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Collaborative Assessment

Who:
Jennifer Orr, Dr. Jeffrey McClurken
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 207

Collaboration is all the rage in education teachers work together, students collaborate, and partnerships extend into communities. Collaborative assessment (including, but not limited to grades) does not receive the same attention. Who should be involved in assessing students? How can we facilitate collaboration between teachers and/or between students and teachers?

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I <3 PowerPoint.

Who:
Christina Jenkins
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 207

Why do we use a language of bullets and arrows in our classrooms? I <3 PowerPoint argues that presenting is an art, and PowerPoint and its cousins need not be teacher-centric or deadly. Attendees will be inspired to transform their own presentations with karaoke, paper, music videos, comics and more.

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Project-based Learning in the Language Classroom

Who:
Melanie Manuel, Jillian Gierke
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 207

What can a 9-12 curriculum in World Languages using project-based learning look like? In a world without financial limitations and policy structures, what does our dream curriculum look like? With the help of technology, how can we upgrade our current curriculum so that it more closely resembles our ideal curriculum?

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Rubric for School Innovation: Assessing Your 21C School

Who:
Lynette Guastaferro, John Clemente
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 207

Design 21st Century schools that bolster school improvement efforts using this free successful diagnostic and planning tool: Rubric for School Innovation. Participate in a discussion about additional and emerging indicators of innovation in each of the key rubric categories. Learn about the Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation.

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Share the Joy

Who:
Brian C. Smith
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 207

Join thoughtful, caring and playful educators for fun and enjoyable conversation and sharing around experiences, environments and communities that are designed to make learning enjoyable for all.

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Teaching Middle School in an Age of Autodidacts

Who:
Andrew Carle
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 207

I'm interested in exploring the viability of open-inquiry classrooms, where students pursue skills of their choosing, supported by teachers with unrelated expertise. Where's the "sweet spot" for student inquiry, balanced between the learning habits of obsessive hobbyists, realities of the middle-school classroom, and the absentee approach of Minimally Invasive Education? ( http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com) Is it worth looking for?