TLC 2018




The Transforming Learning Conference will be held at Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo, California, October 4-5, 2018.


The Learning Experience

Friday, October 5, 2018

9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Workshop #1

10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop #2

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive: Assessing Student Understanding

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Workshop #3

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Workshop #4


Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Workshop #1

10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop #2

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive: Project-Based Learning

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Welcome Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Workshop #3

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Workshop #4

3:00 p.m.
Networking Happy Hour


Deep Dive Sessions

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Working collaboratively, participants will engage in a project planning protocol, a structure that supports effective PBL. Participants will learn to plan project themes, standards and essential skills, deliverables, opportunities for critique by students and others, memorable moments and entry events, and real-world expertise feedback.

In the second portion of the deep dive, participants will learn how to craft effective driving questions, manage group work in the PBL setting, and provide effective feedback and assessment throughout the PBL processes.

Assessing Student Understanding

Designing Systems that Use Feedback to Promote Growth and Mastery

Participants will learn how mindset affects the design of projects, homework, and assessments, emphasizing the importance of the process of assessment design. During the session, participants will analyze different examples of rubrics, performance tasks, and project deliverables. Participants will leave with resources to develop their own mastery-based grading assessment tools.


Workshops are aligned to the eight Transforming Learning Collaborative strands.

Whole School Transformation

21st Century Student Success
Why schools and learning need to change and how to make it happen

In order for students to thrive in a diverse and rapidly changing world, schools must redefine and broaden how we think about readiness. Guide your communities in developing richer, deeper definitions of student success, and envision the innovative learning models necessary to reach these goals.

Next Gen K-8 School Design
Place-based, experiential, blended learning models

Learn more about designing and implementing some of the signature practices of Da Vinci’s K-8 independent study model, Da Vinci Connect, including potential topics such as creating culture within independent study, project-based learning in a K-8 environment, integrating “show what you know” opportunities and incorporating social emotional development in authentic ways.

Next Gen High School Design
Holistic student support

Learn about the impacts of trauma on students and about the benefits of incorporating trauma-informed practices as a means of supporting students' mental health and holistic well-being. Topics of restorative justice, in-school counseling, Advisory, and mindfulness will also be discussed as concrete ways to provide comprehensive support.

Models that bridge K-12 to college completion

“Hybrid college” programs are emerging as the next generation of support for emerging and established adults looking to increase their potential in pursuit of personal, educational and professional goals. Join education change agents who are working to design and build innovative post-secondary pathways to combat low college completion rates and high student debt with meaningful programs integrating college, career and life.

Learning Redesign

Project-Based Learning

Project Based Learning workshops will engage participants in a deep dive of Da Vinci’s PBL best practices. Participants will craft projects and receive structured feedback from Da Vinci educators.

Mastery-Based Grading & Assessment for Learning

Dive into using mastery-based grading as a lens for giving feedback and creating alternate demonstrations for mastery. Participants learn how to implement mastery-based grading in their classrooms/schools.

School Culture & Whole-Student Development

Participants will explore how to create a learning community that unifies staff and students in common "ways of being," including social-emotional learning competencies, meaningful community building, Compassionate Communication philosophy and strategies, and practices that promote collaboration over competition.

Real World Learning & Industry Connections

The RWL workshops focus on how to ensure that what students learn in school is preparing them to thrive in the rapidly changing “real world.” In particular, schools will learn how to collaborate with industry partners to increase curriculum relevancy—for instance, planning a project with industry touchpoints, creating teacher PD in conjunction with industry, and developing off campus RWL programs such as internships, work experience, and project consults. In addition, participants will learn tips for communicating with industry partners and ideas for various levels of industry engagement.

Interior of Da Vinci Schools, the learning site of the Transforming Learning Conference 2018

Interior of Da Vinci Schools, the learning site of the Transforming Learning Conference 2018

The Learning Environment

Conference participants will reimagine 21st-century learning in Da Vinci's beautiful new 'hyper-adaptable' campus in El Segundo, CA.

The 210,000 square foot main building was designed by Gensler to resemble a creative workspace. The glassy, contemporary building serves as the home of Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science high schools, and Da Vinci and Wiseburn administrative offices.

The building features a 4-story atrium and 72 classrooms (24 on each floor) organized around large collaborative hubs that are ready to accommodate everything from student project work and presentations to group activities. Real-world, project-based learning aligned to workforce needs is at the center of this collaborative learning environment.

The campus sets new standards for collaboration, articulation, and community and industry engagement. In an unprecedented district-charter partnership, this project succeeded through a creative alliance of local Wiseburn bond funds ($87M); a charter facilities grant match ($52.7M); generous corporate and foundation giving; and strong local support from the Wiseburn community and the City of El Segundo.