Engaging Roundtable discussions will be held during the afternoon networking break from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Connect with thought-leaders in the workforce and STEM fields on current and pressing topics.
Wednesday, May 22, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Navigating the Future of Learning: How States Can Redesign Education Systems to Build a Future STEM Workforce
-Lillian Pace, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, KnowledgeWorks
A new era is unfolding in which exponential advances in digital technologies are causing us to reevaluate our relationships with one another, with our institutions and with ourselves. KnowledgeWorks’ fifth comprehensive forecast on the future of learning, the 2018 Navigating the Future of Learning report, offers a glimpse into how these changes might impact the education landscape in the next decade. In this discussion, KnowledgeWorks leaders will preview the major drivers of change impacting STEM education and highlight early adopter states across the country that have already begun to personalize their education systems to create better opportunities for learners. By exploring these emerging trends, participants will begin to consider new possibilities for education systems that ensure all students graduate with the knowledge, skills and social emotional competencies for future career and life success.
Micro-Credentialing: Rethinking How People Teach and Learn
-Beth Ratway; Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
-Jason Lange; President, Bloomboard
Teachers and students are continuously searching for new ways to learn and get recognition for their learning. Micro-credentials are a new paradigm in competency-based “learning by doing.” They give teachers and students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate discrete skills and competencies that have value in the workplace and their lives. Micro-credentialing is an emerging method for both teachers and students to demonstrate learning in career and technical education (CTE) content and employability skills. Teachers are engaging with micro-credential platforms to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be able to prepare students for the workplace. Students are engaging with micro-credential platforms to learn and demonstrate competence in discrete CTE knowledge and employability skills that are crucial for current and future job opportunities. At this roundtable, learn more about how BloomBoard is working with districts, schools, teachers and employers to build and implement micro-credential programs, while also giving teachers the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in research-based instructional strategies that are essential for preparing all students to participate in today’s – and tomorrow’s – workforce. Discover how the American Institutes for Research is working with BloomBoard to begin to build micro-credential programs that have rigor and market worth, and offer flexible opportunities for students to demonstrate the key competencies associated with CTE content and employability skills. Join us to discuss how micro-credentials can empower teachers and students to personalize their learning and prove competence on the critical knowledge and abilities needed to enter and be successful in today’s workforce.