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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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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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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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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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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.