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  • Writer's pictureRyan L. Schaaf

The 2020 Maryland State Educators Rising Conference

The 2020 Maryland State Educators Rising Conference will take place on March 17th, 2020, at Towson University. Everyone is invited to participate in this action-packed event filled with networking, learning, competing, and celebrating. It's an opportunity for students and their teacher leaders to:

-Connect and learn from each other through breakout workshops;

-Compete for state titles in competitive events; and

-Be inspired by presentations from education leaders.

To register, please visit:

I will be presenting two sessions and selling discounted books.

Reinventing Learning for the Always-on Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work

Presentation Description:

What’s wrong with kids today? This is the burning question in the hearts and minds of teachers, parents, school leaders, and politicians. The answer is quite simple! There’s nothing wrong with them. They’re just different - neurologically different than previous generations. Unfortunately, schools continue to teach the digital generations using many of the same traditional methods and approaches from the past. This workshop identifies several of the nine core learning attributes inherent in the digital generations and specific strategies teachers can employ to engage students using digital tools and methods for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Participants will leave this session with a clear understanding of these new learning attributes and specific teaching strategies, digital resources, and apps they can use in their classrooms.

A Brief History of the Future of Education: Learning in the Age of Disruption

Presentation Description:

Schools were designed over a century ago to serve a generation of learners that existed before smartphones, computers, nuclear power – even before women could vote. Although the dedicated educators of today work harder than ever before, they keep producing citizens that aren’t ready for the modern workforce. Schools are the victims of the TTWWADI mindset (That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It). They must question and unthaw frozen mindsets and realign instructional practices to prepare their learners for the digital age. This interactive session explores the nature of TTWWADI and how disruptive innovation has led to the need for educational change. Participants will explore why today’s kids are different and how to access the new core learning attributes of the digital generations. We will also explore how learning must change and the new roles educators must embrace to reach their learners where they are at. After all, we want to prepare our learners for their futures and not our past.

I hope to see you there!

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