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Wednesday, March 28 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Exploring the Spiral: Designing learning experiences which balance mastery, identity, and creativity

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During this interactive 3-hour workshop, participants will work with deeper learning researchers Jal Mehta (Harvard GSE) and Sarah Fine (High Tech High GSE) to explore the three pillars which undergird deeper learning experiences: mastery, identity, and creativity. For the first 90 minutes, participants will engage in a series of whole-group activities designed to unpack what these pillars mean, why they matter, how they relate to each other, and how they play out in classrooms and other learning contexts. Participants also will use a self-assessment tool to identify and reflect on which of these dimensions are more and less developed in their own work. During the workshop’s second half, participants will use the mastery-identity-creativity framework as a tool for deepening the learning that happens in their own classrooms and/or schools. With the facilitators and HTH students serving as consultants and thought-partners, they will redesign one learning experience to better draw the three elements into balance. The workshop will culminate with a gallery walk and reflective discussion about the challenges of balancing the three pillars of deeper learning in contexts where one or two are more highly prized than the others. We welcome individual participants but the workshop will be even more powerful for those who come with colleagues from their school/district/network.

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Sarah Fine

Director, San Diego Teacher Residency, High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Dr. Sarah Fine is an educator, ethnographer, and the co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. She currently directs the San Diego Teacher Residency at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and also serves as a Lecturer in Education... Read More →
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Jal Mehta

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jal Mehta is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 202