Offered in Vermont 2019
As our world continues to shift in many ways, so to do the knowledge and skills needed to navigate our evolving knowledge economy and interconnected global community. Deeper learning represents a set of key competencies that today’s students must develop to thrive in our modern world. Built upon a strong foundation of academic knowledge, deeper learning classrooms and schools foster learning environments that promote the application of student knowledge in authentic and challenging ways. These environments call upon students to develop questions, iterate on ideas, and apply what they have learned in real-world contexts. Key student competencies that transcend several deeper learning frameworks include critical thinking, collaboration, communication, developing academic mindsets and, what many consider most essential, learning how to learn. In this day #1 session, participants will dive into the core competencies of Deeper Learning and engage in case studies of schools and districts across the nation that have effectively fostered deeper learning environments.
On the second day, participants will actively collaborate in hands-on design challenges aimed at developing experiences and instructional environments that promote deeper learning. We will draw upon research and proven instructional approaches that foster deeper learning, such a Project Based Learning, Personalized Learning and Design Thinking. Participants will leave Day #2 equipped not only with knowledge and key resources related to Deeper Learning but also actionable plans to implement these strategies in their own educational context.
Tom Driscoll is a nationally recognized district leader, writer, speaker, and consultant focused on innovative teaching and transformative leadership. He began his career teaching high school social studies at public schools in Connecticut while exploring emerging instructional design models through graduate research at Columbia University. As his Flipped Classroom approach evolved, Tom began writing and speaking nationally about his practical experiences teaching in blended learning environements. Since 2015, Tom has served in the role of Digital Learning Director for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. There, Tom helps lead several key initiatives, including their Digital Learning Teams, Future Ready Learning Plan, and Personalized Learning Fellowships. Tom has authored chapters for several instructional technology books, including the ISTE publication “Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement” and has contributed to articles on media outlets such as EdSurge, EdTech Digest, CUE Blog, EdTech Focus on K12, and the New York Times. You can follow his most recent research and writing on his blog (TomDriscoll3.com.)
As an EdTechTeacher instructor, Tom has extensive experience working with educators across all grade levels and content areas. Topics of particular interest and expertise include: personalized learning, blended learning, gamification & game-based learning, and transformative leadership. As an authorized Google for Education Trainer, Tom has experience helping educators leverage Google Apps to amplify effective teaching strategies. Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Computing in Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University. Tom also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Vassar College, where he was a Captain of their NCAA basketball team.
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