National Gathering

Leading via Code | School Sustainability in the face of Consumerized Learning

Nov. 14-15th, 2016 Florida
Walt Disney World
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Coronado H Ballroom
1000 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Register today for this Annual "Un-Conference" for Superintendents, Digital Curriculum & Ed-Tech All-Stars with Unique Digital Leadership Agenda

Special Addresses by Invited Guests:

“Learning Innovation in Baltimore County Public Schools”
Dallas Dance, Ed.D.,
Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

“Transforming the 4th Largest School District into one of the Nation’s
Highest Performing Urban Systems”

Alberto M. Carvalho,
Superintendent, Miami-Dade Public Schools

“Redefining Ready! An Introduction to New Research-Base Life Readiness Metrics”
Keith Bockwoldt,
Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214


"Sustainability: Learning’s Coming War - 2017"
LeiLani Cauthen
CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a news and thought leadership media hub for the K-12 education industry with 140,000 subscribers that produces major research reports and a 30-city U.S. event tour about the shift from textbooks to digital curriculum. She is also the Founder of, a social media site with specialized education forums and functions.

"Lessons to Schools from the Retail Front Lines"
Michael Mauerer
CEO of Teamwork Retail and CTO Knowstory

Learn the lessons of the retail industry in digitally engaging users and the journeys of major application development in layman’s terms.
With 25 years of experience in designing and building retail software, Micheal’s history in international retail management software used in over 65 countries by major retailers is an epic that schools now planning to engage students through software can learn from.

"The Game Loop – Learning through Failing Forward by Design"
Ben Batstone
Senior Game Designer, Disney Interactive

Game developers think in loops; a player takes an action, the game displays the result, repeat over and over until the game is won or lost. The core concepts of game design and development will be discussed as they relate to how learning can occur – both the actions taken with games in the classroom, and the results: students better prepared to confront complex problems that require an ability to fail forward with resolve to start again on the problem – a core life skill required of today’s life-long learner.

Panel Leader: Remodeling for Digital Curriculum
Robert W. Moje, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal, VMDO Architects

As a passionate advocate for today’s “new learner,” Mr. Moje leads all public K-12 projects, directing his VMDO architectural design teams not just to create great schools, but to create schools that solve the mission of the building: to inspire students to become active participants in the learning process. For the past 40 years he has immersed himself in the remodel of teaching and learning environments. He will share his vision and moderate our Remodeling for Digital Curriculum panel.

Dr. David Kafitz, VP School Relations, The Learning Counsel

Expert and charismatic change-agent helping schools move forward with a well-reasoned strategy for digital content and curriculum, professional development and IT strategy. Former Superintendent, Director of Technology Services, Principal, and Teacher in North Carolina Public Schools.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Introduction to How to Be in the Digital Age – Running Schools and Leading Learning from the same orientation as a Pro Software Developer
  • Top Industry Speakers on Digital Design
  • “Ted-Talk” Style Education Executive Speakers from across the U.S. on all types of digital transition topics
  • Author Address with free copy of newly released book, “Your Know Story -- Surviving the Consumerization of Learning”
  • Workshop on Classroom Remodel because of Digital Pedagogy
  • Committees convening on Day 1
    • Digital Curriculum Characteristics Committee
      Education Chairman:Beatriz Arnillas,
      Senior Information Technology Manger, Houston ISD
    • Digital Instructional Design Committee
      Education Chairman: Janell McClure, EdS., Director, Digital and Multimedia Learning,
      Cobb County School District, Division of Teaching & Learning
    • Student Academic Management Models Committee
      Rafael Gallardo, Director Personalized Learning, Puget Sound ESD, Seattle, WA
  • T-Mobile, HMH, Knovation and other national sponsors showing their education digital transition ideas for 2017
  • Complete Event Agenda Below

Learn to lead in the “Age of Experience,” within a soft economy, and amidst monumental change in classrooms.

Who should attend: You and bring your whole leadership team (so we don’t feel so sad when Superintendents say, “Gee, I wish I’d brought my whole team.”)

    • Superintendents
    • District Curriculum Directors
    • Chief Academic Officers
    • District & School Curriculum & Instructional Designers
    • CIOs, CTOs, Directors of Technology
    • Instructional Technologists & Tech Administration Specialists
    • Professional Development Staff
    • Library and Media Specialists
    • Principals
    • State Department of Education Executives
    • School Board Members


About the Event

The first day convenes our special Committees to finish their work and prepare to discuss it before we publish to our whole 140,000 subscribers. Then some keynotes and meet-everybody ending with a fabulous dinner and educational excursion.

Day two will feature best-in-class highlighted Educators who have wowed us during our city-by-city tour, plus discussions shaping the future.Workshops will challenge you in ways only the Learning Counsel does – in front of the national transformation so you go back home on the cutting edge of real leadership today in Education.

Guest Keynoters will be from the high-design world of software development for digital curriculum, showing off what it means to lead from behind the screen.

The day ends with an Awards Reception for the winners of the annual Digital Curriculum Strategy Award.

“An event like this doesn’t have hundreds or even thousands of people like some others I’ve attended—it’s intimate enough for you to meet the right people and build lasting relationships with peers as well as companies who you need to have conversations with. You leave here with things you can implement as soon as you hit the office.”
-- Cleon Franklin, Director of Virtual Learning at Shelby County Schools

“The Learning Counsel has helped education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends. The knowledge we’ve gained at the Gathering guides our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
— Janell McClure, Ed.S. Director, Digital and Multimedia Learning
Cobb County School District

From the 2016 Learning Counsel Survey of 540 Schools/Districts:

• 78% of Schools acknowledge that there is “screen learning” going on, and yet only 48% have a program is in place to look and understand what’s even going on inside digital resources such as chunking, click-to-audio enhancement, avatars, embedded terminology, assessments, gaming, intelligent learning engines, analytics and more.

• Only 50% of districts have a decision process to determine when to build vs. buy curriculum.

• Only 56% perform regular analysis of what is available commercially in new digital resources and those already in use. Most do not know how to draw real comparisons between the analog textbook world and the fractured digital curriculum universe of available things.

• Teachers are spending an average of nearly 25% of their work week either trying to find or actually building digital lessons – the majority of which are technically low value digital documents and not smart instructional user-interface, user-experience designed (SIUI/UE).

• School leaders are failing their troops in digital leadership -- almost 60% of teachers complain of too many systems to interact with, indicating critical inefficiencies in the digital organizational design.

(Click for agenda in pdf)