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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.

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Sunday, July 17
 

12:00pm

BLC Information Center
Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Monday, July 18
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Monday July 18, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Tuesday, July 19
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Tuesday July 19, 2016 7:00am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

3:00pm

BLC16 Presider and Volunteer Briefing
Speakers
avatar for Marcy Reed

Marcy Reed

Co-Director, BLC16, November Learning
Marcy joined the BLC Staff during the early years of Building Learning Communities, and has been an active participant at BLC each summer since BLC's debut at Roger Williams College!Marcy is an educator with years of experience at the secondary level where she has taught subjects... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Opening Reception
Join us for a glass of wine or beer, tasty hors d'oevres and great conversation after you pick up your registration materials in the Statler Room!

Tuesday July 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom B - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Registration
Tuesday July 19, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

6:00pm

BLC16 Presenter Briefing
Speakers
avatar for Marcy Reed

Marcy Reed

Co-Director, BLC16, November Learning
Marcy joined the BLC Staff during the early years of Building Learning Communities, and has been an active participant at BLC each summer since BLC's debut at Roger Williams College!Marcy is an educator with years of experience at the secondary level where she has taught subjects... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

7:00pm

Most Likely to Succeed - a special screening at BLC16!
Ted Dintersmith will be present for a special showing of his acclaimed film "Most Likely to Succeed" just for BLC16 attendees. "Most Likely To Succeed" is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.

After the film, Alan and Ted will hold a discussion! This is a no-miss!

See the trailer at:  https://vimeo.com/122502930
 

Moderators
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer and Author of Most Likely to Succeed and What School Could Be
Ted is uniquely qualified to help us reflect on emerging highly successful strategies to help our students.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith traveled to all fifty states, visiting 200 schools, and convening 1,000 meetings and forums.  During this immersion into education... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 20
 

7:00am

BLC16 Orientation
Are you new to BLC? Join us for an early morning look at BLC16 with presenters Lainie Rowell and Sara Wilkie! 

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Breakout EDU - The Game
Sign up as a team with the Tech Sherpas to play this game - See them on the Mezzanine. Teams compete to find the answer to the challenge within the alloted time - this year the winner gets great prize (in addition to bragging rights!) 

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
 
Thursday, July 21
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Breakout EDU - The Game
Sign up as a team with the Tech Sherpas to play this game - See them on the Mezzanine. Teams compete to find the answer to the challenge within the alloted time - this year the winner gets great prize (in addition to bragging rights!)

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Book Signing with Dr. Reshan Richards
Speakers

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

7:30pm

Global Speed Networking
Back by popular demand, on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30, Alan will once again host Global Networking in the Georgian Room. 

Join us for this fun-filled, action-packed Speed Networking event with educators from all over the world. Our Global Bell will go off every three minutes, and you will meet another educator. For the past few years, many participants listed our Global Speed Networking Event as one of the highlights of BLC due to the many personal connections they made with creative educators.

Super yummy refreshments will be served!!

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00pm

BLC Bash
Bring your dancin' shoes and your sweet tooth and join us for an evening of camraderie, music and dessert. Our host, Alan November, will be in the photo booth for pictures with attendees, and we will all enjoy socializing with both old and new friends.
 

Thursday July 21, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Friday, July 22
 

7:30am

BLC Information Center
Friday July 22, 2016 7:30am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Alan November - Next Steps
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza