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Monday, August 3
 

9:00am

Keynote 1 - Designing Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom: What do we cut? What do we keep? What do we create?
As schools grapple with the challenges facing our learners, their families and ourselves as educators, we have an opportunity to consider the most purposeful and effective approaches for designing learning experiences.  What have we learned thus far in the initial triage period of the COVID19 crisis that can serve us in our planning?  What pedagogy and approaches should we select for curriculum and teaching?   We will explore our options for both shaping long term planning and format of a school down to the granular choices in the lesson plan.  Examples from across the country and internationally will be shared reflecting how educators are addressing the challenge of creating responsive contemporary school environments.   

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am

10:30am

Workshop 1A: Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms
Description: We know the startling opportunity gap in education and society.  We've learned about identity, culture, communication, and power and how they privilege some and disenfranchise others.  We are convinced as to why diversity and inclusion are important, but we are unsure or unclear as to how this intention becomes positive impact on student lives.  How do we turn commitment into action, and what are some strategies and best practices to become the educator with whom all children thrive?

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Consultant, Educator, and Activist, Seattle Girls' School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 1

10:30am

Workshop 1B: The Case for Computing - Programming across the curriculum
Programming can supercharge any curricular area or grade level. A variety of powerful and accessible programming environments support children’s creative development and may be used to control low-cost robotics materials as well. The case will be made for teaching every child to program. Strategies and resources for teaching programming will be shared. Emerging hardware and exciting new intellectual domains will be discussed. Early childhood play through the frontiers of science will be explored. We will also look at the revolutionary low-cost micro:bit and its extensions all before the meter runs out on Zoom.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

Teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author who is an expert at helping educators prepare students for an uncertain future by super charging learner-centered traditions with modern materials and technology. He is considered one of the... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 2
  • NEW FIELD 1 Link: https://inventtolearn.com/stlinatl/

10:30am

Workshop 1C: Real-World Learning (in middle and high school)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 3

10:30am

Workshop 1D: Teaching Narrative Writing: Planning Your Unit to Build Community and Confidence K-3
Often, the first unit of study within a writing curriculum centers on small moment stories and personal narrative. Within the classroom community, this unit has the potential to be transformative -- not just for the way your classroom “runs” for the remainder of the year but also for building relationships among students and adults. In this session, we will explore essential pieces of what makes narrative writing successful for students. Additionally, we will spend some time developing seed ideas for our own writing that will ultimately be used in the classroom. We’ll identify some obstacles (and brainstorm ways to overcome them!), consider ways to publish and celebrate, and create a plan for the first formal unit of study so that you feel prepared to start (and finish!) this first formal unit in a powerful way!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 4

10:30am

Workshop 1E: K-12 - What Else is True? Making the Student Perspective Visible to Support a Culture of Resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant new challenges to students, but also provided an opportunity for them to express their resilience.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva, Ms. Knox and members of the Woodward Faculty will examine generalized results of the Student Resilience Survey for the purpose of building awareness of Woodward Academy’s strengths and areas of growth from the student perspective.  The Student Resilience Survey created by Authentic Connections and administered to Woodward Upper School Students during April, 2020 illuminates the student response to COVID-19 and the remote learning experience. A summary of the data collected from the survey will serve to guide participants to consider ways to support and build structures of engagement to support a culture of resilience during pre-planning. The facilitators will introduce stand alone resources taken from Emory University’s SEE Learning program that are designed for use in the classroom or remote learning settings.  The cultivation of skills; and personal and group practices of self-regulation, self-compassion, empathy, compassion and systems thinking will be emphasized.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 5

10:30am

Workshop 1F: Transdigital Lessons: Infusing Creativity Across Traditional and Digital Methods
The transdigital approach merges both traditional and digital methods across physical and digital spaces in transformative ways. Our iPad art room allows students to make art physically then extend the learning digitally. See how a media-rich, hands-on program engages students in the classroom and beyond. This workshop will highlight key ways in which teachers can transform their educational practices by engaging students in transdigital practices while students create, connect, respond, and present their work. I will lead attendees through examples of three types of transdigital art to empower each learner to use these techniques to creatively integrate technology into any curricular content. All 275+ of my STEAM art lessons, resources, student examples, and implementation notes are available on my blog indexed here: https://www.smore.com/tgcne

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Fuglestad

Tricia Fuglestad

K-5 Art Teacher, Dryden Elementary School
Tricia Fuglestad, K-5 art teacher from Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL, has a master’s in K-12 technology integration and has successfully integrated iPads into instruction and art production for many years. Her goal is to expand the curriculum, give students an... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 6

10:30am

Workshop 1G: Leveraging Research and Reflection for Elementary Teachers (K-6)
In this era of large-scale assessments and top-down test scores, how and when can elementary teachers truly be reflective about their teaching and classroom practices? Through this workshop, elementary teachers will develop a greater enthusiasm and deeper understanding for the opportunities and affordances of leveraging simple research and reflective data to support their own goals in their classroom. Attendees will deepen their capacity and skills for reflective teaching by learning to develop, collect, analyze, and apply student drawings, surveys, observation protocols, to better capture practices and perceptions of their students and other community members.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Damian Bebell

Dr. Damian Bebell

Professor, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development
For the past 20 years, Dr. Damian Bebell has helped teachers, educational leadership, and policymakers leverage research and reflection to more effectively support technology rich educational settings. As a research professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 7

10:30am

Workshop 1H: Integrating the Net Gen Science Practices in an Online Environment
The NGSS insists that we engage students in the business of doing science over learning content. The Phenomena based 3D structure can be incredibly useful in an online environment where traditional lab work is more difficult. This session will look at how to find and then begin lessons with investigative phenomena so we elevate and explicitly teach and assess the science and engineering practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting concepts (CCC.) We will explore rubrics and templates that can help us better develop hands-on, deeper-thinking science activities that equip students to tackle real-world questions. Participants will leave with a better understanding of NGSS 3D curriculum, ideas on how to implement the NGSS in online learning, and a draft of a 3D remote learning activity that incorporates the SEPs, DCIs, and CCCs. 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 8

10:30am

Workshop 1I: Teaching and Learning Through Video
In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin.  Participants will be introduced to the concept of using video for learning (i.e. flipped/blended learning, creating vs. consuming, etc.), discuss common challenges of flipped instruction and their solutions, preview and test resources for video creation, editing, and curation, examine best practices for video in teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, Ph.D.

Sarah Thomas, Ph.D.

@edumatchbooks, EduMatch
Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools.  Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 9

10:30am

Workshop 1J: Impact Change - Envision education as a positive force in local and global communities
This workshop will guide educators in rethinking purposeful and applied learning through a systems-level understanding of education for sustainable development, collective well-being, intercultural competence, and civics in a challenging world. We will focus on connecting the dots between subject-area knowledge, skills, strategies, processes and larger concepts to the amplification of student-action and community engagement. Participants will walk away with relevant and impactful ideas to enhance units and learning immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Sostak

Steve Sostak

Co-Founder and Director, Inspire Citizens
Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in the US, Peru, Malaysia, and China, Steve now specializes in working with schools, teachers, and students to contextualize and integrate elements of the transformative Inspire Citizens' Global Impact School model. He guides... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 10

12:15pm

Keynote 2 - Who We Are: Identity Development for Educators and Youth
Description: How do we learn about our various group identities like female, African American, Buddhist, homosexual, middle class, etc.? Why do some people develop proud and healthy self identity and others experience own-group shame and hatred? How do identity dynamics show up in the classroom?  Learn how we can, in age appropriate ways, support positive self identity in our students and teach them to be positive influences on others' identities.  Together, we can co-create inclusive communities that work toward success for all.

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Consultant, Educator, and Activist, Seattle Girls' School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm

1:45pm

Workshop 2A: Safe to Brave: Courageous Conversations
Description: Talking about topics like identity, difference, and oppression can raise anxiety for many people, and yet we must have the conversation in our schools and our lives in order to be more inclusive and culturally competent. What are the fears and common pitfalls that keep us from broaching topics like race, gender, class, etc.? What are ways we might engage more authentically, respectfully, and effectively across difference? Learn to participate in truly courageous conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Consultant, Educator, and Activist, Seattle Girls' School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 1

1:45pm

Workshop 2B: Making the Future, the Future of Making
Making in education connects educators around the world in a quest to make education more authentic and relevant. We stand on the shoulders of giants who articulated new understandings of what learning could be and new ways to explore powerful ideas. In the present, we strive to deepen our commitment to provide authentic learning opportunities for all young people. We look into the future to see what the children in today’s classrooms will experience, and support them as they become changemakers and global citizens.
In this time of uncertainty and disruption, many educators see opportunity to remake education. As we try to get back to “normal” we should be asking what parts of normal should we keep and what can we leave behind. The ideals of project based learning and making in education can support a vision of an educational future that is equitable and student-centered, even through disruption.
Together, let’s explore the past, present, and future of making in education so that we can equip children with the tools and mindset to solve the challenges of the future, and make the world a better place for all.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

President, CMK Futures
Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She is... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 2
  • NEW FIELD 1 Sylvia's Handout Link - https://sylviamartinez.com/handout/

1:45pm

Workshop 2C: Real World Learning - PBL (K-5/6)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for elementary educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 3

1:45pm

Workshop 2D - Teaching Narrative Writing: Planning Your Unit to Build Community and Confidence 4-6
Often, the first unit of study within a writing curriculum centers on small moment stories and personal narrative. Within the classroom community, this unit has the potential to be transformative -- not just for the way your classroom “runs” for the remainder of the year but also for building relationships among students and adults. In this session, we will explore essential pieces of what makes narrative writing successful for students. Additionally, we will spend some time developing seed ideas for our own writing that will ultimately be used in the classroom. We’ll identify some obstacles (and brainstorm ways to overcome them!), consider ways to publish and celebrate, and create a plan for the first formal unit of study so that you feel prepared to start (and finish!) this first formal unit in a powerful way!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 4

1:45pm

Workshop 2E - K-12 The Science of Stress and Resilience at Multiple Levels: Experiential Engagement with Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
Resilience is the corollary to stress, trauma and adversity—the innate ability to survive and thrive that every student possesses, and that must be enhanced further through learning and practice.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will collaborate with participants to investigate the topic of Resilience through the Personal, Social and Systems domains of Social, Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning, an innovative framework and curriculum developed at Emory University. An emphasis will be placed on the science of stress, examining when stress is healthy vs. harmful and enhancing resilience through practice and learning. The facilitators will introduce a variety of strategies that involve the body, emotions; and thinking and reason to support the cultivation of resilience in a holistic way. Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom, remote learning or whole-school setting.  The workshop will show how these skills can serve as a foundation for the cultivation of trauma-informed mindfulness and attention; for self-regulation and the navigation of emotions; for the cultivation of constructive relationships; and ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 5

1:45pm

Workshop 2F: Putting AR in ARt: Connecting Art, Animation, and Augmented Reality
Connecting art, animation, and augmented reality creates a transdigital experience that expands student learning and makes displays not only interactive, but magical. This session will lead attendees through the process of making art, making an animation based on the art, and connecting both through augmented reality. The process is empowering and viewing the results is simply magical. 
*Note: Attendees will need a laptop with EyeJackApp Creator app as well as an iPad with Eyejack app, Keynote, Superimpose app, Do Ink Animation & Drawing App, Do Ink Green Screen App (others TBD)

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Fuglestad

Tricia Fuglestad

K-5 Art Teacher, Dryden Elementary School
Tricia Fuglestad, K-5 art teacher from Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL, has a master’s in K-12 technology integration and has successfully integrated iPads into instruction and art production for many years. Her goal is to expand the curriculum, give students an... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 6

1:45pm

Workshop 2G: Leveraging Research and Reflection in the Middle/High Classroom - 5/6 to 12
In this era of large-scale assessments and top-down test scores, how and when can middle/high teachers truly be reflective about their teaching and classroom practices? Through this workshop, middle/high teachers will develop a greater enthusiasm and deeper understanding for the opportunities and affordances of leveraging simple research and reflective data to support their own goals in their classroom. Attendees will deepen their capacity and skills for reflective teaching by learning to develop, collect, analyze, and apply student drawings, surveys, observation protocols, to better capture practices and perceptions of their students and other community members.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Damian Bebell

Dr. Damian Bebell

Professor, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development
For the past 20 years, Dr. Damian Bebell has helped teachers, educational leadership, and policymakers leverage research and reflection to more effectively support technology rich educational settings. As a research professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 7

1:45pm

Workshop 2H: Maker Culture and Curriculum - Understanding the workflow of a Makerspace and how MakerCulture fits into Curriculum Practices
Maker spaces have been growing like kudzu in our schools over the past decade. Our new spaces have robots, power tools, electronics, 3D printers, and soldering tools, all powered up and ready to go. In this session, we will explore the integration of MakerSpaces in our schools’ curriculum. This session will look past the “stuff” and dig deeper into the nuances surrounding culture and curriculum, making connections to Next Generation Science Standards, the English classroom, and world languages.  We will take a journey through a year in the Think Tank (Cannon Middle School’s Makerspace) and dive into how these Maker Projects fit into existing curriculum and standards. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Mattsson

Jeremy Mattsson

Teacher/Technology Integration, The Cannon School
Jeremy Mattsson has been a middle school teacher at Cannon School for the past 12 years.  Half of those years were spent teaching sixth-grade math and the most recent half as the fifth-grade science teacher and department chair.  Fusing his interests in teaching science, technology... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, The Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 19 years.  A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 8

1:45pm

Workshop 2I: Assessment Accuracy
Fair and equitable assessment is one of the more challenging and essential aspects to integrate into a culture of learning in the classroom. How we determine what students really know and can do requires us to rethink what we value and choose to measure as well as how we best measure it. This session will explore research-based, best-practices around developing an assessment system that leverages both traditional as well as more alternative, authentic assessments. We will explore ways in which student choice bolstered by standards-based feedback and student self-assessment can produce greater engagement in learning. We will explore tools that support formative assessment and feedback both in the face to face and remote classroom. Participants will be challenged to develop a standards-based, authentic and non-traditional performance-based assessment and will be given an assessment and feedback toolkit to help them create more accurate assessments regardless of whether we are remote, hybrid, or all together.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 9

1:45pm

Workshop 2J: Impact Change - Envision education as a positive force in local and global communities
This workshop will guide educators in rethinking purposeful and applied learning through a systems-level understanding of education for sustainable development, collective well-being, intercultural competence, and civics in a challenging world. We will focus on connecting the dots between subject-area knowledge, skills, strategies, processes and larger concepts to the amplification of student-action and community engagement. Participants will walk away with relevant and impactful ideas to enhance units and learning immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Sostak

Steve Sostak

Co-Founder and Director, Inspire Citizens
Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in the US, Peru, Malaysia, and China, Steve now specializes in working with schools, teachers, and students to contextualize and integrate elements of the transformative Inspire Citizens' Global Impact School model. He guides... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 10

1:45pm

Workshop 2K: Integrating computational modeling into applied math and science
Modeling is a significant component of contemporary applied math and science. Computers allow students to model complex phenomena, explore relationships, and make predictions with no previous coding experience. Integrating computational modeling with the traditional algebraic (i.e. analytic) curriculum - of which we are already quite familiar - allows students to explore more complex and relevant problems without sacrificing the traditional learning objectives.  In this hands-on workshop, you will use Python to explore system dynamics models in math and science, including the spread of infectious disease, financial forecasting, climate models, and others. No previous coding experience is required. 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Titus

Aaron Titus

Professor of Physics, High Point University
Aaron Titus is a Professor of Physics at High Point University. Aaron’s contributions are at the intersection of undergraduate research, educational technology, computational physics, leadership, and student mentoring. In 1997, Aaron and Larry Martin co-created WebAssign—a web-based... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 11
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

9:00am

Keynote 3: The Courage to Grade Ethically and Accurately: First Steps
Across our nation, the consensus is clear, grades better mean what they say. Schools are responding by choosing integrity in their grading practices, choosing consistency, accuracy, and ethics instead of distorting grade reports with elements not indicative of the evidence of learning teachers claim to be reporting via the grade. We’re also keenly aware of the inequities now exacerbated by pandemic-induced remote instruction, and wondering what elements in evidence-based grading transfer to online teaching. If we are professional educators, we navigate these new waters with resolute conviction to do right by our students and modern instructional practices, placing compassion at the forefront of accountability.  Join us for a provocative and myth-busting address on the courage and practical first steps it takes to do  just this, including insights on re-do’s, stepping away from the uniform school calendar, defining grades, disaggregation, formative assessments, separating work habits from academic reports, 0’s on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, and more. Mark your calendars today for this dynami

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Zoom Room 1

10:30am

Workshop 3A: Title: Designing Modern Assessments and Meaningful Feedback Approaches to Develop Self-Directed Learners
An assessment is a demonstration of learning.   How can we design relevant and timely assessment and meaningful feedback approaches to support the needs of our modern learners?  In our interactive workshop, we will address these questions and how to cultivate self-directed learning skills and self-monitoring capacities to ensure sustained growth over time.    This session will dive into strategies for planning engaging and fresh inquiry into contemporary topics and issues.  We will learn how to "upgrade" assessment with timely new forms that are authentic and anchored in place-based learning.    Diving into a vast array of real examples, you will be inspired to expand the possibilities for your learners to show their progress and inquiry.  

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 1

10:30am

Workshop 3B: Ethics and Empathy in a STEAM Powered World
How can educational technology prepare students to be global citizens of the future? This session will dive into projects that go beyond digital citizenship to use technology in innovative ways to help students develop empathy for others. Ethical behavior is an outcome of identifying with other people, and students of all ages can learn about ethics in the context of cross-curricular projects that include both digital and physical components. Breakthroughs in AI, bio-hacking, robotics, media manipulation, and digital fabrication offer interesting opportunities for students to learn about the cutting edge of science, and how ethical decision-making can make the world a better place for all.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

President, CMK Futures
Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She is... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 2
  • NEW FIELD 1 Sylvia's Handout Link - https://sylviamartinez.com/handout/

10:30am

Workshop 3C: Real World Learning K-5/6 - PBL
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for elementary educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 3

10:30am

Workshop 3D: STEAM: UX Design for Elementary Classrooms
Young students use their creativity to produce new systems of knowledge. When they have options to combine art and literature content with computer science and natural science, they can showcase amazing progress in both formative and summative assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Greason Ph.D.

Walter Greason Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair Educational Leadership, Monmouth University
Walter Greason is among the most prominent historians, educators, and urbanists in the United States. He has spent the past 30 years speaking to audiences in dozens of states, on over 100 college and high school campuses, at dozens of professional and academic conferences, and to... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 4

10:30am

Workshop 3E: K-12 - What Else is True? Making the Student Perspective Visible to Support a Culture of Resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant new challenges to students, but also provided an opportunity for them to express their resilience.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva, Ms. Knox and members of the Woodward Faculty will examine generalized results of the Student Resilience Survey for the purpose of building awareness of Woodward Academy’s strengths and areas of growth from the student perspective.  The Student Resilience Survey created by Authentic Connections and administered to Woodward Upper School Students during April, 2020 illuminates the student response to COVID-19 and the remote learning experience. A summary of the data collected from the survey will serve to guide participants to consider ways to support and build structures of engagement to support a culture of resilience during pre-planning. The facilitators will introduce stand alone resources taken from Emory University’s SEE Learning program that are designed for use in the classroom or remote learning settings.  The cultivation of skills; and personal and group practices of self-regulation, self-compassion, empathy, compassion and systems thinking will be emphasized.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 5

10:30am

Workshop 3F: STEAM Lesson Alignment with Best Teaching Practices
In this session, online learners will wear both student hats and teacher hats. First, they will collaborate through ed. tech apps to determine best teaching practices. Afterwards, they will engage as learners during a rigorous and experiential STEAM lesson. Participants will be working with found materials from their own spaces for this session. Finally, participants will work to evaluate the lesson themselves using the best teaching practices discussed earlier, breaking down each lesson component to look for indicators of best practice.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Hipp

Jamie Hipp

Founder, Arts Are Hipp - Creative Professional Development
Jamie Hipp, PhD., is the founder of Arts are Hipp - Creative Professional Development. She provides arts education/arts integration consulting and evaluation services to school districts nationwide. She is also an adjunct professor of arts integration at Louisiana State University... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 6

10:30am

Workshop 3G: Measuring what Matters: Leveraging Research and Reflection for School Improvement
How do we measure the success of our students, teachers, and our educational technology initiatives? Drawing on over two decades of research, this session will share an enthusiastic and provocative look at how schools are re-defining, implementing, and measuring their success on their own terms. From humble portfolios to mighty data visualization, numerous examples will highlight school and classroom efforts to leverage data, measurement, and technology to better tell their story and achieve their goals.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Damian Bebell

Dr. Damian Bebell

Professor, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development
For the past 20 years, Dr. Damian Bebell has helped teachers, educational leadership, and policymakers leverage research and reflection to more effectively support technology rich educational settings. As a research professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 7

10:30am

Workshop 3H: A Makers Toolbox in a Chaotic World
What just happened? We just went from a world of shared power tools, collaborative, and innovative student workspaces to a world where hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes are our most precious classroom resources. In this rapidly changing world, educators must find a way to harness the Maker ethos to ensure student success in tomorrow's workplace. During this session, two experienced educators will guide you through a year of Makerspace curriculum, our online badging system, and how we create an inviting space for our diverse student populations. We will also dive into how to create these unique learning opportunities for our students even if they cannot be in the comfort of our labs and classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Mattsson

Jeremy Mattsson

Teacher/Technology Integration, The Cannon School
Jeremy Mattsson has been a middle school teacher at Cannon School for the past 12 years.  Half of those years were spent teaching sixth-grade math and the most recent half as the fifth-grade science teacher and department chair.  Fusing his interests in teaching science, technology... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, The Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 19 years.  A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 8

10:30am

Workshop 3I: Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom
Emotional Poverty is " Descriptive of a set of realities that can surface in individuals and in classrooms and that are brought on by home and neighborhood environments."  
During this session participants will :
  • Learn a common language and dialogue to articulate the need for social emotional learning via understanding Emotional Poverty in All Demographics to the stakeholders within your organization.
  • Be provided options and strategies on how to incorporate Emotional Poverty within their organizations current professional development framework.
  • Gain understanding on how to connect the dots to Global Frameworks from Wellness, Education, and Peace/Justice; Inspire Citizens Student Impact Profile and Empathy to Impact  Project Cycle Pathways; Social Emotional Competencies; and Multi-Tiered System of Supports.
  • Become aware of the importance of educator self-care /wellness, and mental health during times of uncertainty through the implementation of Evan's  3Bs: "Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks".

Speakers
avatar for Evan Whitehead

Evan Whitehead

School District Central Office Administrator; National Educational Consultant; Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Advocate
Evan Whitehead has been in the field of education for more than 20 years spanning three decades and is currently the director of special services for a PK–8 school district in Illinois. In his current role, Evan oversees all federal programs (special education, McKinney-Vento, English... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 9

10:30am

Workshop 3J: STEAM Camps, Human Centered Design, 3D printing and more
With a world that is constantly moving and full of intricate systems, problems and issues can arise at any moment.  Education needs a toolset and process that can help students, teachers, admins, schools, districts and communities to tackle these ever growing problems.  In this session, we will explore the world of Human Centered Design and the Design Think toolset and how it can be utilized in education.  HCD4EDU will discuss how Human Centered Design can allow students to design solutions and insight on real and current world issues.  Join us as we show you how to create Human Centered Design projects with students!

Speakers
avatar for Marcos Navas

Marcos Navas

Teachers Guild Human Centered Design Educator, Founder & CEO of Hands on Coding
Marcos Navas has been an active member in the maker community and edtech space for many years.  In addition to being a speaker and presenter, he is an ambassador and champion for an array of companies and organizations such as Dremel, Ultimaker, Pi-Top and Osmo.  Being an advo... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 10

10:30am

Workshop 3K: Data-driven modeling in applied math and science
We have moved from the information age into the data analytics age. Data-driven modeling (or empirical modeling) is describing a system through curve fitting and general data analysis. There may or may not be a theoretical description of the system, and the model is based solely on measurement and observation. Curve-fitting gives a mathematical description (i.e. "the model") and can be used to make predictions. In this hands-on workshop, you will use Python to fit curves to experimental or observational data in a breadth of applications including allometry (e.g. growth of organisms) and model rockets, for example. With no previous coding required, this can be a gentle introduction to coding and its application in data science. Although a spreadsheet is useful for linear trendlines and a few other functions, it does not scale to general data-driven modeling. 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Titus

Aaron Titus

Professor of Physics, High Point University
Aaron Titus is a Professor of Physics at High Point University. Aaron’s contributions are at the intersection of undergraduate research, educational technology, computational physics, leadership, and student mentoring. In 1997, Aaron and Larry Martin co-created WebAssign—a web-based... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Zoom Room 11

12:15pm

Keynote 4 - Time for Optimism?
Join Dr. Gary Stager as he makes the case for embracing modernity as a way of preserving the finest traditions of child development and preparing children to solve problems neither their parents or teachers can imagine. As a father, grandfather, and veteran educator, Gary remains optimistic that each kid can realize their potential if parents and educators are courageous enough to stand on the side of children. Gary will illustrate how learning-by-doing, new technological materials, and timeless craft traditions can supercharge the learning process. He will encourage us to educate for the the future of our kids, rather than our past, and demonstrate how not all screens are created equally. Along the way, he will share evidence of educators more than up to this herculean challenge and ten powerful ideas essential to educating for an uncertain future.
  • Learn how to prepare children to solve problems that neither their parents or teachers can imagine
  • Understand how emerging technology may amplify the potential of each student
  • See how learning-by-doing, new technological materials, and timeless craft traditions can supercharge the learning process
  • Gauge your readiness to teach in ways that match your aspirations

Speakers
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

Teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author who is an expert at helping educators prepare students for an uncertain future by super charging learner-centered traditions with modern materials and technology. He is considered one of the... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm

1:45pm

Workshop 4A: Active Literacy: Integrating Classical Print Literacy with Digital, Media, and Global Competence
All of our learners rely on classical literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to communicate, research, and innovate.  These same skills are foundational to the new literacies: digital, media, global.  In this session, Dr. Jacobs will draw from her extensive work in showing teachers precisely how they can develop both in their classrooms.    Come prepared for a "hands-on" experience exploring strategies for improving the language capacity of your learners, writing proficiency, speaking and listening capability even as you employ modern tools and applications. You will leave with a wealth of resources to support your practice and encourage your learners’ investigations. Thoughtful development of social networks and resources to expand the reach of the classroom will be central to our session. Bring your laptop or device!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 1

1:45pm

Workshop 4B: Electrifying Children’s Mathematics
There may be no greater gap between a discipline and the teaching done in its name than when the beauty, power and mystery of mathematics become math instruction. One can only begin to address the systemic challenges of math education by understanding the nature of mathematics and the power of computing. Nearly 100 years of efforts to increase achievement with unchanged curricular content continues to fail spectacularly; yet, we do not change course. Surely, the widespread availability of computational technology demands new pedagogical approaches and a new diet of mathematics.
This workshop moves beyond the goal of making math instruction engaging for children by providing educators with authentic mathematical thinking experiences. Such experiences acknowledge the role computers play in mathematics and society’s increasing demand for computational thinking. Project-based approaches with mathematics at the center of the activity will be explored. Traditional concepts such as numeracy, geometry, probability and graphing will be investigated in addition to exciting new branches of mathematics rarely found in the primary grades.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

Teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant and author who is an expert at helping educators prepare students for an uncertain future by super charging learner-centered traditions with modern materials and technology. He is considered one of the... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 2

1:45pm

Workshop 4C: Real-World Learning (in middle and high school)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 3

1:45pm

Workshop 4D: Equity in College Preparatory Curricula
For generations, concepts of gifted or accelerated education have reinforced stereotypes about student academic achievement. The principles from these programs can be adapted for large numbers of students. This workshop will help educators to create innovative lesson plans that inspire intrinsic motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Greason Ph.D.

Walter Greason Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair Educational Leadership, Monmouth University
Walter Greason is among the most prominent historians, educators, and urbanists in the United States. He has spent the past 30 years speaking to audiences in dozens of states, on over 100 college and high school campuses, at dozens of professional and academic conferences, and to... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 4

1:45pm

Workshop 4E - K-12 The Science of Stress and Resilience at Multiple Levels: Experiential Engagement with Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
Resilience is the corollary to stress, trauma and adversity—the innate ability to survive and thrive that every student possesses, and that must be enhanced further through learning and practice.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will collaborate with participants to investigate the topic of Resilience through the Personal, Social and Systems domains of Social, Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning, an innovative framework and curriculum developed at Emory University. An emphasis will be placed on the science of stress, examining when stress is healthy vs. harmful and enhancing resilience through practice and learning. The facilitators will introduce a variety of strategies that involve the body, emotions; and thinking and reason to support the cultivation of resilience in a holistic way. Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom, remote learning or whole-school setting.  The workshop will show how these skills can serve as a foundation for the cultivation of trauma-informed mindfulness and attention; for self-regulation and the navigation of emotions; for the cultivation of constructive relationships; and ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 5

1:45pm

Workshop 4F: Masterwork Inspired STEAM Challenges
Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Klee, and Lygia Clark are few of the many celebrated visual artists whose work lends itself closely to STEAM challenges. In this session, participants will utilize visual arts masterworks as inspiration for a variety of ambitious STEAM building and making challenges across Math, Science, and Engineering. Experiential work time is embedded in this session. Learners wishing to participate from home should prepare the following materials: cardstock or cardboard (amount: participant’s choice), scissors (1 pair), pen (1), cone or flat-bottom coffee filters (six), cup of water, and markers (participant’s choice of color and thickness).

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Hipp

Jamie Hipp

Founder, Arts Are Hipp - Creative Professional Development
Jamie Hipp, PhD., is the founder of Arts are Hipp - Creative Professional Development. She provides arts education/arts integration consulting and evaluation services to school districts nationwide. She is also an adjunct professor of arts integration at Louisiana State University... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 6

1:45pm

Workshop 4G: Remote Learning - Online Tools to Support Engagement, Differentiation
As we prepare to teach in an uncertain future that will no doubt involve remote learning, teachers need to identify technology tools and pedagogical strategies that span the physical and virtual classrooms. This session will look at tools and strategies that:
  • develop classroom culture
  • support social and emotional learning
  • provide opportunities to differentiate learning for all ability levels, 
  • elevate interactivity and engagement in learning
Participants will leave with a Onenote Notebook of templates and ideas for embedding engaging activities that differentiate learning to meet each student where they are and that can double as formative assessment measurements in the remote classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 7

1:45pm

Workshop 4H: Mastery Learning: The Great Equalizer
Current classroom teachers and educational entrepreneurs Constance Borro and Amanda Bunten will share reflections and practical resources from their teaching careers for helping students regain control of their academic journey. They will share their own experience with mastery-based learning in their classrooms, including practical online tools for empowering students to track and pursue their own mastery. Teach students how to abandon their perfectionism and get savvy with their studying; when you just need to show mastery, the difference between a 95 and a 97 becomes irrelevant. Watch the burden of points, ranking, and sorting be lifted from students' shoulders as your classroom transforms into an engine for intrinsic motivation and deep learning, where scores can change with growth and are reflective of what students truly know.  

Speakers
avatar for Constance Borro

Constance Borro

Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, MasteryPortfolio.com
Constance Borro is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MasteryPortfolio.com, an Educational Technology company with a mission to reimagine assessment, grading, and evaluation for 21st century schools and workplaces of tomorrow. After earning her B.A., (Yale 2008), Constance... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Bunten

Amanda Bunten

Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, MasteryPortfolio.com
Amanda Bunten is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder at MasteryPortfolio.com,  an Educational Technology company building tools for teachers, by teachers. She graduated from Agnes Irwin School in 2011 and earned her MA in Special Education from Vanderbilt University in 2015... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 8

1:45pm

Workshop 4I: Emerging Tech: Transform Learning with AR/VR/AI
We know there are endless opportunities to take learning beyond the confined classroom space. AR/VR/AI tools enable educators to offer more interactive learning experiences, which students can control and build upon. Create innovative learning experiences that empower students as creators whether for remote learning or in-person instruction. Walk away with many ideas to use tomorrow! Be ready to transform learning and engage students in immersive experiences!

Speakers
avatar for Rachelle Dene Poth

Rachelle Dene Poth

Spanish & STEAM Teacher and Owner ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting, Riverview Junior Senior High School
Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior-Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 9

1:45pm

Workshop 4J: How to Start the 2020 School Year? Build a Safe and Solid Foundation with a Writing Mini-Unit
We want our students to really understand and value the fact that they are the authors of their reading and writing lives. Student agency, engagement, and independence is important every year, but as we transition into the 2020-21 school year, these traits seem to emerge as essential pieces to a workshop classroom -- whether or not our instruction is in-person or digital. Before launching the first formal unit of study, teachers will create a mini-unit that serves as a mirror: both reflecting on the past while also looking forward. In this session, we will co-create a mini-unit that allows students to share pieces of themselves through reflective writing, practice the structures of a writing workshop, and gain familiarity with physical tools and digital platforms that will create a solid foundation for teachers and students. In addition to designing an outline for this unit, we’ll examine informal assessment techniques so that teachers better understand students’ strengths and areas of growth without the stress of formal assessments so early in the year.  

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 10

1:45pm

Workshop 4K: Video analysis for labs and projects in applied math and science
Video analysis is one of the most economical and flexible experimental techniques to enable students to do authentic experiments across scientific disciplines. It also scales to project-based learning, student research, and on-line teaching. Pivot Interactives is a web application with interactive videos for measurement and analysis. Students make measurements in high-quality videos of experiments, investigate relationships between variables, linearize data, and use data and/or graphs to answer questions or solve problems. You can search for videos and activities by AP or NGSS standard or you can search by discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics). Pivot can be used for lab or for practical homework problems - imagine replacing a word problem with given numbers in the question with a video where students have to collect data in order to answer the question. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore videos in various areas and in various contexts such as a lab, a homework problem, and a project.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Titus

Aaron Titus

Professor of Physics, High Point University
Aaron Titus is a Professor of Physics at High Point University. Aaron’s contributions are at the intersection of undergraduate research, educational technology, computational physics, leadership, and student mentoring. In 1997, Aaron and Larry Martin co-created WebAssign—a web-based... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Room 11
 
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