October 25, 2019

Who’s Who and Representing XQ at iNACOL 2019?

Here at XQ, lifelong learning is more than an awesomely alliterative phrase; it’s a way of life that’s defined by an openness to engage with ideas that are exciting, challenging, and forward-thinking. 

That’s why we’re so excited about this year’s iNACOL Symposium: Shining a Light on the Future of Education. The event represents an opportunity to plug into what’s new in education innovation while adding our voice to the ongoing conversation that asks what it means to #ReThinkHighSchool in America.

But we’re even more excited to tell you about the iNACOL sessions XQ is hosting.

XQ iNACOL Sessions

What Does a Super School Look Like in Practice?
Establishing a Vision for Quality and Excellence
Wednesday, October 30
2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. 

Becoming a Super School doesn’t happen by chance, but what does it take to earn that title? 

In this session, XQ’s Mary Ryerse, Managing Director for School Success, and Sean McClung, Senior School Success Officer, teams up with our friends at Springpoint and the principal of XQ school, Grand Rapids Public Museum School, to discuss how the XQ Design Principles—coupled with school observation visits and robust toolkits—provide a roadmap for implementation and iteration. 

We’ll also lead a brainstorming period designed to explore how education leaders and teachers can leverage those elements as part of continuous improvement efforts in their own school communities.

Big Thinking through Systems Building
Wednesday, October 30
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.  

Innovative systems might be complex but successfully implementing them doesn’t have to be complicated. Join us for a dynamic conversation led by May Mark, XQ Director of School Success, Jeremy Berman, CEO of Dream See Do, XQ school Da Vinci RISE High’s Learning Management System, and school leaders from two XQ schools—Purdue Polytechnic High School and Washington Leadership Academy

We’ll discuss how to get strategic when it comes to navigating and developing systems that prioritize student learning in complex and innovative school contexts. 

Who Else Will Be There?

In addition to our XQ-led sessions, educators and school leaders from XQ schools and partners will lead a variety of in-depth discussions and workshops. Check them out below and come through!

Innovative Schools Depend on Innovative Talent Systems: How Equity and Personalized Professional Support Fuel Adult Potential at Brooklyn LAB

Tuesday, October 29
11:15 P.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Presenters: Anisa Phillip, Eric Tucker, Everick Simmons, Shelley Pinks, Tyler Telford
Brooklyn Laboratory High School


Why Interoperability Matters: A Superintendent’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 29
11:15 P.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Presenters: Eric Tucker, Erin Mote
Brooklyn Laboratory High School

Return of the Lady Boss: Female Leaders in Education Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, October 29
2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.
Presenter: Erin Mote
Brooklyn Laboratory High School

Working Across Boundaries: Learners Benefit When Districts, Charters, Privates, and Nonprofits Work Together – So How Can We Do It More?

Wednesday, October 30
8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Presenter: Trace Pickering, Caitlyn Scales, Nikolaus Namba, Sujata Bhatt
Iowa BIG

A New Vision for Deeper Learning?

Wednesday, 0ctober 30
11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Presenter: Monica Martinez
XQ Institute

Featured Session: What are We Aiming For? Exploring Outcomes and Assessment in Learner-Centered Education

Wednesday, October 30
10:00 P.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Presenters: Trace Pickering, Alin Bennett, Michelle Culber, Marcus Wade-Prince, Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Iowa BIG

Implementing Transdisciplinary, Competency Frameworks: Equity in Design, Equity in Learning

Wednesday, October 30
10:00 P.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Presenter: Deion Jordan, Antonia Rudenstine, Beth Anderson, Dixie Bacallao
Crosstown High

Is Advanced Placement the New Assessment for Learning? Navigating the Creative Tension Between Mastery of College Ready Rigor and Personalization

Wednesday, October 30
10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.
Presenters: Eric Tucker, Joey Webb
Brooklyn Laboratory High School
Stacy Kane
Washington Leadership Academy

As we prepare to travel to sunny Palm Springs, California, we look forward to being inspired by the incredible individuals and organizations who are illuminating the way forward for our nation’s students so they can succeed not only in school but in life, career, and any endeavor they set their sights on. 

Can’t make it to iNACOL but still interested in uncovering new ways to expand your reach in education? Check out our awesome newsletter made specifically for educators—Give Me Five. It outlines 5 actionable resources with tips you can apply right now. Even better, it’s delivered to your inbox every 2 weeks. 


Pro tip: iNACOL 2019 is in Palm Springs this year. And in Palm Springs, there’s never a bad time to enjoy an ice-cold date shake

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