Let’s come together to ensure students thrive in distance learning

The time to reimagine distance learning is now

Why now? Student engagement and mental health are critical this school year. From attendance and parent involvement, to teacher retention, the biggest issues we are currently facing in education are rooted in our ability to keep students engaged in distance learning.

It’s time to focus on what really matters: working together to create a distance learning environment where students can flourish.

Discover a whole new world of insights & strategies for:

Distance learning
Helping students become successful remote learners

Student behavior, SEL & mental health
Supporting students during a time of emotional trauma

Instruction
Delivering engaging curriculum online

Technology & gaming
Creating engaging experiences with gaming mechanics

Equity
Providing support to our most vulnerable students

Meet our speakers

Take a look at the speakers you'll get to connect with.

Joseph South

Joseph South

Chief Learning Officer,
ISTE

Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera

Head of Global Education Impact,
Google

Brandon Frame

Brandon Frame

Director of SEL,
The Urban Assembly

Chris Dede

Chris Dede

Professor in Learning Technologies,
Harvard University's Graduate School of Education

Chris Liang-Vergara

Chris Liang-Vergara

Founder,
WorldClassEdu Learning Design & Engineering

David Adams

David Adams

Senior Director of Strategy,
The Urban Assembly

Denise Zimmermann

Denise Zimmermann

Director of Mental Health & Related Services,
Spring ISD

Devin Young

Devin Young

President & Co-founder,
Classcraft

Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Teacher & author of
The Chromebook Infused Classroom

Jean Guesdon

Jean Guesdon

Creative Director,
Ubisoft

Andrew "Hutch" Hutcheson

Andrew "Hutch" Hutcheson

Learning Specialist,
Classcraft

Josh Bobrow

Josh Bobrow

Social-Emotional Learning Program Manager,
The Urban Assembly

Kimberley Harrington Markus

Kimberley Harrington Markus

Director of Innovation & Personnel,
Mount Olive Township School District

Kinshasa Msola

Kinshasa Msola

Learning Specialist,
Classcraft

Linda Sellheim

Linda Sellheim

Education Lead,
Epic Games

Maurice Elias

Maurice Elias

Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional & Character Development Lab, Rutgers University

Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark

Partner Program Lead,
Google

Sean Arnold

Sean Arnold

District 75 STEM Coach,
New York City Dept. of Education

Susan Rivers

Susan Rivers

Executive Director & Chief Scientist,
iThrive Games

Steve Isaacs

Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Game Design & Development,
Bernards Township Schools

Shawn Young

Shawn Young

CEO & Co-founder,
Classcraft

Get on the right track

Pick and choose from a variety of live general sessions, or follow one of our customized talk tracks.

1:30 P.M. 2:00 P.M.Shawn Young & Chris Liang-Vergara

Teaching students how to become successful distance learners

If we want students to succeed, we have to teach them how to become successful distance learners. In this session, we’ll discuss how educators can become more intentional about developing competencies and reinforcing behaviors that will lead to distance learning success. Shawn Young, CEO of Classcraft, will present the company’s Student Standards for Distance Learning, the first behavior expectations ever designed for students learning in a remote environment. Chris Liang-Vergara of WorldClassEdu will discuss what remote learning competencies share with best practices for personalized learning.

2:00 P.M. 2:30 P.M.Chris Dede

Understanding student motivation and engagement

2:30 P.M. 3:00 P.M.Jean Guesdon

Know your enemy: What it takes to compete in the attention economy

With students learning at home, educators have to compete for students’ attention like they’ve never had to before. Jean Guesdon, the Creative Director behind Assassin’s Creed, reveals the video game industry’s trade secrets for keeping young people engaged with the hope of giving educators a leg up in the attention economy. Guesdon explains why education has an unfair advantage in the fight and offers tips for making learning more engaging and culturally relevant.

3:00 P.M. 3:30 P.M.Denise Zimmermann

District POV: Promoting positive mental health in a pandemic

What is our students’ current state of mental health? What role does mental health need to play in a district’s strategy for distance learning? In this session, Dr. Denise Zimmermann, Director of Mental Health for Spring ISD in Houston, explains why mental health is so critical right now, and why the shift to distance and hybrid learning models has made managing it more challenging. Dr. Zimmermann reveals what’s worked and what hasn’t in her district’s response plan, and why promoting positive mental health begins with understanding how it differs from social-emotional learning.

5:00 P.M. 5:15 P.M.Shawn & Devin Young

Closing remarks

12:00 P.M. 12:30 P.M.Shawn & Devin Young

Building cultures of engagement

What does it take to prepare students to thrive in a world where learning happens mostly at home? Classcraft co-founders Shawn and Devin Young make the case that engagement is critical to students’ success in school, the future economy, and society. They also explore how educators can tap into the cultural and motivational power of games to promote engagement, foster collaboration, and accelerate growth.

12:30 P.M. 1:00 P.M.Joseph South

Designing resilient learning systems

4:15 P.M. 5:00 P.M.Kimberley Harrington Markus

Motivating education’s essential workers: Teachers

Students aren’t showing up. Parents who aren’t engaged — or who might be a little too engaged. Being responsible for executing a plan that seems to be changing by the day. Teachers have heroically taken on the front-line challenges of educating students during a pandemic, but they’re still human. In this session, a group of educators from across the country will discuss the real tensions that exist in our school systems and have an honest conversation about how administrators can motivate and support teachers during a school year unlike any other.

5:00 P.M. 5:15 P.M.Shawn & Devin Young

Closing remarks

1:30 P.M. 2:00 P.M.Holly Clark

Powerful blended learning with a Chromebook infused classroom

In this session, we will look at how teachers can help make learning more engaging by creating powerful blended lessons. This session will be full of student examples, showcasing the power of blended learning for critical thinking, collaboration and final student creative products meant to show their learning. Come be inspired with ideas on how to create a powerful blended learning classroom.

2:00 P.M. 2:30 P.M.Josh Bobrow & Brandon Frame

Responding to trauma and building resilience in the COVID era

2:30 P.M. 3:00 P.M.Sean Arnold

Engaging students with special needs

3:00 P.M. 3:30 P.M.Steve Isaacs & Linda Sellheim

Teaching with Fortnite Creative

How can teachers use Fortnite to engage students? Steve Isaacs, teacher and game-based learning advocate, and Linda Sellheim of Epic Games discuss how educators can use Fortnite Creative to bring one of the world’s most popular video games into the classroom. Steve and Linda will discuss how to create an environment that supports co-learning and puts the responsibility for learning in the hands of students. They also introduce the Teaching with Fortnite Creative course, which provides teachers with a basic understanding of what Fortnite Creative is and why it’s a valuable teaching and learning tool.

5:00 P.M. 5:15 P.M.Shawn & Devin Young

Closing remarks

1:30 P.M. 2:00 P.M.Ryan Clark

How to build a student engagement stack

When it comes to engaging students, administrators have a number of tools and approaches to choose from. How can you pick the right ones for you — and stack them in a way that makes a truly meaningful impact? We discuss how districts can utilize Google Classroom and G Suite to foster student engagement, and how they can tap into the Google for Education ecosystem to enhance and expand their approach.

2:00 P.M. 2:45 P.M.Ryan Clark

A beginner’s guide to the Google for Education ecosystem

2:45 P.M. 3:30 P.M.Andrew “Hutch” Hutcheson & Kinshasa Msola

How to motivate and engage students in any setting with Classcraft

5:00 P.M. 5:15 P.M.Shawn & Devin Young

Closing remarks

Listen up!

Want to learn more about some of our speakers and what inspires them? Listen to them share some key insights in these conversations.

Episode 1

Introducing The Great Exchange w/ Shawn & Devin Young

In this series premiere, The Young brothers discuss why student engagement is the issue on everyone’s minds and what they’re most looking forward to about the event.

Episode 2

What makes games so engaging w/ Jean Guesdon

The Creative Director behind Assassin’s Creed shares what makes games so engaging, and how educators can use this approach with their own students while they’re learning at home.

Episode 3

'Infusing' technology into teaching w/ Holly Clark

Holly shares what she learned while writing “The Chromebook Infused Classroom,” and offers tips teachers can follow for engaging students in distance learning.

Some things are meant to be free

We believe strongly in equity, access, and supporting students through unprecedented times, and these things are at the heart of this event. Because of this, we have decided it should be free of charge. Our speakers have generously given their time, so you can give back to your students.

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Teamwork makes the dream work

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