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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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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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Capturing Learning

Who:
Marc Mancinelli
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 209

Learning happens continually, but is often forgetten quickly. Capturing learning can be quick and easy, and can make a sizeable contribution to student, personal, and organizational growth.

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Connecting with your physical education teacher to teach the 21st century skills - the missing link

Who:
Betty Ann Fish
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 300

Hear, discuss and share ways to connect with the "specials" to teach the 21st century skills and classroom curriculum. For many students the "specials" are the place they shine and have a passion. Connect rather than disconnect to tap into the student's passion and area of strength.

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Crafting Character

Who:
Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 309

Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications.

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Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills To Transform Education

Who:
Howie DiBlasi
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 204

Creativity, innovation and critical thinking all matter because : It is an essential element of self-directed lifelong learning. Because it enables our citizens to adapt to rapidly changing economic, civic and cultural circumstances. Creativity matters because it is vital for high-value work and for the competitiveness of our economy: it is the one capacity that cannot be outsourced.

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Departmental PLCs: Using Common Planning Time Effectively

Who:
Tim Best, Rosalind Echols, Stephanie Dunda, Gamal Sherif, Matt Van Kouwenberg
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 304

The SLA Science Department hosts a conversation about how to use common planning time for reflection, observation, and self-directed professional development.

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Is Skinner Out of the Box and in the Classroom?

Who:
M. Meghan Raisch
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 313

The practices of B.F. Skinner are undeniably reemerging. They are being employed in regular education instructional practices, in special education classrooms' behavior management strategies, and implemented in school-wide positive behavior incentive systems. Simply, the behaviorism that Skinner promoted is no longer so radical.

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Leadership - A Missing Piece: Reimagining School and District Leadership

Who:
Randy Ziegenfuss
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 311

We agree education in this country needs to change. The conversation focuses largely on teaching and learning. These pieces are absolutely critical, but what about leadership? Well explore changes in our thinking about leadership and generate a set of ideas to use in your practice as a school leader.

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Lessons for K-12 from the Best Preschools in the World

Who:
Gary S. Stager Ph.D.
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 208

The educational approach to the teaching of very young children, refined over five decades in the small Italian city of Reggio Emilia stands a source of inspiration for dramatically transforming the learning environment and experiences for teachers and students K-12 everywhere. There are special lessons for the appropriate constructive use of technology. The boldness of the approach is a provocation for those who toss about terms such as reform and school change.

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Meaningful Student Voice: What happens when student work goes public (and digital)?

Who:
Meenoo Rami, Abby Baker, Ted Domers, Chuck Poole & Trey Smith
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 301

This conversation will examine methods we use student voice to inform our practice and engage our students. Together, we will look at a range of student work, including a classroom blog and wiki-posts, discuss the implications for student learning, and ways to adapt these ideas in different classroom settings.

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Project-Based Learning in a Math Classroom

Who:
Caitlin Thompson, SLA students: Taylor Tomasco '11 & DaVonte Martin '11
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 211

How can we use projects effectively in a math classroom? How can we assess students via projects? SLAs math faculty and students will be hosting a discussion on project-based learning in math classrooms, Algebra 1 through Calculus and Statistics. Bring any ideas you have and/or units on which you are designing.

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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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Using Google Docs to Improve Student Writing

Who:
Larissa Pahomov
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 308

Essay writing at the high school level is often hindered by its traditional structure students focus on deadlines and page limits, with little attention given to improving and reflecting. This session will discuss how to use Google Docs and other tools to make the writing process more authentic and engaging.

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Visual Literacies and Alternative Text

Who:
Jessica Brown, Candace Dare, Melissa Hogg, Louis Mazza, Lorraine Ustaris
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 303

> What are the skills necessary for students to succeed academically in the 21st century? The Arts Academy teachers are tackling this question at the school where the arts, especially visual literacies, design, and creativity, play an essential role in developing students growth and preparing them to be critical, creative thinkers. Professional development, unit planning, identifying resources, and community involvement play key roles in this endeavor. Session participants will consider and share their own classroom and site practices in relation to the ideas explored.