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  • Regional Customized Learning Summit- on the Pathway to the Ideal Learning Experience -

    cls.tie.net

    June 24-26, 2015Spearfish Holiday Inn, SD

  • The Seven Components of Customized Learning

    The ideal learning experience is the core of the Summit and is captured with our APPLE icon which notes seven essential components of customized learning.

    Watch for the APPLE icon throughout the program booklet. The icon highlights those components most prevalently featured in each session, respectively.

    The seven components of customized learning is the collaborative work of the National MCL Team - a team of partners across the country committed to the MCL vision. TIE serves as the coordinator for the National MCL Team.

    Honored Guest: Dr. Chuck Schwahn

    Among us at the Summit Mass Customized Learnings biggest champion, Chuck Schwahn! Along with co-author Bea McGarvey, Chuck is the creator of the vision of MCL. He has made many important and valued contributions to education over the course of his career. However, it is becoming more and more true that he is making the most significant contribution in his later years, that is, the transformation of schools via MCL. Without a doubt, his vision is energizing education stakeholders to engage with a new paradigm of schooling which is truly learner-centered. Providing

    learning opportunities that are more individualized or personalized has been the goal of many educators in recent decades. But it is the MCL vision which confronts and tackles the constraining structures of assembly-line schools. With its focus on learners in an environment of new empowering school structures, MCL is the hope of education for today and tomorrow.

    Chuck grew up near Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Reservation. He has a long and distinguished career and completed his leadership tenure as the Superintendent of the school district in Vail, Colorado. He and his wife, Genny, winter in Phoenix and spend their summers at a cabin in the Black Hills.

    It is an honor and privilege to have Chuck join us for the Summit. Watch for him, engage him, and thank him for leading the way with a vision for transforming education.

  • 1Welcome!

    Summit Participants: Welcome to the Regional Summit for Customized Learning! Your effort to move education from an industrial-based, batch processing system to a system that best meets the needs of todays learner makes you an educational pioneer. Exploring new territory and forging new ground is not always the easiest path - but the potential rewards are enormous. Our learners, educators and communities are worth the risk. By sharing innovative ideas and our stories of successes and challenges, we can collaborate and synthesize our effort to re-invent the educational experience.

    A role which my TIE colleagues and I take seriously is serving as champions for learners and learning. We believe that customized learning reflects our vision for what learning can be in ALL schools and for ALL learners. We believe it is our privilege and our responsibility to provide leadership for reaching that vision. And, we value your partnership in that endeavor. I invite you to connect, share, and learn as we embark together on a journey toward customized learning.

    Dr. Julie Mathiesen, TIE Director

    A Message from the Summit Coordinators

    As the coordinators for the Regional Summit for Customized Learning, we echo Julies welcome. You will soon discover that you are participating in an event that is intended to feature and connect practitioners - practitioners invested in the vision of customized learning as a rich and powerful pathway for more and more learners. As Summit presenters, these practitioners are on a journey. Some are early in their journey, but they have important learnings about getting started with customized learning. Others are several years down the road and are making significant progress with their journeys. Whether early in the process or more seasoned with experience, their stories reflect the potential of a more ideal learning experience for todays learners.

    This event is dependent on the energies and efforts of many teammates at TIE. We are grateful for their support.

    As you participate in the Summit, please know that we are available to answer questions and assist as needed. Feel free to stop us as we move about the sessions and activities attending to arrangements.

    You can access the presenters resources/materials at cls.tie.net under each description.

    Amelia Rose, TIE Learning Specialist and Dr. Jim Parry, TIE Director Emeritus

  • 2Spruce room WilloW room SWarm room aSpen room

    WeDneSDaY, June 24 WeDneSDaY, June 24

    1:00 - 1:45see pages 6-7

    MOD/CL for Small Schools? YES!!

    Kevin Lein

    Customized Learning: A Day in the Life of an Elementary Learner

    Bea McGarvey

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz...

    Jessica Enderson

    Mindful Learning Through Mastery

    Anita Bach and Rosemary Hirtz

    1:00 - 1:45see pages 6-7

    2:00 - 2:45see pages 8-9

    Lessons Learned in Leadership

    Mike Butts

    Customizing Learning for At-Risk Youth

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Digital Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (part 1 of 2)

    Lennie Symes

    An Inquiry Approach to a Science Classroom

    Lisa Cardillo

    2:00 - 2:45see pages 8-9

    3:00 - 3:45see pages 10-11

    Creating the Framework and Curriculum for a Standards-Based...

    Greg Hammerquist

    Leading a District Into a Mass Customized Learning Environment

    Jason Selchert

    Digital Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (part 2 of 2)

    Lennie Symes

    Whats the School Counselors Role in a Mass Customized Environment?

    Natalie Selchert

    3:00 - 3:45see pages 10-11

    4:00 - 4:45see pages 12-13

    Flipped Classroom Sherry Crofut

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized Learning

    John Swanson

    Lessons Learned the Continuing Evolution of our MCL Adventure

    Diane Way, Kelli Mueller, Sherri...

    Customizing Content through Collaboration

    Rosemary Hirtz and Anita Bach

    4:00 - 4:45see pages 12-13

    ThurSDaY, June 25 ThurSDaY, June 25

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 14-15

    Designing Learning in the 3 Circles Denyell Suomi

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement...

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Managing and Inspiring Customization with Technology Kelly Royer and Jeffrey Trapp

    A Customized Aproach to a Social Science Classroom

    Katie Cook

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 14-15

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 16-17

    Lessons Learned in Leadership

    Mike Butts

    Tools for Customization: What Does a Customized Lesson Look Like?

    Joshua Schmidt

    We Know What They KnowDiane Way, Kelli Mueller, Sherri Becker, Cari Meyer

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped Classroom

    Kim Clark and Marcia Torgrude

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 16-17

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 18-19

    A Glimpse InsideDenyell Suomi

    Flywheel Learning Portal: AnInnovative Technology Solution...

    Tami ONeill

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success

    Sherry Crofut & Lennie Symes

    Using Infinite Campus to Create Complete or Partial Modular Sched...

    Ryan Rollinger

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 18-19

    1:15 - 2:00see pages 20-21

    Flipping and Layering Learning Tyler Bolstad

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized Learning

    John Swanson

    Philosophy of Change (part 1 of 2)Harrisburg HS Staff

    Customizing a Science Curriculum

    Jeremiah Dibley

    1:15 - 2:00see pages 20-21

    2:15 - 3:00see pages 22-23

    The Elementary Learning Facilitator: Who Am I and What Do I Do?

    Bea McGarvey

    Learn How to Stay Out of The Way of Great Teachers

    Brad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt

    Philosophy of Change (part 2 of 2) Harrisburg HS Staff

    Curating ContentSherry Crofut

    2:15 - 3:00see pages 22-23

    3:15 - 4:00see pages 24-25

    Leading a District Into a Mass Customized Learning Environment

    Jason Selchert

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz...

    Jessica Enderson

    A Customized Day in Middle College Arrow Academy

    Jeffrey Trapp and Kelly Royer

    Developing a CL Science Program for Alt. and Advanced Students

    Julie Olson

    3:15 - 4:00see pages 24-25

    FriDaY, June 26 FriDaY, June 26

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 26-27

    Maximizing Potential in the Communication Arts Classroom

    Stefanie Gross

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success

    Sherry Crofut & Lennie Symes

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement...

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Meeting Their NeedsDenyell Suomi

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 26-27

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 28-29

    A Customized Learning Science Program for an Alternative School

    Julie Olson

    What Worked, What Did Not - Harrisburg Highs First Two Years...

    Kevin Lein

    Learn How to Stay Out of The Way of Great Teachers

    Brad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt

    Customizing a Math Curriculum Jenny Rice, Bill Hummel and

    Jason Selchert

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 28-29

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 30-31

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped Classroom

    Kim Clark and Marcia Torgrude

    A Glimpse Inside Denyell Suomi

    A Small Schools Story of MC Implementation

    Gayville-Volin Staff and Admin.

    Flywheel Learning Portal: An Innovative Technology Solution...

    Tami ONeill

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 30-31

    Empowerment Session Grid

  • 3Spruce room WilloW room SWarm room aSpen room

    WeDneSDaY, June 24 WeDneSDaY, June 24

    1:00 - 1:45see pages 6-7

    MOD/CL for Small Schools? YES!!

    Kevin Lein

    Customized Learning: A Day in the Life of an Elementary Learner

    Bea McGarvey

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz...

    Jessica Enderson

    Mindful Learning Through Mastery

    Anita Bach and Rosemary Hirtz

    1:00 - 1:45see pages 6-7

    2:00 - 2:45see pages 8-9

    Lessons Learned in Leadership

    Mike Butts

    Customizing Learning for At-Risk Youth

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Digital Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (part 1 of 2)

    Lennie Symes

    An Inquiry Approach to a Science Classroom

    Lisa Cardillo

    2:00 - 2:45see pages 8-9

    3:00 - 3:45see pages 10-11

    Creating the Framework and Curriculum for a Standards-Based...

    Greg Hammerquist

    Leading a District Into a Mass Customized Learning Environment

    Jason Selchert

    Digital Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (part 2 of 2)

    Lennie Symes

    Whats the School Counselors Role in a Mass Customized Environment?

    Natalie Selchert

    3:00 - 3:45see pages 10-11

    4:00 - 4:45see pages 12-13

    Flipped Classroom Sherry Crofut

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized Learning

    John Swanson

    Lessons Learned the Continuing Evolution of our MCL Adventure

    Diane Way, Kelli Mueller, Sherri...

    Customizing Content through Collaboration

    Rosemary Hirtz and Anita Bach

    4:00 - 4:45see pages 12-13

    ThurSDaY, June 25 ThurSDaY, June 25

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 14-15

    Designing Learning in the 3 Circles Denyell Suomi

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement...

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Managing and Inspiring Customization with Technology Kelly Royer and Jeffrey Trapp

    A Customized Aproach to a Social Science Classroom

    Katie Cook

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 14-15

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 16-17

    Lessons Learned in Leadership

    Mike Butts

    Tools for Customization: What Does a Customized Lesson Look Like?

    Joshua Schmidt

    We Know What They KnowDiane Way, Kelli Mueller, Sherri Becker, Cari Meyer

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped Classroom

    Kim Clark and Marcia Torgrude

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 16-17

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 18-19

    A Glimpse InsideDenyell Suomi

    Flywheel Learning Portal: AnInnovative Technology Solution...

    Tami ONeill

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success

    Sherry Crofut & Lennie Symes

    Using Infinite Campus to Create Complete or Partial Modular Sched...

    Ryan Rollinger

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 18-19

    1:15 - 2:00see pages 20-21

    Flipping and Layering Learning Tyler Bolstad

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized Learning

    John Swanson

    Philosophy of Change (part 1 of 2)Harrisburg HS Staff

    Customizing a Science Curriculum

    Jeremiah Dibley

    1:15 - 2:00see pages 20-21

    2:15 - 3:00see pages 22-23

    The Elementary Learning Facilitator: Who Am I and What Do I Do?

    Bea McGarvey

    Learn How to Stay Out of The Way of Great Teachers

    Brad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt

    Philosophy of Change (part 2 of 2) Harrisburg HS Staff

    Curating ContentSherry Crofut

    2:15 - 3:00see pages 22-23

    3:15 - 4:00see pages 24-25

    Leading a District Into a Mass Customized Learning Environment

    Jason Selchert

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz...

    Jessica Enderson

    A Customized Day in Middle College Arrow Academy

    Jeffrey Trapp and Kelly Royer

    Developing a CL Science Program for Alt. and Advanced Students

    Julie Olson

    3:15 - 4:00see pages 24-25

    FriDaY, June 26 FriDaY, June 26

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 26-27

    Maximizing Potential in the Communication Arts Classroom

    Stefanie Gross

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success

    Sherry Crofut & Lennie Symes

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement...

    Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill

    Meeting Their NeedsDenyell Suomi

    9:30 - 10:15see pages 26-27

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 28-29

    A Customized Learning Science Program for an Alternative School

    Julie Olson

    What Worked, What Did Not - Harrisburg Highs First Two Years...

    Kevin Lein

    Learn How to Stay Out of The Way of Great Teachers

    Brad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt

    Customizing a Math Curriculum Jenny Rice, Bill Hummel and

    Jason Selchert

    10:30 - 11:15see pages 28-29

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 30-31

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped Classroom

    Kim Clark and Marcia Torgrude

    A Glimpse Inside Denyell Suomi

    A Small Schools Story of MC Implementation

    Gayville-Volin Staff and Admin.

    Flywheel Learning Portal: An Innovative Technology Solution...

    Tami ONeill

    11:30 - 12:15see pages 30-31

  • 41:00-1:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Customized Learning: A Day in the Life of an Elementary Learner Bea McGarvey, McGarvey Educational Associates, Portland, MEWillow Room

    In this session, Bea McGarvey will describe the role and mindset of the elementary Learning Facilitator. She will help participants understand how we are moving from a culture of control and compliance to one of empowerment and investment not just for learners, but for LFs as well.

    Mindful Learning Through Mastery Anita Bach and Rosemary Hirtz, English and Social Studies, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownAspen Room

    There is a need to reach each student with instruction that is more individualized.

    Students progress at their own pace through a rigorous curriculum based on what they know or have actually learned. Students cannot advance by simply showing up to class on a sufficient number of days and earning a grade just above failing or by earning high marks or inflated grades that do not actually reflect learning achieved.

    MCAA is looking to change how grades and assessments are recorded and graded.

    24 rule Backwards design (end goal first) Focus is on the GOAL rather than

    the PROCESS standards based grading (activities customized to the learner to reach

    the standard)

  • 51:00-1:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    MOD/CL for Small Schools? YES!! Kevin Lein, Principal, Harrisburg HSSpruce Room

    Small schools have a definitive advantage in implementing a scheduling and instructional change that will allow for better use of resources and expanding curriculum for their students. This session will provide a template for change that will assist a smaller school setting (125-200 9-12 students, 150-250 6-12 students) in customizing and providing a pedagogical and cultural path that can serve the community in all ways.

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz, a Personalized Learning Platform Jessica Enderson, Music Teacher, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings Swarm Room

    Discover how to meet learners at their readiness level, accommodate personal learning styles and provide content that is personally interesting to students using Buzz, an educational technology tool that transforms the way we deliver education. It provides a customized learning environment for all students and empowers educators to take customized learning to the next level!

  • 62:00-2:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    An Inquiry Approach to a Science ClassroomLisa Cardillo, Science Teacher, Harrisburg HSAspen Room

    Want to learn how HHS designed curriculum to keep students interested and to relate the content to their own lives? This session will focus on how the HHS science department created the framework for their courses Chemistry and Biology specifically using the standards to create Learning Targets and then breaking those down into sub-targets. Discussion will center around how we go about creating curriculum to deliver instruction, give opportunities for practice and assessment for mastery, design evidence sets and step checks, and finally how we communicate this to students utilizing our LMS. Samples of Final Affirmations, rubrics, and a general plan for a Learning Target will be shown.

    Customizing Learning for At-Risk Youth Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill, Bridger Alternative Program, Bozeman, MT Willow Room

    Four years ago, Bridger Alternative Program in Bozeman, MT, sought a more effective model of education that would guarantee all students the skills and dispositions needed to succeed in the 21st Century. Educators in BAP implemented an individualized, competency-based system of education in order to increase the academic rigor of the program while at the same time meeting the needs of a diverse population of students. During this session, the programs administrator, Mike Ruyle, and a lead teacher, Tami ONeill, will share the programs impetus for change, their successes, and the expansion of their efforts to customized learning for all students.

  • 72:00-2:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Digital Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (Part 1 of 2)Lennie Symes, TIESwarm Room

    As education evolves toward customized learning, digital literacy skills become absolutely critical--unfortunately, most students and educators dont know what they dont know. Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the processes for digging past surface level information often found on the web. Examine the importance of students acquiring vital digital literacy skills for better problem solving as well as implications for using these tools in a customized environment.

    Lessons Learned in Leadership Mike Butts, Principal, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownSpruce Room

    Whats a principal to do? There are many pieces to the puzzle, so how do you pave the way? This session will share some of the hurdles to clear in starting a customized learning program in your school.

  • 83:00-3:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Creating the Framework and Curriculum for a Standards-Based Customized Math Course Greg Hammerquist, Math Teacher, Harrisburg HSSpruce Room

    Greg Hammerquist has been teaching math in Harrisburgs MOD/CL program since its inception two years ago. In this session, he will discuss the process that Harrisburgs Math Department uses to create an entire curriculum for their math courses in the MOD/CL program. He will explain how they use the disaggregated Common Core State Standards to develop a framework for a course, how they use the framework to develop learning targets and sub targets, and how they develop curriculum to deliver content, give opportunities for practice and growth, and assess for mastery.

    Digial Literacy Skills Critical for Independent Learning (Part 2 of 2)Lennie SymesSwarm Room

    As education evolves toward customized learning, digital literacy skills become absolutely critical--unfortunately, most students and educators dont know what they dont know. Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the processes for digging past surface level information often found on the web. Examine the importance of students acquiring vital digital literacy skills for better problem solving as well as implications for using these tools in a customized environment.

  • 93:00-3:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Leading a District into a Mass Customized Learning Environment Jason Selchert, Superintendent, Gayville-VolinWillow Room

    Leading from Behind? It isnt the political season, but sometimes trying to figure out the best ways to implement effective change is difficult. Nobody is running for office, but sometimes it feels that way when trying to invoke positive change using a mass customized learning approach.

    Whats the School Counselors Role in a Mass Customized Environment? Natalie Selchert, Counselor, Gayville-VolinAspen Room

    Transforming a school system into a mass customized learning environment requires a significant amount of teamwork, communication and collaboration. This presentation takes a closer look at the role of the school counselor as an integral member of the mass customized learning team. One school counselor shares her perspective on melding mass customized learning with personal, academic and career development, serving as an important link between learners, teachers, administrators, parents and community.

  • 10

    4:00-4:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Customizing Content through Collaboration Rosemary Hirtz and Anita Bach, Social Studies and English, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownAspen Room

    In this session we will discuss activities or ideas about core classes and how they can connect. Does English 9 and World Geography share standards? Could a student create one project that tackles a standard in both courses?

    Flipped Classroom Sherry Crofut, Learning Specialist, TIESpruce Room

    Discover the flipped classroom and how it can move you to a customized learning approach. Learn how to increase collaboration while engaging students, increase productivity and one-to-one time with students in the classroom, and decrease student confusion and frustration. Evaluate the technology tools used to flip a classroom, but more importantly, how are you going to use that classroom time you have now freed up?

  • 11

    4:00-4:45 PM Wednesday, June 24

    Lessons Learned - The Continuing Evolution of our MCL Adventure Diane Way, Kelli Mueller, Cari Meyer, Sherri Becker, Mitchell MSSwarm Room

    The intention vs. the reality as we began our pilot MCL program at Mitchell Middle School will be discussed. The logistics of scheduling students and teachers continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of rolling out a school-within-a-school while keeping true to the whole MCL concept of meeting students where they are and allowing them each to progress to their fullest potential.

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized LearningJohn Swanson, Evaluation Services Coordinator and MAPLE Director, TIEWillow Room

    This session will explore the types of policies which support the growth of customized learning and the types of policies which can impede that progress. From seat time requirements to grading scales to policies guiding the use of mobile devices, the rules of school need to be examined for their impact on emerging models of customization.

  • 12

    9:30-10:15 AM Thursday, June 25

    A Customized Approach to a Social Science Classroom Katie Cook, Social Science Teacher, Harrisburg HSAspen Room

    Want to learn how HHS designed curriculum to keep students interested and to relate the content to current events? This session will focus on how the HHS social science department created the framework for our social science courses. The session will include using the standards to create Learning Targets, as well as a discussion about how we go about creating curriculum to deliver instruction and to give opportunities for practice and assessment for mastery. Also included will be how we communicate with students utilizing our LMS. Samples of Final Affirmations, rubrics and general plan for a Learning Target will be shown.

    Designing Learning in the 3 CirclesDenyell Suomi, Elementary Teacher, Belgrade Central Elementary School,Belgrade, MESpruce Room

    Curriculum is much more than content learning goals! There are 3 major components to a well-rounded curriculum: Habits of Mind, Complex Reasoning Processes, and Content. This presentation will detail the importance of Habits of Mind and Complex Reasoning Processes and how they can be integrated into the teaching of content standards to meet the needs of early learners. Come and ask questions and leave with ideas on how to successfully integrate the 3 Circles of Learning into your daily teaching.

  • 13

    9:30-10:15 AM Thursday, June 25

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement~From an Alternative Program to Mainstream InterventionMike Ruyle and Tami ONeill, Bridger Alternative Program, Bozeman, MTWillow Room

    The Bridger Alternative Program in Bozeman, MT, serves the communitys most at-risk youth. When the BAP competency-based model of education started to demonstrate success, others in the community wanted to know how they could customize learning for their students. The school is now using similar models in its Multi-Tiered System of Support tier 2 and 3 interventions in both Math and English language arts. During this session, the programs administrator, Dr. Mike Ruyle, and a lead teacher, Tami ONeill, will share their experiences taking customized learning from a small, alternative program to the general population.

    Managing and Inspiring Customization with Technology Kelly Royer and Jeffrey Trapp, Math and Science, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownSwarm Room

    Within the Watertown School District each student has access to his/her own laptop. This allows the opportunity to access programs such as Schoology, Symbaloo, IXL, Apex, Quia, Brainscape, Quizlet, Edpuzzle, Google Docs, etc. This session will explain how students use technology to access material.

  • 14

    10:30-11:15 AM Thursday, June 25

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped ClassroomMarcia Torgrude and Kim Clark, Learning Specialists, TIEAspen Room

    Interactive, customizable lessons are gaining ground as a way to flip learning. The possibilities for interactive learning are endless from using pre-existing free interactive lessons, to creating your own lesson, to entering a platform of totally editable lessons and units that can be assessed. We will leave you with a variety of tools, but during the presentation we will dive deeply into one tool.

    Lessons Learned in LeadershipMike Butts, Principal, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownSpruce Room

    Building Leadership - Paving a Pathway for Customized Learning Opportunities. Whats a principal to do? There are many pieces to the puzzle, so how do you pave the way? This session will share some of the hurdles to clear in starting a customized learning program in your school.

  • 15

    10:30-11:15 AM Thursday, June 25

    Tools for Customization: What does a Customized Lesson Look Like? Joshua Schmidt, Math Teacher, McCook Central MSWillow Room

    Joshua Schmidt has been working to customize his Middle School Math classroom for the last four years. His goal for this session is to share an inside look at what specifically goes into creating an independently paced lesson that has authentic student choices. There have been many ups and downs in his own curriculum, and Joshua looks forward to sharing this honest view into his classroom structure. He hopes that people come to the session with plenty of questions and walk away with thoughts and ideas to use in their own classrooms and schools.

    We Know What They Know Diane Way, Kelli Mueller, Cari Meyer, Sherri Becker, Mitchell MSSwarm Room

    Utilizing a wide variety of technology tools, teachers instruct, record, and monitor student progress. Students access lessons, practice concepts, construct evidence of learning, and communicate with teachers and peers. All this work culminates in the mastery of course standards.

  • 16

    11:30 AM-12:15 PM Thursday, June 25

    A Glimpse Inside Denyell Suomi, Elementary Teacher, Belgrade Central Elementary School, Belgrade, MESpruce Room

    This presentation will afford attendees a glimpse inside a typical day of an early elementary classroom that focuses on customized learning. We will begin the session with what happens when learners enter the classroom and progress step by step through a typical day. Come and ask questions and walk away with ideas to implement in your own classroom.

    Flywheel Learning Portal: An Innovative Technology Solution for Transformational Change in EducationTami ONeill, English Teacher and CEO of Flywheel Learning Portal, Bridger Alternative Program, Bozeman, MTWillow Room

    Existing gradebook programs and software solutions do not meet the dynamic needs of educators working to customize learning for all students. Using iterative design, Flywheel Learning, LLC works with educators to solve technical and communication challenges they face while implementing competency-based, personalized education. During this session, teacher and Flywheel Learning CEO, Tami ONeill, will share her experiences implementing competency-based, individualized instruction and how those experiences led to the creation and further development of Flywheel Learning Portal. You will learn about the development, the success, and the future goals of Flywheel Learning, LLC.

  • 17

    11:30 AM-12:15 PM Thursday, June 25

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success Sherry Crofut and Lennie Symes, Learning Specialists, TIESwarm Room

    CL needs a broad, well-planned approach for successful implementation. While schools certainly need to have district planning teams wrestle with the weight bearing walls and structural changes, teachers can participate in PD to help them make changes to their pedagogy and start preparing students for the inevitable change. PD that incorporates customized features, including pace (self-paced content), path (with choice of series), and place (blended learning) will help teachers experience customized learning while preparing to make changes in their classroom. Each of these would take into account higher order thinking skills, grouping and regrouping students and how to assess learning. At the same time, your district planning team works with research-based materials to study infrastructure solutions to ease the transition to CL. All this is possible today with the right planning and facilitation! Not all digital content or lessons are created well. Online content makes it easier for us to customize to individual student needs, but we need to be able to find good resources. We will explore a number of digital content sites, like CK12, Gooru Learning, LearnZillion, and others; walk through how to pull together, sift through and select material; and discuss how online resources fits in with a personalized learning classroom.

    Using Infinite Campus to Create Complete or Partial Modular Schedules Ryan Rollinger, Assistant Principal, Harrisburg HSAspen Room

    Mr. Rollinger created the outline for Harrisburg High Schools Modular Schedule in 2013 and has been using Infinite Campus for 2 years to schedule students into 22 class periods consisting of various combinations of 20 minute modules. These modules range from small groups (lasting 20 minutes), up to large groups (lasting 80 minutes). In this session he will go over the steps taken to create the framework, how to use Modular Scheduling to create more time to facilitate student learning and opportunity for office hours allowing students to schedule time with teachers.

  • 18

    1:15-2:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    Customizing a Science Curriculum Jeremiah Dibley, Science Teacher, Gayville-Volin MS/HSAspen Room

    MCL isnt for the faint of heart. Customizing learning in the science classroom is just as tough as the discipline itself. Embark with a Gayville-Volin Science teacher on his journey as he shares his experiences, approaches, resources and lessons learned all while striving to create a better learner experience from the science perspective.

    Flipping and Layering LearningTyler Bolstad, 5th Grade Teacher, Camelot Intermediate, BrookingsSpruce Room

    Learn the benefits of flipping your classroom and how it lends itself to personalizing learning to each student. Additionally, discover how layering your curriculum can challenge students of all levels and abilities within your classroom.

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    1:15-2:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    Philosophy of Change (Part 1 of 2)Lisa Cardillo, Katie Cook, Stefanie Gross, Greg Hammerquist and Katie Keppen, Harrisburg HSSwarm Room

    A solid teaching philosophy is what grounds each of us as professionals. We write papers about it in college, and we implement it on a daily basis in our classrooms. It guides our decision-making, propels our curriculum, and even impacts how we respond when a student whips out a cell phone in the middle of class. So, what do we do when our philosophy is challenged - challenged by something revolutionary, like customized learning? This session will be a panel discussion in which each HHS representative will give a brief overview of their own philosophical shift, and then the panel will field questions from the attendees. Please come with your own questions regarding the philosophy of customized learning as well as the practice of implementing that philosophy.

    Policies Which Help and Hinder Customized Learning John Swanson, Evaluation Services Coordinator and MAPLE Director, TIEWillow Room

    This session will explore the types of policies which support the growth of customized learning and the types of policies which can impede that progress. From seat time requirements to grading scales to policies guiding the use of mobile devices, the rules of school need to be examined for their impact on emerging models of customization.

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    2:15-3:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    Curating Content Sherry Crofut, Learning Specialist, TIEAspen Room

    Not all digital content or lessons are created well. Online content makes it easier for us to customize to individual student needs, but we need to be able to find good resources. We will explore a number of digital content sites, like CK12, Gooru Learning, LearnZillion, and others; walk through how to pull together, sift through and select material; and discuss how online resources fits in with a personalized learning classroom.

    Learn How to Stay Out of the Way of Great Teachers Brad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt, Principal and Math Teacher, McCook Central MSWillow Room

    Sometimes it is hard for administrator to give the flexibility young teachers need to experiment and try new concepts in their classrooms. Sometimes things need to get messy before they get better. How do administrators support teachers on their journey to customization and still maintain order in their school. Please join Brad Seamer (principal) and Joshua Schmidt (teacher), as they share their personal experiences with customization at the McCook Central School. Hear how they found balance in trying new concepts in Joshs classroom without dramatically changing the mission and vision of the McCook Central School.

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    2:15-3:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    Philosophy of Change (Part 2 of 2)Lisa Cardillo, Katie Cook, Stefanie Gross, Greg Hammerquist and Katie Keppen, Harrisburg HSSwarm Room

    A solid teaching philosophy is what grounds each of us as professionals. We write papers about it in college, and we implement it on a daily basis in our classrooms. It guides our decision-making, propels our curriculum, and even impacts how we respond when a student whips out a cell phone in the middle of class. So, what do we do when our philosophy is challenged challenged by something revolutionary, like customized learning? This session will be a panel discussion in which each HHS representative will give a brief overview of their own philosophical shift, and then the panel will field questions from the attendees. Please come with your own questions regarding the philosophy of customized learning as well as the practice of implementing that philosophy.

    The Elementary Learning Facilitator: Who am I and What do I do?Bea McGarvey, McGarvey Educational Associates, MESpruce Room

    In this session, Bea McGarvey will describe the role and mindset of the elementary Learning Facilitator. She will help participants understand how we are moving from a culture of control and compliance to one of empowerment and investment not just for learners, but for LFs as well.

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    3:15-4:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    A Customized Day in Middle College Arrow Academy Jeffrey Trapp and Kelly Royer, Science and Math, Middle College Arrow Academy, WatertownSwarm Room

    This session will look at an average day for a student in the Arrow Academy. We will discuss issues that have come up throughout our journey this last year. We will discuss scheduling, teams, parent-relations, electives and pacing. We have also added seminars, career panels and community tours.

    Developing a Customized Learning Science Program for Alternative and Advanced Students. The Structure, Comparisons, and Benefits/Downsides Between the Two ProgramsJulie Olson, Science Teacher, Second Chance High, MitchellAspen Room

    Why develop a customized learning environment for alternative as well as advanced students in science? A discussion of the reasons for developing a customized learning environment and the resulting benefits as well as downsides for both at-risk and accelerated/advanced students in high school science. A discussion of the development process - the steps, current resources, and evolution of the program as well as next steps. This discussion will cover the standard high school courses - physical science, biology, and chemistry.

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    3:15-4:00 PM Thursday, June 25

    Leading a District into a Mass Customized Learning EnvironmentJason Selchert, Superintendent, Gayville-VolinSpruce Room

    Leading from Behind? It isnt the political season, but sometimes trying to figure out the best ways to implement effective change is difficult. Nobody is running for office, but sometimes it feels that way when trying to invoke positive change using a mass customized learning approach.

    Transform Education and Empower Students with Buzz, a Personalized Learning PlatformJessica Enderson, Music Teacher, Mickelson Middle School, BrookingsWillow Room

    Discover how to meet learners at their readiness level, accommodate personal learning styles and provide content that is personally interesting to students using Buzz, an educational technology tool that transforms the way we deliver education. It provides a customized learning environment for all students and empowers educators to take customized learning to the next level!

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    9:30-10:15 AM Friday, June 26

    Expanding the Customized Learning Movement~From an Alternative Program to Mainstream Intervention Mike Ruyle and Tami ONeill, Bridger Alternative Program, Bozeman, MTSwarm Room

    The Bridger Alternative Program in Bozeman, MT, serves the communitys most at-risk youth. When the BAP competency-based model of education started to demonstrate success, others in the community wanted to know how they could customize learning for their students. The school is now using similar models in its Multi-Tiered System of Support tier 2 and 3 interventions in both Math and English language arts. During this session, the programs administrator, Dr. Mike Ruyle, and a lead teacher, Tami ONeill, will share their experiences taking customized learning from a small, alternative program to the general population.

    Maximizing Potential in the Communication Arts Classroom Stefanie Gross, Harrisburg HSSpruce Room

    When looking at the list of 147 Common Core standards and sub-standards for high school Communication Arts, the idea of customizing English curriculum can appear to be a daunting task. From plot structure to comma splices, from examining non-fiction to analyzing character development, from learning new vocabulary to presenting a formal speech the list of skills spiral together year after year to develop quality communicators. So, how can a teacher break those down into manageable Learning Targets for each class? This session will discuss just that. We will examine the process the HHS Communication Arts department implemented to create a consistent framework for each class in order to maximize teacher and student potential.

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    9:30-10:15 AM Friday, June 26

    Meeting Their NeedsDenyell Suomi, Elementary Teacher, Belgrade Central Elementary School,Belgrade, MEAspen Room

    This presentation will provide an overview of how teachers can meet the needs of all early learners. The use of flexible grouping and regrouping of learners based on content goals is a must when striving to meet the diverse needs of young learners. Come and ask questions and leave with practical strategies on how to establish and maintain flexible grouping and regrouping of learners throughout the year.

    Professional Learning is Key to Customized Success Sherry Crofut and Lennie Symes, Learning Specialists, TIEWillow Room

    CL needs a broad, well-planned approach for successful implementation. While schools certainly need to have district planning teams wrestle with the weight bearing walls and structural changes, teachers can participate in PD to help them making changes to their pedagogy and start preparing students for the inevitable change. PD that incorporates customized features, including pace (self-paced content), path (with choice of series), and place (blended learning) will help Teachers experience customized learning while preparing to make changes in their classroom. Each of these would take into account higher order thinking skills, grouping and regrouping students and how to assess learning. At the same time, your district planning team works with research-based materials to study infrastructure solutions to ease the transition to CL. All this is possible today with the right planning and facilitation! Not all digital content or lessons are created well. Online content makes it easier for us to customize to individual student needs, but we need to be able to find good resources. We will explore a number of digital content sites, like CK12, Gooru Learning, LearnZillion, and others; walk through how to pull together, sift through and select material; and discuss how online resources fits in with a personalized learning classroom.

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    10:30-11:15 AM Friday, June 26

    A Customized Learning Science Program for an Alternative School. The Courses Offered, Organization, and Some Representative Activities. Julie Olson, Science Teacher, Second Chance High, MitchellSpruce Room

    There are a variety of courses besides the standard required courses that can be offered to alternative school students. These, along with innovative labs, projects, and activities lead to increased success. A discussion of the various courses that can be offered as well as the methods of organization, student assessment, resources, and representative activities.

    Customizing a Math CurriculumJenny Rice, Bill Hummel, and Jason Selchert, Gayville-Volin MS/HSAspen Room

    There is no one correct way to customize a math curriculum or any curriculum for that matter. Join the discussion as Gayville-Volin math teachers present their roadmap to implementing a customized environment. Sometimes the size of the step doesnt matter.

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    10:30-11:15 AM Friday, June 26

    Learn How to Stay Out of the Way of Great TeachersBrad Seamer and Joshua Schmidt, Principal and Math Teacher, McCook Central MSSwarm Room

    Sometimes it is hard for administrator to give the flexibility young teachers need to experiment and try new concepts in their classrooms. Sometimes things need to get messy before they get better. How do administrator support teachers on their journey to customization and still maintain order in their school. Please join Brad Seamer (principal) and Joshua Schmidt (teacher), as they share their personal experiences with customization at the McCook Central School. Hear how they found balance in trying new concepts in Joshs classroom without dramatically changing the mission and vision of the McCook Central School.

    What Worked, What Did Not - Harrisburg Highs First Two Years of MOD/CL Kevin Lein, Principal, Harrisburg HSWillow Room

    A review of the first two years at Harrisburg High School where 300 freshmen and sophomore students were part of the Modular Scheduling/Customized Learning program. Data, both anecdotal and cumulative will be presented along with the vision for the next two years as HHS heads toward a four-year - 400-500 student move to customization.

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    11:30 AM-12:15 PM Friday, June 26

    A Glimpse Inside Denyell Suomi, Elementary Teacher, Belgrade Central Elementary School,Belgrade, MEWillow Room

    This presentation will afford attendees a glimpse inside a typical day of an early elementary classroom that focuses on customized learning. We will begin the session with what happens when learners enter the classroom and progress step by step through a typical day. Come and ask questions and walk away with ideas to implement in your own classroom.

    A Small Schools Story of Mass Customized Implementation Gayville-Volin Staff and Administrators, Gayville-Volin MS/HSSwarm Room

    Listen to the perspectives of the various teachers and administrators from a small school district as they share their story of taking a small middle and high school into a total revamp of the secondary experience. What started out as little discussions turned into a system that looks nothing like it did two years ago. It is only one story, but there are so many different parts.

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    11:30 AM-12:15 PM Friday, June 26

    Create, Customize, and Assess in the Flipped Classroom Marcia Torgrude and Kim Clark, Learning Specialists, TIESpruce Room

    Interactive, customizable lessons are gaining ground as a way to flip learning. The possibilities for interactive learning are endless from using pre-existing free interactive lessons, to creating your own lesson, to entering a platform of totally editable lessons and units that can be assessed. We will leave you with a variety of tools, but during the presentation we will dive deeply into one tool.

    Flywheel Learning Portal: An Innovative Technology Solution for Transformational Change in EducationTami ONeill, English Teacher and CEO of Flywheel Learning Portal, Bridger Alternative Program, Bozeman, MTAspen Room

    Existing gradebook programs and software solutions do not meet the dynamic needs of educators working to customize learning for all students. Using iterative design, Flywheel Learning, LLC works with educators to solve technical and communication challenges they face while implementing competency-based, personalized education. During this session, teacher and Flywheel Learning CEO, Tami ONeill, will share her experiences implementing competency-based, individualized instruction and how those experiences led to the creation and further development of Flywheel Learning Portal. In this session, learn about the development, the success, and the future goals of Flywheel Learning, LLC.

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    Customized Learning Summitfor teachers, administrators and other education stakeholders

    July 6-8, 2016 Spearfish, South Dakota

    Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual National

    stay tuned @ uscls.tie.net

    Our thanks to this years Summit supporters . . . in particular, we wish to acknowledge the support of the Bush Foundation through an Education Ecosystem

    Grant awarded to TIE in the fall of 2014 and a contribution from Golden West Technologies to assist with hosting Wednesday evenings reception.

  • 30th Annual TIE Conference

    save the date - stay tuned @ conference.tie.net

    April 10-12, 2016Sioux Falls, SD

  • AGEnDAWEDNESDAY, JUNE 249:30 AM 11:30 AM Registration - lobby11:30 AM 12:45 PM Opening Luncheon & Keynote: Courses. Curriculum. Customization. by Dr. Julie Mathiesen, TIE Director - Grand Hall12:45 1:00 PM Break1:00 1:45 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 6-71:45 2:00 PM Break2:00 2:45 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 8-92:45 3:00 PM Break3:00 3:45 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 10-113:45 4:00 PM Break4:00 4:45 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 12-134:45 6:00 PM Reception - Grand Hall

    THURSDAY, JUNE 257:45 8:30 AM Breakfast - Grand Hall8:30 9:15 AM Feature Session: The Voice of Learners Facilitated by John Swanson, TIE Learning Specialist - Grand Hall9:15 9:30 AM Break9:30 10:15 AM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 14-1510:15 10:30 AM Break10:30 11:15 AM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 16-1711:15 -11:30 AM Break11:30 12:15 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 18-1912:15 1:00 PM Lunch1:15 2:00 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 20-212:00 2:15 PM Break2:15 3:00 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 22-233:00 3:15 PM Break 3:15 4:00 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 24-25

    FRIDAY, JUNE 267:45 8:30 AM Breakfast - Grand Hall8:30 9:15 AM Keynote: A Booster Shot for the MCL Vision by Bea McGarvey, McGarvey Education Associates - Grand Hall9:15 9:30 AM Break9:30 10:15 AM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 26-2710:15 10:30 AM Break10:30 11:15 AM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 28-2911:15 -11:30 AM Break11:30 12:15 PM Empowerment Sessions - see pages 30-31