This presentation is dedicated entirely to advisory at SLA. We felt that focussing on this area gives a good depiction as to what makes Science Leadership Academy what it is, what makes it so different compared to other high schools around the country, and SLA’s impact on education.
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).
SLA students and teachers will lead an interactive workshop on inquiry and project based learning. Examples from SLA will be used to spark larger discussions about pedagogical strategies and challenges.
Learning environments are not shaped by wheels on tables, 1:1 programs, or 3D printers (although they help), they are defined by the learning experiences you design. We will explore how to create environments that empower students to own their own learning.
"I absolutely believe that "the grit narrative" damages our children because it lets society and the powerful off the hook. "Why change anything?" they'll ask, "the kids just need grit." "Grit" is one more excuse, its one more hammer to beat children with." Join us for a provocative conversation about an alternate to Angela Duckworth's narrative of grit, scarcity, and privilege. We'll share a few stories, ask a few questions, and circle up to share pathways that support children as makers of their own learning, voices of influence, powerful purveyers of personal agency by design.
Grit. Curiosity. Integrity. Empathy. Our national (and global) educational conversation is increasingly about the importance of these skills. Can we and should we assess them in our schools? Let's discuss. Among other things, we'll look at the Mission Skills Assessment, which measures Teamwork, Creativity, Ethics, Resiliency, Curiosity, and Time Management.
This is an inquiry-based, collaborative, and interdisciplinary design challenge allowing students in math and history to do research, analyze data, and present their information using coding and other formats such as infographics.
The conversation aims to highlight how the physical space of a school/classroom, innovative pedagogy, as well as emerging technologies can be combined to offer a more authentic learning experience for students, and lead to a deeper understanding and development of 21st century skills.
How might notetaking become more active, personal, brain-compatible and shareable? How might we incorporate symbols and doodles to improve listening, better express ideas, summarize/synthesize learning and make connections? Join a conversation and practice session to explore how we might grow ourselves and our learners through doodling and visual thinking.
Gamification applies elements of game design, specifically video games, as a model for instructional scaffolding. This conversation will explore how gamification can be leveraged to create an instructional cycle that supports challenge-based inquiry, differentiation, and cooperative interdependence, as learners "play" through quests to unlock "powers" for greater learner autonomy.
Based on my experiences as a principal intern at SLA I will facilitate a discussion around leadership practices that support student and teacher agency. We will discuss unlearning elements of “traditional” models and aligning leadership choices to core beliefs about the humanity of all members of the school community.
Staff and students at SLA Beeber along with staff from the Public Workshop will share their vision and experiences with community partnerships & building a makerspace with kids and facilitate a discussion around creative and collaborative spaces in schools and engaging students in the process.
As a result of our learning together, participants will leave with clear strategies for utilizing social media for personal learning network development. We will take a critical look at popular social media services to determine effective ways to engage with other educators and sustain meaningful conversations focused on learning.
Whose voices are heard in education (education reform, education technology) circles? While it might be easy to identify (and lambast) the "corporate" voices, are we truly offering and supporting diverse voices in response? Who gets to speak "for" students, for teachers, for change? How can we do better?