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).

Project Based Math in Middle School: Balancing Content and Creativity

Session 1
Nancy Ironside, Monique Carter, Heather Lisle

Developing mathematical thinking and proficiency is hard. Practice and structure are necessary and yet many teachers see them as barriers to project based learning in math. What tasks support both skill development and projects? How can standards drive project design and mathematical understanding? Join Middle School teachers from SLAMS and SLA@B to discuss the challenges and opportunities of project based math.

STREAM: Integrating Reading and Arts to STEM

Session 2
Dr Augusto Z Macalalag Jr

How can we effectively integrate reading, writing and the arts in STEM? In this session, we will explore ways to integrate the multiple disciplines while engaging in the engineering design process (ask, imagine, create, test, improve) of developing a model sail.

Not by the Book: Re-imagining Today’s Middle School Science Program

Session 3
Jenna Chervenic, Kim Nightingale, Pat Killian

How can we engage ALL students in a way that leads to genuine learning, discovery, and conceptual understanding? Discuss with us the role of teachers and administrators in all-school programmatic design that scaffolds scientific competencies, creates a safe learning environment, and promotes a love of learning.

Promoting student civic action through a critical exploration of incarceration practices in the U.S.

Session 4
Rebecca Coven and Marina Isakowitz

For the third year in a row, Philadelphia students are hosting a public, city-wide Mass Incarceration Symposium. During a time when civics education is in a decline in our country, this work serves as a model for student civic action. Using this project as an example, we will discuss the importance of civics education and how educators can support student civic action.

Black Men Read

Session 5
Samuel A Reed III, Mike Pflueger, Munier Abdul-Rahman (Student)

"Black Men Read" models the love of reading using conversations sparked from the book Forty Million Dollar Slave. The conversation will explore the intersection of sport, race, and economics. The session will crowdsource ways to engage Black male students and other affinity groups in book clubs at schools and out of school spaces.

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