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).

Balancing Tradition and Technology: The Dilemma of Knowledge Constitution in AI-Assisted Writing

Session 4
Nick Potkalitsky

In this conversation, we will discuss the process of knowledge constitution in tradition and AI-driven writing practices. Drawing on Writing to Learn research, I will explore how human beings develop new knowledge and insight through first and second learning processes in the writing process. First, writers learn through memory work and data retrieval. Second, writers learn through sentence and paragraph creation. Thus, if our students turn over increasing amounts of sentence and paragraph generation to AI, they run the risk of missing out on key opportunities to learn. And yet, we cannot hide from AI. Know this fact, we can begin to develop a more "conscious" method of use.

Capturing Intergenerational Oral Histories: Connecting with Elders to Preserve Stories and Build Community

Session 4
Alyssa Ripley, Taylor Lewis, Michael Friedman

The 12th grade STRIPES program at Belmont Charter High School in the Parkside section of Philadelphia explores themes of protest and change in the surrounding neighborhood through lenses such as storytelling. Collecting and sharing the stories of community elders is one powerful way students gain perspective and connection.

Do collaborations really work? Exploring lessons learned from a successful seven-school community of practice in Philly implementing student-centered initiatives.

Session 4
Crystal Cubbage, Jennifer Brevoort, Robbie Marsden and two additional CoP members (To be confirmed)

Cross-school collaboration can be a powerful way to expand teacher, administrator, and school capacity. In this conversation, teachers from seven Philadelphia schools - public and charter - share what it took for their Community of Practice (CoP) to introduce a new SEL advisory curriculum in their school communities.

Finding Joy in Centering Inclusion

Session 4
Katie Culver, Dylan Van Duyne

Where do we find joy in our schools, classrooms and communities? How can we center joy, and with that, also elevate inclusivity? In this session, we will explore how to more purposefully cultivate joy and center students’ identities, experiences and perspectives. A collaborative and hopefully joyful conversation uplifting some practices from Gholdy Muhammad’s Unearthing Joy.

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?

Social Emotional Learning and Brave Spaces in a STEM Classroom

Session 4
Andrea Poulsen, Stefanie Bingham

Discover how SEL activities can enliven curriculum and deepen student connections. The FirstHand team shares tools from the evidence-based CASEL framework, and how these practices have impacted the outcomes of our informal STEM program. Attendees will participate in a fishbowl discussion called Brave Spaces prompted by a student-created question.

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