Educators from the new SLA campus inside Beeber Middle School will discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced opening up a new school with the same SLA Core Values and pedagogical approach.
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).
The arts engage students in deep, inquiry driven, project-based learning experiences, but are often hard to capture and assess. If the trend is, “What is measurable matters,” how do we make our case for difficult to measure “subjective” areas? What can we learn from arts assessments about interpreting students’ learning?
This conversation will center around ways to integrate "MakerSpaces" where students can tinker, hack, and create during the school day AND get credit for it.
We will collaborate -- using tools such as Google Earth, YouTube, and the new "Google Maps Engine LITE" -- to show how it's possible to combine online maps and internet research to empathize with people around the world (the US is less than 5% of the world -- students should know that)
How can leaders promote the power of informal learning within the organization? This conversation builds off a National study of principals and virtual learning as a means to enhance professional learning, organizational change and innovative teaching and learning practices. Discussion will focus on reimaging the future of the learning organization.
Design Thinking gives students the benefits of seeing change happen, leading group-life , and understanding the value of empathy in problem-solving. It's a great tool, but seriously where do I get started? This is a conversation around how teachers are doing DT and how you can implement it where you are.
Are you a designer of assessment or a survivor? Have you ever been shocked to discover after learning episodes are complete that learners did not, in fact, learn? Do your assessments: Motivate and compel student questions, self-direction and calibration? Enable teacher-student partnership? Communicate “You can do this; I can help?”
How the propaganda, progressivist, and behaviorist movements have shaped the institution of schooling and have largely subverted the very principles of freedom and intellectual development that schooling purports to uphold.
This conversation will introduce participants to writing and making as an interactive and engaging process. Presenters will share resources, strategies and web links, for the Boys Write Now and Save Our Skills summer literacy programs for grades 1-12.
What if we behaved as if teachers were competent and capable of growth?
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom brings together examples of classroom practice and curates them into a collection looking at the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout. Unique in its focus of in-school examples, this ebook and related conversation acknowledges the emerging nature of this work, inviting inquiry and exploration.
The World Wide Web makes possible for the first time in human history the sharing of educational resources on a global scale. This conversation will explore the implications of sharing educational resources through the web.
Students have SUPERPOWERS. Often, these powers are hidden by the structures and constraints of school. How can we work, as educators, to unleash students' hidden talents and dreams? This session will engage you in interactive activities, games, and conversations to explore the world of student-driven learning.
DRAFT of ideas !!!! - We're planning to lead a conversation about the benefits of athletics, ethic of care in extracurricular activities, and helping students to balance athletics and academics. - Using athletic participation to increase academic performance and improve socio-emotional well-being...