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).

Ally and Accomplice Work: What does that look like?

Session 5
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.

Are You A Learning Maximizer?

Session 5
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!

Cohesive Culture: Comprehensive Restorative Practices

Session 5
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.

For Teachers, By Teachers: Making Professional Learning Authentic through Teacher-Led Professional Learning Communities

Session 5
Andrew Knips

When teachers lead professional learning communities (PLCs), their learning experience is more authentic, relevant, and impactful. This session will share resources from work in five School District of Philadelphia schools that empower teachers to run PLCs, and then facilitate a discussion for participants to explore teacher leadership in their contexts.

Living in the Digital World

Session 5
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.

Starting From Scratch: Authentic Assessments and Grading Practices

Session 5
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

Session 5
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.

Supporting learners through neurodiverse physical engagement

Session 5
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.

Teaching Soft Skills Through STEAM K-12

Session 5
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!

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