During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

Why Would Students Come to Your School If They Didn't Have to?

Session 1
Pam Moran, Ira Socol

Participate with friends and colleagues in a deep discussion exploring this question. Let's crowd source responses and create a Medium post before we leave that represents our conversation. Consider street data you notice that says young people matter in schools. Share practices that bring young people to see school as a home of opportunity. What's the spirit that you would like to see inhabit your school and others?

Meaningful Making With Middle Schoolers (Year 2)

Session 4
Meredith Martin, Michael Franklin

In Year 2 of our hands-on program to engage and educate middle school makers: What best practices in STEM, STEAM, Makerspaces, Engineering, and more can be used to create an engaging and educational experience? What outcomes do we value when creating these programs? What did we learn from year one?

Using "portraiture" to inform education design and disruption

Session 5
Grace Greenwald

Workshop U is a new vision for college built on many of the same ideas that power the Workshop School. As educators, how do we measure what matters and use it to inform our design and iteration? 'Portraiture' is a unique form of qualitative research that has potential to reimagine how we measure impact, collect impact data, and use data for design work in school settings.

Creating Interdisciplinary Projects through Signature Projects

Session 6
Shannon Schmidt, Lindsay Kelland, Emma Parsons

Teachers are always looking for ways to have students make meaningful interdisciplinary connections. After years of trying various methods, we have found a sustainable way to incorporate Signature Projects into our curriculum multiple times a year for each grade. Project Innovate, Architecture Expo, Shakespeare Study, Globalization of Chocolate, and Teen Activism are just a few of the project titles bringing in pieces from every subject area throughout the year. Teachers do not have to reinvent the wheel each year! Even when most of these projects are ungraded, we have found that students engage, enjoy and learn from these collaborative, in-depth projects each year!

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