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Summer Learning with PLCs in Minneapolis, Stanford d.school in Stillwater, and ISTE in Chicago

posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:30 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 1:50 PM ]

PLCs are getting a boost! Forty-four leaders from across Cambridge-Isanti Schools will attend the PLCs at Work Institute in Minneapolis from June 18-20. The leaders will attend keynotes and participate in breakout sessions by educators who have led schools through the PLC process. The large group will also contribute to planning Cambridge-Isanti’s next steps in the PLC process when we meet in August. In reflecting on our April 3rd data districtwide, our school goals, and our ability to address needs with curriculum using the four questions...we are on track for success! A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Teaching & Learning is excited that so many staff are able to attend this PLC learning opportunity. Going into fall 2018, each school will have double digit numbers of staff trained in the DuFour model.

Additional learning opportunity! Want to be inspired? Join a team of C-I staff attending the Ignite and Inspire Innovation Conference 2018. This year's conference will take place at Stillwater Area High School on June 18 & 19, 2018. George Couros will be the keynote speaker on day one, and Brave New Workshop will be providing an interactive keynote on day two. The cost is $149.00 per person for both days of the conference. Cost includes small breakfast items, coffee, juice, and water each morning, lunch each day, and snacks throughout. Approximate schedule will run from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Email Kristin Daniels (kdaniels@c-ischools.org) if you are interested in attending.

THREE SPOTS LEFTS! This summer Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be sending 10 representatives to the Stanford d.school workshop on human centered design and design thinking in Stillwater, MN from June 20-21. This is an important step in our innovation tenet within our mission statement. At the core of human centered design and design thinking is a belief that everyone has the capacity to be creative through radical collaboration and real world application. Creativity is inspirational! Our C-I staff will further develop their understanding of human centered design and design thinking, and help us further develop a framework for employee engagement for lean solutions. Bluejacket Brainstorm was a success, and we are looking for ways to refine it for next year. As Stanford brings this model to school districts in Minnesota, we are excited to participate with other progressive peers and continue to make this a priority.  Email Kristin Daniels (kdaniels@c-ischools.org) if you are interested in attending.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 Conference is in Chicago, IL this summer. Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be sending 13 staff members to participate. There are hundreds of sessions for staff to choose from, many led by classroom and school leaders from across the country. Kristin Daniels and Shelley Schwab will be presenting "Bring it! Using Crowdsourced Innovation to Facilitate Purposeful Change", along with other members from the first MN Innovation Cohort. Jackie Alderman will be presenting "Digital Sub Folders: Never Come to Work Sick Again!" making this opportunity a great way to showcase our creative and innovative efforts in the district. The following staff members will also be attending ISTE 2018, representing all schools: Christine Bistodeau (IPS), Megan Karolevitz (CPS), Caroline Resler (IIS/SFAS), Kristi Lockwood (IMS/MNC), Kyle Groves (CMS), Darla Peterson (CIHS), Rob Swanson (Technology Integration), Patrick Morrow (Technology Integration), Mark Ziebarth (IIS/SFAS).