Drawing from examples at the NYCiSchool and elsewhere, this session will provide school leaders with a framework and guidance for rethinking current practices and guide participants through a series of activities designed to help them develop a plan for, and create the conditions that will foster, whole school innovation.
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).
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.
Let's have a conversation about digital fabrication in schools. FabLabs and Makerspaces are putting the means of production (3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, etc) into our student's hands. Let's talk about the benefits, challenges, and best practices of teaching kids to use machines that can make things!
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.
Participants in this two-session workshop will iterate, pitch, and develop digital stories capturing possible futures of public education. Participants will team up around compelling pitches and produce their works through forms like film, social media from the future, and time-travelling geocaches. We’ll develop a web resource to share our work.
No aspect of schooling is changing as fast as the school library. The disruption is still going on. Where do we want it to go, what do we want it to be able to do, and what will it look like?
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.
As educational technology continues to evolve, so to do student attitudes regarding the desire and necessity for students to take a larger role in the ownership of their academic experience. The purpose for this “conversation” is to discuss this growing trend, and resources that aid teachers in capitalizing on it.
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 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.
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.
We have moved beyond a world where we can simply be cheerleaders for education technology. It isn’t just that the stakes are high for pedagogy. They’re high politically and professionally. What are the connections between ed-tech and education reform, between technology, profits and the privatization of education?
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.
TAG Philly’s “Flipping the Script- Teachers’ Dispatches from Philadelphia” Media Empowerment workshop is an interactive roundtable empowering teachers, parents, and students to share narratives of the amazing tragedies and triumphs that take place in school communities.