Mid-Atlantic Conference to Observe BCPS Schools

Do you want your child observed during their school day by attendees of the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning (MACPL) “Connecting Innovative Educators”?

This conference is scheduled to be in Baltimore on February 29 and for $80, attendees will be able to observe Baltimore County Public students in class.  This is the description as stated on their website:

“Monday, February 29, 2016
Optional
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Site Visit to Innovative Schools (Optional) (Baltimore County Public Schools) 

Join us for a visit to Baltimore County Schools on Monday, February 29. Find out how Baltimore County Public Schools Strategic Framework for Transformation is creating a fundamental shift in teaching and learning. Visit two schools participating in the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) initiative to see how they are personalizing learning for their students. Learn from teachers, administrators, and students how this new teaching and learning environment is working in their classrooms. We’ll leave by bus from the hotel at 8:30 AM and return at approximately 3:00 PM. Space is limited. Cost is $80 and includes lunch, transportation and guide.”

Here’s the link to the whole conference and the site visit to Baltimore County Public Schools:

http://www.cvent.com/events/mid-atlantic-conference-on-personalized-learning-macpl-connecting-innovative-educators-/agenda-0a690b9c98a44340aff005a7d72a071c.aspx

We wonder if they mean “optional” for parents and children to opt out of being observed by conference attendees or optional for those attendees who may or may not choose to attend?  Why are our children being used to sell STAT when there has been no evidence of efficacy over small traditional classrooms? Is it safe to have conference attendees in school buildings?  Will they be required to bring identification just as parents are required to do so on their first visit?

If anyone knows which schools will be observed in Baltimore County Public Schools, please add in the comments. And if you are a parent at a lighthouse school and you have an opinion about this, please go to the “Who do I contact” category to find contact information.  Or better yet, come speak at the Board of Education Meeting on February 16, 2016 at the Greenwood building (you must sign up before 6:30 to be selected – 10 speakers are selected):

https://www.bcps.org/board/current_year_schedule.html

More about the conference: 2/29/16 to 3/2/16, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, organized by iNacol, sponsored by Pearson and MSDE

iNacol, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, describes itself as a “nonprofit organization with the mission to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.”  Sound familiar?

Here are two recent blogs written about iNacol by Emily Talmage, INacol’s Trojan Horse, and Morna McDermott on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Available Session in Baltimore: 

Gaining Stakeholder Buy-in for Blended Learning:  Bruce Friend, INacol Chief Operating Officer
This session will address the importance of gaining stakeholder support as you seek to build a blended (or online) learning program. Stakeholders include students, parents, teachers, school leaders. We will share effective strategies in gaining the support of these key contacts; discuss barriers to gaining support; and share examples of the consequences when stakeholder support is not achieved.
Friend is best known for founding the Florida Virtual School, the first statewide internet-based public high school in the U.S.  Friend spoke at the just-concluded Pearson CITE Conference.  His topic?  Gaining Stakeholder Buy-in for Your Online/Blended Learning Program.
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3 thoughts on “Mid-Atlantic Conference to Observe BCPS Schools

  1. Schools really seem to propagate this Orwellian-style education-speak, which sounds all utopian and glossy with very little concrete specifics behind it, or with the intention of obfuscating reality. Check out these changes apparently being made this school year, according to BCPS materials: Detention Center name changed to BCDC Educational Center. Evening High School name changed to Extended Day Learning.

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