• Opening Keynote Panel Speakers
    Karin Hess, Rose Colby, and Daniel Joseph

    Shifts Happen: New CBE Opportunities with Remote Learning

    Designed for educators to explore the opportunities remote learning provides to shift from traditional teaching and learning to more systemic personalized and competency-based approaches, join our keynote panel of competency-based education (CBE) national experts Karin Hess, Rose Colby, and Daniel Joseph. Investigate three major CBE shifts designed to promote deeper learning for all students: 1) organizational shifts (leadership, policy); 2) teaching-learning structures (assessment and grading practices); and 3) student-centered classrooms (supports, feedback, student choice and voice). Our keynote presenters provide a framework with entry points and next steps for pivoting to personalized instructional systems that meet students “where they are” and support them in moving forward as they are ready. Examine potential challenges implementing remote learning and consider how shifting to personalized, competency-based approaches provides a useful framework for this school year and beyond.

  • Closing Keynote Speaker
    Raymond J. McNulty

    National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) & Successful Practices Network (SPN) President

    Ray is also a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education. Prior to that, he was Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in its World's 50 Most Innovative Companies. Ray has served as Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network and was the Chief Learning Officer for Penn Foster, a global leader in online education. He was also a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working with leading educators on improving our nation's high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and author of It’s Not Us Against Them — Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center. An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont's education commissioner. Ray is a presenter at the state, national, and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.
    Kate Darling, PhD.

    Leading Expert in Social Robotics & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

    Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert in Robot Ethics and a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property. She has researched economic incentives in copyright and patent systems and has taken a role as intellectual property expert at multiple academic and private institutions. Her passion for technology and robots has led her to interdisciplinary fields. After co-teaching a robot ethics course at Harvard Law School with Professor Lawrence Lessig, she began to work at the intersection of law and robotics, with a focus on legal and social issues. Kate’s work has been featured in Vogue, The New Yorker, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, PBS, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CBC, WIRED, Boston Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Die Zeit, The Japan Times, and more. Kate graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and an honorary doctorate of sciences from Middlebury College. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti
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Christa McAuliffe was our New Hampshire "teacher in space" astronaut who died in the Challenger shuttle launch on January 28th, 1986.

In Christa's memory and in keeping with her spirit this conference is designed to highlight the sharing of successful technology practices among educators. The conference serves as a forum for exchanging technology-based success stories, integration tips, instructional strategies, technical solutions, and management techniques, that really work in the learning environment.

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