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Tuesday, February 11
 

11:00am

Conference Registration and Information Booth
Registration will open in the Lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado Conference Center at 11:00AM. Join us when you arrive to say hello, get your conference badge and begin your ALP Learning Journey. The information booth will remain open the duration of the event and can be available to answer questions about the schedule, the facility and how you can best engage in the many learning opportunities.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
Garden Patio

1:00pm

Welcome to the 2020 Assessment for Learning Conference
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lench

Sarah Lench

Chief Curiosity Officer, Assessment for Learning Project, Center for Innovation in Education
avatar for Tony Siddall

Tony Siddall

NGLC
I am the Program Officer for the Assessment for Learning Project. For the past four years I have had the privilege of learning with the ALP community, and I am thrilled to share our learning at our first ever national Assessment for Learning Conference.


Tuesday February 11, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

1:15pm

Ecosystems of San Diego
What can we learn from the natural and social ecosystems of the San Diego area? Beto Vasquez, a community college professor of Biology and an interdisciplinary scientist, will help bring our conference theme to life with a place-based introduction to San Diego. At the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California at San Diego,
Beto spearheads UCSD’s efforts to increase STEM diversity, engagement and access to disenfranchised communities throughout Southern California. He is an educational advocate for marginalized groups and a great proponent of diversity in Science, technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields. He has worked in the non-profit sector, local government and higher education; and has been instrumental in successfully implementing programs supporting disproportionately impacted populations and addressing social justice issues.

Speakers

Tuesday February 11, 2020 1:15pm - 1:40pm
Crown Room

1:40pm

Transition to CREW Work Spaces
At your assigned table you will meet your Crew Leader and fellow Crew members. The Crew Leader will have instructions for how to get to your work space and to complete the activity. 

Tuesday February 11, 2020 1:40pm - 1:50pm
TBA

1:50pm

CREW: Mapping Our Assessment Ecosystems
How do our assessment systems work now, and what are our individual roles within them? How might we understand them differently if we viewed them as highly unique and deeply interconnected ecosystems? In this session participants will examine our assessment systems as the currently are, laying a foundation to reimagine them during the conference as they MIGHT be.

These discussions will take place in Crews of 16-18 people, which will meet at the beginning and end of the conference. Each participant will be assigned to a Crew based on shared interests and/or geographic location. Crew is your home base for setting learning goals, reflecting, sharing your learning, and planning your path forward with assessment for learning. 

Tuesday February 11, 2020 1:50pm - 3:10pm
Hotel Del Coronado

3:10pm

Networking Break
Tuesday February 11, 2020 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Garden Patio

3:30pm

Charting Your Assessment for Learning Journey
This session will introduce you to five core shifts in assessment that help us move from assessment OF learning to assessment FOR and AS learning. Participants will reflect on these shifts as they relate to your own contexts, identifying assets already in place to build upon. You will set learning goals and chart a path through the conference to explore assessment approaches that will help your school or system take your next steps deeper into assessment for learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Tony Siddall

Tony Siddall

NGLC
I am the Program Officer for the Assessment for Learning Project. For the past four years I have had the privilege of learning with the ALP community, and I am thrilled to share our learning at our first ever national Assessment for Learning Conference.
avatar for Morgan Vien

Morgan Vien

Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners
I am a leader, learner and designer. Currently, I serve as a Deeper Learning Coach for Envision Learning Partners, a School Retool Coach with IDEO, Design Facilitator w/ d.school @ Stanford, a partner and facilitator to the National Equity Project and I partner with systems leaders... Read More →


Tuesday February 11, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

5:30pm

Welcome Reception hosted by Assessment for Learning Project
Our opening reception will take place on the beautiful Windsor Lawn of the Hotel Del Coronado overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We invite you to relax, connect, and get ready to step right up to the edge of your learning for the rest of the conference. 

Tuesday February 11, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Windsor Lawn
 
Wednesday, February 12
 

6:30am

Malia means calm: Movements w/ a Voice
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As sign language is a form of communication, so is the Hawaiian Art of Hula.

Speakers
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John Noah P. Ho'omanawanui

Hawaiian Immersion High School Teacher, Lahainaluna High School


Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:30am - 7:30am
Beach Near Windsor Lawn

6:30am

Morning (slow and easy) Run
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join a circle of the most inclusive runners you have ever seen.

Speakers
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Khizer Husain

Director of External Relations, Two Rivers Public Charter School
Education - particularly how to develop critical thinking skills, how to guide students in project-based learning, and how to do this with inclusivity and equity at the forefront.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:30am - 7:30am
Lobby

6:30am

Morning run - 6 Miles at 6:30
Limited Capacity seats available

Join me to explore Coronado on a morning run. Pace range 9:30-10:30 min/mile. I'm planning two different ~6 mile routes for a great start to our morning. Meet in the lobby.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Gagnon

Laurie Gagnon

Educational Designer, reDesign
Talk to me about performance assessment, competency-based learning, your ideas for creating truly learner-centered environments for all learners and managing complex change. For over 10 years, I've been working to support educators to design and implement changes in practice that... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:30am - 7:30am
Lobby

6:30am

Play Your Way to Wellness!
Limited Capacity seats available

Feeling Tense? Stressed out? Too much multi-tasking? Carve out an hour of your time to release the tension, practice relaxation, increase awareness, and create community all while playing and having fun!

Bill English, from the San Francisco Playhouse, says that, 'Theatre is like a gym for empathy. It's where we go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people's actions. We practice caring.'

Playing together creates an ensemble--strengthens a community. Come join us for a great workout!

Speakers
avatar for Esther Soliman

Esther Soliman

CTE-Linked Learning Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District
I am the CTE-Linked Learning Administrator at LA Unified. I am happy to talk to anyone about Linked Learning, as well as the Portfolio and Defense system we have developed and implemented.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:30am - 7:30am
Windsor Lawn

7:00am

Breakfast On Own
Good morning! The 2020 ALP Conference will not be providing breakfast on either day of this learning experience, so you are encouraged to visit one of the coffee shop and restaurants on site at the Hotel Del Coronado or another nearby option. Grab a friend or a new connection to share a meal and a conversation with, this is your time to connect and learn from and with one another.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 7:00am - 8:30am
Various Local Restaurants

8:00am

Conference Information Booth
The information booth will remain open the duration of the event and can be available to answer questions about the schedule, the facility and how you can best engage in the many learning opportunities.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 8:00am - 5:30pm
Garden Patio

8:30am

General Session: Launching Our Learning
We will begin our day with a brief general session before heading into a day of hands-on workshops, case studies, design challenges and provocations. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lench

Sarah Lench

Chief Curiosity Officer, Assessment for Learning Project, Center for Innovation in Education
avatar for Tony Siddall

Tony Siddall

NGLC
I am the Program Officer for the Assessment for Learning Project. For the past four years I have had the privilege of learning with the ALP community, and I am thrilled to share our learning at our first ever national Assessment for Learning Conference.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 8:30am - 8:50am
Crown Room

8:50am

Networking Break and Transition to Learning Session
Grab a snack and chat with a friend or partner in learning. 

Wednesday February 12, 2020 8:50am - 9:15am
Garden Patio & Grande Hall

9:15am

It’s Their Conference! Why and how to have students lead their own conferences
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch your students lead their own conference? To witness the power of them standing up and defend their learning journey? Well, here is your chance to find out what that feels like! Join Victoria Albaracin, Robin Souza, and Jess Kunz on a 90 minute journey that will take you deep into the process of prototyping a plan for shifting the conferences from teachers to students. You will experience a clear, hands on, non-prescriptive process that will help you come up with a plan to implement student led conferences.

Speakers
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Victoria Goh

Kindergarten Teacher, Ascend
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Jess Kunz

ASCEND School
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Robin Souza

Education for Change - ASCEND



Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Regent Room

9:15am

Let Us Count the Ways: Creatively Tackling the Logistics of Portfolio Defense
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you see the potential that lies in every student being expected to publicly present their learning? Do you have a lot of questions when it comes to making it happen, and in particular scaling up this model in a large school or district? The logistical side of it all can boggle the mind. 

If this is you, come get unboggled!

Bring your logistical questions on the HOW of defenses of learning, and get some concrete solutions as well as guiding principles to apply to your own context. The session will focus on two case studies, and three speakers engaging with participant-generated questions.

Read below for more on who will be in the room.

Nancy Le is a Linked Learning Instructional Coach for Los Angeles Unified School District and has been leading the portfolio defense work in the second largest school district in the country. Through various support structures, Nancy has spearheaded district level support that has led to the implementation of the portfolio defense in over 35 pathways so far.

MaryAnn Suhl is a Coordinator for Dallas ISD, and was a teacher leader and then key system redesigner and Coordinator at Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy. BAHSLA is a comprehensive public school that serves over 2000 students in the Dallas area.

Suzanne Malek is a Deeper Learning Coach for Envision Learning Partners; her background is teacher leader at Envision Schools. In recent years she has been traveling the country facilitating the collaborative development of dozens of performance assessment systems, including portfolio defense, exhibition, and advisory.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Le

Nancy Le

Linked Learning Instructional Coach, Los Angeles Unified School District
Nancy Le is the Linked Learning Coordinator for Los Angeles Unified School District, and led portfolio defense design in the second largest school district in the country. Through a cohort model, Nancy has facilitated the design and implementation of portfolio defense in over 40 schools... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Malek

Suzanne Malek

Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners
Deeper learning for all. Collaboratively designed performance assessment systems. Graduate profiles. Defenses of learning. Capstone projects. Exhibitions. Advisory. Growth mindset. Adaptive systems. Distributed leadership. Inquiry-based, project-based, problem-based, student-centered... Read More →
avatar for MaryAnn Suhl

MaryAnn Suhl

School Leadership Coordinator, Dallas Independent School District
MaryAnn Suhl is a Coordinator for Dallas ISD, and was a teacher leader and then key system redesigner and Coordinator at Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy. BAHSLA is a comprehensive public school that serves 3500 students.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Empress Room

9:15am

Getting to Agency: What We're Learning about Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

When students learn to use evidence on a daily basis to assess the status of their learning, agency begins to drive learning forward. When students learn from one another as they construct knowledge and skills through discourse and peer feedback, this individual agency becomes the powerful force of collective agency. Through formative assessment, students learn skills such as recognizing and using evidence to support their own learning and that of their peers, creating increased competence, capacity and collaboration. In this way, formative assessment is an engine for student agency. In this session, we'll explore, through images and words, what students do differently as they engage with formative assessment, shift their learner identities and move towards autonomy and agency. And we’ll explore how formative assessment is both challenging and rewarding for teachers as they re-envision how students learn.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Gerzon

Nancy Gerzon

Project Director - Formative Assessment, WestEd
My work centers on enlivening adult learning through using formative assessment constructs to improve teacher learning – in other words, engaging teachers in using evidence of their current practice to build on their strengths and explore next steps in their own learning. Talk to... Read More →
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Barbara Jones

Senior Professional Learning Specialist, WestEd
Barbara Jones is a Professional Learning Specialist for WestEd. She brings expertise in areas related to formative assessment, culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, Indigenous education, and professional development. Jones’ work centers around providing technical... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Coronet Room

9:15am

Local Wisdom as the Lever for Change
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on capturing the local wisdom of communities to transform the education systems in New Mexico. While the term "innovation' has lost it's meaning in some places, it has been redefined in New Mexico as part of a ground up strategy to transform the education system. Participants will learn from this case study and have an opportunity to breath life into the term "innovation" for their own communities.

Speakers
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Tony Monfiletto

Executive Director, Future Focused Education


Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Stuart Room

9:15am

Portrait of a Graduate Overview: Engaging the Community to Find & Define Your Why
Limited Capacity seats available

Hundreds of districts around the country have developed a Portrait of a Graduate as the “north star” for their communities – now what? Learn how districts are turning their locally developed 21st century vision for student success into reality. Participants will learn how superintendents and school boards work together with their communities to create their Portrait of a Graduate.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon King

Shannon King

Chief Innovation Officer, Battelle for Kids



Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Hanover Room

9:15am

Five (+1) Ways to do Performance Assessment Badly (aka, How to Do it Well)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What is non-negotiable if you are to develope a vibrant, ethical performance assessment system? We say that performance assessments are essential to our work in Assessment for Learning, but we are only partly right. GOOD performance assessments certainly are required, but it is shockingly easy to do bad performance assessment. "How?" we hear you ask? Let us count the ways! (NOW COMES WITH ONE BONUS WAY!)

Speakers
avatar for Gary Chapin

Gary Chapin

Senior Associate, Center for Collaborative Education
Performance Assessment. Personalized Learning. Standards and Competencies. Accordions. Cheese danish. I have been with CCE for six years, and doing ALP work for nearly four.
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Rita Harvey

Senior Associate, Center for Collaborative Education
I am passionate about educational equity, with a particular interest in the ways intersectional thought can help deepen our ways of approaching solutions to the inequity that permeates many aspects of education from assessment to responses to behavior. Feel free to talk with me race... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Viceroy Room

9:15am

Weaving Together an Equitable Assessment System Reflective of Unique Communities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Hawaiian-focused Charter Schools (HFCS) were created in the early 2000s to offer families learning environments that emphasize Hawaiian language, culture, and values. While equity in assessment is crucial, our ability to design and conduct equitable assessment is constrained in part by the lack of tools that reflect the worldviews and lived experiences of students, families, and communities. In this session, attendees will learn how Culturally Relevant Assessment tools promote equity and measure the HFCS Vision of the Graduate. Attendees will draw connections between their schools/districts and the HFCS Kupukupu Framework Assessments (Cultural Artifacts, Academic Work, and Performances).

Speakers
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Allyson Tamura

C/O Principal, Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School
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Tia Koerte

Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha
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Kuuleianuhea Awo-Chun

Assistant School Director, Malama Honua PCS



Wednesday February 12, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am
Edison IJ Room

10:15am

Networking Break
Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:40am
Garden Patio

10:40am

Empowering Adults in the Same Way we Hope to Empower Youth, through Action Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Youth have historically been one of the primary catalysts for taking action towards fundamental change in this world. At June Jordan School for Equity, a public, small school by design in Excelsior, San Francisco, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is the form of Performance Assessment and Exhibition that the school collectively engages in. In this session, to better understand the YPAR process, we will engage Teachers (and Educators) in a mini-TPAR of their own, a Teacher Participatory Action Research process.

Speakers
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Alvin Rosales

Instructional Reform Facilitator, June Jordan School for Equity
YPAR. Freire. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Reform vs Transformative Change. Settler-colonialism education. Youth Participatory Action Research. Community Organizing. Abolition in Education.
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Gabe De La Cruz

Teacher/Coordinator, June Jordan School for Equity
Gabriel de la Cruz, M.A., Urban Education, and Social Justice is an educator, organizer, and Hip-hop practitioner. He is currently teaching within the San Francisco Unified School District and is an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco's Teaching Education Department... Read More →
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Lauren Daus

Ethnic Studies Teacher, June Jordan School for Equity
Advocate for the youth.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Coronet Room

10:40am

Exhibitions 101: How to take any project or performance task to a higher level with authentic audience
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will connect with the ancient idea of a Rite of Passage, and investigate the application of that construct at one or more of three stations. They can explore Social and Emotional Learning, Envision Alumni Voices, and/or Adult Learning, looking for the presence and evaluating the value of Rites of Passage in each case study. Participants will then choose one of three products to capture their learning: Revise a project they have taught, map out high level project and authentic audience ideas, or reflect via writing or video on their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Malek

Suzanne Malek

Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners
Deeper learning for all. Collaboratively designed performance assessment systems. Graduate profiles. Defenses of learning. Capstone projects. Exhibitions. Advisory. Growth mindset. Adaptive systems. Distributed leadership. Inquiry-based, project-based, problem-based, student-centered... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Wei

Ruth Wei

Dir of Research & Innovation, Envision Learning Partners
I recently made the transition from working at SCALE - Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity to my new position as Director of Research & Innovation at Envision Learning Partners. I hope to deepen the work that I do in supporting school networks, states and districts... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Stuart Room

10:40am

It’s Elementary, My Dear!: Exhibition at the Elementary Level
Limited Capacity seats available

When students share their learning with public audiences there is the potential for a transformative experience. Exhibition at all ages meaningfully engages and assesses learning. Participants will engage with a menu of possibilities for exhibitions, build off an aspiration and leave with a design plan to bring back and apply. Sharing your learning is a powerful way to build equity, engagement and real world learning with students. Exhibitions require students demonstrate deeper learning skills of effective communication, collaboration, and content mastery. During this workshop participants will share tools for exhibitions and create mini exhibitions of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Vien

Morgan Vien

Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners
I am a leader, learner and designer. Currently, I serve as a Deeper Learning Coach for Envision Learning Partners, a School Retool Coach with IDEO, Design Facilitator w/ d.school @ Stanford, a partner and facilitator to the National Equity Project and I partner with systems leaders... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Edison IJ Room

10:40am

Where do We Go from Here? New Ways of Thinking in VA and Nationally about Evidence of Learning in Systems of Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will explore a current project in progress by teachers in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and former students of Fairfax County Public Schools to study the impact of Capstone experiences on students’ lives after high school. We will consider how and whether student reflections and inputs can be a measure of performance task outcomes and what other data metrics might be valuable to identify and curate in order to transform assessment and instructional practices in and across systems.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Hovanec

Katie Hovanec

English Teacher, Oakton High School
Katie Hovanec is a teacher-leader at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. She has been teaching freshman and sophomore English for nine years. She is also the Chair for Oakton’s Exhibition of Learning. Katie has a B.A. in English from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. from the University... Read More →
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Paul Leather

Director, 4 State Performance Assessment Project, Center for Innovation in Education
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Beth Blankenship

English Teacher, Madison High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
Beth Blankenship is a teacher-leader at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. Beth graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology, earned a Master\\'s Degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master\\'s Degree of Education... Read More →
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Erich Heckel

Teacher, District of Columbia Public Schools
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Eliot Waxman

Teacher, Oakton High School
Capstone Learning ExperiencesAuthentic Learning Experiences



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Crown Room

10:40am

Professional Learning Design that Supports Formative Assessment and Teacher Agency
Limited Capacity filling up

Next Generation Professional Learning is designed so that teacher learning mirrors the types of experiences that are being sought for students. When learning formative assessment, teachers need to experience attributes of formative assessment (effective learning goals, success criteria, use of evidence, timely feedback, etc.) in a learning culture that encourages risk-taking and regular self-reflection on the learning process. In this design challenge, you will hear stories about and design a prototype of adult learning journeys that incorporate formative assessment attributes as well as learning cultures and dispositions that promote agency and identity.

Moderators
avatar for Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

Digital Learning Strategy, WestEd
I am excited by the notion that we can all get better at learning, and I like to discover new strategies and tools that support learning and reflection on learning. My role at WestEd is to design and develop digital professional learning experiences for educators that put collaboration... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Epstein

Amy Epstein

Exec Director Data & Assessment, Leadership Public Schools
Belonging, equity, formative assessment, Identity Safety, deliberate practice, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, culture, power & privilege, drumming,community, healing
avatar for Kate Levitt

Kate Levitt

Director, Leadership Public Schools
I'm an educator who is passionate about capacity building, fostering partnerships, and telling stories in learning spaces. I especially love listening and working with teens and adults, geeking out on digital media production, and making sure that schools are well-resourced! Ask me... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Empress Room

10:40am

The Triple Crown of Formative Practices: Eliciting, Interpreting and Using Evidence of Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

The core of formative assessment practice is that both teachers and students gain skills to elicit, interpret and use evidence as learning takes shape. What skills must shift for teachers and students to elicit, interpret and use evidence? They both learn new ways to make thinking visible, they both learn how to support new cultural conditions that focus on safety, trust and relationships that create high expectations, and they both learn strategies for metacognition and self-regulation. Participants will explore evidence practices through reflections on student work, videos of students engaging with evidence of learning with one another, and how classroom structures support the ability for teacher and students to make sense of evidence during a lesson.

Speakers
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Samantha Fernandez

Sunnyside Unified School District
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Kasie Betten

Desert View High School



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Viceroy Room

10:40am

Bringing Your Portrait to Practice: Navigating Toward Your North Star
Limited Capacity seats available

Once a district has developed a Portrait of a Graduate their journey has just begun. What comes next? Learn how districts are turning their Portrait of a Graduate vision into reality. Participants will learn about the practices districts are leveraging to implement their Portrait of a Graduate, specifically in the areas of assessment and teacher support.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon King

Shannon King

Chief Innovation Officer, Battelle for Kids



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Regent Room

10:40am

Best. PD. Ever! Calibration, PLCs, and how performance assessment can transform professional learning.
Limited Capacity filling up

PD for teachers is too often comprised of a one-time “expert” coming in from outside to “teach” something new to staff. Teachers are often not provided with the ongoing time, support, and feedback to make it meaningful and embedded. The true experts, the teachers, reside right within the school. This session will focus on developing structures and processes that allow all staff to engage in ongoing and embedded professional development (like deepening assessment literacy, inter-rater reliability) within their collaborative teams. Participants in this session will engage in calibration with real student work to better understand the structures and processes necessary to bring PD to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Vander Els

Jonathan Vander Els

Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative
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Jennifer Manning

Teacher, NHLI : Sanborn Regional School District
Jennifer Manning has been an elementary school teacher since 2002; she has worked as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and case manager. She is currently a Kindergarten Teacher in the Sanborn School District. She earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Special... Read More →
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Graeme Crowther

Secondary Mathematics Educator
Graeme Crowther has been an secondary math educator since 2010; he has taught all secondary math courses since entering education after a prior background in retail management. He is currently working at Concord High School in Concord, NH. He earned his Bachelors in Kinesiology from... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 10:40am - 12:10pm
Hanover Room

12:15pm

Lunch
Join us in the Ballroom for some a delicious lunch, great views and even better conversations and connections. This will be a buffet lunch and check-in with the staff if you have unique dietary needs.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Creating Culminating Assessments Where ALL Students Thrive
Limited Capacity filling up

This session asks, “What kind of culminating exhibition experience would we create to ensure that learners, especially those farthest from opportunity, thrive when we operationalize our current vision/profile of a graduate?” In various groups, participants will explore different types of exhibitions (student-led conferences, capstones, portfolio defenses, etc.) and design a prototype of a culminating exhibition that provides evidence of student learning/thinking of essential competencies. The session concludes with participants testing/delivering an exhibition from the perspective a marginalized student your system serves, and reflecting on the changes needed to ensure that ALL students thrive in their PA system.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Benedetto

Abby Benedetto

Deeper Learning Coach, Deeper Learning Equity Fellow, Envision Learning Partners
Talk to me about performance assessment, portfolios and defenses, equity, and if you want my autograph because you know me as "the lady from the Teaching Channel videos"....
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Alcine Mumby

Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners



Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Edison IJ Room

1:30pm

Show Don’t Tell: How to design capstone experiences that embody your learning outcomes
Limited Capacity filling up

The ultimate aim of an assessment system is to make your graduate profile poster unnecessary; instead, it's plainly visible in the work that students are producing. A capstone experience is a powerful way to do this. In this session, learn from schools that are using capstones to deliver on the promises they make to their students, and practice designing such a system for your learning community.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bAH69IATbu9rkX4v1EbPWMVpicuQKt9uYPylotAbj6E/edit#slide=id.g7d70a36655_0_0


Speakers
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Camrin Fredrick

Oakland Unified School District
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Jennifer Nikopoulos

Instructional coach, LAUSD- Linked Learning
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Young Whan Choi

OUSD
I am passionate about creating a public education system where students of color in particular are active and engaged learners who are proud of their backgrounds and contributions to this country. #Capstone #EthnicStudies #YoungWoke
avatar for Nancy Le

Nancy Le

Linked Learning Instructional Coach, Los Angeles Unified School District
Nancy Le is the Linked Learning Coordinator for Los Angeles Unified School District, and led portfolio defense design in the second largest school district in the country. Through a cohort model, Nancy has facilitated the design and implementation of portfolio defense in over 40 schools... Read More →
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Justin Wells

Executive Director, Envision Learning Partners


Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Empress Room

1:30pm

Identity Safe Formative Assessment: An Equity Superpower
Limited Capacity seats available

Formative assessment in the words of an LPS student, means “that you can always grow and you have the opportunity to grow.” But when belonging or trust are low, formative assessment and feedback may be experienced as confirming a stereotype or attributing inferiority rather than supporting learning. LPS recognized educator equity consciousness and emotional resiliency as key competencies alongside technical formative assessment skills. They will share their learning journey to explore, understand and provide educators with integrated opportunities to grow across the three domains. They will share the Identity Safe Classrooms framework and how it has enriched and structured the work.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Epstein

Amy Epstein

Exec Director Data & Assessment, Leadership Public Schools
Belonging, equity, formative assessment, Identity Safety, deliberate practice, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, culture, power & privilege, drumming,community, healing
avatar for Kate Levitt

Kate Levitt

Director, Leadership Public Schools
I'm an educator who is passionate about capacity building, fostering partnerships, and telling stories in learning spaces. I especially love listening and working with teens and adults, geeking out on digital media production, and making sure that schools are well-resourced! Ask me... Read More →
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Becki Cohn-Vargas

Owner, Cohn-Vargas Consulting
Identity Safety. Equity, Elementary Education, Compassion, SEL, Bullying prevention


Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Regent Room

1:30pm

Students Use Evidence of Learning, Too: A Case Study of Teachers and Students as Partners in Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from Tulsa high school students and their teacher about how formative assessment practices have fostered students’ identities as learners, enhanced peer learning and cultivated student ownership of learning. In this session, we’ll engage with students directly to explore how they have experienced new ways of working, learn from their teacher about changes in instructional practice and mindset shifts that supported new ways for him to learn alongside students, and also introduce classroom video that highlights emerging student knowledge and dispositions as they learn how to apply formative assessment practices themselves.

Speakers
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Joe Nelson

Tulsa Public Schools
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Brian Antunez

Student, Tulsa public schools
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Hannah Hoff

Student, Tulsa Public Schools
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Jack Hernandez

Student, Tulsa public schools
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Warnett Waldon

Student, Tulsa Public Schools


Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Coronet Room

1:30pm

Starting Tiny: From Classroom to System
Limited Capacity seats available

We believe that learning is not bound by the walls of our school. Rich and transformative learning experiences happen at home, in the community, and in workplaces. Our internship program allows scholars to leave campus and build relationships with mentors that help shape their identity and learn about the work that happens in our region. In this session, we explore how student internship experiences converge with the ideas from Competency X on ePortfolios and digital badges to promote deeper and more relevant skill development. As we share our journey in capturing scholars' demonstration of workforce competencies through performance-based assessments, participants will be prompted to reflect on redefining student success. While a graduate portrait is one crucial strategy for creating shared visions of student success, complementary strategies like badging and portfolios present a tangential pathway for developing a shared definition.

Speakers
avatar for Carissa Duran

Carissa Duran

District EdTech Coach, Del Lago Academy
I am an educator in pursuit of justice. I started my career in education in Southern California as an English teacher and now serve also as a Teacher on Special Assignment, where I coach, coordinate, and consult in the areas of literacy, English language development, educational technology... Read More →
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Jennifer Perez

Humanities Teacher, Del Lago Academy


Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Stuart Room

1:30pm

The Power of Networks: How district collaboration can bridge state and local efforts.
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn together about the power of cross-district collaborations when districts/states/partnerships intentionally develop a Learning Plan to guide meaningful learning around identified problems of practice. We will share strategies to develop and nurture networks and integrate Graduate Portraits into the learning experience for student-centered outcomes respective to the participant’s context. Participants will collaborate to develop a draft Collaborative Learning Plan that identifies and builds on “collective expertise” and is meaningful to each learner/district. Participants will consider how networked learning could lead to transformational change through “local” inquiry cycles that are meaningful and manageable.

Speakers
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Crystal M Beshears

Learning Design and Innovation Leader, OIE
Combining 15 years of experience in a variety of educational settings, Crystal Beshears serves as a Learning Design and Innovation Leader for the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas. Her diverse work includes: teaching social sciences to secondary students... Read More →
avatar for Beth Blankenship

Beth Blankenship

English Teacher, Madison High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
Beth Blankenship is a teacher-leader at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. Beth graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology, earned a Master\\'s Degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master\\'s Degree of Education... Read More →



Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hanover Room

1:30pm

Are Your Students Really Thinking? Creating Assessments of Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Looking for ways to teach and assess students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills? Building on Assessment for Learning principles, Two Rivers Public Charter School has developed a system to collect data on students’ abilities to transfer the cognitive skills embedded in project-based learning and other inquiry-based instructional approaches. Come learn how we developed discrete performance assessments centered on different aspects of critical thinking, and how we use the data to inform instruction and to help students integrate cognitive skills into their lives. Our session will leave participants with practical considerations for implementing similar models.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Heyck-Williams

Jeff Heyck-Williams

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Two Rivers Public Schools
As director of curriculum and instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School, a credentialed EL Education school, I have led work around project-based learning, creating school cultures that embrace learning and loving math, and teaching and assessing critical thinking and problem-solving... Read More →
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Nicole Clark

Two Rivers PCS
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Katherine Dunn

Two Rivers Public Charter School



Wednesday February 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Viceroy Room

3:00pm

Networking Break
Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Garden Patio

3:20pm

unConference Launch
We'll reconvene briefly in the Crown Room to launch the unConference & guided networking time. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lench

Sarah Lench

Chief Curiosity Officer, Assessment for Learning Project, Center for Innovation in Education
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Tony Siddall

NGLC
I am the Program Officer for the Assessment for Learning Project. For the past four years I have had the privilege of learning with the ALP community, and I am thrilled to share our learning at our first ever national Assessment for Learning Conference.


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:20pm - 3:35pm
Crown Room

3:35pm

Ola Ka Honua: Long Live the Ecosystem! An unKeynote
Limited Capacity filling up

At last year's ALP Conference in Louisville, Cheryl Ka`uhane Lupenui and Gary Chapin, asked each other, "So what do you mean when you say that education is an ecosystem?" The implications seemed so much more deep, profound, and unnerving than anyone seemed willing to admit. Today we invite you join that conversation in a radically designed unKeynote. There will be movement, stasis, exchanges of energy interdependence, and the loss of the illusion of control (that might just be for us!). As a pre-reading, check out the brief "EDUCATION AS ECOSYSTEM" article in the session materials. It can also be found here.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Chapin

Gary Chapin

Senior Associate, Center for Collaborative Education
Performance Assessment. Personalized Learning. Standards and Competencies. Accordions. Cheese danish. I have been with CCE for six years, and doing ALP work for nearly four.
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Cheryl Ka`uhane Lupenui

President & CEO, The Kohala Center



Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:35pm - 5:00pm
Coronet Room

3:35pm

UnConference, Provocations, and Ignite Talks
We measure the success of this conference not only by what participants learn, but by how deeply you connect. Using a modified unConference format, this block offers a range of opportunities for guided networking, sharing stories, and exploration of provocative questions and problems of practice raised by participants.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:35pm - 5:00pm
Various

3:40pm

CONSULTANCY: As we work to improve the current assessment systems we have in place; how do we lead at the state level to look to the future of developing a way to measure an ROI for our legislators' investments based on what we say we really value in educ
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In order for our schools to continue to invest the time, money and emotional collateral needed to change their systems of education to the personalized learning experience our parents and state want for their students, we need to move away from placing all accountability and quality measures from the traditional model of content measures to a more well-rounded model of dispositions as well as social emotional skills. Where is that possible and who will be the first to develop and scale it?

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Baesler

Kirsten Baesler

State School Superintendent, ND Dept. of Public Instruction


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Crown Room

3:40pm

CONSULTANCY: Time Management from an Indigenous Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Time is a variable we all want more of, but at times, fail to optimize the time we have whether it be from classroom management to creating innovative curriculum. The hope is to discuss and learn various coping strategies of colleagues in the area of Assessment for Learning.

Speakers
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John Noah P. Ho'omanawanui

Hawaiian Immersion High School Teacher, Lahainaluna High School


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Crown Room

3:40pm

CONSULTANCY: We are trying to build a district-wide assessment system around our graduate profile. What to hold? Where to start?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Systems can and should support assessments geared towards the difficult to measure human and life skills that we care about.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kessler

Julie Kessler

Supervisor of Innovation and Design, iLab
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Jesch Reyes

Central Office Leader/Administrator, SFUSD


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Crown Room

3:40pm

AfL & Equity - Creating Culturally Competent Classrooms
Limited Capacity filling up

How can we leverage the power of Assessment for Learning to support educators and learners alike in developing cultural competence, creating culturally responsive classrooms, fostering culturally sustaining pedagogy, and decolonizing the curriculum?

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Tulsa Public Schools


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Edison IJ Room

3:40pm

Are we actually measuring learning?
Most of our assessment measures the acquisition of knowledge. We measure if a student has remembered a formula, a passage, an event or a scientific process. But is that learning? Real learning is the application of knowledge. Shouldn’t our assessments go beyond this and tell us how students react to, shape or apply the knowledge they have acquired.

Speakers
avatar for David Cook

David Cook

Director of Innovation, Kentucky Department of Education
I believe that our current education system is based on an antiquated definition of what it means to be ready for postsecondary life. I want to support K12 school systems to embrace a true transformation of the education system that moves beyond the catch phrases of “personalized... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

3:40pm

Assessment of Learning vs. Assessment for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

What is the right balance of summative assessments versus formative assessments in our educational system? Can the same assessments be used for both summative and formative purposes? Let's collectively explore the issues and implications.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Heyck-Williams

Jeff Heyck-Williams

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Two Rivers Public Schools
As director of curriculum and instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School, a credentialed EL Education school, I have led work around project-based learning, creating school cultures that embrace learning and loving math, and teaching and assessing critical thinking and problem-solving... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Hanover Room

3:40pm

Do current standardized assessments help eliminate the learning equity gap or add to the problem?
Limited Capacity seats available

The question to be discussed is do standardized grade level assessments used for accountability drive better instruction or do they drive poor instructional decisions among teachers and leaders?

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Baesler

Kirsten Baesler

State School Superintendent, ND Dept. of Public Instruction


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Stuart Room

3:40pm

Do we need a new word for assessment?
So many people have negative connotations of the word assessment. We know it has a bad reputation, it makes people anxious, and we often start by explaining what we mean by the word. Given that many of us are rethinking assessment, is it time to come up with a different word for the kind of student-centered, empowering, formative feedback that we all love? Would that help others see it differently and think outside the box?

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Rosenheck

Louisa Rosenheck

Associate Director, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Louisa Rosenheck is the Associate Director and Creative Lead of the MIT Playful Journey Lab. She manages the design, content, and development of educational games and software, and oversees the research on how ed tech can be effectively used in both formal and informal educational... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Beach Near Windsor Lawn

3:40pm

How do we Overcome Bias Toward Assessment OF Learning: Shifting the Value to Assessment FOR or AS Learning
Is there a bias that impacts the focus of assessment in your school or classroom toward assessment OF learning rather than assessment FOR or AS learning? Do conflicting messages exist at your school/district—a focus on the metrics in accountability (summative test scores) and how to improve them more so than on how to assess FOR learning or AS learning to impact those metrics? What factors might help shift mindsets? Which ones might we have an influence or control over and how might we take first steps to do so? Let's discuss!

Speakers

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Beach Near Windsor Lawn

3:40pm

Innovation in the Rural Delta
There’s a hidden jewel in Eastern Arkansas. Come hear about the journey of the Clarendon School of Innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie King

Cassie King

Secondary Instructor, District ESL Coordinator, Clarendon High School


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Garden Patio

3:40pm

Join the Share Your Learning Movement!
The Share Your Learning campaign is a collaborative deeper learning project to encourage more teachers to provide opportunities for students to authentically share their learning (via exhibitions, student-led conferences and presentations of learning). Our mission is to transform education by giving more students the opportunity to share their learning with an audience beyond the classroom so they can communicate, collaborate, and contribute. Claim your space in this student-centered learning movement. Sign up at shareyourlearning.org!

Speakers

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Garden Patio

3:40pm

Maslow before Assessment for Learning: Investing in student with Love and Social Emotional Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Quality student engagement and learning is more than instructional strategies and practices. This interactive session will explore the realities facing students, which make equitable assessment challenging. This session highlights the collaborative work of the Leadership Schools Network in Albuquerque, NM whose mission is to improve educational outcomes for marginalized students.

Participants will explore the necessary role of developmental relationship building, social emotional learning, and student support in positively priming students as a foundational building block of learning. They will self assess current practices, identify action steps, and articulate why this is important to share with other stakeholders in their communities.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Hanover Room

3:40pm

Shared Learning, Collective Knowledge (and selfies!)
To fuel our movement, we need to spread the word about how and what the assessment for learning community is learning and building together. In the Garden Patio we'll have a few ways to help you do this. Let's make #RethinkAssessment trend!

Selfie Station: Did it really happen if there's no selfie? Take a photo with new friends and future collaborators.
Padlet: (https://spr.padlet.org/ALP/ALP) This is an app where we're digitally collecting conference artifacts for attendees. Check out the assessment maps from Day 1, and add pics of your own reflections.
Luddite Twitter: Write your ideas, reflections, inspirations and provocations on post-its and we'll tweet them for you!

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Garden Patio

3:40pm

Using Formative Practices with a Blended Learning Model
We are curious about what formative practices and student agency look like with a personalized learning curriculum, such as Summit Learning Platform. What does the progression of student agency look like? How do teachers learn formative practices while using the blended learning experience? Are there different moves that had more impact for teacher and student learning that were different than the non-blended learning path?

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Mcintyre

Jeni Mcintyre

Manager of Elementary Data-Driven Instruction, Tulsa Public Schools


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

3:40pm

What Do Students Do When They Are Only Learning Formative Assessment in One Classroom?
Come and talk with students and teachers as they explore how students use formative assessment beyond a formative assessment classroom.

Speakers
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Joe Nelson

Tulsa Public Schools


Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

5:00pm

A Body (of Evidence) Washes Up on the Beach
A provocation around the question, "What is a body of evidence?" Axiomatically, a "body of evidence" is essential to any Assessment for Learning system, and is almost built into the definition of an exhibition or portfolio -- but what is a "body" and what is "evidence?" How do you know it is sufficient? Justin and I have been thinking about this for a long time, and we still sometimes default to "know it when I see it." So, we would like to plumb the depths of wisdom of attendees to construct the concept of "body of evidence."

Speakers

Wednesday February 12, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Beach Near Windsor Lawn

6:00pm

OPTIONAL: Dine Arounds
Sign-up at the Conference Information Booth to join a small group for a meal and conversation. ALP has made reservations at a selection of local restaurants and based on suggestions from attendees topics will be assigned to each restaurant. So when you sign-up you are choosing a type of food and topic for very loose conversation. These will be self facilitated and also self pay. We are excited to create the space and have you all fill it with great thinking and community building.

Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Various Local Restaurants

6:00pm

MetaRubric: Dinner Party Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Love rubrics? Hate rubrics? This dinner is for you! Rubrics can be helpful for personalized, inquiry-driven and project-based learning, but creating a good rubric that goes beyond traditional assessment methods can be challenging. We invite you to experience assessment design in a playful way, by participating in MetaRubric: Dinner Party Edition. During this dinner, we will engage in a hands-on assessment design activity in which we assess our own dinner conversations. In doing this, we will expand our thinking about rubric design and criteria selection, and generate insights into the learner experience of rubrics.

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Rosenheck

Louisa Rosenheck

Associate Director, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Louisa Rosenheck is the Associate Director and Creative Lead of the MIT Playful Journey Lab. She manages the design, content, and development of educational games and software, and oversees the research on how ed tech can be effectively used in both formal and informal educational... Read More →


Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, February 13
 

7:00am

Breakfast On Own
Good morning! The 2020 ALP Conference will not be providing breakfast on either day of this learning experience, so you are encouraged to visit one of the coffee shop and restaurants on site at the Hotel Del Coronado or another nearby option. Grab a friend or a new connection to share a meal and a conversation with, this is your time to connect and learn from and with one another.

Thursday February 13, 2020 7:00am - 8:30am
Various Local Restaurants

8:00am

Conference Information Booth
The information booth will remain open the duration of the event and can be available to answer questions about the schedule, the facility and how you can best engage in the many learning opportunities.

Thursday February 13, 2020 8:00am - 1:30pm
Garden Patio

8:30am

Ecosystems and Resilience: The Shelby County Story
Leaders from Shelby County Schools in Kentucky will share their district's ten-year journey into assessment for learning. Assessment for learning is not an initiative or toolkit - it is a way of working together for students, teachers, instructional leaders, systems leaders and families. Deep change like this takes time, relationships and resilience. The Shelby County team will share how they began, where their journey has taken them, and how they are continuing to deepen assessment for learning in the district. 

Speakers
avatar for James Neihof

James Neihof

superintendent, Shelby County Public Schools, KY
James Neihof, Ed. D. is in his twelfth year as superintendent of the Shelby County Public Schools in Shelbyville, Kentucky and is in his twenty-ninth year as an educator in Kentucky.In 2013 Dr. Neihof led a strategic planning initiative to create a strategic roadmap toward personalization... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dugle

Susan Dugle

Chief Academic Officer, Shelby County Public Schools
avatar for Lora Shields

Lora Shields

Staff Developer, Shelby County Public Schools
Professional Learning, Staff Development, Thinking Strategies, Workshop Model, Feedback, Visible Learning
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Rebecca Martin

Shelby County Public Schools


Thursday February 13, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
Crown Room

9:10am

9:30am

Students ARE the Stakeholders: The Virginia Network Improvement Community’s Approach to Student-Led Assessment
In order to best prepare students for the complex future that awaits, we need to rethink assessment! As a balanced assessment approach that includes assessments of content knowledge and 21st-century skills, Student-led Assessment engages students in processes that develops metacognition and provides student-centered learning experiences. Presenters will share their approach to enact Student-led Assessment across their districts with quality and equity, and offer practical entry points for getting started, and shifting systems to embrace these assessment practices.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Blankenship

Beth Blankenship

English Teacher, Madison High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
Beth Blankenship is a teacher-leader at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. Beth graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology, earned a Master\\'s Degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master\\'s Degree of Education... Read More →
avatar for Shannon King

Shannon King

Chief Innovation Officer, Battelle for Kids



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Crown Room

9:30am

Taking a Defense Process from Good to Great using Quality Criteria
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will situate themselves inside of a transformative Defense/Exhibition of Learning in order to identify the quality criteria for high quality Defenses/Exhibitions, and the systems that support them. Working with a Quality Criteria tool and planning framework, participants will select a focus area(s) that they will explore. They will spend the majority of the session building and testing high-leverage structures, processes, and/or outcomes that will take their current iteration of student defenses to the next place of depth, authenticity, and transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Benedetto

Abby Benedetto

Deeper Learning Coach, Deeper Learning Equity Fellow, Envision Learning Partners
Talk to me about performance assessment, portfolios and defenses, equity, and if you want my autograph because you know me as "the lady from the Teaching Channel videos"....



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Viceroy Room

9:30am

Leading with Coherence: The Sunnyside Arizona Story
Limited Capacity seats available

This case study will focus on Sunnyside School District’s development and use of three core documents – a Coherence Framework, a Graduate Profile, and Coherence Strategies – that serve to create enabling policies and guiding practices in support of district equity goals. Participants will explore how Sunnyside’s leadership team developed and used these resources to anchor their equity focus, and guide leaders, teachers and the community towards not only a shared vision of student success, but also a pathway to attain that vision. The case study will clarify strategies to envision a learning culture, and ways to support cultural change at the district, school, classroom and student level.

Speakers
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Pam Betten

Chief Academic Officer, Sunnyside Unified School District
 As Director of One-to-One at Sunnyside Unified School District, Ms. Betten plays in critical leadership roll across departments to ensure that the technology, professional development, and curriculum are all delivered and supported to promote teacher and student success in the... Read More →
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Steve Holmes

Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified School District No. 12


Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Coronet Room

9:30am

The Student Role in Assessment for Learning: A Design Challenge
Limited Capacity filling up

In this Design Challenge, you will explore ways to consider a framework for creating a balanced approach towards assessment for learning. Through this Design Challenge you will explore how your system currently promotes the student role in assessment, and identify ways to deepen student use of key assessment for learning practices. You will leave the design process with an analysis tool to communicate how current practices at your site support or hinder student metacognition and self-regulation, and clarity about which next steps can advance the student role as you move forward in this work.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Gerzon

Nancy Gerzon

Project Director - Formative Assessment, WestEd
My work centers on enlivening adult learning through using formative assessment constructs to improve teacher learning – in other words, engaging teachers in using evidence of their current practice to build on their strengths and explore next steps in their own learning. Talk to... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Hanover Room

9:30am

AFL Unplugged: ‘Awa, ‘Ai and Aloha
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The Hawai’i Department of Education, through its Office of Hawaiian Education, has been working to establish a culturally responsive learning framework rooted in BREATH or HĀ outcomes. HĀ reflects a core set of values and beliefs throughout the public educational system of Hawai’i, drawing on competencies that strengthen a sense of belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total well being, and Hawai‘i for all learners.

In this session, participants will experience the sharing of ʻawa, ʻai and aloha, as facilitators present an engaging discussion amongst peers who began a shared learning journey four years ago as new Assessment for Learning Project grantees. Where have we been, where are we at and where might we go as we continue to explore how HĀ can be a foundation for bridging culture, theory and practice? Facilitators will engage panelists in a discussion that challenges folks to unplug from current traditions of our education systems and to plug into new ways of seeing, knowing and evolving.

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Ka`uhane Lupenui

Cheryl Ka`uhane Lupenui

President & CEO, The Kohala Center
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Kau'i Sang

Director, Office of Hawaiian Education

Speakers
avatar for Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

Digital Learning Strategy, WestEd
I am excited by the notion that we can all get better at learning, and I like to discover new strategies and tools that support learning and reflection on learning. My role at WestEd is to design and develop digital professional learning experiences for educators that put collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Gary Chapin

Gary Chapin

Senior Associate, Center for Collaborative Education
Performance Assessment. Personalized Learning. Standards and Competencies. Accordions. Cheese danish. I have been with CCE for six years, and doing ALP work for nearly four.
avatar for Kate Levitt

Kate Levitt

Director, Leadership Public Schools
I'm an educator who is passionate about capacity building, fostering partnerships, and telling stories in learning spaces. I especially love listening and working with teens and adults, geeking out on digital media production, and making sure that schools are well-resourced! Ask me... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Vander Els

Jonathan Vander Els

Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative


Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Tudor Room

9:30am

Building a Practice-driven State Performance Assessment Collaborative: The California and Hawai’i Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Why start a state performance assessment collaborative? How can a network of practitioners support students’ access to equitable, high-quality performance assessments? What are some steps that can set your collaborative up for success? Session participants will explore these questions through the lens of the California Performance Assessment Collaborative (CPAC) and the Hawai’i Performance Assessment Collaborative (HPAC), state learning networks that have developed in a complementary manner. Each team of facilitators and practitioners will share what they have learned about creating a collaborative that supports high-quality performance assessments, encourages teacher professionalism and leadership, and emphasizes equity for students. Participants will work together to either add to their learning plan (if they attended “Part 1” on Wednesday) or brainstorm next steps that this might be bringing up for them, i.e. how might they start a performance assessment collaborative in their own context or what are their existing policy and practice assets and challenges. Participants will leave this session with concrete ideas for how they can use the power of networks to support high-quality and equitable performance assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Buffy Cushman-Patz

Buffy Cushman-Patz

School Leader, SEEQS: the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability
Buffy Cushman-Patz, SEEQS' Founder and School Leader, has explored teaching and learning through the lenses of theory, policy, leadership, and through first-hand experiences as a teacher in both conventional and unconventional settings.
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LEIGH FITZGERALD

Vice President, Mid-Pacific Institute
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Kelly Broadus

Kamehameha Schools
avatar for Chelsea N. K. Keehne

Chelsea N. K. Keehne

Community Education School Liaison, Kamehameha Schools
Chelsea was born and raised in Kaumana, Hilo, Hawaiʻi and obtained her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She has always been passionate about creating educational environments for Native Hawaiian children to thrive. The first... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Thompson

Charlie Thompson

Research and Policy Associate, Learning Policy Institute



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Empress Room

9:30am

Play and Assessment: Designing for Chocolate Milk
Limited Capacity seats available

How do play and assessment fit together? Assessment for learning is essential to guide our learning journeys. And play provides a context for building and demonstrating many future-ready skills that we value. But it’s not always easy to recognize the results of playful learning experiences, and conventional assessments can feel inauthentic and stressful. If we think of assessment as the milk, and play as the chocolate, what happens when we mix them together? In this workshop we will challenge and guide you to design playful assessments, and together explore what each ingredient brings that makes the learning even more delicious.

Slides can be found at: bit.ly/AfL20-chocomilk

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Rosenheck

Louisa Rosenheck

Associate Director, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Louisa Rosenheck is the Associate Director and Creative Lead of the MIT Playful Journey Lab. She manages the design, content, and development of educational games and software, and oversees the research on how ed tech can be effectively used in both formal and informal educational... Read More →
avatar for Yumiko Murai

Yumiko Murai

Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
I design and study technology and learning environments for creative learning for people of all ages, especially interested in assessment and professional development. Previously a member of Playful Journey Lab and Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT, carrying on their playful and... Read More →
avatar for Raha Moussavi

Raha Moussavi

Senior Learning Designer, MIT Playful Journey Lab
avatar for Peter Kirschmann

Peter Kirschmann

Senior Learning Designer, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Peter Kirschmann works on curriculum design for the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning and playful assessment for maker activities. He is interested in creating opportunities for learners to design, create, and invent. He has designed and facilitated learning... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Regent Room

9:30am

Shifting to a Performance Based Ecosystem: from "normal school" to Arts academy.
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session you will hear the story of how a “normal school” within a competency-based district transformed into an arts academy with a rich arts-based project learning environment. Examine evidence of student learning from the performance assessments embedded within the projects. Discover how arts integration within core classrooms is a driver of assessment for learning. Identify transferable levers that the Met used to shift their culture towards deeper collaboration among teachers and across classrooms with the ultimate goal of using performance assessment to create an equitable learning ecosystem.

Objectives: 
  1. Understand how performance assessment within projects creates equitable learning environments that open up space for all students to find success through enhancing student agency and deeper application of learning 
  2. Explore how arts-integration engages students in the performance assessment process
  3. Identify levers that the Met used to shift their culture towards deeper collaboration among teachers and across classrooms

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Gagnon

Laurie Gagnon

Educational Designer, reDesign
Talk to me about performance assessment, competency-based learning, your ideas for creating truly learner-centered environments for all learners and managing complex change. For over 10 years, I've been working to support educators to design and implement changes in practice that... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Shelofsky

Dylan Shelofsky

Teacher, Westminster Public Schools
Competency Based Learning and Arts Integration are my jam! | Level 4 teacher at Metropolitan Arts Academy
avatar for Claudette Trujillo

Claudette Trujillo

School Principal, Westminster Public Schools
@claudetteleads



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Stuart Room

9:30am

Windows and Mirrors: Badges, Micro-credentials, and Performance Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Students graduating into post-secondary opportunities are asked to document their learning, too often, by references to proxy measures, such as course grades, GPA, or transcripts. Badges and performance assessments cite evidence of direct demonstrations of learning. Teachers and a Researcher will share the experiences of building information-rich digital badges to broaden access to college credit and post-secondary opportunities. Participants will engage in guided discussions on what was learned from this assessment practice and what was learned from research on the efficacy and impact of the pilot digital badges.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Spadin

Melissa Spadin

Director, Systems of Support, San Diego County Office of Education
Melissa Spadin currently serves as the Director, Systems of Support, formerly the Coordinator of Assessment, Accountability and Evaluation at the San Diego County Office of Education. Prior to this role, she was an Assessment Program Specialist and NAEP State Coordinator with the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Alec Barron

Dr. Alec Barron

Science Content Specialist, Escondido Union High School District
TP

Tania Pena

Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
MS

Monica Sweet

co_Director of Research and Evaluation, UC San Diego's CREATE


Thursday February 13, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Edison IJ Room

11:00am

Networking Break
Thursday February 13, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am
Lobby

11:15am

Crew: Where Will Our Learning Lead Us?
Participants will reconvene in Crews to share your learning with peers, and reflect on how this learning can support assessment for learning in your own schools, systems and communities. 

Thursday February 13, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Crown Room

12:15pm

Closing Words
Thursday February 13, 2020 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Crown Room

12:30pm

Lunch
Join us in the Ballroom for some a delicious lunch, great views and even better conversations and connections. This will be a buffet lunch and check-in with the staff if you have unique dietary needs.

Thursday February 13, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom