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).

Beyond the Bubbles: Critical Thinking & ESL Through Comics Creation

Session 2
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.

Cultivating Resiliency in the Science Classroom

Session 2
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?

Empowering Teachers through Authentic, Choice-Based PD

Session 2
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.

Moving Beyond Standardized Advanced Curriculum

Session 2
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.

PBL in the Real World

Session 2
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.

Rejecting Neutrality: Envisioning Authentic Humanities Spaces

Session 2
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?

Session 2
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.

Supporting LGBTQ Students as their Authentic Selves

Session 2
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.

Sustaining a Mission

Session 2
Chris Lehmann

Any look at the history of education will show a frustrating landscape of good ideas and fast starts that slowly degraded over time. How do good ideas in education survive in a world where regression to the mean is real?

Teaching Climate Change through Action

Session 2
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.

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