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).

Transforming traditional assessments in the science classroom

Session 1
Kristen Brown

Have you ever felt like your assessments aren’t really measuring the skills that students will need to prepare for a rapidly changing society and workforce? Come join a conversation about revamping your assessments to provide students with the opportunity to show mastery of what really matters.

Right to Read: Literacy and Social Justice for All

Session 3
Jennifer L.M. Gunn

Literacy is a social justice issue. The ability to read has long been a lever of oppression and social control, and literacy disparity is part of an “educational debt” owed to our students. This interactive and conversational workshop will explore the concept of "educational debt," literacy as a social justice issue and how Right to Read, our school's original literacy acceleration program, seeks to make systemic change.

Next Generation Presentation Skills: Rapid Prototyping and other techniques to help our students become competent.

Session 4
Kathleen Walsh

Our students are becoming adults in a world that demands that they have Next Generation skills. How do we prepare them? It doesn't matter what subject you teach. We need to get our students ready with presentation skills and collaboration skills for when students enter their careers and college. In this workshop all the teachers who have done this before got you covered. Let's go!

Implicit Bias and Exclusion: The Muslim American Experience in School

Session 5
Nagla Bedir, Luma Hasan

There are many misconceptions about Islam that lead to negative experiences for Muslim students and teachers alike. In the current political climate, being informed about our own biases, both explicit and implicit, and combating our misconceptions is part of the responsibility of being an educator. Students of color constantly suffer at the hands of ignorant educators and Muslim students have been bullied by their peers and their teachers. In this workshop, we will address the basics of Islam that are necessary for one to understand that it is not a monolith. We will also address types of implicit and explicit discrimination and racism against Muslims using specific examples and ways to address these situations. Lastly, we would like to describe and discuss how we can create safe and inclusive spaces in schools for Muslim students and educators alike.

When do we stop the syllabus and start talking?

Session 6
Johara Tucker

What happens when a world event occurs and we don't know how to deal in our classrooms? Many educators don't want to be wrong and end up being silent on the social justice issues that matter to both them and their students, let's talk about the way we can put the syllabus down and engage in timely conversations.

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