Denver, CO - Learning Leadership Symposium

When: Sep 14, 2023

Where: St. Vrain Valley School District - Innovation Center, 33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501

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The Learning Leadership Symposiums hosted by the Learning Counsel are regional professional learning events designed to promote innovation and help leaders address current issues and opportunities in the field of education. By combining timely research and knowledge of trends and market changes on the horizon, the Learning Counsel facilitates a high-level experience in a single-day workshop format. Organized around guest speakers and collaborative learning structures, the symposiums maintain a professional profile in the education field and are seen as visionary by education leaders nationwide.

Learning Leadership Symposiums Personalize Learning

To maximize relevance and increase participation, the Learning Counsel has added an element of personalization to the live events. Each event will be hosted by a local school district, sometimes in partnership with a regional office of education or service district. To address the unique professional learning needs of the hosting organization and regional participants, a range of content topics will be selected by the host, effectively customizing the agenda and experience.

Structured, Relevant and Timely Content

Experiences are designed to engage participants on three main levels of learning, woven into a content-intensive day.

Current Research - As a leading research and media organization, the Learning Counsel maintains one of the most comprehensive data sets of teacher and administrator opinion, edtech purchasing trends, strengths and threats, and forward-facing system evolution in the market. A primary element of regional symposiums is the presentation of research data. This briefing gives educational leaders critical insight into the issues and pressures they are facing and provides foundational knowledge they need to inform systemic movement.

Collaboration - Collaboration, reflection, and application are the cornerstones of quality professional learning and are built explicitly into each symposium. By providing a structure for cooperative learning, participants are immersed in an application of knowledge, collaboration with peers, sharing of ideas, and making meaning specific to their own context.

Sharing What Works – Each symposium brings together some of the best and brightest in education to share their learning and successes in their work to create personalized and flexible learning environments. Guest speakers include superintendents, technology officers, teaching and learning executives, and practitioners who present current practice and innovations in their own systems.

Hosting District



8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Educator Guest Keynote – Leadership Priorities Now


Kahle Charles, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction, St. Vrain Valley Schools


Dr. Diane Lauer, Chief Academic Officer, St. Vrain Valley Schools

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Learning Counsel Research and Trends Briefing

10:30-10:40 a.m. – Break

10:40-11:00 a.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker

11:00-11:10 a.m. – Sponsor Speaker or Video Showcase

11:10-1:45 p.m. – Leadership Workshops: Staying Current

Learning Topics

  • Defining the New Human Teaching
  • Trend Update: Preparing Learners for the Future
  • Maturity Stages of Digital Transition
  • Using or Not Using AI

11:10-11:35 a.m. – Table Rotation 1

11:40-12:05 a.m. – Table Rotation 2

12:05-12:45 p.m. – Lunch & Keynote

12:20-12:40 p.m. – Educator Guest Keynote: Becoming Human Alongside Tech


Jason Kelsall, Learning Strategist Specialist, St. Vrain Valley Schools


Eric Pierce, Director of IT Service and Support, St. Vrain Valley Schools


Mieke Wagner, DevOps Manager, St. Vrain Valley Schools

12:40-12:50 p.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker or Sponsor Video Showcase

12:55-1:20 p.m. – Table Rotation 3

1:20-1:45 p.m. – Table Rotation 4

1:45-2:15 p.m. – Guest Educator Panel – Models, Workflow, Change Management


Patrick Sandos, Superintendent, Sheridan School District 2


Antonio Vigil, Director of Innovative Classroom Technology, Aurora Public Schools


Kelly Sain, Chief Technology Officer, Thompson School District


Bernard McCune, Director of Extended Learning, Activities and Athletics, Denver Public Schools

2:15-2:30 p.m. – Transition to Site Visit

2:30-3:30 pm. – Innovation Center Site Visit: How the St. Vrain team designed the school and learning experiences for flexibility, student agency and future focus.



St. Vrain Valley School District - Innovation Center, 33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501