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

Invited Speakers

Steven Anderson, Web20Classroom
Sharing the Awesome – Bridging Gaps in School:Home Communications

Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, author and Dad.  As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration, using social media for learning and creating meaningful School:Home Relationships. As @web20classroom he regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom and how they can better serve students through technology. Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several educational technology conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, TCEA, FETC, TETA, and VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences. He is the author of 3 books, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, The Tech-Savvy Administrator and Content Curation: How To Avoid Information Overload. He is also responsible in helping create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boasts over 500 weekly participants. Steven has been recognized with the the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs, Twitterer of The Year Award, a Microsoft Heros of Education award, along with a 2013 Bammy Award, recognized worldwide as the Educational Emmy, for his work with #edchat.

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