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.
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).
This session is meant to bring forth the classic conundrum of depth vs. breadth that occurs in all schools. We plan this discussion will help teachers think about their curricula in a way which gives fair weight between both approaches in their classes.
This workshop will focus on the realities of connecting the classroom to the workplace, while addressing common partnership needs and issues on both sides of the table. We will explore how to incorporate mentorship into various learning environments to generate conversations about STEM careers and the pathways to them.
As the cost of textbooks continue to rise and their relevancy continue to decline, there has never been a more important time to consider openly licensed educational resources (OER) in your classroom. Learn about OER, how educators across the country are making this transition, and why it's important for students.
How do we hire great teachers? This workshop will walk participants through the process we used to create an alternative approach to hiring--one that is based on our interest in the Maker movement. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate their own hiring practices and to collaborate with colleagues from around the nation to reshape the way that they attract and retain top talent.
What if professional development was a way of storytelling? What if that story was strategically shared to empower a community? Personalized learning is often discussed while designing for our students, why not create a personalized professional development(PPD) program to enhance faculty? We will dive deep into the design process of creating a PPD program and the return on investment for the individual and team of faculty.
Many of our schools are disempowering and undemocratic by design -- as a result, our communities are disenfranchised and we struggle to enact our power together. We are failing at learning to live democratically. This conversation proposes a curriculum called Participatory School Design, in which youth work with facilitators to re-envision school, then to create the schools that will serve them and their communities.
The Workshop School is a progressive, project-based school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that is constantly exploring innovative approaches to education. In this session, students utilize their in the ancient art of Socratic discussion to discuss what works and what doesn't in project-based learning.
What does a high school education look like that engages students, involves the community, and prepares learners for the unknown possibilities of the 21st Century? At South Bronx Community, our students answer this question. We gave students the keys to the curriculum and supported them to design their own interdisciplinary projects.
Are students quick to claim that their ideas are unworthy? Do they stare blankly when asked to discuss their interests? If so, perhaps it is because they have learned to mistrust their own curiosity. Join this conversation if you want to explore ways to help them get it back!
This conversation explores Linda Nathan's book, When Grit Isn’t Enough, which investigates five assumptions that dominate our thinking about education, revealing how these beliefs mask systemic inequity. Participants will gain greater understanding of these assumptions as they have been internalized and manifested in schools and organizations.
“This Is My Body”: Planning Rigorous, Relevant, and Accessible Humanities Curriculum Through an African-American Lens
U School Humanities educators create curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, and accessible for all students in our non-selective public school. Students and educators will share the process used to design our introductory “This Is My Body” unit, inspired by Opera Philadelphia’s “We Shall Not Be Moved”, and resulting argumentative poetry.