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21st Century Schools: Part IV, A New Hope

Who:
John Schinker, Alvin Trusty
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 300

In a period of civil unrest, rebel students have invaded our schools using smart phones, netbooks and tablets. NCLB strongholds paralyze the rebellion by emphasizing a test-prep curriculum, but a band of rebels still embrace 21st century skills. Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration can restore freedom to the galaxy

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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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A Call For All Educators! How Do We Get More "Connected" Principals?

Who:
George Couros, Patrick Larkin
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 209

George Couros and Patrick Larkin the creators of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat will lead a conversation about how to connect more educational leaders through social media in order to expedite school improvement efforts.

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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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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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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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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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Ctrl+Alt+PD: Shifting School Culture with Technology and Collaborative Professional Development

Who:
Heather Hersey, Cathy Stutzman, Don Ginty, Marci Zane, Vinny Panico, Mary Woods
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 300

Want to start a learning revolution? Looking for examples of teacher-led professional development and the role of technology in bringing about change? Facilitators will invite a discussion of the techniques used to initiate a culture shift toward collaboration and learning for all stakeholders in the school community.

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Cultivating Connected Learning Experiences through Arts Integration

Who:
Kyle Pace, Michelle Baldwin, Yoon Soo Lim, Elizabeth Peterson
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 311

Why Integrate with the Arts? Learning experiences through multiple art forms provide connections to all aspects of life. In this conversation, participants will discuss arts integration, why its important for children and how educators can collaborate to integrate effectively.

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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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Diversifying Your Rolodex

Who:
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 204

This conversation will explore a lack of gender diversity in the edtech thought leader space, and in a panel/participant interactive format, crowdsource wisdom for solutions and collective action surrounding the issue.

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Et Tu, Brute? Crowdsourcing The Death Of The Textbook

Who:
Bill Fitzgerald
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 211

Do you want to design a course reader/curriculum for your class that you can control, edit, update, and share? Do you want to connect with colleagues inside and outside your school? Do you want your work accessible on handheld devices? Then open content, and this session, is for you.

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From #chat to #do - Taking action with your PLN

Who:
Eric Brunsell, Elizabeth Alderton, Damian Bariexca
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 308

Educators are using Twitter to share more than what they had for breakfast! This conversation shares research conducted by the facilitators about how educators are using Twitter for educational purposes. Together, facilitators and participants will discuss the proliferation of hashtag chats and concrete methods for moving communities to take action.

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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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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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Google Docs: Not just for sharing

Who:
Sara Platt, Ann-Bailey Lipsett
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 211

Thinking outside the Docs: Using Google Docs not just to share but to collaborate in real-time to improve individualized student instruction.

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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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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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iSchool Area of Focus: Helping Students Become Experts

Who:
Alisa Berger, Mary Moss
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 301

Only in its first year, the NYC iSchools Area of Focus program, which requires juniors to select a two-year focus for their studies, is already increasing motivation and attracting college interest. Come learn about how the program works, share and discuss suggestions for improvements, and evaluate the program for use in your own school community.

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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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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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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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Professionalizing teaching: A guided discussion on what WE (teachers) can do to make teaching more professional.

Who:
Juan Gabriel Sanchez, Matthew Van Kouwenberg, Rosalind Echols
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 303

This conversations will explore the ways in which teaching is not often valued as a true profession, as well as what teachers can do to combat that perception.

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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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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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Safe School environment in 21st century: diverse, multilingual, and respectful

Who:
Deborah Wei, Nancy Nguyen, Bach Tong
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 209

As a major urban school district, Philadelphias schools reflect tremendous diversity across language, culture and race. Yet Philadelphias neighborhoods are often marked by segregation and many students come to school with minimal multiracial experiences. How do we create safe and diverse...
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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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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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Standards-Based Grading in a Project-Based School: Reflections, Challenges, and Successes

Who:
Rosalind Echols, Erin Garvey, Brad Latimer, Mark Miles, Sunil Reddy, and students of SLA
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 209

What is standards-based grading, and how can it be developed and used in a project-based school? During this past school year, SLA math and science teachers implemented SBG in multiple classes in an effort to promote not only retention of material and demonstration of knowledge, but also a focus...
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Story Matters Here

Who:
Jon Orech
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 304

Explore how Digital Storytelling builds community and increases trust and empathy for reluctant and willing learners. We will discuss how to transform the development, creation, and sharing of story, as well as how to avoid pitfalls. Participants are encouraged to bring their own stories of success to share. Submit or vote on questions at http://tinyurl.com/storymatters

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Student Assistant Teaching: A Workshop on Replication and Implementation

Who:
Alexa Dunn, Josh Block, SLA Student Assistant Teachers
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 311

Come discover the Student Assistant Teaching Program at SLA, how we started, how we've grown, how folks can incorporate a similar program in their schools. This is an active workshop facilitated by a panel of students and teachers.

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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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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?

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The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn & Share Globally

Who:
Alec Couros, Dean Shareski
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 208

Given that many teachers now have increased access to generous social networks and free digital resources, to what extent does this condition obligate teachers to share and connect their work, and the work of their students? While not often mandated by policy, what are the ethical considerations around the act of sharing as the pedagogical default?

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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.

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The Great Prohibition: Using Cell Phones Outside the Ban

Who:
Lisa Nielsen, George Engel
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 313

Participants will learn to work with cell phones outside of school bans by developing several different cell phone based activities done outside of the classroom.

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The Power of the Product: Creative, Meaningful, & Daring Ways to Demonstrate Information Mastery

Who:
Gwyneth A. Jones, Diane Cordell
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 304

This conversation will create a shared list of viable, creative, meaningful, and daring products that demonstrate information mastery, go beyond the regular research report and span the digital divide. The products of this conversation (Google doc, Wallwisher, wiki, & Slideshare) will generate layers of sharing, producing, and value.

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The same as it ever was, but does it have to be?

Who:
Leo Brehm, Beth Knittle
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 309

Please join us for a conversation on change. We will discuss our ideal learning environments and practices; outline the skills, knowledge, tools and strategies needed; and set realistic goals to realize this vision. Help us to pinpoint the traits of successful change that has been implemented in either a small classroom or school/district-wide.

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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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Using Technology to Teach Empathy

Who:
Samantha Morra
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 309

Teaching empathy may be one of the most important skills we can teach our students in the 21st century. Technology brings the world into the classroom. We will look at a variety of ways to teach empathy including web sites, communication tools and creative tasks such as digital storytelling.

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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.

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Who:
Darren Kuropatwa, Dean Shareski
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 208

This conversation will explore curriculum and cross disciplinary opportunities to explicitly teach visual literacy skills using concrete examples from the news and a Mythbusters approach to YouTube. Bring your laptop and be prepared to play and learn and talk.

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Will Online Learning Change Everything, Or Has it Already?

Who:
Cory Plough, Beth Still
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 303

This session will examine the meteoric rise of online and hybrid schools and what it means for education.