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In collaboration with

the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC)
and the Connecticut Council for Education Reform
with the support of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and
The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

STUDENTS AT THE CENTER
A Two Day Conference on Personalized Learning


DAY 1- Wednesday, October 24, 2012 9:00am – 3:00pm @ the Sheraton in Rocky Hill, CT (Formerly Rocky Hill Marriott), 100 Capitol Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
DAY 2 - Wednesday November 28, 2012 9:00am – 3:00pm @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT


Join CAPSS and your colleagues in a two (2) day conference that will explore, research and practice on personalized learning . What is the role of personalized learning in transforming education in Connecticut? What changes in state and local policy are required to foster personalized learning? What are some examples of public schools revising program, to increase student learning through personalized learning?

DAY 1 –Exploration of research and practice on personalized learning.
Keynote Speaker: Beatrice McGarvey
Beatrice McGarvey, author of Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning. Bea McGarvey has consulted with educators throughout the United States and Canada in the areas of teaching and learning, leadership and organizational development. Her knowledge and experience is a result of the thirty-year career she enjoyed in Maine schools - as a classroom teacher, as a middle school counselor and administrator, and as a district and state leader, including serving as Executive Director of Education for the Portland Public Schools in Portland, Maine and as President of Maine ASCD.  Mass Customized Learning IS ABOUT TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE. No “tinkering” allowed. And to be clear, any change that retains the Industrial Age, assembly line delivery system of learning opportunities IS merely tinkering in her view!  The Industrial Age is about mass producing education.  The Information Age is about mass customizing learning.  She argues that we should not tinker with the current delivery system. We need to leapfrog it! Mass Customized Learning (MCL) is a new and exciting vision for education that uses today’s powerful mass customizing technology to meet the personal learning needs of every learner every hour of every day.


In addition presentations by
Dr. Michael Nakkula, University of Pennsylvania, on Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice;

Dr. Barbara Cervone from What Kids Can Do from Providence, RI will describe what Teachers at Work do in students at the center classrooms.

In addition, there will be an exploration of the potential of technology to assist and support personalized learning.

Click here for resources related to Day 1 topics.

DAY 2 –State and Local Policy that Fosters Personalized Learning: Making it Happen at the School and District Level


Part I-Implications for school district and state policy. How are other school districts and states engaging in these changes? How will public policy need to change?


Part II- School and School District Practice- What are schools and school districts doing to place students at the center and to move to a more personalized learning approach?

Keynotes by
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education on the Competency-Based Learning Initiative and the Next Generation Learning Project in New Hampshire. Mr. Leather oversees statewide initiatives such as High School Redesign, Extended Learning Opportunities, and Drop Out Prevention. He leads New Hampshire’s efforts on the Next Generation Learning Program in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, (CCSSO).

To download his power point, click here.


Mark Kostin is an associate director of the Great Schools Partnership. He currently coaches several high schools in Maine, works on the development and implementation of the iWalkthrough system in schools and districts, and provides professional development to principals and teachers. Mark’s professional interests include collaborative school improvement, the role of schools in a democracy, the educational challenges facing boys, and equitable access to knowledge for all students. Mark is a keen observer of the transformation of Maine schools as well as a participant in the changes at state and local level.
There will be an opportunity to hear from schools in Maine and New Hampshire in the midst of transformations based on the framework of personalized learning.

To download presentation handout, click here. To download his power point, click here.

Click here for resources related to Day 2 topics.


Participants will receive a rich collection of print resources on personalized learning in an electronic format.



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