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).

Creating a Framework for Invention Education

Session 6
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.

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

Session 6
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”

Future Ready: Are We?

Session 6
Dr. Margery Covello, Dr. Casey Cohen

School leaders from urban and suburban, charter and public networks will lead a discussion on finding a balance among school systems often stuck in the past, the pressures of present day leadership, and authentically supporting future-ready initiatives coupled with the ever-increasing realities of school dependency.

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok: Educator Wellness

Session 6
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

Session 6
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.

My Voice Matters: Building Authentic Engagement into Middle School Advisory

Session 6
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.

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