The skill of effective communication has powerful influence in shaping school culture. Teachers, students and leadership are surrounded by feedback on a daily basis from the classroom to meetings to the playing field. Understanding how to communicate can be the difference between listening to react and listening to understand. How one hears, processes and delivers feedback can be powerful in shaping the tone of personal and professional relationships. In this workshop theory, practice and your experiences will be used to examine what it takes to host effective and productive conversations with colleagues and students.
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).
How do we change the mindset of a school? Join educators from Philadelphia’s Labrum Middle School as we discuss overcoming the challenges of rethinking school and where we go from here to create sustainable change.
All student teachers start by observing more experienced teachers practicing their craft. But, as teachers progress in their careers, they often don't seek out opportunities to watch and learn from other teachers. Why? In this conversation, we'll explore starting a peer observation program - the pushback, the fear, and also the success.
F.A.I.L. - Failure Always Invites Learning When is failure really a success? When we engage students in EPIC projects and challenges, the journey to success is often fraught with failures that can prove to be amazing learning opportunities. Do we need to reexamine the use of the term 'Failure'?