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Welcome to the 2016 Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference! We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on April 7-8. Feel free to take a look at the conference agenda below. If you have any questions, please reach out to educationconference@yale.edu
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Friday, April 8 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Beyond Blended: Unlocking the Potential of Personalized Learning

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The rise of blended learning has focused attention in US schools on tailoring the instructional environment to the individual needs, skills, and interests of each student. Although technology has been a powerful tool in making helping teachers customize education for each student, school models such as Montessori have been personalizing instruction for decades. This panel will explore strategies and lessons that we can learn from both of these models. It will also consider how to design blended learning environments that have rich peer engagement and peer learning opportunities.

Moderators
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Aylon Samouha

Co-Founder, Transcend Education
Aylon is the co-founder of Transcend Education a non-profit dedicated to providing R&D capacity to build, codify, and replicate breakthrough school models . He has been leading the Greenfield School design effort for Achievement First in New Haven and previously served in senior roles at Rocketship Education and Teach For America.

Speakers
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Nada Ahmed

Director of Instructional Coaching, New Classrooms Innovation Partners
Nada Ahmed has sixteen years of instruction and leadership experience in high-need urban schools both in the United States and internationally. Nada brings educational training, including a Ph.D. in Education Research and Policy from Kings College, University of London, an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street and a two year Entrepreneur School Leadership training through Get Smarts Schools Colorado.She currently works as Director of... Read More →
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Sara Cotner

Founder & CEO, Montessori For All
Sara Cotner has cultivated broad and deep insight into education reform as a Teach For America corps member and national staff member, the founder of an independent consulting firm focused on high-performing charter schools, an adjunct professor, and a teacher in various environments, including charter, traditional districts, and public Montessori. In 2012 she founded Montessori For All to blend the best of high-performing charter schools with... Read More →
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Julia Freeland-Fisher

Director, Education, Christensen Institute
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools.Julia’s current research focuses... Read More →
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Joanna Hefty

Academic Program Manager, Summit Public Schools
Joanna's commitment to education began over ten years ago tutoring at a literacy center and then joining Teach For America in New York City. She taught middle school SPED and history in a traditional public school before moving back to her California roots and joining the KIPP network of public charter schools. At KIPP she earned Teacher of the Year Award while working as Head Women's Basketball Coach, History Department Chair and leading the... Read More →
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Carolyn Wilson

Director of Education Support Altschool, AltSchool
In addition to her experience as an school administrator, therapist, and classroom teacher, Carolyn has founded successful early childhood programs and schools. At Accelerated Schools a school reform project at Stanford University, she worked with teachers and administrators to improve student engagement and achievement. At AltSchool Carolyn works with educators, engineers, designers and user researchers to build a network of micro schools... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
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