Conversations

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).

What If?

Changing the language of interaction is a necessary step towards developing a language that can support change and improvement. Together, well focus on the power of What If as a simple way to reframe how an individuals and schools can initiate positive, actionable change.

On Being Resilient

Session 2
Diana Laufenberg

The educational landscape is awash with conversation of new, improved, innovation, creativity, change, adaptation, flexibility... and we want to change the learning environments to match the possibilities for innovation, creativity, change, flexibility and adaptation. We want inquiry and projects but what does that actually look like for the learner and the teacher over time? How do we avoid burnout, apathy, a sense of overwhelm? Join me to discuss strategies for developing resiliency within learning environments.

What Happens When the Kids Run the Building: School Culture and Progressive Discipline in an Inquiry School

Session 3
Chris Lehmann / Pia Martin

(or... "What had happen was...") What is the worst consequence of empowering the kids? You have empowered kids. School culture, discipline, school rules and where you are willing to eat lunch are all on the table for conversation when inquiry and the ethic of care permeate everything you do. Come for a conversation - complete with case studies - about how everything "else" changes when you create a progressive climate.

Measuring Difference: Learning How to Measure and Transform the Participation Gap Right Now. #occupyedu

Session 4
Kyra Gaunt-Palmer Ph.D.

The invention of a standardized thermometer allowed people to measure changes that could not be measured objectively. This session is an inquiry into the unequal access to opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge in digital media participation and social innovation conferences. What "technology" or measure of participation could you invent?

Innovation: Elementary Edition

Let's rethink the typical elementary school learning environment. Given the freedom to design more innovative learning environment(s) for our youngest learners, what non-negotiable elements would be included? How can we strike a balance between authentic, relevant learning and an emphasis on foundational skills in literacy, mathematics, and social sciences?

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