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).

Building space in schools for Black girls to explore their identities and close the leadership gap

Session 1
Rebecca Coven, Swetha Narasimhan, and Workshop School students

This conversation follows the implementation of an afterschool program whose goal is to help young women of color confront the compounded racism and sexism in their lives. Student participants will engage us in a exploration of how Black girls might be uniquely impacted by school policies and how schools can support the healthy development of Black girls.

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!

IQ+EQ+AQ = The Innovation Experience

Session 1
Bill Brennan, Phil Greco, Jessica Zanco

The Innovation Experience. How one school designed a program to build on students’ intellectual, emotional and adaptive capacities through a strengths approach to education. Join us for an engaging dialogue aimed at expanding the way we think about student talent development, teacher collaboration and journey development.

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.

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.

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.

Timeless Learning: Learning Together in Natural Communities

Session 1
Pam Moran, Ira Socol

Humans have been learning for a long time, but formal education systems are only approaching the 200 year mark. Children still learn through timeless pathways: play, stories, movement, imitation, and distractions that spark curiosity. Let’s chat deep mapping of routes to timeless learning that bring us to context-driven, child-determined learning.

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.

What Does It Mean To Teach For Justice

For educators, it is often a challenge to understand how to apply a social justice lens to classroom instruction. In this conversation, educators will use the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards as the starting point to what it means to teach about justice in for K12 students in all content areas.

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