We talk about the importance of voice and choice but how do we encourage learners of all ages to discover their purpose for learning so they own and drive it. Learners need learning to be relevant and authentic. We will take real-world activities and use design thinking to redesign them together.
During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).
Future visioning can help you forge a path for your own future, the future of your school or organization, or the future of society at large. Participants will learn and practice several future visioning activities and discuss the implications of exploring different futures with students and colleagues.
At Synapse, a start-up school in Silicon Valley, we approach learning entirely through projects. In this session we will explore ways we use assessments to show that students learn as much, or more, in this context. Together, we will generate and cultivate a variety of best practices for assessing PBL.
How do we create open-walled learning experiences that are socially, emotionally, and personally valuable? How can we leverage National Parks as one of America's best classrooms? How do we ensure that we are providing all students the opportunity to understand the interconnected and interdisciplinary nature of Earth Science to make informed personal decisions and potentially solve significant global problems in their future?
How do we design for Connected Learning and teaching with the issue of equity in the forefront of our hearts and minds? This is what we have been exploring together as we challenge ourselves to be connected learners in order to design and teach in connected and equitable ways.
While nearly everyone agrees that job-embedded and practitioner-led professional learning is the way to go, systems still seem stuck in "top-down" "rollout" "delivery-driven" models. Help the Boston Public Schools and Boston Teachers Union design a system that really puts the needs of educators and students first.