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).

Developing Our Online Voices

Session 4
Zachary A. Chase

In this conversation, we will examine what it means to interact with students in online environments, how that compares to physical face-to-face interactions, and the intersections of the two. How do we craft caring relations in digital spaces? How do we build culture and community? What are the ways in which feedback and commentary could or should be adjusted when leaving the physical world. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences as well as work together to draft ideas on new ways forward for deepening and broadening our practice.

Empathy THE 21st Century Skill

Session 4
Samantha Morra

Empathy is THE 21st century skill. It builds bonds, develops leadership skills, and brings self-awareness to seek out meaning and purpose in our lives. How can we discuss 21st century skills without first discussing empathy? How can our students understand purpose, be self-directed, and become betters learners by valuing empathy.

Make. Hack. Play: The Tools of Webmaking

Session 4
Laura Hilliger, Chris Lawrence

Playing with the X-Ray Goggles, Thimble and Popcorn, participants will explore concepts of interest-based learning through tinkering with Mozilla Webmaking tools and learning projects. This workshop will build understanding around how embedding webmaking in project based curriculum will lead to innovative problem solving, creative thinking and a desire for tinkering.

Restorative Solutions to Harassment and Bullying

Session 4
Kay Kyungsun Yu, Steve Korr, Jennifer Lowman, David Keller Trevaskis

Harassment and bullying interfere with student learning. In some tragic instances, these behaviors interfere with life itself. Join us for a conversation on creating strategies for prevention, intervention, resolution, and restoration of the community after incidents of harassment or bullying.

Self-Care for Selfless Educators & Advocates in the Movement

Session 4
Michaela Pommells, Reagen Price

Self-care is often an afterthought for educators, social justice activists, and ed reform advocates. This interactive workshop will explore the responsibility we have to connect self-care with leading change; how pop culture, race and gender shape our ideas about personal sustainability; and how to support each other in allyship.

Structuring Inquiry

Session 4
Chris Lehmann

Over the journey that has been SLA, I've become really deeply aware of how inquiry is a process. The five core values of Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation and Reflection are at the heart of the inquiry process for me. And it is an iterative process that we engage in. But also at the heart of the inquiry process is that the person engaging in the inquiry - the learner - actually cares about the questions they are asking.

Using Spoken Word to Inspire

Session 4
Matthew Kay, Cait Miner, Greg Corbin

In a conversation facilitated by the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, educators will discuss how they might use the performance arts, specifically spoken word poetry, to engage and inspire their students. Techniques from many different writing programs will be shared, and a dynamic writing workshop will be modeled and analyzed.

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