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.
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).
SLA students and teachers will lead an interactive workshop on inquiry and project based learning. Examples from SLA will be used to spark larger discussions about pedagogical strategies and challenges.
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.
SLA works with many different partners. How do they benefit our students? How do we form those partnerships? How can you form similar partnerships? Join us for a conversation about the formation of these partnerships and many benefits to our students.
A Student-led virtual technology conference? A STEM mentoring program by students, for students? Come hear about a new model for collaboration!
The conversation aims to highlight how the physical space of a school/classroom, innovative pedagogy, as well as emerging technologies can be combined to offer a more authentic learning experience for students, and lead to a deeper understanding and development of 21st century skills.
How might notetaking become more active, personal, brain-compatible and shareable? How might we incorporate symbols and doodles to improve listening, better express ideas, summarize/synthesize learning and make connections? Join a conversation and practice session to explore how we might grow ourselves and our learners through doodling and visual thinking.
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.
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!
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.
When students create art, there is no limit to what they can learn. In an Art and Technology course, students delve into the Maker Movement, learn programming, engineering and electronics while stretching their imagination and problem solving abilities. Teachers need not be programmers or engineers to guide students.
Whose voices are heard in education (education reform, education technology) circles? While it might be easy to identify (and lambast) the "corporate" voices, are we truly offering and supporting diverse voices in response? Who gets to speak "for" students, for teachers, for change? How can we do better?