Dr. Leah McConnaughey

Chief Learning Officer

Leah is the founder and Chief Learning Officer of The Urban Learning Institute. Prior to launching her own consulting company she was an Education Leadership Executive for Apple, supporting New York City school districts transform K-12 learning and teaching through the strategic, authentic use of Apple technology. Prior to joining Apple Leah worked as the Director of Curriculum for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation. She was also a competency based learning consultant, a high school assistant principal and Biology teacher for English Language Learners in the South Bronx, and a middle school science teacher in Kazakhstan during her two years in the Peace Corps. She holds a B.A. in Biology, a M.Ed. in Urban Science Education, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She enjoys being active with her 16 year-old son Caleb, and together they run, bike, ski, rock climb, surf, hike, and explore New York City.

  • Company Urban Learning Institute


Day 2
January 25, 2024
3:15 pm

Innovate the Core [Teaching & Learning]

25 January
Time:  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:  LaSalle A (Level 5)

In the complex world of education, simplicity is the key to scalable and sustainable transformation. Farmington Public Schools students engage in authentic, purposeful, impactful transfer tasks where students not only acquire knowledge, but apply that knowledge to new and innovative situations within their community. Fifth graders are using their knowledge of math to make a positive impact on pollinators in their local environment, and ninth graders are learning about the Vietnam War in an effort to empathize and drive support for Vietnam Veterans. Join FPS teachers and leaders to hear more about the simple, repeatable structures they have developed to drive deeper, more authentic learning for their students and their educators.

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