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Welcome to the NextGen Systems Personalized Learning Initiative Management Page. The purpose of this webspace is to provide League schools with information and resources related to the management and coordination of our grant. Here you will find copies of all official correspondence with LIS schools, webinars, and specific documents you will need as you fulfill the obligations of our initiative.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Gwen Merrick | 207-773-0505 

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Next Event: May 17, 2017

NextGen Commencement Celebration
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
Portsmouth, New Hampshire


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Communications 

4.21.17 | NextGen Commencement Presentation Slide Construction

Good Afternoon NextGen Principals and Building Leaders,

Some of you may have already started your slide presentation for the May 17th Celebration in Portsmouth, but if you’re still working (or haven’t started!) I have a Keynote and a PowerPoint template that might spark ideas for design. I’ve uploaded them to the NextGen page within the LIS Members website and I’ll include a few tips and reminders below. If you need a reminder on how to log in to the members website, let me know.

One last reminder that the deadline to register was April 16th. So if you have not registered your team, please do that as soon as possible. Register HERE.

Thanks!
Gwen

Tips for NextGen Celebration Slides and Presentation:

Tell us your story and share what you’ve learned, what your successes and challenges were, and what your next steps are.

Use Images 
Each school has only 6 minutes, so these presentation need to move quickly. There won’t be time to read a lot of text from a slide. Instead, try using an image to fill the slide that accompanies your school’s story. Or use the image to fill most of the slide and list one or two key words.

  • Images should be high resolution, not blurry when you increase the size.
  • If you don’t have your own images to use, try free stock photo sites like Flickr or Stocksnap

Consider Using Student Quotes 
You won’t need to read the quote, necessarily, but display it while you go through your narrative. Use a clear, easy-to-read font.

Share Data  
if you have data to share, display it in a simple graph. Ex., graduation rates, iWalkthrough data, student attendance increases, etc.

Different Voices
Your school’s story should be shared by different members of your team. Because of this, coupled with the short time frame, it’s important to practice your talking points and how to pass the baton.

Your Final Slides
(no more than 12 slides) Need to be shared with GSP (sent to me) no later than May 5th. Our staff will add each school’s slides into one large presentation deck in order to transition quickly between presentations. Because of that, it’s important that you share your slides as a Keynote or PowerPoint. 

If you have any additional questions, you may want to refer to the webinar recording where we provided an overview of the presentation structure. 

Feel free to reach out to me with questions as well. 

___

Gwen Merrick
Project Associate
Great Schools Partnership
482 Congress Street, Suite 500  |  Portland, ME 04101
p: 207.773.0505  |  f: 877.849.7052
greatschoolspartnership.org
Twitter: @gmerrick_gsp

1.29.15 | Professional Learning Group Facilitator Training Registration Now Open

Good morning,

The registration page for our Summer Professional Learning Group Facilitator training is now live and you can begin to enter the names of teachers and administrators you would like to receive this training. We will be able to accommodate – on average – between 7 and 8 educators from each school during either of the training sessions.

As with last year’s Design Institute schedule, we want to be as flexible as possible and are offering this training twice, so that you have a choice of which training session you would like to join. We have built the schedule so that it will be three days in length (starting late Tuesday morning and going through early Thursday afternoon to minimize overnights and facilitate travel for most). Again, as with last summer’s institutes, we will reimburse travel (up to three vehicles per school team) and lodging (up to four rooms per school team). As we mentioned last week, the two sessions will take place:

  1. July 28-30: Crowne Plaza (Warwick, RI)
  2. August 11-13: Holiday Inn By the Bay (Portland, ME)

Visit the LIS Members Section PLG Facilitator Training Page

If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us.

Thank you.

Angela Hardy & Mark Kostin

1.20.15 | Summer PLG Facilitator Training, Announcing the Award; Monthly Webinar Updates

Good afternoon Phase III Principals,

Thank you all so much for your patience as we work on many of the exciting upcoming activities that will support your school’s efforts to personalize learning for your students. We are pleased to share the following three updates with you:

#1. Summer Professional Learning Group Facilitator Training

Ensuring that every school provides at least 90 minutes of monthly uninterrupted Professional Learning Group (PLG) time to support faculty learning and ensuring that each PLG has at least one member who is trained to facilitate it is, as you know, a requirement of all Phase III schools. While many schools already have a cadre of trained facilitators, we felt it was important to provide an opportunity for educators in our schools to have access to such training. The Great Schools Partnership (GSP) has a long-standing affiliation with the premiere education facilitator training organization – the School Reform Initiative – and every GSP coach has been formally trained and most of us are also certified trainers. We have built these sessions into our overall program budget so that educators from our Phase III schools will be able to be trained at no cost.

As with last year’s Design Institute schedule, we want to be as flexible as possible and are offering this training twice, so that you have a choice of which training session you would like to join. We have built the schedule so that it will be three days in length (starting late Tuesday morning and going through early Thursday afternoon to minimize overnights and facilitate travel for most). We are pleased to announce the following options:

    1. July 28-30, 2015: Crowne Plaza (Warwick, RI)

    2. August 11-13, 2015: Holiday Inn By the Bay (Portland, ME)

    We are working on our registration page and will have more information to share. Again, as with last summer’s institutes, we will reimburse travel and lodging. For the time being, please note these dates and feel free to share them with your colleagues.



#2. Publicly Announcing the Award

I know many of you are very anxious to announce that you have been invited to participate in Phase III of the NESSC’s NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to use the Gates Foundation name in any formal announcement until the Foundation officially approves the distribution of funds that is supporting the larger, national NextGen grant that we belong to. As we mentioned in December, this is technically a formality and we don’t anticipate any hiccups. It is a part of the process they use and we need to abide by it. The  Foundation met late last week to approve the program and then the lawyers get involved in crafting the formal documents that will spell out all of the expectations for GSP. We anticipate that this step will take another 3-4 weeks. Once Gates, our program officers, and we have signed the agreement, we can then publicly announce the initiative. Until then, you are not permitted to publicly state that you are part of an initiative to personalized learning funded by the Gates Foundation that will provide you with support between now and June 2017. It’s OK to let staff know, however, but with the caveats that you – or they – can’t publicly announce that you will be funded by Gates until we get approval to do so. The sticking point, obviously, is in using the Foundation’s name. When we make the formal announcement, we will also share the list of all 20 schools that were invited to participate in Phase III.

#3. Monthly Program Webinars

We are sensing the need to provide folks with an opportunity to check in on the variety of activities, resources, and expectations, along with a chance to ask specific questions about the initiative. For this reason, we’d like to schedule a monthly program webinar/conference call for principals and other building leaders that will play a formal coordinator role. We envision these taking place one Monday afternoon per month from 4 to 5 PM. Similar to the webinar series we held last year, we would spend the first 20-25 minutes on program updates and then open up the phones and the webinar chat space for questions, comments, and discussion. These would be archived so that you could access them and view later if you were not able to join us live. We would like to schedule the first such program webinar on Monday February 2 from 4 to 5 PM ET.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we ramp up and get started with Phase III of the initiative. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or need any help or support at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Angela & Mark

12.1.14 | NESSC NextGen Updates: Final Submission, Site Visits, and Supports

Good afternoon NextGen Principals and Points of Contact:

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and imagine that you are in the final stages of preparing your applications for Phase III of our initiative which begins on January 1, 2015.

We wanted to remind you that your final submissions are due no later than 5 PM ET on Tuesday December 9, 2014. Attached is the document we shared with you on October 10, 2014. Please submit your application as one Portable Document File (PDF) via email to  mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org. If you have any questions about the requirements, please feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions.

We are on an extremely tight timeline as the nine organizations involved in the selection – State Departments/Agencies of Education in CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT, the Gates Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Next Generation Learning Challenge (our program officers), and the Great Schools Partnership – meet all day on Friday December 12th. Please feel free to submit your applications before the deadline if they are ready.

Thank you.

Angela and Mark

10.10.14 | NextGen Updates: Final Submission, Site Visits, and Supports

Dear NESSC NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative Principals and Points of Contact:

We hope that this message finds you well and that you have found a way to strike a healthy balance between enjoying the marvelous fall weather and successfully shepherding your NextGen work forward by finalizing your plans and engaging your stakeholders. The purpose of this message is to provide you with updates on a variety of fronts:

1. Final submission guidelines
2. November site visits
3. Oct. 14 webinar
4. Oct. 24 LIS meeting
5. Principals’ PLG
6. Warm + cool feedback
7. Coaching support

1. Final Submission – due by 5 PM ET on Tuesday December 9, 2014
As you know, our NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative is technically a competitive grant project that began on April 1, 2014 and will end on June 30, 2017. We are currently in the phase where we are supporting each of the 36 schools that are members of NESSC’s League of Innovative Schools, have submitted a letter of intent this past spring, participated in one of the summer design institutes, and submitted a preliminary proposal this past September. On Friday December 12, 2014, representatives from the nine different partners in this project will meet to review your final applications and determine which ones meet the design, readiness, and capacity criteria we have established and are eligible for significant levels of in-school coaching supports and resources from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. The nine entities involved include the State Departments/Agencies of Education in CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT as well as the Gates Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Next Generation Learning Challenge (our program officers), and the Great Schools Partnership.

Attached, please find an overview of the guidelines for the final December submission as well as two separate templates: one that asks for the current status and plans with respect to the required activities and one that asks you to outline the specific set of activities you will implement to reach the expected Global Best Practices scores outlined in the criteria. While we recognize that what you will submit represents a considerable amount of documentation, we know that because of the planning work you have been doing, you have a significant amount of this already completed. Therefore your application will serve as a reflection of the progress you have made as you continue the rapid implementation of your design for personalized learning. We will spend considerable time during our webinar next Tuesday afternoon reviewing the final submission guidelines.

2. November Site Visits
In advance of the final submissions, we will also be conducting site visits during the month of November and early December. Because there are 36 schools in the project currently developing full proposals and there are very few available school days in November due to the elections, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving, each visit will be a half-day in length. We have examined each of your school calendars and consulted Google Maps and have created a visit itinerary that will ensure we maximize the time we spend learning as much about your schools as possible and minimize our travel. The purpose of these visits is to better understand your school’s vision for personalized learning, learn how you have engaged your stakeholders and worked to gain their support, and help inform our sense of your school’s readiness and capacity to fulfill your vision. We will be visiting classrooms and meeting with students,  teachers, as well as key district personnel. We will also be meeting with principals and representatives of your school’s leadership/design team. Our proposed scheduled is included in the table below. Ideally this schedule works for everyone, though we anticipate that there may be a need to try to make a change or two. We will also spend time during our webinar next Tuesday afternoon reviewing the visit and sharing the schedule for the specific activities that characterize our visit.

 3. Webinar: Tuesday October 14, 2014, 4 – 5 PM ET
As we indicated earlier this week, we are hosting a webinar next Tuesday that will review both the final submission guidelines and the November site visits. If you are unable to join the webinar, it will be archived and available the following morning for you to view at your convenience.

8. To join the meeting at 4 PM on Tuesday October 14, 2014: http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/nessc/

9. Choose Enter the Meeting as a Guest: type your first and last name (no username or password required)

  1. Conference Number: Please dial into conference number and mute your computer speakers.
  2. 1-888-450-5996, Participant code: 706042#
  3. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you should test your connection: http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 4. NESSC League of Innovative Schools Meeting
Our annual fall meeting of the League of Innovative Schools will take place on Friday October 24, 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel in Wakefield, MA. The agenda is posted on the LIS members-only website and will featured multiple opportunities for you and your colleagues to engage in conversations with others and learn about specific resources and guidance we believe are aligned with the work you are in the midst of implementing (or of designing). Please click this link to register for the meeting by Friday October 17th.

 5. Principals’ Professional Learning Group (PLG)
We have reviewed the results of the Principals’ PLG registration survey and will be sending the agenda for our first in-person meeting that will occur in conjunction with the October 24 LIS gathering. In addition to the agenda, we will also notify principals of their cohort assignment which, as you recall, will be based on the availability of participants to connect virtually in between the in-person meetings.

 6. Preliminary Submission Warm + Cool Feedback
We have completed the review of each of the 36 proposals and will be sending principals a message containing a few thoughts and questions we hope will be helpful as you continue to fine-tune the development of your plans. Look for an email from us in the coming week.

 7. Coaching Support
By now we imagine that you have connected in-person, virtually, and/or via phone with your Great Schools Partnership coach. We hope that you are finding them to be a valuable resource. Our coaches have extensive experience and expertise in supporting many aspects of personalized learning and of comprehensive school improvement. The role of your coach is to help you finalize your plan, support your endeavors to engage your stakeholders, and help you think through the kinds of specific strategies and supports you will need to lead your school from where you are currently to where you desire to be. Our coaches will not play a role in making decisions regarding the selection of schools in mid-December.

 8. Members-Only NextGen Website with Resources
Finally, we’d like to remind you that all of the resources and materials concerning the NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative are available to you in the members-only section of the LIS website. To access them, please visit https://www.newenglandssc.org/ and click in the “League Login” icon on the upper right hand side of the page and enter the school username and password assigned to you when you first joined the League. If you need any assistance accessing the site, please contact Gwen Merrick (gmerrick@greatschoolspartnership.org or 207-773-0505).

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or would like to talk through any particular issue, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to ensure you have the help and supports you need.

Angela & Mark
Co-Project Directors

9.17.14 | NextGen Principals' Professional Learning Group Registration Form

Good afternoon NextGen Principals,

As we announced during this week’s webinar we have prepared a very short registration form that will help us effectively organize our monthly two-hour Principals’ Professional Learning Groups for the upcoming year. 

We acknowledge that your time is incredibly valuable and have decided to only host three in-person PLG meetings – all in conjunction with our League of Innovative School meetings:

  1. Friday October 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel in Wakefield, MA
  2. Friday January 23, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA
  3. Thursday March 26, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA (this will be in conjunction with the 6th annual NESSC High School Redesign Conference that takes place 3/26 & 3/27)

The remaining monthly sessions will take place virtually and the registration form will help us identify an initial window of time that might work best for you.

Please complete the following registration form by October 1, 2014:

http://fs19.formsite.com/GSP1/pincipal_plg/

Thank you.

The LIS/NextGen Principals’ PLG Team: Becky Wilusz, Reed Dyer, Angela Hardy, and Mark Kostin

PS – You can access the webinar archive by logging into the LIS members-only site and navigating to the NextGen Tab.

Mark S. Kostin, Ed.D.
Associate Director
Great Schools Partnership
482 Congress Street, Suite 500  |  Portland, ME 04101

p: 207.318.3780  |  f: 877.849.7052
e: mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
greatschoolspartnership.org
Twitter: @nessc_me

8.13.14 | NESSC NextGen Webinar: Submission Requirements

Dear NESSC NextGen Principals and Points of Contact,

As announced during our recent summer design institutes, we will be hosting a Webinar on Monday August 25, 2014 from 4 to 5 PM ET where we will review the requirements related to your school’s submission. As you know, schools that participated in either of the recently completed summer institutes that are interested in being considered as supported NextGen schools launching in 2015 or 2016, must submit a preliminary proposal by 5 PM ET on Friday September 5, 2014.

During the webinar, Angela Hardy and I will be reiterating the requirements, reviewing the templates and resources we have prepared to support the completion of your submission documents, and outlining the next set of steps, including the support you are eligible to receive.

As always, if you are unable to join in live, an archived recording will be available for you to stream by 4 PM ET on Tuesday August 26 on the members-only LIS website.

To join the meeting at 4 PM on Monday August 25, 2014:  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/nessc/

Choose Enter the Meeting as a Guest: type your first and last name (no username or password required)

Conference Call Number: Please dial into conference number and mute your computer speakers. 

1-888-450-5996, Participant code: 706042#

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you should test your connection  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Once again, we will be opening up the phone lines following a brief presentation by Angela and me.  If you’d rather use your computer speakers to listen to the webinar, you can always use the chat box to type your questions.

We hope you can join us on the 25th. In the meantime, if you have any questions or needs whatsoever as you continue to plan your work and prepare your submissions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark Kostin & Angela Hardy

8.5.14 | NextGen Design Institute Follow-Up

Good morning,

I hope you are doing well and have had some time to reflect upon the outcomes of the recent NextGen Design Institute. We have concluded both the VT and CT Design Institutes and are preparing for the intermediary support that will enable each school team to submit the following, on September 5:

  • A graphic illustration of your personalized learning design model.
  • A written narrative (3 pages max) describing your school’s personalized learning design model. This essentially helps the reader interpret the illustration, highlighting the major elements and principles that will characterize personalized learning in your school.
  • A list of strategies inspired and informed by your personalized learning design model – aligned to each Global Best Practices dimension – that, once fully implemented, will result in scores that meet the aspirational benchmarks scores. These strategies must also result in the implementation of the set of required activities following the stipulated timeline.
  • Identification of the most pressing barriers and emerging strategies to address them. This must be informed by your school’s assessment of its current state compared to the selection criteria.

To ensure that you have adequate resources, we have three levels of support:

  1. First, all of the materials from the NextGen Design Institute will remain available through the members-only section of the newenglandssc.org web-site.  
  2. Second, the coach assigned to your team during the Design Institute will remain on-call throughout the month of August. Feel free to contact the GSP coach through phone or e-mail with questions and ideas. Contact information for each coach that supported your work can be found in the “Overview” section of the webpage corresponding to the Design Institute you attended.  If you need further assistance, you may contact Mark Kostin or me directly.  
  3. Third, we will be hosting a webinar on Monday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. to review the submission guidelines and respond to questions posed both in the chat box or over the phone lines. Please remember that any of our webinars are hosted in the archives within the members-only section of the newenglandssc.org website within 24 hours of the live webinar. We will send information about the webinar to all LIS NextGen principals and points of contact in the coming week.

After the September 5 submission, we will review the materials and consider next steps for each team. Schools that will be moving forward through the fall and preparing for the final submission in December will be assigned a GSP coach by September 15. The determination of each school’s coach is made by carefully considering a variety of factors, including: geographic location, the assets and barriers outlined in the submission, and a coach’s particular background, experience, and expertise.

In planning for future NextGen support where larger numbers of participants from across New England will be convening, we find it highly valuable to review the feedback provided through evaluations. We would be most appreciative, and able to respond more appropriately, if you would take a few minutes to complete the on-line evaluation of the NextGen Design Institute. You can find the survey within the members-only section of the newenglandssc.org site or at this link.   

Thank you for your deep commitment to this work. We look forward to continuing to support your work this summer and fall.

Sincerely,

Angela Hardy and Mark Kostin

NextGen Project Co-Directors

6.13.14 | NextGen Update & Summer Design Institute

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope you are experiencing a safe and successful end to the school year. I am writing to provide you with a brief update on the NextGen initiative and share a few items related to our summer design work:

41 out of 75 League of Innovative Schools members have officially submitted a letter of intent! We’re absolutely thrilled that you are among this group and are very excited to roll up our sleeves and begin working alongside you in earnest beginning with the Summer Design Institute. The list of NextGen schools can be found in the dedicated tab of the members-only LIS website: http://lis.newenglandssc.org/registered/nextgen_grant You’ll need your school’s login name and nessc1 as the password to access this site. As you peruse the list of schools, please verify that the information we have listed for your school is accurate and up-to-date. If it isn’t please contact Gwen Merrick  or 207-773-0505.


Yesterday, Gwen Merrick sent individual emails to each school containing the results of the Personalized Learning Needs Assessment nearly every LIS member submitted this past fall. Recall that there were three components to the needs assessment: (1) self-reported scores (1-5) on each of the 20 dimensions of the Global Best Practices; (2) responses to a Personalized Learning barriers survey; and, (3) responses to a Technology Infrastructure questionnaire. If your school was a member of the LIS in October 2013 and you submitted your Needs Assessment we have your results and they can be found in the Excel file Gwen shared with you yesterday. If you didn’t submit any responses or were not a member of the LIS at the time we conducted the needs assessment, you did not receive an email from Gwen yesterday.


If you have not already done so, please complete your registration for one of the Summer Design Institutes. The deadline for reserving your rooms and receiving the reduced group rate we have secured is June 23 (for Groton, CT) and June 28 (for Stowe, VT). Registration links and hotel information can be found in the ’Summer Institute’ accordions at the bottom of the NextGen grant webpage: http://lis.newenglandssc.org/registered/nextgen_grant


Finally, we are very excited about the Design Institutes themselves. Our staff has been very hard at work crafting an intense four-day visioning and planning experience for your team that will follow the principles of Design Thinking and will ensure each of your schools leaves with an exciting learning design model, an emerging blueprint that will lead to the implementation of required activities, and clear next steps for continuing to expand your local stakeholder engagement. We expect to post the agenda for each Design Institute next week on the NextGen website. In order to prepare for the Design Institute and ensure that the time spent in either Groton or Stowe is well spent, we recommend you do the following:

  • Watch the Webinar we hosted two weeks ago and share the archive link with others on your team. Each of the six webinars we conducted can be found – you guessed it! – in the Webinar Archive section of the NextGen website
  • Bring with you (or ensure you have access to): student aspiration, achievement, and attainment data; any data (survey or otherwise) that would characterize how students and/or teachers currently experience learning; any information or data you have from conversations with stakeholders about your work (students, faculty, parents, school board, community, etc.), and any other pertinent artifacts, documents, or policies that will either influence, inform, or support your work.

That’s it for now. If you have any questions whatsoever, need clarification, or would like to discuss any emerging ideas you have, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us.

Angela Hardy & Mark Kostin
NESSC NextGen Co-Project Directors

Angela’s contact information: ahardy@greatschoolspartnership.org (207) 773-0505
Mark’s contact information: mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org (207) 773-0505

4.18.14 | LIS NextGen Update

Good afternoon NESSC League of Innovative Schools Principals and Points of Contact,

I wanted to provide a quick update about important aspects of our work:

Next Optional NextGen Personalized Learning Webinar: Monday April 28, 2014 from 4 to 5 PM: Preparing for the implementation of the required activities

  1. During this optional webinar, we’ll spend a bit of time sharing a few thoughts about how schools might meet the set of required activities and ways to prepare for them.
  2. To join the webinar at 4 PM on 4/28/14, go to:  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/nessc/
  3.  Choose Enter the Meeting as a Guest: type your first and last name (no username or password required)
  4.  Conference Number: Please dial into conference number and mute your computer speakers.  
  5. 1-888-450-5996, Participant code: 706042#
  6.  If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you should  test your connection:  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm


Letter of Intent

  1. A sample letter of intent has been upload to our members-only site: http://lis.newenglandssc.org/registered/nextgen_grant
  2. Please remember that these are due by May 16, 2014.
  3. If you have any particular questions or concerns about this, please let us know


Required activities and benchmark document updated with implementation year clarifications

  1. To further decrease any confusion or questions about the set of required activities and their respective implementation dates, we have now created two separate documents where these are listed based on your proposed launch year (2015 or 2016). These too are available on the members-only site: http://lis.newenglandssc.org/registered/nextgen_grant


Registration for Summer Design Institutes now open

  1. As a couple of schools have discovered already, we have opened registration for the summer instates. Again, the latest information and the registration link can be found on our members-only site : http://lis.newenglandssc.org/registered/nextgen_grant


Help is available anytime:

  1. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime if you have any questions or need help as you continue to determine whether this opportunity aligns with and supports your planned work. As a reminder, here are the designated primary contacts by state, but also know that David and I are available anytime as well: 

I hope this information is useful. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any particular questions or suggestions. Take care,

Mark

Mark S. Kostin, Ed.D.
Associate Director
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Great Schools Partnership, Inc.

482 Congress Street, Suite 500
Portland, ME 04101
v. 207.318.3780
f. 877.849.7052
e. mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
w. www.greatschoolspartnership.org

3.26.14 | NESSC NextGen Personalizing Learning Initiative Informational Webinar #1

Good afternoon once again LIS principals, points of contact, and superintendents.

As stated in my earlier email, we will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the thinking and planning that will support your decision to pursue a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. Our first webinar will take place this coming Monday March 31, 2014 from 4 to 5 PM ET and will focus on an overview of the selection process and array of supports provided.

These webinars are completely voluntary and designed to help clarify the work and support that lay ahead. In addition, these webinars will be archived and available for later viewing via the NextGen Personalized Learning page on the members-only LIS website. We will share the remaining webinar dates and topics on Monday.

To join the meeting at 4 PM on 3/31/14:  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/nessc/

Choose Enter the Meeting as a Guest: type your first and last name (no username or password required)

Conference Number: Please dial into conference number and mute your computer speakers.  

1-888-450-5996, Participant code: 706042#

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you should:

Test your connection:  http://gsp.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will send you all a reminder on Monday morning.

Mark

Mark S. Kostin, Ed.D.
Associate Director
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Great Schools Partnership, Inc.
482 Congress Street, Suite 500
Portland, ME 04101
v. 207.318.3780
f. 877.849.7052
e. mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
wwww.greatschoolspartnership.org

 

3.26.14 | NextGen Personalizing Learning Grant: Important Info + Next Steps

Dear NESSC League of Innovative Schools Principals, Points of Contact, and Superintendents:

Last week, via email, I was pleased to notify principals that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recommended the New England Secondary School Consortium NextGen Personalizing Learning proposal for funding. We followed this announcement with a morning meeting that took place last Thursday March 20th in conjunction with our 5th Annual NESSC Redesign Conference in Norwood, MA. While most League schools were in attendance, several were not. The purpose of this email is to outline the specific next steps related to the NextGen Personalizing Learning initiative and explain what schools and districts must do during the course of the coming weeks and months in order to be considered for selection as a site receiving direct school supports. If it’s at all helpful, the full proposal we submitted can be accessed here: http://www.greatschoolspartnership.org/gates-next-gen-systems-initiative-proposal/

Goals and supports

As a reminder, here is general summary of what we have proposed and what the Foundation has agreed to support:

  • We must identify and select a number schools from among our current LIS membership and provide them with direct supports (capacity building and implementation coaching) so that they launch as full personalized learning schools in either 2015 or 2016. We are considering this group of schools as one large cohort with either a17-month or a 29-month preparation/planning on-ramp so that every student in the school is ready to experience personalized learning at the start of the 2015-16 or 2016-17 school year, respectively.
  • EVERY LIS school will have access to ALL of the resources, tools, and exemplars we will be developing during the course of the 41 months of the project (March 2014 through June 2017).
  • EVERY LIS school will have the opportunity to participate in ALL of the networking meetings and events we will be hosting during the course of the 40 months of the project (March 2014 through June 2017)
  • An illustration depicting the three possible “streams” with corresponding supports leading to the various launch dates (2015, 2016, and beyond) is attached. 2015 and 2016 launch schools will receive a combination of moderate (one day per month) and intensive (one day per week) onsite coaching depending on their implementation and launch schedule.
  • A sampling of some of the tools and resources we have already developed to support your personalization work is available on a website we launched last week in conjunctions with the NESSC Conference: http://www.greatschoolspartnership.org/proficiency/

 Selection process

As you know, the Foundation expects us to have a rigorous set of selection criteria in place that will ensure that the schools identified and provided with direct supports have both the willingness and the readiness to launch as full personalized learning sites by 2015 or 2016. These include:

  • Implementing the non-negotiable set of required activities listed in Table 6 of our proposal (attached).
  • Designing and implementing a range of additional school-determined activities aligned with each of the 20 dimensions of the Global Best Practices that will lead to the performance levels (as determined by an external evaluation team) listed in Table 5 of our proposal (attached).
  • Toward the end of the 2014 calendar year (November-December) each LIS school interested in moving forward and receiving direct coaching support will be visited by a team comprising of State Education Agency and Great Schools Partnership personnel. The results of their visit, combined with data each school will provide, will be used to make a decision about selection and support starting in January 2015 (what we are referring to as Phase III).

 Next steps

We know many of you are very excited about this opportunity and have been quietly discussing it with your colleagues since we first shared the possibility with you last October. If you believe your school is ready and willing to launch as a fully personalized learning site in 2015 or 2016, here are your specific next steps:

  1. Share the materials we have provided and engage in formal conversations in your school and district and determine whether you have the support of all stakeholders to fully commit to this effort.
  2. Submit a formal letter of intent to me by 5 PM Friday May 16, 2014. The letter of intent must be signed by the principal, superintendent, school board chair, and at least two teachers. As I described last week, in some settings it will also make sense to have the signatures of representatives from the teachers’ association as well as parents and students. We will leave this decision up to you. We are in the process of crafting a sample letter of intent to share with you as a template to use.
  3. Send a team of five (which must include the principal) to participate in a four-day comprehensive school planning institute. Schools have a choice of attending either the session we are offering at the Marriott Mystic Hotel in Groton, CT July 14 through 17 or at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT July 28 through 31. These institutes begin at 11 AM Monday morning and end by 4 PM Thursday afternoon. We have been working on our agenda for this event and will have registration and sign-up information in the coming weeks. As I mentioned last week, the major goal of this institute is to provide schools with helpful information, guidance, support, resources, targeted nudging, and time to build a comprehensive blueprint and begin the process of crafting their plans that will lead to the implementation of the required activities and Global Best Practices benchmarks. There is no cost
  4. Complete you blueprint and action plans and begin to implement your work in the areas of policy, practice, and public will through the end of the 2014 calendar year
  5. Collect data and host an NESSC visiting team in November or December of this year as part of the selection process to determine which schools will continue to receive supports from January 2015 through their targeted 2015 or 2016 launch date.

 For more information and immediate help

There are at least three ways you received more information or help as you contemplate your next steps:

  1. In order to be as responsive as possible, the following Great Schools Partnership personnel are available to help answer any immediate questions you have and help support your deliberations during the next few weeks.
  2. Please do not hesitate to contact David or me directly at any time
  3. We will be offering a series of voluntary one-hour informational webinars on a variety of topics we hope will help support your decision-making and initial planning. The first of these webinars will take place next Monday March 31st from 4 to 5 PM and will focus mostly on reviewing the information we have shared to this point. While we will devote approximately half of our webinar time to a specific topic, we also want to provide you all with a space to ask general questions about the work. I will be sending out an invitation to join the first webinar in a separate email.
  4. We will be archiving every webinar and all messages and information pertaining to this NextGen grant in the members-only section of the LIS website: http://lis.newenglandssc.org. To gain access, click on ‘Member Log In’, enter your email address (usually the name of the school as one word) and ‘nessc1‘ as the password. (If you need any assistance with this, please  don’t hesitate to contact me or Gwen Merrick (gmerrick@greatschoolspartnership.org  or  207-773-0505). We hope to have the NextGen page up and running by the end of the week.

If you have any questions at all about this work, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark

PS – While this message was sent specifically onto to the LIS members in your state, I have sent an identical message to the LIS members in each of the other four NESSC states.

Mark S. Kostin, Ed.D.
Associate Director
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Webinar Archive

4.13.17 | GBP Final Reporting Process

This webinar clarifies the expectations and timeline for the final stage of NextGen reporting

1.23.17 | End of Project Celebration + Commencement

This webinar outlines the process for the NextGen Commencement Celebration on May 17, 2017

6.8.15 | Supporting Professional Learning Groups

This webinar is the final presentation in the series of NextGen webinars this school year. The topics of this webinar will include:

  1. the role of the principal in supporting Professional Learning Groups and

  2. an opportunity to follow-up or dig into particular challenges or questions you might have regarding your work so far.

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5.11.15 | Action Plan & Required Activities

Our topics include: (1) a brief review of the action plans that have been submitted and our process for providing feedback and additional supports, and (2) a further description of what meeting each of the NextGen required activities might look like in schools.

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4.13.15 | Informational Webinar

Our topics will include: (1) sharing take-aways and insights from last month’s NESSC Conference, (2) a brief overview of the myriad Personalized Learning resources already available to you and your colleagues, (3) an overview of our work to date on creating an interactive, online collaboration platform exclusively for LIS schools, and (4) an opportunity to follow-up or dig into particular challenges or questions you might have regarding your work so far.

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3.9.15 | Communicating the Work

In addition to program updates, we will be joined by our colleagues Steve Abbott (GSP Director of Communications) and Blythe Armitage (GSP Communications Associate). They will share some thoughts and guidance that we hope will help inform and support your announcement of this grant.

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2.2.15 | Phase III Updates

This is the first of our monthly informational webinars for NextGen Phase III school principals and points of contact. Among the topics we will address, are: general program updates, summer PLG facilitator training, Phase III funds, working with your coach, memorandum of understanding, and the public announcement.

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10.14.14 | Final Submission & School Visits

During this webinar, we will review the elements that will need to be included in each school’s final personalized learning proposal. We will also review the scheduled and required activities associated with the November school visits.

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9.15.14 | Principals' Professional Learning Group

During this webinar we will explain the professional learning structure and how it will be a support to you. We’ll describe the schedule we have developed along with some of the resources and activities to support you in the critical role you all play as building leaders.

*Please note, we experienced some technical problems with the recording of this webinar. The webinar recording starts about 15 minutes in to the presentation, and unfortunately there is no audio.  Our proposed solution is to watch the webinar recording and simultaneously listen via a separate audio file below. If you hit play on both files, they should synch up fairly well.

You may also choose to view just the PDF of the slides and only listen to the audio. The audio will match the slides beginning with slide 14.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

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Webinar Audio Only

8.25.14 | NextGen Submission Requirements

During this webinar, we will be reviewing the requirements related to your school’s submission.

We will be reiterating the requirements, reviewing the templates and resources we have prepared to support the completion of your submission documents, and outlining the next set of steps, including the support you are eligible to receive.

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6.2.14 | Preparing for a Successful Summer Institute

GSP will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the sixth webinar in that series.

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5.19.14 | Setting the Stage for Policy

GSP will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the fifth webinar in that series.

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5.12.14 | Working With a Coach

GSP will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the fourth webinar in that series.

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4.28.14 | Preparing for the Implementation of Required Activities

GSP will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the third webinar in that series.

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4.7.14 | Engaging Stakeholders + Securing Commitment

GSP will be offering a series of optional informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the second webinar in that series.

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3.31.14 | Overview of Selection Process

GSP will be offering a series of informational webinars to support the process of pursuing a 2015 or 2016 personalization launch. 

This is the first webinar in that series and we will focus on an overview of the selection process and the array of supports provided.

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