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).

Changemaker Education: Whole Children, Whole Communities

Session 5
Matthew Voz, Dawn Brooks-Decosta, Heather Baron-Caudill, Daniel Baron, Valentina Raman

What does it mean to educate the WHOLE child? How do we empower students to grow up with purpose, empathy, and agency? What collaborations and partnerships are critical for success? School leaders from three Ashoka Changemaker Schools will share how they are empowering whole children and whole communities, and equip participants to do the same.

Embracing Error in Math Class: The Power of Wrongness

Session 5
Brad Latimer, Erin Giorgio, Pam Chrissis, Helen Huang-Hobbs, Swetha Narasimhan

Math can be a polarizing subject for students. By the time they reach middle and high school courses, many students, particularly students of marginalized populations, have decided that they “just aren’t good at math”. Shifting the emphasis from product to process and exploring the value of wrongness in the classroom can encourage students to bring their existing understandings into the classroom to provide a richer experience for all students. We see this shift in mindset as crucial to any math classroom, and we bring perspectives from SLA and Masterman to explore this concept.This conversation will focus on the learning processes of student teachers and their mentor teachers, utilizing projects to emphasize both process and final product, and being able to adjust the trajectory of curricula based on the varying comprehensions that students bring into the classroom.

Silver Bullets, Panaceas and Elixirs: The False Prophets of Educational Reform

Session 5
Diana Laufenberg

Reforming, reimagining, re-visioning, recreating and refreshing schools are difficult work. There are no short cuts, there are no switches to flip it is just a long term commitment to fundamentally shift the focus of a community of learners. At times this can feel like winning the championship game and at times it can feel like a building full of people all trying to quit smoking all at once. This is not work for the faint of heart. Join me to talk about all the possibilities for long-term, sustainable and modern approaches to educational reform.

Social Justice Teaching and Learning: Empowering Students to Change the World

Session 5
Jennifer Orr, Dahlia Constantine, Lauren Jensen

What do you believe is the purpose of school? Your role as an educator? We believe a significant piece of both revolves around social justice teaching and learning. Preparing students to be active and engaged citizens requires having difficult conversations and exploring challenging topics. Together we’ll explore the possibilities across K-12.

Student Assistant Teaching: Shared Teaching and Learning

Session 5
Amal Giknis + SLA Student Assistant Teachers

The Student Assistant Teaching (SAT) Program is a chance for Senior SLA students to work with 9th and 10th (and sometimes 11th) grade students in SLA classrooms. SLA teachers serve as co-operating teachers. Seniors have elected into this program and presumably have an interest in teaching and learning. This is a great way for Seniors to take leadership, serve as role models to, and connect with underclassmen in myriad ways and to enrich and support their classroom experiences.

The Answers Aren’t In This Classroom

Session 5
Jesse Downs

What if we didn’t measure student success in grades, but rather the depth and duration of good they create in the world? What if we placed “impact” at the forefront of conversations about students’ abilities and potential? This conversation is for anyone who is tired of pretending, playacting, and performing safe solutions. For anyone who is ready to give up the security of classroom-based projects, experiments, and simulations in pursuit of deeper purposes. This is a conversation for anyone who believes in our students’ capacity to shape our world for the better, and our ability to assess impact, not abstractions.

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