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Blended Learning Opportunities - How Do We Extend the Walls of School?

Who:
Tony Baldasaro
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 307

Knowing how important authentic learning is for student engagement, we will explore the development of passion-based Experiential Learning Opportunities in schools.

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From Tradition to Innovation: One School's Personalized Approach to Online Instruction

Who:
Megan Howard, Maryellen Berry
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 307

What happens when an independent elementary school seriously evaluates the meaning of its mission statement, eliminates its current language program, and adopts an innovative (and disruptive?) approach to language instruction? In this session, participants will explore the promises and pitfalls of online learning. Discussion topics will include: teacher management of hybrid classrooms, student directed learning and assessment, metacognition, and program evaluation.

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I teach kids Establishing passion-based connections with students

Who:
Mark Carls
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 307

How do you captivate your students? Using ideas from your class/school as well as what you've seen at EduCon, come share your thoughts.

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Innovative Roles of Mathematics in STEM Education, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development in 21st Century

Who:
Idris Stovall
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 307

This session will explore traditional definitions of Mathematics and their appropriateness in this new millennium. The overarching theme and intention of this session is to have a meaningful conversation around the role of mathematics not only in STEM education, but, towards entrepreneurship, workforce development and other innovative means of partnering and collaborating with schools to co-create productive 21st century citizens.

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Is the Internet Making Us Stupid?

Who:
Mary Beth Hertz, Ann Leaness
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 307

We are at a pivotal point in history where technology is advancing at breakneck speed. What, however, are the effects of this technology on our brains? In this session we will discuss ideas from Nicolas Carr's "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains" and other writings in an interactive dialogue.

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Teacher Voice & School Reform

Who:
Tim Best, Josh Block, Michael Farrell, Larissa Pahomov, Gamal Sherif, Zoe Siswick
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 307

This conversation is designed to emphasize the importance of teacher voices in local and national conversations about education reform. By talking with participants in the conversation, we hope to learn about and extend effective strategies that foster teacher voice.