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'Recalculating Route': Navigating Pathways to Student-Centered Learning

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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 12:00–1:30 pm
Location: Franklin 5-6-7, Marriott

Shawn Rubin   Cathy Sanford  
Interested in how to scale best practices in your school/district beyond a handful of early adopter teachers? To build momentum, stakeholders (including students) must collaboratively define goals and create actionable next steps. This session will lay out a linear path for guiding school redesign toward student-centered learning.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to guide participants in redesigning schools and classrooms and building district capacity. The movement toward student-centered learning is gaining momentum nationally, but schools or districts have struggled with scaling these practices beyond early pilots or a handful of willing teachers. By walking participants through a step-by-step linear process for piloting, identifying, and scaling best practices in their school/district, we are equipping them with long-term change management strategies. This process, which is both evidence-based and rooted in research-backed pedagogy, leads to the exploration of better strategies and behavior changes in classrooms, both for the student and the teachers. Another purpose of this session is to push participants in rethinking who has a voice at the table in redesigning schools and classrooms. We will spend a majority of time in the session discussing the “design team”, in which a lead change agent spearheads the initiative and brings together voices of not only administrators and teachers, but also students, parents, and the community to create a vision together. All of these stakeholders must be brought together as change agents to collaboratively define goals and create actionable next steps.

The following are the outcomes we anticipate for participants after working collaboratively during a 3-hour workshop:

Participant Outcome #1:
Learn best practices for determining readiness for school or district student-centered learning initiatives.

Participant Outcome #2:
Leave with tactical strategies for forming design teams, creating a pilot vision, selecting early adopter teachers, launching pilot classrooms and evaluating impact.

Participant Outcome #3:
Design localized continuous improvement processes for evaluating pilot implementations and then plan for the scaling and replication of compelling pilot practices.


(This session would ideally be run in a 3-hour workshop format, and we would encourage participants to attend with other stakeholders from their school/district to be part of the same design team).

During the workshop, participants will work with other members of their design team on a series of performance tasks aligned to the “Pathway to Personalization Framework”. Design teams will move from the “Plan Phase” through the design portions of the “Pilot Phase” and create their own plan for continuous improvement and measurement that will help them evaluate their pilots to determine scaling options.

Here is a detailed breakdown of time:
30 minutes - Presenters will provide an introduction to the process (why, how, potential impact) as well as a detailed overview of each phase of the framework
45 minutes - Participants will work through performance tasks to deepen their understanding of the framework and how their localized context will inform their implementation. The performance tasks will be a combination of device-based and paper-based activities that participants will work through together, with an element of gamification added in.
60 minutes - Participants will collaborate with other members of their design team (peer-to-peer interaction) to begin laying the groundwork and outlining their plan while the presenters offer small group feedback and conversation
25 minutes - Each group will share out their progress and action steps, and seek feedback from the larger group
20 minutes - Presenters will close the session by discussing the subsequent phases in the framework and next steps for each design team

Supporting research


Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change

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Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute
Cathy Sanford, Highlander Institute

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