Each school year we begin with high hopes and plans to make our job and our lives easier or better. By the end of January, however, we as teachers are maxed out in what we can do because there are too many things pulling us in various directions. This conversation is an attempt to gain some traction in our teaching lives by reflecting upon the question of where can we make the most difference and how.
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).
SLA students and teachers will lead an interactive workshop on inquiry and project based learning. Examples from SLA will be used to spark larger discussions about pedagogical strategies and challenges.
How do you bring the most innovative teachers in a school district together to network with experts in education, industry, and technology to shift instructional practice? You Create Something Great! Join the conversation about a think tank that ignited passion and enthusiasm for innovation with teaching and learning.
The easy part is recognizing 21st century schools need to change. The hard part is convincing people to give up familiar routines and practices. In this conversation, we will explore ways of enhancing the positive elements of a school culture needed to encourage risk taking and outside the box thinking.
A focus on STEM has helped push making into schools. However, learning by making is not limited to one subset of academic fields. Extending the acronym to include arts and/or humanities is not enough. This conversation will focus on situating making in schools using cross-curricular values rather than disciplines.
The relevancy of social studies education has been justified in terms of its specific content and its role in promoting literacy skills. However, as schools embrace STEM focuses, what challenges and opportunities are presented for practitioners of social studies education?
We are on a mission to upend traditional education from teacher driven instruction to student driven learning. Potent evidence has exposed the former model as a failure, yet most public and independent schools still cling to it. Working within the current paradigm, we attempt to influence one heart at a time.
We all want our classrooms to be safe havens where imaginative risks are celebrated. We all want our students to be deeply invested in their peers. We all want to build confident writers and speakers. Join Cait Miner, Philly Youth Poetry Movement Program Director and Philadelphia Educator, for a conversation about using creative writing as a powerful tool for fostering a caring classroom community.
Learners are empowered to innovate when authentic, relevant and complex challenges give them the space of creativity. Let's have a conversation about how we can transform and elevate our classrooms by creating community partnerships to encourage the innovation we want to inspire in our learners.
This conversation will focus on understanding and teaching students in utilizing technology in classrooms. Hear from a panel of SLA sophomores speak about the use of technology, digital citizenship, trusting students, and communicating and collaborating with each other. Learn about youth views and challenge your creativity by creating a project.
Using the X-Men as a metaphorical lens for reflection on diverse leadership styles in service to a central vision, we will explore how to utilize the strengths and styles of various members of our teams in leading "missions" that accomplish the goals of the community.
Whose voices are heard in education (education reform, education technology) circles? While it might be easy to identify (and lambast) the "corporate" voices, are we truly offering and supporting diverse voices in response? Who gets to speak "for" students, for teachers, for change? How can we do better?
In this conversation we will discuss what happens when the innovations don’t succeed in the way you thought they would. Join Erin Klein and Brett Clark as we discuss the ups and downs of innovation. During the down times how do you retain buy-in, rebuild trust, and move forward?
The Workshop School takes a unique approach to education by focusing on project-based learning, real world application, and compassion for students. In this conversation, students in their second year at The Workshop School explore why this approach works.