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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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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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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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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.