NOVEMBER 4–6, 2019

BURLINGAME, CA

Conference Agenda

Day One investigates fostering diverse identities to build a more inclusive community.

What Works? Developing Creative and Curious Learners

NOVEMBER 04

DAY ONE

Campus Tours

EdSurge has organized optional trips to visit exemplary schools, unique educational organizations and Silicon Valley companies so attendees can peek into innovative educational environments and workplaces.


You’ll get to see and learn about different teaching and learning spaces, workplaces like those your students will be entering and community resources that can be partners in education.

8:30 A.M.

8:30 A.M.

Morning Workshops

Start your Fusion journey with these warm-up workshops where you’ll learn, share and collaborate with like-minded attendees.

12:00 P.M.

  • Judy Goodwin, principal Maya Lin Elementary School, AUSD, Alameda, California
  • Claudia Medina, Coordinator, Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs AUSD, Alameda, California
  • Lorrie Murray, founder and executive director, Bay Area Music Project, Maya Lin School, Alameda Unified School District

Jonny Sun, screenwriter, author, artist, creative researcher @jonnysun


Conversation moderated by: Dr. Cederick Ellis, superintendent of education, McComb School District, McComb, Mississippi

Moderator: Jack Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt @jacklynch_

  • Dr. Lisa Herring, superintendent, Birmingham Public Schools @DrLisaHerring
  • Dr. Shaun Nelms, superintendent, East High School @DrNelms
  • Dr. Lamont Repollet, commissioner, New Jersey DOE @DrLRepollet

Kristin Leong, M.Ed., producer, KUOW Public Radio, founder, RollCallProject.com @kristinleong

Office Hours & Welcome Reception

1:15 P.M.

4:30 P.M.

Day Two spotlights research - and evidence-based best practices from schools, districts and community programs. Attendees will dig into and engage in guided conversations about work presented in the three learning tracks of Whole Learner, Technology in Schools and Equity.

What Works—and How Can I Make It Work for Me?

NOVEMBER 05

DAY TWO

Dena Simmons, assistant director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence @denasimmons

8:15 A.M.

LEARNING TRACKS: LIGHTNING TALKS

Select a learning track to hear four 10-minute story-style lightning talks presented by educators and education leaders. Immediately following each of the sessions, join fellow attendees in conversation using the engaging EdSurge World Cafe protocol.

John M. Nelson III, Ed.D., former assistant superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School

Elisabeth Stock, CEO, PowerMyLearning @PowerMyLearning

Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser, executive director, CSforALL @lsudol

Liz Kline, vice president, Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd

TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS: IMPLEMENTING INNOVATIVE MODELS

10:00 A.M.

Leading with Instruction in LA Unified

Dr. Vanessa Monterosa, specialist, program & policy development, Instructional Technology Initiative Team, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California @EdTech_FTW

Tonika Cheek Clayton, Managing Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund @tonikaclayton

Molly B. Zielezinski, CEO, MBZ Labs @MollyBullock

Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow, Christensen Institute @ArnettTom

10:00 A.M.

Katie Boody, CEO and cofounder, LEANLAB Education @katieboody

TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS: USING RESEARCH TO EXPAND THE VISION FOR TECHNOLOGY

Farhat Ahmad, director, Marietta Alternative Education Program, City of Marietta School District, Marietta, Georgia @FarhatAhmad1

Dr. Mayra Lara, senior practice associate, The Education Trust–West @LaraMayralara1

Amy Hull, M.Ed., assIstant principal, William Mason High School, Mason City Schools, Mason, Ohio @Hull_LDEI

Ben Gurewitz, student, UC Davis, and cofounder, Diverse Learners Coalition @bgurewitz12

EQUITY

10:00 A.M.

Dr. Lamont Repollet, commissioner, New Jersey DOE @DrLRepollet

Lunchtime Break

11:00 A.M.

INTERACTIVE CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Learn directly from educators and nonprofits as they share their best practices and experiences around “what works.” In these one-hour workshops you’ll learn from evidence-based work and dive into new ideas—with plenty of interaction and participation.

12:20 P.M.

12:00P.M.

The Power of Community: Interactive Session for Nonprofits and Companies

WORKSHOPS SESSION 1

  • Emily Dillard, coordinator of instructional technology, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia @EdsTechTalk
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, chief technology officer, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia @ACPSTech

  • Eric Hirsch, executive director, EdReports.org @EdReports
  • Shannah Estep, senior outreach specialist, EdReports.org @Estep_S

  • Ivy Wheeler, principal, Whitney M. Young PreK-8 School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jeffrey Tsang, founder, Building Blocks Education

Hmm… Should We Use VR for That? [TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS]

1:30 P.M.

  • Jerry Almendarez, superintendent, Colton Joint Unified School District @JerryAlmendarez
  • Jessica Gomez, principal, Alice Birney Elementary, Colton Joint Unified School District @jgomezprincipal
  • Ian Kelleher, head of research, Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning @ijkelleher
  • Jared Joiner, senior manager, applied learning science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative @jnjoiner

  • Elizabeth LeBlanc, director and research team leader, i4tl Center for Research and Innovation @eleblanc1224
  • Chris Harrington, president and research team leader, i4tl Center for Research and Innovation @CHarringtonEDD

Leadership That Moves You Forward [TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS]

Scott McLeod, associate professor, University of Colorado Denver @mcleod

  • Erica Bauer, director of student engagement, Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago, Illinois @crcurations
  • Allison Gillick, English Department Chair and English Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago, Illinois
  • Molly Spooner, director of social-emotional learning and English Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago, Illinois

James Campbell, STEAM interdisciplinary specialist, Atlanta Girls’ School, Atlanta, Georgia @therealjamcam

Nichole Carter, innovation strategist, Beaverton School District, Beaverton, Oregon @MrsCarterHLA

  • Beth Rabbit, CEO, The Learning Accelerator @bethrabbitt
  • Juliana Finegan, managing partner, The Learning Accelerator
  • Alex Sigillo, research project manager, EdSurge @dralexsigillo

WORKSHOPS SESSION 2

2:45 P.M.

  • Darryl Loy, director of technology, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Dallas, Texas @darrylloy
  • Andrea Jenkins, director of grades 1–4, Hillel Day School, Detroit, Michigan @mrsjenkins_edu

Amy Mason, principal, Madison County Elementary School, Gurley, Alabama @AMasonPrincipal

Ashlee Gutierrez, founding school leader, Caliber Schools, Richmond, California

4:00 P.M.

WORKSHOPS SESSION 3

  • Minnie Bredouw, Executive Director, Purpose Project @mbredouw
  • Emily Rapada, Researcher & Impact Measurement, Purpose Project, @_purposeproject

Day Three will look at research, best practices and leadership strategies to inspire and empower students and educators to be informed changemakers.

What Works? Empowering Students and Educators to Be Agents of Change

NOVEMBER 06

DAY THREE

8:30 A.M.

Peter Adams, senior vice president of education, News Literacy Project @PeterD_Adams

7:30 A.M.

Office Hours

Closing Remarks

12:00 P.M.

District Team Time & Campus Tours

  • Jerry Almendarez, superintendent, Colton Joint Unified School District @JerryAlmendarez
  • Jessica Gomez, principal, Alice Birney Elementary, Colton Joint Unified School District @jgomezprincipal
  • Ian Kelleher, head of research, Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning @ijkelleher
  • Jared Joiner, senior manager, applied learning science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative @jnjoiner

Christopher Maximos, Stanford University, Stanford, California @stu_voice

Tanishq Kumar, founder and executive director, CareerFear @TkTanishq

To Infinity and Beyond: The Limitless Potential of Stories


Aishani Aatresh, Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, California @avaatresh

Maria Abdelazim and Emerson Dickstein, International High School, San Francisco, California 

Sophia Mendoza, director Instructional Technology Initiative team, LAUSD, Los Angeles, California @SMMendoza123