INNOVATION IN EDU – CHICAGO

BENNETT DAY SCHOOL

Co-Sponsored by Northwestern University

October 16 – 17, 2019

Speakers

From keynote speakers to EdTechTeacher instructors and invited experts, check out our lineup.

Schedule

Get all the conference details by reviewing the available sessions, workshops, and panels.

Strands

Choose one of four available strands to deep dive into a specific learning topic.


ABOUT

The Innovation in EDU event will be hosted at Bennett Day School in Chicago, IL and co-sponsored by Northwestern University who will provide 15 Professional Development hours . The event is designed as a collaborative endeavor for teachers, technology integration specialists, and administrators. 

 

How it Works: 

Choose to follow one of our four conference strands below; then take a deep dive into this topic over the course of our 2-day event. Gather each morning for a keynote session followed by a morning and afternoon breakout session with your strand. Participants choose one strand for the entire event. Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided each day. 

Personalized Learning

Tom Driscoll will take you through the rapidly emerging concept of personalized learning along with justifications for its role in transformative education.

Project Based Learning

A team from the Bennett School will to share examples and strategies for incorporating project-based learning into curriculum.

Design Thinking

Greg Kulowiec leads this strand with a deep dive hands-on approach to understanding and teaching design thinking in our classrooms. 

Differentiated Instruction 

Rosey McQuillan will explore how technology can be leveraged to facilitate differentiation and foster self-advocacy in students. 

Earn PD Hours at our conferences.

Northwestern University is pleased to offer 15 Professional Development hours for all conference attendees.

PRESENTERS & SPEAKERS

GREG KULOWIEC

 

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

 

GREG KULOWIEC

Design Thinking

Greg is an EdTechTeacher instructor and former history teacher. Greg has lead Design Thinking workshops and PD with EdTechTeacher across the country.

ANISSA LABRADOR

 

As a dedicated classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator, Anissa has worked with students and teachers for over 20 years.  Currently, she is a teacher trainer for GPAed and an instructor with EdTechTeacher.  She has a BS in Education from Florida Atlantic University and an MS in BrainSMART,  a program which applies the latest discoveries in neurosciences to education.  She has presented at conferences such as FCIS, FKC, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

 

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom. An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego, and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes.  

 

ROSEY McQUILLAN

 

Rosey is an assistive and educational technology consultant and Apple Teacher with over 25 years teaching experience at all grade levels. Currently, she is a Program Supervisor at Lesley University and an instructor with EdTechTeacher. Rosey works with teachers to design accessible curriculum for all learners.

 

ROSEY McQUILLAN

Differentiated Instruction

Rosey is an EdTechTeacher Instructor and Director of Learning in MA.  Rosey specializes in assistive technology and is a Program Supervisor at Lesley University.

GREG KULOWIEC

 

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

 

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom. An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego, and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes.  

 

MARTIN MORAN

Project Based Learning

Martin is the Lead Designer and Director of Upper School at Bennett Day School. Martin & a team from the Bennett Day School lead the PBL strand.

ANISSA LABRADOR

 

As a dedicated classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator, Anissa has worked with students and teachers for over 20 years.  Currently, she is a teacher trainer for GPAed and an instructor with EdTechTeacher.  She has a BS in Education from Florida Atlantic University and an MS in BrainSMART,  a program which applies the latest discoveries in neurosciences to education.  She has presented at conferences such as FCIS, FKC, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit.

 

TOM DRISCOLL

 

As a Director of Educational Technology (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.

 

TOM DRISCOLL

Personalized Learning

Tom is an EdTechTeacher instructor and Director of Learning and Technology in Bristol, Rhode Island.

GREG KULOWIEC

 

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

 

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom. An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego, and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes.  

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

Day 1: Keynote Speaker

Shawn is an EdTechTeacher instructor, former history teacher, and administrator. Shawn is the co-creator of the Modern Civics Project.

JUSTIN REICH

Day 2: Keynote Speaker 

Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at MIT, and the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab.

CONFERENCE STRANDS

Choose one of the four conference strands – Personalized Learning, Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, or Differentiated Instruction through Technology – and take a deep dive into this topic over the course of the 2-day event.

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Project Based Learning
  • Design Thinking
  • Personalized Learning
Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction through Technology: A Key to Student Success

A Foundation for Instruction and Learning

We know there is tremendous student variability in our classrooms. The designing of learning experiences to meet these needs can be overwhelming. In this workshop, we will learn how technology can be used as a tool to differentiate instruction. We will explore how technology can assist teachers in shaping and delivering instruction to meet the needs of all students.


Differentiation is not a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it is a flexible approach to teaching in which educators actively plan for the differences in their students. The goal is for students to be able to effectively learn, see themselves as learners, and take ownership for their learning. By utilizing technology to differentiate instruction, teachers can better ensure they are meeting the needs of their students.


During this hands-on workshop, classroom teachers will explore a variety of web resources, multimedia tools, and applications that can be used to personalize instruction and accommodate for learning styles, interests, and student readiness. We will learn how to combine technology with differentiated instruction to provide a variety of practical instructional strategies to scaffold student learning. In particular, we will focus on how technology can support classroom teachers in differentiating: content (what students learn), the process (how students learn), the product (how they demonstrate their learning) and the environment (where and with whom students learn) in their classrooms.

Audience: Classroom teachers grades 3-12

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning

Introduction to Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise. Applicable across grade-levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest. Project Based Learning, paired with the ever-growing technology access available in many educational settings, offer educators unique possibilities in unit design.

Intentional use of technology within the essential design elements of PBL provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, refine 21st Century Skills, and publish to a public audience. In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, define the difference between a Project and true Project-based learning. With PBL, we will identify and align student learning goals, discuss strategies to help students construct powerful driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity. In addition to offering student choice and voice through the use of technology. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create assessment frameworks for PBL, and reimagine current curriculum in order to implement a Project Based Learning path in their classroom.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Day 1: 

During the first workshop day, participants will be introduced to the concept of Design Thinking and will engage in the Design Thinking Process to experience the framework first-hand. With an emphasis on the mindset, philosophy, and purpose of design thinking, participants will develop a solid understanding of both the why and the what of Design Thinking. Further, participants will engage in mini hands-on design challenges and will begin to develop their own design challenges for classroom use.

Day 2: 

During the second workshop day, the emphasis will be on exploring Design Thinking in a classroom / educational setting. Through a process of examining a combination of archived examples (articles / video) and live mini-presentations, participants will begin to solidify their understanding of both the Design Thinking process and how it can be effectively used as a model for classroom discovery, student engagement, and classroom / project / lesson redesign. With a day two emphasis on the practical application of Design Thinking in education, participants will begin to develop an understanding of the “how” of Design Thinking in the classroom.

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning

Day 1: 

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: 

Throughout 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. 

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 

OCTOBER 16

7:45 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – Introductions and

Keynote Shawn McCusker

9:30 – Morning Session

12:00 – Provided Lunch

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

DAY 2 

OCTOBER 17

8:00 – Continental Breakfast and

Keynote Justin Reich

9:00 – Morning Session

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

VENUE INFORMATION

Bennett Day School

HOTEL INFORMATION 

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PARKING INFORMATION

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