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).

Closing the Gender Gap in Innovation: Engaging Girls in STEM

Session 1
Jennifer L Scheffer, Mira Mehdi, Cat Hoyt, Kristin Johnson, Kelsey O'Brien

This conversation will focus on how to empower young women to enroll and succeed in STEM based courses. Here from a panel of four innovative young women enrolled in Burlington High School's Student Technology Innovation and Integration course. Learn about their programs best practices and leave with student generated ideas on how to increase enrollment among young women in the STEM courses offered at your own school.

Engaging Students in the College Application Process

Session 1
Karina Hirschfield

High school students often feel the pressure of not just getting into a college, but getting into the best college. With so many colleges to choose from, and technology making it easier to apply, the number of students' college applications continue to rise. High school counselors are increasingly challenged to help students access and sort through an influx of information in order to successfully complete the steps to college entry. High school counselors Karina Hirschfield from Science Leadership Academy and Tatiana Olmedo from Central High School recognize the value of engaging peer leaders in the college application process. Peers have a significant influence in decisions, behaviors and attitudes in youth. In the college process, peers can positively impact student outcomes. Ms. Hirschfield and Ms. Olmedo will share how they promote student leadership, foster a college-going culture, and widen college access opportunities for all students through their College Access Leaders (CAL) program. CAL students will also share their leadership experience and highlight the benefits and challenges they have come across while helping their peers navigate the college process. Lastly, intern, Olivia Antosiewicz, from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education will share her direct work in training the CAL students.

Mentoring Passion

Session 1
Jennifer Ward, Christina Brennan

Building mentorship relationships into passion-driven inquiry projects empowers learners of all grades and levels. Learn how an elementary librarian and a high school English teacher connected their student learners, establishing mentors for the inquiry process.

Rethinking the Purpose, Process and Promise of Professional Learning

Session 1
Kristen Swanson and David Jakes

Do we really need "PD" anymore? In a world where content and connections are limitless, why do we need to put restraints on professional learning? What if the only PD course a school ever offered was: How to Learn Something When You Need to Learn Something? In this conversation, challenge yourself to begin rethinking what professional learning means, how organizations can support more diverse and contemporary models of learning, and how schools can build a culture of sustainable professional learning.

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