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Direct and Explicit Instruction Virtually? Yes! Of course, why not?

Who:
Michael Wacker
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 304

Direct Instruction often refers to a rigorous scripted method of teaching, systematic and boring. For the purposes of virtual environments, where the art of teaching is alive and well, direct instruction can be used as a way of modeling and explicitly showing what the students are expected to demonstrate and show, while allowing opportunities to create, question, and make sense of the material.

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Falling Down the "Alice Project" Rabbit Hole: Inverting Traditional HS English Research and Writing

Who:
Christian Long, Jason Kern, Benedikt Kroll and Michael Nathman
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 204

For 6+ weeks this academic year, 3 sections of 10th grade English students (at a college prep, independent school in Texas) publicly analyzed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (via The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition). Instead of the traditional approach to analyzing a text (with a teacher-lead conversations around pre-determined themes), students were challenged to "fall down the rabbit hole" (like Alice) throughout the duration of the project, therefore trusting their own instincts as they made their way through Wonderland's themes.

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Subversive PD: Creating a culture of collaboration to bring educators into the 21st Century

Who:
Danja Mahoney, Michael Springer, Beth Knittle
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 309

Why are there still so many educators sitting in the back of the faculty meeting rolling their eyes whenever 21st Century Skills are on the agenda? How can Professional Development be meaningful, effective and important for the uninterested. This will be a conversation about getting ALL educators...
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