General Session Speakers

Friday, February 14

9 – 11am
The Possibilities and Challenges of Personalizing Education

Linda Darling-Hammond
President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute
Palo Alto, CA

Grounded in the sciences of learning and development, this keynote address will discuss why and how thoughtful personalization, through strong relationships and connections to learners’ prior knowledge and experiences, is critical to effective education and can help reverse the results of adverse conditions in children’s lives. The speech will also discuss how thoughtless approaches to “personalization” that substitute technology for teachers and reduce opportunities for collaboration can undermine learning. The goal of the discussion will be to help leaders consider how to design schools and systems for effectively personalization that supports student success for the wide range of learners in today’s schools.