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Educational Commissioning and Project Based Learning

Who:
John Sole
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 209

This conversation will focus on the relationship between the teacher/learner/community and the physical educational facility. Our Essential Question, then, is: "In a wired world unfettered by the geography of place, how do we design teaching and learning spaces when much of the teaching and learning happens outside of the physical "school" building?"

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Redefining "Schooly" Texts

Who:
Joshua Block, Molly Buckley and Alexa Dunn
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 209

In this conversation, participants together with SLA students, SLA staff, and a University Researcher will reconsider the traditional definition of "schooly." We will use participatory learning activities to propose the benefits of broadening the definition of what counts as school texts. We will examine possibilities for personal and social transformation within classroom settings.

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Teaching While Black: The Unarticulated Values

Who:
Mark Bey, Jamie Bowers, Matthew Kay, Pia Martin, and Jas Thomas
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 209

How do we have authentic dialogue concerning the intersection of race, responsibilities and values in our schools? Come join an intimate and honest conversation about our experiences as black educators. We will discuss the roles and relationships we have with students, staff and parents.

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The Academy and the You-niverse: college search & fit in the internet age

Who:
Shelley Krause
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 209

What happens as students imagine themselves into their unknown futures? What are students' hopes and expectations with regards to their learning communities? How do characteristics they want to consider map onto what's currently "searchable," and how might that change? Will the increasing transparency of learning enable students to assess their future learning opportunities in new ways?

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What If...In the Digital Age

Who:
Jessica Brown, Jeff Evans, Louis Mazza, Paul Wagenhoffer
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 209

We are living in an era where left-brain thinking is no longer sufficient for success; a more holistic approach is required. Daniel Pink, in A Whole New Mind, argues that right-brain capabilities are just as important, if not more. How does this play into school curriculum, pedagogy, and community? What is the value of visual studies and design in a 21st century school?

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Wikis for a Dynamic Curriculum

Who:
Deon Metelski
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 209

Wiki's are not meant to house static content. See a MediaWiki implementation that highlights how a teacher can have their curricula materials online, make it visually appealing and increase the ability for collaboration among the learning community.