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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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Design Thinking: 21st Century Skills for the Real World (Not Just School-Centric Practice)

Who:
Christian Long, David Bill, Ethan Bodnar
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 204

This session will explore "design thinking" -- both a mindset and a methodology -- as authentic 21st Century pedagogy. Using Prototype Design Camp -- an innovative design program focused on solving real world problems tied to the 'future of learning' -- as an active case study, participants will discuss the merits of 'design thinking' as an authentic problem-solving process for thinkers of all ages. Additionally, participants will consider the implications for (nearly 50) 11th and 12th graders who will take part in the Prototype Design Camp at a state-wide ed-tech conference in Ohio immediately following Educon.

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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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Getting in to the (mathematical) conversation

Who:
Cal Armstrong
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 303

Math teachers are try to find the best question. However, where do they go from there? By ensuring that the conversation is rich and varied they can leverage their questions as much as possible. What tools do we use? What pedagogical approaches are appropriate? What content will spur meaningful conversations?

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Habits of Mind - RICO - Refine, Invent, Connect and Own

Who:
Linda Nathan and Students from Boston Arts Academy
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 309

Boston Arts Academy seniors show their understanding of how to be artist-scholar-citizens through their capstone experience, Senior Grant Project, where each student writes a grant proposal for a project that uses their artistic talents to serve their community. The project coordinator Monika Aldarondo, and two Boston Arts Academy students, Duke and Xavier, discuss their projects and their process, including getting funding and working to complete their projects.

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Interdisciplinarity

Who:
Zac Chase, Rosalind Echols and Diana Laufenberg
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 311

Assisting students in the 'making of meaning' is one of the paramount goals of education. This goal is more readily attained with connections within and throughout disciplines of study. In an attempt to 'un-silo' the content and concepts, we will discuss practical examples of interdisciplinarity and suggestions for growing such connective cognitive tissue in your own learning environments.

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Is Homework "Deliberate Practice"?

Who:
Kathleen Cushman
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 208

Ideally, homework should be "deliberate practice," targeting individual areas of need and pushing each student to a new place just within reach. But students say it rarely works that way. What would it take to design homework that was more like practicing a sport or a musical instrument?

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On warrants and knowledge claims: Everything you ever wanted to know about educational research but were afraid to ask

Who:
Jon Becker
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 211

Someone once joked that educational research is like sausage. If you like to consume them, you don't want to watch them being made. In this session, you'll be able to "unpack" educational research and learn about the ingredients and processes involved in "doing" educational research.

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Online Professional Development...moving away from post three times and submit

Who:
Michael Wacker, Chris Craft
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 308

Online professional development facilitators often measure the success of a learning experience by analyzing time spent, clicks, posts and other assignments. How can we change online PD to be more community-based where content combined with context and conversations guide learning? To that end, what tools does a facilitator need in his/her toolbelt?

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Promoting Reflection

Who:
Jason T. Bedell
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 313

People need to interact with information in multiple ways to have the best chance at really remembering and understanding it. Ideally, they can use new information in an authentic context with others and then reflect on it. There are tools, such as blogs, to help enable this type of learning.

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Shifted Learning - Proposing a Guild Concept for Learning Online

Who:
John Pederson, Julia Fallon, Greg Thompson
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 304

Shifted Learning is a guild designed for the next generation of learners learners as digital craftspeople. We are interested in exploring the concept of guild as something between professional learning community and personal learning network along with the element of an online third place for individuals to congregate.

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SLA Student Experience

Who:
Cody Nichols and Alaya White
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 209

Talk and learn about Science Leadership Academy with the people who matter most: the students! The members of panel will describe their own educational experiences at SLA -- as well as what lead them to the school, and where they think the experience will take them.

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Standards Based Grading: Is it fair?

Who:
Kristen Swanson, Mike Ritzius
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 301

Standards based grading is a system that seeks to place learning in the hands of the student. It attempts to reward students for the attainment of mastery, regardless of the time/support required. Learning targets are compartmentalized and evaluated according to achievement only. Is this where we want to take our students? Or is this simply another grading fad that must disappear before we can truly encourage internal, authentic motivation?

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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.

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Towards an e-Book Quality Rating Tool for Early Elementary Literacy Instruction

Who:
Jeremy Brueck
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 300

The e-book is a rapidly growing alternative to the conventional book even for very young children. What the shift from page to screen might mean for young literacy learners remains to be seen. Equally uncertain is how the e-book fits in the classroom as a curricular tool and instructional resource.