With the Invisible Issues project, students will create their own non-governmental organizations to raise awareness of invisible issues in their school.
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).
No matter how clever or innovative you are, a school design is only as strong as your capacity to implement it. And implementation is more about adapting and evolving a design than executing it. As leaders in new schools, we’ve learned that the key to being able to evolve and adapt is to involve the whole staff in that work. School design is an ongoing, collaborative process. It’s also an amazing professional learning experience. Traditional professional development assumes that changes in schools or classrooms follow from professional development. We believe that learning is a byproduct of change work. This session introduces participants to “Design-based PD,” an approach we’ve piloted in Philadelphia's Innovation Network schools over the last two years.
I Can't Talk about Race in Science Class! Successes/Struggles of a Racial Literacy Classroom Collaboration
This will be a conversation about incorporating racial literacy into curriculum regardless of students' ages or content area. We will discuss the successes and struggles of implementing a racial literacy curriculum into a project-based science class.
Tired of teaching to the middle? Transition to a self-paced, mastery classroom and meet everyone’s needs
Is it possible to teach a diverse group without leaving some students behind? Join a conversation about how self-paced, mastery learning helps each student learn at their ideal pace. Find out how to transform your classroom so that students have the time and flexibility to truly master the content.
Grading student writing can feel like an exercise in futility when students fail to apply or even read feedback. Why does it often feel like the teachers are doing all the work? Peer editing and feedback allows students to better assess their own writing and gives them ownership over the revision process. In this session, we’ll talk about how to make peer feedback meaningful and how to create a classroom environment where students feel comfortable and capable of engaging in deep critique.
Building the Middle Schools We Need: The Story of one 8th Grader’s Accidental Preparation for Freshman Year at SLA
This is the story of Justin S. (SLA class of 2021) and how a transformational 8th grade year at a public middle school in South Jersey prepared him for life at 22nd & Arch. Justin and one of his 8th grade teachers, Kevin Jarrett, will explore how Mr. Jarrett’s Design Thinking-based program, “Digital Shop,” and the school’s Edcamp Period disrupted Justin’s educational worldview and helped form his identity as a young adult in charge of his own learning.
Games provide a shared experience, as well as an opportunity to learn from its interconnected system. Students remaking games to be about content is an engaging way to learn. It provides students a sense of agency, while affording an opportunity for deeper learning experiences.