About the Convening

Agenda Overview

The National Convening on Personalized Learning is an opportunity for network members--and those interested in joining a network engaged in transforming education through personalized learning--to come together to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and introduce new topics or aspects of personalized learning. The Convening has three purposes: to network, share, and learn.

Fostering Powerful Learners

What is a powerful learner? A learner who has:

  • Purpose
  • Ownership
  • Wonder
  • Efficacy
  • Responsibility

This year’s theme, Fostering Powerful Learners, focuses on the outcome of a personalized learning system -- nurturing well-prepared, independent learners. Over the course of the two days we want to ask and answer: How can we foster powerful learners to become their own best teachers?

We’ll explore how to help learners see purpose in their learning, how to give them ownership over their learning, and how to instill a sense of wonder, so that learners have a sense of efficacy over their learning and are responsible for their learning.

Today, it’s critical that learners are capable of learning, un-learning, and re-learning when necessary without external direction. Individuals that can drive their own learning and see learning as a key to their ongoing success is a marker for each of this year’s strands.


  • Agency
  • Career Planning
  • Equity
  • Learnability

Day One

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM       Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM      Welcome / Opening Remarks

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM      Keynote Address: A.J. Juliani "Intentional Innovation: Empowering Students With Choice and Technology"

10:25 AM - 11:40 AM    50/50 Sessions

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM     Lunch Break

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM      Break-Outs & Expert Office Hours

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM        Break-Outs & Expert Office Hours

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM       Network Meetings

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM     Networking Happy Hour

Day Two

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM      Welcome Back

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Keynote Address: Rebekah Kowalski "Learnability"

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Break-Outs

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM    Workshops

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM       Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM       Fish Bowls, Leadership Design Academy Showcase, Expert Office Hours