Academy District 20 is proud to offer another personalized professional learning event, open to all educators June 7 & 8, 2017!  

The goal of the institute is to provide educators with tools, ideas and strategies to create powerful, engaging, authentic learning experiences for students.

This event is offered free for all District 20 educators as well as all presenters.  Out-of-district  attendees can attend at the reasonable price of $50 for both days.  Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance which can be used for re-certification hours. Sign up for one or both days.

Registration is Open --Click here to register!

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June 7 Opening Session: What is Future Ready?  Ignite Your Understanding! 

Gear Leaders from Academy District 20's Future Ready Leadership Team, joined by IT-ES team members will share in a  5-minute Ignite Talk Format information about the Future Ready Initiative and what this means for students, teachers, and community members as we embark on a journey to "plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential."


Don Begier, IT Director for Education Services:
 "Future Ready"
Shelley Kooser, CIO: 
"Data Privacy"
Maureen Lang, Director for Professional Learning:
 "Personalized Professional Learning"
Clark Maxon, Director for Curriculum and Instruction:
"Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment"
Lori Hartman, Instructional Technology Specialist:
"Use of Space and Time"
Diane Forsythe, Director for College & Career Services &
Nancy White, 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist:
"Community Partnerships"

June 8 Keynote Speaker: Zac Chase

Sharing Ownership of Learning for the Future

Our keynote will feature the case for and a case study of the importance of leveraging modern tools, instructional best practices, and professional learning to prepare the adults and children in our schools for the learning and habits our world will require. Through three narratives, Zac will point to what tech-enabled, project-based, inquiry-driven learning can look like in our schools and why it matters. He'll also outline what his district is doing to make sure students aren't the only ones getting personalized, responsive learning experiences.

About Zac:

Zac Chase loves learning and teaching. A classroom teacher of middle and high school students for nearly a decade, Zac's pedagogy and practice are deeply rooted in building schools that are project-based and inquiry-driven. He has worked with schools and teachers nationally and internationally and is the co-author of Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need.  Zac is the preK-12 English Languages Arts Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley Schools, based in Longmont, CO. He returned to the district after completing a two year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education where he worked in the Office of Educational Technology as the lead author on the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. Zac has worked with teachers, schools, and school systems across the U.S. as well as Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Kenya, and Pakistan to consider how to shift their educational practice to better leverage the active use of technology to support teaching and learning. He is @MrChase on twitter and blogs regularly at autodizactic.com.