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).

Advisory at SLA

Session 2
Kristina Scalia-Jackson, Allison Kelly, Bella Beato

This presentation is dedicated entirely to advisory at SLA. We felt that focussing on this area gives a good depiction as to what makes Science Leadership Academy what it is, what makes it so different compared to other high schools around the country, and SLA’s impact on education.

Can we and should we assess character?

Session 2
Jonathan Martin

Grit. Curiosity. Integrity. Empathy. Our national (and global) educational conversation is increasingly about the importance of these skills. Can we and should we assess them in our schools? Let's discuss. Among other things, we'll look at the Mission Skills Assessment, which measures Teamwork, Creativity, Ethics, Resiliency, Curiosity, and Time Management.

Gamification - A scaffold for instructional design and mastery learning

Session 2
Philip Vinogradov

Gamification applies elements of game design, specifically video games, as a model for instructional scaffolding. This conversation will explore how gamification can be leveraged to create an instructional cycle that supports challenge-based inquiry, differentiation, and cooperative interdependence, as learners "play" through quests to unlock "powers" for greater learner autonomy.

Mapping the Territory: Going Dark, Outsourcing Self Control, and Other Online Adventures

Session 2
Shelley Krause, Archana Ahlawat, Alex Kochanik, Nithin Vijendla

Three high school seniors think out loud about navigating life with a digital doppelganger. One uses his computer... to keep himself off his computer. Another “scrubbed” his digital trail clean… but is having second thoughts. One feels she just can’t be as productive…. without access to her digital network. Come converse!

Reinventing your PLN

Session 2
Andy Marcinek, Lyn Hilt

As a result of our learning together, participants will leave with clear strategies for utilizing social media for personal learning network development. We will take a critical look at popular social media services to determine effective ways to engage with other educators and sustain meaningful conversations focused on learning.

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