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).

Against Reinvention: Adjusting the Wheel: An inquiry into re-teaching, shared reflection, and manageable improvement

Hilary Hamilton, Elizabeth Houwen, Dan Symonds

What are best practices for improving the things you’ll teach again? What’s the role of student feedback for re-teaching? What happens when we shift our time to intentionally improving our curriculum and practice as opposed to building new, again. What happens when students engage meaningfully in the design of curriculum and practice? How can shared reflection of past and upcoming curriculum foster student ownership of their learning? How does if foster collaboration?

Ally and Accomplice Work: What does that look like?

Kristina Ishmael, Sabia Prescott

What is an ally? What is an accomplice? Come to this session where we discuss social justice and equity work from the lens of how to intercede and actively work daily to eradicate injustice and inequity in our schools.

Amplifying Student Voice With Podcasting

Alicia Johal

In this conversation, you will be both a designer and a producer! We will explore podcasting pedagogy to ensure that each student has access to the skill and content required, as well as cultivating and reinforcing their speaking, listening and comprehension skills. By joining our conversation you will create your very own podcast episode to understand the dos/donts of classroom podcasting. With planning guides, topic ideas, editing hacks and step-by-step designing and producing - you will leave equipped to have your own students podcasting on Monday!

Are You A Learning Maximizer?

Erika Saunders

Explore ways to help your students maximized their learning for Science Leadership Academy Middle School’s (SLAMS) very own Learning Maximizer, Erika Saunders!

Authentic Engagement Using Gameful Learning in HS English

Jared Colley; Nick Dresseler

As HS instructors, our challenge is not distracted students, nor is it getting them motivated; our challenge is cultivating authentic engagement in curriculum. Students are focused and motivated - the evidence being their gaming practices, meaning the principles of good game design have lots to teach us as educators.

Backwards Design Using NGSS and Statewide Standards

John Henkel

This conversation is meant for K-12 science educators who want to discuss the interplay between Next Generation Science Standards, state standards, and backwards planning (Understanding by Design).

Beyond the Bubbles: Critical Thinking & ESL Through Comics Creation

Jacqueline Gardy, Dan Ryder

Educators know comics can have tremendous literacy value. But to date, there’s not a resource written to help worldwide educators and students create comics that develop critical thinking and language skills. Explore and practice how the U.S. Department of State is working to do just that.

Brave Space Leadership

Dr. Sharon Ravitch

Based on Arao and Clemens (2013) “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces: A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice" we will discuss what the differences are between the more common "safe spaces" and more equitable brave spaces.

Building an Authentic Love of Reading

Kaitlyn Cronin

In our classroom, reading becomes an expression of our authentic self. What books we choose to read can help us work through challenges or highlight interests. What books we choose to share with others can become a sincere and meaningful form of communication and community building between sometimes awkward pre-adolescents. We emphasize self-direction and self-actualization in our book choices and our reading styles.

Building School Community: Implementing Restorative Practices

Brian Kulak, Anna Muessig

Building an authentic community in your classroom or school is challenging, especially when members of that community have differing backgrounds, beliefs, and social-emotional skills. Further, traditional disciplinary methods often do not teach students about how their behavior impacts the learning and social-emotional health of the community. Let’s discuss how Restorative Practices address these pertinent issues.

Cohesive Culture: Comprehensive Restorative Practices

Zuri Stone, Robin Walker

Recognize restorative as an approach to full organization culture building; Understand the importance of relationships and authentic feedback; Create restorative programs that support the growth and leadership; Learn strategies for building culture, giving and providing feedback, restorative group facilitation/circles and restorative as a response to conflict.

Creating a Framework for Invention Education

Andrew Coy

Get a behind-the-scenes view of the community creation process, and a sneak peek at what is being released in 2020, of the Invention Education Framework all while connecting with others interested in invention education.

Cultivating Resiliency in the Science Classroom

Kathleen Tsai

Mindset matters in the science classroom. How can we acknowledge the importance of social-emotional teaching and mental health when it comes to strengthening classroom culture and growing resilient students?

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Strategies for the K-12 Classroom

Jessy Molina and Toni Woodlon

This workshop will provide the space for educators to reflect on their own identities and how those identities show up in the classroom, impacting teaching and learning. Participants will gain valuable tools and strategies for curriculum development, classroom management, and family engagement with a culturally responsive lens. This conversation will be engaging, interactive, hands-on and fun!

Design Inspired Schools: Getting from the schools we have to the ones we want.

Timothy Comer, Walter Brown, Phil Linder

How did Airbnb become one of the largest accommodation providers without owning a single property? How did Uber become a leader in transportation industry without owning a single car? Design Thinking! In this session, educators will discuss how to cultivate a mindset of “design inspired leadership” to transform our schools into “cultures of change”

Design Thinking Your 1:1 in 20:20

Andrew Coy, Taiisha Swinton-Buck, and Students

Come see what a Baltimore City Public High School did to use design thinking to help choose a 1:1 platform for their school. #raspberrypi #chromebook #macbook #surface #ipad #thinkpad #inspiron

Developing Best Practices for Budget-Conscious, Non-Proprietary Physical Computing & Robotics Courses

Chris D. Odom, Brian Patton, Howard M. Glasser

This hands-on conversation centers on our 18-year development of low-cost, non-proprietary Physical Computing & Robotics courses. Ideal for new and experienced tech educators, successes and failures will be discussed. You’ll have access to all our curricular materials – including textbooks developed for the course – and have time to code Arduino-compatible robotics platforms.

Does Digital Badging Belong in the Classroom?

Mary Beth Hertz, Gabe Kuriloff

Schools are adopting the practice of digital badging, often used in the tech community to show various competencies around software, coding languages and other skills, into the classroom. Is this a good thing? Come discuss how digital badging is used in the K-12 environment and the pros and cons of this practice.

Emancipating Design and Thinking: School as Home of Opportunity

Ira Socol, Dina Sorensen, Pam Moran

Children dream big. Adults dream small, narrowing bandwidths of opportunity in front of children. Learning should widen bandwidth. Let’s talk children’s’ hands-to-mind learning, adolescents’ social learning, and the affirmation learning of teens transitioning to adulthood. Rad the room with imagination, inspiration, and insight. Push thinking. Let’s emancipate thinking and design.

Empowering Teachers through Authentic, Choice-Based PD

Jared Colley; Michelle Vaughn; Kymberly Ayodeji

Let’s talk about making PD more human-centered to give participants ideas for plans that are personalized, choice-based, and equitable for everyone. By introducing attendees to Oakridge’s pathways-based approach, we’ll facilitate conversation about designing learning opportunities that mirror what’s demanded of students: to make choices, take risks, reiterate, and own the learning.

Engaging and Empowering ALL Students as Math Learners

David Ginsburg

No subject creates more anxiety for more students than mathematics. But why do so many kids of all ages have such an aversion to math, and what can we do about it? Let’s collaborate to identify common causes of students' strained relationship with math, and brainstorm solutions.

How Might We Design a Makerspace?

Liam Gallagher

Attendees will prototype a maker space after a short presentation and discussion by presenter. We’ll look at how to best design a maker space from scratch - a good fit for established makers and newbies alike.

How might we make school life more reflective of real life?

Nicole Martin, Shelley Searcy, and Alex Blumencranz

Deep and authentic learning requires teachers to know their students’ interests and passions and customize learning experiences through real-world, relevant work. Join our conversation to engage in thinking routines, conversation prompts, and protocols to experience and plan for more authentic teaching and learning at your school.

How to Guard Against Biased Grading

Marc Ottaviani and Tricia Stanley

Unless we actively guard against implicit bias in our grading practices, assessment outcomes become inauthentic as they can promote racial inequity. It is only through transparent assessment systems and culturally relevant pedagogy, that we can better prepare our students to be independent learners and assess them fairly. In this session, participants will be guided through a series of interactions around assessment and bias.

In the Brilliant Light of Authentic Ideas: Students as Innovators

Garreth J Heidt and Students

Our new class, inNOVAtion Lab, is designed to offer students the resources they need to pursue their ideas/projects. Join students and their teacher as they discuss their first-year experience in self-determined, purpose-driven learning.

Inquiry-driven Instruction for a Rapidly Changing Planet

Augusto Macalalag

Help your students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, rising global temperature, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems through experiential and inquiry-based activities. In this conversation, we’ll discuss interdisciplinary strategies for applying learning in several disciplines to authentic problems.

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok: Educator Wellness

Kristina Ishmael, Ann Leaness

It’s ok to not be ok. Yet, we rarely say these things in professional settings, especially in education. This session aims to provide the space to engage in an honest conversation about educator wellness. Participants will discuss self-care strategies, discover helpful resources, and create a plan to incorporate self-care practices.

Know The Memes: Media literacy to decode white supremacy

Matt Reininger, Saber Khan, JP Connolly

Our students live on an internet that can look very different on the sites and platforms they visit with content served up by algorithms. Sites like YouTube have been shown to "personalize" or recommend videos meant to radicalize viewers. On other platforms, hateful ideas are packaged as memes to be shared widely. Thanks to 1:1 device programs and the ubiquity of smartphones these worlds can easily enter our school culture. Educators should be prepared to recognize, contextualize, and disrupt jokes, memes, and speech that originates on the internet seeks to normalize hate and to marginalize groups in schools. A sophisticated media literacy philosophy and practice are key to preventing student online radicalization.

Learning IRL

John Clemente, Chris De La Cruz, Nataly Monsalve, Faatima Johnson

With few authentic experiences and limited technology, school is increasingly detached from the real world (technology is everywhere - except schools and airplanes). At SBC, our Deeper Learning challenges position students to deliver for authentic audiences. Come see how we design original Boogie Down productions.

Learning through parallel Contextual and Curricular based Environments

Dr. Liza Bearman, Matt Lucas & Joe Wise

In this conversation, participants, with us, will compare and contrast the roles of curricular and contextual learning to hopefully gain a better understanding of how to leverage both types of learning to integrate content with experience. We will introduce folks to our (Wildwood's) developing educational model that, unlike other approaches that we are aware of, situates experiences in a broader context and encourages transfer between experiential learning and content knowledge.

Let's Build an Arts-Focused School Network

Jill Davidson

Does your school put the arts and creativity at the center of teaching and learning? Join this conversation to explore the need for an arts-centered school network designed to share what works, research the impact of the arts on resilience, and develop assessments that inform best approaches to arts-focused education.

Living in the Digital World

Mary Beth Hertz

Our students are living in a world that many of us did not grow up in. Learn from SLA Beeber students about their experiences growing up in a digital world and using social media while also discussing the bright and dark sides of social media.

Managing Our Evolving Student Population

Melissa Moran

-Participants will gain awareness and understanding of our LGBTQIA+ Community. -Participants will be able to support and converse about these topics with a more knowledgeable background. -Participants will walk away with various resources and materials for their classrooms.

Moments Drive Ideas That Fuel Our Vision for the Future

Leo Brehm

We experience Moments that shape us from our birth until we soar. It is how we live and reflect on these Moments that will shape us, our connections and our Ideas. The mastery of this process will give learners the confidence to create the future.

Moving Beyond Standardized Advanced Curriculum

Peter Gow

Many schools have been talking about creating advanced high school courses built around their own missions and strategic curricular priorities, but many have qualms about going forward. Learn more about what matters when these conversations begin and how schools have been bringing new kinds of advanced school-created curriculum to fruition.

Moving Beyond Standardized Advanced Curriculum

Peter Gow

Many schools have been talking about creating advanced high school courses built around their own missions and strategic curricular priorities, but many have qualms about going forward. Learn more about what matters when these conversations begin and how schools have been bringing new kinds of advanced school-created curriculum to fruition.

My Voice Matters: Building Authentic Engagement into Middle School Advisory

Pam Prell, Sarah Duenas

Let’s explore ways of bringing authentic community engagement into Middle School. We’ll share strategies from a Philadelphia advisory class where a student-centered, inquiry-driven service project provides a yearlong framework for building classroom community, exploring and addressing social issues and creating space for empathy and problem-solving skills to emerge.

Not Light, But Fire: Developing Your Talking Game

Matthew Kay

How do our interpersonal communication skills impact classroom race discussions? How might we teachers become the best communicators that we can be, so that we don't get in our own way in classroom discussions about the toughest subjects?

PBL in the Real World

Nina Bilynsky-Ristics, Sheena Starling

Curious about ways to implement student-driven project work with real-world impact? Come hear about some of the projects developed by students at el Centro High School and the impact these projects have made in the community. Stay for a discussion about ways to implement PBL at your own school.

Real Privacy for Real Education: Common Sense Media Shows You How

Steve Garton

When students enter the classroom, they expect that their privacy will be protected. Students trust their teachers, but the ubiquitous influx of technology changes the privacy concerns. Leveraging Common Sense’s years of privacy experience, We’ll have a conversation about personalizing your choices about privacy for edtech.

Rejecting Neutrality: Envisioning Authentic Humanities Spaces

John Phillips

In this conversation, participants will problematize the possibility of being objective in the humanities classroom, consider what their spaces would look like if they removed the illusion of being unbiased, and develop a vision for a truly authentic space for students to question the world around them effectively.

Should There be a Redemption Road?

Robert Dillon

In an era of public mistakes that are amplified by shaming culture, many ideas and voices are being left on the sideline without hope to return to the conversation. How can we, in our spheres of influence, help to craft a path that brings individuals back from mistakes, errors, and lapses in judgment into the greater conversation for the great good.

Starting From Scratch: Authentic Assessments and Grading Practices

Brian Hodges, Kristen Thomsen, Katie Rego, Tobey Reed, Weston Pondolfino

Want your students to do authentic work? Want them to focus on learning rather than grades? Join us in a workshop that will help you re-imagine your assessments and grading practices at both the individual and school level. We’re going to start from scratch: if we were designing these systems for the first time, what would we do?

Staying Afloat in Turbulent Times

Walter Brown, Kate Spence

It is not an easy time to be a teacher or school leader, despite our individual commitments to our students, our practice, our schools, and our communities. This collaborative, interactive conversation will propose a framework for considering strategies that educators facing turbulence are using in order to stay professionally afloat.

Steps to Becoming an Authentic Learner and Leader

Bobby Dodd

The conversation will generate discussions on strategies to: - Use social media to share learning and leading - Help others close to you grow - Share leadership - Appreciate what you have and show gratitude - Create habits and trusting the process - Generate ideas or possibilities - Address unprofessionalism

Student Visibility

Nancy Ironside, Sarah Bower-Grieco

How can teachers and schools reflect on their practices on recognizing and seeing students for what they are doing and who they are? Join a conversation that provides opportunities to share these practices and recognize how to make this visibility more frequent, authentic, and sustainable.

Supporting learners through neurodiverse physical engagement

Daniel Cunitz

A student enters class bouncing off the walls. Another slumps down on the table, asleep before the second bell. A third sits stiffly, afraid to move for fear of social ridicule. Learn how Crefeld instituted a daily morning vigorous activity period for middle schoolers and how it’s changed the school day.

Supporting LGBTQ Students as their Authentic Selves

Sabia Prescott

This action-oriented conversation aims to provide educators who wish to better engage with and support their LGBTQ students with the tools, knowledge, and resources to do so. Participants will have the chance to explore and challenge best practices for navigating queerness and allyship in the classroom.

Teaching Climate Change through Action

John Kamal, Patrick Colgan

Educators are becoming increasingly aware of their central role in addressing the impact of climate change. How can this call-to-action be married with expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards? Join two engineering teachers and their students to look at their active project that aims to address this real world problem through action.

Teaching for a Living Democracy

Joshua Block, SLA Students

Join a SLA teacher and SLA students as we explore ways to change the experience of school for students. We will discuss opportunities for students to use inquiry and project-based learning to produce complex work, reconfiguring understandings of themselves, their capabilities, and their roles in the world. Ideas in this session relate to the book Teaching for a Living Democracy, forthcoming from Teachers College Press.

Teaching Soft Skills Through STEAM K-12

Kammas Kersch, Kara Denning

Join a grade school and a high school teacher as they facilitate conversation on how to use best practices to teach soft skills through STEM content and activities. Attendees will walk away with examples, ideas, and an implementation plan for their classroom!

Welcoming Authenticity: A student perspective

Swetha Narasimhan, Hannah Gann

A conversation with students representing the Women of the Workshop School, female-identifying students from The Workshop School (Philadelphia, PA) talking about how they bring their race, class, gender, and other parts of their identities into the classroom.

When Things Get Real: Exploring the Social and Emotional Demands of Student-Centered Learning

Zachary Herrmann, Taylor Hausburg, Matthew Riggan

A key element of authentic teaching and learning is supporting students in making connections between academic content, their personal lives, and the world. When that happens, things can get real. What are the social and emotional demands of student-centered learning, and what can educators do to support students in meeting those demands?

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