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The Summit 2014 is an invitation only event featuring top practitioners and thinkers working to transform education in underserved communities through innovation.

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Tuesday April 29, 2014

 

8pm – 10pm  Opening Reception – Lobby

Generously sponsored by Zynga.org + co.lab
 

Wednesday April 30, 2014

 

6am – 7:00am   2nd Annual Summit 5K – Meet in Lobby

 

6am – 7:00am   Morning Yoga – Junior Ballroom Foyer

 

8am – 9:20am   Morning Plenary – Grand Ballroom

Introduction and Welcome

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative – Main Stage

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative will talk with us about race, poverty and justice in America. On the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education, he will help place the debate over CCSS in the context of the long fight for equal access to high quality education for students of color.

9:20am – 10:20am   Hour of Power I   

Hours of Power are one hour sessions during Summit when you can network and engage in activities that are provocative, fun, and interactive. Whether you like to work the room, people-watch or explore, we won’t let you down. Below are details on the who, what, where and when.

TeachLivE – Monterey
TeachLivE is a mixed-reality, avatar-based simulation environment created to impact teacher practice in ways that directly affect student learning.  Step into the simulator during Hours of Power and encounter a virtual classroom environment with five student avatars awaiting your instruction.  Hone a skill or develop a new one in this risk-free, hi-tech, classroom environment.

TEACH Video BoothTop of the escalators
Everywhere across the nation, people have a story to tell about a teacher who uniquely inspired them to become who they are today.  Participant Media is bringing together voices of students, parents, teachers, educators, and community members; testimonials that speak to the profound impact great teachers have. Participant Media invites you to share a story about a teacher who has inspired you and why the next generation should consider teaching as a career choice.These stories will support the TEACH campaign, be shown alongside Davis Guggenheim’s latest film, TEACH, and be promoted through the TEACH website, TEACH alliances, and Participant Media’s own TV network, Pivot.  The stories will serve as a celebration of teachers and an inspiration to young people considering the profession.

Two-Bit Circus – Bayside 1
Two-Bit Circus is a form of circus that sits at the intersection of technology and spectacle. Two-Bit engineers entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. Join Two-Bit in a circus experience designed exclusively for Summit Participants.  http://twobitcircus.com/

Seed Fund Spotlight – By Reception
This interactive exhibit allows Summit participants to explore K-12 digital content, tools, and platforms developed by NewSchools education technology portfolio companies.  Over 20 companies will be represented and areas of innovation include school infrastructure, classroom infrastructure, digital curriculum, and college, career and community. Edtech entrepreneurs will be available to answer questions during the morning and afternoon Hours of Power.

co.lab ArcadeLobby; Outside of Monterey Room
co.lab is an edtech accelerator by NewSchools and Zynga.org supporting startups at the intersection of education and games. These interactive stations will showcase apps from our first and second cohorts. Play demos, meet entrepreneurs and offer feedback! Learn more at www.playcolab.com.

EdSurge Live! – Grand Ballroom Foyer
Tune in to the live stream to watch EdSurge chat with attendees about the events of the day.

Lounge with a (Webcast) View – San Ramon Room
Need to re-charge? Take a load off in the San Ramon room without missing any of the action on the main-stage. Need to literally re-charge? Take advantage of charging stations while enjoying the view.

Continue the Conversation Bryan Stevenson Started – San Ramon Room 
Join others in the San Ramon room to continue the conversation started with the morning plenary.

10:20am – 11:30am But How Do We Know What’s Working?
Grand Ballroom 1

The pace of technology adoption in schools is accelerating like a Formula 1 race car driven by teachers and administrators hungry for products that spur deeper engagement and better results for their students.  But how can customers, product developers, and investors figure out what’s working?  In this session we’ll talk with entrepreneurs, investors and publishers about the latest ideas for defining efficacy and assessing the impact of education technology on student learning.  

10:20am – 11:30am Crossing Over Jordan: Building Relationship Between Communities and Ed Reformers 

Grand Ballroom 2 

In the debate over the CCSS, as in other efforts to even the odds for underserved students, education reformers have not won the hearts and minds of the families and communities they seek to serve. Last year’s report from the United Negro College Fund, “Done To Us Not With Us,” presents compelling data suggesting that education reformers share similar aspirations with parents and leaders in underserved communities, but have not built the trust or relationships needed to support true collaboration.  In this session, we’ll talk with leaders of faith communities and ed reformers about their efforts to create more honest relationships and explore how we can help build stronger coalitions on behalf of students.

10:20am – 11:50am Teaching Literacy in the New World of CCSS 

Junior Ballroom 

Raising academic expectations to meet the higher standards of Common Core and college readiness not only requires changes to curriculum, but also a shift in instructional practice.  Nowhere is this shift more pronounced than in reading.  This session will feature Doug Lemov, Managing Director at Uncommon Schools and the author of Teach Like a Champion, who will discuss the key approaches to elevating the rigor of reading instruction, while showing some of these techniques in action through real-world classroom video.  Doug will be joined by other practitioners who will provide commentary on Doug’s approach, while offering their own perspectives on the challenges of effectively implementing more rigorous instructional strategies at scale. 

10:20am – 11:50am Transforming Trauma: Promoting Resilience 

Baysides 

As we raise the bar for students in our schools, their need for social and emotional well-being and effective stress management skills increases markedly.  Nurturing these skills is both important and challenging for teachers and school leaders working with students who have experienced trauma and toxic stress.  In this session, Dr. Joyce Dorado will help us understand the neurobiology of stress and trauma, and how we can use this understanding to promote resilience and school success for all members of a school community.  She will share strategies and interventions that can be implemented by teachers, administrators, and other school staff to transform stress and trauma into wellness and resilience. 

12pm – 1:10pm Lunch Plenary – Grand Ballroom

John King, New York State Commissioner of Education in Conversation with Joanne Weiss, former Chief of Staff, US Department of Education

Joanne Weiss and John King will reflect on his experience advancing the CCSS in New York State. 

1:50pm – 3:00pm How Disruptive Can We Be: CCSS and the Future of Digital Learning
Baysides

Jacob Schmookler, in Invention and Economic Growth, wrote that “the amount of invention is governed by the extent of the market.” Having common standards in over forty states certainly extends the market for K-12 education tools and systems. But will CCSS really lead to disruptive innovations in teaching and learning? How have developers responded thus far and just how different will schools and classrooms look 3, 5 or 10 years from now?  This interactive session provides an opportunity to wrestle with these questions. Come prepared to participate and share your predictions for digital learning disruptions in the not too distant future. 

1:50pm – 3:00pm Winning the Fight for Higher Standards

Grand Ballroom 1

Almost all of the states have adopted more rigorous academic expectations for students.  But the standards have come under serious political fire from the right and left.  The fight is not substantive it’s political and reformers are often caught in the middle.  Join us for a look at the common elements of this battle and lessons — strategy and tactics — for winning the battle for students.

1:50pm – 3:00pm STEM to STEAM: Creativity as a Lever for Social Justice

Junior Ballroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are essential tools for students in the twenty-first century. This session will explore the relationship between STEM, creativity and social justice. We’ll discuss how opportunities for creative expression, art and design can be leveraged to engage diverse learners in STEM, helping to develop a new generation of “makers” who are empowered to transform their world.

1:50pm – 3:00pm Re-imagining Urban School Districts

Grand Ballroom 2 

 For 20 years, charter schools have played an increasingly important role in changing the conversation about what’s possible in public education.  Charters have created scalable proof points of excellence in high-need communities and opened new pathways for parental choice and empowerment.  Yet for all their success, charter schools are mostly seen as a marginal reform that exists in parallel to the “real” work going on in school districts.  Under the direction of visionary leaders in a growing number of places around the country, charter schools are being brought into the center of reform strategies, not just to provide new options for some students, but to transform an entire public education system, based on a diverse portfolio of autonomous school operators.  In this session we’ll talk with state and local leaders about their bold efforts to redesign public school systems using a “portfolio approach.” 

3:00pm – 4:00am   Hour of Power II 

Hours of Power are one hour sessions during Summit when you can network and engage in activities that are provocative, fun, and interactive. Whether you like to work the room, people-watch or explore, we won’t let you down. Below are details on the who, what, where and when.

TeachLivE – Monterey
TeachLivE is a mixed-reality, avatar-based simulation environment created to impact teacher practice in ways that directly affect student learning.  Step into the simulator during Hours of Power and encounter a virtual classroom environment with five student avatars awaiting your instruction.  Hone a skill or develop a new one in this risk-free, hi-tech, classroom environment.

TEACH Video Booth – Top of the escalators
Everywhere across the nation, people have a story to tell about a teacher who uniquely inspired them to become who they are today.  Participant Media is bringing together voices of students, parents, teachers, educators, and community members; testimonials that speak to the profound impact great teachers have. Participant Media invites you to share a story about a teacher who has inspired you and why the next generation should consider teaching as a career choice.These stories will support the TEACH campaign, be shown alongside Davis Guggenheim’s latest film, TEACH, and be promoted through the TEACH website, TEACH alliances, and Participant Media’s own TV network, Pivot.  The stories will serve as a celebration of teachers and an inspiration to young people considering the profession.

Two-Bit Circus – Bayside 1
Two-Bit Circus is a form of circus that sits at the intersection of technology and spectacle. Two-Bit engineers entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. Join Two-Bit in a circus experience designed exclusively for Summit Participants.  http://twobitcircus.com/

Seed Fund Spotlight – By Reception
This interactive exhibit allows Summit participants to explore K-12 digital content, tools, and platforms developed by NewSchools education technology portfolio companies.  Over 20 companies will be represented and areas of innovation include school infrastructure, classroom infrastructure, digital curriculum, and college, career and community. Edtech entrepreneurs will be available to answer questions during the morning and afternoon Hours of Power.

co.lab Arcade – Lobby; Outside of Monterey Room
co.lab is an edtech accelerator by NewSchools and Zynga.org supporting startups at the intersection of education and games. These interactive stations will showcase apps from our first and second cohorts. Play demos, meet entrepreneurs and offer feedback! Learn more at www.playcolab.com.

EdSurge Live! – Grand Ballroom Foyer
Tune in to the live stream to watch EdSurge chat with attendees about the events of the day.

Lounge with a (Webcast) View – San Ramon Room
Need to re-charge? Take a load off in the San Ramon room without missing any of the action on the mainstage. Need to literally re-charge? Take advantage of charging stations while enjoying the view.

4:00pm – 5:30pm   Closing Plenary – Grand Ballroom

Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton and Guest: Diversifying Education Reform Leadership 

Jim Shelton will lead a discussion on the importance of increasing diversity in the leadership ranks of education reform.  Acknowledging both opportunities and challenges, as well the progress, and lack of progress, made to date, Jim and panelists will sketch out plans for rapidly altering the status quo and invite the audience to take up the challenge. 

5:30pm – 7pm   Closing Reception – Lobby

 

Summit is being held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.