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
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:
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):
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?
Available Session in Baltimore:
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.