Educators from the new SLA campus inside Beeber Middle School will discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced opening up a new school with the same SLA Core Values and pedagogical approach.
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 arts engage students in deep, inquiry driven, project-based learning experiences, but are often hard to capture and assess. If the trend is, “What is measurable matters,” how do we make our case for difficult to measure “subjective” areas? What can we learn from arts assessments about interpreting students’ learning?
Everything happens somewhere in the world. When we hear about an event in "Iraq" it's helpful to drill down and see the street corner we're talking about -- or get as close as we can come. Taking the time to think about where others live and what their lives are like helps foster empathy. During this conversation, we will collaborate -- using tools such as Google Earth and YouTube videos -- to create online maps that help us empathize with the world (the US is less than 5% of the world -- students should know that)
This conversation will center around ways to integrate "MakerSpaces" where students can tinker, hack, and create during the school day AND get credit for it.
How can leaders promote the power of informal learning within the organization? This conversation builds off a National study of principals and virtual learning as a means to enhance professional learning, organizational change and innovative teaching and learning practices. Discussion will focus on reimaging the future of the learning organization.
Design Thinking gives students the benefits of seeing change happen, leading group-life , and understanding the value of empathy in problem-solving. It's a great tool, but seriously where do I get started? This is a conversation around how teachers are doing DT and how you can implement it where you are.
Are you a designer of assessment or a survivor? Have you ever been shocked to discover after learning episodes are complete that learners did not, in fact, learn? Do your assessments: Motivate and compel student questions, self-direction and calibration? Enable teacher-student partnership? Communicate “You can do this; I can help?”
How the propaganda, progressivist, and behaviorist movements have shaped the institution of schooling and have largely subverted the very principles of freedom and intellectual development that schooling purports to uphold.
This conversation will introduce participants to writing and making as an interactive and engaging process. Presenters will share resources, strategies and web links, for the Boys Write Now and Save Our Skills summer literacy programs for grades 1-12.
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 if we behaved as if teachers were competent and capable of growth?
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom brings together examples of classroom practice and curates them into a collection looking at the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout. Unique in its focus of in-school examples, this ebook and related conversation acknowledges the emerging nature of this work, inviting inquiry and exploration.
The World Wide Web makes possible for the first time in human history the sharing of educational resources on a global scale. This conversation will explore the implications of sharing educational resources through the web.
We have been promised for years that technology would make our lives easier. With the emergence of cloud computing, omni-access, and Chromebooks that "just work", this is finally the truth! Come discuss all the ways 1:1 programs with Chromebooks and Google are connecting classrooms with ease.
Students have SUPERPOWERS. Often, these powers are hidden by the structures and constraints of school. How can we work, as educators, to unleash students' hidden talents and dreams? This session will engage you in interactive activities, games, and conversations to explore the world of student-driven learning.
SLA softball and girls basketball coaches will lead a conversation about the benefits of athletics, ethic of care in extracurricular activities, and helping students to balance athletics and academics. We will discuss using athletic participation to increase academic performance and improve socio-emotional well-being.