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Tuesday, August 3
 

9:00am EDT

Keynote 1 - Assessment is the Engine
In this keynote, Tom will highlight why developing one’s assessment literacy is the most efficient and effective professional investment any teacher can make. As well, this session will focus on some fundamental practices that make learning, whether remote or face-to-face, easier to navigate and why teachers must always keep the emotional side of assessment at the forefront.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Schimmer

Tom Schimmer

author, speaker, and consultant
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1A: Using Assessment to Drive Learning
This session will focus on how assessment can be utilized to drive students to reach high levels of learning. Specifically, this session will highlight the principles behind rigorous assessment design, the keys to effective feedback, and the development of clear success criteria. The session will be a mix of both theory and practical strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Schimmer

Tom Schimmer

author, speaker, and consultant
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1B: The Wonder of it All
Teaching science rightly consists largely of conveying a body of knowledge and helping students develop problem solving skills.  I’ve found, though, that what students often retain best decades later – regardless of ultimate career choices – is a wide-eyed appreciation of the physical world around them and of the beauty and depth of the laws that describe or govern it.  Two ways we can foster this are by sharing our own childlike enthusiasm, and by delving into the subject as one of the humanities.  My aim is to share ways I’ve found myself doing this, and encourage others to do something similar.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas J. Ehrensperger (Tom)

Thomas J. Ehrensperger (Tom)

Woodward Academy
I’m a lifelong (since age 6) “science nut” (astronomy and meteorology being “first loves”) who ended getting a B.S. in Physics from Georgia Tech (1982) and sticking around for an M.S. in Physics in 1984.  My concentration was in optics, and I might have gone on with more... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1C: 5 Questions That Get Us Unstuck: STEAM, Projects, and Lesson Planning
What if our best ways of getting unstuck were accessible for every person and moment? That’s been Ela Ben-Ur’s mission over 20 years as an engineer, designer, leader, coach, educator, and parent. It turns out that many different practices for making things better—from leadership and counseling to science, design and engineering—ask us the same five questions. What happens when we ask these more, from STEAM to SEL to staff meetings? 

This session focuses on using this 5-question compass for STEAM, projects, and lesson planning. See stories from students, educators, and “real world” settings. Then get hands-on! Work on any project, lesson, or student experience you’re planning—and practice coaching a fellow participant. We’ll rely on the all-free resources at innovatorscompass.org so you can keep spreading unstuck!

Speakers
avatar for Ela Ben-Ur

Ela Ben-Ur

Founder and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Innovators' Compass and Olin College
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. Her passion work is Innovators' Compass (innovatorscompass.org): 5 questions that get us unstuck, distilled from many different practices, in many free formats... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1D: Framing DEI Work through Cultivation and Disruption: Focus on the Personal Domain
Most of us have some awareness of biases that negatively impact us as well as others in our school communities. How can our communities get better and become more inclusive and equitable? Disruption is not enough. We also need to cultivate the attitudes, skills, and actions that foster equity and inclusion. In this session, you will be introduced to a framework for DEI work that emphasizes disruption and cultivation at three levels - Personal/Internal, Social/Interpersonal, and System/Institutional. For example, if you want to make progress with your own internal biases, then you will need to cultivate self-awareness so you can see, self-compassion so you can bear to see, and self-regulation so you can stay with what you see and move through it. These are the components of the Personal Domain of the SEE Learning Framework and will be the focus of the experiential activities in this session. The session will also include an overview of the other two domains and make the case that this lens is critical for DEI work in our schools. Participants may choose to attend only the morning session, only the afternoon session, or both sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Carri Carver

Carri Carver

math teacher, Woodward Academy
Carri Carver has been teaching high school mathematics for 16 years and has been one of Woodward’s leaders of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work for over a decade. As a member of Woodward’s Upper School Core Inclusion Team, Carri plans and implements the Upper School’s... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Stephens

Stephanie Stephens

Woodward Academy
As a member of the Woodward Academy Upper School Core Inclusion Team, Colonel (Retired) Stephanie L. Stephens helps plan and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the Upper School faculty with the goal of fostering inclusion and a deep respect for difference by... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1E: Real-World Learning (in middle and high school)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1F: Teaching and Learning Through Video
In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin.  Participants will be introduced to the concept of using video for learning (i.e. flipped/blended learning, creating vs. consuming, etc.), discuss common challenges of flipped instruction and their solutions, preview and test resources for video creation, editing, and curation, examine best practices for video in teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

@edumatchbooks, EduMatch
Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland.  She is the founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world.  Through EduMatch, Sarah has published several collaborative and... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 1G: All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk #1: White Educators Confronting Racism and White Supremacy
It is absolutely critical for white educators to engage in anti-racism work and confront white supremacy. This is not simply to give an illusion of support for their colleagues of color but also as a way to re-humanize themselves. To paraphrase white anti-racist activists John Garvey and Noel Ignatiev, white educators’ “treason to [white supremacy] is loyalty to humanity.” White educators must move beyond performative allyship and virtue signaling, to actively challenging white supremacy even when people of color aren’t present or watching. In the company of white relatives and loved ones, how might you demonstrate that just because you have white-skinned privilege doesn’t mean you wish to complicit in individual and institutional racism? You will know this is the session for you if you are a white educator who finds yourself asking, I know white supremacy is a problem, but what should I do to solve it? 

Speakers
avatar for Darnell Fine

Darnell Fine

Darnell Fine is an experienced facilitator of adult learning focusing on curriculum & assessment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching. He has led sessions for national and international conferences, numerous US public, independent and international schools... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

12:15pm EDT

Keynote 2 - Actualizing Equity Consciousness: Manifesting the Innate Potential of ALL Students for Excellence
What would happen to the efficacy and determination of each and every student if the primary, required imperative of schools was to “gift” ALL students with practices that pushed them to the “frontier of their intelligence”, engaged their strengths and optimized their innate potential for high intellectual performances, self-determination and personal contribution? Their propensity for excellence would be manifested!  Such an imperative is what actualizes “equity consciousness”.
In this keynote, Yvette Jackson presents the cognitive and neuroscience presented in her book, Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools that substantiates the theory behind “equity consciousness” that explains that when ALL students (especially students of color) are in Communities of Belonging in which they feel they can affiliate; are “gift-ed” with High Operational Practices™ that reflect belief and value in their potential, elicit their strengths, mediate their intelligence, engage their cultural frames of reference and provide the conduit for authentic voice in their learning, they are inspired for self-directed learning, investment in high achievement, personal agency and self-actualization.  

Speakers
avatar for Yvette Jackson, Ed.D

Yvette Jackson, Ed.D

Teachers College, Columbia University
Yvette Jackson is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that supports educators in fulfilling their potential as committed, “gifted” teachers and administrators who elicit the innate potential for high intellectual performances and personal contributions from ALL their students... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2A: Grading from the Inside Out
The development of a standards-based mindset is the oft overlooked, but essential first step for long-term grading reform. Tom will outline how to take a standards-based approach to grading, even when a traditional grading and reporting paradigm exists. The non-negotiable grading true north of accuracy and confidence will be featured, as well as the three essential practices that serve as the cornerstone for developing a standards-based mindset will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Schimmer

Tom Schimmer

author, speaker, and consultant
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2B: Translating Equity Consciousness into a Pedagogy of Confidence to “Gift” ALL Students
Equity consciousness, takes place in schools transforming into Communities of Belonging where students of color can thrive and flourish with their peers.  In such schools, teachers apply the High Operational Practices™ of the  Pedagogy of Confidence® to manifest students’ innate potential for high intellectual performances and personal success. Join Yvette Jackson as she shares pedagogical strategies for cultivating Communities of Belonging explicitly designed to mediate:
  • a sense of shared affiliation among students;
  • affirmation of value of the innate potential of students by explicitly eliciting and guiding mindfulness, application of strengths, demonstration of high intellectual performances and development of self-determination;
  • deep learning and investment by bridging to students’ cultural frames of reference for generating engagement, critical thinking and self-determination; and
  • development of student agency through genuine participation in discourse, student-teacher collaboration and personal contribution.

Speakers
avatar for Yvette Jackson, Ed.D

Yvette Jackson, Ed.D

Teachers College, Columbia University
Yvette Jackson is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that supports educators in fulfilling their potential as committed, “gifted” teachers and administrators who elicit the innate potential for high intellectual performances and personal contributions from ALL their students... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2C: 5 Questions That Get Us Unstuck: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Student and Staff Voice, and Leadership
What if our best ways of getting unstuck were accessible for every person and moment? That’s been Ela Ben-Ur’s mission over 20 years as an engineer, designer, leader, coach, educator, and parent. It turns out that many different practices for making things better—from leadership and counseling to science, design and engineering—ask us the same five questions.  What happens when we ask these more, from STEAM to SEL to staff meetings?

This session focuses on using this 5-question compass for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Student and Staff Voice, and Leadership. See stories from students, educators, and “real world” settings. Then get hands-on! Focus on any challenge you, your students, or your staff are experiencing—and practice coaching a fellow participant. We’ll rely on the all-free resources at innovatorscompass.org so you can keep spreading unstuck!

Speakers
avatar for Ela Ben-Ur

Ela Ben-Ur

Founder and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Innovators' Compass and Olin College
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. Her passion work is Innovators' Compass (innovatorscompass.org): 5 questions that get us unstuck, distilled from many different practices, in many free formats... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2D - Framing DEI Work through Cultivation and Disruption: Focus on the Social Domain
Most of us have some awareness of biases that negatively impact us as well as others in our school communities. How can our communities get better and become more inclusive and equitable? Disruption is not enough. We also need to cultivate the attitudes, skills, and actions that foster equity and inclusion. In this session, you will be introduced to a framework for DEI work that emphasizes disruption and cultivation at three levels - Personal/Internal, Social/Interpersonal, and System/Institutional. For example, if you want to interrupt bias in your relationships with others, then you will need to cultivate interpersonal awareness so you can see what is needed, compassion so you want to try to meet the need, and relationship skills so that your efforts are effective. These are the components of the Social Domain of the SEE Learning Framework and will be the focus of the experiential activities in this session.  The session will also include an overview of the other two domains and make the case that this lens is critical for DEI work in our schools. Participants may choose to attend only the morning session, only the afternoon session, or both sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Carri Carver

Carri Carver

math teacher, Woodward Academy
Carri Carver has been teaching high school mathematics for 16 years and has been one of Woodward’s leaders of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work for over a decade. As a member of Woodward’s Upper School Core Inclusion Team, Carri plans and implements the Upper School’s... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Stephens

Stephanie Stephens

Woodward Academy
As a member of the Woodward Academy Upper School Core Inclusion Team, Colonel (Retired) Stephanie L. Stephens helps plan and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the Upper School faculty with the goal of fostering inclusion and a deep respect for difference by... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2E: Real World Learning K-5/6 - PBL
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for elementary educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2F: The Power of Arts Integration in the Classroom: STEAM and Beyond-
In this workshop, the speaker will define and explore with participants the impact of bringing arts practice into academic classrooms. She will also offer methods on how to begin, examples of successful arts integrated experiences, and lead teachers through a truncated STEAM experience, using gesture and movement.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Frank

Rebecca Frank

Rebecca Frank is a theatre maker, master teaching artist, and an academic teacher and administrator with over 16 years serving students from 8 months old to adulthood. She began to work professionally in film and theatre as a child, featured on tv commercials, and theatre plays... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2G: Drawing reflections on teaching and learning in a challenging age
How do students see your role as a teacher?  Which of your students find group collaboration fun and which find it stressful?  How isolating was home learning experience for different students?  In this interactive session, teachers across all grades and subjects will explore tools and techniques for capturing the voice, experience, and perceptions of their students to support their own reflections about teaching, learning, and classroom practices.Using classroom surveys, drawing prompts, and other objective tools borrowed from the educational research world, this session provides attendees the time, space, resources, and support to explore and customize reflective approaches and tools in their own classrooms. Examples and ideas using data-informed reflection will inspire and enrich our views, assumptions, and inform our biases through reflections of our student experiences, perceptions and experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Damian Bebell

Dr. Damian Bebell

Professor, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development
For the past 20 years, Dr. Damian Bebell has helped teachers, educational leadership, and policymakers leverage research and reflection to more effectively support technology rich educational settings. As a research professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
 
Wednesday, August 4
 

9:00am EDT

Keynote 3: Never a Better Time to Be an Educator! How Leveraging Neuroscience is Great News For Teachers
There is a series of new studies emerging over the past decade that show direct benefits of knowledge about how the brain learns that improve the likelihood of achieving desired educational outcomes in the classroom. Fifteen years ago, it was thought going from the “lab to the classroom” using neuroscientific insight was a pipe dream. Now, the new and emerging fields within the learning sciences, including Mind, Brain, and Education science, have laid out a speedy track for research, application and evaluation which provides enough evidence to share “best practice” concepts with educators. This talk will lay out the new “normal” of teacher preparation based on the additional roles of neuroscience and technology, which are particularly important in times of COVID-19.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is an educational researcher from Berkeley, California. She has lived and worked professionally in Tokyo, Geneva, Lima, and Boston, and is currently in New York. She works with schools, governments and NGOs in 40 different countries and has authored nine books... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3A: Deepening Courageous Conversations: Focus on Listening
How do we engage and become more inclusive in critical conversations by building the habit of listening with understanding and empathy?
In this session, we will learn how to recognize and include a variety of perspectives. We will learn how to use three P’s: Pause, Paraphrase, and Probe to build trust, foster empathy, and check assumptions. We will use breakout sessions to practice and then Bena will model using the strategies for the whole group. Finally, we will make connections to Woodward's Portrait of a Learner for the future of our graduates. 

Speakers
avatar for Bena Kallick

Bena Kallick

Co-Founder and Director, Institute for Habits of Mind
Bena Kallick, Ph.D is the Co-Founder and Director of Institute for Habits of Mind and Program Advisor for Eduplanet21. She is a well known consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3B: Keeping it Real, Keeping them Engaged: Designing Phenomena-Based Curriculum.
How can we design learning experiences that capture 'right-now" and fully motivate our modern students?   Our experience with the pandemic has sharpened the focus on motivation and meaning in curriculum planning.   To truly make learning personalized should emerge directly from the student's life, in short, it is phenomena-based.  Whether a student's point of fascination is personal, stems from a local problem, or is a current global issue, motivation increases proportionally to relevance and real-world connections. In this forward looking keynote,  Dr. Jacobs will lay out a fresh and practical approach to designing  phenomena-based curriculum quests into your units of study, programs, lesson plans whether virtual or on-site to ignite your students.  

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author, Curriculum Designers Group
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3C: Why We Should Reconsider Using Word Problems (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)
Much of the math we teach students is rarely used again. So, let’s talk about real world problem-solving skills that will help students deeply understand math and make them truly college and career ready.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world. He co-founded the website Open Middle, has... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3D: Visual Storytelling: Guided Investigation of Iconic Images to Support a Culture of Resilience
Art, narrative and storytelling can be powerful ways to explore individual and collective trauma and resilience in the classroom. Drawing from a recent collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and other arts institutions, and using photographs from the Magnum collection recently acquired by Woodward, this workshop will explore the use of visual art in helping educators to teach and explore stress, the body, emotions, and the cultivation of resilience in a classroom or whole school-setting. The workshop will show how these skills, drawn in particular from Emory University’s science-based SEE Learning program, can serve as a foundation for the cultivation of trauma-informed mindfulness and attention; for self-regulation and the navigation of emotions; for the cultivation of constructive relationships; and even for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change. Through such an approach, the real concerns of students’ lived experience intersect with art and narrative in the classroom to facilitate and enhance personal and collective learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3E: Effective Project Design (Grades PreK-5)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Collaborate with peers and a PBL expert to design more effective, engaging projects.
Participants in this hands-on workshop will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3F: Integrating computational modeling into applied math and science
Modeling is a significant component of contemporary applied math and science. Computers allow students to model complex phenomena, explore relationships, and make predictions with no previous coding experience. Integrating computational modeling with the traditional algebraic (i.e. analytic) curriculum - of which we are already quite familiar - allows students to explore more complex and relevant problems without sacrificing the traditional learning objectives. In this hands-on workshop, you will use Python to explore system dynamics models in math and science, including the spread of infectious disease, financial forecasting, climate models, and others. No previous coding experience is required.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Titus

Aaron Titus

Professor of Physics, High Point University
Aaron Titus is a Professor of Physics at High Point University. Aaron’s contributions are at the intersection of undergraduate research, educational technology, computational physics, and student mentoring. In 1997, Aaron and Larry Martin co-created WebAssign - a web-based homework... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3G: All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk #2: Educators of Color Unpacking Internalized Racism and Appropriated Racial Oppression
As educators of color, we should be bold and vulnerable in exploring what is possible within ourselves and our communities beyond the edicts of white supremacy. But there are times when communities of color subscribe to the dehumanizing characteristics white supremacy culture. This session will push educators of color to reflect on white supremacy not only in historically/predominantly white institutions but also within communities of color. In this session, I will provide tools for defining and examining internalized racism (or appropriated White Supremacy) and its impact on us as People of Color. This will also involve sharing how we can identify specific ways each of us has experienced internalized racism, whether at our current schools or society at large. I will present a model of change that could be used to improve our self-efficacy and build our self-love. Finally, I will present a (de)commitment protocol for committing to self-work and racial healing, with the intention of rejuvenating and empowering ourselves as People of Color.

Speakers
avatar for Darnell Fine

Darnell Fine

Darnell Fine is an experienced facilitator of adult learning focusing on curriculum & assessment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching. He has led sessions for national and international conferences, numerous US public, independent and international schools... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Keynote 4 - Fulfilling the Promise of a Profile of a Learner: Crafting Authentic Assessments
Evidence of learning occurs at fundamentally three levels: drill and practice, rehearsal and scrimmage, and then there is the authentic demonstration of learning.  In a sport like soccer we see it clearly; individual drill of the field, running plays, followed by the game.  If we don't see the student as an actual player in an authentic situation, we really don't know how they will fare.   What is more, learners are not motivated by being held back my drill and rehearsal.  The game motivates them.    But, what about mathematics, history, science, world language, literature?  How can we design periodic authentic assessments that motivate learners and provide them feedback on how they are growing?  Dr. Jacobs will guide through a lively and productive design workshop on how to take any subject at any age and craft periodic quality authentic assessment demonstrations.    

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author, Curriculum Designers Group
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4A: Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind
How can we make  Woodard's Portrait of a Learner visible as we consider future-forward goals  and practices that are important not only within the life of the school but also in our students’ lives beyond school?
In this session, we will explore how personalizing learning and Habits of Mind create a culture for student centered learning.  We will describe a framework that weaves together four attributes: voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery; a set of thinking dispositions or Habits of Mind; and 7 key elements that drive curriculum and instruction. Bena will provide  examples of how this looks in practice with time to consider actions you might take to move this forward. 

Speakers
avatar for Bena Kallick

Bena Kallick

Co-Founder and Director, Institute for Habits of Mind
Bena Kallick, Ph.D is the Co-Founder and Director of Institute for Habits of Mind and Program Advisor for Eduplanet21. She is a well known consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4B: The Power of Learning Targets: Students as Fully Engaged Self-Navigators and Self-Monitors
The impact of shifting standards and objectives into student-facing learning targets cannot be overstated.  The role of student as navigator of their own learning journey is operationalized even as they monitor their progress.  Teaching become partners with their students and find that engagement increases exponentially. Of importance is that the learning targets are "brain-friendly" creating an invitational approach to assignments and lesson planning.  Students take responsibility for monitoring their work and make use of feedback to improve their performance.  This session will provide the nuts and bolts of how to make this shift with ease.   Dr. Jacobs will provide participants with tools, examples and strategies.  Learning targets is a practical direct method to get a big shift in today's classrooms toward genuine personalization.  

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author, Curriculum Designers Group
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4C: Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)
Have you ever seen worksheets with dozens of the same kinds of problems or perhaps riddles at the bottom? I used similar worksheets with my students for years. What I wonder now, with more perspective, is whether they were the best option for students. I believe that we should  reconsider using worksheets like these and I have an alternative that I think is much better. In fact, I  think it's the single biggest bang-for-buck change teachers can make in their classroom and I want  to tell you all about it. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world. He co-founded the website Open Middle, has... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4D - Equity, Resilience and Expanding Compassion: An Experiential Engagement with Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
In this workshop, participants will explore the concepts of equity, diversity, justice and cultural sensitivity from a variety of perspectives to see the relevance of these topics in K-12 education, how they can be raised and approached in the classroom, and the role of personal and group practice in addressing issues like implicit bias, stereotype, power relations, structural and cultural violence, trauma, and inequity in interpersonal relations, classrooms, schools and communities. The facilitators will provide a review of current research on inequity and bias in K-12 education in the US. They will also introduce practices for educators and students that support the establishment of greater equity, justice and compassion in the school community through the cultivation of self-regulation, impartiality, empathy and compassion, and systems thinking. A global, international perspective that attends to and respects local realities will be stressed. Participants will engage in experiential activities and mindful dialogues to examine these topics so that they are equipped to facilitate such experiences with their students.  Participants will be asked to actively participate in exploring how such an approach can move us forward in addressing inequity and diversity in a way that enlightens and empowers all.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning, Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4E: Real-World Learning (in middle and high school)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning
  • Adapting PBL for blended and remote learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4F: Creating an Inclusive US History Class for your Co-Workers
Given the events of the last few years, more and more Americans realized that the way we were taught and learned history was only a partial story. To that end, Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge created a semester-long course for her colleagues in which they examine US history through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, and religion. The class met for nine sessions and in-between students were asked to complete readings, watch videos, and share their thoughts through discussions. In this session, Elizabeth will explain this process more completely from how it began and was implemented to how and what content and materials were chosen.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Burbridge

Elizabeth Burbridge

Social Studies Teacher / Podcaster, Woodward Academy
Since 2016, Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, PhD has taught modern world, United States history, and Diversity Studies at Woodward Academy, an independent school in College Park, GA, where she is also club advisor for WA Eagle Exchange, the school’s podcast club, and Intersectional... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4G: Getting back to “normal” in our Makerspaces : A Journey through meaningful instruction and curriculum in our interactive learning spaces.
As we rise from the ashes and move back to a more “normal” teaching/learning environment everyone is ready to get our collaborative learning spaces kicked back into high gear. MakerSpaces offer students opportunities to have meaningful, hands-on, interactive learning experiences that enhance the classroom curriculum. During this session we will walk through a years journey of Maker Curriculum as well as hear from Math, Science, History, and English Teachers that can provide a deeper understanding of how these hands-on learning activities can enhance their classroom experience for their students. 

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, The Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 19 years.  A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT