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Wednesday, March 28 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The THUNDERING EXCITEMENT of graduation requirements!

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What should it mean to graduate from high school? What type of work should it require? How will we know when students have gotten over the bar? To whom should it matter?

In this session, I am going to convince you that high school graduation requirements are the Most Interesting Topic in the World. The conversation will be both philosophical and practical. To imagine a graduate is to define what we want from schools themselves. But it's also to get into questions of what can be taught and learned, what work should look like, and how performance and progress should be measured.

We'll begin with the big ideas, but quickly transition to ideas and examples of what they look like in practice. Think a high school graduate should be an informed citizen? Awesome! How do you think they should demonstrate that? (Hint: THE ANSWER IS NOT A CIVICS EXAM.)

By the end of our conversation, I hope you'll have had the chance to step back and think big, but also developed a sense of the possibilities for real, tangible change in the schools or systems in which you work.

This conversation will be part soul searching, part freewheeling discussion (with active participation for the brilliant introverts among us), part brain dump, and part design workshop. I hope you'll bring your ideas, insights, tools and tricks, wisdom and experience to our collective work.

Once we get clear about the important or essential qualities we're looking for in our high school graduates, we'll get a head start on framing out how we'd operationalize those things in our reimagined requirements. We'll use existing tools and practices where we can, and dream up new ones where we need to.

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Matthew Riggan

Co-Founder, The Workshop School
Work stuff: deeper/project-based/problem solving work with disadvantaged students; creating and sustaining classroom and school culture to support the work; finding new/better ways to assess what kids can do (corollary: making one-shot, standardized tests obsolete); org design and... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 123