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Monday, August 3

9:00am EDT

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.   

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Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author, Curriculum Designers Group
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 EDT

12:15pm EDT

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.

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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 EDT
Tuesday, August 4

9:00am EDT

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

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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 EDT
Zoom Room 1

12:15pm EDT

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

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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 EDT
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