Contributed by Dr. Tim Clark, Vice President of K-12 Programs
Top Five Reasons for K-12 Districts to Attend Learning Impact
You've all been hard at work these past few years, just trying to make sure your students don't fall through the cracks. While it's been stressful, exhausting, and a little scary, we're seeing some significant innovations as a result of your efforts—many that can benefit everyone.
This is why I'm looking forward to reconnecting with all of you at the 2022 Learning Impact Conference, June 13-16, in Nashville. I hope we can use this time to reflect, share, and look to the future, with all of us engaging in the conversation.
If you haven't had time to check out our program, or you're on the fence about whether to attend, here are our five favorite reasons why you should join us, courtesy of the IMS→1EdTech K-12 and Statewide Programs team.
#1: Learn valuable lessons from districts creating innovative digital ecosystems that align with their curriculum
If the pandemic taught us anything, it's that there is no escaping the need for technology that educates and engages students in classrooms and at home. One key to success is aligning the mission of the academic and curriculum departments with the technology teams.
While some districts are creating digital curricula, others are still trying to decide where to start, and even more fall somewhere in the middle. Regardless of where you are on your journey to creating a digital ecosystem for your district, there is no reason to start from scratch or repeat the challenges others have already faced.
At Learning Impact, you'll see how district leaders are improving teaching and learning through:
- Customizable and embedded lessons and assessments
- Ensuring digital tools align with academic standards
- Creating systems that allow teachers, students, and families to track a learner's progress together
#2: Get clarity on how educational technology can help address equity gaps in your district
We know that to have a truly successful curriculum, it must fit the needs of all students and address equity gaps in our districts.
Digital apps and resources provide a unique opportunity to create rigorous, engaging, and culturally relevant curricula in all academic spaces and will be a key focus of this year's Learning Impact Conference.
We will hear from none other than Gloria Ladson-Billings, the go-to expert on culturally relevant instruction.
Conference-goers can also attend panel discussions with institutional leaders who are already addressing the equity gap with exemplary digital curriculum models, hear from one state department of education that is addressing inequities with a long-term plan using 1EdTech standards, and find out how districts are using standards to adapt their curriculums to meet constantly changing learning standards for diverse populations of students.
#3: Find innovative edtech to help you achieve your strategic goals (and meet the supplier partners who can help you get there)
When tackling major systemic challenges, you want to be sure your changes and the systems you put in place are actually making a positive impact on your students' education.
One benefit of an interoperable digital ecosystem is that the data is there and accessible for you to use. Hear from your peers on:
- The importance of and how to create robust data cultures to move your strategic plans forward
- How to turn the data you collect into actionable insights
- Ways to use data to drive curriculum innovation, identify areas of improvement for individual schools, and understand the environmental factors impacting student learning
- Measuring financial and academic returns on investments in digital learning products
Plus, learn how districts created their ecosystems through partnerships with suppliers and find the suppliers that will best fit your needs.
#4: Prioritize protecting student information
One of the main concerns in moving teaching and learning online is how to keep personal information safe.
The number of digital tools available for teachers to choose from continues to grow, and sometimes it's difficult to know if a tool is set up to both educate and protect students. Add to that a district's need to collect information in order to ensure its effectiveness, and it can feel overwhelming.
To address those concerns, we're making sure that protecting learner information is a consideration in all of our standards as student information moves from one platform to another. In addition, we have our TrustEd Apps certification that makes it easy for educators to identify tools that adhere to standards specifically designed to protect student data privacy.
Still, as technology advances, so does the need to stay on top of learner privacy. That's why attendees have the opportunity to learn about existing 1EdTech standards and tools and make their own voices heard as we consider new recommendations and standards for the future.
#5: Network with other forward-thinking leaders, and get ahead of the edtech curve
Rob Abel likes to say, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
At Learning Impact, we'll hear expert views on where edtech is going in the next 1-5 years, take a closer look at the trends that are determining how we assess student learning, and how best to leverage open standards to move the needle toward our future goals. You need to be part of this.
I hope to see all of you in June Learning Impact! You can find the full conference schedule and registration information here.