This session will help educators understand how they can leverage local resources and student interests to implement a powerful program of personalized learning that will strengthen ties to the community and place students squarely in the center of their own learning.
Dr. Domenic Paolo (@fairportsuper)
Russ Messer (@fairportscience)
Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools
Dr. Domenic Paolo has served as the Superintendent of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools for the last 11 years. During that time he has been one of Ohio’s early adopters of several educational innovations that have contributed to his school district becoming the most rapidly improving school district in the state of Ohio. Driven by steadfast belief that all students should have access to an education that sets them on the path to their brightest future, Dr. Paolo has used his experience and expertise to innovate and advocate for the education practices that give the students of Fairport Harbor every opportunity for a bright future. “Hooked on Education” is an initiative that harnesses the power of personalized learning and allows each student’s talents and interests to drive their education. With teachers acting as coaches and guides, Fairport Harbor has been able to move beyond assuring access to ensuring success for all students.
Following a career as a chemical engineer for NASA and private industry, Russ Messer transitioned to a career in education. His experience with technology and project-based learning as well as workforce development has led to the development of the “Hooked on Education” project.