Ignite Student Innovation and Learning at Annual Summit

Educators can learn ways to ignite innovation and learning in students by attending the Learning and Innovation Summit organized by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

Registration is open for the summit, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at SDCOE’s Linda Vista Innovation Center in San Diego.

“Come with an open mind, and you’ll leave full of inspired ideas!” said Brent Enerva, a science teacher at El Cajon High School who attended the summit in 2019.

This established conference highlights the innovative teaching practices of outstanding, vetted teachers. Technology integration sessions focus on strong pedagogy and ways to strengthen learning through meaningful integrations that engage, enrich, and extend learning experiences. Also addressed are concepts of equity, inclusive and relevant curriculum, design thinking, and fostering student agency. 

The lessons are appropriate for educators from classroom teachers to superintendents. 

“The goal of this summit is to reinforce all the good teaching educators engaged in before the pandemic and to explore how to continue to deepen the technology skills learned,” said Pam Rabin, an educational technology coordinator with SDCOE. “Educators who continue to expand their technology knowledge are uniquely situated to provide robust learning experiences for their students.”

Keynote speaker Andrew Arevalo, a teacher on special assignment in El Centro, will present about the challenges school leaders face and how to build resilency. Staffing shortages, students’ escalating mental health needs, and a myriad of other obstacles have contributed to one in five principals in California quitting every year. In this keynote, attendees will learn about the role of resiliency in education, building capacity to be resilient, and how resiliency relates to leading during challenging times.

“Teaching is busy! It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. But at the Learning and Innovation Summit, I can let that go and just open my mind and get inspired,” said Kate Daniel, a teacher at Ocean Air School in the Del Mar Union School District who participated at the most recent summit. “This is what makes teaching fun! Connecting with other passionate educators and leaving with my teacher bucket full.”