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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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History, history

Who:
Margaret Graham, Melissa Mandell, Matt Herbison
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 300

Dialogue, conversation, stories. Talk with us about making history come alive for students. What do you need to make primary sources work in your classroom? We'll discuss historical digital collections and critique online history resources. Chocolate provided.

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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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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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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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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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Tools Tutorial, Everything You Thought Would Disrupt Your Classroom Used for Critical Thinking

Who:
Marcie T. Hull, Stephanie Dunda

Learn how to use social networking and web 2.0 tools to reach beyond the wall of your classroom.