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The Vision track will frame how school leaders are building their school models to support individual learners through academic, social-emotional pathways.

[The Big Picture] What the Future Leader Could Look Like

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Realizing our purpose and our power to transform requires a different approach. As leaders of learning communities, we must recognize and empower our children, government and non-profits, industry, volunteer organizations and citizens as they learn to flex their civic muscles, using collaborative mediums and evidence-driven analytics to address equity gaps, redefine an inclusive civic engagement and build the kinds of communities we all want to live, work and learn in. Because inspired vision can transform a learning community – and we all have a role to play in the reweaving of our social fabric.

Spotlight Talk | 15 Minutes

Virgel Hammonds

Chief Learning Officer KnowledgeWorks Foundation @VirgelHammonds

After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop the capacity in their communities and educators to imagine, build, and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each learner and citizen to thrive

[Student Journey] Whole Student and Equity

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Student equality shouldn’t be a struggle, but it is. In my personal experience, I’ve taught at schools where Brown Vs. Board of Education is a fleeting thought. Teacher’s who have been around for any length of time are dead focused on not “reinventing the wheel” and want to maintain their homogeneous curriculums because at one point or another they were successful, but in 2018 they are irrelevant. Whatever the antecedent, the resistance to change is real and the people suffering are students who come from broken homes, minority or economically disadvantaged populations, English language learners or students with disabilities. I hope to bring to light the importance of redesigning, not just updating, course curriculum and the relevance of social-emotional learning to student success in order to make things equitable for all students from all backgrounds.  

Spotlight Talk | 15 Minutes

Farhat Ahmad

Alternative Education Teacher

City of Marietta School District @FarhatAhmad1

After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the equal relevance of social emotional learning to academic learning
  • Describe relevance of mastery based assessment to student equity
  • Identify the drive, emotion and personal integrity that needs to go into creating an equitable environment for all students

Brianna Hodges

Director of Digital Learning

Eanes ISD, TX; Future Ready Schools Advisor 


After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Thoughtfully reflect upon their uniquely personal "Why"
  • Identify question stems, beliefs and behaviors to increase agency and engagement
  • Reframe opportunities for professional learning to increase capacity and faculty investment

[Instructional Leadership] Moving from Investment to INVESTED 

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Transforming the learning environment requires far more than innovative vision. Engaging, empowering and ensuring every learner—small and TALL—requires personal identification of purpose.

Spotlight Talk | 15 Minutes

[SEL Vision] Addressing the Equity Issues

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Creating an equitable learning environment for all students requires a change in our beliefs and behaviors. Our mindset and vision about what students deserve and what students can achieve play a vital role in this work.

Spotlight Talk | 15 Minutes

Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah


Lucille Smith Elementary School


After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Engage in a conversation about the need to create an equitable learning community for all
  • Identify beliefs and behaviors that contribute to inequities in our schools that lead to achievement and opportunity gaps

World Cafe

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

At Fusion 2018 we are creating time and space for attendees to reflect, share, collaborate and connect around an idea, topic or learning. We’ve designed a modified “World Cafe” experience with a structured conversation process that allows small groups to dive deeper into a topic, share their knowledge and learn from one another. To take a peek at the questions in advance, check out the World Cafe section in our conference app.

Small Group Work | 60 Minutes

Birds of a Feather Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Calling all learners! Grab a delicious bento box lunch and join an unfiltered dialogue focused on your area of interest.

Small Group Work | 60 Minutes | Salon A

Vision Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1: Vision. Design. Implementation. Creating Future Ready Schools

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1918 and those from 2018 yield eerie similarities. What can be done? How can schools and classrooms transform from those of the industrial era where desks are in rows, students face forward, and teachers are always front and center to ones that are learner-centered, personalized and leverage the power of technology? 

Schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, as they redesign learning experiences for kids, make professional learning personal, create innovative learning spaces and alter the experience as a whole. This workshop will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their schools into ones that better prepare students for the world they will face tomorrow.

Vision Workshop | 90 Minutes

Brianna Hodges

Director of Digital Learning

Earnes ISD, TX; Future Ready Schools Advisor @eduTECHtastic

Tom Murray

Director of Innovation

Future Ready Schools


After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Redesign their vision for teaching and learning in their school or district
  • Reflect and vision the implementation of the 8 gears of the Future Ready Framework
  • Utilize the vast network and resources from Future Ready Schools

Brianna Hodges

Director of Digital Learning

Eanes ISD, TX; Future Ready Schools Advisor 


Workshop 2: Translating 21st Century Vision Statements into Day-to-Day Classroom Practice

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Numerous schools and districts have updated their mission and vision statements and profiles of a graduate to focus more on critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration, global awareness, intercultural fluency, technology proficiency, and other 21st century skills. However, translating those ‘future ready’ visions into day-to-day classroom practice can be an incredible challenge.

In this session, we will embrace our instructional leadership roles and learn how schools can use the 4 Shifts discussion protocol to (re)design lessons for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. We will use actual lesson plans and video exemplars to facilitate our work. Participants should bring a willingness to rethink learning and teaching and a computing device. 

If you’re using SAMR, TPACK, the Florida/Arizona Technology Integration Matrices, PIC-RAT, etc., find out how the 4 Shifts Protocol can complement that work and provide some concrete ‘think abouts’ and ‘look fors’ that can help shift your educators’ instructional practice!

Vision Workshop | 90 Minutes

Scott McLeod

Dr. Scott McLeod, J.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

University of Colorado Denver @mcleod

After attending this spotlight, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how schools can use the 4 Shifts Protocol to enable deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion
  • Articulate action steps that leaders can take to move their own educational organizations in desired new directions
  • Describe leadership behaviors and structures that enable new, powerful forms of student learning


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The VISION track will frame how school leaders are building their school models to support individual learners through academic, social-emotional pathways.

Track Sessions | Bayside Ballroom


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The IMPLEMENTATION track will share the mechanics of what it takes to put ideas into practice and support you in creating an effective and feasible implementation plan.

Track Sessions | Salon F

Research & Evidence

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The RESEARCH & EVIDENCE track will explore how learning science informs the work of educators and how to gauge the progress of your plans.

Track Sessions | Salon E

Spotlight and World Café Sessions

Hear educators' stories and then have deeper conversations with them, World-Café style.

Research & Evidence

1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Workshop Sessions | Salon E



1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Workshop Sessions | Bayside Ballroom



1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Workshop Sessions | Salon F


Workshop Sessions


Speed Dating for Results

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Continue to enjoy your conference experience by sitting down with industry experts. Ask your questions and address your thorniest pain points with them over refreshments.

Networking Time | Salon A

The Vision Track is designed to address these essential questions.  

  • What does personalized learning mean for your organization?
  • What qualities do we want to encourage in the learner as they move through their learning journey?
  • What is the role of technology in the personalized learning journey for the whole learner, for your organization?
  • How do you include your community in creating your vision?
  • How do you include your students in creating your vision?
  • What role does social-emotional learning play in this vision?
  • How do schools support the social, emotional and academic development of all students while addressing equity considerations?
  • What are the most effective and efficient ways to build the capacity of teachers and other youth-serving professionals to support student social-emotional-academic learning and growth?