During day #1 of the workshop, participants will explore the rapidly emerging and evolving concept of personalized learning. Through an examination of current research and practical examples in action across the nation, participants will identify key elements of personalization and how these approaches can advance learning for all students. Key ideas explored will include: dynamic learner profiles, flexible pathways and progressions, learner agency, and the essential role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in student-centered environments.
Day #2, participants will engage in hands-on simulations and design challenges that will help them effectively implement personalized learning in their classrooms and schools. During these activities, we will examine how personalized learning shifts educator practices and explore strategies that help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in these modern learning environments. We will also discuss ways to scale effective classroom implementation across schools with strategic actions that leaders can take, such as applying personalized learning principles to professional learning opportunities for educators. Participants will leave Day #2 with a firm grasp of personalized learning along with practical takeaways that they can readily implement in their educational settings.
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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