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).

Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emojis

Session 4
Diana Potts, Karen Blumberg, Mike Ritzius

The skill of effective communication has powerful influence in shaping school culture. Teachers, students and leadership are surrounded by feedback on a daily basis from the classroom to meetings to the playing field. Understanding how to communicate can be the difference between listening to react and listening to understand. How one hears, processes and delivers feedback can be powerful in shaping the tone of personal and professional relationships. In this workshop theory, practice and your experiences will be used to examine what it takes to host effective and productive conversations with colleagues and students.

Breaking Down Walls: The Power of Teacher Peer Observation

Session 2
Dylan Fenton, Dan Whalen

All student teachers start by observing more experienced teachers practicing their craft. But, as teachers progress in their careers, they often don't seek out opportunities to watch and learn from other teachers. Why? In this conversation, we'll explore starting a peer observation program - the pushback, the fear, and also the success.

So You Teach a Trans Student. Now What?: Fostering a Healthy Dynamic Between Teachers & Transgender Students

Session 1
SLA Students and Zoe Siswick, SLA Counselor

SLA counselor and students will lead information and Q&A sessions on life as transgender students. This session will include tips on appropriate terminology, a teacher's role, managing different home dynamics and navigating the professional world. Bring lots of questions! Note: this session contains especially sensitive topics. Please have an open heart and mind. If you have specific questions to ask or topics that you would like to have addressed, feel free to email zsiswick [at] scienceleadership [dot] org prior to attending.

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