Featured Speakers – Thursday

Thursday Lunch Keynote

Diana Laufenberg
Sustaining System Change – Five Critical Elements

Join Diana Laufenberg as she reflects on a her experiences creating meaningful and engaged learning environments through new school creation, school transformation and professional development in schools across the country.

For 16 years Diana was a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

In 2013, Diana Laufenberg partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a non-profit working to create and support student centered learning environments that are inquiry driven, project based and utilizing modern technology. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Inquiry Schools and lives in West-Central Wisconsin. You can follow her on twitter at @dlaufenberg


Vermont Made

Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Scott Thompson, Professional Development Coordinator
Project-based learning as a path to personalized and flexible pathways

Susan Hennessey, Professional Development Coordinator
Ric Reardon
Digital Badging & Microcredentialing VT Style

Katy Farber, Professional Development Coordinator
Extending and Deepening PBL: Service Learning

Vermont Agency of Education

Sigrid Olson,  Educational Programs Coordinator, and Others
Personalized and Digital Learning:  Conversations with and Resources from the AOE