Portland, OR - Learning Leadership Symposium

When: Sep 26, 2023

Where: Portland Public Schools - Board Room, 501 N. Dixon Street, Portland, OR 97227

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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



8:00-8:30 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Educator Guest Keynote – Leadership Priorities Now


Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, Chief Academic Officer, Portland Public Schools

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Learning Counsel Research and Trends Briefing

10:00-10:10 a.m. – Break

10:10-10:30 a.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker

10:30-10:40 a.m. – Sponsor Speaker or Video Showcase

10:40-1:15 p.m. – Leadership Workshops: Staying Current

Learning Topics

  • Differences in Digital Learning Experiences
  • Modeling a Digital Learning Matrix
  • Amplifying Cross-Curricular Experiences with Digital Resources
  • Using or Not Using AI

10:40-11:05 a.m. – Table Rotation 1

11:10-11:35 a.m. – Table Rotation 2

11:35-12:15 p.m. – Lunch & Keynote

11:50-12:10 p.m. – Educator Guest Keynote: Becoming Human Alongside Technology

PPS Department of Learning Technologies Leadership Team:


Kevin Crotchett, Director of Learning Technologies


Melissa Lim, Technology Integration Specialist


Cat Nostrand, Technology Integration Specialist


Jen Hopkins, Technology TOSA


Ryan Hoxie, Technology TOSA

12:10-12:20 p.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker or Sponsor Video Showcase

12:25-12:50 p.m. – Table Rotation 3

12:50-1:15 p.m. – Table Rotation 4

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

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Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent, Beaverton School District (OR)


Kimberly Kellison, Superintendent, Winston-Dillard School District #116 (OR)


Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith, Superintendent, Tigard-Tualatin School District


Dr. Ellen Perconti, Superintendent, Goldendale School District 404

1:45-2:00 p.m. – Wrap-Up

2:00-2:30 pm. – Networking



Portland Public Schools - Board Room, 501 N. Dixon Street, Portland, OR 97227