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Monday, May 23 • 1:00pm - 5:30pm
K-12 Summit: Creating the Open Ecosystem for Academic Digital Transformation

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K-12  Districts, Schools, and States are invited to attend this end-user Summit.

A resounding need is emerging across the K-12 sector for resources to support the process of implementing IMS standards and practices to make it significantly easier to support personalized learning. To streamline the learning curve for district and school leaders, IMS has formed several ‘Communities of Practices' to create an easy-to-use resources and facilitate the sharing of effective practices to help districts working towards integrating digital curriculum and data. To kick off the 2016 Learning Impact Leadership Institute, we will gather K-12 institution leaders together for a 1/2 day Summit to share the latest information and updates about the Communities of Practices, but more importantly to have a discussion about resources are needed, the state of market with regards to vendor adoption of standards, and to identify priorities to help focus the IMS work for the next 12 months.

Special Thanks to Our K-12 Institution Executive Board Sponsors: ClassLink, HMH, Performance Matters and SAFARI Montage!


1:00 - 1:15pm -- Welcome and Opening Comments

  • Rob Abel, IMS Global
  • Beatriz Arnillas, Houston ISD
  • Tricia Kennedy, Gwinnett County Public Schools 


1:15 - 2:15pm -- Closing the Personalizing Instruction Gap

  • Curriculum Standards Framework: As IMS and member districts continue the outreach to State education leaders, discussions continue to unfold around the support for machine-readable curriculum standards. This session will look at current status of State discussions; discuss solutioning around barriers for implementation (i.e. costing, funding, systems and staffing, etc.); and update from the TaskForce working to develop a framework. The session is led by the co-chairs for this Communit of Practice. 
           - Elizabeth Boothe, Houston ISD
           - Barbara Nesbitt, Pickens County School District

  • e-Assessment & Analytics for K-12: Developing a standard nomenclature for learning objects and reading levels with statewide adoption is one key to fully leverage learning data in the classroom. When combined with descriptive analytics it brings the alignment needed for a prescriptive, personalized learning environment. The eAssessment and Analytics Community of Practice for K-12 will share their vision and progress on identifying additional assessment metadata needs, aligning assessment philosophy with metadata standards and a conceptual architecture for an environment.  
          - Leng Fritsche, Houston ISD
          - Debbie Durrance, Gwinnett County Public Schools

2:15 - 2:30pm -- Break

2:30 - 3:00pm -- Closing the Personalized Instruction Gap (con’t)

  • Meta-tagging/Meta-data Naming Conventions: Having a wealth of learning objects is great, but without standards for tagging and naming, finding the right object or extracting learning data becomes an nearly insurmountable challenge.  See how the Meta-tagging and Metadata Community of Practice (CP) is making this easier by identifying common language for search criteria and aligning components of thin common cartridge with LTI.  An open discussion will take place for input on the progress so far and future direction for the CP. During this session, we want to hear from you to help figure out: 1) If additional LTI metadata for launching tools is needed; 2) What additional Thin Common Cartridge metadata is needed; 3) What strategies are used when searching for materials based on reading levels; and 4) What are the search criteria requirements need for Learning Systems?

3:00 - 4:00pm --  Assessment & Analytics: What Does the Road Forward Look Like? - 
A Vendor Roadmap Discussion

As districts continue to move to an integrated technology ecosystem for personalized learning great progress has been made but there is still more work to be done to close the gap and achieve a prescriptive, personalized learning ecosystem. To reach this goal, much of the work lies with the deep integration of assessments and analytics. 

The K-12 Institutional Executive Board has invited key vendors to share their current and future product plans to support this goal and to close the gap. Vendors will share with the group a brief explanation of how they are currently supporting assessments and analytics in K-12. They will also discuss key drivers that are furthering the work in the K-12 analytics and assessment arena. 

  • McGraw-Hill Education, Marisa Urbano, Sr. Director of Product Management eCommerce and Integrations
  • Pearson,Paul Grudnitski, Chief Architect, Pearson Assessments
  • D2L, Marilyn Powers, Product Manager of Instruction & Assessment
  • Learning.com, Andy Miller, Senior Product Manager, Platform Products 

4:00 - 4:15pm -- Break
4:15 - 5:00 pm - Discover and Share: Success Stories of Interoperability Standards in Action
From OneRoster to LTI and Thin Common Cartridge to QTI/APIP, districts and vendors are making strides for an integrated environment through interoperability.  Hear how four vendor partners are not only adopting IMS interoperability standards, but are applying the standards to help school districts succeed in addressing their specific instructional needs. Solutions range from ways to improve access to digital content and resources to use of data to personalize learning opportunities for students.

  • Classlink
  • SAFARI Montage
  • Performance Matters
  • HMH

5:00pm - 5:30pm -- Taking IMS Standards to the Next Level:  Where do we go next? 
The day concludes with an open dialogue and brainstorming session that reflects on the sessions. This session serve as a planning time to outline the work for the Communities of Practice and the K-12 Institutional Executive Board for the next 6 to 9 months.

5:30pm - 6:30 pm -- Reception 



Monday May 23, 2016 1:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Salon L