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).

Academic Conversations: What, Why, and How

Session 5
Jennifer Orr, Megan Kratz, Taylor Heil

Students engaging in conversations around content promotes deeper learning and student ownership of learning. What does it mean to have academic conversations in the classroom? Why is it worth the effort and energy? How can you overcome the challenges and make it happen?. Come help generate answers to these questions.

Black Men Read

Session 5
Samuel A Reed III, Mike Pflueger, Munier Abdul-Rahman (Student)

"Black Men Read" models the love of reading using conversations sparked from the book Forty Million Dollar Slave. The conversation will explore the intersection of sport, race, and economics. The session will crowdsource ways to engage Black male students and other affinity groups in book clubs at schools and out of school spaces.

Building Community Through the Advisory Model

Session 5
Stacy Schwab, William Griffin, Nicole Bourque, Kevin Kelly, Raymond Brettle, Denise Logan, Bethany Parker, Kelly McGrogan, student representatives

A panel of students and staff members will present the highlights of our middle school Advisory Model and answer your questions about the benefits and logistics of practical implementation of an Advisory Model in your school.

Changing School Discipline

Session 5
Micah Winterstein

School discipline has been constantly changing for all levels of schools. It is important to discuss the impact that has on teachers, students and administration. It is also important to not only discuss discipline in terms of shaping behavior day to day, but also its role in teaching long term skills students needs in order to navigate the world.

Implicit Bias and Exclusion: The Muslim American Experience in School

Session 5
Nagla Bedir

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.

Keepin' it Real with Real World Learning

Session 5
Nina Bilynsky-Ristics

Real World Learning can take many forms, from internships to field trips, and a lot in between. How do you infuse the 'Real' into these experiences? They key is to keep things student-centered! This workshop examines the practices of the Real World Learning program at el Centro de Estudiantes High School in the heart of Kensington, and invites participants to dream up their own #rwlgoals.

Kids on Earth - The World Has Changed

Session 5
Howard Blumenthal

Ideally, a keynote connecting global citizenship, widespread technology use, and digital storytelling as learning. PLUS a recording session—through the whole conference—interviewing two dozen local students to add to a library that already includes Bulgaria, Sierra Leone, England, Slovenia, and the world.

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