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).

A Modern Commonplace Book

Session 5
Wendy Eiteljorg, Tania O'Donnell

For hundreds of years thinkers used commonplace books to collect knowledge. People recorded ideas along with their own commentary. How can we think about digital tools as contemporary commonplace books? How might we encourage students not just to collect but to comment, come back to, and use their collections?

Loving the kids who frustrate the heck out of you

Session 4
Alex Shevrin

We all love our kids. Let's talk honestly about how hard it can be to keep loving our kids who frustrate the heck out of us. In this conversation, explore the challenge and the joy of being in relationship with behaviorally challenging students. We'll start with awareness and move to setting concrete intentions for better serving all of our kids.

Designing Schools with Unconditional Positive Regard

Session 3
Alex Shevrin

What would school look like if we designed it around the core concept of unconditional positive regard for our students? What if every aspect of school, from course design to facilities to policies and practices all communicated one message: "We care about you no matter what"? Let's imagine!

Intentional and Unintentional Gender Bending as a Classroom Teacher

Session 2
Freda Anderson, Jonathan Estey

Most educators have agreed that strict gender roles are harmful to kids and make it more difficult for our kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Most of us have also agreed that any skill that we would like to see our students practice should be modeled by their teachers. As teachers who want to see our students grow into adults that feel comfortable being themselves and breaking gender roles, and standing up for others who do, we need to feel comfortable being ourselves and breaking gender roles as well. It is our duty to intentionally and purposefully plan visible gender role breaking on a regular basis, to make space four our kids to do the same.

Communication Technology for Special Ed

Session 1
Meg Hayden

We will explore how we communicate with our LD students who many times have trouble finding the words or communicate too late when they are struggling. What information do we need from students, when do we need it, and how do we get it?

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