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).

Timeless Learning: Learning Together in Natural Communities

Session 1
Pam Moran, Ira Socol

Humans have been learning for a long time, but formal education systems are only approaching the 200 year mark. Children still learn through timeless pathways: play, stories, movement, imitation, and distractions that spark curiosity. Let’s chat deep mapping of routes to timeless learning that bring us to context-driven, child-determined learning.

Not Light, But Fire

Do you understand WHY you should be leading powerful race conversations in class, but remain unsure about HOW? Join Matthew Kay, the author of Not Light, But Fire, as we discuss how to push our race conversations from being stale, predictable, and ultimately forgettable. We'll discuss how to lead race conversations that actually inspire our students.

Creating Learning Communities in 3-D: An Exploration of Life-long, Life-Wide, and Life-Deep Learning.

Session 3
David Jakes, Karina Ruiz

Almost every school vision or mission statement mentions lifelong learning. But what if breadth and depth were to this traditional and linear model? This conversation focuses on developing a more compelling model of learning that supports the deeper development of the skills and dispositions that can lead to the creation of a participatory and engaged community of learners.

Whiteness: The elephant in our classroom

Session 4
Jose Vilson, Val Brown

What responsibility do educators have to disrupt the whiteness that is pervasive in many of our schools? How do we better understand and then dismantle the way whiteness is interwoven and resides within our practices, norms, policies, and curricula? Join us for critical and challenging dialogue about whiteness in schools.

Academic Conversations: What, Why, and How

Session 5
Jennifer Orr, Megan Kratz, Taylor Heil

Students engaging in conversations around content promotes deeper learning and student ownership of learning. What does it mean to have academic conversations in the classroom? Why is it worth the effort and energy? How can you overcome the challenges and make it happen?. Come help generate answers to these questions.

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