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).

Learning Through Community Engagement

Session 6
Casey Cohen, Laurie Doran, Dr. Sheri Hanna

We will share projects and courses that utilize the community of Philadelphia to provide unique and challenging learning opportunities for students. Examples from STEM, the arts, and humanities courses will be highlighted. We will focus on the process: reaching out to the community, creating a project, and student commentary and reflection.

First Year at an Inquiry-Based School: A New Way of Teaching

Session 5
Daniel Symonds, Joselyn Hernandez

As new teachers at an inquiry driven school, we have had to shift our paradigms of traditional teaching and learning into what a 21st Century. In a 2.0 school, students take charge of their own learning and inquiry. Our conversation will be about how we have adjusted and incorporated our 5 Core Values into our different content areas.

Designing and Implementing Competency-Based Curriculum to Empower Self-Driven Learners

Session 4
Denis Anglim, Femi Johnson, Charlie McGeehan, Phil Nichols, Samuel Reed, Maggie Stephan, Kiera Williams, U School students TBD

This session is collaborative inquiry into a tension of teaching: building structures that support students’ growth with flexibility to accommodate diverse perspectives, interests, and needs in the curriculum. We will explore this dynamic in the context of a Humanities program at The U School, a Philadelphia public high school.

Fostering Ethical Innovation via the High School CS Curriculum

Session 3
Jeannie Crowely, Saber Khan

We'll tackle the traditional "amoral" CS curriculum for HS students, which focuses on technical skills without a consideration of the ethical dilemmas presented through the creation of those tools. The goal is to create an open source, integrated CS curriculum grounded in modern social issues and global ethics.

Learning to Teach in the Project Based Context

Session 2
Rebecca Coven, James Elish, Swetha Narasimhan

In this session, current teachers from SLA@Beeber and The Workshop School will discuss their past experiences as student teachers within PBL, Innovation Network schools. Student teaching in the PBL environment is unique; this workshop will discuss methods and techniques for supporting and engaging student teachers.

FACE-ing the Facts: Building Community through One-on-One Conferencing

Session 1
Tom Jones

One-on-one, face-to-face interactions between teachers and students have a demonstrated track record in improving student autonomy and growth, but it can be difficult to manage them with all of the other responsibilities that teachers face within a class period. In this session, we’ll consider how to incorporate these individual student conferences into your daily routine. You’ll leave our time together with concrete ideas on what to say to students in these meetings, how to track student progress, and when to use your findings to alter instructional decisions.

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