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IAA Admin Event: Personalizing Student Growth w/ Blended Learning


Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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IAA Administrator Event:

Personalizing Student Growth with Blended Learning -- How to do it right!

ThinkCERCA is excited to announce a leadership training for principals who are at any stage of taking their school blended. Whether you only have a computer lab, or are full-scale 1:1 program, we will address concerns, strategies, and best practices for making sure you, your students, and staff can make the most of 21st Century learning models.

We've gathered a group of nationally-recognized experts in technology and blended learning to work with principals, assistant principals and instructional leaders. We will provide a full day of professional development on integrating technology into schools to personalize learning. Technology is no longer a "nice-to-have" but a must-have, given the demands of the CCSS and increasingly sophisticated world of everyday life. Supporting teachers in integrating technology is essential to student growth and success. Learn to how to plan appropriately for a transformative technology adoption and/or re-align your use of technology to maximize student growth.

WHO: School Administrators
WHEN: Friday, May 2nd, 2014
WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center- Ballroom 100 DRURY LANE, OAKBROOK TERRACE, ILLINOIS, 60181

IAA Credits, Coffee & Lunch will be provided. Cost is $75. Please bring a device for a hands-on experience.


  • Needs Analysis - Where are we with blended?
  • How can technology help us personalize learning?
  • Roles in blended learning environments: Teacher, Tech & Student
  • Devices & Hardware Pros/Cons
  • Re-imaging the Specifics: Scheduling, Space & Resources

Eileen Murphy

Eileen Murphy is the author of “360 Degrees of Text” (NCTE, 2011), a book on close reading and powerful writing, the skills featured in the Common Core State Standards. She was the founding English Department Chair at Walter Payton College Prep, one of the country’s highest performing high schools, and a district leader in Chicago Public Schools. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for over 100 of Chicago’s highest performing schools, she became passionate about the role technology could play in education in the 21st century. She is the Founder & CEO of

Mike McGee

Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to build web applications. Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame was that his High School mascot was a pretzel. He went to Northwestern for four years where he spent two years being a student and two years in student government - miraculously becoming Student Body President his senior year. In Spring 2011, Mike decided to turn down Obama for America (his first real job offer) to co-found The Starter League. Recently Mike was named to Crain's 40 Under 40 for 2013 (along with his co-founder, Neal Sales-Griffin). His latest "dent in the universe" project is Starter School, an immersive, full-time program that will take people from zero to entrepreneur in 9 months.

Melissa Zaikos
Melissa has significant experience leading a network of elementary and high schools and working with communities throughout Chicago. Most recently, Melissa led the Pershing Network, a network of schools in the Southwest communities of Chicago. From 2005-2011, Zaikos was the Chief Area Officer for the AMP Schools, overseeing more than 100 schools within CPS, where student performance increased from 68% to 87% of students meeting or exceeding standards on the ISAT. Under her leadership, the AMP Schools led the district in data-driven instruction as the first schools to utilize the Northwest Evaluation Association MAP assessment, which is now used district-wide. The AMP Schools also led the district in piloting various online curricula including ST Math and Compass Learning. Prior to her career in education, Zaikos was a business strategy consultant with a results-oriented reputation for engaging stakeholders, building teams and applying rigorous analysis of data to complex, systems-wide challenges. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and was a member of the Broad Fellowship for Education Leaders in 2011 and the Broad Residency in Urban Education from 2003-2005. She also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.

Have questions about IAA Admin Event: Personalizing Student Growth w/ Blended Learning? Contact ThinkCERCA

When & Where

Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center- Ballroom
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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