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Future Ready Conference

Please join Southern Oregon University President Dr. Linda Schott in a two-day conference exploring “Seamless & Future-Ready Education In Southern Oregon."

Day 1: Tuesday, October 22

Southern Oregon 2030: Setting the Vision
Time: 9 am – 1 pm (doors open and continental breakfast served at 8:30 am)
Location: Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room – SOU Campus

Today’s first graders will be graduating from high school in 2030, and they are likely to face a landscape of learning, work, and life that is very different than that faced by previous generations.

In this session, education, community, government, and employment stakeholders will:

  • consider how drivers of change are reshaping the future of learning, work, and talent and readiness;
  • develop a future-informed vision of a learning ecosystem in southern Oregon that serves the region, its economy, and every resident well; and
  • learn about successful models of personalized, competency-based learning and identify priorities for collaboration.

Who Should Attend:

  • Deans, directors, system leaders and educational innovators from K-20 systems;
  • Non-traditional educators including libraries and in-house employer training offices;
  • business and non-profit community leaders interested in workforce development;
  • legislators and governmental leaders interested in the role of education in healthy communities;
  • STUDENTS of all ages and types.


Day 2: Wednesday, October 23

Personalized Learning in Southern Oregon
Time: 8:30 am – 12 pm
Location: Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room – SOU Campus

Building upon cross-sector visions for the future and an introduction to personalized learning, this session will provide educators a deeper look into the why, how, and what of personalized, competency-based learning. Participants will understand the rationale behind this model of teaching and learning, its key features, and how it is being implemented across the country. They will consider how such shifts might serve learners and the region today and in the future, how personalized learning in K-12 and higher education can align with one another and with workforce goals and needs, and how they might begin to transform their own systems of learning.

Who Should Attend:
K-20 educators, both those already engaged in personalized learning and those unfamiliar with, or skeptical regarding, this approach to teaching and learning.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8:30am to 12:00pm

Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences

Target Audience

Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Students, Community


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