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).

The Future of Education: A students perspective

Session 1
Horace Ryans III, Taj Walter, Miranda Sosa, Tamir Harper

In our Session, The Future of Education: A student’s perspective, we will be analyzing Education as it stands in the past, present and future. Using Student experiences from the UrbEd team and other students present in the room will share their experiences with teachers to hold space for discussion about what we want Education to look like in the future.

Passion-Based Learning to Discover the Why for Learning

Session 2
Barbara Bray

Why do we have to change school and teaching? What is the why and purpose for learning? How does knowing the why impact students? In this session, participants will dive deep into authenticity, empathy, equity, self-regulation, and self-advocacy to discuss how to design meaningful, purpose-driven passion-based learning activities.

Open Educational Resources: A moral imperative

Session 3
Andrew Marcinek

In the past year, teachers have risen to the stage to fight for equitable resources for students, livable wages, and respect within their profession. These problems persisted because the status quo was enabled. It's time to flip the status quo and turn towards a disruptive, uncomfortable model of equitable resources for every student and teacher no matter their zip code.

Joyful and Meaningful Education: Its Power and Limits

Session 4
Jill Davidson

At your school, there’s joy, challenge, and real learning. You’re forging new futures for students, educators, communities, and perhaps the institution of schooling itself. Tell us the story of how your learning community is doing this work. We’ll consider the implications, best ways to share practices, and possible systemic limits.

MakerSpaces as HumanSpaces

How might we transform what we have come to know as MakerSpaces into spaces that meet the social, emotional, physical and vocational needs of student, faculty and community as well? We'll discuss the various looks of makerspaces in our schools and action steps for amplifying their purpose.

Design Thinking In the Classroom

Session 6
Tim Best, Liam Gallagher, Michael Molina

How might we use design thinking in the classroom? Join us for a session that will explore various ways that students and teachers might use the habits and mindsets of design thinking in order to improve student learning.

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