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).

Developing Empathy with the World using Online Maps

Session 2
Steve Goldberg

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)

Standards, not Standardization

Session 2
Diana Laufenberg

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.

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom

Session 2
Christina Cantrill, Danielle Filipiak, Antero Garcia (virtual), Larissa Pahomov, Meenoo Rami, Robert Rivera-Amezola

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.

Using Athletics as a Conduit to Success

Session 2
Erin Garvey, Zoe Siswick, + SLA students

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.

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