september 20-21, 2016 • ucla luskin conference center


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

  • 7:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast

    Centennial Terrace

  • 8:00 AM

    Conference Welcome – Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean, UCLA GSEIS
    Introduction to CRESSTCon – Li Cai, Director, Professor of Education and Psychology, UCLA CRESST and GSEIS

    Centennial Hall

  • 8:15 AM
    R&D That Matters: The Long and Complicated Road to Transformational Learning

    When the Wright brothers successfully took flight, no one could have predicted the winding path and number of “breakthroughs” required for a person to live inside a space station for over a year. Extraordinary resources, commercial incentives, disciplined work, serendipity and at least one national call to action each had a role in achieving the necessary advances. What will it take to achieve similar breakthroughs in learning and teaching? Perhaps more importantly, what are we willing to do?

    Jim H. Shelton III, President of the Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative

    Centennial Hall

  • 9:00 AM
    Planning for Success: In Preparation for the 21st Century Workforce

    Expand, synthesize, and reflect on the challenges facing education and employer stakeholders. How do we prepare our students to enter the workforce? What skills will help them succeed?

    Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA GSEIS
    Debra Duardo, Superintendent, LACOE
    Joan Herman, Co-Director Emerita, UCLA CRESST
    Jim H. Shelton III, President of the Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative
    Moderator: Joan Herman, Co-Director Emerita, UCLA CRESST

    Centennial Hall

  • 10:15 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • 10:25 AM
    Critical Perspectives from Key Stakeholders: Identifying Challenges

    Stakeholders share their perspectives of the challenges they are facing across K-16, industry and ed tech investment.

    Don Wilson, Superintendent, Vista Charter Schools
    Jay Phelan, Academic Administrator, Life Science Professor, UCLA
    Bootsie Battle-Holt, Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
    Dexter Fletcher, Researcher, Institute for Defense Analyses
    Moderator: Rebecca Kantar, CEO, Founder, Imbellus

    Centennial Hall

  • 11:40 AM
    Lunch with Interactive Roundtables

    Participants will convene at discipline-specific tables to engage in collaborative discussions between like-minded peers. During lunch, groups will have the opportunity to discuss important issues and brainstorm ideas and possible solutions. Following lunch, outcomes of the discussions can be shared anonymously (via collaboration software). We will disseminate the participant-generated solutions to the entire group for review and feedback. 

    Centennial Terrace

  • 1:05 PM
    Concurrent Panels: Assessing Technical and Practical Issues: Measuring Quality, Creating Systems

    Concurrent panels will address technical and practical issues in education.

    Panel 1: Emerging Issues in Measurement and Assessment – Centennial Hall C
    A discussion around the technical and practical issues that affect the quality, credibility, and utility of assessments for different purposes in educational and training environments.

    Li Cai, Director, Professor, UCLA CRESST
    Edmund W. Gordon, Chairman of the Gordon Commission, Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
    Steve Watson, Director, Navy Selection and Classification, U.S. Navy
    Discussant: Mark Hansen, Assistant Professor in Residence, Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

    Panel 2: Personalized and Adaptive Learning Systems – Centennial Hall D
    What do we need to do to create and utilize effective personalized and adaptive learning environments? This session will explore the technology, design and measurement considerations needed to build adaptive systems that work.

    Robert Mislevy, Chair in Measurement and Statistics, ETS
    Jeremy Roberts, Senior Director of Learning Technologies, PBS KIDS Digital
    Jan Plass, Paulette Goddard Chair in Digital Media and Learning Sciences, NYU
    Discussant: Greg Chung, Associate Director, Technology and Research Innovation, UCLA CRESST

  • 2:20 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • 2:30 PM
    Breakout Sessions: Finding Answers in Large Scale Assessment, Informal Learning, Interactive Environments

    These breakout sessions will highlight recent developments in: Large scale assessment, informal learning environments, and psychometrics for interactive environments.

    Session 1. The Role of Large-Scale Assessment in Our Current Landscape – Artistry Room
    How does large-scale achievement testing fit into the world of new college and career standards? Can large-scale assessment successfully measure 21st century skills?

    Marty McCall, Lead Psychometrician, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
    Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Institute for Educational Research
    Cat Still, Executive Director, ELPA21 at UCLA CRESST
    Sarah Sparks, Assistant Editor, Education Week
    Mark Hansen, Assistant Professor in Residence, Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

    Session 2. Harnessing Informal Learning Environments – Entrepreneur Room
    Learning doesn’t only happen inside the classroom. Here we will explore how educators are exploring “out of the box” ways to engage students in learning.

    Katie Culp, Chief Learning Officer, New York Hall of Science
    Naomi Hupert, Research Scientist, EDC
    Jennifer Vides, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, PBS SoCal
    Discussant: Katie Culp, Chief Learning Officer, New York Hall of Science

    Session 3. Measuring Learning and Performance in Interactive Environments – Enlightenment Room
    Interactive learning environments pose unique challenges in terms of capturing learning and performance. Presenters will discuss ways to support teaching and learning in interactive learning environments as well as psychometric considerations in the design of these spaces.

    Kilchan Choi, Associate Director, Statistics and Methodology, UCLA CRESST
    Roy Levy, Associate Professor, Sanford School, ASU
    Adnan Darwiche, Computer Science Professor, UCLA

    Session 4. Advances in Interactive and Intelligent Tutoring Systems – Imagination Room

    Alan Koenig, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST
    Rohit Kumar, Senior Research Scientist, Raytheon BBN Technologies
    Danielle McNamara, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Science of Learning and Educational Technology Lab, ASU
    Discussant: Ray Perez, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research

  • 3:45 PM
    Innovation Panel

    Explore the opportunities in education technology through games, play, platforms and more. How will technology continue to change expectations?

    Lou Pizante, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Two Bit Circus
    Grant Hosford, CEO, Co-Founder, CodeSpark
    Ding Kong, Teacher, iSTEAM Lab at UCLA Lab School
    Discussant: Alison Bryant, CEO, Chief Play Officer, PlayScience

    Centennial Hall D

  • 4:15 PM
    Innovation Showcase

    Check out a variety of posters, ed tech product demonstrations, and innovative makerspaces where you’ll have the opportunity to explore, design, build, and network.

    UCLA Lab School’s iSTEAM Lab, Ding Kong, Linnea Paul, and Viki Stathopoulos
    “The Foos” by CodeSpark, Grant Hosford
    PlayScience, Alison Bryant
    Two Bit Circus, Lou Pizante and Maria Redin
    PBS KIDS, Jeremy Roberts and Cosimo Felline
    T4T, Leah Hanes, Isai German, and Mindy Sanchez
    WestEd, Betsy McCarthy
    Computing Savvy research group @ USC, Sheila Tejada
    Educational Testing Service, Jiangang Hao, Mengxiao Zhu, and Madeleine Keehner
    The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD), Wildwood School, Joe Wise
    California State University, Northridge, Sally Spencer
    3C Institute, Jessica Berlinski
    SRI International, Christian Greuel
    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Marty McCall and Vivian Penet
    USC Rossier School of Education, Helena Seli
    UCLA Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy, Matt Millar, Yixin Zhu, and Xu Xie
    Concordia University and Renton Prep, Michelle Zimmerman
    Intelligent Automation, Inc., Bob Pokorny
    Ed Week Market Brief, Ryan Lanier
    UC San Diego Design Lab, Derek Lomas
    ACT, Amit Agrawal

    Centennial Hall C

  • 5:45 PM
    Networking Break
  • 6:10 PM

    Centennial Terrace

  • 8:00 PM
    "Most Likely to Succeed" Screening

    “…among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” (EdWeek)

    “ The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.” (Sal Khan)

    Come and see what all the buzz is about at a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Most Likely To Succeed.” An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the film inspires audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, while bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing.

    Discussant: John Rogers, Director at IDEA, Professor at UCLA GSEIS

    Illumination Room

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

  • 7:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast

    Centennial Terrace

  • 8:00 AM
    Introduction: Applying What We Know

    Li Cai, Director, Professor of Education and Psychology, UCLA CRESST and GSEIS

    Centennial Hall

  • 8:10 AM
    The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Invent It

    Alan Kay, President, Viewpoints Research Institute

    Centennial Hall

  • 8:50 AM
    Big Ideas in Education: What’s the Evidence Say?

    There are so many claims about what works, there is a massive search for the silver bullets, and everyone seems to have the answer! But what is the evidence about the big ideas that will truly make the difference to the learning lives of students. This session overviews the evidence and points very clearly to which big ideas have limited and which have major impacts. This is then matched with what is happening in schools; and directions are offered about how we can create a politics of collaborative impact and not a politics of distractions.

    John Hattie, Director, Melbourne Educational Research Institute, University of Melbourne

    Centennial Hall

  • 9:25 AM
    Stretch Break
  • 9:35 AM
    The Evidence Landscape: What's Working to Improve Learning?

    Can you truly claim success if your innovation doesn’t make an impact on student learning? Or what if you don’t know that it does? What do we know about what impacts student learning? How can we encourage the use of evidence-based practices in determining efficacy?

    Eva Baker, Founding Director, Distinguished Professor Emerita, UCLA CRESST
    Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS

    Where Do We Need to Go?

    Explore the role of evidence in education. What is the road ahead?

    Eva Baker, Founding Director, Distinguished Professor Emerita, UCLA CRESST
    John Hattie, Director, Melbourne Educational Research Institute, University of Melbourne
    Moderator: Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS

    Centennial Hall

  • 10:50 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • 11:05 AM
    Teddy Talks: Data Data Everywhere

    This dynamic session will provide quick overviews on a variety of topics related to gathering and using data. Ranging from haptics to policy, the speakers represent every level of the learning stack, including real-time haptics sensing, game data, item level data, online learning data, school data, NAEP data, and more.

    Yixin Zhu, UCLA
    Ellen Osmundson, ILTI Project Coordinator, University of California Office of the President
    Ken Shelton, Global Keynote Specialist and Technology Integration Strategist at EdTechTeam
    Erin Higgins, Education Research Analyst, Institute of Education Sciences
    Ming Lee, BrainPOP
    Julia Phelan, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST
    Rosa Serratore, Education Services, Math Coordinator, SMMUSD
    Wade Buckland, Research Scientist, HumRRO

    Facilitator: Ayesha Madni, Research Scientist, CRESST

    Centennial Hall

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Centennial Terrace

  • 1:25 PM
    Concurrent Panels: Bringing Research into the Real World: New Models of Schools and Technology

    Concurrent panels will address the latest innovations in technology for learning and assessment and the development of new school models.

    Panel 1.  Application of Education Technology: From Math to Military Advances in Learning and Assessment Technology – Centennial Hall D 
    Explore the latest research and development on technology-based systems to support learning and assessment.

    Richard Mayer, Professor of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara
    John Lee, Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST
    Alina von Davier, Vice President, ACTNext
    Burr Settles, Staff Scientist and Engineer, Duolingo
    Moderator: Alan Koenig, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

    Panel 2. Designing Innovative Schools – Centennial Hall C
    Examine issues and examples of innovative public, private, and public-private models of schools.

    Sibyll Carnochan Catalan, Head of School, Geffen Academy at UCLA Initiative
    Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer, LAUSD
    Jody Priselac, Associate Dean for Community Programs, UCLA GSEIS
    Kisun Sung, Director, Yulgog Institute of Education, Korea
    Gretchen Warner, Dean of Academic Affairs and STEM Coordinator at the Archer School for Girls
    Moderator: Julia Phelan, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

    Panel 3: System and Practice Exploration for Basic Education Quality Assessment in China – Odyssey Room
    In this session, a team of researchers from the new Chinese National Assessment of Education Quality (NAEQ) will discuss R&D, policy, and implementation efforts in China on assessment and improvement of system quality.

    Tao Xin, Deputy Director of National Assessment Center of Education Quality, Professor, Beijing Normal University
    Tao Yang, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University
    Yanfang Li, Professor, Beijing Normal University
    Youfa Li, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University
    Discussant: Li Cai, Director, UCLA CRESST

  • 2:40 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • 2:50 PM
    Breakout Sessions: Games & Simulations: Disrupting the Status Quo

    Panel 1. New Ways to Understand If Games Are Working – Artistry Room
    Discover new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of games and other interactive media.

    Harry O’Neil, Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology, USC Rossier
    Greg Chung, Associate Director, Technology and Research Innovation, UCLA CRESST
    Elizabeth Redman, Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST
    Discussant: Terry Vendlinski, Professor, Santa Monica College

    Panel 2. What’s New in Games and Simulations: Military and Medical Settings – Entrepreneur Room
    Learn about the latest R&D on games and simulations in military and medical settings.

    Samsun Lampotang, Professor, Director, Center for Simulation, Safety, Advanced Learning Technology, University of Florida
    Randy Steadman, Anesthesiologist, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
    Eric Savitsky, UCLA Professor Emergency Medicine (Disclosures: OSD Consultant; SonoSim CEO)
    Discussant: John Lee, Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

    Panel 3. What’s New in Games and Simulations: K-16 Settings – Enlightenment Room
    Learn about the latest R&D on games and simulations in K-16 settings.

    Jim Diamond, Senior Research Associate, EDC
    Girlie Delacruz, Senior Research Associate, LRNG
    Nagaraju Pappu, Chief Learning Scientist, EkStep
    Discussant: Jessica Berlinski, Chief Impact Officer, Personalized Learning Games

    Panel 4. Educational Vistas: Views of the Possible – Imagination Room
    Discuss far-reaching work-in-progress with the potential to disrupt the educational status quo.
    The future of our society depends on a large part on our ability to adapt to the present and to innovate on the past. For this to be possible we have to learn the relevant knowledge and skills that will help us and our society evolve. Based on how we are currently educating our future innovators and thought leaders and on how we are assessing their skills, we are discussing and brainstorming ideas to improve education that will factor in new technology combined with new and existing learning approaches.

    Rebecca Kantar, Founder & CEO, Imbellus
    Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director, Prize Operations, Barbara Bush Adult Literacy XPRIZE
    Markus Iseli, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST
    Kara Nortman, Partner, Upfront Ventures
    Moderator: Markus Iseli, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA CRESST

  • 4:05 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • 4:20 PM
    Call to Action: Bridging the Research Gap

    Li Cai, Director, Professor of Education and Psychology, UCLA CRESST and GSEIS

    Centennial Hall