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Join Julie Evans at FETC, January 23rd-26th

Do We Even Have the Right Data?
Room: South 331CD Session Number: BP04
Tuesday, January 23, 2018: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

In a global education system, your “neighboring” school and educator peers are as likely to be across the continent as across the street. Yet, the ability to share data and data approaches remains imperative. How can you convene international peer groups to analyze and evaluate the data collected and determine if it is, in fact the right data. Will this require that changing the data collected entirely? In this session, you'll be guided through thoughtful new approaches to data to help you formalize a data systems approach that enables you to share student and practitioner data safely and securely.

Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation in Today's Schools
Room: South 331CD Session Number: W158
Wednesday, January 24, 2018: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

School systems now operate within a constant flow of rapid changes, and school transformation that meets the needs of today's learners demands visionary leadership rooted in innovative thinking. Creating and leading a culture of innovation is critical to the success of everyone involved in any school organization. In this highly collaborative workshop, you will examine the meanings of culture and innovation and share your own unique perspective. You will discuss current research on what defines organizational culture and how to develop a culture of innovation. After completing an individual communications style assessment, you will role-play the solving of an organizational problem through the lens of innovation within a variety of communication strategies. The workshop concludes with a review of essential leadership skills required in an age of innovation. You’ll receive a complimentary copy of Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby by Ann McMullan & Michael Barrett.

Presentation: Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation in Today's Schools

Workshop resources:
Twitter handle: #FETCinnovation
Answer garden: https://answergarden.ch/623383
Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby, by Ann McMullan: www.lifelessonsinleadership.com

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Today's Students and Digital Learning
Room: South 331CD Session Number: C29
Thursday, January 25, 2018: 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

The Speak Up Research Project on Digital Learning has collected the authentic, unfiltered views and ideas of almost 5 million K-12 students, parents and educators on digital learning. A key takeaway from the student data is that today's students have a clear vision about their preferences for learning. For several years, we have documented this new student vision for learning as means to enlighten school and district leaders. Learn how today's students really want to use mobile devices, social media and digital content to enhance learning based on 2017 Speak Up Project findings from over 450,000 K-12 students representing schools worldwide. You'll get the key insights you need to inform classroom practices and district budgets.

Infographic: Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2017

Presentation: 10 Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning – FETC 2018

How to Communicate Best With Parents in the Digital Age: Text, Twitter, Email, Call
Room: North 222 Session Number: C416
Thursday, January 25, 2018: 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Online and mobile tools have changed the way we shop, bank, read and keep in touch with family and friends. The widespread use of social media tools, online resources and mobile devices across our society has also had a significant impact on the expectations of parents for school-to-home communications. Per the latest Speak Up data, parents today want more information from their child's teacher and school, but they also want that information to be timely, targeted, and personalized to their child or their interest areas. In this session, we will share the views of 30,000 parents of K-12 students about their expectations for various communications modalities, and the differences in those expectations by community type, grade level of child, family income and tech access at home. Participants will gain access to a new report on these findings that includes examples of best practices.

Infographic: School-to-Home Communications: Most effective tools for parent communications & engagement

Presentation: How to Communicate Best with Parents in the Digital Age: Text, Twitter, Email, Call – FETC 2018

Parents' Conflicting Views on Personalized Learning vs. Screen Time
Room: North 330A Session Number: C525
Thursday, January 25, 2018: 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Education leaders are increasingly perplexed by the conflicting views they hear from parents about digital learning, and this confusion is affecting the implementation of personalized and competency based learning initiatives in many districts. While 61% of parents worry about their children having too much screen time, they also support innovative digital learning models and approaches. For example, 50% of parents endorse blended learning for their child and 71% say every child should use a mobile device in class. In this session, we will unpack current Speak Up research on parents' views and provide leaders with new insights and tools to make sense of these conflicting views with a particular focus on demographic and community differences. Participants will gain access to preview data in advance of the session and resources to extend learning beyond the conference including how to effectively message personalized learning to parents.

Presentation: Parents’ Conflicting Views on Personalized Learning vs. Screen Time – FETC 2018

Core Four of Personalized Learning: Overview for Parents
5 Reasons to Personalize Learning
New Personalized Learning Report for Parents and Communities

The Impact of the Homework Gap on STEAM Education
Room: North 220F Session Number: C714
Friday, January 26, 2018: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

As digital content, tools and resources are increasingly used within K-12 instruction, there is an amplified demand for safe and consistent Internet and technology connectivity for all students outside of school. Failure to address this new type of digital divide is a social justice and educational equity issue. This is especially critical when we think about the value of STEAM resources to drive students' development of key workplace and college skills. In this session, we will share the latest Speak Up data on the extent of the "homework gap" where students do not have regular access to safe and consistent Internet when they are beyond school boundaries. Using the research data as the foundation, we will then engage the session participants in a discussion about what they doing to address this issue in their school, and what policy/program/funding supports they believe are needed to eliminate the homework gap.

Infographic: How America's Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap

Presentation: The Impact of the Homework Gap on STEAM Education – FETC 2018

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