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"I'm From the Education Department and Am Here to Help" and other bedtime stories: A conversation about how to make and influence policy with some who do.

Who:
Jonathan Becker, Julia Fallon, Cathy Higgins, Doug Levin
When:
Session One
Where:
Room Drama Studio

Policy development is a lot like watching grass grow and the process can look different depending on the view from your perch. Let's dissect some recent education policies and brainstorm ideas to encourage educational activism (e.g., creating networks of people and organizations) at all levels to influence future policy.

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21st Century Teacher Learning: Our Teacher Inquiry Group

Who:
Ted Domers, Andrea Gray, Peggy Kaplan, Kathryn May, Molly Thacker
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room Drama Studio

What happens when teachers create a community of learners to foster professional growth? We invite participants to join us in exploring authentic teacher learning, as we unpack the elements of our teacher inquiry group Struggles and Strategies and look to the future to develop our practice.

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Charting a New Course

Who:
Michael Farrell, Raymond Lucci, Joshua Newman, Luke Van Meter
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room Drama Studio

Four new faculty members at SLA speak about what brought them here, the shift to a new instructional paradigm, and the ups and downs of navigating a new environment.

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District, School and Classroom Structures to Support Learning

Who:
Pam Moran, Becky Fisher, Paula White, Shelby Bowen, Gwedette Crummie
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room Drama Studio

Albemarle County, for years, has explored numerous structures to support innovation. Has it made a difference? Is innovation what school systems should be looking for? Come hear some of our questions and ideas and share some of yours as we think through how to best meet the needs of today's learners.

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Making Kids Professionals: SLA's Rough Cut Productions (Research And Design Lab)

Who:
Douglas F. Herman
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room Drama Studio

This workshop will focus on the creation of Rough Cut Productions, a media production team comprised of SLA students and staff. Professional elements of pre-production planning, production shooting, post-production editing with Final Cut Pro, broadcasting live multi-camera shoots, and streaming video on the web will be incorporated. Strategies on how to start a media program without professional equipment will be the focus of our discussion.

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The Future of Student Inquiry/Research: Environmental Scanning and Scenario Building

Who:
Joyce Kasman Valenza, Gwyneth A. Jones, Shannon McClintock Miller
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room Drama Studio

Joyce, Shannon, and Gwyneth will lead a discussion on trends and forecasts for student inquiry and investigation.