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Tuesday, August 3
 

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 1E: 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 1F: 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 1G: 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

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 2E - K-12 The Science of Stress and Resilience at Multiple Levels: Experiential Engagement with Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
Resilience is the corollary to stress, trauma and adversity—the innate ability to survive and thrive that every student possesses, and that must be enhanced further through learning and practice.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will collaborate with participants to investigate the topic of Resilience through the Personal, Social and Systems domains of Social, Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning, an innovative framework and curriculum developed at Emory University. An emphasis will be placed on the science of stress, examining when stress is healthy vs. harmful and enhancing resilience through practice and learning. The facilitators will introduce a variety of strategies that involve the body, emotions; and thinking and reason to support the cultivation of resilience in a holistic way. Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom, remote learning or whole-school setting.  The workshop will show how these skills 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 ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

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 →


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

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 2F: 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 2G:
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 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
 
Wednesday, August 4
 

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3A:
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 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: The Student Experience
Wednesday August 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT

10:30am EDT

Workshop 3E: K-12 - What Else is True? Making the Student Perspective Visible to Support a Culture of Resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant new challenges to students, but also provided an opportunity for them to express their resilience.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva, Ms. Knox and members of the Woodward Faculty will examine generalized results of the Student Resilience Survey for the purpose of building awareness of Woodward Academy’s strengths and areas of growth from the student perspective.  The Student Resilience Survey created by Authentic Connections and administered to Woodward Upper School Students during April, 2020 illuminates the student response to COVID-19 and the remote learning experience. A summary of the data collected from the survey will serve to guide participants to consider ways to support and build structures of engagement to support a culture of resilience during pre-planning. The facilitators will introduce stand alone resources taken from Emory University’s SEE Learning program that are designed for use in the classroom or remote learning settings.  The cultivation of skills; and personal and group practices of self-regulation, self-compassion, empathy, compassion and systems thinking will be emphasized.

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 3F: 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 →


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

2:00pm EDT

Workshop 4A:
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 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 4E - K-12 The Science of Stress and Resilience at Multiple Levels: Experiential Engagement with Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
Resilience is the corollary to stress, trauma and adversity—the innate ability to survive and thrive that every student possesses, and that must be enhanced further through learning and practice.  In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will collaborate with participants to investigate the topic of Resilience through the Personal, Social and Systems domains of Social, Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning, an innovative framework and curriculum developed at Emory University. An emphasis will be placed on the science of stress, examining when stress is healthy vs. harmful and enhancing resilience through practice and learning. The facilitators will introduce a variety of strategies that involve the body, emotions; and thinking and reason to support the cultivation of resilience in a holistic way. Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom, remote learning or whole-school setting.  The workshop will show how these skills 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 ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

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 4F: 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