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Design Ed: Connecting Learning Science Research to Practice (Instructional Leaders Edition)

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: 109AB

Dr. Angela Elkordy   Dr. Ayn Keneman  
Based upon the new ISTE publication, Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice, this session spotlights powerful ideas originating in the learning sciences for impactful learning design. By understanding the "why" behind highly effective teaching practices, instructional leaders can meaningfully coach and engage with colleagues' around evidence-based instructional strategies.

Audience: Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google account
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Set goals to remain current on emerging technologies for learning, innovations in pedagogy and advancements in the learning sciences.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The newly revised ISTE standards for educational leaders, school administrators, and coaches promote meaningful support for Educators who should be "current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences" is a priority for today's educational professionals (Educator: 1c). Although there isn't consensus about the exact meaning of the "Learning Sciences," experts agree that the research and practices of this developing area are essential for designing effective learning experiences and environments.
It is essential that our educational visionaries, leaders, and coaches also understand actionable findings from the learning sciences and the broader range of educational research.
This session is designed to share powerful ideas originating in the learning sciences which can be leveraged into highly effective teaching practices. Our book describes aspects of the learning sciences and then the implementation of the LITE (Learners Instruction, Technologies and Environment) framework to design instruction for the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication collaboration, and creativity). In this session, our lens is collaboration - meaning that our examples will be focused upon this "C." (Our proposed educators' session will focus on creativity.) This session is organized into four main parts:
1) Overview of the Learning Sciences for educational leaders
2) Design thinking and the LITE framework for evidence-based, impactful learning
3) Creating and sustaining a vibrant learning culture which investigates - and improves - instructional practices.
4) Suggestions for measuring impact

This session is based upon a new ISTE publication, "Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice."


Our session will model, explain and teach findings from the learning sciences, providing an introduction to our new, ISTE publication. Our goal is a fun, interactive and engaging session which will empower its participants with useful knowledge, skills, and strategies relevant to their own teaching and learning contexts.

To develop educational leaders' knowledge of the Learning Sciences and how to effectively support professional development, it's essential that we first identify their existing knowledge and build upon it.
1. Introductions and overview (5 mins)
2. What do we know about the Learning Sciences? poll & small group activity (5 mins)
3. Overview of the Learning Sciences for Educational Leaders (15 min.)
4. Design thinking and the LITE framework for the design of impactful learning worked examples in Creativity (10 mins)
5. Creating and sustaining a learning culture (15 mins)
6. Suggestions for measuring impact & Wrap up (10 mins)
We will use digital tools, particularly collaborative and planning tools in the session. Warmth and energy are important in workshops :) we plan to leverage both -

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Dr. Angela Elkordy, National Louis University
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Dr. Ayn Keneman, National Louis University

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