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).

Exploring a Broader Context for Developing Authentic Learning Experiences

Session 5
David Jakes

Schools have always searched for relevance and the authentic connections that make learning meaningful. In this conversation, we’ll discuss a set of critical questions that can lead to a broader understanding of the challenges associated with developing authentic landscapes for learning. Our goal for the session will be to catalyze thinking by challenging the assumptions and reality of school while uncovering potential solutions that lead to a future-focused school experience grounded by authenticity.

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

NOW IN ROOM 1169 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.

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