The fastest growing student segment is homeless.Together, they would surpass NYC to be the largest district in USA.The reaction from the audience on the backchannel was quick and clear. Blankstein effectively made his point about how personalized learning needs to go beyond curriculum.
— Alan Blankstein (@AlanBlankstein) March 17, 2015
If a child doesn't have a home, homework doesn't make sense. Fair, not equal. #rbpls15 #edchat
— Eman H. Abouelatta (@EmanAbouelatta) March 26, 2015
Many of the other sessions and talks were built around strategies and research. The symposium was a small intimate experience filled with rich discussion among researchers and business leaders on blended and personalized learning. It was an honor to be a voice for classroom K12 educators through my participation in a panel.
|#edsurge50 panel left to right: Mary Jo Madda, |
Ricardo Elizalde, Brandon Phenix, myself, and Roger Cook
We took quite a few questions at the end of the panel. You can watch as we fielded queries from advice for getting started to dealing with unmotivated learners to concerns about student data privacy.
Participation in the panel was not limited to those of us in the room at Stanford University that day. Since the panel was live streamed, #edsurge50 writers from all over the country particpated. The Twitter feed is a wealth of information, a veritable professional development gold mine.
I was also honored to have the support and encouragement of my district colleagues and administration. John Doherty, Superintendent of Reading Public Schools, even posted about it on the district blog.
Of course, I'm looking forward to staying in contact with the researchers and forward-thinkers I met as part of this opportunity.