Conversations

During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

Closing the Gender Gap in Innovation: Engaging Girls in STEM

Session 1
Jennifer L Scheffer, Mira Mehdi, Cat Hoyt, Kristin Johnson, Kelsey O'Brien

This conversation will focus on how to empower young women to enroll and succeed in STEM based courses. Here from a panel of four innovative young women enrolled in Burlington High School's Student Technology Innovation and Integration course. Learn about their programs best practices and leave with student generated ideas on how to increase enrollment among young women in the STEM courses offered at your own school.

Empathy THE 21st Century Skill

Session 1
Samantha Morra

Empathy is THE 21st Century Skill. Global awareness and the ability for technology to bring the world into our classrooms is important, but only if we can use these tools to better understand ourselves and others. Let's discuss how technology can foster empathy and encourage students to be problem solvers.

Get things moving: Theory into action steps

Session 1
Adam Provost

Death by committee! Sound familiar? Discussions on 'change' can go on in schools cyclically often with little or no movement. Creating dynamic shifts at little or no cost is possible. Explore best practices from innovators worldwide and with peers for advisory, school schedule, professional development, capstone / internship opportunities, project choice / interdisciplinary projects, and even school lunch!

Mentoring Passion

Session 1
Jennifer Ward, Christina Brennan

Building mentorship relationships into passion-driven inquiry projects empowers learners of all grades and levels. Learn how an elementary librarian and a high school English teacher connected their student learners, establishing mentors for the inquiry process.

Rethinking the Purpose, Process and Promise of Professional Learning

Session 1
Kristen Swanson and David Jakes

Do we really need "PD" anymore? In a world where content and connections are limitless, why do we need to put restraints on professional learning? What if the only PD course a school ever offered was: How to Learn Something When You Need to Learn Something? In this conversation, challenge yourself to begin rethinking what professional learning means, how organizations can support more diverse and contemporary models of learning, and how schools can build a culture of sustainable professional learning.

Teacher Agency and the Need for #Edjoy

Here’s a belief: to be invested in learning, students need agency. It’s simple, direct. Non-negotiable. Here’s a question: what about teachers? Too often their agency is forgotten or ignored, although it’s no less imperative. How can educators maintain agency? Join this conversation as we explore one necessity: joy.

Those who CAN do…Teach! Educators on Leading Change

Session 1
Daniel Baron, Donnan Stoicovy, Renee Owen, Jenn Moore

This conversation is an opportunity to hear from those who have been supporting and providing the conditions for teachers to act as changemakers as well as ‘changemaker makers’. We will discuss the conditions necessary for helping teachers see themselves as leaders of change in both their classrooms and school communities.

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