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Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity of Today’s Classroom
Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, CA, and Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise
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Over the past several decades, the student population in the United States has grown more diverse. It’s estimated that nearly half of the students in today’s typical classroom have some form of learning difference, which equals more than 26 million students in the U.S. alone. More recently, research from the learning sciences has advanced our understanding of learner variability and the importance of grounding educational practice in the individual — rather than the fiction of an average student.
In this important webinar, the presenters explored the state of learning variability as outlined in the recent white paper entitled, Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom. They highlighted the latest research findings and the need for researchers, the education community, and technology developers to implement new models that take personalized learning to the next level. Viewers will be introduced to the “Learner Positioning System” initiative underway at Digital Promise, and hear from Dr. Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, about the strategies his district is pursuing to promote success for all students.
About the Presenters
Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, was recognized as 2016 California Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators, 2015 Superintendent of the Year by Pepperdine University, 2015 California Superintendent of the Year award by the Association of California School Administrators and he received the Innovative Superintendent Award from the Classroom of the Future Foundation in 2014. Nationally recognized as a courageous innovator and thoughtful leader, Dr. Vodicka’s education career began in the classroom over 20 years ago, when he taught English learners in Los Angeles, and he has held numerous leadership roles, including principal, director of curriculum and instruction and chief business official in the Carlsbad Unified School District.
Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Promise, is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Prior to Digital Promise Global, Vic consulted with a number of foundations and organizations on education technology, innovation and philanthropy. Prior to consulting, Vic developed strategies and managed over $100 million in technology-focused grants at the Hewlett Foundation to launch and grow the Open Educational Resources movement and create and advance the Deeper Learning strategy.
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