Agenda

In an effort to engage and benefit all participants, there are concurrent leader-oriented and practitioner-oriented sessions on Friday morning of the Symposium. For the most part, we will ask organization-level, diocesan-level, and foundation-level leaders (including superintendents, directors, etc.) to participate in the Leaders track and school-level practitioners (such as principals and teachers) to participate in the Practitioners track.

All events will take place at the Marriott Marquis Chicago.

Thursday, April 25

Welcome

5:00 pm - Welcome from Fr. Nate Wills, Director of Blended Learning Initiatives, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, and Pecha Kucha presentations from the Alliance for Catholic Education, Seton Education Partners, the iDEAL Institute at Loyola Marymount University, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Facilitated by Mary Jo Madda, Creative Strategy Director, Google.

5:30-7 pm: Cocktail Reception

Friday, April 26

8:00-8:30 am - Breakfast available

Panel Discussion

8:30-9:30 am - Defining and Measuring the Success of Blended Learning

Moderator: Elizabeth Anthony, Associate Director of Blended Learning, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame

  1. Meg Gehlen Nodzon, Senior Program Officer, GHR Foundation
  2. Kristin Eng, Personalized Learning Manager, LEAP Innovations
  3. Emily Gilbride, Director, Seton Education Partners

Breakout Sessions

9:45-10:45 am

  1. Leaders: Problem of Practice facilitated by Melodie Wyttenbach, Faculty, Remick Leadership Program, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame
    • Leadership: What are the specific competencies we seek in blended learning leaders, and how can we develop these?
  2. Practitioners: Data-Informed Instruction: What does it really mean, and how can we actually do it? facilitated by Francesca Varga, Associate Director of Blended Learning, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame with presentations by:
    • Allison Hurtt, Principal, St. Raphael School
    • Meaghan Crowley Sullivan, Third Grade Teacher & Instructional Technology Lead, Holy Spirit Catholic School
    • Hope Mueller Lippens, Principal, & Phil Biondo, Math Teacher, St. Ann, the Personal School

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  1. Leaders: Problem of Practice facilitated by Tom Loughead, Alumni School Manager, Seton Blended Learning Network
    • Sustainability: How can we ensure the continuation and growth of a school's blended-learning program in the event of leadership and teacher turnover?
  2. Practitioners: Strategies for Fostering Student Engagement led by Kristin Eng, Personalized Learning Manager, LEAP Innovations with presentations by:
    • Mary Kate Taulman, Teacher, Holy Angels Catholic School
    • Adam Taylor, Principal, St. John Brebeuf School
    • Jodi McLawhorn, Principal, & Tina Burzinski, Teacher, St. Al the Great Catholic School
    • Sharon Leamy, Principal, St. Catherine/St. Lucy Catholic School
    • McKenna Corrigan, Principal, St. Genevieve Catholic School

Closing

12:05-12:20 pm - Prayer & Closing, Fr. Nate Wills, Director of Blended Learning, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame