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).

Opening Our Eyes to What We Can’t Imagine: Storytelling

Session 1
Tom Jones

Truly dynamic educational experiences help students break out of the boxes society puts them in; as teachers, we can help by empowering them to tell their stories. You’ll leave this session with some ideas about how to help your students tap into and share their most powerful memories and experiences.

Social Justice Projects by 5th and 6th grade Students at Jubilee School

Session 2
Karen Falcon, Nick Gross, Julius Glover, Ade Forrest, Ella Adams, Hannah Roemer-Block, David Bannister

Over the years, students in fifth and sixth grades at Jubilee have organized many projects involving social justice and the arts. Three groups of graduates will present their projects; one involving learning to resist gun violence from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, another through creating a book about the history of Haiti and the third through organizing a campaign against police brutality and applying for a historical marker for the MOVE bombing.

Making Space for Leadership (Your Own and Others')

Session 4
Laura Blankenship

Are you a teacher who wants to develop leadership skills? Are you a school or district leader who would like to support and develop teacher leaders? In this conversation, we'll discuss how to lead with or without official leadership roles and how to craft opportunities that support leadership development.

Kids on Earth - The World Has Changed

Session 5
Howard Blumenthal

Ideally, a keynote connecting global citizenship, widespread technology use, and digital storytelling as learning. PLUS a recording session—through the whole conference—interviewing two dozen local students to add to a library that already includes Bulgaria, Sierra Leone, England, Slovenia, and the world.

Making Moves that Matter

Session 6
Noelle Kellich

Aligning our principles with our practice takes more than persistence. Finding the moves that matter emerges when we think systemically, support a culture of thinking, and hone responsive teaching practices. Bring a challenge you wish you could solve. We'll work together to consider how major levers and second-order thinking can open up unseen pathways forward.

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