Keynote 2013

Keynote Presenter: Patrick Larkin

PatrickLarkinLeading in a Learner-Centered Learning Environment –This session will answer the following questions: 

  1. 1.What is social learning and why is it more important today than ever before? 
  2. 2.How can increased technological connectivity expand, change or improve student learning?  
  3. 3.Is connectivity expanding our concept of who is a literate or educated person today?

In answering these important questions we will look at some well articulated standards that can assist in the implementation of these digital tools. Discussion will focus on getting community support, professional development, and concrete examples of how this shift is necessary to best prepare our students for their future.


Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. Prior to this, Patrick served 15 years as a building level administrator at the high school level. In 2012, he was selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

As a high school Principal, Patrick led his school in the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011-2012 school year as Burlington High School became one of the first schools in the nation to distributing iPads to all staff and students. Apple has a profile of Burlington High School on its Education page. He is active presenting to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, he is an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process.

Patrick is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter and he is a regular contributor to Principal Leadership magazine. He was featured recently in the Winter 2013 Issue of Education Week’s Digital Directions in an article titled The New Ed-Tech Leader Models By Digital Example. His work was also highlighted in a June 2012 article in Technological Horizons in Education’s (THE Journal) entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals.

You can find Patrick’s blog at