This session will bring the content of the title book to life by sharing the real-life practices and lessons of SLA students and teachers who use the book's framework every day.
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).
School strategic planning is often an exercise in figuring out what needs to be done in order to continue doing what always has been done. How might we change our approach in order to better achieve our goals?
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.
A Digital Portfolio (Pilot) Discussion: why would students maintain a reflective portfolio, how would this work, how would we convince others to join in?
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.
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!
This session is about regaining some of the momentum that we had at the beginning of the year and an attempt to bring our teaching lives under control in an effort to be more productive.
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.
The NYC Expanded Success Initiative Fellows utilized design thinking to construct a school model to address the disparities facing Black and Latino young men. In this conversation, participants will engage in co-creation as we explore some of the challenges faced in the design phase and execution of the school model.
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.
In this conversation we will discuss the importance of school wide systems and structures needed to support students with special needs in a fully inclusive, project based curriculum.
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.
Our kids are touched by gender stereotypes every day. What are the explicit and implicit ways we communicate our own bias to our students? How can we instead work to end this cycle of oppression, which our students learn to perpetuate themselves? What's the place for feminism in our classrooms?
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.