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Level Up! 10 Essential Science of Learning Principles for Instructional Leaders

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Friday, December 4, 11:45 am–12:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Angela Elkordy  
Dr. Ayn Keneman  

Instructional leaders and coaches will discover how to locate, select, evaluate and implement the most instructional strategies based on findings from the learning sciences! Join us as we share 10 impactful principles that promote meaningful, lasting learning. Session is based upon Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice (ISTE).

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We'd like to use a web-based backchannel -- extensively -- for interaction.
Topic: Science of learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: 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:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
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, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Experts agree that research and practices merging from the rapidly developing area of the science of learning are new, essential knowledge. This is particularly the case for instructional leaders who are charged with ensuring their teachers are designing effective learning environments for complex and diverse groups of learners. In the field of education, a distinct shift is occurring to focus on the learner and evidence-based practice. Join us to learn more!
This presentation is designed to share powerful ideas originating in the learning sciences which can be leveraged into highly effective teaching practices. It is organized into four main topics:
1) Overview of the Learning Sciences (remembering what you didn't know you already knew!)
2) Evidence of learning -- how do you know what learners are actually learning?
3) Leveraging the Learning Sciences to Develop Independent Learners (learn about the roles of concepts such as self-regulation, kinds of motivation, measuring growth in multiple ways, student mindsets)
4) Designing opportunities to develop teacher metacognition (applying these tools to build highly effective practices) and professional development in the science of learning

This workshop is based upon the new ISTE book, Design Ed: Connecting Learning Science 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 educators' knowledge of the Learning Sciences, it's essential that we first identify their existing knowledge and build upon it. Practicing teachers know quite a bit already about the Learning Sciences -- but may not consider that their knowledge fits within this framework.
1. Introductions and overview,
2. Poll (interactive): What do we know about the Learning Sciences?
3. Overview of the Learning Sciences (remembering what you didn't know you already knew!) (10-15 min., Steps 1-3))
4. Level up! 10 key principles from the science of learning for every teacher (15 mins) (backchannel activities)
5. Leveraging the Learning Sciences to develop independent Learners -- worked examples in instructional problem-solving. (20 mins) (backchannel activities)
6. Wrap up (10 mins)
We will use digital tools, particularly collaborative and planning tools in the session. Warmth and energy are important in workshops :)

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Dr. Ayn Keneman, National Louis University

Dr. Ayn Keneman is a Professor and Program Chair of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University in Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in public and private schools in Trenton, N,J.. Atlanta Ga. and Winnetka,IL. as an ECE teacher and Reading/Learning Disability specialist. She presents annually at ISTE and ICS conferences and is a former SIG President of the International Literacy Association ( ILA). She attended the National Technology Leadership Summit for the past five years. Her latest book, Design Ed: Connecting Learning Science to Research was published by ISTE in 2019.

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