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2019 Personalized Learning Pace Summer Summit


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The PACE team is excited to officially announce the fourth annual 2019 Personalized Learning Summer Summit! This year's summit will be located in beautiful Lexington, South Carolina on July 15-16. We are proud to continue our partnership with educators that practice personalized learning every day. This year's sessions will held at River Bluff School District in collaboration with River Bluff High School

This year's theme will be Personalized Learning. We know that every school and every district is unique. Therefore, personalized learning can look radically different based on your school's specific needs, resources, and culture. The 2019 Personalized Learning Pace Summer Summit will focus on designing, implementing and constantly improving a school system that supports students, teachers, and community members tailored to your specific school.

Agenda

July 15
  • 7:45-8:30 Complimentary Coffee & Light Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30 Keynote
  • 9:30-11:30 Breakout Sessions and Collaboration Cafe
  • 11:30-12:30 Complimentary Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 Breakout Sessions
  • 6:00-8:00 Social Hour
July 16
  • 7:30-8:30 Complimentary Coffee & Light Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:00 Keynote
  • 9:00-11:00 Breakouts
  • 11:00-12:00 Complimentary Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 Closing

Prices

Early Bird Rate Available Now Until April 30!!!

  • Early Bird Individual Registration - $200
  • Standard Individual Registration - $250
  • Special Team Rate (up to 5) - $950

Breakouts

Breakouts will provide a variety of options for summit participants to learn from the PACE-team and practicing educators. The specific breakout session descriptions can be found below.

Hotel and Accomodations

Our official hotel for the PACE Summit 2019 is the Lexington Wingate by Hilton. The Wingate is conveniently located, has a breakfast buffet, outdoor pool and conference rate.

Please mention PACE Summit 2019 when calling to book your rooms to get the conference rate. Please call ‭(803) 957-5000‬ to book. Click here to be taken to the hotel's website or visit the link below.

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wingate/lexington-south-carolina/wingate-by-wyndham-columbia-lexington/overview

Summer Summit Schedule

Monday, July 15
River Bluff High School
320 Corley Mill Rd, Lexington, SC 29072

Time Session Offered Location
7:30-8:20 Registration, Breakfast, and Coffee Rotunda
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Setting the Course (Jon Laffoon & Chip Greenwell: PACE Team) Lecture Hall
8:45-9:30 Opening Keynote Session: Dr. Luke Clamp, NASSP 2019 National Principal of the Year Lecture Hall
9:40-10:30 Session 1: Using Checks for Understanding to Create Stations (Andrea Moore & Jennifer Gibbons: River Bluff High School)
Session 2: Strategies for 4C Engagement (P. Sloan Joseph: Greer Middle School)
A209/A211
A210/A212
10:40-11:30 Session 1: Planning Effective Lessons: How do we empower students, cover the content, and provide space for personalized learning? (Jenna Howell: River Bluff High School)
Session 2: What is Your Purpose? (Jon Laffoon & Chip Greenwell: PACE Team)
A209/A211
A210/A212
11:30-12:30 Lunch River Cafe
12:30-1:20 Session 1: Leading from an Inquiry Stance (Casey Calhoun, Julie Painter, Luke Clamp: Lexington One Principals)
Session 2: Using New Google Sites for Student Reflection and Portfolios (Eileen Fernandez-Parker: Cultivate the Learning)
A209/A211
A210/A212
1:30-3:30 Afternoon Keynote: South Carolina Competencies (Lauren McCauley & Stephanie DeStasio: South Carolina Office of Personalized Learning) Lecture Hall
5:00-7:00 Social Event The Casual Pint 217 Saluda Springs Rd, Lexington, SC 29072

Tuesday, July 16
River Bluff High School
320 Corley Mill Rd, Lexington, SC 29072

Time Session Offered Location
7:30-8:20 Registration, Breakfast, and Coffee Rotunda
8:30-9:20 Morning Keynote: Personalizing Education for Your Students (Chip Greenwell, Jon Laffoon: PACE Team) Lecture Hall
9:30-10:20 Session 1: Connecting with Your Community (Chip Greenwell & Jon Laffoon: PACE Team)

Session 2: Planning Effective Lessons: How do we empower students, cover the content, and provide space for personalized learning? (Jenna Howell: River Bluff High School)
A209/A211

A210/A212
10:30-11:20 Session 1: Lessons Learned on Flexible Scheduling (Meg Huggins, Margaret Ann White, Dr. Luke Clamp: River Bluff High School)

Session 2: Getting Personalized with School Level PD (Becky Funderburk & Elissa Cox: Saluda Trail Middle School)
A210/A212

A209/A211
11:30-12:30 Lunch
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Student Fireside Chat: Impact on Personalized Learning (Meg Huggins: River Bluff High School)
River Cafe
12:30-2:00 ”Unconference”--Individualized Q&A, Team Work Session (Chip Greenwell & Jon Laffoon: PACE Team) Learning Commons

Breakout Session Descriptions

Using Checks for Understanding to Create Stations
Andrea Moore & Jennifer Gibbons: River Bluff High School
As teachers, we use informal checks for understanding daily to see what our students know and understand. In this session, we will discuss how to intentionally gather data from students to inform your collaborative planning teams of how to differentiate station work to strengthen student understanding of material. We will share several station structures we have tried and methods for gathering data. You will get a chance to plan a way to intentionally gather data and work on creating scaffolded/differentiated stations for an upcoming unit of instruction.

Strategies for 4C Engagement
P. Sloan Joseph: Greer Middle School
Are you looking for blended learning strategies that promote active engagement and varying depths of knowledge? This session will explore activities that allow students to use the 4C’s (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) with traditional and technological practices. Attendees will participate in several strategies including A-E-I-O-U, 7 Word Summary, and Flipgrid.

Planning Effective Lessons: How do we empower students, cover the content, and provide space for personalized learning?
Jenna Howell: River Bluff High School
Planning effective lessons that meet the needs of all students and the demands of curriculum is a challenge. This session will engage participants in an exploration of the elements of quality unit and lesson planning that both create spaces for high quality curriculum coverage and empower students with equitable access to learning goals.

Connecting to Your Why
Jon Laffoon & Chip Greenwell: PACE Team
Why do you do what you do? Why education? Why helping our students? Sure, it might be easy to articulate, communicate, and reflect upon over the peaceful summer. But, what about during the school year? This session will help participants reflect upon their purpose and give practical strategies to continue to connect to your why throughout the school year and be the best educator you can be!

Leading from an Inquiry Stance
Casey Calhoun, Julie Painter, Luke Clamp: Lexington One Principals
Join leaders from River Bluff High School, Lexington Middle School, and White Knoll High School to experience the first steps of leading an inquiry cycle: conducting a state analysis, determining a learner centered problem, analyzing a problem of practice and developing a theory of action. Facilitators will also detail the process of using feedback loops to monitor progress and make adjustments in real time. Assistant Principals both participated in a year long principal residency experience, the Assistant Principals Academy (APA), where the principal served as mentor and coach. Learn about how this professional learning experience complemented leading the inquiry cycle.

Using New Google Sites for Student Reflection and Portfolios
Eileen Fernandez-Parker: Cultivate the Learning
Providing a platform for regular reflection doesn't have to be difficult. New Google Sites is easy enough for children navigate, populate, and share. They can upload Google files, videos, pdfs, images, and more. Then, they can reflect on their work using text or video. We will cover the features and then create and add content to a new site. Finally, we will publish our site for an authentic audience and discuss using the portfolio for student-led conferences.

Making the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate Actionable
South Carolina Office of Personalized Learning
Want to learn how to transform the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate (PSCG) from a poster on the wall to real-life practices? Join us as we explore the PSCG competencies and discuss how you can use them to make the PSCG actionable. During this session, we will introduce participants to the PSCG competencies and competency continuum. We will also explore tools and discuss strategies for using the competencies in your school/classroom. Finally, we will share next steps for resource development and implementation.

Connecting with Your Community
Chip Greenwell & Jon Laffoon: PACE Team
What do you believe the purpose of school is? What about your students? Your community? Your parents? Your school board? Leading innovation and change can sometimes mean walking a balance between multiple internal and external stakeholders and helping everyone to see the purpose of the proposed change. This can be easier said than done! This session will help actively engage stakeholders in understanding various perspectives and needs. Participants should leave with strategies for helping bring multiple and distinct perspectives to come together to form a shared purpose.

Lessons Learned on Flexible Scheduling
Meg Huggins, Margaret Ann White, Dr. Luke Clamp: River Bluff High School
Join leaders from River Bluff, South Carolina as they share their story and process for establishing one of the biggest flex mod schools in the country. During this session the team will discuss their outcomes students, impact on teachers, and lessons learned over the years of flex mod implementation.

Getting Personalized with School Level PD
Becky Funderburk & Elissa Cox: Saluda Trail Middle School
This session will walk participants through Saluda Trail STEAM Middle School's 2 year journey towards a personalized approach to professional development that incorporates learning environments, equitable resources, achievement, preparing students for success, and STEAM. Participants will receive resources to assist them in planning professional development choice boards that align with individual school goals. Time will be provided for participants to begin brainstorming ideas so that a choice board can be implemented on their campus this school year.

Student Fireside Chat: Impact on Personalized Learning
Meg Huggins: River Bluff High School
Over lunch, join us listening to what matters most--our students! Meg Huggins will lead a discussion with students from River Bluff High School to get their honest perspectives on their current school environment, innovations within education, and what this means for their futures.

”Unconference”--Individualized Q&A, Team Work Session
Chip Greenwell & Jon Laffoon: PACE Team
Join us for one of the most popular sessions of previous conferences--the "Unconference". During this time, we encourage individual teams to have work time, collaborate together, collaborate between schools, ask individualized questions, reflect on learning, and plan for the future. Enjoy this dedicated time to reflect and plan with the PACE team prior to leaving so you can hit the ground running once you return to your home site!

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