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).

Between the World and Us

Session 4
Michael Clapper

This fall, the eleventh-grade community of room 504 read Ta-Nahesi Coates and Walt Whitman together. Then we thought about our descendants and the extended pieces of non-fiction we'd like to create for them. This session explores that process and highlights the results.

Creating a Learner-Centered School Through Personalized Learning

Session 4
Joel Johnston

Connect authentically with learners by assessing learning behaviors and cataloguing their metacognition. Join an interactive session exploring how self-awareness and personalized learning can be used as approaches to meet the challenges you face. Discover how a common vocabulary describing learning can make a measurable difference in instruction and student support!

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.

Make Clubs Cool Again: How do we engage students in after school activities?

Session 4
Rosie Morrison, Faheem Akbar (student), Jamira Fitchett (student), Jaylah Long (student)

In our school, students leave the minute the bell rings--it's great for our custodians but not so great for our school community. This conversation's aim is to brainstorm solutions to building better school communities. How can we engage and foster unity for students who have one foot out the door?

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.

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!

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.

Reflective Practice: The Relative Value of Ed Tech for Learning

Session 4
Lisa Castaneda, Tom Swanson

As educators, we are often encouraged to bring new technologies into classrooms to improve student learning. However, we do not always have opportunities to consider how to assess the relative value of these tools. Let’s discuss data, frameworks, case studies, and how we can think more critically about ed tech!

Whiteness: The elephant in our classroom

Session 4
Jose Vilson, Val Brown

What responsibility do educators have to disrupt the whiteness that is pervasive in many of our schools? How do we better understand and then dismantle the way whiteness is interwoven and resides within our practices, norms, policies, and curricula? Join us for critical and challenging dialogue about whiteness in schools.

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