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).

Designing Classrooms That Teach Humans

Session 1
Tim Comer, Phil Linder

“What is the purpose of our classrooms?“ “How closely aligned is our practice with our vision?” “In what ways can the unintended consequences of our decisions contribute to systemic inequities that marginalize underperforming students?” Let’s realign our practice to our visions and create classrooms that are more effective for all of the little people in front of us!

Internet health in the classroom

Session 2
Chad Sansing

Internet health - what is it and why does it matter to teachers and students? Participants in this session will learn about the Internet health movement, visit Mozilla’s Internet Health Report (https://mzl.la/ihr), and reverse engineer three online projects to brainstorm ideas for teaching Internet health in the classroom.

Level Up: Improving school-based rites of passage to boost student agency and purpose

Session 3
Betty Ray

Join this conversation about the power of secular rituals to strengthen school and classroom community, and deepen students’ self-awareness and purpose. We’ll take an anthropologist’s approach to identifying the important transitions and rituals we’re currently implementing within our schools, and workshop some creative cost-effective approaches to deepening their positive impact.

Between the World and Us

Session 4
Michael Clapper

This fall, the eleventh-grade community of room 504 read Ta-Nahesi Coates and Walt Whitman together. Then we thought about our descendants and the extended pieces of non-fiction we'd like to create for them. This session explores that process and highlights the results.

Changing School Discipline

Session 5
Micah Winterstein

School discipline has been constantly changing for all levels of schools. It is important to discuss the impact that has on teachers, students and administration. It is also important to not only discuss discipline in terms of shaping behavior day to day, but also its role in teaching long term skills students needs in order to navigate the world.

Creating Change and Scaling Innovation

Session 6
Julie Diana, Margaret Powers, Kimberly Walker

Flipping faculty meetings, introducing new communication and productivity tools for collaboration, and creating teams where the leadership is distributed, not hierarchical, are all ways of moving towards innovative teaching and learning practices. What have you done at your school that's been successful in creating change or scaling innovation?

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