Join us to meet with district leaders and participate in actionable sessions, group discussions and networking to expand your PLN.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Site Visit: East Leyden High School 
3400 Rose St, Franklin Park, IL 60131

The Leyden co.lab Identify Unit allows all freshmen to participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that connects English, Biology, Global Studies, Health, and Digital Literacy. Students are able to make their education dynamics while also connecting their studies to themes such as identity, community, and wellness. The exhibition is the culmination of the work students have participated in throughout the school year and attendees will be able to hear poetry, watch animated videos, and also learn how a student’s family recipe can provide nutritional value for the human body. The exhibition will allow attendees to observe students' “artifacts” which are a core tenet of the interdisciplinary education the co.lab provides for students.  

12:00-12:30 pm Working Lunch 
12:30 -1:30 pm Co.lab Exhibition 
1:30-2pm Reflections 

Learn more about the Leyden co.lab here and read the article in Tech & Learning here

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Dinner Located at Fat Rosie's in Downtown Naperville 

Relax, meet new friends, and reconnect with colleagues at the opening Summit dinner. 

Friday, November 3, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast
Attendees arrive to register, network, and enjoy breakfast, as well as get their “Passport to Prizes” pass. Throughout the day, attendees will complete their Passport by visiting with our partners either in scheduled meetings or during lunch if they do not have scheduled meetings. 

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions


Carl Hooker
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Keynote: Learning Evolution: The New Era of AI-Enhanced Education

“Hold onto your b*tts!” This classic line from the iconic 1993 film Jurassic Park applied to the way many filmmakers felt when witnessing how CGI technology completely changed the way movies could use special effects. The same line could be said for the knowledge & information industry with the meteoric rise of generative AI. Education sits squarely in the line of impact. What do we do? Try to avoid it and risk going extinct? Or do we just need to evolve and adapt to survive? Presented by: Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Table Discussions or Partner Meetings

During this breakout, attendees either participate in table discussions or meet with industry partners. Table discussions will include: AI Policies, Next Gen STEM, Physical Security, Student Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Launching & Sustaining a Podcast, Instructional Coaching Best Practices, & More.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Data Privacy & Security:

How can districts keep data private and secure in the age of AI? Carl Hooker leads a discussion on policies and best practices.   

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Meet the Partners

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Impact of AI on Education:

How is your district managing responsible use policies related to AI? What other ways is AI impacting your work as a district administrator? Carl Hooker leads this discussion on the many ways AI has impacted our schools. 

Carl Hooker
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Launching a Seamless Digital Curriculum

Speaker Kara Thorstenson, Director of Digital Learning and Libraries at Chicago Public Schools, will talk about how CPS rolled out a district-wide digital curriculum in one of the biggest school districts in the country. She'll discuss how they provided training at scale and ensured interoperability across multiple systems to provide a resource so essential that over 90 percent of district schools have opted-in to utilize this non-mandated resource.

Kara Thorstenson
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Table Discussions or Partner Meetings
During this breakout, attendees either participate in a table discussion or meet with industry partners. Topics include: Making Physical Education Accessible with Tech, How to Prevent AI Plagiarism & Avoid Pitfall Perspectives, and AR/VR Tips & Best Practices. 

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Activity

Carl Hooker leads a closing activity that gives attendees the chance to reflect on what they learned at the Summit and discuss specific takeaways they plan to take back to their districts and put into action. 

Carl Hooker
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony


6:15 PM

Unofficial After Party Cocktail Hour 

This is an optional event for who ever wants to attend. Located in DT Naperville at Empire Burgers and Brew. Come relax, discuss the summit, and hang out with colleagues. 

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