Bringing together district leaders and influencers from across the country, this program will guide participants through a set of design exercises facilitated by education leaders. This work will be infused and inspired by “horizon chats” drawing on the experiences and expertise of industry experts and practitioners. You can read more about these design blocks and horizon chats here.
You’ll be guided through six different phases inspired by IDEO’s design-thinking framework, built into two days of conversations and hands-on work to enhance your problem-solving skills. Critical tools for your districts will be interwoven into these conversations, including the ISTE Essential Conditions and the ISTE Standards for Education Leaders. Get ready to dig into learning with this incredible program.
Design Phase 1: Discovery
Design Phase 2: Interpretation
Design Phase 3: Ideation
Design Phase 4: Experimentation
Design Phase 5: Evolution
Design Phase 6: Presentation
Friday, January 18
12-2 p.m.: Registration and Tinkerspace
- Registration is open! Pick up your badge and your Digital Leadership Summit (DLS) journal at the event entrance. The journal will be used during your design blocks and throughout the event to track your process.
- Visit the SparkFun Tinkerspace to explore code, circuits and construction using paper circuits and MicroBits. Learn how to build a functional and interactive digital object while networking with fellow attendees!
2-3:45 p.m.: Opening keynote session
- Welcome and remarks from Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO.
- Interactive keynote with Jeff Branson and Derek Runberg of SparkFun Electronics.
4 p.m.: First bus leaves for off-site visit
5 p.m.: Off-site visit at Adobe Corporate Headquarters to meet with the Adobe Education Team. Hear from Tacy Trowbridge about creative-problem solving and enjoy a light reception sponsored by Adobe.
Saturday, January 19
8-9 a.m.: Breakfast
9-10 a.m.: Lightning talk, event road map and panel
- Lightning talk from Jon Corippo on how tech can help us end the tyranny of grading.
- An overview of how to make the most of this event from Zac Chase.
- Hear from a panel of leaders on how they’ve faced challenges in their own systems and leveraged technological solutions to better support teaching and learning.
- Design Phase 1: Discovery
- Discover your system’s most pressing needs for leveraging technology to support learning. Collaborate with colleagues from across the country and delve into ISTE’s bank of resources to support you on your journey.
11:15-11:30 a.m.: Networking break
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.:
- Guides: Molly McMahon and Martin Cisneros
- Discussion point: How can the design process serve schools?
12-1 p.m.: Lunch & Learn: Keynote from Manoush Zomorodi
- Grab your catered lunch and enjoy a keynote from the author of Bored and Brilliant, co-founder of Stable Genius Productions and the creator of the podcast “Note to Self,” Manoush Zomorodi!
- Design Phase 2: Interpretation
- After you’ve identified your greatest needs, we’ll focus on your most pressing design challenge and you’ll work with other district leaders to identify key levers of change to move student learning to the next level.
2:15-2:30 p.m.: Networking break
- Guides: Alex Gaynor and Adina Sullivan-Marlow
- Discussion point: How do organizations learn from mistakes?
- Design Phase 3: Ideation
- It’s time to take action. You’ll work with a partner to refine your course of action regarding what you’d like to do/build in your district and then create a generative process examining how you’ll get there.
4:15-4:30 p.m.: Closing/Next steps
5:30-8 p.m.: Dinner and evening reception
Sunday, January 20
8-9 a.m.: Breakfast and Lightning Talk
- Grab your hot breakfast and sit back for a lightning talk from Susan Bearden on how assistive technology can open doors.
- A brief presentation from OverDrive Education.
- A talk with Joseph South and Zac Chase on important ISTE learning resources.
- Guides: Kristen Swanson and Shana White
- Discussion point: What’s the advantage of a minimum viable project?
9:30-9:45 a.m.: Networking break
- Design Phase 4: Experimentation
- Roll up your sleeves as you take your problem and solutions from Saturday and get to the work of building your plan and marshalling all the resources at your disposal, including ISTE’s network of supports and the leaders working alongside you.
11-11:15 a.m.: Networking break
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Lunch
- Design Phase 5: Evolution
- We’ll take some time for you to get focused, specific feedback from your collaborative team on how best to refine your idea so you’re positioned for success.
- Guides: Oliver Hurst-Hiller, Kirk Smiley and Zac Chase
- Discussion point: How do you make implementation a learning process?
- Design Phase 6: Presentation
- It’s time for the spotlight. In a culmination of your hard work, you’ll have a final opportunity to share what’s next for your district and hear critical feedback from colleagues working to make similar changes in their systems.
3:45-4 p.m.: Closing remarks
Is this for me?
The ISTE Digital Leadership Summit is for individuals leading at the highest levels of education systems. If you’re a superintendent, assistant superintendent, CTO, CAO, service agency leader, ISTE affiliate leader or in any other position responsible for leading education transformation in the digital age—this is your event.
What will I walk away with?
- Actionable next steps for how you’ll take your system to the next level, the resources to make it happen and the network to support you.
- An understanding of how peers across the nation have created active and equitable learning experiences powered by technology.
- Skills to build, execute and measure a districtwide learning technology plans.