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Beyond the Headlines:

The real stories behind how schools and districts are implementing new classroom models to personalize learning for all

iNACOL session, October 25, 2017, 4:00-5:00pm

The latest findings from the Speak Up Research Initiative document that school and district leaders are more interested in new classroom models than ever before, but still struggle with real-world implementation strategies.  In this session, we will share a new report on how innovative leaders are approaching these challenges, and learn from a panel of frontline practitioners about the lessons learned from their experiences leveraging blended, flipped and virtual models to personalize learning for students across a wide spectrum of needs. 

During this iNCAOL session, participants will:

  • Learn about the latest national research on how schools and districts are implementing new classroom models to personalize learning (blended, flipped, virtual)
  • Gain experiential insights from leaders in the field about how they resolved challenges and uncovered new opportunities and benefits
  • Develop a personalized plan for how to effectively implement new classroom models to address student needs including for special education, ELL and challenged youth


Dr. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, will be joined by a panel of teachers and administrators to discuss technology and personalized learning. Panelists include:

Heather Zoller, eLearning Integrator, Online Chemistry/ Forensic Science Instructor
Chesterfield County Public Schools (VA)
Danielle Hess, Online Teacher – Science and Math
Chesterfield County Public Schools (VA)
Susan Dupre, Ed.D., Technology Facilitator
St. Mary Parish School Board (LA)
Cheryl Rowley, Assistant Director, Cobb Virtual Academy
Cobb County School District (GA)

Using a flipped learning model, participants should:

  1. Pre-review the following:
  2. Take the Digital Learning Trends quiz from Blackboard.
  3. And, think about:
    • What do you think is the most effective way to support teachers to become more comfortable and proficient in using technology in meaningful ways with students in and out of classrooms? What worked with you and/or your colleagues?
    • Why do you think teachers in flipped, blended and virtual classrooms see greater value in digital learning for personalized learning? What about their teaching experience leads them to see students taking greater ownership of their learning?
    • How can the new classroom model teachers help pass along some of their strategies to teachers in traditional classrooms?
    • Why do you think students report being taught in flipped and blended classrooms at a rate higher than teachers say they are teaching in these formats?