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).

Challenge Week: our interdisciplinary service learning project

Session 6
Rifah Islam, Chelsea Middlebrooks, Erin Giorgio, Pearl Jonas, Melanie Manuel, Aaron Gerwer, Laurena Tolson

Students, faculty and families got together to plan several week long service learning experiences. These experiences had groups of students and teachers working with community partners to complete projects that involved our students directly in the community.

Making PBL Personal

Session 4
Barbara Bray

Are you looking for ideas to personalize project-based learning activities? How do you bring in voice and choice so your kids take responsibility for their learning? Let's have a conversation on how to make PBL personal.

The Role of the Teacher in the Age of Google

Session 3
Lisa Nielsen, Eileen Lennon, Jackie Patanio, Darlynn Alfalla

In this session presenters will discuss the changing role of the teacher in the age of Google. This will be discussed from the view from the classroom with students as well as how this changes professional learning for teachers.

TAKING IT BACK- Reclaiming Media Integrity

Session 2
Douglas Herman- Founding Director, Rough Cut Media; Susan Poulton- Chief Digital Officer, The Franklin Institute

Now more than ever our society depends on the development of deep and nuanced relationships with media. In an era of deliberately misleading news, false narratives and an utter lack of social media responsibility, it feels imperative that we prepare our students for what comes next. Yet, in many ways it is the other way around with our students having more savvy and versatility when it comes to interactions with media from multiple sources. Regardless of where we receive our information we still must ask ourselves "Who made this?" "Who paid for it?, "Who does it target?", "How will this impact the public?", "Who benefits from widespread consumption and belief?" We also have to consider new ways, or perhaps reapply tried and true standards, to media discourse both online and in print media.

First, do no harm

Session 1
Laura Thomas

How can out-of-district consultants, coaches, and PD providers do a better job of serving teachers? What can they do to change the Death By Professional Development paradigm among teachers? Why are they still a necessary part of a balanced professional learning "diet?" What if we change the narrative around outside expertise in professional learning?

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