Gathering Brief

American Schools & Districts spend more than $10.5 B on Digital Curriculum Resources, another $11.5 B on Hardware and another $5.1 B on major software systems.

36% of teachers spend more than 10 hours per week building their own digital learning content.

60% of teachers are overwhelmed in lesson planning that uses any tech.

22% of lesson planners do not understand available App options and the impact of the different types of digital resources on teacher workload.

The average K12 District has 1,000’s of Apps in use that are unknown to their administrators.

Gathering 2019

Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
Dallas, Texas
November 15—November 17

Your Attendance Fee ($175-$249 before Sept. 30,
$215-$295 after):
For What & Why

One-of-a-Kind Market Research Briefing
Learning Counsel runs the largest and most in-depth market research study in the nation on K12 digital transition. The Gathering is where we release the just-closed Survey’s top-line data and choose the top 10 School & District Winners and Honorable Mentions to showcase. Administrators from across America fly in to meet and try to emulate the champions we showcase.

What’s Next, Curated for Leaders
The Gathering is the only conference focused on helping K12 leaders with understanding where their school or district stands in the national landscape of tech and learning transformation. Keynoters and breakout session speakers are highly curated to provide attendees with a very concentrated and of-the-moment topics that research shows need your attention now.

Best-of-the-Best Educators Speak
The Learning Counsel is the only national organization pulling the best-of-the-best to attend and speak because we tour through 30 or more cities with our regional events. We start arm-twisting in June of each year, and sometimes threaten to cry if those schools don’t promise to fly in.

Learning Groups
The Gathering convenes the Learning Groups who have joined in Knowstory.com to be part of phone call discussions, ongoing work, and the live-chat hours at the Gathering on these topics run by Administrators chosen from districts:

• Characteristics – UI
How do we define the characteristics of the user interface in educational software, and through definition and understanding create a more beneficial outcome for our learners?
Education Chairman: Karla Burkholder, Director of Instructional Technology, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Key Contributor: L. Beatriz Arnillas, MFA, SPHR, Senior Education Advisor, itslearning

• Instructional Digital Design/Academic Models – UX
What is a good User Experience for teachers, students, parents, administrators?

• Learning Gaming
How do we know any learning is going on inside these games or game-like systems?
Education Chairman: Dr. Jasna Aliefendic, Technology Applications Coordinator, Garland Independent School District
Key Contributor: Ben Batstone, Game Designer, THQ Nordic, former Disney

• Analytics, Infrastructure and Security
How do you build a school’s secure “digital house” that is continuously managed for institution and student data?
Education Chairman: Kristy Sailors, Director Education Technology, IT, Eanes ISD, Austin
Industry Chairman: Gisela Albuquerque Weise, Education Industry Marketing Specialist, Canon Solutions America

• ReDesign – Operations & Environment
How do you make a learning environment that is both physically and digitally relevant--a complete operation and not just point solutions for teachers?
Education Chairman: To Be Determined
Industry Chairman: Gisela Albuquerque Weise, Education Industry Marketing Specialist, Canon U.S.A., Inc

All of these reasons why, plus the amazing 3-day format into a Friday Reception, packed day on Saturday and intellectually-challenging final half-day on Sunday are ideal for leaders and teachers alike.

Your fee helps defray some costs of catering which includes:
• Fri. Nov. 15 Reception with National Market Briefing on the Learning Counsel’s annual Digital Transition Survey
• Sat., Nov. 16 Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments, and Dinner
• Sun., Nov. 17 Breakfast, Lunch

Free Special Report used in the Workshops, plus many free Whitepapers and Journals.

Venue and audio-visual costs.

The Gathering is presented in a retreat-style so there isn’t a large booth floor to wander through. Instead, the majority of the cost is are borne by sponsors who take up a handful of “Show & Discuss” ten or 15-minute moments throughout the day and in the breakouts, before or after educators speaking on a variety of topics. Sponsors are also curated since the Gathering has a limited number of opportunities for companies to participate.

Encourage all school and district leaders to attend and “get briefed” on market dynamics in K12, on the latest curated topics, and hear the stories of the valiant transitions of other K12s. We look forward to seeing you there!