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OHM BOCES to Host Second Annual EPIC Learning Conference

Educators from around the state are gearing up to take part in something EPIC. The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is hosting its second annual EPIC Learning Conference on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, featuring The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a non-profit organization that believes each child in America must have an effective, equitable and engaging education that is personalized, informed by data and mastery-based.


EPIC, which stands for Engaging, Personalized, Innovative and Collaborative learning, is a free learning experience where collaboration, networking and innovation come to life. This interactive day that encourages attendees to learn about the blended/personalized best practices will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in The Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center at the OHM BOCES on Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, N.Y.


The Learning Accelerator will feature presenters Juliana Finegan, partner, and Nithi Thomas, associate partner, who will be hosting sessions during PEIC that will center around creating framework for a blended/personalized school culture and showcasing strategies for moving toward that personalized/blended learning model.


Finegan is an expert in blended and personalized learning, she leads TLA’s human capacity work to push forward innovation education by building and supporting a pipeline of blended educators and leaders. She has worked as a Title I educator and is a Teach for America alumna. Finegan has observed best practices from across the country, identified effective strategies, and built a strong network of impact-oriented education professionals throughout the nation. She earned her B.S. in chemistry at Villanova University and her M.Ed. at Loyola Marymount University.


Thomas brings extensive teaching experience as well as expertise around curriculum development and coaching for teachers and leaders. As an expert on designing, implementing and scaling new learning models, Thomas supports TLA’s work to identify, develop and share high-quality practices and strategies to build the capacity of educators, leaders and organizations across the country. Thomas spent more than a decade as a teacher and school system leader. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer programming and information systems from Farmingdale State University of New York and a master’s degree in secondary education from St. John’s University.


“Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Information and Technology division is often viewed through the lens of supporting the hardware and infrastructure needs of our districts,” said OHM BOCES Director of Information and Technology Scott Morris. “However, the EPIC Learning Experience provides us the opportunity to celebrate the collaborative relationships of statewide BOCES and school districts that have taken the lead in research based practices of the supplemental to personalized learning continuum. We are pleased to welcome The Learning Accelerator, our local and statewide partners in a day of sharing their expertise and best practices to support our teachers and learners in creating innovative and engaging classrooms. At Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, we share the belief with The Learning Accelerator that every child should have an equitable and engaging education.”


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The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.