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Unlocking Time: Let’s Make Every Minute Count

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Unlocking Time: Let’s Make Every Minute Count

Presented by Bob Lenz, Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education; Kimberly Swan, Program Director, Unlocking Time; and Dr. Christina Casillas, Principal, San Diego Unified School District, CA
Sponsored by Unlocking Time



If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the edWebinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Connected Teaching and Learning community and go to the edWebinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

Schools are complex. With an ever-growing number of school programs and activities (SPED, RTI, ELL, PBL, SEL, CBE, and more!), it’s no surprise that 72% of principals say they “lack the necessary resources, such as time and staff support, to accomplish all that is required to lead the school effectively.”

While some schools have experimented with longer school days or flexible class schedules, most schools in the United States still have traditional schedules and calendars that often can’t meet the individual needs of students and teachers. This is especially ironic given the profound shifts in how most Americans now structure their personal and professional time, which is more flexible, more fluid, and more personalized than ever before.

In this edWebinar, our panel of experts will share innovative ways that schools around the country are reshaping time to fuel student-centered learning, from letting students choose their own learning activities, altering the schedule to increase teacher collaboration, or shifting to a later start for teens. You’ll walk away with practical strategies you can implement this school year.

We’ll also demonstrate how your school team can quickly use the free School Time Assessment to get key insights on your calendar, bell schedule, academic programming, and staff time to spark a rich dialogue on time at your school. Elementary through high school level school and district leaders will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.

Bob LenzAbout the Presenters

Bob Lenz is the executive director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE)—the leader in professional development and resources for project-based learning. Prior to BIE, he was the co-founder of Envision Education which opened a path to college for underserved urban students at three Bay Area arts and technology high schools. Bob also launched Envision Learning Partners to help schools and districts across the country adopt the Envision Schools College and Career Ready Student Performance Assessment System.

Bob is a nationally recognized leader in high school redesign, project-based learning, 21st century skills, and performance assessment. He served as a Senior Deeper Learning Fellow at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and is the author of Transforming Schools: Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards. Bob earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and an MA in education from San Francisco State University.

Kimberly SwanKimberly Swan, Program Director at Unlocking Time, loves designing digital products that change hearts and minds. She joined Abl to help empower K12 schools to adopt new time strategies that fuel student-centered learning. During her years with digital design agencies, Kimberly led ambitious digital programs for customers like PG&E, T-Mobile, and Williams-Sonoma. Most recently, she created “Compare and Connect K12” with Education SuperHighway which brought price transparency to Internet access and enabled schools to buy more bandwidth at a lower cost. Challenge and adventure are part of her DNA, whether she is backpacking, leading the PTA, or biking down the backside of Hawk Hill on her Sam Hillborne.

Christina Casillas  Christina Casillas has been a district and site administrator for 10 years and currently serves as Principal of Roosevelt International Middle School (RIMS) in San Diego, CA. RIMS offers an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program with a dual language pathway to a student population where nearly 70% qualify for free and reduced lunch. Christina is an expert master scheduler who ensures that each of her students (65% Hispanic, 14% SPED) has the opportunity to access rigorous, academic coursework. Prior to her role as an administrator, Christina was a classroom teacher, diagnostic resource teacher, and site support teacher providing assistance to schools across San Diego Unified. She received her administrative credential from Chapman University and earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership at San Diego State University.

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Abl Logo Unlocking Time helps K12 schools adopt new time strategies that fuel student-centered learning with free online tools and resources that serve as a hub for everything related to time in schools, including a visual encyclopedia of bell schedules, practical time strategies, case studies from schools across the country, and a library of supporting resources. School Time Assessment provides school teams with key insights on their calendars, bell schedules, academic programming, and staff time, and sparks a rich dialogue on new ways to re-shape time to better serve their students.

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