuses on how to operationalize a specific high-impact instructional or change management strategy. Content includes brief context and centers on delivering how-to instructions, resources, and steps to support immediate replication. Participants should have a little time to explore and plan, and should leave ready to implement the strategy. Lead presenters receives free tickets to all conference events.
Ideal presentations will share these common features:
- Active audience participation through discussion, exploration, design, planning, and / or reflection
- High impact, widely accessible strategies and approaches that can be adapted to local contexts
- Time for participants to interact with ideas - think, talk, collaborate and plan
- Open-source sharing of resources, materials and tools that support implementation
- Differentiated activities for participants with varying levels of expertise, resources and / or different job titles
- A lens on equity, diverse perspectives and/or student identity offered by a diverse representation of presenters
We encourage presenters to frame their topics in terms of a “personalization problem” that they have solved in their classrooms, schools and districts. We are looking for content that is transferable to other settings - not specific schools, programs or infrastructure that would be difficult for most participants to access or replicate. While some framing and context is important, we hope presenters will limit stand-and-deliver slide presentations in favor of more active learning methods.
Lead presenters (practitioners) may apply to present through the Personalization 2020 Conference website through September 20, 2019. The Personalization 2020 conference committee will review applications and be in touch with all applicants by November 1, 2019.