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).

Brave Space Leadership

Session 4
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 School Community: Implementing Restorative Practices

Session 4
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.

How Might We Design a Makerspace?

Session 4
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?

Session 4
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.

Let's Build an Arts-Focused School Network

Session 4
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.

Not Light, But Fire: Developing Your Talking Game

Session 4
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?

Student Visibility

Session 4
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 Our Evolving Student Population

Session 4
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.

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