Give your classroom back to your students! When you give authentic choice and control to studentsm you let students learn on their own terms. Students get to digest what they learn rather than have it thrown at them. What happens when you give students control of what they learn, how they learn, and how they are assessed?
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 phrase. Common Core, has been uttered so many times in the past 12 months that I think it might be the next 'word' added to the dictionary. Having standards is not the same as standardization, the subtlety of which seems to be getting lost in the national conversation around Common Core and standards implementation. Join me in a discussion surrounding standards implementation and the difficulties with standardizing instruction.
What is the school's role in imparting civic knowledge? To what extent should schools be passing along "democratic knowledge?" How can schools prepare children to participate in the democratic process?
What does "therapeutic school" mean and how does it look? Learn how one small therapeutic school uses understanding, intention and awareness to do our best work, and how to apply frames and perspectives from therapeutic school to your own setting.
Have you ever looked at your school experience through the eyes of a student? Have you lived as a student for a day? As educators, we are "designers" of the student experience, yet do we understand how the implications of our design directly impact our students? In this session we will look at our schools through the lens of a student. What can we do to make sure that we are designing the best possible learning environment for them?