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Wednesday, March 28
 

3:00pm PDT

A Look at Voice: Monuments Diving Deep into Unsung American Changemakers
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How do we tackle sometimes complicated current events with young children? As a society we need to take a deeper look at whose voices are heard, and take into consideration people and movements we celebrate- but what does that look like with younger children, who do not always have the background knowledge or developmental understanding of historic events? With the current national debate about monuments and who they are dedicated to, we engaged our second grade students in a deep dive into the idea of monuments, voice, and a celebration of unsung American change makers. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a project that can be adapted for any elementary school-aged curriculum that allows students to share understanding through creating a monument for unsung American change makers who do not have a nationally recognized landmark. Participants will engage in a workshop to walk through a project that  makes connections to the geography of the United States by exploring various monuments in the country on who/what they were built for, and where in the United States they were built.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Catherine Coleman

Mary Catherine Coleman

Francis W Parker School



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTHI 120

3:00pm PDT

Checklists are not enough: New instructional approaches to digital media literacy
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Information floods our phones, tablets, and laptops. After the 2016 election, Americans looked for help in navigating this deluge. “Here’s how to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed,” blared a CNN headline. The Washington Post gave readers “The fact checker’s guide for detecting fake news.” The response didn’t end at how-to guides. From the campuses of Silicon Valley tech giants to the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., initiatives emerged to understand how digital misinformation influenced the election and to limit the spread of online propaganda.

Despite the attention and resources devoted to this digital issue, a distinctly analog tool dominates the field of digital literacy curriculum: the checklist. Lists include questions like: Is a contact person provided? Are the sources of information identified? Is the website a .com (supposedly bad) or a .org (supposedly good)? On the one hand, it is easy to understand the appeal of such checklists. They are easy-to-use tools intended to support students in an area where we know they need help. On the other hand, as far as we can tell, none of the checklists are based on what skilled people actually do when facing a computer screen. In fact, checklists may actually lead students astray.

Based on research examining how fact checkers evaluate online content, the Stanford History Education Group has developed a different approach to teaching digital media literacy with new curriculum and assessments. During this session, participants will review lesson plans, watch classroom videos, examine sample student work, and collaborate to figure out how these materials can be integrated into their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Breakstone

Joel Breakstone

Director, Stanford History Education Group
Joel Breakstone directs the Stanford History Education Group. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Along with Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, he led the development of SHEG's assessment website, Beyond the Bubble. He received the Larry Metcalf Exemplary... Read More →


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 115

3:00pm PDT

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
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Participants will engage in an engineering challenge (one that speaks to a real short term problem) collaboratively, using both Stanford's D-School's design thinking model and the innovator's compass. They will then take their experience and look at models of how these design principles and protocols can be used in the Elementary School Classroom. We will focus on two ways specifically: innovator's compass as a (quick) problem solving tool that increases student agency, and the D-School principles as a (more long term) skeleton for increasing student voice and agency in projects.

Speakers
avatar for Shelby  Fuentes

Shelby Fuentes

2nd Grade Teacher, High Tech High


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 221

3:00pm PDT

Developing Adult Learners and Leaders in a Growth Culture
Limited Capacity full

In collaboration with the authors of the groundbreaking book, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, Pivot Learning has been working to help schools, districts and non-profits foster a “growth culture” within their organizations. In institutions where there is a strong growth culture, all individuals are encouraged, challenged, and supported to continuously improve themselves and each other. Unlike the old paradigm of taking time out of busy schedules for professional development, the practices and structures that develop a growth culture happen as a part of the organization’s everyday, core work. In a growth culture, every interaction, every project is an opportunity to learn. It fosters trust, honest communication, and innovation. Fostering deeper learning for adults requires incorporating an adult development lens into leadership development. We believe that this is the best way to foster adult leaders who can best support deeper learning for students. Participants will learn strategies for helping to develop growth cultures at their sites, as well as walk away with resources to explore growth culture work further.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Flaxman

Laura Flaxman

Vice President, Strategic Projects and Innovation, Pivot Learning
Laura Flaxman, Ed.L.D., has over twenty-five years of experience in urban education as a teacher, principal, school founder, non-profit leader, school designer and coach. At Pivot, she leads a portfolio of projects focused on reimagining how school could be – from the student to... Read More →


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 208

3:00pm PDT

Equity in Action (Civics)!
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This session is both an introduction to the exciting discipline and pedagogy of Action Civics as well as a discussion of how Action Civics can be used to advance equity in an academic environment. During the workshop, participants will examine exemplars of Action Civics projects and will work together to identify inherent components and best practices within each that support the development of academic equity. Teachers will have the opportunity to engage with (and take with them) multiple Action Civics resources and will choose at least one resource to delve into and make a plan for incorporating in their own classes (in individual lessons or units). Students will explore new Action Civics activities and consider opportunities for applying the approach to address issues in their own schools and communities.


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 129

3:00pm PDT

EQUITY: THE HEART OF DEEPER LEARNING
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The promise of true equity through deeper learning drives Bloom Elementary in every imaginable manner. Participants will discover the power of deeper learning as it relates to equity through an exploration of the multiple deeper learning components and a sharing of deeper learning experiences and journeys. Through the lens of equity, and collaboration, reflection, and exploration, participants will leave with a plan to improve their school's model of deeper learning.

Speakers
MB

Mary Barnes

Bloom Elementary, Louisville, KY
avatar for Jack Jacobs

Jack Jacobs

Principal, Bloom Elementary, Louisville, KY
I love to talk. DL. Movies. Equity. Travel. Growth.I am excited to hear from each person at this conference and experience new learning opportunities. Our Slides presentation can be found here: https://goo.gl/36LhVu



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 109

3:00pm PDT

Experiencing Two Social Emotional Learning Skills to Improve Teacher and Student Capacity for Deeper Learning
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When teachers support their students in intentionally building Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, students become better equipped to engage in and succeed in rigorous Deeper Learning. “SEL…supports a student’s ability to contribute to and work collaboratively with a group…disagree constructively, provide feedback to one another, and listen respectfully to the input of others.” (Reid, Donique. 2016. http://deeperlearning4all.org/a-softer-side-to-deeper-learning-building-students-social-emotional-skills/
Session participants will experience two social emotional learning (SEL) mini-workshops within the larger session, each time connecting the experiences to enabling engagement in deeper learning for all students. The workshops, in Team Building (Collaboration) and Growth Mindset, will walk participants through a brief rationale of the research behind each SEL skill and its impact on the classroom along with experiential activities to help students practice each skill. For example, team building activities give students experiences in collaborating they may not have a playbook for, enhancing classroom productivity and cooperation, and allowing for a greater sense of safety allowing creativity to flourish. The session will end with a guided process of reflection on how practicing SEL skills provides a runway for deeper learning. Students and teachers will interact throughout the activities together to allow teachers to have immediate feedback from students.

Speakers
avatar for Ashleigh Valentine

Ashleigh Valentine

Senior Project Manager, Generation Schools Network™



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 122

3:00pm PDT

Exploring Science Content as a Whole Class- Designing and Implementing Whole Class Inquiry in the Science Classroom
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Have you read about whole class inquiry? Are you looking for a way to engage your whole class in a large problem that helps them investigate or apply their understanding of a topic? Come explore whole class inquiry in action. We will start the session with a brief introduction to whole class inquiry and how the presenter has used it in her science classroom. Next participants will choose one whole class inquiry to participate in as a learner. After gaining a better understanding of the process as a learner, participants will be able to brainstorm and begin designing a whole class inquiry experience to use in their classroom.

Speakers
MK

Madison Kittleson

Science Teacher, The American School Foundation



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 216

3:00pm PDT

Interdisciplinary Instruction: The Only Way to Teach Social Justice
Limited Capacity full

Our traditional curriculums, centered on concepts and information emptied and disconnected from the reality of the student, provide little connect to the world of the student. In teaching an interdisciplinary unit with a theme that is centered on Social Justice, teachers create a bridge between the world of academia and the reality of the student. Students can embark on an experience that provides an opportunity for them to engage in a more relevant and less fragmented experience where they begin to understand that all disciplines intertwine to create knowledge that serves them in their world. A true interdisciplinary unit goes beyond a mere humanities class. Multiple disciplines (math, English, history, science, art, and technology) are needed to create a curriculum that identifies the correlations between disciplines, while revealing how it is not possible to fully understand one’s world without recognizing all disciplines as equally important.

Students are often not connected to school because it does not connect to their lives. And, in most cases disciplines are taught in isolation causing students to validate their beliefs that the reason for learning is only to acquire a grade that only serves to pass a class, not to understand their world.

In this session, participants will explore critical components of the interdisciplinary redesign plan, which is the collaboration of teachers. And, understand why educators cannot effectively teach Social Justice if without incorporating multiple disciplines. Teachers will discuss what attitudes are needed to allow different disciplines to unite and create a cohesive curriculum that pushes them to learn and understand elements of other disciplines. And, just like the students, teachers will learn that all disciplines must be intertwined to promote deeper learning.


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 113

3:00pm PDT

May the Force of Engagement Be With You!
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn about and experience a variety of interactive strategies to engage all learners in the classroom. The strategies modeled can be used across contents as well as across grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda McGrath

Amanda McGrath

District Goal Clarity Coach, Jefferson County Public Schools
I work with K-5 Social Studies teachers, providing support through PLC work, help locating/accessing resources, classroom visits including co-teaching and feedback through observations, as well as providing Professional Development, district common assessments and curriculum maps... Read More →


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 111

3:00pm PDT

Real-World Learning as an Agent of Equity
Limited Capacity full

Real-world learning experiences can be a powerful tool for increasing equity for your students. The work of San Diego Met and Big Picture Learning is student-centered, interest-based learning in real-world settings, primarily internships. But the tools and practices we use can be applied to almost any educational context. In this workshop, you will see examples of how real-world learning integrates equitable practices to increase access and personalization for every student. Then you will be challenged to create an authentic plan of action to improve real-world learning opportunities and develop real-world mindsets in your own educational environment. In so doing, you will engage in a problem-solving process you can implement with your own students, and possibly even empower them to become agents of equity themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Fung

Robert Fung

Internship Coordinator, San Diego Met High School
“If we want our students to succeed in the world beyond the classroom walls, we must encourage them to experience it now.” Robert Fung is a champion of real-world learning experiences as a core component of 21st century education for every student. As Internship Coordinator at... Read More →



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 114

3:00pm PDT

Relationships First: Increasing the human element in Blended Learning Environments
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The purpose of this session will be to dive deeper into the misconceptions around blended learning, and the stereotype that students and families are ‘disengaged’ from the learning in a blended environment. The presenters will describe the blended model as it pertains to our learning environment and the steps we take to ensure parent interaction, student participation and building a positive community (applicable to all learning modalities). Presenters will discuss the research aligned with the relationship focus and ‘soft skills’ continuum and identify the 5C’s (Collaboration, Character, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity) within our program that help make the connection to all facets of our learners. The participants will participate in interactive tasks and activities to further identify the ‘human element’ relationships and how to build the capacity in teachers and students to be ‘present’ in the classroom, whether or not in a virtual or face to face space. Participants will be able to take away strategies to increase relationships, and connections to the 5C’s within their learning environments.

Speakers
KF

Kristie Fetterly

High School Teacher, Hawaii Technology Academy
avatar for Jenn Francis

Jenn Francis

Assistant Director, High School, Hawaii Technology Academy



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 219

3:00pm PDT

Share Your (Deeper) Learning with the World! Get Published!
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever dreamed of being published? We all have a deeper learning story to tell whether it is an unforgettable teaching moment, a time where you took a risk with your teaching and/or learning and walked away with new insights, or an experience you had with colleagues and/or students that changed you for the better. In this session we will help each other unpack those deeper learning moments, discuss elements that will help you transform your story/seed of an idea into a written piece worthy of publishing, and begin a cycle of writing that includes the opportunity for critique and revision. By the end of this session you will be well on your way to sharing your learning with a public audience whether it is through a blog post, an article, or a chapter in a book!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kristen MacConnell

Dr. Kristen MacConnell

RISS Invited Speaker, Teacher Training Center
Kristen MacConnell is the recently appointed Director of the Teacher Training Center Programs within the Principal Training Center, where she teaches courses on curriculum, assessment, project-based learning, design thinking, and teacher leadership. Prior to this, she served as the... Read More →



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 217

3:00pm PDT

Students as Agents of Change for Deeper Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Our staff from the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) traveled to New Zealand to visit their competency-based personalized learning schools in October 2017 along with thirty educators from Northwest Arkansas. We brought back a lot of learning on student agency and deeper learning that we'd like to share and integrate with educators working to support deeper learning in the US. For example, schools in New Zealand work to ensure deeper learning isn’t facilitated for learners, but by learners, with others, and for the world. What we saw was students acting as agents of change for deeper learning, in highly-responsive learning environments, that expanded far beyond the walls of the school.

Crystal Beshears, PhD, Innovation Coach and Researcher for OIE and former high school social studies teacher, will bring specific examples of what this looks like in the schools we've visited and how this learning has been applied by the educators on our trip who are in schools in Northwest Arkansas and Schools of Innovation across Arkansas. We will engage participants in expanding and integrating our collective understanding of Student Agency, and will examine how students, working as agents of change, facilitate deeper learning, using participant examples, questions, and experiences. Furthermore, we will examine "how current practitioners might work collaboratively with adult and student learners, and across school networks, to design and spread deeper learning experiences in which learners continue to develop their agency?"


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 207

3:00pm PDT

The classroom (re)imagined: creating innovative spaces for Deeper Learning experiences.
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Do the four walls of a classroom hinder what learning activities you can do with your students? This hands-on workshop will explore architectural and pedagogical strategies that can transform traditional learning spaces into areas that foster collaboration, creativity, and authentic Deep Learning. We'll explore case studies that draw on theory and research around 21st century skills, while highlighting features of the physical environment that support student-centered learning and a positive sense of well-being. Share/pair activities and large group discussions will allow participants to walk away with innovative strategies to transform their school’s learning environments into spaces that foster Deeper Learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Duff

Ellen Duff

Design Associate, Fielding Nair International
Ellen uses her architectural knowledge as a platform for revolutionary shifts in the educational paradigm. As an Associate with FNI, she leads design efforts with innovative schools and districts throughout the world, while regularly collaborating with educators and students. LET'S... Read More →
avatar for Louis Sirota

Louis Sirota

Design Architect, Fielding Nair International
I believe in the ability of architecture to transform the world. Through thoughtful design, a school can improve a student’s ability to learn and more importantly give them a better chance at being successful in life. I use sustainable, flexibly suited, variably sized, and interactive... Read More →



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 206

3:00pm PDT

The Power of Student Reflection
Limited Capacity full

We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.' John Dewey.

In this session, you will deepen your understanding of the 'what', 'so what', and 'now what' of student reflection. What reflection is, how it leads to Deeper Learning, and how to plan for and implement reflection as an intentional part of the learning process. You will reflect on your own reflection practices, engage in discussion protocols based on short readings, videos of students from our schools reflecting on their learning process, and teacher stories of the use of structures, systems, and language to promote student reflection.

You will synthesize your learning by collectively creating a 'Spirit Read' of powerful words and phrases from the readings, student voice, and small group discussions and then reflect on how you can integrate new learning into your practice to support all students in the reflection process. For instructional leaders, this is an opportunity to deepen understanding of how to support educators in their planing process.

Speakers
avatar for Symon Hayes

Symon Hayes

Senior Learning Designer, AltSchool
I am fortunate to work in education in the Bay Area and excited by the continually growing community at Deeper Learning Conference; to be around such an amazing and forward thinking group of people is inspiring. I presently provide professional development focusing on increasing... Read More →



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 222

3:00pm PDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Riggan

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

3:00pm PDT

What if…? - A Look at Redesigning Education
Limited Capacity full

What if we could take apart education and put it back with only the best parts? What if we could redesign the school day, the building, and the expectations? What if we could do it the way it is supposed to be done, for an ever-changing 21st century? In the session, we will look at all the pieces of education and, using design thinking, redesign what school looks like. Participants will take away “prototype” ideas that can be used even in the current, antiquated school setting as well as great protocols for design thinking, brainstorming, innovation and problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Bertasso

Matthew Bertasso

Director, Compass Academy
avatar for Anna Durfee

Anna Durfee

English Facilitator, Compass Academy
I'm an English Facilitator at a project-based learning school called Compass Academy in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I'm also a professional photographer and I operate the in-house tutoring center at Compass. Talk to me about projects, photography, re-imagining school, tutoring, or anything... Read More →



Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 203

3:00pm PDT

Writing to Think
Limited Capacity full

So much of what we do as educators focuses on how our students can read more closely and analyze and respond to texts. How can we go deeper with our work in reading and writing? How do we go beyond the surface and truly engage our students in deeper reading, writing and thinking? This session will push us into a space of revelry and wildness, self-knowledge and exploration, as we examine new ways to work and play with words.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ghidiu

Jennifer Ghidiu

Regional Director of Network Support & Research, Big Picture Learning
Over the past 10 years, Jennifer Ghidiu has worked with the Big Picture network of schools, as a classroom teacher, school leader, coach and director. Currently, Jennifer is supporting school startup in several different states in her region, coordinating research and data collection... Read More →


Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 204