Personalized Learning Spaces
with the Brain in Mind
November 14-15, 2015
Emily Goranson's and Michael Krill's Session Offerings
Open Concept Learning
This session will provide steps for building a foundation to enhanced Personalized Learning within your current school setting. Presenters will model key features tied to directly to the UDL framework for goal setting, structure, rigorous content, transitions and reflection. Each key feature shared can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs within your own educational setting. Participants will be given examples on how to develop strategies for interdependence, peer feedback, self-directed learning and evidence based results.
Creating a Digitally Enhanced Environment
This session will showcase the structures and design of a Video Enhanced Learning Environment. What does this look like in a successful functioning classroom? We will provide tools to foster integrated lesson planning and feature goal setting strategies (Nameable, Showable, and Tangible). Instructors will model digital methods to consistently develop activities within your own personalized learning environment and push thinking in the UDL framework to the next level. We will create a plan regarding first steps and set goals for each participant's next steps.
Brad Gustafson's Session Offerings
A Connected Pedagogy: Personalized Learning through Pedagogy
Trailblazing school leadership is needed to help propel our schools into a more personalized and connected paradigm. Student learning is inherently connected and our schools should be too. This interactive session will provide four transformational tenets to connected learning while empowering school leaders to make it personal!
Bringing personalized and self-directed learning to every space in your school is possible! Mobile MakerSpaces support an ethos of innovation. This interactive session will empower you with practical examples, pragmatic advice, and time to collaborate & launch!
Naomi Harm's Session Offerings
Budget Constrained - Transforming One Classroom At A Time
This session will focus on how to transform a range of classroom spaces - from a single corner of your classroom to an entire classroom transformation - to make the most optimal changes for student learning. Learn the importance of decluttering the physical and visual working spaces in your classroom while discovering how to repurpose existing furniture to transform the space into a centralized information and research literacy hub. Learn how to find and creatively apply for existing dollars through school foundation grants, PTO and PTA groups, and online mini-grants that can fill your newly redesigned classroom with learning tools that activate and inspire student learning!
Changing the Mobile Teaching and Learning Landscape with Student Choice
Many schools are increasing the availability and use of mobile devices within their classrooms by implementing 1:1 or BYOD programs. Yet, many educators are not changing their instructional approaches to design, create, and deliver compelling lessons and activities that maximize student engagement and learning while leveraging the mobile learning landscape. This session will expose you to a variety of best practices by modeling the importance of teacher-facilitated total participation techniques, personalized learning opportunities to maximize student choice and voice, information- researched based activities to support student-led inquiry, and seamless and ongoing assessment to allow students to truly show what they know by using their mobile devices. Naomi will also provide her best-of-the-best game plays of how to design effective student grouping strategies and accountability techniques for each and that enable every student to own and celebrate their own learning.
The Gift that Keeps On Giving - Our Big Beautiful Brains
Did you know that current research indicates that students' and adults' brains are changing? Have you heard that the brain works best when the temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees? And did you know the color palettes of yellow and pink can improve memory, while green and blue can help students relax and support increased concentration? This brain-based teaching and learning session will provide a global roadmap of how you can infuse brain-based teaching practices throughout your school's environment to optimize physical learning spaces and experiences, so each and every child can discover their student-driven passion and personalized learning potential.
Karen Keffeler's Session Offerings
Beyond The Bean Bag: Creating Personalized Learning Environments in New or Existing Classrooms
While few in education have the opportunity to design a new building from scratch or teach in a new school, there are ways to foster a more personalized learning environment in the traditional classroom. This session will focus on the latest in school and classroom design, the presenter's experience in designing a new school, and opportunities for participants to create and discuss learning spaces.
Erin Klein's Session Offerings
Designing Beyond the Curriculum
Interested in redesigning your classroom space? Join Klein as she shares how removing the desks from her classroom helped to enhance student collaboration. She also shares how certain tools can be an essential element for communication with parents and connecting with other teachers. Redesign the way you teach, communicate, and connect!
Personalized Learning for Brain-Friendly, Blended Spaces
Are you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best classroom ever? Erin Klein will share creative ways you can organize your classroom and create unique spaces, all in the service of helping children learn. Erin also shares ways she embeds technology within the curriculum to enhance current instructional practices and increase active engagement, while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Erin explains the fundamental elements of creating space that is developmentally appropriate for today’s learners.
Erin also discusses how to begin the process of rethinking your re-design, shares easy and manageable tips to get started, and shows several examples of thoughtfully-designed learning environments. Attendees learn how to get started with setting your room up for success, simple tricks to make a big impact, and affordable ways to set up a brain-friendly space.
Sharing Student Voice
Klein has spent the past year capturing inspirational moments of children shining through helping others learn. Klein shares examples of children who are helping one another in creative ways. See how highlighting student voice can support classroom practices and create a more student-centered learning environment.
Additional Session Offerings by Eastern Carver County Schools Team
A Couch is Not a Couch: PL Spaces with Intent
There’s a new couch in the hall, the classroom next door bought a high table and chairs and the room down the hall brought in a dentist’s chair. Sounds comfortable, but how does it really improve or transform learning? Explore how changing learning spaces with intent can transform teaching and learning. Middle School Information Innovation Learning Specialist Linda Dierks and Elementary Classroom Teacher Jenny Killian will share their learning space journeys, the philosophies behind the change and budgets (or lack thereof) it took to create them. Bring a rough idea of your learning space dimensions for guided work time.
Personalized Learning Manual…As Close As You Can Get!
Are you looking for a Personalized Learning Manual? Sorry—it just doesn’t exist! There is no manual that explains how to personalize for all learners, because Personalized Learning is, well, personal. However, there are lots of ideas that help make personalization easier. Join this session and discover how to incorporate these ideas into your personalized environment.
Coaching Learners to Independence
Have you ever wondered what do you do with those independent learners...or how to push unmotivated students to becoming a little more independent? If you have ever felt like pulling out your hair or calling out, "Calgon, take me away!"...then this is the session for you. We can assist you in helping your learners be more successful and independent…all while keeping your hair! Walk away with ideas that help support all levels of learners along their personalized journey.
Flexible, On-Demand Learning in a Dynamic Environment: Chanhassen High School's Constellation of Spaces
Twenty-first century learners need 21st century options. At Chanhassen High School, 30% of our student body is taking online or hybrid courses during their day. Why? They desire flexibility in their day and they want to experience it before they go on to a 2 or 4-year school. Join us to hear how we creatively redesigned traditional spaces in our school to accommodate students in a 21st Century, on-demand way using electronic passes, Google Forms and Flexible Learning Hours. The best part? We didn’t need a bake sale to do it.
Industry Partner Session Offerings
Think Better (Steelcase)
This discussion covers the research and insights behind the neuroscience of attention related to education. It covers the seven insights for attention in education and includes thought starters for designing spaces that block distraction and help students gain and keep attention.
Getting Blended (Steelcase)
Blended learning is a topic educational entities are addressing in a variety of ways. Steelcase Education research has identified multiple trends and issues for consideration relative to the student and faculty member’s wellbeing and learning success. Research insights and design principles are shared in the explorative ‘thought starter’ designs. Each addresses a design intent, as well as pedagogical and technology issues.
Tomorrow’s Classroom (Artcobell)
This session will explore the needs of future education spaces, highlighting aspects like flexibility, mobility, and creativity of classroom furniture. We will discuss the classroom of tomorrow, one where the learning environment has different functions, is living and changing as students progress through their educational journey.
Learning by Design (Artcobell)
An interactive session to experiment with classroom arrangement and learner-centered designs. Discover the possibilities of shape tables to rethink how furniture can enhance the culture of learning in your classroom. Prepare to be inspired!
Reinventing the Classroom Environment - Improving Student Learning and Health (Staples)
This session is designed to review the shifting trends in society and education and the importance of selecting furniture that encourages movement. Not only is the learning environment enhanced, but numerous research sources will be shared that study the linkages between sedentary behavior, sit-stand interventions and student health and performance.