PreK-12 Learning Group Leadership Series

Announcing the new Leadership Series

For decades the Learning Group has offered professional development in a variety of formats for all members of your staff from editorial to sales & marketing to C-level executives. While the content was aimed at different levels of responsibility, the goal was always the same: developing talent to help lead your company to the next stage of success.

Now, we are combining our webinars, master classes, and roundtables into the Leadership Series. 

The Leadership Series will explore a key industry issue in depth over a year through several events, including members-only webinars and events open to the industry. Each session will offer concrete strategies as well as thought leadership on a specific aspect of the series’ theme. Those attending all events will gain a deeper understanding of the topic from different perspectives, but accessing any one session will enhance your industry acumen.

2016 Theme – OER and the Changing Dynamics of the PreK-12 Market

Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees for the 2016 Leadership Series.

Teachers have always tailored their lessons and curricula to the needs of the individual students. As part of that process, many have created and shared their own instructional resources, mixing these with materials bought from traditional publishers. But over the past few years, there has been an increasing call from parents, legislators, and education advocates for all classroom materials to be OER. What does this movement mean for education? How will it impact the learning resource industry, educators, and, most important, the students?

Join us as we explore OER and how it’s evolving from home-grown lessons to well-funded initiatives that mirror commercial businesses and create a new dynamic in the PreK-12 market.

2016 Leadership Series Sessions

OER and the New Blended Classroom
Wednesday, June 8 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm | Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The first session in the 2016 Leadership series took place at the Learning Group's annual Content in Context (CIC) conference. Learn more about the CIC.

Digital and print aren’t the only types of materials that teachers are mixing in the classroom. Teachers are increasingly blending commercial and OER content to meet their students’ needs – and they’re not going to stop. Join us for a discussion with educators, OER developers, and publishers as we tackle key questions about the current state of the instructional materials market and the future of OER.

  • What is the current landscape of the OER market, e.g., funding, size, usage?
  • How are teachers using OER, including integrating it with the assessment and accountability requirements?
  • How are schools tackling the issues of investment and sustainability?
  • What do OER developers offer in terms of professional development, classroom, and tech support?
  • Where are OER and commercial publishers working together? What are the models of success?

Randy Wilhelm, Knovation

Scott Kinney, Discovery Education
Dr. Alexis McGloin, Superintendent, Upper Perkiomen School District (PA)
Thor Prichard, Clarity Innovations
Randy Reina, Executive Leader in E-learning Space
Doug Stein, metacog

Mapping the OER Landscape (Webinar)
October 13, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm eastern

Learn more about the webinar.

OER and the K-12 Classroom - Where's the Data? (Webinar)
November 30, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Learn more about the webinar.

Leadership Forum: OER and the Learning Resource Industry - Blended or on the Rocks?
Wednesday, December 7 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | NYU Kimmel Center | New York, NY

The AAP PreK-12 Learning Group held its first-ever Leadership Forum, December 7, 2016, in New York. The program tackled key questions about the current state of the instructional materials market and the future of OER.

Find out more about the Forum.