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?

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.

Learning by design: (Un)professional development in innovative schools

Session 5
Matthew Riggan and Tom Gaffey

No matter how clever or innovative you are, a school design is only as strong as your capacity to implement it. And implementation is more about adapting and evolving a design than executing it. As leaders in new schools, we’ve learned that the key to being able to evolve and adapt is to involve the whole staff in that work. School design is an ongoing, collaborative process. It’s also an amazing professional learning experience. Traditional professional development assumes that changes in schools or classrooms follow from professional development. We believe that learning is a byproduct of change work. This session introduces participants to “Design-based PD,” an approach we’ve piloted in Philadelphia's Innovation Network schools over the last two years.

Making Space for Learning

Session 5
Aleksey Lukyanov Cherny

SITU Studio, an architectural design firm in Brooklyn, shares their experience creating innovative educational spaces in museums, libraries and schools. Designed to embed “making” and problem-solving in the classroom, their projects show new ways to integrate technology support hands-on learning, invite experimentation, and prepare students for independent, critical thinking.

Students as Empowered Learners

Session 5
KRISTINA HOLZWEISS

As future-ready educators we must develop ways to support our students to not only be college and career ready, but also life ready. Student internships, peer learning teams, and student-led technology training programs are strategies to promote learning and leadership.

Teach Like a Human

Session 5
Larissa Pahomov

Classrooms in "progressive," "alternative," or "non-traditional" schools are often seen as magical spaces -- free of conflict and without any need for classroom management. But teachers in these spaces actually have many concrete, specific techniques. What do they do? Come discuss and discover.

The Privileged Voices in Education 4.0

Whose voices are heard in education (ed-activism, ed-tech, ed-union, ed-policy) circles? While it might be easy to identify (and lambast) the "corporate" voices, are we truly offering and supporting diverse voices in response? What does diversity, inclusion, and true equity and liberation in our current conversations? How can we do better?

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