Flipping faculty meetings, introducing new communication and productivity tools for collaboration, and creating teams where the leadership is distributed, not hierarchical, are all ways of moving towards innovative teaching and learning practices. What have you done at your school that's been successful in creating change or scaling innovation?
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).
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.
In this session, mentors from the Philly Slam League will help teachers use spoken word poetry to show their students the power of their voices.
Teachers inspire the next generation to take action in our changing world. How can we help students understand current issues? Are we empowering students to be changemakers and social justice advocates? Use Maker Ed to design a green energy solution to solve real-world challenges facing Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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.
When implicit biases are not guarded against, how we assess can unintentionally promote racial inequity. Through transparent assessment systems and culturally relevant pedagogy, we can better prepare our students to be independent learners. In this session, participants will be guided through a series of interactions around assessment and bias.
What does it mean to lead an open classroom? What dimensions and practices of open leadership best complement open-source content like OER? Drawing on the principles, practices, and skills of Mozilla’s Open Leadership Framework (https://mzl.la/olf), participants will consider how to make their classrooms democratic and equitable spaces for all learners.
Are a school leader’s technology knowledge and significant school improvement directly proportional? School leaders from urban, suburban, charter and public networks discuss the connection among technology, innovation, instructional leadership, student growth and school leaders familiarity with technology as the technology director and school leadership roles evolve as technology integration increases.
Ser bilingüe vale por dos, pero un bilingual person is not two monolinguals in one body. What languages do you and your students bring to the classroom? How can you empower your students (and yourself) to connect and grow in a multilingual world? All language backgrounds welcome - monolingual, bilingual, and beyond!
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.