USD Hosts Forum on the Complexities of Education

The sixth annual in-depth speaker series for educational leaders will focus on "Understanding Education Complexities: Differentiated Learning, Research, and Technology."

Featured Speakers and Dates

October 13, 2011 – Dr. David Rose

November 17, 2011 – Dr. Sameer Hinduja

February 9, 2012 – Brett Peterson, Janie Griswold and Anne Worrall

March 22, 2012 – Julie Evans

May 10, 2012 – Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Event Schedule

Location: School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Warren Auditorium

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Registration and Cocktail Reception

5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Speaker Presentation/Audience Presentation

Who should attend:

  • Principals, vice principals, superintendents, assistant superintendents
  • Site leadership teams and teacher leaders
  • Central office administrators
  • Board of Education members
  • Professors of educational administration
  • CEOs and business leaders

For best rate, register by October 1.

Early registration discounts available for the series ($400) and for block purchases of 5 ($2,000), 10 ($3,400) or 20 ($ 6,400). Substitutions are allowed.

Register today. Space is limited.


Featured speakers for the 2011-2012 Spotlight on Education Speaker Series:

October 13, 2011: Meeting the Challenge of Individual Differences in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

Dr. David Rose helped to found CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology) in order to expand opportunities for students with disabilities through the innovative development and application of technology.  In this presentation, Dr. Rose will address how modern technologies are radically changing the learning and teaching sciences. On the one hand, new technologies allow us to examine and better understand the roots of individual differences in the learning brain. On the other, new technologies provide powerful tools for teaching and learning that are flexible enough to meet the challenges posed by individual differences. In this session he will review the intersection of these two advances in the new field that is called Universal Design for Learning.

November 17, 2011: Cyberbullying, Safe Social Networking and Sexting: What Educators Need to Know and Do

Dr. Sameer Hinduja works nationally and internationally with the public and private sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences.  Dr. Hinduja’s presentation will address youth Internet use and misuse in great detail, with a specific emphasis on prevention and response strategies that can be immediately implemented within the school or home. Attendees will intensively understand the school's responsibility in addressing cyberbullying, learn about foundational court cases which inform the ways they respond, become aware of the best practices in dealing with these issues. Strategies and solutions will be discussed to allow for input and Q&A from the audience. Attendees will leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth.

February 9, 2012: Head and Hands at High Tech High Schools:  Problem Based Learning and the 21st Century Student 

Brett Peterson, Janie Griswold and Anne Worrall, High Tech School Directors. High Tech High began in 2000 as a single charter high school and evolved into an integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12 and embodies the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer.   The commitment to authentic learning results in a 100% graduation rate and a 99% college admission rate. The three directors will highlight the schools’ role in the national school reform movement, focusing on the design principals that permeate every aspect of life at High Tech High: small school size, openness of the facilities, personalization through advisory, emphasis on integrated, project based learning and student exhibitions, a requirement that all students complete internships in the community and the provision of ample planning time for teacher teams during the work day. This dynamic, interactive presentation will include examples of student work and a Q and A session.

March 22, 2012: Use of Technology to Promote Students Success

Julie Evans’ Project Tomorrow has emerged as a national leader promoting the use of innovative and research based science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills in students.  Julie will lay the foundation with the student data and then focus on the role of the education leader in this digital transformation process. In this presentation, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will share the latest Speak Up results from K-12 students, parents and educators to stimulate new conversations about how to effectively leverage emerging technologies to drive both increased student achievement and teacher productivity.  She will share the characteristics of this new "Visionary Administrator" and engage the audience in a reflection of their own leadership practices and envision the schools of the future.

May 10, 2012: Demographics, Research and Ethics of Differentiation

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners.  Carol’s presentation will address the following: While it is more comfortable to teach as though all students in a particular classroom are essentially alike as learners, the changing demographics of today's schools make that approach highly unlikely to serve students well. In addition, research suggests clear benefits to attending to student variance in instructional planning and delivery. Perhaps most intriguing is the question of what "ethical" teaching would look like in contemporary classrooms and how it would guide educators in thinking about academically diverse learners. This session will examine a demographic, research-based, and ethical case for learning to differentiate instruction.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.