Session aimed at providing World Language educators with various tools for increasing whole class engagement and student responsibilities through role-play, multi-layered activities, and purposeful assignments leading to larger projects. Through language immersion, clear roles and engaging assignments - students will be able to produce higher levels of interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and presentational writing.
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).
How do we design systems that support progressive pedagogies? How do we create schools where the systems in place support make it easier for teachers and students to do authentic, powerful work together?
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.
What is science?.... observing the natural world, questioning, making hypotheses, designing and performing experiments, and drawing conclusions from evidence. Many, if not most, of the "labs" done in grades 9-12 focus on demonstration of properties and building lab and analytic skills. Let's talk about ways to make science in our schools better reflect the true nature of the discipline. We face limitations including class size, content requirements, resources, safety concerns and time constraints. How can we make this work at our schools?
Want to find a way to give students authentic audiences while simultaneously engaging with the community and showing them all the awesome work that happens at your school? Well then this workshop is for you. Come join us and learn how to make public showcases of student work happen at your school.
Our understanding of the traditional Socratic Seminar often involves forced contributions from unwilling students and awkward, inorganic conversations that might not teach authentic thinking and discussion skills. How do we build an environment that allows K-12 students to engage in genuine, insightful conversations that require listening and higher order thinking?
"So, how was your trip?" Is a question that our students prepare to answer as they close out their field experience. We anticipate the one minute window that students have to capture the attention of their family and friends when they first see them after such a life-changing experience to convey the impact of their trip. This session will explore those experiences. Students in SLA's International Cultures elective have been working on a student-led, inquiry-driven interdisciplinary project culminating in a field study in Costa Rica. Students will be telling their stories and the inquiry process they went through to compile and complete their projects. Last year, students created their own projects culminating in a field study in Cuba. Last year's students will discuss and reflect on the impact of an international experience on how they understand the world.
Donald Trump’s presidency means my US History students pay far more attention than usual. Opportunities abound for teaching about checks and balances, human rights, and the role of America in today’s world. Our conversation will consider what it means to “teach Trump” in a fair and balanced way.
Get some tools for your self-care toolkit and try them out on the spot in this session. Be ready to move, breathe, think, laugh, play, and be gentle with yourself. Bonus: head back to your classroom with strategies for your students.
This workshop will share out ideas about how to create a vibrant interest-driven internship program as a key component of increasing engagement and relevancy for high school students.
In this session, students from the U school will share our story: being young black and Latinx men and women from Philadelphia, overcoming adversity, hoping it will change lives and mindsets. Often students like us feel misunderstood by adults in school. Participants will brainstorm solutions to be enacted in classrooms.
Join in deconstructing sex and gender using Jacques Derrida's "différance” thinking for truly comprehensive sexual education. Deconstructing gender defies the confines of health class. Challenge your assumptions and join the braintrust exploring limitless cross curricular opportunities in teaching and learning to infuse your practice from pre-K to adult with "différance".
As new schools mature they bridge the gap from a curiosity to an institution. Whether whittled away slowly or swept up in the next thing, many schools lose their raison d'être in this transition. What can we do to ensure our schools are understood, supported, and sequacious 5, 10, or 50 years from now?