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).

Constructionism from Top to Bottom

Session 1
Gary S. Stager

Incrementalism is the enemy of school improvement. Those concerned with creating productive contexts for learning must be willing to change everything. This presentation addresses the setting, curricular concept and pedagogical practices required to amplify the potential of project-based learning. Constructionism provides authentic non-coercive principles for educating learners of all ages.

#chats and #camps: Examining the Impact of Social Media-Fueled PD on Classroom Practice and Student Learning

Session 2
Jonathan D. Becker, Meredith Stewart, Bud Hunt

If Twitter chats and social media-fueled unconferences are as powerful as many believe, what evidence is there that they are making a difference? Our hope is that, out of this session, a virtual/distributed teacher-research project will develop whereby participants can document impact of these PD practices on teaching and learning.

You Can't Buy Change

Session 3
Sylvia Martinez, Jon Orech

1-to-1 initiatives, mobile devices, and IWBs are all the rage, but arent these just digital solutions for an analog classroom? In this conversation, we will discuss how teachers can transform learning experiences which increase achievement, creativity, and empathy. We will explore "flipped" classrooms, writing for authentic audience replacing completion with creation,and promoting peer reliance among others.

How do we engineer punctuated equilibrium?

Session 4
Darren Kuropatwa, Andy McKiel

Growth isn't well behaved; it doesn't follow a line on an increasing curve. Growth happens in fits and starts (and stops) and spurts. How do you plan for systemic growth across an entire school division knowing that it's going to happen in fits and starts and spurts?

A Future Leader

Session 5
Rashaun Williams

Join SLA students, led by Rashaun Williams (SLA Class of 2012) work through the question - How do classrooms successfully develop active citizens applying school to life?

Switching Learning Spaces

Session 6
Michael Wacker & Glenn Moses

In this sharing of best practices conversation come join a discussion about how a shift in the learning environment for educational professionals can have large impacts on instructional design and the shape of the classroom.

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