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).

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.

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.

Making PBL Personal

Session 4
Barbara Bray

Are you looking for ideas to personalize project-based learning activities? How do you bring in voice and choice so your kids take responsibility for their learning? Let's have a conversation on how to make PBL personal.

Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emojis

Session 4
Diana Potts, Karen Blumberg, Mike Ritzius

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.

Student Voices: digital redlining and privacy

Session 4
Chris Gilliard, Bill Fitzgerald, Hugh Culik

Students from Macomb Community College examined the problematic status of privacy in post-secondary education. They identified standardized curricula, assessments, academic advising, and other forms of digital redlining that emphasize training over critical thinking. These findings are developing into a set of student-centered privacy principles that they will refine at Educon.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Our Story?

Session 4
Jennifer Borgioli Binis

It's said history is told by the victors. For educators, victories are tied up in privilege and tradition, resulting in a history that is half muddled myth and half urban legend. We’ll chat, compare notes, and untangle who gets to tell the story of our profession.

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