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LEARNING SYSTEMS ASSOCIATES provides support for school organizations that are embracing curriculum change, from the first inquires to advanced applications. LSA offers in-school professional development consulting and keynote speaker services to educational leaders across the globe.

 

DR. MARIE HUBLEY ALCOCK - PRESIDENT
As president of Learning Systems Associates, Dr. Marie Alcock serves as a national and international education consultant. Her work focuses on the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment design.  She has spent the last twenty years working in public and private education as a teacher, administrator, and public advocate. She is the founder of Tomorrow’s Education  Network ‐ a  nonprofit  dedicated  to promoting student literacy.  Alcock has been working with schools to improve student motivation and literacy development through digital tools and game design.

Dr. Alcock is a co‐author, with Allison Zmuda and Michael Fisher, of the new book, The Quest for Learning: How to Maximize Student Engagement, being published by Solution Tree in Oct. 2017.  She is also co-author, with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, of a new book: Bold Moves for Schools, How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments published by ASCD in Feb. 2017.  She has coauthored with Dr. Bena Kallick, A Virtual Continuum for Thinking Interdependently in Costa, A and O'Leary, P (Eds.) The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning and Using Interdependent Thinking, published by Teachers College Press in 2013. She is also a co-author with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Dr. Debbie Sullivan, and Dr. Ann Johnson, of the Live Planner Book, Mapping to the CORE: Integrating the Common Core Standards with Your Local School Curriculum, published by Solution Tree in 2012.

Additional publications include Gaming in the Classroom, and co‐author credit with Bill Sheskey for Classroom Websites in Jacobs, H (Eds.) Mastering Digital Literacy, both published by Solution Tree in October of 2013.

Marie has written a number of papers and articles about student mobility, innovative models of education, curriculum mapping, gaming in education, leadership, and organizational change.




 

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Bold Moves: How to Create Innovative Design Plans for Your School
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Marie Hubley Alcock
Event: ASCD - Empower 2018
How can leaders inspire, transform and create innovation in a school setting? We will investigate the expanding the array of scheduling options, virtual and on-site programs, the rethinking of existing learning spaces, the possibilities for future architectural choices, new furniture options, the ways you can group your learners for maximum benefit, strategies for grouping personnel beyond the silos of departments and grade levels, and developing global networks as partners.

Quest-Based Learning: Interdisciplinary Global Project Design

Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Marie Hubley Alcock
Event: ASCD - Empower 2018

How can we assist our learners in creating personalized quests into meaningful issues and problems? How can we expand global perspectives by engaging students in dynamic interdisciplinary investigations? How do we cultivate global competence and connections in the curriculum? Participants will walk through a step by step process for helping learners dive into personalized investigations.

Game Design Lenses: Intentional Impact and Authentic Learning
Michael Fisher, Allison Zmuda, Marie Hubley Alcock

Event: ASCD - Empower 2018

In this session, participants will collaboratively explore a number of Game Design Lenses that will bring their contemporary teaching and learning practices to a whole new level. Literally. Participants will “level up” as they are invited to collaboratively assess games they already play and pitch a new game through several lenses. Participants will share their creations with the group and create an action plan for taking the game design lenses back to their home schools.

 

Encountering Change:  Are We Ready? Marie Hubley Alcock

Event: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada - Canadian Union 7th Day Cruise
Contact: Betty Bayer, M.A., Associate Director, Office of Education
How can we prepare our learners for THEIR future? Dr. Alcock will examine how school organizations and communities can evolve curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments to meet the changing needs of 21st century students.

Instructional Practices from Classical to Contemporary Techniques

Marie Hubley Alcock
Event: The Alliance for Curriculum Enhancement – Professional Development for 64 Districts
In this session, participants will learn how to: frame the learning, check for closure, check for understanding, upgrade and refine classic instructional strategies and utilize contemporary instructional techniques.

How Platforms of Questioning, Networking & Gaming Put Learning in the Hands of the Students

Marie Hubley Alcock
Event: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development - Annual Conference & Exhibit Show
In this session, the presenters will offer a progressive pedagogy framework that makes students active leaders of their own learning experience. Participants will experience and receive practical tips to help students learn to pose and pursue rich and relevant open-ended questions, leverage social networking to invite multiple perspectives and enhanced learning, and develop modern problem-solving skills through creating and navigating digital worlds. This framework teaches students to create, self-monitor, and navigate the elements of their world.


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Skills Based Curriculum Design and How to Differentiate It
This session focuses on three types of differentiation: 1) differentiated learning, 2) differentiated instruction, and 3) differentiated assessment. Participants will be exploring curriculum designs that support differentiation and how to structure learning experiences that are differentiated for students.

Standards Based Grading and Reporting Practices
This session defines standards based grading and provides specific examples of what it might look like when reported. Participants will be able to ask specific questions and the session will be customized to the group needs.

Brain Research and Some Impacts on Curriculum and Instruction
This session explores some of the brain research available and presents the connections to curriculum and instruction. Participants will look at literacy development in the brain, how to teach comprehension directly to the brain, and what is different about brains today and the impact on curriculum designs.
 
Creating a Data-Informed Culture
This session will define six types of data. Participants will explore how to use data in a specific process and exactly what that might look and sound like.
 
Becoming a Lead Learner
The contemporary teacher is a professional learner. Participants in this session will explore what it means to be a professional learner and the contemporary capacities of a teacher.
 
Contemporary Literacies: Digital, Media, and Global Literacy
This session will look at contemporary literacies and define them. Participants will get specific examples of curriculum and instructional pedagogy within each literacy form. Finally, free resources to support teachers as they continue to develop units will be provided.
 
Developing Objectives-Based Assessment
This session defines objectives-based assessment and provides specific examples of what it might look like. Participants will explore different types and purposes for assessment, and will be able to ask specific questions related to their own contexts.

Creating a Data-Informed Culture
This session will define six types of data. Participants will explore how to use data in a specific process and exactly what that might look and sound like in the Canadian context.

Administrators as Lead Learners
The contemporary leader must be a professional learner. Participants in this session will explore what it means to be a professional learner and the contemporary capacities of a leader in the process of leading change.

Reporting Practices
This session will explore specific examples of what objectives-based assessment might look like when reported. Practical reporting strategies for both elementary and secondary levels will be explored.