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PLEASE NOTE: Some sessions have a limited capacity. Seating for all sessions is first-come, first-serve. Advance RSVP is not an option; adding an item to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. Look for LIMITED CAPACITY in the session title to see which sessions are going to close their doors after capacity is hit and read the session description to see how many people they will accept. 

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Thursday, November 14

11:30am EST

Lunch and Keynote Address "Creating Meaningful and Equitable Learning Experiences - Beyond Good Intentions" by Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad
  • Vita-Learn Welcome Remarks
  • Presentation of the Frank Watson Lifetime Achievement Award: The award is presented to a person whose many years of devoted service, vision and leadership have significantly advanced Vermont educational technology at the local, regional and state level.
  • Charlie Wilson Innovation Grant Opportunity: Deadline to apply is Friday November 15 at noon. Presented Friday during Closing Remarks. In honor of one of Vermont's most leading-edge innovators who was always on the forefront of educational technology, Vita-Learn will provide a grant to a Vermont school to launch a new project using educational technology in an innovative way. Learn how your school can qualify for the Charlie Wilson Innovation Grant Award at: https://vtfest.vita-learn.org/charlie-wilson-grant/
  • Keynote Address: Creating Meaningful and Equitable Learning Experiences - Beyond Good Intentions: For our students to experience meaningful learning, we must be intentional with planning and our vision must include building creativity skills.  Where do chaos, self-directed learning, personalized pathways fit into the context of a nurturing and intentional structure for increasing creativity in the classroom?  Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, author, speaker, and Chief Education Officer at WeVideo, will share his experience at NASA, as a STEM administrator, as a curriculum director working with instructional coaches, and as a classroom teacher as we all work together to map the future of #vted - with intention. 

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Nathan Lang-Raad

Chief Education Officer, WeVideo
Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.

Thursday November 14, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm EST
Oscar Wilde Ballroom
Friday, November 15

11:30am EST

Lunch, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address "Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention" by Dan Ryder
  • Vita-Learn Welcome Remarks
  • Presentation of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award: Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. It identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.
  • Keynote Address: Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention: As the role of public education expands, how might we better identify the needs of our students, colleagues, and communities moving forward? And how might we better address the biases — both conscious and unconscious — that threaten our ability to meet those needs? During this interactive keynote, we’ll explore the principles of design thinking — empathy fueled, human centered problem solving — and how we might apply that mindset to more mindful tech-oriented solutions.

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Dan Ryder

Director, Success & Innovation Center, Mt. Blue High School
Success & Innovation Center, Director. #SICMBCIdea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-Author, INTENTION: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (Blend... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm EST
Oscar Wilde Ballroom