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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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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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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?